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Lola Woetzel

Chair of the Board


Dr. Lola Woetzel is a senior partner with McKinsey & Company based in Los Angeles and Shanghai. In her 35 years with the Firm, Lola has advised clients in a range of industries – including energy, materials, technology and industrial – helping transform local companies into global leaders, and developing policy recommendations for local government. Dr. Woetzel currently leads the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s macroeconomic research institute, in Asia, and its Cities Special Initiative globally. She is a recognized authority on urban development and infrastructure, including affordable housing and sustainability, and has advised over 50 public sector organizations around the world. She led the establishment of McKinsey’s China practice in the 1990s including managing its Shanghai location. Dr. Woetzel has written five books on China and global affairs including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2004), co-authored with Jimmy Hexter Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2008) and co-authored with Jeffrey Towson The 1 Hour China and with James Manyika and Richard Dobbs No Ordinary Disruption (Public Affairs, 2015). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California, where her work focused on China’s political economy. She is a lecturer at Peking University’s Guanghua Business School and the China Europe International Business School. Dr. Woetzel, a U.S. citizen, is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German. She lives in Los Angeles and Shanghai.