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Hemant Ahlawat

Senior PartnerZurich

Leads the McKinsey Transformation Practice in Europe and is a global coleader of the McKinsey Health Institute

Hemant is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Zurich office and global coleader of the McKinsey Health Institute. He also leads McKinsey’s Transformation Practice in Europe, focusing on delivering at-scale performance and health transformations for clients across sectors. Drawing on his training as a medical doctor, he offers advisory support to healthcare executives on a range of topics from strategy setting, digital transformations, innovation, and commercial excellence.

Hemant has also worked extensively on public- and social-sector topics, including public health, education, and sustainable economic development. His work on public health focuses on antimicrobial resistance, pandemic prevention and response, polio eradication, and helping multilateral organizations on their strategy and operations. He was a member of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) council, which advises on MGI research on global economic, business, and technology trends. Hemant has served multiple organisations in innovating and delivering healthcare solutions to patients, across pharmaceuticals, biotech, consumer health and health systems; on topics ranging from strategy, digital transformations, innovation and commercial excellence. He has also previously led the firms commercial and launch practice for life sciences globally.

Hemant’s career began in India where he studied medicine. He joined McKinsey in Delhi after earning an MBA and moved to Europe in 2005. He previously led our Public Sector and Social Sector Practices within Europe, and also represents McKinsey as a founding partner of the Trinity Challenge, which is a charitable coalition of partners who seek to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic response to help better prepare against any future health emergencies around the globe.

Published work

How to achieve great health for all? Start in your city.” McKinsey Health Institute, February 2024

Aging with purpose: Why meaningful engagement with society matters,” McKinsey Health Institute, October 2023

Age is just a number: How older adults view healthy aging,” McKinsey Health Institute, May 2023

How keeping health a priority is a prescription for European prosperity,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2021

Winning against COVID-19: The implications for biopharma,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020


Indian Institute of Management

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal