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Kannan Lakmeeharan

Partner, Johannesburg
Brings years of experience in the electric-power industry to his work serving clients on sector reform, operations, and capital productivity

About Kannan

Kannan is a partner in McKinsey’s Johannesburg office and a member of our Electric Power & Natural Gas, Public Sector, and Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practices. Kannan joined McKinsey to achieve his passion to bring energy access to the continent. He believes that this is one of the keys to accelerate Africa’s growth trajectory. Much of his work involves advising governments, utilities, and development agencies on electricity-sector reform, operations, and capital productivity.

In the past few years, Kannan has led client projects on topics including:

  • developing a roadmap to implement critical regional electricity-transmission interconnections in Africa
  • optimizing capital expenditure in a port expansion to reduce the cost of doing business
  • designing an optimized capital portfolio for a large state-owned logistics utility
  • devising financing solutions for a country’s power sector

Kannan has also worked on a number of research and consulting projects on analyzing and planning power systems in South Africa, Vietnam, and the Southern African power pool.

Before joining McKinsey, Kannan spent 18 years in executive roles at Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity utility, where his responsibilities at various times included system operations and planning, real-time security, supply chain, engineering, primary energy procurement, long-term planning for generation and transmission, and the implementation of strategic initiatives on operational improvements and leadership development.

Published Work

Analytics for grid decision making,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019


University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
MS, electrical engineering