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Seckin Ungur


Seckin Ungur


Serves clients on delivering major transformations, with a focus on improving citizen outcomes and organisational culture

Seckin supports clients on delivering major government transformations, with a focus on improving citizen outcomes and organisational culture. She is particularly passionate about working with governments to drive education and workforce transitions in the new era of skill requirements. Seckin also leads much of McKinsey Australia’s work on education reform.

Examples of her recent client work include the following:

  • supporting a large Commonwealth service-delivery agency on developing a transformation roadmap, including a future workforce strategy and capability-building framework
  • designing and helping implement a major K-12 education transformation project for a state government to drive improvement in student outcomes
  • developing skills and capability strategy for a government department undergoing citizen-centric service-delivery transformation
  • leading the review of small and medium-size enterprise policy for a state government
  • supporting a review of the Australian workforce using the McKinsey Global Institute’s future-of-work model
  • shaping a culture-transformation initiative for a major VET provider, with demonstrated uplift in organisational health
  • supporting a major university to improve top team effectiveness

Seckin has recently published research on automation, jobs, and the future of work. She also has a strong interest in social policy, in particular the reform of the child-protection system and reducing re-offending.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Seckin worked in the Australian public sector for more than 15 years as head of strategy for a dedicated job-creation agency governed by a private-sector board, in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet in senior leadership roles overseeing the justice and health portfolios, and in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Published work

How COVID-19 caused a global learning crisis,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

Improving schools: Reflections from education leaders in South Australia,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Reforming public education in Australia: An interview with Mark Scott AO,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Automation in government: Harnessing technology to transform customer experience,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

How to rebuild and reimagine jobs amid the coronavirus crisis,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Australia’s automation opportunity: Reigniting productivity and inclusive income growth, McKinsey & Company, March 2019

Past experience

Jobs for NSW
Head of strategy


The University of Sydney
Executive MA, public administration

UNSW Sydney
MA, forensic psychology
BA, psychology