William Lewis

William Lewis
Former Founding Director
McKinsey Global Institute


William W. Lewis was a partner at McKinsey for 20 years. He was director of the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm’s economics think tank, from its founding in 1990 until his retirement from McKinsey in 2001.

Prior to his time at McKinsey, Bill held several policy-making positions in the U.S. government, including Acting United States Secretary Of Energy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Earlier he served as Associate Provost at Princeton University and as Senior Financial Officer at the World Bank.

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Lewis holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Oxford University, and a B.S. with Honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Bill is Chairman of the Board of Holy Cross Hospital and a member of the boards of the Committee for Economic Development and the George C. Marshall Foundation.

His work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and The Economist.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 6, 2008

Despite the fact that most economists agree that increasing productivity is the most important goal for economic policy, few scholars have actually focused on what drives productivity and what governments can do. An exception to this is Bill Lewis, founding director of the McKinsey Global Institute and former partner at McKinsey & Company. At this ITIF Forum, Lewis discusses the results of his research and presents the findings from his book, The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability. See video, presentation slides, and other details from the recent event.