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Maria João Ribeirinho

Senior PartnerLisbon

Supports energy and infrastructure companies in multiple geographies on strategic and operational issues.

Maria João has served clients in Africa, Europe, and Latin America, focusing on the infrastructure and energy sectors. She is the global leader of our work in the engineering and construction (E&C) sector.

Maria João advises her E&C clients on operational and commercial transformations, strategy, and growth. This includes helping them build competitive bidding advantage, conduct value engineering, implement new planning methodologies, improve on-site productivity, and put in place more sophisticated performance-management systems and procurement practices. More recently, Maria João has worked with E&C companies to engage in comprehensive digital transformations to innovate project delivery. She is a frequent contributor to publications and speaking events focused on the future of construction.

In the energy sector, Maria João advises utilities, renewables, and oil-and-gas companies on defining their strategic paths, growth plans, regulatory strategies, and operational transformations. She has led the planning and optimization of the construction of hydroelectric power plants for major utilities in Europe and South America and supported a major renewables company in improving capital productivity in wind-farm investments.

Published work

Call for action: Seizing the decarbonization opportunity in construction,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Rise of the platform era: The next chapter in construction technology,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

How construction can emerge stronger after coronavirus,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Decoding digital transformation in construction,” McKinsey & Company, August 2019

Seizing opportunity in today’s construction technology ecosystem,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Artificial intelligence: Construction technology’s next frontier,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2017

Past experience

BPI Investment Bank
Equity research analyst and specialized sell-side sales



Association for Investment Management and Research (A.I.M.R)
Chartered Financial Analyst certification

University of Porto School of Economics and Business (FEP)
BA, economics