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Kartik Jayaram

Senior Partner, Nairobi
Works to advance country and regional development and helps drive large-scale transformation in the public and private sectors

About Kartik

Kartik is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Nairobi office, and leads our work in East Africa. Kartik joined McKinsey in 2000 in the Chicago office. He spent a few years working in Asia and then returned to the United States for over a decade before moving to Africa. In his work with a wide array of clients, Kartik has broadly covered four areas:

  • Country and regional economic development. He has designed and implemented economic-development and agriculture-development strategies for states, countries, and multinational donors to drive GDP growth and poverty reduction (for example, he helped set up an agriculture-transformation agency/delivery unit for an East African country).
  • Growth strategy. Kartik has developed corporate and business-unit growth strategies for regional and multinational clients, and identified and supported M&A deals (for example, he developed a multiyear road map for a major East African power utility; set up a joint venture between an African consumer-products champion and a global market leader).
  • Operations. He has implemented large-scale operational-transformation programs in product development, integrated cost reduction, and supply chain and strategic sourcing (one program for a Fortune 100 company achieved $ 1 billion savings annually).
  • Organization. Kartik designed and implemented top-level organization structure, performance-management systems, and leadership-development programs for top talent (for example, he redesigned end-to-end organization structure and processes for a global education company).

In Nairobi, Kartik helped set up the Africa Delivery Hub, an innovative McKinsey delivery model that helps government and social institutions across Africa effectively deliver against their commitments. The aim of the hub is to help clients drive rapid and significant results across a variety of issues (for example, healthcare, power, agriculture, and education) and in the process embed sustainable long-term change.

Kartik earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition, he has an MS in operations research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He also taught business statistics for a couple of years at the UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School.

Published work

Africa’s green manufacturing crossroads: Choices for a low-carbon industrial future,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

Safeguarding Africa’s food systems through and beyond the crisis,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Reopening and reimagining Africa,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Finding Africa’s path: Shaping bold solutions to save lives and livelihoods in the COVID-19 crisis,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Tackling COVID-19 in Africa,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020


University of Chicago

University of North Carolina

Indian Institute of Technology