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Dr. Silke-Susann Otto

Senior Client Development Advisor, Yangon
Spearheaded McKinsey’s effort to build a presence in Myanmar; is an established consultant with years of experience transforming businesses, developing talent, and building high-performing teams

About Silke-Susann

Dr. Silke-Susann Otto serves as senior client development advisor in McKinsey’s Yangon office. Passionate about business building, entrepreneurship, talent, and education, Sisu was instrumental in opening McKinsey’s first office in Myanmar.

In this capacity, she helps to shape Myanmar market knowledge—including McKinsey perspectives on education, energy, banking, real estate, retail and consumer, and telco—and insights into the health and management practices as well as corporate governance of Myanmar organizations. Sisu has over 18 years of experience working in Europe and Asia, primarily as a capability-building and transformation consultant, leading operational and organizational efforts to deliver sustained performance improvements at scale for clients in automotive, oil and gas, professional and financial services, and real estate. She draws on this extensive experience to advise on client strategy and service in Myanmar. In addition, she oversees the firm’s efforts to build and recruit a pool of exceptional local talent and leads the Consulting Fellowship Program in Myanmar.

Prior to her current role, Sisu co-led McKinsey Capability Building in Asia. She continues to support teams architecting and delivering large-scale capability building programs within transformations and advises on efforts to establish corporate universities as an expert. Sisu first joined McKinsey in 1999 in Germany; she also served clients in Japan. In 2005, she left McKinsey to serve as a partner in a-connect’s Hong Kong office. She helped the network-based management consultancy build its business in Asia. She also worked as an independent consultant before returning to McKinsey in 2011.

Deeply committed to education, Sisu serves as a trustee of Hong Kong-based Studer Trust, a charity focused on primary education, and also as a member of the board of trustees at Yangon International School. Sisu holds a non-executive director diploma from the Financial Times, an accreditation for non-executive board members who wish to have lasting strategic and financial impact on the boards on which they sit. A native of Germany, Sisu is fluent in German, English, and Japanese. She speaks conversational French and Mandarin.

Published work

Corporate learning’s transformation in the digital age,” Chief Learning Officer, December 5, 2016.

Past experience



Philipps University of Marburg
PhD in Japanese business

Philipps University of Marburg
MA in Japanese business