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Dr. Silke-Susann Otto

Director of Client Development and Associate PartnerBangkok

Brings more than 20 years of experience building and transforming businesses, developing talent, and leading high-performing teams

Dr. Silke-Susann Otto (Sisu) coleads McKinsey’s sustainability-related work in Thailand around the energy transition—including renewables, hydrogen and carbon capture, storage, and usage—and the funding of the transition with innovative approaches in securing decarbonization while building sound business cases. As a director of client development for McKinsey in Southeast Asia, she also helps drive the firm’s sustainability and economic development work with donors across the region.

Sisu has more than 20 years of experience working in Europe and Asia, primarily as a capability-building and transformation consultant. She led operational and organizational efforts to deliver sustained performance improvements at scale for clients in automotive, oil and gas, professional and financial services, and real estate. She draws on this extensive experience to advise on client strategy and service across regions and cultures.

Passionate about business building and entrepreneurship, Sisu was instrumental in opening McKinsey’s office in Myanmar. In this capacity, she led efforts to build the firm’s client and partner network and advised senior executives on topics including strategy, governance and leadership, and digital transformation. She also helped shape the firm’s Myanmar market knowledge—including our perspectives on the country’s economic development, education, energy, banking, real estate, retail, and consumer, as well as telecommunications—and insights into organizational health and management practices as well as corporate governance of Myanmar corporations. In addition, she oversaw the firm’s efforts to build and recruit a pool of exceptional local talent and championed the consulting fellowship program in Myanmar.

Prior to this role, Sisu coled our capability building efforts in Asia. She continues to support teams architecting and delivering large-scale capability building programs within transformations and advises on efforts to establish corporate universities. Sisu first joined McKinsey in our German office and advised clients across Europe and Japan. She briefly left the firm to work in Hong Kong, and also worked as an independent consultant before returning to McKinsey.

Deeply committed to Myanmar and education, Sisu serves as a trustee of Hong Kong-based Studer Trust—a not for profit focused on educational opportunities in Myanmar’s rural areas. She was a member of the board of trustees at Yangon International School. Sisu holds a nonexecutive director diploma from the Financial Times, an accreditation for nonexecutive board members who wish to have lasting strategic and financial impact on the boards on which they sit. She is also an accredited administrator of The Myers-Briggs Company’s type indicator tests. A native of Germany, Sisu is fluent in German, English, and Japanese. She also speaks conversational French.

Published work

Corporate learning’s transformation in the digital age,” Chief Learning Officer, December 5, 2016.

Past experience



Philipps University of Marburg
PhD in Japanese business

Philipps University of Marburg
MA in Japanese business