abdulkader lamaa

Partner - McKinsey & Company

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


A practical strategist with a passion for game-changing digital experiences and ventures. Abdulkader leads McKinsey Digital Labs and coleads Leap by McKinsey (McKinsey's digital venture-building) across Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He orchestrates multi-disciplinary teams of strategists, designers, and engineers to build and scale business ventures with human digital experiences. He has a proven track record partnering with game-changing leaders across the public and private sector to unlock exponential value. His work spans strategy, customer experience, business transformation, venture building, and digital capability building. Some examples of Abdulkader’s recent work include the following: - Building and launching a B2C digital payment venture from the business model to product roadmap, teams, and technology for a leading regional bank - Reimagining 1600 government services and architecting a scalable platform to deliver seamless, convenient, and proactive experiences for citizens and residents across 80 journeys (e.g., moving to a new home, driving a car) - Delivering a one-stop-shop portal to attract investors and facilitate all business services in a seamless and integrated way - Establishing a decision support center with a team of analysts, data scientists, and designers powered by data and advanced analytics to deliver actionable insights to senior leadership - Envisioning and building an advanced analytics studio, analyzing data from more than 20 local and global data providers to inform policy and decision making for a tourism authority - Developing the digital strategy to transform the core systems and digital channels of a regional airline - Developing the 5- and 15-year healthcare strategy for a GCC state focusing on customer experience and digital innovation - Engineering and delivering 50 percent paperless target by simplifying, integrating, and digitizing government services within six months 

Areas of Expertise


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 our ambition is to help organizations and their leaders make it a reality. Every day, around the world, we partner with our clients to set bold strategies, unlock the potential of their people, embed transformative technologies in everything they do, and innovate sustainably. The impact we deliver helps clients achieve enduring change in their capabilities and performance—and speeds up the transition to sustainable and inclusive growth.

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