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Welcome to the June edition of Voices, a collection of insights on resetting amid COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic is a deep humanitarian crisis—one that is also causing unprecedented disruption across the global economy, and the impacts are likely to be felt for years. Leaders from across the infrastructure value chain are scrambling to keep their employees safe while ascertaining how their organization’s finances, workforce, projects, supply chains, and operations may be disrupted.

To navigate this disruption, we need to respond promptly and rethink the meaning of “business as usual”. Investing in infrastructure will likely be critical to economic revitalization, enabling a sustainable recovery for countries and the global economy. The goal of this edition and the 2020 GII Virtual Summit is to provide industry leaders with an opportunity to share insights on how organizations can best navigate the crisis, protect their core businesses, and reset for a comeback.

Over the past three months, we have continuously curated well-researched perspectives on the fluctuating situation, lessons and potential solutions from industry leaders, and sector-specific insights on next steps. These insights have been shared through a series of GII webinars, articles and interviews with industry leaders, and a virtual global summit. The best ideas are shared in this collection of Voices, which includes a recap of the sixth GII Summit, held on June 10 and 11.

We hope you find these perspectives helpful and wish you, your families, and your colleagues’ resilience over the coming months.

Tony Hansen
Global Infrastructure Initiative

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Amid the pandemic, many CFOs are struggling to stabilize cash flows. A quick reset of capital spending—which can usually be achieved in about four weeks—can help them reach their goals.

Tom Brinded, Zak Cutler, Erikhans Kok, and Prakash Parbhoo, McKinsey & Company


Owners and contractors can protect both workers and project economics by embracing a more efficient approach to project execution.

Shu’aib Mahomed, Praveen Matta, Piotr Pikul, Filippo Rossi, and Samer Theodory, McKinsey & Company


Engineering, construction, and building materials have a vital role to play in a post-pandemic recovery of our communities and economies. Seven actions can help companies prepare for the next normal.

Jonas Biörck, Jose Luis Blanco, Jan Mischke, Maria João Ribeirinho, David Rockhill, Erik Sjödin, and Gernot Strube, McKinsey & Company


While much of the world is stalled, one global engineering consultancy is planning for the recovery by reorganizing its employee engagement while preserving engineering and construction operations.

Paul Dollin, WSP


At the sixth Global Infrastructure Initiative Summit, experts shared perspectives on how the infrastructure industry has responded to the COVID-19 crisis, how it can restart and reset, and how it can integrate pre-COVID-19 agendas with post-pandemic realities.


Advancing infrastructure projects means owners must protect people, projects, and performance. This will require adopting an agile posture, continually assessing risks, and adjusting operations.

Jim Banaszak, Roberto Charron, Jack Guevara, and Kevin Stokvis, McKinsey & Company

Standby agreements for major capital projects can help preserve relationships as well as shore up suppliers’ and contractors’ solvency during construction standstills.

David Metzger, Clifford Chance

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