About Jacob

Jacob Dahl is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Johannesburg office. He leads McKinsey’s Financial Institutions Practice in Africa, and is the lead coordinator of our global Emerging Markets Financial Institutions Practice, spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Jacob’s work is driven by the belief that a well-functioning financial services sector is a critical enabler of growth and development—both in Africa and in other emerging economies. He works with major financial services companies, including banks, insurers and asset managers, on their key strategic issues.

In Africa, Jacob’s experience includes developing a pan-African corporate and investment banking expansion strategy for a key player in the sector; leading a performance-improvement program for a major African bank; and helping manage the merger of two African banks.

Prior to moving to South Africa, Jacob lived in Denmark and led McKinsey’s European Retail Banking Practice, helping financial institutions throughout Europe with both strategic and operational transformations.

Before joining McKinsey, Jacob worked at major financial institutions in Scandinavia, including as the head of private and corporate banking at a leading Danish bank.


University of Copenhagen
MSc, macroeconomics