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Joe Ngai

Senior Partner and Chairman - Greater ChinaHong Kong

Leads the firm’s offices in Greater China; brings deep knowledge of China’s financial institutions and markets and extensive experience in leading large-scale transformations for both Chinese and multinational organizations

Joe is a senior partner and chairman of McKinsey’s offices in Greater China, which comprises more than 800 partners and consultants across Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Taipei.

Previously, Joe led McKinsey’s Financial Services and Private Equity & Principal Investors Practices in Greater China. He has led many large-scale transformation efforts for Chinese and multinational organizations and has advised senior management on topics pertaining to strategy, M&A, and organizational and operational transformations.

Joe is frequently quoted in top-tier publications such as the Economist, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as major local media in the region. He is the author of numerous reports and articles on China’s financial institutions and is coauthor of Life Insurance in Asia: Sustaining Growth in the Next Decade (Wiley, September 2012), a book that offers a comprehensive look at the challenges and opportunities facing insurance markets across Asia. Joe speaks frequently at major international forums on a range of topics including financial services, leadership and management, and social enterprises.

He has been appointed to various government advisory committees, and he is also a board member of the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme.

Joe is passionate about and active in several organizations in the social enterprise and education sectors. He is chairman of an award-winning social enterprise that provides taxi services to people with physical disabilities or that have reliance on wheelchair use; president of Phillips Exeter Academy Association of Hong Kong; a direct or of the Diocesan Boys’ School Foundation; and a director and former president of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong.

Published work

A new paradigm for our connected world?,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

The China imperative for multinational companies,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2023

Reskilling China: Transforming the world’s largest workforce into lifelong learners,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2021

Fast-forward China: How COVID-19 is accelerating five key trends shaping the Chinese economy,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

A winning strategy for the pension market in China,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

China and the world: Inside the dynamics of a changing relationship,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2019


China in 2018,” four-part series, LinkedIn, February 2018


Wealth management in an era of robots, regulation, and new money,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

China’s One Belt, One Road: Will it reshape global trade?,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016


Harvard Business School

Harvard Law School

Harvard University
BA, economics