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Rajat Gupta

Senior Partner, Mumbai
Leads McKinsey’s energy and materials work in Asia, helping companies in emerging markets transform their performance, achieve breakout growth, and become global leaders

About Rajat

Rajat is a leader in McKinsey’s global energy and materials sector. Since joining McKinsey, Rajat has lived on three continents and served 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 metals, chemical, infrastructure, mining, power, oil, and telecommunications sectors. He brings particular expertise in operational transformations and change programs, leveraging digital tools in these areas. Rajat has also served clients on business building (including digital businesses), marketing, organization, and strategy. He leads McKinsey’s relationships with two of India’s top five conglomerates, serving them across the globe. Rajat also leads the firm’s work with the central government, working across multiple ministries—such as those for aviation, railways, roads, and shipping—on major programs and transformations.

Rajat is committed to building long-term relationships with Indian companies based in emerging markets, helping them transform their performance and grow to become global leaders. For example, his involvement with a leading Indian metal company spans 20 years of building better operations, creating a stronger performance culture, and engendering marketing excellence across Asia, Europe, and India. Today, the company is a global leader in its industry.

Passionate about sustainability and resource productivity, Rajat has published work on poverty, carbon abatement, and water in India; been on the jury for several awards; and served on several industry and government committees on sustainability. He is on the board of the Indian think tank CSTEP and the governing board of the Childline India Foundation. Rajat leads McKinsey’s social-responsibility efforts through Generation, the world’s largest demand-driven skilling initiative, and is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute advisory council.

Rajat was awarded gold medals for securing first place in both his MBA and engineering degrees at two of India’s top schools.

Published work

How a steel plant in India tapped the value of data—and won global acclaim,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Will India get too hot to work,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2020

Reopening India: Implications for economic activity and workers,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Getting ahead of coronavirus: Saving lives and livelihoods in India,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Digital India: Technology to transform a connected nation, McKinsey Global Institute, March 2019

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

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