Speakers

Eric Braverman

Partner,
McKinsey &Co.

Eric Braverman is a partner in McKinsey’s Washington, D.C., office and is one of the leaders of the Firm’s public sector practice. Named by Fortune magazine in 2010 as one of the “40 Most Influential Leaders in Business” worldwide under 40 years old, Eric has become one of the Firm’s foremost experts on the transformation of complex public institutions. In 2011 alone he has counseled leaders in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on government transition, state capacity-building, and delivery of public services.

A lawyer by training, Eric joined McKinsey in 1997. He is currently counseling several U.S. government departments on organizational transformation, working with their senior leaders on strategy-setting and prioritization; organizational redesign and performance management; process reengineering; end-to-end human capital development and workforce planning; culture change; and strategic sourcing.

Eric has deep experience in advising both government and business leaders on disaster relief and reconstruction. For example, in 2010, he led a McKinsey team that worked closely with the Prime Minister of Haiti and President Clinton pro bono to help improve the quality of Haiti’s redevelopment strategy and improve the transparency and accountability of Haiti’s recovery programs. In 2006-2007, Eric led a global research effort involving hundreds of leaders from the private sector, public sector, and civil society on how business can better help communities recover after a natural disaster. This work was published as “Getting the Right Help to the Right People in the Wake of a Natural Disaster: What the Private Sector Can Do” and is available publicly at www.mckinsey.com/disasterresponse.

Eric’s expertise in the transformation of public institutions is similarly deep. In 2011, he is co-leading a research effort called “Challenges of Government: The Innovation Imperative,” which will culminate in a global conference at Oxford in December. In 2008-09, Eric served as an advisor on government leadership and performance management for the U.S. presidential transition team on the election of President Obama. In partnership with Government Executive, he also led the first-ever survey of management performance and health across the U.S. government (“Improving Worker Performance in the U.S. Government,” 2009). Other publications include “A Development Agenda for Haiti’s New Government” (2011), “Take Charge – Without Taking Over” (2008), and “Protecting America's Freedom in the Information Age: Federal Legal Constraints on Profiling and Watch Lists” (2002).

Eric has been a law clerk in denaturalization proceedings against war criminals for the Office of Special Investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice, and also a teaching fellow in postwar American political history at Yale. Eric is also a longtime supporter of the arts. He is the co-founder and chairman of Blue Line Arts, a nonprofit organization that produces new work and brings together theater professionals and students in mentoring relationships and cultural exchange. His most recent production, of Doron Ben-Atar’s Peace Warriors, opened to critical acclaim in D.C. and later received five stars in Time Out for its run in New York.

Eric is a graduate of Yale College summa cum laude and Yale Law School. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and also serves on the boards of Arena Stage, the American Independent News Network, and the Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni. Eric is a member of the New York State Bar.

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