About Scott

Scott Nyquist is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Houston office and supports clients in our Oil & Gas, Sustainability, and Electric Power & Natural Gas (EPNG) Practices, in addition to being a member of McKinsey’s shareholder’s council, which is the firm’s governing body. He is also on the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

During Scott’s 30 years with McKinsey, he has served National Oil companies in Russia, Middle East, India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. He has served three of the top five integrated oil companies and several independent upstream and downstream companies. Scott has helped oil company CEOs define their strategies and operational agendas, build their top teams, and strengthen their organizations’ capabilities. In addition, he has helped his clients develop and implement strategies and transformational programs that have significantly improved their performance.

Scott has published extensively on the challenges and opportunities facing global energy markets and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. In 2013, Scott coauthored two major reports with the McKinsey Global Institute: “Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal,” and “Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets.”

Prior to joining McKinsey, Scott received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and worked for Exxon Production Research, where he was involved in offshore oil platform design.

Published work

How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2017

Energy 2050: Insights from the ground up,” McKinsey & Company, November 2016

Five technologies for the next ten years,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

Mergers in the oil patch: Lessons from past downturns,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Black swans and barrels: How to think about the future of oil prices,” McKinsey & Company, June 2016

Mergers in a low-oil-price environment: Proceed with caution,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016

A reality check for renewable energy,” McKinsey & Company, March 2016

Peering into energy’s crystal ball,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015

Lower oil prices but more renewables: What’s going on?,” McKinsey & Company, June 2015

A cheat sheet on lower oil prices,” McKinsey & Company, February 2015

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2013

Breaking the US growth impasse,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2013

Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal,” McKinsey & Company, July 2013

Shale and tight oil: American's energy,” McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity, June 2012 (PDF–167 KB)

CO2 abatement: Exploring options for oil and natural gas companies,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2010

The future of capitalism: Building a sustainable energy future,” Edited panel discussion, McKinsey Quarterly, December 2009

Why energy demand will rebound,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2009

Reducing US greenhouse gas emissions: How much at what cost?” US Greenhouse Gas Abatement Mapping Initiative: Executive Report, McKinsey, December 2007

Past experience

Exxon Production Research
Offshore oil platform design


Harvard University

University of Michigan
BS, chemical engineering