Yongah Kim is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman, a core faculty member in the Leadership Development Lab and the Self-Development Lab of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking and a Faculty Research Fellow of the Rotman Institute for Gender and the Economy. 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 and a board memeber of Equitable Group.
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”.
2020 - present
Associate Professor of Strategic Management, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
2021 - present
Faculty Teaching Fellow, Rotman Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE)
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Canada
Trustee of Board, Hospital for Sick Children
2019 - present
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees of Hospital for Sick Children
2021 - present
Research Committee Chair, Board of Trustees of Hospital for Sick Children
2020 - present
Director of Board, Equitable Group
Financial Advisory Committee for the Mayor of Seoul City, Seoul City
Strategy Advisory Committee member, Korean Ministry of Finance and Planning
Global Agenda Council for Korea, World Economic Forum
Management Consultant (Senior Partner, Partner, Associate Partner, Engagement Manager, Associate), McKinsey & Company, Korea
Summer Associate, Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong
Management consultant (Business Analyst, Associate), McKinsey & Company, Korea (1998 in Chicago, USA)
Selected Publications - Books and Chapters
Honors and Awards
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
Top 100 future female leaders , Yonsei University in Korea
Rotman Teaching Award, Rotman School of Management