About Alastair

Alastair leads McKinsey’s private-equity work in the Americas, working with a wide range of clients on major performance-improvement engagements for public- and private-sector clients in infrastructure development.

An expert on private equity and principal investing, Alastair has advised leading private-equity clients for nearly a decade, including leading 100-day planning and portfolio efforts for more than 15 oil field services and equipment (OFSE) businesses. He is a leader of McKinsey Capital Project Ventures, which partners with project owners and investors to pair capital with commercially viable infrastructure projects. He brings deep expertise in emerging markets, having led our work on infrastructure finance, water infrastructure, and social-impact investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

In his role as a leader in the Chemicals & Agriculture practice, Alastair directs McKinsey’s efforts on industrial waste-water and fluid management. Alastair recently completed several multiple diligences in upstream OFSE, including fluids management in unconventional basins focused on outside-in cost assessments.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Alastair worked in Acumen Fund’s Nairobi office, where he evaluated East African investment opportunities and co-led the fund’s first Ugandan transaction. In the past two decades, he has worked on development efforts across Africa, including endeavors in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

Published Work

Commercial drones are here: The future of unmanned aerial systems,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

New horizons for infrastructure investing,” McKinsey & Company, August 2015

Making the most of a wealth of infrastructure finance,” McKinsey & Company, June 2015

Past Experience

Acumen Fund
Portfolio manager

International Finance Corporation


Harvard Law School
JD, commercial law

University of Cambridge
MPhil, economics

University of Pennsylvania
BS, economics
BA, international studies