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Matthews Mmopi

Supports the leaders of biopharmaceuticals, generics, and animal-health companies to unlock enterprise-wide value creation and change management, with a focus on innovation, growth strategies, and operating model transformations

Matthews leads our enterprise-wide transformation work for the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice, globally. He is also a geographical leader in South Africa for the McKinsey Health Institute, a non-profit-generating entity within the firm that aspires to catalyze action to add 45 billion years of higher-quality life for all people around the world.

Since joining McKinsey, Matthews has advised companies in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States and has on-the-ground experience across more than 20 countries to date.

Drawing on his deep expertise in innovation, growth strategies and operating models, Matthews works with the leaders of human pharmaceuticals, generics, and animal-health companies to help unlock accelerated value creation and to support transformational change. He helps our clients achieve a simultaneous focus on top-line growth, profitability improvements, and organizational health.

Examples of Matthews’ recent client work include the following:

  • supporting a multi-year, full-scale transformation program, including reorganization, functional capability building, establishing an innovation culture, and securing productivity gains of employees
  • building a corporate portfolio strategy—including M&A, business development, in-licensing, and R&D—for a global pharma company to grow revenues and accelerate share gains in emerging markets
  • leading a major growth and commercial transformation for a global generics company to drive EBITDA and cash improvement
  • designing growth strategies and transformation programs for specialty care, primary care, and rare disease pharma companies in Africa and the Middle East, addressing operational, commercial, and organizational opportunities

Matthews also leads our Africa Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice, where he spends his time working with global public health donors to help expand people’s access to medicines across the continent. He is passionate about diversity and inclusion and serves as the leader of GLAM—our LGBTQ network—for the Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Matthews worked as an economics researcher for the Aspen Institute in India.

Published work

Against the odds: How life sciences companies excel in large transformations,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Should sub-Saharan Africa make its own drugs?,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

Winning in Nigeria: Pharma’s next frontier," McKinsey & Company, May 2017


University of Oxford
MPhil, development economics

Harvard College
BA, economics