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Shirish Sankhe

Senior PartnerMumbai

Advises companies on large-scale transformation and works with governments on economic growth and urban development


Shirish is a senior partner at McKinsey based in Mumbai, serving companies in restructuring and transformation, energy and basic materials, and infrastructure.

In over 24 years at McKinsey, Shirish has worked on the transformation and turnarounds of companies and has helped them achieve significant and sustained performance improvements, often multiplying their market value and scaling up significantly. Over the last few years, Shirish has been leading McKinsey’s restructuring and transformation services (RTS) work in the region.

In addition to serving companies, Shirish is passionate on the topics of economic growth and urbanization in India. He has worked with state and central governments on urbanization policies and the development of new cities. He has been closely involved with the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) on economic research, including shaping the agenda on MGI’s global council.

Shirish has authored several landmark reports on India’s economic growth and the challenges of urbanization. His latest work includes coauthoring MGI's report ‘India’s turning point: an economic agenda to spur growth and jobs’, which highlights the actions needed to return the economy to a high-growth path and create gainful jobs for 90 million workers by 2030.

Published work

Decarbonising India: Charting a pathway for sustainable growth,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

India’s turning point: An economic agenda to spur growth and jobs,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2020

India’s ascent: Five opportunities for growth and transformation,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2016

Empowering teachers and trainers through technology,” LiveMint, January 2015

Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2014

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

Comparing urbanization in India and China,” McKinsey & Company, July 2010

Opinion: Funding India's urban infrastructure,” Financial Times, May 2010

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

India’s urban rising,” Financial Times, April 2010


Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania
Wharton Executive Management Program

Purdue University
PhD in chemical engineering

University of Bombay (UDCT)
BS in chemical engineering