12 November: Lecture Jonathan Woetzel, Director McKinsey

HKU|SSC - Stamp Fall 3

As part of the series’ Follow the Money’, we will have a lecture by Jonathan Woetzel, Director with McKinsey & Company, Shanghai. The title of his lecture is “The Winning (and Sustainable) Formula for Urban Growth.”

Mr Woetzel will present a view on urbanization trends, the economics of urban development including externalities, and the implications for government and private players, illustrating these theses with contemporary Chinese and global projects. The goal of the lecture is to help architects and shapers of the physical space understand the constraints, objectives and implications of their work.

Dr. Jonathan Woetzel is a Director with McKinsey & Company based in Shanghai.  Dr. Woetzel currently leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative globally, convening our work with urban authorities in over 40 geographies worldwide. In his 27 years with the Firm, 26 of which in China, Jonathan has advised clients in a range of industries – including energy, materials, technology and industrial – helping transform local companies into global leaders, and developing policy recommendations for government.

Dr. Woetzel is active in urban development fora globally. He co-chairs the Firm’s Urban China Initiative with Columbia University and Tsinghua University, a not-for-profit thinktank on urban issues. He leads our service to the Government of China and has led McKinsey’s Asia Energy and Materials practice, the McKinsey Global Institute in Asia, and its Corporate Finance practice in China. He established McKinsey’s China practice in the 1990s including managing its Shanghai location.

Dr. Woetzel  has written three books on China including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2004) and co-authored with Jimmy Hexter Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2008). He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California, where his work focused on China’s political economy.  He is a lecturer at Beijing University’s Guanghua School of Management and at the China Europe International Business School.