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Mona Mourshed

Partner, Washington DC
Leads the firm’s social responsibility agenda as well as Generation and—nonprofits founded by McKinsey

About Mona

Mona leads McKinsey’s global social-responsibility agenda. In this role, she oversees our firm’s efforts to ensure that we work responsibly—addressing environmental, social, and governance issues—and that we make a positive social impact by helping to tackle global social challenges and by giving back to our communities.

In 2014, Mona became the founding CEO of Generation, a nonprofit founded by McKinsey to tackle global youth unemployment. It was inspired by the groundbreaking research she had led into the journey from education to employment. Today, Generation operates across more than 13 countries, 100 cities, 26 professions, and four industry sectors. Following five years of operation, Generation’s more than 33,000 graduates have 82 percent job placement, nearly 70 percent job retention at one year, and enjoy two to six times higher income relative to their starting point. It is the largest global program by annual volume that trains and places youth in jobs.

Mona is also the CEO of, a new nonprofit founded by McKinsey to have lasting and substantial impact on complex social challenges. will be an incubator for new solutions to social issues that works by applying McKinsey’s capabilities and by partnering with leaders from the private, public, and social sectors. is exploring how it can help to address the sustainability challenges facing cities across the world. It is looking first at how cities can recycle waste—particularly plastics and organic materials—like food or garden waste. Unmanaged, these have harmful consequences for the environment, public health, and the economy.

In 2007, Mona founded McKinsey’s education service line, which she led until 2017, serving school systems and vocational and higher-education institutions to improve students’ learning outcomes, their chances of finding jobs, and their day-to-day lives. She was also a founding member of McKinsey’s Dubai office in 2000 and was the first woman elected partner in the region.

Mona was selected as one of Fortune magazine’s “40 under 40,” serves on the board of governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization, is a board member of New America Foundation, and a member of the global advisory council for Teach for All. She also holds membership of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mona previously served on the board of governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide and was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education.

Mona was selected as one of Fortune magazine’s “40 under 40,” is a board member of New America Foundation and a member of the global advisory council for Teach for All. She also holds membership on the Council on Foreign Relations.

Published work

How to improve student educational outcomes: New insights from data analytics,” McKinsey & Company, September 2017

To Better Train Workers, Figure Out Where They Struggle,” Harvard Business Review, June 2017

Most Job Training Programs Don’t Work. Here’s How To Do Better,” Huffington Post, June 2017

A Better Metric for the Value of a Worker Training Program,” Harvard Business Review, February 2017

Closing the skills gap: Creating workforce-development programs that work for everyone,” February 2017

Education to employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work,” January 2014

From education to employment: Designing a system that works,” McKinsey Center for Government, January 2013

From our blog

After 3 years of tackling youth unemployment, Generation has 15,000+ graduates—and counting (December 2017)

Joining forces with United Way to tackle youth unemployment (May 2017)

Video and podcasts

A hands-on approach to youth unemployment,” McKinsey & Company, January 2016

Solving global youth unemployment,” TEDxUNPlaza, October 2013

Education to employment: Designing a system that works,” McKinsey & Company, December 2012

The fair to good journey: Louisiana,” McKinsey & Company, May 2012


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University
BA, interdisciplinary studies