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Ahmed Youssef

Senior PartnerDubai

Leads the firm’s work in private equity and principal investors in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, advising investment companies, sovereign-wealth funds, and diversified groups, including family-owned conglomerates, on investment, strategy, corporate finance, performance acceleration and turnaround, and governance


Ahmed supports sovereign-wealth funds, diversified family conglomerates, and investment companies as they seek investment opportunities, restructure portfolios, and institutionalize operating and governance models.

Ahmed has served clients globally and brings a breadth of experience in investment and corporate strategy, finance, and corporate governance. His clients span many industries, including consumer goods, retail, construction, energy, infrastructure, media, telecommunications, and real estate. Based in Dubai, he brings an insider’s deep knowledge of and insight into regional dynamics and opportunities in the Middle East.

Examples of Ahmed’s recent client work include the following:

  • advising on the financial restructuring of one of the largest investment companies in the Middle Eastern region
  • leading performance acceleration and turnaround for several companies in construction, distribution (consumer goods, auto, white goods, building material, et cetera), retail (apparel, food), real estate, and industrials
  • leading the transformation of strategy and operating models for several leading, diversified family groups
  • assisting in the setup of family offices with regional and global reach
  • developing investment strategies for investment companies, family groups, private-equity firms, and sovereign-wealth funds across sectors, including industrial, consumer, financial services, real estate, and energy

Prior to joining McKinsey, Ahmed was a partner at a global consulting firm, where he established and led the firm’s family-business and investment-company work in the Middle East. He holds dual citizenship in Canada and Lebanon and speaks fluent Arabic, English, and French.

Published work

Green infrastructure: Could public land unlock private investment?,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Partnering for health equity: ALJ Health’s Akram Bouchenaki,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

How Middle East and Africa retailers can accelerate e-commerce: Imperatives for now and the next normal,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

A closer look at the fashion industry in Gulf Cooperation Council markets,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Navigating a perfect storm in the Middle East’s consumer sector,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

Succession planning: a medicine for family-owned businesses' longevity,” The National, June 2018

Accelerating entrepreneurship in the Arab world,” Booz & Company and World Economic Forum, October 2011

Mideast private equity has room to run,” Bloomberg Businessweek, December 2010

Past experience

Booz & Company
Partner, vice president

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
Senior consultant



Syracuse University
MSc, telecommunications management

Concordia University, Canada
BComm, commerce