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Waqar Mian Mahmood

Expert Associate PartnerDubai

Designs and delivers transformation projects and makes lasting improvements in operations by building client capabilities.

With over 14 years of hands-on operational experience, Waqar is passionate about designing and implementing world class operations in both private and public sectors. He works from the frontline all the way to the executive level to drive process and mindset changes and to ensure sustained impact.

Since joining McKinsey, Waqar has led several transformation efforts across different industries and topics and build strong client capabilities to ensure sustained impact.

Examples of his work include:

  • optimizing operations of a multi-billion dollar insurance company to create additional capacity to absorb one and a half times growth at no additional cost
  • helping a logistics company to rapidly reduce cost across a multi-site network in less than six months through a hands-on field and forum approach
  • implementing lean principles at a top-tier utility company to improve its customer service operations
  • helping a large B2B consumer goods company to reduce purchasing spend across multiple categories through learning and applying design-to-value techniques and supplier negotiations

Prior to joining McKinsey, Waqar gained experience in managing large operational sites and deploying continuous improvement initiatives as part of production and project management.

Past experience

Royal Mail
Senior operations leader

Technology Distribution Ltd
Product consultant

Netracon Technologies
Assistant project manager


University of London, Queen Mary College
MBA, technology management

University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan
PGDip, Metallurgy and Material Sciences

University of the Punjab, Pakistan
BSc Engineering, Metallurgy and Material Sciences