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McKinsey Q&A: Deepak

– Deepak, a senior implementation coach in London, studied international finance and business before starting his career in investment banking. Now he’s leveraging his expertise in project management:

Interviewer: What is the best thing about McKinsey Implementation?

Deepak: There are so many elements of this team that I love: highly knowledgeable peers who are always willing to help; freedom to think independently and explore ideas; and endless challenges that keep me on my toes.

Interviewer: What has been your most exciting engagement?

Deepak: My current project. I am acting as a Chief of Staff for the CEO of a major pharmaceuticals company. I have never worked in pharma – it has been amazing to see how helpful the skills I acquired in banking have been. These include project management, conflict resolution and risk mitigation while executing projects quickly.

Interviewer: What is your favourite part of an engagement?

Deepak: The problem solving. Coming up with creative ideas and pragmatic solutions to clients’ toughest problems is extremely satisfying. It is also interesting to meet different people and learn from their approaches to a particular situation.

Interviewer: What have you been involved with outside of client work at McKinsey?

Deepak: I helped to set up the McKinsey Centre for Banking Regulation, a center of excellence that provides information and insights on the most relevant regulatory topics and coordinates various initiatives to support clients globally.

Interviewer: What are you passionate about outside of work?

Deepak: My family, especially my son who is three years old and recently started pre-school. It is exciting to see him grow every day and to see the world through his eyes. I also like travelling and am looking forward to my next holiday in a desert.