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Tawanda Sibanda

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Serves global financial services firms including financial infrastructure providers, FinTechs, and payments companies in building and scaling new digital businesses

Tawanda is a leader of Leap by McKinsey, the firm’s business-building capability, working primarily with established organizations in the banking, insurance, and payment sectors in North America to help them create and scale new businesses. He also leads our fintech work as part of Fuel, a McKinsey company to help start-ups and their investors, helping drive growth for early-stage companies. In his work with established organizations, Tawanda helps banks, insurance, and payment companies launch new digital greenfield businesses, while helping them structure and deliver digital transformations of their core business.

Examples of Tawanda’s recent work include the following:

  • leading a nine-month digital transformation of an insurance company, supporting them in launching new digital journeys across their core product areas, helping them to significantly increase their digital sales penetration, and setting up and training an internal digital unit to take over the transformation
  • helping a North American tech company to implement a platform-based operating model and architecture

In addition to his client work, Tawanda brings his previous experience in software as well as with building and running a digital travel start-up to his role.

Published work

Investing in—and with—Black consumers in financial services,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Being intentional and being lucky: An interview with Barry Lawson Williams,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Financial data unbound: The value of open data for individuals and institutions,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

Digital reinvention can spur South Africa’s economy,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Past experience

Cofounder, COO

Lead program manager


Harvard Business School
MBA, Baker Scholar

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MEng, BS, electrical engineering and computer science