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Partner, Dubai
Background: Business

About Raffaele

To work for McKinsey in the Middle East is to be in a melting pot. Colleagues come from literally everywhere, yet they all have the same underlining feature: a deep, abiding commitment to helping their clients succeed.

I started my journey with McKinsey in the Milan office in 2008 and moved to Dubai in late 2013. Over the past several years I have worked side by side with several CEOs in more than 15 countries on game-changing topics that have shaped these organizations. That is what attracted me to McKinsey in the first place, and it is what keeps me here still.

What I have learned at McKinsey has completely changed the way I approach most aspects of my life. When I decide to leave the firm one day, I will carry this essential quality with me wherever I go.

Working with visionaries

I decided to relocate to the Dubai office to continue my exciting journey and to follow the same unrivalled path that only McKinsey can guarantee consistently in every part of the globe. But with one major difference. Here, there is the potential to make much greater impact than would be possible in a mature market: shaping the agendas of governments, helping visionary entrepreneurs achieve their goals, and supporting multinationals in cracking the Middle East mystery. My sweet spot is helping local entrepreneurs to grow in the consumer space while also creating world-class organizations that marry the speed and agility of emerging markets with the rigor and quality of decision-making of mature markets.

Advice for applicants—prepare, prepare, prepare!

Joining McKinsey has been a no-regrets move for me. If you’re eager to learn and grow both personally and professionally and keen to have lasting impact on major organizations and entire countries, you should apply. My advice to applicants is to devote a few days to preparing well for the interview, taking advantage of the help McKinsey provides on its website and at recruiting events.


IE Business School, Madrid

Bocconi University, Milan
MSc, management