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Julia Sperling

Partner, Frankfurt
Serves academic health and science systems, research institutions, and integrated healthcare systems with deep expertise in the area of health system transformation in the Middle East

About Julia

Julia is a medical doctor, neuroscientist, and partner in McKinsey’s Frankfurt office. She is a global leader in McKinsey’s Organization Practice—the practice in charge of all of McKinsey’s work on talent and leadership, organizational design and analytics, and cultural change and performance transformations. Julia is also a founding member and has been the leader of McKinsey’s Healthcare Systems & Services Practice in the Middle East. In 2017, Julia moved back to McKinsey’s office in Germany after a decade abroad.

Julia is an expert in addressing organization and people-related projects across different industries. Examples of her recent work include the following:

  • leading the organizational development and transformation programs in various industries from healthcare to utilities
  • revamping the talent cycle, including recruiting, deployment, and development in various industries (including public and private sector)
  • designing the operational model for a national leadership development school, including capability building offering, assessment and development center, research arm, and innovation unit
  • designing a product-based organization with implications on talent pipeline, sizing, and change process

Julia has also overseen McKinsey’s work on women in leadership in Saudi Arabia for the past decade and was recently awarded with the Saudi Aramco partnership award for her leadership. In 2017, she took over the Chefsache initiative, which aims to help women reach and thrive in leadership positions in Germany.

Julia is a native German speaker and fluent in English, French, and Spanish. She also speaks Italian and has a basic knowledge of Modern Arabic.

Published work

Maximizing behavioral change in leadership development programs,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Answer these 6 questions before setting up a ‘nudge’ unit,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Lessons from the front line of corporate nudging,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2019

A small nudge to create stunning team results,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, October 2018

How to change mindset and behavior,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, July 2018

How to nudge your way to better performance,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Leadership and behavior: Mastering the mechanics of reason and emotion,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2016

Solving public problems through behavioral science,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016


Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung
PhD, neuroscience

Goethe University Frankfurt