Partner, Mckinsey & Company, Africa

Kannan is the managing partner of McKinsey’s Johannesburg office and is a member of our Electric Power & Natural Gas and Public & Social Sector Practices, as well as our work within the capital excellence sector. Kannan joined McKinsey to achieve his passion to bring energy access to the continent and reduce poverty through investment attraction and job creation. He believes this is one of the keys to accelerate Africa’s growth trajectory.

Kannan has also worked on several research and consulting projects involving analysing and planning power systems in South Africa, Vietnam, and the Southern African power pool.

Before joining McKinsey, Kannan spent 18 years in executive roles working with system operations and planning, real-time security, supply chain, engineering, primary-energy procurement, long-term planning for generation and transmission, and the implementation of strategic initiatives on operational improvements and leadership development.