Acha Leke is a Partner at McKinsey. He started his McKinsey career as an Associate in the Johannesburg office in 1998 and rejoined the firm in Atlanta in August 1999. He then transferred back to Johannesburg in January 2002 to help expand McKinsey’s activities across sub-Saharan Africa, before relocating to Lagos to lead the firm’s newly established office in Nigeria.
Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Leke worked for three years as a consultant at Pacific Monolithics, Inc. and Spectrian Corporation, both in Sunnyvale, CA, on novel techniques to linearize high-power amplifiers for wireless applications, while completing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He also received an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University, as well as a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude), with a minor in Economics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated as the school’s first black valedictorian.
Mr. Leke is a co-founder and member of the Board of the African Leadership Academy, a co-educational boarding school that aims to develop the next generation of African leaders. He is also a co-founder of the African Leadership Network, an invitation-only network of young African leaders who aspire to bring prosperity to the continent. In 2010, he was selected by Destiny Man as one of the top 40 men under 40 in South Africa. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Regional Agenda Council on Africa.