About Richard

Richard Dobbs is a senior partner of McKinsey based in London. He is also on the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

He serves clients around the world in a variety of industries, ranging from high tech and financial services to petroleum, utilities, and the public sector.

From 2009-2016, Richard served as a senior partner of the McKinsey Global Institute based in Seoul and then London. Richard has led research on global economic trends, including capital markets, urbanization and infrastructure, natural resources, productivity and growth, the rise of emerging economies, and the economic impact of obesity. He has recently co-authored the book, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (PublicAffairs, May 2015).

From 2004 to 2009, Richard co-led McKinsey’s Corporate Finance Practice, where he led R&D, focused on performance management and measurement, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, capital markets strategy, and utility regulation. He was a co-author of Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance, and his work has appeared in several books, including Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies. He has also contributed to other business and academic journals such as the McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey on Finance, and Corporate Finance; and to the opinion pages of leading newspapers and business publications.

Richard is a frequent speaker at international conferences and is an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University, where he has taught the valuation elective.

Before joining McKinsey in 1988, Richard obtained a first-class degree and won the Metal Box and Lubbock Prizes at Oxford University. He was sponsored by Shell UK during his studies and worked for Shell’s North Sea exploration and production business. He was a Fulbright scholar at Stanford Business School and graduated from this course as an Arjay Miller scholar and won the Robichek Award for Finance.


US must step up exports to win in trade,” Bloomberg, May 2015

Selected published work

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2016

Why investors may need to lower their sights,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2016

Urban world: The global consumers to watch,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2016

The new global competition for corporate profits,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

South Africa's bold priorities for inclusive growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2015

A window of opportunity for Europe,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2015

No ordinary disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends, PublicAffairs, May 2015

How do you govern a disrupted world?,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2015

The four global forces breaking all the trends,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2015

Debt and (not much) deleveraging,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2015

Where to look for global growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2015

Can long-term global growth be saved?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

Is GDP the best measure for growth?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

How the world could better fight obesity,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2014

Management intuition for the next 50 years,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Nigeria's renewal: Delivering inclusive growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2014

Global flows in a digital age,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2014

From poverty to empowerment: India's imperative for jobs, growth, and effective basic services,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2014

QE and ultra-low interest rates: Distributional effects and risks,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2013

Urban world: The shifting global business landscape,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2013

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2013

Myanmar's moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2013

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2013

Beyond Korean style: Shaping a new growth formula,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2013

China's e-tail revolution,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2013

Financial globalization: Retreat or reset?,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2013

Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2012

The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia's potential,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2012

Beyond the boom: Australia's productivity imperative,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2012

The social economy: Unlocking value and productivity through social technologies,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2012

Urban world: Cities and the rise of the consuming class,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2012

The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2012

Trading myths: Addressing misconceptions about trade, jobs, and competitiveness,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2012

Urban America: US cities in the global economy,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2012

Sustaining Vietnam's growth: The productivity challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2012

Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2012

The emerging equity gap: Growth and stability in the new investor landscape,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2011

Resource revolution: Meeting the world's, energy, materials, food, and water needs,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2011

South Korea's role in global recovery,” Korea Times. October 9, 2011

Navigating Asia's new urban jungles: Selling into fast-growing cities will pose new challenges but bring big rewards,” Wall Street Journal Asia, April 13, 2011

Urban world: Mapping the economic power of cities,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2011

The era of cheap capital draws to a close,” Financial Times, February 2011


Stanford Graduate School of Business

Oxford University
BA in engineering, economics, and management