Mekala Krishnan

Dr. Mekala Krishnan is senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Boston. Krishnan's research has focused on various topics related to inclusive growth and economic development. Krishnan is a frequent speaker on these topics as well as on broader global trends, and helps advise decision makers, multilaterals, private sector companies, and non-profits on these issues. She co-leads MGI’s research on global gender equality. She has provided research support to the UN’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Krishnan serves on an advisory board for the Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women.

Strength in Numbers: Using Data to Track Diversity and Inclusion

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The Silent Coup

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