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Rajat Gupta

Senior PartnerMumbai

Leads the Sustainability Practice in Asia; drives large scale, digital-led transformations in the energy and materials sector

Rajat is a senior partner at the firm’s Mumbai office. Since joining McKinsey in 1992, he has taken on several critical roles at the firm, from leading the energy and materials sector in Asia to helming various high profile, digital-first operational transformations, as well as spearheading the Sustainability Practice in Asia. He has lived on three continents and served clients in 15 countries, including China, India, Indonesia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Rajat is passionate about sustainability and helping companies take effective measures to remove carbon from across their businesses processes. He helped set up India’s National Solar Mission, often considered to be one of the country’s biggest contributions to the decarbonization movement.

Rajat has worked with leading companies in the metals, chemical, infrastructure, mining, power, oil, and telecommunications sectors. He brings expertise in operational transformations and change programs with a special focus on digital enablement. Recently, he led the global build-out of McKinsey Digital for the energy and materials sector, and in the process, directly helped clients become World Economic Forum digital industry 4.0 lighthouses.

Rajat has also served clients on business building, including digital business, marketing, organization, and strategy. He leads McKinsey’s relationships with conglomerates and agencies in India, and has led several projects and worked across multiple ministries such as those for aviation, railways, roads, and shipping.

Rajat is committed to building long-term relationships with Indian companies based in emerging markets and helping them transform into global leaders. For example, his involvement with a leading Indian metal company spans 25 years of building better operations, creating a stronger performance culture, and driving marketing excellence across Asia, Europe, and India.

He has also published work on poverty, carbon abatement, and water in India, been on the jury for several awards, and served on industry and government committees on sustainability. He is on the board of the Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy, an Indian think tank, and the governing board of the Childline India Foundation. Rajat leads McKinsey’s social responsibility efforts as the chair of the board of Generation, the world’s largest demand-driven skilling initiative, and is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute advisory council.

Rajat was awarded gold medals for securing first place in both his engineering and MBA degrees at two of India’s top schools.

Published work

Decarbonising India: Charting a pathway for sustainable growth,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Accelerating India’s sustainability journey in chemicals,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

Building value-chain resilience with AI,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

How a steel plant in India tapped the value of data—and won global acclaim,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Will India get too hot to work?,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2020

Reopening India: Implications for economic activity and workers,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Getting ahead of coronavirus: Saving lives and livelihoods in India,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Digital India: Technology to transform a connected nation,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2019

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2015

India’s path from poverty to empowerment,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2014

Transforming India’s logistics infrastructure,” McKinsey & Company, September 2010

Building India: Transforming the nation’s logistics infrastructure”, McKinsey & Company, July 2010

Environmental and energy sustainability: An approach for India”, McKinsey & Company, August 2009

Building India: Accelerating infrastructure projects”, McKinsey & Company, August 2009


IIM, Calcutta

BITS Pilani
BTech, engineering, computer science