News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative - October 2016

October 2016

Tony Hansen

With the release of the third edition of Voices on Infrastructure, we can report that our reach is expanding. The second edition in June received comments and suggestions from people on six continents. Thanks for the feedback—and keep it coming. 

We are pleased to announce our partners for the 2017 Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) summit in Singapore in May 2017: Macquarie Group, Siemens, Spencer Stuart and Surbana Jurong. In the buildup to this event, there have been a number of activities to enable participants to learn from global infrastructure leaders. In addition to the roundtables we have completed, future ones are scheduled for Mexico City, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, and Washington, DC. In June, we hosted a site visit to a modular-construction company in China; in September we visited GE Digital, and we're looking forward to a site visit at Crossrail and Tideway in October.

Based on the theme of this edition—rethinking engineering and construction—I wanted to highlight some of the tools that GII has developed for practitioners, in collaboration with McKinsey’s Capital Projects and Infrastructure Practice. The infrastructure-spending and stock database delivers insights about existing infrastructure assets that can help governments, companies, and investors plan. The road-and-bridge benchmarking tool is a negotiation and risk-management approach to help owners understand what projects should cost and where schedules go adrift. Finally, the infrastructure-projects analytics tool tracks the key characteristics of more than 120,000 projects. 

The next edition of Voices will be on the future of real estate. If you would like to let us know what you think of Voices, sign up for GII events, or receive more information, please contact us at

Tony Hansen is the director of McKinsey’s Global Infrastructure Initiative.


Improving the well-being of construction workers is a key component of successful major projects and an ethical imperative. Tideway’s chief technical officer, Roger Bailey, shares his perspective.

Roger Bailey, Tideway


The energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors are low on a crucial source of talent: women. New data shed light on the size of the problem—and point to potential solutions.

Donatela Bellone, Layan Kutob, Giulia Siccardo, and Jillian Noël, McKinsey & Company


The next generation of workers see the world differently than their parents did. Laurie Mahon, vice chair of CIBC’s global investment banking business, explains what this means for the infrastructure industry.

Laurie Mahon, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Insights and events on the world’s most pressing infrastructure challenges, delivered straight to your inbox. Join the GII community:

GII follows McKinsey & Company’s Privacy Policy