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Yongah Kim

Yongah Kim

Associate Professor, Strategic Management, Leadership Development Lab & Self-development Lab, Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking


MBA, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA
BA, Business Administration, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea




Yongah Kim is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman and a core faculty member in the Leadership Development Lab and the Self-Development Lab of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking. Her main areas of focus include Strategic Change and Implementation with an emphasis on digital & agile transformations, Management Consulting and Leadership Development.

Prior to joining Rotman, Yongah was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where she spent ~25 years working across Canada, US and Asia. She has a very diverse set of experiences that span across digital & analytics transformation, global expansion, performance transformation, digital marketing and sales effectiveness in a wide range of industries including Finance, Healthcare, Consumer and Heavy Industries. She is particularly deep in digital and performance transformations in the financial services sector. She held number of leadership positions while at McKinsey including leader of multiple industry practices, Women’s Initiatives in Asia and North America. She also served as co-chair of McKinsey’s Global Partner Election Committee for several years. She has the distinction of being the first Korean woman elected to Partner and Senior Partner at McKinsey. 

She is a recognized thought leader on business and social issues, particularly those relating to Finance, Healthcare and female leadership. Selected as a key opinion leader, Yongah has been invited to several sessions hosted by the Korean Prime Ministers. She was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Korea, a member of the Strategy Advisory Committee of the Korean Ministry of Finance and Planning and a member of the Financial Advisory Committee for the Mayor of Seoul City, a founding member and steering committee member of the Advanced Healthcare Management program by the Korean Doctor’s Association and Seoul National University Hospital. She is currently vice chair of the board of The Hospital for Sick Children.

She has a BA in Business Administration from Yonsei University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.  

She has co-authored a book titled “Healthcare Reform 2010”. 

Academic Positions

  • 2020 - present

    Associate Professor of Strategic Management, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2013-2015

    Financial Advisory Committee for the Mayor of Seoul City, Seoul City

  • 2012-2015

    Strategy Advisory Committee member, Korean Ministry of Finance and Planning

  • 2011-2015

    Global Agenda Council for Korea, World Economic Forum

  • 2017-present

    Board of Trustee, Hospital for Sick Children

  • 2019-present

    Vice Chair, Board of Directors of Hospital for Sick Children

  • 1996-1999

    Management consultant (Business Analyst, Associate), McKinsey & Company, Korea (1998 in Chicago, USA)

  • 2020

    Summer Associate, Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong

  • 2001-2015

    Management Consultant (Senior Partner, Partner, Associate Partner, Engagement Manager, Associate), McKinsey & Company, Korea

  • 2015-2020

    Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Canada

Honors and Awards

  • 2011

    Top 100 future female leaders , Yonsei University in Korea

  • 2012

    Top 60 Opinion Leaders in Korea to lecture in the Korea’s 60_year anniversary of the National Founding Day lecture series on the topic of ‘Gender Diversity and Women Leadership’ , Korea

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