Acha Leke

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Acha Leke, a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, Johannesburg office, started his career as a Summer Associate in 1998. He moved to the firm in Atlanta in 1999 and transferred back to Johannesburg in 2002 to help expand company’s activities across sub-Saharan Africa. Leke relocated to Lagos in 2010 to lead the firm’s newly established office in Nigeria and returned to South Africa in 2014. He heads up the Public & Social Sector Practice and the Private Equity Practice in Africa. Leke is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Council and is the Senior Partner in charge of Global Recruiting for McKinsey worldwide.

Leke serves governments, multinational, and private sector institutions across 20 African countries on issues of economic development, tax administration, growth strategies, holistic transformations, and investment decisions.

Leke is a co-founder and board member of the African Leadership Academy and a co-founder of the African Leadership Network. Leke is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader Alumni and is currently a member of WEF’s Global Future Council on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion. Leke served eight years on the boards of the Global Agenda Council for Africa, ONE’s Africa Policy Advisory Board, Lagos Business School Advisory Board, and President Kagame’s African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee. He has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to Africa, and its youth. He co-authored McKinsey’s highly acclaimed series of Lions on the Move reports. He is regularly featured in various media platforms (CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Economist, FT, and Wall Street Journal).

Leke has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering summa cum laude, with a minor in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was the first Black Valedictorian in the school’s history. He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management before completing his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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