Acha Leke Biography: Acha Leke is Cameroonian consultant, Executive, senior partner and the chairman of McKinsey’s Africa region, born in November 1972, Cameroon.
Acha’s family left when he was about six months old for Montreal and returned to Cameroon’s capital city, Yaoundé, when he was about ten.
Acha’s dad is a gynecologist and his mom is an immunologist.
Acha attended high school in Belgium,then college and graduate school in the US. It was during grad school at Stanford that he decided to do a summer internship with McKinsey in Johannesburg. At the end of his PhD, he rejoined the firm full-time in the Atlanta office, then transferred back to Johannesburg 2.5 years later.
Acha began his career at McKinsey as a summer associate in South Africa. He rejoined the firm in Atlanta in 1999 and transferred back to Johannesburg in 2002 to help expand the firm’s activities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Acha relocated to Lagos in 2010 to open the newly established office in Nigeria and returned to South Africa in 2014. He leads the firm’s Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice in Africa and is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Council. Until December 2018, he led the firm’s Public Sector and Social Sector Practices in Africa and was also in charge of global recruiting for McKinsey worldwide.
Acha Leke graduated undergrad from Georgia Institute of Technology as the first black valedictorian in the school’s history.
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