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Alex Sawaya

Partner, Hong Kong
Leads retail work in Asia and the new retail bootcamp in China, helping consumer and retail clients shape and implement strategies for profitable growth

About Alex

Alex leads McKinsey’s Retail Practice in Asia. He supports leading consumer and retail companies through commercial transformations and new business building in e-commerce for physical retail, M&A, organic growth, and technology enablement.

In addition to driving the firm’s research on innovation in retail in China, Alex is the cochair of McKinsey’s annual Internet & Innovation Academy event in China.

Alex is an astrophysics enthusiast and a passionate basketball player.

Published Work

How companies can seize opportunity in Vietnam’s growing retail market, McKinsey & Company, October 2019

Auchan China’s chairman on the future of grocery,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

What Chinese consumers want from fresh-food retailers,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Boosting mall revenues through advanced analytics,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

Commercial excellence in China: Lessons from the top CPG companies,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

How grocers can outperform in Vietnam: Standing tall in a crowded market,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Past experience

Project manager

Procter & Gamble
Project manager



Georgia Institute of Technology
MS, civil engineering
MC, industrial engineering

American University of Beirut
BE, civil engineering