Forward Thinking

McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking examines groundbreaking ways in which the world is evolving and how people and organizations can respond to changing demands and technologies. In each episode theorists, innovators, and business leaders discuss global trends—technology, artificial intelligence, globalization, urbanization, climate change, and more—with hosts Michael Chui and Janet Bush of the McKinsey Global Institute. read less

Forward Thinking on trade, vaccines, and sustainable and inclusive growth with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
May 18 2022
Forward Thinking on trade, vaccines, and sustainable and inclusive growth with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, guest interviewer Acha Leke talks with Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala. Acha Leke is a McKinsey senior partner in Johannesburg and is chairman of McKinsey’s Africa region. Okonjo-Iweala became director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March 2021—the first woman and the first African to serve in this role. Okonjo-Iweala talks about her first few months leading the WTO and some of the initiatives underway, and discusses the challenge of inclusive and sustainable growth in the years ahead. She answers questions including: — How has the COVID-19 crisis affected world trade? — As trade rebounds, what will it take to ensure that trade patterns are much more inclusive? — How do emerging economies ensure that they have the access they need to vaccines and build the capacity to manufacture them? What role can trade and the WTO have? — What is the interplay between growth, inclusivity, and sustainability? — What else do we need to do to ensure that women and SMEs have access to trade? — What do you see as some of the opportunities emerging from the pandemic crisis? This conversation was recorded in December 2021. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: mck.co/NgoziOkonjoIweala Follow @McKinsey_MGI on Twitter and the McKinsey Global Institute on LinkedIn for more.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
Forward Thinking on globalization and the evolving role of corporate leadership in the 21st century with Matthew Slaughter
Dec 15 2021
Forward Thinking on globalization and the evolving role of corporate leadership in the 21st century with Matthew Slaughter
In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, co-host Michael Chui talks with Matthew J. Slaughter, Paul Danos Dean and Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Slaughter takes the temperature of globalization, discussing ways of tackling distributional challenges and ensuring it works for ordinary families. He also reflects on the evolving demands on leaders of corporations in the 21st century, positing that those who recognize their wider purpose in society tend to outperform on productivity growth and profits. He answers questions including the following: ● At a time of great challenge in terms of globalization, what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and what have we learned? ● What can be done to achieve the benefits of globalization while making sure distributional challenges are addressed? ● How have the demands placed on leaders in the 21st century changed? ● In late 2021, there is a lot of discussion about supply chain issues. What is going on here and what is going to happen? This conversation was recorded in November 2021. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: https://mck.co/MattSlaughter Follow @McKinsey_MGI on Twitter and the McKinsey Global Institute on LinkedIn for more.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information