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Susan Lund


Susan Lund is a partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute.  As a PhD economist, her research focuses on global trade and financial markets, and the impact of new technologies on these areas. Current research focuses on how global trade and value chains are evolving, given industry dynamics and changes in country participation, and on how free digital goods and intangible capital is shaping global services trade. Recent research examined how digital flows are transforming globalization and creating new winners and losers; and assessed the potential for digital finance to boost growth and financial inclusion in developing countries.  Dr. Lund has an active travel schedule discussing research findings with CEOs and other executives at global Fortune 500 companies and she is a frequent speaker at global conferences.  She has authored numerous articles in leading business publications, including Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs.  

Susan is on the Economic Advisory Board of the International Financial Corporation; a Board Director of the National Association of Business Economics; and a member of the Center for Global Development Study Group on Technology, Comparative Advantage, and Development Prospects.

Susan holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University.  She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia and currently resides in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining McKinsey, she held a number of positions, including as a US Peace Corps volunteer  in Guinea Bissau and in the Philippines and later a Fulbright Fellow.