About Susan

Susan Lund is a partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute. She conducts economic research on financial markets, labor markets, and the global growth outlook.

Her latest research includes independent work and the gig economy, digital finance in emerging markets, and how digital technologies are transforming globalization. Other recent research includes the continuing accumulation of global debt and potential risks; how digital platforms are transforming labor markets; and growth prospects for African economies in an era of lower commodity prices.

Susan has an active travel schedule discussing research findings with CEOs and other executives at global Fortune 500 companies, and she is a frequent speaker at global conferences.

She has authored numerous articles in leading business publications, including Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs. Susan was elected to the Board of the National Association of Business Economists and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Conference of Business Economists.

She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Selected published work

"Global finance resets," International Monetary Fund, December 2017

"Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation," McKinsey Global Institute, November 2017

"As European banks retreat from the world stage China is stepping up," Harvard Business Review, September 2017

"Financial globalization 2.0," Project Syndicate, September 2017

"The new dynamics of financial globalization," McKinsey Global Institute, August 2017

"Here's what central bankers should really be focusing on at Jackson Hole," Fortune, August 2017

"Banking landscape shifts as Chinese groups globalise,"Financial Times, August 2017

"What's now and next in analytics, AI, and automation," McKinsey Global Institute, May 2017

"China’s role in the next phase of globalization," McKinsey Global Institute, April 2017

"Adapting to the new globalization," Project Syndicate, February 2017

"What the rise of Uber says about the gig economy today," Fortune, February 2017

"The promise of digital finance," Project Syndicate, December 2016

"Technology, jobs, and the future of work," McKinsey Global Institute, December 2016

"How digital finance could boost growth in emerging economies," McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

"Five priorities for competing in an era of digital globalization," McKinsey Quarterly, May 2016

"Why investors may need to lower their sights," McKinsey Global Institute, April 2016

"Digital globalization: The new era of global flows," McKinsey Global Institute, February 2016

"Organizing for the future," McKinsey Global Institute, January 2016

"South Africa's bold priorities for inclusive growth," McKinsey Global Institute, August 2015

"Connecting talent with opportunity in the digital age," McKinsey Global Institute, June 2015

"Harnessing the power of shifting global flows," McKinsey Quarterly, February 2015

"Debt and (not much) deleveraging," McKinsey Global Institute, February 2015

"Lions go global: Deepening Africa's ties to the United States," McKinsey Global Institute, August 2014

"Global flows in a digital age," McKinsey Global Institute, April 2014

"QE and ultra-low interest rates: Distributional effects and risks," McKinsey Global Institute, November 2013

"Breaking the US growth impasse," McKinsey Quarterly, August 2013

"Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal," McKinsey Global Institute, July 2013

"Financial globalization: Retreat or reset," McKinsey Global Institute, March 2013

"Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth," McKinsey Global Institute, January 2012

"An economy that works: Job creation and America's future," McKinsey Global Institute, June 2011

"Africa: The next growth market," Harvard Business Review, May 2011

"Five myths about interest rates," Washington Post, January 21, 2011

"Farewell to cheap capital: The implications of long-term shifts in global investment and saving," McKinsey Global Institute, December 2010

Radio interviews

"The new dynamics of financial globalization," Bloomberg Markets: The New Dynamics of Financial Globalization, Bloomberg Radio, August 2017

"Economic Tectonics," BBC World Service, The Compass, March 2017

"The gig economy," KGO810 Jason Middleton, October 2016

"America's aging population and slowing economic growth," Diane Rehm Show, August 2016


Stanford University
PhD in applied economics

Northwestern University
BA in economics