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

Chevron
Process engineer

Education

Stanford University
MBA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS and BS, chemical engineering