About Rajat

Rajat Gupta is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Mumbai office and member of the Asian Energy and Materials Practice leadership. He leads McKinsey’s Centers of Competence—which provide specialised client service in more than 15 functions. He is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI research on business, economics, and technology trends.

Since joining McKinsey in 1992, Rajat has lived on three continents, serving clients in 15 countries including China, India, Indonesia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Rajat has worked with leading companies in the automotive, chemicals, financial-services, infrastructure, mining, power, pharmaceuticals, steel, and telecoms sectors. While he brings particular expertise in operational transformations and change programs, he has also served clients on business building, marketing, organisation, and strategy. He leads McKinsey’s relationship with two of India’s top five conglomerates, serving them across the globe.

Rajat is committed to building long-term relationships with companies based in emerging markets, helping them transform their performance and grow to become global leaders. For example, his involvement with a leading Indian metals company spans 15 years of building better operations, creating a stronger performance culture, and engendering marketing excellence—across Europe, India, and Southeast Asia. Today, the company is a global leader in its industry.

Rajat is passionate about sustainability and resource productivity. He has published reports and articles on carbon abatement and water in India, has been on the jury for several awards, and has served on the committee of the Water Mission of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which promotes thought leadership on water issues.

Rajat was awarded gold medals for securing first place in both his MBA and his engineering degree, at two of India’s top schools (IIM Calcutta and BITS Pilani).

Published work

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

India’s path from poverty to empowerment,” McKinsey & Company, February 2014

“An interview with Santrupt Misra, Aditya Birla Group HR and CEO of Carbon Black” (PDF–813 KB), McKinsey & Company, 2012

Transforming India’s logistics infrastructure,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2010

“Building India: Transforming the nation’s logistics infrastructure” (PDF–650 KB), McKinsey & Company, July 2010

“Environmental and energy sustainability: An approach for India” (PDF–2.45 MB), McKinsey & Company, August 2009

“Building India: Accelerating infrastructure projects” (PDF–2.54 MB), McKinsey & Company, August 2009


Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
BTech, engineering (computer science)