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Marilyn Kimeu

Associate PartnerNairobi

Serves clients in the public and social sector and supports our healthcare practice in Africa

Marilyn is an associate partner in our Nairobi office and is part of our Healthcare Systems & Services Practice in Africa. She has led programs on strengthening health systems in manufacturing and supply chain, digital-health transformations, health financing, and go-to-market strategies for various products across Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Africa. She is also a regional leader across Africa for the McKinsey Health Institute, a not-for-profit entity within the firm that aspires to catalyze action that will add a collective 45 billion years of higher-quality life for all people around the world.

Some of her recent client work includes the following:

  • providing support to help expand local vaccine manufacturing in Africa, which includes strategies around various ecosystem enablers: regulatory, talent, financing, infrastructure, market-shaping, and R&D
  • supporting various African government agencies on COVID-19 response strategies, setting up emergency operation and nerve centers, disease detection and public-health measures, supply chain and market dynamics, health systems strengthening, the continuation of essential services—including vaccines—and regional coordination
  • completing a comprehensive review to identify opportunities to sustainably expand private provision of HIV treatment services and primarily finance through private sources. Uncovered, tested, and prioritized a set of interrelated causes and root causes preventing the private sector from organically growing to meet market needs
  • supporting a global community health initiative to quantify the impact of scaling-up community health level interventions in 15 countries
  • supporting a central African country in defining a business model for a new parastatal agency that would be the central medical warehouse for health supply chain; included governance, procurement, management information systems, digitization, and financing to strengthen the public supply chain

Prior to joining McKinsey, Marilyn worked in public- and private-sector hospitals in Kenya where she was involved in the medical and surgical management of patients in various departments. She also worked as a research analyst and led a project to improve patient experience in UK hospitals. She also assisted with the creation of a solution to monitor, analyze, and improve patient experience across five hospitals in the United Kingdom and the United States.


Acting now to strengthen Africa’s health systems,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020


Ministry of Health, Kenya
Medical officer

General Electric
Research analyst


University of Warwick
MS, public health

University of Nairobi
MD, medicine and surgery