Speaker Biography
Tom Kibasi
Associate Principal, Health Systems Group
McKinsey & Company (England)

Tom Kibasi is an Associate Partner in the Health Systems Group of McKinsey & Company. Tom co-leads McKinsey's research on innovative healthcare delivery, the trends shaping the health sector globally, and health systems architecture (which includes system reform and integrated care). He also leads McKinsey's relationships with the World Economic Forum, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Imperial Institute for Global Health Innovation. Tom initially joined McKinsey in 2004, where he focused on the public sector until 2006 (working with Governments in Western and Eastern Europe, North America, and the Middle East). That year he left the Firm to work for the Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, becoming his Senior Policy Advisor. In addition to policy, Tom supported Sir David in defining his role, building a new executive team, driving his strategic priorities and preparing for the change of government. Tom was responsible for the Department of Health briefings for the Prime Minister, Chancellor, and Cabinet.

Subsequently, Tom moved on to advise the newly-appointed health minister Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, who was tasked by the Prime Minister with leading a year-long review of the NHS to set its strategy for the decade ahead. The Review was described by the Financial Times as "the world's most ambitious attempt to raise the quality and effectiveness of an entire nation's healthcare"; during the period Lord Darzi was in office, public satisfaction with the NHS rose from 56% to 74%, an unprecedented improvement. Tom covered all areas of national policy, drafted the final report, High Quality Care for All, and played a key role in communications. He worked closely with central government decision makers and leading figures throughout healthcare in the UK, including professional associations, trade unions and opinion leaders.

Since returning to McKinsey in 2008, Tom has:

  • Supported the design, development and implementation of integrated care in London
  • Designed Quality and Productivity improvement plans for a health system in southern England
  • Developed proposals for the restructuring of a Ministry of Health in the Middle East
  • Advised corporate clients on the major trends shaping the health sector globally
  • Led the design of incentives for a new national health insurance system in the Mediterranean
  • Authored the report "Catalysing Change: the System Reform Costs of Universal Health Coverage" for the Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Worked with the World Economic Forum to identify innovative models of healthcare delivery, leading to the creation of the ‘Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery' - a new international institution bringing together innovators, investors and industry which was launched at Davos 2011
  • Assisted a local payor with the delivery of critical performance targets, transferring key capabilities to clients for delivery planning
  • Supported senior decision makers in health systems in North America on defining organizational structures and delivery priorities
  • Led the restructuring of a Ministry of Health in Africa and the creation of system reform options

Tom is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College, London where he helps to teach an MSc in Quality and Safety, an MEd in Surgical Education, and has authored papers together with Professor the Lord Darzi (publications include an editorial on medical education in The Lancet and an op-ed defending the NHS in the Washington Post). Tom has also published in the McKinsey Quarterly on delivery innovation, the Health Service Journal on systems transformation, and the Commonwealth Health Ministers Update on meeting the Millennium Development Goals in health. Tom also holds a first class degree from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Away from work, Tom is passionate about travel and the arts.