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Mekala Krishnan

Senior Fellow, Boston
Leads the McKinsey Global Institute’s research on gender economics, inclusive growth, and economic development

About Mekala

Mekala is a senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm.

Her recent research has focused on topics related to inclusive growth and economic development, including productivity growth in advanced economies, global gender economics, women’s role in labor markets, and urbanization. Other research she has conducted focuses on business subjects, such as corporate performance and financial-market returns. Mekala is a frequent speaker on these topics as well as broader global trends.

Mekala coleads MGI’s research series on global gender equality, authoring multiple MGI reports on the power of parity and the financial benefits of advancing women’s equality, including several regional and country-focused reports on gender equality in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her work also includes analysis of the spending needed to bridge gender gaps and contributions to MGI’s Urban World series.

Mekala contributed to the work of the United Nation’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on various issues, including unpaid care work and digital inclusion. She serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality.

Previously, Mekala worked as a consultant for McKinsey’s advanced-industries group. Her previous work includes innovation, strategy, and operations projects for engineering clients.

Published work

Climate risk and response: Physical Hazards and socioeconomic impacts,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2020

The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in Africa,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2019

Will automation improve work for women or make it worse?,” Harvard Business Review, July 2019

What automation means for the gender gap,” Project Syndicate, June 2019

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

A new look at the declining labor share of income in the United States,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2019

Accelerating gender parity: What can governments do?,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

Globalization in transition: The future of trade and value chains,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2019

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

How can digital technology speed up gender equality?,” Equals, July 2018

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2018

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Canada,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2017

The productivity puzzle: A closer look at the United States,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2017

Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2016

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

Bracing for a new era of lower investment returns,” McKinsey on Finance, July 2016

Delivering the power of parity: Toward a more gender-equal society,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2016

Diminishing returns: Why investors may need to lower their expectations,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2016

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United States,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2016

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2015

The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

From poverty to empowerment: India’s imperative for jobs, growth, and effective basic services,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2014


Cornell University
PhD, MS, mechanical engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
BS, mechanical engineering