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Prakash Parbhoo

Prakash Parbhoo

Brings in-depth experience in basic materials, including the mining and oil-and-gas sectors, with a focus on digitizing capital projects

Prakash has worked extensively across capital-intensive industries, including metals and mining, oil and gas, chemicals, and infrastructure. His experience ranges from early stage concept optimization through late-stage construction turnaround. Recent focus areas include transforming capital projects through digital and helping develop Africa’s infrastructure.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • applying lean construction techniques at two $10 billion megaprojects to identify and eliminate risk, saving more than a year on the project schedule
  • evaluating and addressing contractual risks, claims, and counterclaims for a major brownfield refurbishment
  • optimizing a $30 billion capital project portfolio for a large infrastructure company, achieving immediate savings of more than 10 percent
  • establishing a capital scrubbing and optimization team for a global petrochemical company, with savings to date of more than $1 billion
  • providing end-to-end optimization for a heavy-haul railway and port system, with a net present value boost of more than $400 million

Prior to joining McKinsey, Prakash spent 6 years with Element Six, a subsidiary of De Beers, where he led a team responsible for advancing the high pressure and temperature technology for diamond synthesis.

Published work

Managing capital risk in the race to net zero,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Training your own capital-project talent,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

An ecosystem of partners: The foundation of capital project excellence,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021


University of Cape Town
MSc and BSc, mechanical engineering