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André Dua

Senior Partner, New York
Provides strategic counsel and advises on performance transformation to state and local governments as well as public and private universities and systems

About André

André founded and leads McKinsey’s higher-education work. He is also the convener of McKinsey’s roundtable of higher-education board of trustees and developed McKinsey’s higher-education “Fingerprint,” a granular performance assessment of more than 800 universities in the United States.

André has served more than 20 public- and private-university systems and campuses around the world, including research, comprehensive, and community colleges. This work has spanned a range of issues, such as strategy, research preeminence, administrative excellence, enrollment and financial aid, capital productivity, college completion, health-sciences strategy, performance improvement, academic medical-center culture, and university board governance.

Previously, André founded and led McKinsey’s state and local government work. He has worked with dozens of state and local governments on citizen experience, economic and workforce development, infrastructure strategy and capital budgeting, disaster recovery and resilience, healthcare strategy and innovation, and administrative operations. He developed McKinsey’s proprietary Leading States Index, which evaluates state performance on numerous dimensions of critical importance to citizens.

In addition, André was the founder and chair of McKinsey Academy—the firm’s vehicle for transforming the performance of leading institutions by unlocking the potential of people. Academy designs and delivers large-scale capability-building programs in support of institutional performance transformations.

He previously led McKinsey’s regulatory strategy work, cofounded the McKinsey Asia Center, and was a partner in McKinsey’s High Tech, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunications Practices for more than a decade.

André is currently a member of the McKinsey Global Institute council, which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Citizens’ Budget Commission, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and on the advisory council for the Oxford University initiative on AI and the law.

André is a co-author of the 1997 book, Sustaining the Asia–Pacific Miracle: Environmental Protection and Economic Integration, for which he received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. In 2003, the World Economic Forum named him one of 100 “global leaders for tomorrow.”

Prior to joining McKinsey, André was a research fellow at Yale Law School.

Published work

The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

High-performing US states: Is there a secret to success?,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

How US state governments can improve customer service,” McKinsey & Company, December 2014

College for all,” McKinsey & Company, May 2013

Voice of the graduate,” McKinsey & Company, May 2013

Rethinking 101: A new agenda for university and higher education system leaders?,” McKinsey & Company, June 2012

5 ways to make college much more affordable for all Americans,” The Atlantic, February 2012

Why good companies create bad regulatory strategies,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2011

Consumer electronics gets back to basics,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2009

Past experience

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Australian Youth Institute
President and founder


Yale Law School
LLM, public law

University of Sydney
LLB, business law
BS, econometrics, economics