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Social responsibility in the Middle East

Our mission is grounded in supporting the new generation of young leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, academics, and artists in the Middle East.

We are privileged to have the opportunity to help support the transformation under way across the Middle East, where millions of women are joining a diverse and energetic workforce. Our focus is also on empowering youth—building capabilities and skills to help unlock their potential.

With this opportunity comes a responsibility to reinforce our commitment to making an impact in the societies we serve. For more than 20 years, McKinsey has had the privilege of working with inspiring public-, private-, and social sector leaders in the region to improve the lives of the people within these communities.

As a firm with deep roots in the Middle East, this mission is personal. We are honored to help facilitate change and empower local businesses and leaders to overcome challenges and create sustainable and inclusive growth that will benefit everyone.

We believe it’s our social responsibility to create lasting impact that will allow future generations to thrive.


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We are committed to doing all we can to help youth in this region get the opportunities they deserve to pursue their dreams.

Gassan Al-Kibsi Managing partner for the Middle East

How we serve society

One million saved meals

In 2020, we started a collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives to tackle hunger and food waste, supporting the biggest food donation drive in the region.

Giving back in 2020

Our purpose is to help create positive, enduring change in the world. We are committed to doing all we can to help youth in this region get opportunities they deserve to pursue their dreams.

Building leaders of tomorrow


Imagining a bright future for the next generation

This report puts forward a vision for a reimagined region, where major challenges are addressed to create an environment where youth have access to opportunities and are equipped to take advantage of them.

Welcome to Forward

A one-of-a-kind online learning journey designed to help young talent thrive.

Qimam Fellowship Program

McKinsey incubated the Qimam Fellowship program to help the next generation of Saudi students reach their full potential.

Qiyada Emerging Leaders

Qiyada Emerging Leaders participants in Abu Dhabi embark on a one-year development journey that integrates a wide range of learning formats.


McKinsey invites Arabic-speaking students with fewer than six years of professional experience who are currently enrolled in either a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, or PhD degree-granting program to join us for one of our edad programs.

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– Three years since its launch,’s waste management program is transitioning to become the flagship initiative... of a new environmental nonprofit.

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– McKinsey and Aberkyn have kicked off the second edition of Qiyada Emerging Leaders, a year-long leadership program that aims to... develop purpose-driven talent in the United Arab Emirates capital.

“We felt like the blast happened in our own homes and backyards.’’

– A colleague’s personal account of the tragedy in Beirut and our local grassroots effort to respond.

Social responsibility at McKinsey

Global Social Responsibility

We make our people, expertise, and tools available and work with others to take significant and lasting action on social issues.


Generation is a youth employment program founded by McKinsey & Company that connects young people to jobs.

McKinsey Health Institute

The McKinsey Health Institute (MHI) is an enduring, non-profit-generating entity within the firm. It was founded on the conviction... that, over the next decade, humanity could add as much as 45 billion extra years of higher-quality life (roughly 6 years per person on average—and substantially more in some countries and populations).

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