Cian S.

Cian S.


Columbia University Logo

Studied at Columbia University

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Works at McKinsey & Company

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About Cian

2023 LELAND TOP COACH | INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS | SR ASC MCK MIDDLE EAST | I graduated from Columbia undergrad in 2019, then spent the next three years as a consultant at McKinsey in NYC. In 2022, I was named a Schwarzman Scholar and went to Tsinghua University in Beijing where I received my Master's in Global Affairs. This February, I moved to Saudi Arabia to return to McKinsey as a Senior Associate before I enroll at Harvard Law School in 2025 where I am a deferred admit. I love working with folks from around the world (I've lived in five countries and will make it six in 2024). I am passionate about using basketball to connect with people across different cultures, finding the best restaurants in whichever city I am in, and inclusive, sustainable economic development. I'm super excited to support the next generation of leaders as they prepare for academic and professional careers that will create a positive impact in the world!

Why do I coach?

I love working with people who are motivated to improve their skills and position themselves to lead. Growing up, I was passionate about academic and professional achievement -- my parents played an important part inspiring me to launch myself into the echelons of universities and other institutions that influence the way our world works: from policy, to politics, to the economy, to innovation. But, I didn't have role models who had the familiarity with how these places worked (and how to break into them) that so many of my peers did. I want to level the playing field by sharing my institutional knowledge, skills, and passion with others looking to achieve at the highest levels.

Work Experience

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Senior Associate

McKinsey & Company

February 2024 - Present

Doha/Riyadh Office

McKinsey & Company Logo

Senior Business Analyst

McKinsey & Company

August 2019 - August 2022

New York Office

BlackRock Logo

Summer Associate


June 2018 - August 2018

Corporate Strategy and Development Team

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Summer Associate


June 2017 - August 2017

Financial Services Division

United States Senate Logo

Summer Legislative Intern

United States Senate

June 2016 - July 2016

Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Cian was also given offers to work at

  • Qatar Investment Authority Advisory Logo

    Qatar Investment Authority Advisory

  • 17a - Advising Logo

    17a - Advising


National Tsinghua University Logo

National Tsinghua University

Masters of Global Affairs, Global Affairs

2022 - 2023

Schwarzman Scholar:

Columbia University Logo

Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

2015 - 2019

Cian was also personally admitted to

  • University of Chicago Logo

    University of Chicago

  • Washington University in St. Louis Logo

    Washington University in St. Louis

  • Harvard Law School Logo

    Harvard Law School

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