Michael Bloch leaves McKinsey to launch non-profit consultancy

20 January 2021 Consultancy-me.com 3 min. read

Having served McKinsey & Company for over two decades, senior partner Michael Bloch has retired from the partnership to co-launch a new firm specialised in strategic advisory to the non-profit sector.

“After 23 years with McKinsey, I left the firm at the start of 2021,” said Bloch, who worked for the firm’s offices in Switzerland, France and latterly Israel since 2009. “I have had the most amazing time at McKinsey.” 

“What will remain with me is the combination of stretching myself, developing as a leader faster than I could have anywhere else, building areas of significance for McKinsey and developing lasting relations with clients and colleagues alike. I cannot think of any other institution that would have enabled me to develop faster, offered me better opportunities, allowed me to live my dreams and shared so many rewards,” he reflected in a post on LinkedIn.

Michael Bloch, Former McKinsey senior partner and founder of Israel Impact Partners

Bloch first entered McKinsey’s doors in 1998 in Geneva, when he joined the global strategy consulting firm from Unicible, a Swiss outsourcer for the banking industry where he managed business process redesign and software development projects. Earlier in his career, he was a researcher at the University of California and at New York University in the United States. 

At McKinsey, Bloch grew the ranks to become a partner in the firm’s global Business Technology Office. He among others led McKinsey’s European Outsourcing & Offshoring Practice, McKinsey’s European Insurance Operations & Technology practice and McKinsey’s Value Assurance service line during many years. 

With a passion for philanthropy and helping NGOs – focused on growth strategy and professionalisation of operations and technology – Bloch has now taken the step to team up with Benji Levy to co-launch Israel Impact Partners. Kickstarting its operations are a number of associate consultants who have affiliated with the start-up consultancy, including ex-strategy consultants. 

Israel Impact Partners “brings together significant experience in both the business and non-profit sectors” to help clients – foundations, social impact institutions and philanthropic investors – with scaling up and optimising their NGOs. “We advise leaders on growth strategies, support them with philanthropic investments and partner with organisations and beneficiaries to support and monitor the implementation,” explained Bloch.

“I have delivered many of such projects pro-bono at McKinsey & Company and want to further expand my impact in that space.” Topics he worked on include boosting the employment of weaker populations, a new museum, immigration for highly skilled olim, food rescue, woman entrepreneurship, and the integration of Haredim into high-tech. 

Alongside his work for Israel Impact Partners, the seasoned consultant will serve as an advisor to select fast-growth tech companies in Israel. And, last but not least, “I will now be able to spend more time with the family,” he concluded.

In related news, earlier this month a former senior partner of Boston Consulting Group in France, Axel Reinaud, left the partnership to launch his own venture NetZero.