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Uzayr Jeenah


Helps shape the future of financial services by working with banks and disruptors

Uzayr is a partner based in McKinsey’s Toronto office and a leader in the firm’s Commercial and Transaction Banking Practice in North America. He works with financial services incumbents and disruptors around the world to help them unlock growth.

Some of his recent client work includes the following:

  • Leading an operating model transformation for a transaction banking franchise
  • Unlocking growth by developing new, better risk models and processes for a bank
  • Supporting numerous exit preparations, including IPOs, trade sales, and joint-venture partnerships, for fintech players

Uzayr is passionate about the role of technology in enabling access to financial services.

In his spare time, he enjoys marathon running and entertaining his three children.

Published Work

Springtime for Canada’s fintech industry?,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Fintech in Africa: The end of the beginning,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Nature and financial institutions in Africa: A first assessment of opportunities and risks, McKinsey & Company, June 2022

African banking in the new reality, McKinsey & Company, August 2021

A credit lifeline: How banks can serve SMEs in South Africa better,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Beyond COVID-19: Charting the road to recovery for South African insurers,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020


Columbia Business School
MBA, Finance and Economics

University of Pretoria
Chemical Engineering