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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Ben Dimson
Ben Dimson
McKinsey & Company


Ben Dimson leads the European Real Estate practice at McKinsey & Company, where he advises organizations on a wide range of real estate topics, including strategy, organization, transformation, digital & analytics, and sustainability. He enjoys serving institutions from across the value chain, from proptechs through to governments, helping them navigate unprecedented change. His role covers both real estate as an industry and real estate as a function. He additionally acts as a diversity & inclusion ally for minority groups within the firm. Prior to McKinsey, Dimson spent almost a decade at British Land, one of Europe’s leading Real Estate Investment Trusts. As head of business development, he led a diverse range of teams and ran major change initiatives spanning advanced analytics, technology, commercialization, and operations. As a strategy executive, he set and implemented a broad array of initiatives, from strategic planning to corporate finance. Dimson holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from London Business School and a Master of Arts in economics & management from the University of Oxford.

Areas of expertise

Strategy, Organization, Transformation

Group Overview

Enabling clients to cultivate greater economic and societal returns in the built environment. Real estate is fundamental to the human experience. It’s where the world spends 90 percent of its time living, working, shopping, and playing. But society’s needs, expectations, and wants of real estate have permanently evolved, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and increasing economic uncertainty. McKinsey's Real Estate Practice works with investors, property owners, real estate managers, and the world's leading organizations who are the primary occupiers and users of space to lean into these disruptions and generate sustainable growth opportunities that benefit the businesses, environments, and communities they serve. With proprietary technology, global scale, and local expertise, McKinsey is uniquely equipped to embolden clients to embrace disruption, pioneer innovation, and shape a new future for themselves and for the industry. Investors, owners, and operators: McKinsey partners with real estate investors and operators to turn the significant shifts in the industry into opportunity. McKinsey helps clients innovate and create value in sustainability, transform businesses via digital and analytics, foster exceptionalism in operations, deliver differentiated offerings to users of space, and drive outsized growth in capital under management. Developers: McKinsey serves landowners and developers to create places that attract marquee tenants and provide unrivaled experiences for day-to-day users. From a single mixed-use development to a reimagined district, to an entirely new city, these future-proofed developments deliver on both economic and societal objectives. Users of space: McKinsey helps organizations that utilize space, such as retailers, corporations, and institutions, reimagine real estate that is adaptive to the ever-evolving patterns of how the world lives, works, shops, and plays. McKinsey furthers their competitive advantage by curating spaces that unlock heightened productivity and creating remarkable experiences for employees and customers alike. Real estate services: McKinsey works with real estate service firms to outperform competitors, build resilience against disruption, and elevate their models of client service. By building innovative capabilities, capturing new business opportunities, and harnessing the power of digital and analytics, McKinsey helps clients achieve operational excellence and sustained through-cycle growth. Technology disruptors: McKinsey helps the disruptors and technology investors that are reshaping the industry to deliver on new business models, extend their platforms to new areas, and bridge disruptive innovations with the needs of the traditional value chain.

Firm Overview

Accelerating sustainable and inclusive growth McKinsey believes that for all people to prosper, economies must grow. Today, a new era of growth is possible; one that doesn’t treat growth and positive societal impact as opposing forces. There was a time when economic growth, sustainability, and inclusion were seen as trade-offs, but leaders today need to achieve all three. This new paradigm of growth will be more sustainable, driving innovation while reducing environmental impact. It will also be more inclusive, creating access to opportunities for people worldwide. This is not an easy task, but McKinsey’s ambition is to help organizations and their leaders make it a reality. Every day, around the world, McKinsey partners with their clients to set bold strategies, unlock the potential of their people, embed transformative technologies in everything they do, and innovate sustainably. The impact McKinsey delivers helps clients achieve enduring change in their capabilities and performance—and speeds up the transition to sustainable and inclusive growth. McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. They are the trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments, and institutions. McKinsey works with leading organizations across the private, public and social sectors. Our scale, scope, and knowledge allow us to address problems that no one else can. McKinsey has deep functional and industry expertise as well as breadth of geographical reach. They are passionate about taking on immense challenges that matter to our clients and, often, to the world. McKinsey works with our clients as we do with our colleagues. They build their capabilities and leadership skills at every level and every opportunity. McKinsey does this to help build internal support, get to real issues, and reach practical recommendations. They bring out the capabilities of clients to fully participate in the process and lead the ongoing work.