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Sacha Ghai

Senior PartnerToronto

Leads our office in Toronto and brings extensive experience serving institutional investors across a wide range of issues, with deep expertise in shaping long term multi-asset class strategies


Sacha is the managing partner for McKinsey & Company’s Toronto office and is a senior partner of the firm. He is also a leader of our global Institutional Investor service line, which serves 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 multi-asset class strategies, including their investment philosophies, business models, choices on direct versus indirect investing, and approaches to relationship management.

Sacha also helps institutional investors organize to deliver on their chosen strategies by improving their 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 in Davos, and has appeared in publications including Business Week, the Financial Times, and the McKinsey Quarterly.

Sacha has served on the board of Trillium Health Partners since 2010, including on the board’s Quality Committee.

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

Published work

Private equity: Changing perceptions and new realities,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

The best of times and the worst of times for institutional investors,” (PDF–1.0 MB), McKinsey & Company, August 2011

Private Equity Canada 2010: Preparing for the next wave of growth,” (PDF–4.94 MB), McKinsey and Thomson Reuters, 2011

Private Equity Canada 2009: Have we hit bottom?” (PDF–2.40 MB), McKinsey and Thomson Reuters, 2010

The coming demographic deficit: How aging populations will reduce global savings,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2005


Harvard Business School

McMaster University
BASc, biochemistry