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Sacha Ghai

Senior PartnerToronto

Brings extensive experience serving institutional investors across a wide range of issues, with deep expertise in shaping long-term multiasset class strategies

Sacha is a senior partner of the firm and a leader of our global institutional investor work, serving retirement systems, pension plans, endowments, and family offices around the world. He also has extensive experience in the field of private equity, including conducting over 50 due diligence studies, developing private-equity strategies, and working to create value in portfolio companies.

Sacha has served leading institutional investors—including pension funds in North America and sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia—across a wide range of issues. In particular, he has helped several such investors develop long-term multiasset class strategies, including investment philosophies, business models, choices on direct versus indirect investing, and approaches to relationship management.

Sacha also helps institutional investors organize to deliver on chosen strategies by improving the supporting investment processes—including due diligence on direct investments and external manager selection criteria—as well as by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all middle- and back-office functions. He has personally led three finance functions transformations in the past two years, helping institutions streamline processes and improve effectiveness.

Sacha spent a year as a fellow of the McKinsey Global Institute where he led a major research effort on the impact of global demographic change on international capital markets. His work has been presented at the World Economic Forum, and has appeared in publications including Business Week, the Financial Times, and McKinsey Quarterly.

Before joining McKinsey, Sacha was a successful entrepreneur in the insurance industry.

Published work

Performance edge: Investors hone their strategies for a new era, McKinsey & Company, July 2023

The CEO alpha: The advantages of exceptional leadership,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

CEO alpha: A new approach to generating private equity outperformance,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023


Harvard Business School

McMaster University
BS, biochemistry