This is a profile image of Vishal Agarwal

Vishal Agarwal

Senior PartnerSingapore

Vishal Agarwal

Senior PartnerSingapore

Leads our energy and basic-materials work in Southeast Asia with a focus on transformation, digital operations, and Industry 4.0

Vishal co-leads our sustainability practice, and leads our work in oil and gas, metals, and mining in Southeast Asia. He specializes in advising clients on end-to-end operations transformations, capital-project delivery, digital operations, and Industry 4.0. He is equally experienced in helping clients develop sound strategies.

Vishal’s experience in Industry 4.0 technologies—including automation, robotics, data and analytics—and the digitization of manufacturing spans sectors. He is one of the leaders of the Singapore Innovation & Learning Centers, our key capability-building hub and testbed for digital solutions.  

Vishal has extensive experience working in the energy sector. His clients include leading energy and process manufacturing companies. He has worked with clients across Australia, China, India, and Southeast Asia to implement holistic transformations that grow production and reduce costs, while building the capabilities of client teams. He regularly advises on resource productivity, supply chain, procurement, and manufacturing.

Select examples of his recent client work include leading an end-to-end supply-chain optimization for a complex Southeast Asian business, which resulted in savings of $150 million through better planning, digital tools, and reduced logistics spending, and supporting an Asian plantation company on a precision forestry project, using advanced technology to accelerate growth and performance.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Vishal worked at Lehman Brothers and Wipro Limited.

Published work

Indonesia’s green powerhouse promise in ten bold moves,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Malaysia’s green business building opportunity on the net-zero journey,” McKinsey & Company, January 2024

How to power Indonesia’s solar PV growth opportunities,” McKinsey & Company, October 2023

Charting a path for Vietnam to achieve its net-zero goals,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

How carbon markets can help Malaysia achieve its climate targets,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Ten ways to boost Indonesia’s energy sector in a postpandemic world,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Automation and the future of work in Indonesia,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

Moving past the ‘pilot trap’ to unleash Industry 4.0 in Indonesia,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Cybersecurity and digital resilience: Seven practices for companies in Indonesia,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Confronting Indonesia’s productivity challenge” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Past Experience

Wipro Limited
Senior internal auditor


Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore