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Diaan-Yi Lin

Senior PartnerSingapore

Helps Asian government entities and companies design and implement major performance-transformation and economic-development programs

Diaan-Yi coleads McKinsey’s work in social sector, public sector, and healthcare in Asia. She also helps direct our work with sovereign-wealth funds in the region.

Formerly the managing partner of McKinsey in Singapore, Diaan-Yi has worked extensively with government entities and government-linked companies in Singapore and across Asia.

Examples of her recent client work include the following:

  • designing and helping implement large-scale programs to drive performance transformation, accelerated digitization, and improved productivity across the public sector
  • working with sovereign-wealth funds and government entities to maximize value and transform performance across their portfolio companies
  • diagnosing critical gaps in infrastructure and setting up efficient, effective public–private partnerships to close those gaps and support economic development
  • advising an Asian government on detailed implementation plans to transform its pre-primary school system
  • supporting a public-sector institution on a major portfolio-management effort
  • helping develop a public–private partnership to increase employability among students and graduates

Diaan-Yi is passionate about working with governments to drive workforce transitions in a new era of work. She has published research on this topic and has spoken extensively on automation, jobs, and the future of work at global and regional gatherings, such as the Asia–Pacific regional meeting of the Trilateral Commission and the Asian Human Capital & Leadership Symposium. Diaan-Yi is also a keen observer of China’s role in globalization and infrastructure development around the world.

In addition to her public-sector work, Diaan-Yi has served clients in many industries—including financial services, telecommunications, logistics, energy, and retail—on a range of issues, such as strategy, corporate governance, and corporate finance.

Before joining McKinsey, Diaan-Yi worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York and London. She was a core member of the equity private-placements group and responsible for securing mandates, marketing transactions to potential investors, and structuring and pricing equity transactions for companies that required growth capital.

Published work

The future of (hybrid) work,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Beyond financials: Helping small and medium-size enterprises thrive,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

How Singapore is harnessing design to transform government services,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

Smart cities in Southeast Asia,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2018

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2018

Artificial Intelligence and Southeast Asia's Future,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2017

China’s role in the next phase of globalization,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2017

Turbulence Ahead: Renewing Consensus Amidst Greater Volatility,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

Making government for the people,” McKinsey & Company, June 2016

Implementing a citizen-centric approach to delivering government services,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015

Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2013

Improving performance at state-owned enterprises,” McKinsey & Company, May 2009


Harvard Business School

University of Cambridge
BA; MA, law