About Maria

Maria João is a partner in McKinsey’s Lisbon office. She joined McKinsey in 2004 and has served clients in Europe, Latin America, and Africa focusing on the capital projects & infrastructure and electric power & natural gas sectors. She is the global leader of our work with the engineering and construction (E&C) industry.

A key area of focus for Maria João is the infrastructure sector, where she has helped turnaround the performance-management system for a leading construction company, supported the operational transformation of the construction business, and helped define an international growth strategy in new business. In addition, she spearheaded the optimization of large projects, including design-to-value, sourcing, risk management, and lean construction, in several asset classes and geographies.

Maria João has strengthened European utilities in many areas, such as operational transformation of the distribution business, shaping regulatory strategy, defining the strategy for smart grids, and determining the value proposition and business model for value-added services in electricity and gas. She has led the planning and optimization of the construction of hydroelectric power plants for major utilities in Europe and South America, and supported a major renewable player in improving capital productivity in wind-farm investments.

Published work

Artificial intelligence: Construction technology’s next frontier,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2017

Past experience

BPI Investment Bank
Equity research analyst and specialized sell-side sales



Association for Investment Management and Research (A.I.M.R)
Chartered Financial Analyst certification

University of Porto School of Economics and Business (FEP)