Mekala Krishnan is a McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Fellow in the Stamford, CT office of McKinsey and Company. She co-led MGI’s research on global gender equality and is an author of the MGI report “The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth”. Mekala has also worked on the topic of inclusive growth and gender equality in India, and is currently co-leading MGI’s efforts on gender equality in the United States, and on global investment trends in financial and non-financial assets.
Mekala also has contributed to MGI’s research on gender equality and inclusive growth in India, including evaluating differences in equality by state and identifying enablers to increase the economic participation of women. Her work at McKinsey has also included supporting an automotive client in cost target setting and supporting a public sector client in disaster relief efforts, including establishing an organization to manage disaster recovery, creating performance management systems to monitor progress, and providing day-to-day support.
Prior to McKinsey, Mekala received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, where she conducted interdisciplinary numerical and experimental studies of micro-scale fluid mechanics and fusing optics with microfluidics. Before that, she received a Bachelor of Technology