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Mischa Zielke


Leads our talent and HR work across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; helps clients embark on talent-led transformations to unlock peak performance as individuals, teams, and organizations

Mischa has spent over 15 years at McKinsey, where he has worked with clients and global leaders to improve organizational performance on all levels. He served both public- and private-sector clients across more than 20 countries in Europe and Latin America before moving to the Middle East in 2015 to continue his work with transformational change.

Mischa has also supported the firm’s commitment to attract and retain top talent, including global efforts to create a more balanced, healthier experience for thousands of colleagues worldwide. He is a geographical leader in the Middle East for the McKinsey Health Institute, a not-for-profit entity within the firm that aspires to catalyze action to add 45 billion years of higher-quality life for all people around the world.

He stepped away from his position at the firm for a short duration to serve as a dean and a professor, and cofounded a company that leverages AI-led solutions to boost employee productivity and well-being, before returning to the firm in 2021.

Mischa is fluent in English, German, and Spanish, and commits to creating time and space for daily meditation practices, sports, and immersion in nature. He has previously spent time as a competitive martial artist, is a former member of the German military, and actively works toward completing his quest to climb all Seven Summits of the world.


Better health among Middle Eastern employees can start with awareness,” McKinsey Health Institute, January 2023



TheP ower Business School
Associate professor and dean, management and leadership


University of St.Gallen Switzerland

CEMS - The Global Alliance In Management Education
MBA, business administration and management