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Andres Cadena

Senior PartnerBogotá

Andres Cadena

Senior PartnerBogotá

Champions Latin America’s economic development and applies financial and strategic expertise in work with the region’s public and private sectors

Andres leads McKinsey’s Strategy & Corporate Finance, Financial Services, and Public Sector Practices in Latin America and heads the McKinsey Center for Government in the region. He is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises MGI research on global economic, business, and technology trends, and directs the firm’s work in Latin America on sustainable cities and economic development.

Since joining McKinsey in 1997, Andres has led more than 250 client projects, with a focus on national and local governments, multilateral organizations, financial institutions, and consumer-goods companies. He recently helped a Latin American government create a strategic plan and set measurable targets for job creation, poverty alleviation, and reduction of street crime. Other recent projects include working with a Latin American government to analyze the country’s competitive position and develop a national strategy for several industry sectors, helping integrate two Latin American banks placed in government receivership in the wake of the global financial crisis, and supporting a Colombian bank as it designed and implemented a new commercial model.

Andres serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations that focus on education, economic development, and social services in his native Colombia. He has spoken on finance and organization topics at several international conferences.

Published work

What could a new era mean for Latin America?,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2023

Using a crisis nerve center to help reopen the economy,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Restarting national economies during coronavirus, part two,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Saving our livelihoods from COVID-19: Toward an economic recovery,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

How to restart national economies during the coronavirus crisis,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Bringing major improvements to education in Colombia,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

Unlocking the economic potential of Central America and the Caribbean,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

How to counter three threats to growth in Latin America,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2017

Can Latin America reignite growth by connecting with consumers?,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2016

Innovation in government: Indonesia and Colombia,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2012

Fulfilling the promise of Latin America’s cities,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2011

Building globally competitive cities: The key to Latin American growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2011

Colombia’s lesson in economic development,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2010

Past experience

Corporación Invertir en Colombia
Deputy director of projects

Investment banking analyst


University of Rochester

University of the Andes
BS, industrial engineering