Dr. Fraser Thompson is a senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Singapore. His work focuses on sustainable development and natural resource economics globally, as well as productivity and growth issues in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Fraser joined the Middle East office of McKinsey in 2006, before moving in 2008 to London. As a consultant, he served mainly public sector clients on productivity and economic growth issues, including developing a foreign direct investment strategy for a European country, creating low-carbon growth strategies for two Indonesian provinces, and developing economic competitiveness strategies for a Middle Eastern country and an African country.
Fraser has authored numerous articles in leading business and academic publications. Most recently, he authored the McKinsey Global Institute reports “Southeast Asia at the crossroads: Three paths to prosperity”, “Myanmar’s moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges,” and “Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies.” Fraser is a frequent speaker at conferences on economic development issues in Asia and globally.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Fraser worked as a consultant for The World Bank in the United States and the United Kingdom, and as a tutor at Oxford University in the areas of Development Economics, International Trade and Finance, Microeconomics and Industrial Organization.
Fraser received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He also has undergraduate degrees from Melbourne University (Australia) and Butler University (United States) in Commerce and Arts, majoring in Finance, Economics, and Mandarin Chinese.