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Tony Hansen

Director of the Global Infrastructure Initiative, Bay Area
Leads the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII), a community of senior leaders in infrastructure and capital projects committed to driving measurable change in the industry.

About Tony

Tony leads the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII), a community of the world’s most senior leaders in infrastructure and capital projects that are committed to identifying tangible ways to improve the delivery of infrastructure and get more out of existing assets. He has more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing complex global programs, having worked with leading multinational corporations, governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

Specialty areas include strategic development, stakeholder engagement, and project management. Tony’s experience spans infrastructure, sustainability, conservation, and high-impact events.

Through GII, Tony runs the following key initiatives:

  • GII summits—convenes leaders from across the value chain, sectors, and geographies for a solutions-focused discussion on resolving some of the world’s greatest challenges in capital projects and infrastructure.
  • GII roundtables—brings together 20 to 30 experts to problem-solve a specific critical infrastructure issue in that region. GII hosts more than a dozen roundtables in different cities each year.
  • GII innovation site visits—exposes leaders in the GII community to some of the world’s most exciting advances and demonstrates their potential impact at scale.
  • Voices on Infrastructure—features the best insights and practices from across the value chain, sectors, and geographies in a digital, action-oriented quarterly publication.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Tony worked as a management consultant and entrepreneur for more than 20 years. During this time, he worked on impact summits with Fortune, performed sustainability consulting with Blu Skye, and cocreated the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, a transformative sustainable agriculture partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector.

Tony is on the advisory board of Tompkins Conservation, a global conservation organization that creates national parks, recovers imperiled wildlife, and promotes sustainable local communities.


Global Infrastructure Initiative

Convening global leaders in infrastructure and capital projects in pursuit of new solutions

Published Work

Valuing nature conservation: A methodology to evaluate where safeguarding natural capital could have the biggest impact on climate, economies and health”, McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Voices on Infrastructure: The project of the future”, Global Infrastructure Initiative, September 2020

2020 GII Virtual Summit recap report”, Global Infrastructure Initiative, July 2020

Voices on Infrastructure: Resetting amid COVID-19”, Global Infrastructure Initiative, June 2020

Voices on Infrastructure: Workforce of the future”, Global Infrastructure Initiative, December 2019

Voices on Infrastructure: Scaling modular construction,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, September 2019

Voices on Infrastructure: Advancing urban transport infrastructure,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, July 2019

Voices on Infrastructure: Achieving excellence in real estate major projects,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, March 2019

The best ideas from the 2018 Global Infrastructure Initiative,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, January 2019

Voices on Infrastructure: Future-proofing infrastructure”, Global Infrastructure Initiative, October 2018

Voices on Infrastructure: Major Projects”, Global Infrastructure Initiative, June 2018

A vision of beauty: How we helped Chile to create ten million acres of national parks”, McKinsey Blog, March 2018

Voices on Infrastructure: Harnessing the promise of digital,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, March 2018

Voices on Infrastructure: Navigating big disruptions in transportation,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, September 2017

Voices on Infrastructure: Transforming project delivery,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, June 2017

2017 GII Summit outcomes report,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, July 2017

Voices on Infrastructure: Insights on project development and finance,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, March 2017

Voices on Infrastructure: The future of real estate,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, December 2016

Voices on Infrastructure: Rethinking engineering and construction,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, October 2016

Voices on Infrastructure: Productive cities,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, June 2016

Voices on Infrastructure: Novel solutions,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, March 2016

2015 GII Summit recap report,” Global Infrastructure Initiative, December 2015


University of Cape Town—Graduate School of Business
MA, information systems
BCom, economics