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Jörg Schubert


Helps Middle Eastern governments create employment and economic growth, as well as improve public services and infrastructure

Based in Dubai, Jörg is a leader in our Public Sector practice in the Middle East and is part of the McKinsey Center for Government leadership team. His work focuses primarily on economic development, government transformation programs, and human-resources development for government clients in Europe and in the six countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Jörg has led more than 100 economic-development projects in the Middle East. Examples of his work include helping a GCC country create a national competitiveness strategy and sector strategies for proposed special economic zones. This work included the development of feasibility studies, business cases, investor plans, and implementation approaches. Another recent project involved assisting a GCC country in defining a comprehensive socioeconomic vision and a five-year strategic plan; Jörg subsequently supported six ministries on implementation.

One of Jörg’s passions is helping the Middle East develop local human resources and improve labor-market regulations. He has supported several Middle Eastern governments in multiyear efforts to put in place employment programs and improved vocational training systems. He has also worked on immigration reform, advising the government on everything from initial design to IT implementation.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Jörg worked for the European Commission’s Merger Task Force in Brussels and for the Court of Appeals in Hamburg.

  • Public Sector

Published work

Stand and deliver: Three imperatives for civil servants,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2021

Reimagining the postpandemic economic future,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Unlocking growth in small and medium-size enterprises,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

The $10 trillion rescue: How governments can deliver impact,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

How to rebuild and reimagine jobs amid the coronavirus crisis,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

A government blueprint to adapt the ecosystem to the future of work,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

Are Middle East workers ready for the impact of automation?,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

How the UAE government modernized citizen services,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016

Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2014

“Getting labor policy to work in the Gulf,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2007

Past experience

European Commission’s Merger Task Force

Hamburg Court of Appeals


Bayreuth University
PhD in constitutional law
Master’s degree in law and economics

Warwick University
LLM, international economic law