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Nicolaus Henke

Senior Partner, London
Advises major organizations on how to improve decision making and performance through advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and end-to-end data-enabled transformations

About Nicolaus

Nicolaus is global coleader of McKinsey Digital, which helps clients harness technology to transform their organizations. Today, McKinsey Digital brings together over 5,000 practitioners—including more than 2,000 partners, experts, and consultants as well as more than 3,000 technologists—to bring digital, analytics, and design to the core of McKinsey’s client service. Nicolaus led the creation and growth of McKinsey Analytics, which is a core component of McKinsey Digital and today is home to more than 2,000 dedicated analytics practitioners and translators. He oversees partnerships between McKinsey and the wider artificial intelligence, data, and computing ecosystem.

Nicolaus is also the chairman of QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company operating at the intersection of strategy, technology, and design, which was acquired by McKinsey in 2015. He is a member of McKinsey's Shareholders Council, our global board, and also serves on that body’s Technology, Knowledge & Capabilities committee. Outside of McKinsey, he is a member of the board of Innovative Healthcare Delivery at Duke Medicine, which he helped found, and serves on the dean’s advisory council at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Nicolaus frequently speaks on big data, analytics, and healthcare topics at global forums, such as the World Economic Forum, the Milken Institute, and Forbes.

Published work

The cornerstones of large-scale technology transformation,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2018

Applying AI: Where—and how—to put artificial intelligence to work,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Ten red flags signaling your analytics program will fail,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2018

Competing in a world of sectors without borders,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2017

How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2016

Straight talk about big data,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2016

The emerging market in health care innovation,” McKinsey & Company, May 2010


University of Münster
PhD, economics
MA, economics

Harvard University