Global Infrastructure Initiative

Convening the world’s most senior leaders in infrastructure and capital projects to identify ways to improve the delivery of infrastructure and get more out of existing assets.

Our approach is to stimulate change by building a community of global leaders who exchange ideas and find practical solutions to improve how we plan, finance, build, and operate infrastructure.

Our research suggests up to 40 percent of global infrastructure and capital project investment is poorly spent because of bottlenecks, lack of innovation, and market failures. McKinsey established the GII to address these issues, promote economic growth, and contribute to more resilient and secure communities.

GII has hosted four successful summits and dozens of regional roundtables worldwide. GII disseminates the best insights and practices from around the world through Voices on Infrastructure, and shares a collection of tools. GII also hosts innovation site visits, demonstrating some the industry’s most exciting projects, new approaches and technologies.

Our intent is to create a platform that inspires senior leaders to exchange ideas and help advance much-needed change in the approach to capital projects and infrastructure globally.

The fifth GII Summit was held in London on October 29-31, 2018, focused on major project delivery and digital transformation across the industry. The next GII Summit will convene on June 10-12, 2020 in Montreal.

Photo: Jason Hawkes, Battersea Power Station

Voices on Infrastructure

Quarterly curated insights by McKinsey and industry leaders on today’s pressing issues in infrastructure and capital projects

Site Visits

Bringing leaders to some of the most exciting developments in infrastructure to build knowledge, and inspire action


Bringing experts together to share solutions around critical infrastructure issues in regions across the globe

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Featured Videos

Building smart and affordable real estate

The global real estate market is changing. Standardization, prefabrication, and smart technology are gaining traction as rising populations confront the need for affordable housing and livable, sustainable cities. Senior partner Subbu Narayanswamy discussed these evolutions and more at GII 2017 with leaders from Arup, Barcelona Housing Systems, and the Centre for Liveable Cities.

Navigating risks in project finance

– When it comes to infrastructure and capital projects, managing risks and incentives correctly can be a major enabler for opening... up new funding streams and creating bankable project pipelines. McKinsey senior partner Roberto Fantoni sat down with leaders from Macquarie, Arup, HSBC Singapore, and MTR Corporation at GII 2017 to discuss the challenges at stake and the opportunities to overcome them.

Rewiring contracts for collaboration

– Too many construction projects are traditionally founded on risk, not collaboration—a root cause of the sector’s low... productivity. At the 2017 GII Summit, McKinsey partner Michael Della Rocca joined leaders from Atkins, Bentley Systems, and King Abdullah Economic City to discuss how relational contracting and shared incentives can create better outcomes for infrastructure and capital projects.

Tackling infrastructure’s digital frontier

– Once at the forefront of innovation, construction now lags behind in the adoption of new technologies. But the industry is at... a tipping point. We spoke with executives from Atkins, Siemens, and RIB Software at GII 2017 about how they’re embracing the disruptive potential of digitization.


Madeleine Albright

Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC
Former US Secretary of State

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Director
McKinsey & Company

Anthony Foxx

Secretary of Transportation
US Department of Transportation

Eduardo Paes

Rio de Janeiro