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Axel Baur

Senior Partner, Hong Kong
Supports healthcare companies to develop global strategies and operating models

About Axel

Axel is a senior partner in our Hong Kong office, having served previously in Germany and in the Middle East. He is the leader of McKinsey's Life Sciences Practice in Asia and also leads our healthcare work in Japan.

Axel advises top management in pharmaceutical and medical product companies along their entire value chain. He has also served the broader healthcare industry, focusing on public and private health insurance as well as hospital operations.

Recently, Axel has supported numerous pharmaceutical and medical companies in setting up global operating models; he helped private health insurance companies develop strategies to exploit the growing opportunities in Asia; and he guided large transformations to extract synergies either from acquisitions or reduce significant amounts of the client’s operating costs.

Axel is an expert in innovative care delivery models and is heavily involved in developing McKinsey’s thinking on how healthcare systems can tackle future challenges.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Axel was an entrepreneur building a research-based biotech company.

Published work

The future of healthcare in Asia: Digital health ecosystems,” McKinsey & Company, July 21, 2021

Will Asian insurers make the right choices for health insurance?,” McKinsey & Company, February 18, 2021

Building a healthcare ecosystem in India: A conversation with Shobana Kamineni,” McKinsey & Company, October 21, 2020

Healthcare Providers: Preparing for the next normal after COVID-19” McKinsey & Company, May 8, 2020

Asia on the move: Five trends shaping the Asia biopharmaceutical market,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Healthcare beyond medicine: meeting the demand for new forms of care,” McKinsey Quarterly, December 2011


Technische Universität Damstadt
PhD, molecular biology

INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France

Technische Universität Damstadt
Diploma, biology