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Thursday, February 22, 2024
Emma Parry
Emma Gibbs
McKinsey & Company


Emma Parry is a Partner of McKinsey & Company, one of the largest global management consulting firms in the world. They work with leading organizations across the private, public and social sectors. Notably, Parry leads McKinsey’s Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice in the United Kingdom and coleads their work on carbon removals. Her client work improves the performance of a variety of enterprises in the public and private sectors, and she often works with clients to help manage complexities at the intersection of the two. She is passionate about helping institutions set and deliver sustainable strategies and modernize organizations and has worked with companies around the world across a diverse set of industries, as well as institutions in the public and social sectors.

Most recently, Parry’s work in the private sector focuses on transforming utilities in the United Kingdom and helping innovative leaders as they scale-up carbon-removal businesses. She regularly works with government agencies to inform strategic decisions and deliver ambitious agendas. Parry’s insights on strategic topics have been published in McKinsey Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and others. She contributes to the McKinsey Center for Government and McKinsey Sustainability research. She has also written on advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom through the McKinsey Global Institute. Parry first joined McKinsey as a business analyst in London. Parry graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA and from the University of Cambridge with a MEng in manufacturing engineering.

Areas of expertise

Sustainable strategies, Scaling up carbon removals businesses.

Group Overview

Public & Social Sector: Improving the lives of citizens worldwide by helping solve the most pressing economic and social challenges

Public and social sector organizations are key to societal and economic progress and well being. McKinsey works with social sector and government organizations to improve the lives and livelihoods of their citizens, driving transformations that have a significant, positive impact on society. By combining a highly collaborative working model with insights from their globally recognized research centers, McKinsey provides an approach tailored to each client’s needs.

McKinsey’s work spans multiple sectors and functions, including digital and analytics, operations, organization, and strategy. They work end-to-end—from diagnosis to delivery of lasting impact—together generating tangible results that are improving the lives of millions worldwide.

How McKinsey Helps Clients

Cities & Infrastructure
Combine economic and social development experience with McKinsey’s financial modeling expertise to develop cities and infrastructure that are economically and socially sustainable.

Defense & Security
Help defense ministries, national security, and public safety organizations address their most pressing challenges.

Digital & Analytics
Leverage digital and analytics to improve the quality of life for citizens and to support companies and governments to be more productive.

Economic Development
Design and implement economic development, job creation, and economic growth strategies.

Deliver rapid and sustained gains in learning outcomes at all levels of education.

Global Public Health
Address urgent public health challenges and improve health outcomes.

Help foundations, individual philanthropists, and companies amplify their social impact and achieve systematic change.

Public Finance
Transform the financial management practices of ministries of finance and government agencies to create new opportunities and growth.

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.