About Scott

Scott Desmarais is a partner in McKinsey’s Denver office. He brings over 20 years of experience in strategy consulting, operations, and organization-performance improvement working with leading global corporations, governments, and social institutions. During his time with McKinsey, and in his previous consulting roles, he has lived and worked in numerous countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Scott’s passion is sustainable economic- and social-development impact in emerging markets. Having studied development economics and worked in the public sector of some of Africa’s most challenging markets, Scott believes that a vibrant, growing private sector is essential to lasting economic development. McKinsey’s ability to serve as a catalyst for innovative local and regional approaches to economic development is unrivaled.

Scott is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. He also speaks a few African dialects (for example, Setswana, Lingala) from his years living and working in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria.


Wharton Graduate School of Finance
MBA, multinational corporate finance

University of Pennsylvania
MA, international relations

Joseph Lauder Institute of International Management
French language fellow

Colorado College
BA, international politics and economics

Chambre de Commerce de Paris
Certificat d’études