stephen hall

Partner - McKinsey & Company

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Stephen is part of our Public & Social Sector Practice in the Middle East region, with a focus on serving clients in Pakistan. He has worked in many countries across the region in addition to supporting teams serving clients around the world. His experience includes multiple large-scale transformations in public and social sector programs, with sector expertise in education, public health, poverty alleviation, and economic development. In particular, Stephen is one of the core leaders of our education work in the broader Middle East and Africa region. His clients include governments, foundations, and education institutions in multiple countries, on topics from early childhood education to the future of universities. He has also helped shape our recent thinking on how education systems can respond to and emerge from the challenges posed by COVID-19. Stephen coordinates McKinsey’s social impact work in the Middle East, with a focus on the firm’s work with refugees, and more broadly in the education sector. Outside of the firm, he serves on the boards of two organizations working on education and training for refugee children and other disadvantaged groups in Lebanon. 

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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