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Shirish Sankhe

Senior Partner, Mumbai
Advises research on urbanization and economic growth, particularly in India and Southeast Asia

About Shirish

Dr. Shirish Sankhe is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Mumbai office and supports clients in our Infrastructure, Public Sector, and EPNG (Electric Power & Natural Gas) practices.

In his 18 years with McKinsey, Shirish has worked closely with major energy and infrastructure companies in India and across the world. He specializes in transformations and turnarounds of industrial companies; over the past decade he has helped over ten such companies achieve significant, sustained performance improvement. He is also an expert in the global metals and mining industries, and works closely with several metals and mining companies around the world.

Shirish spends a significant portion of his time on public policy work in India, working with the government to improve primary education, manage the process of urbanization, and drive economic growth. In 2010, Shirish coauthored the landmark MGI report on India’s urbanization, a topic he is passionate about. In 2014 he again coauthored an MGI report, this time on “India’s path from poverty to empowerment.”

Prior to joining McKinsey, Shirish received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and worked for Mobil Oil in the U.S. as a senior research engineer.

Published work

India’s path from poverty to empowerment,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2014

India’s urbanization: A closer look,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2010

India’s urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2010

“Environmental and energy sustainability: An approach for India” (PDF–2.45 MB), McKinsey, September 2009

The growth imperative for India,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2001


Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania
Wharton Executive Management Program

Purdue University
PhD in chemical engineering

University of Bombay (UDCT)
BS in chemical engineering