About Sunil

Sunil leads the McKinsey Center for Agricultural Transformation and previously led McKinsey’s global Agriculture Practice. He serves chemicals and agriculture clients on a wide range of strategy, organization, and operational-improvement efforts.

Sunil first joined McKinsey in 1986, left McKinsey and served for a year at the World Bank in 1991-92, and then rejoined McKinsey. Since then, he has split his time between working with private-sector clients on growth and performance improvement, helping poor country governments on end-to-end agricultural transformation, and supporting donors on their economic-development strategies.

Some examples of Sunil's recent client work include the following:

  • leading a performance-improvement program for a large chemical company
  • developing a multiyear growth program—including major thrusts around technology and geographic growth supported by substantial M&A activities—for an agricultural-products company
  • supporting agriculture transformation efforts for three African governments
  • spearheading a multi-country effort to increase power-generation capacity and access in Africa for a leading donor
  • designing strategy and organization for integrating a major acquisition for a Middle Eastern energy company

Sunil is, or has been, the lead advisor for the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative, a board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and a member of the advisory committee for USAID.

Published work

"Successful agricultural transformations: Six core elements of planning and delivery," McKinsey & Company, December 2017

"Readiness for agricultural transformation," McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015

"Global agriculture's many opportunities," McKinsey & Company, June 2015

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2013

Past experience

World Bank
Staff, Young Professionals program

Process engineer


Stanford University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS and BS, chemical engineering