James da Costa

Country representing

United Kingdom


  • University of Warwick, University of Hong Kong
  • Economics, BSc

Current organisation

McKinsey & Company

Current role


Skills and Expertise

Community management
Product design
Project management
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


I help to create positive change by aiming to bring positivity to those around me every day and encouraging youth to use entrepreneurship for good. As a Regional Director at Hult Prize Foundation, I have helped catalyse thousands of students to change the world through entrepreneurship. Each year with the United Nations, Hult Prize releases a global challenge which 150,000 students all over the world respond to. This summer, I co-designed the content for the world's largest start-up accelerator - in terms of cohort size, investment dollars and land (it’s in a castle), with the aim to invest 1 million USD in one start up. Prior to joining McKinsey, I co-founded a tech social enterprise, Mandala Group, building mobile applications for low-income and rural communities to solve social issues. For example, teleStory enables illiterate mothers to read to their children around Mumbai through a call-in audio book system and MCOCO provides a marketplace for farmers to sell their coconuts in rural Kenya. I have previously spoken about Tech for Good at Houses of Parliament, Osaka City Hall, WISE NYC, TEDx and Startup Grind. At McKinsey, I have led various environmental, entrepreneurship and global experience initiatives. This includes advising governments on tax efficiency to improve public and social service provisions in their countries. Finally, as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, I am part of a global community creating dialogue, action and change on a local level. With the Shapers, I have been able to connect tech innovations and learnings China to tech hubs in different African countries.