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Nikola Jurisic

Senior Expert, Dubai
As a senior expert in culture and change, a facilitator, and a coach, counsels public- and private-sector leaders on building values-driven systems

About Nikola

Nikola leads McKinsey’s culture and change work across more than 90 countries in Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and Africa (EEMA). He focuses on systemic, large-scale, transformation programs that integrate strategic, operational, and cultural initiatives. He also counsels public- and private-sector leaders to help them transform their organization’s culture, and their customer and employee experience, to build a positive and productive work environment.

Nikola is an expert in building values-driven organizations in both the public and private sector. He does this by orchestrating McKinsey’s global culture and change-related assets, including Aberkyn (a firm of change facilitators), McKinsey Academy, Impact Essentials, Org Solutions (including the Organizational Health Index), and external partnerships to meet our clients’ cultural evolution imperatives.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • supporting the transformation of an iconic Middle Eastern organization, doubling its performance and organizational health over 4 years
  • designing a national leadership program aiming to develop leadership capabilities at a national scale for a large Middle Eastern country
  • designing and supporting the implementation of several corporate academies in EEMA
  • conducting several organizational-restructuring exercises for public and private enterprises to align their structure to their strategy
  • evolving McKinsey’s global knowledge in the areas of cultural transformation and change management in an agile world
  • conducting more than 20 leadership-development workshops throughout EEMA, many together with our Aberkyn colleagues

Before joining McKinsey, Nikola worked as a researcher and journalist for several major publications in Europe. Fluent in English and Serbian, he holds certificates as a chartered portfolio manager, a facilitator of transformation, and as a professional life coach.

Published work

Build your organizational identity,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, February 2021

Real-world lessons to jumpstart an agile culture shift,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Doing vs being: Practical lessons on building an agile culture,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Past experience


The Economist Intelligence Unit
Researcher, journalist


London School of Economics
BSC, management