Q&A: Martin Bratt

Martin Bratt was a Volunteer Consultant with TechnoServe in 2006 and 2007 in Mozambique, Kenya and Burundi and is currently a Partner at McKinsey & Company in London.


Volunteer assignment: Coconut industry value chain, Mozambique 2006, Coffee program, Burundi and Kenya 2007

Current organization: McKinsey & Company

His experience: Fun, educational, impactful

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Why did you apply to the Volunteer Consultant Program?

I first heard about TechnoServe from a colleague at McKinsey, and was drawn to the organization because of its pragmatic, business-like approach and the sense that it was somewhere I could use my experience as a McKinsey Business Analyst in a practical way on the ground in Africa.

What was your experience like on the ground?

I had such a good time working with TechnoServe that I came back several times! What particularly stood out to me was the analytical rigor that the organization brought to its work, but also the constant push for real impact. I will also always remember the amazing community of people I met while I was there – many of whom are still my friends today. 

How has the program impacted you and your career?

TechnoServe was my first experience working in Africa, and since then I have spent much of my professional career on the continent. In retrospect my VolCon experience was very much an inflection point in my career – one that I am incredibly grateful that TechnoServe provided!

Where are you now?

I am currently a partner with McKinsey & Company based in London, but working a lot in Africa.

What advice would you give someone applying to the program?

Do it! It’s a great experience – you will have a great time, learn a lot and meet some fantastic people.