Mekala Krishnan is a McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Fellow in the Boston office of McKinsey and Company. She co-leads MGI’s research on global gender equality and is an author of the MGI report “The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth”. Her research explores the role that advancing gender equality can play in enabling inclusive economic growth, and she has co-led MGI’s deep dives into gender equality within countries, as well as analyzed the spending needed to bridge gender gaps. Her other areas of expertise include global macro-economic, business, and demographic trends, including their impact on productivity growth, income inequality, and financial asset returns. She frequently speaks about MGI’s research at events, and advises public and private sector clients of McKinsey. Mekala serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality and advancing women’s rights. Prior to joining MGI, Mekala worked as an Engagement Manager in the Advanced Industries Practice of McKinsey and Company, where she focused on innovation and strategy work. Prior to McKinsey, Mekala received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011, where she conducted interdisciplinary numerical and experimental studies of micro-scale fluid mechanics and optics with applications in material science and manufacturing. Prior to Cornell, she received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.