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Lars Hartenstein

Senior Fellow, MHIParis

Coleader and cofounder of the McKinsey Health Institute, passionate about advancing underinvested opportunities to advance health

Lars cofounded and coleads the McKinsey Health Institute (MHI), a global, non-profit-generating entity within the firm. He is particularly passionate about healthy longevity, and addressing important threats to human health such as antimicrobial resistance. Lars believes that many opportunities to advance health come together at the level of the city. Grounded in his academic background in economics, medicine, government, and scientific methods, Lars is always looking for new avenues to drive impact across stakeholders and sectors.

Before his role with MHI, Lars was a cofounder and coleader of McKinsey’s European Social Sector Hub. He also served life sciences companies, global health organizations, and national health systems on strategic and operational themes. His work brought him to over 40 countries on six continents.

With close to 20 years of experience in global health, life sciences, and impact finance, he has a track record in building coalitions, scaling innovations, and fostering the broader use of data and analytics to advance social objectives.

Lars has authored numerous publications and articles, mostly on health-related topics, that have received more than one million reads.

He is a non-executive chair of the Societal Impact Financing Initiative (SciFi) and is on the steering committee of the Trinity Challenge, a coalition established to improve the use of innovation in data and analytics to address global health priorities.


Working nine to thrive”, McKinsey Health Institute, March 2024

How to achieve great health for all? Start in your city,” McKinsey Health Institute, February 2024

Curious Future Insight: Science for a Better Tomorrow,” Springer, December 2023 (contributor)

Wie sehen junge Menschen der Generation Z psychische Gesundheit?,” Psychosoziale Umschau 2023

The secret to great health? Escaping the healthcare matrix,” McKinsey Health Institute, December 2022

Adding years to life and life to years, McKinsey Health Institute, March 2022

Transforming the medical PPE ecosystem,” Working paper, August 2021

Data can prevent the next global health emergency. Here’s how,” World Economic Forum 2020

The Global Response to AMR: Momentum, success and critical gaps,” Wellcome Trust 2020


Witten/Herdecke University
PhD, medicine

Harvard University
MPA, economic development, health care economics
McCloy Fellow

Columbia University
Financial economics, innovation management (non-degree)

London School of Economics
BS, economics, philosophy