About Nicolas

Nicolas is a partner in McKinsey’s Brussels office. He supports clients in the fields of sustainable agriculture and fisheries, land use, and biotech, and also works on topics involving biofuels, biochemicals, and bioenergy.

In addition, Nicolas advises government bodies on sustainable economic development, agriculture, and food security, especially in developing and emerging countries. He works on these issues globally, but with a special focus on the Middle East and North and East Africa. Within McKinsey, Nicolas is a leader of our Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice and our Social Sector Practice.

In one recent project, Nicolas helped a city authority think through ways to reduce its energy use and carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2050 and understand what that would mean for the local economy. In other client work, Nicolas supported an Asian electric company in defining the medium-term outlook for power demand, advised a Latin American producer on developing the next wave of its growth strategy for new biofuels varieties and technologies, and assisted a European government department in conducting a high-level review of industrial sectors and identifying priorities for policy.

Outside his client work, Nicolas continues to be active in research in his field and is a regular speaker at conferences. He is also the author of a number of articles. He holds master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Stanford University and in mechanical engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain.

Published work

From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth,” McKinsey & Company, March 2015

Sustainable biofuels growth: Hurdles & outcomes,” BIO International Convention, October 2010 (PDF–865 KB)

“Setting the right course in biobased bulk chemicals,” McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 1, Autumn 2008

Betting on biofuels? A beyond-the-hype look at investments,” renewableenergyworld.com, July 2007

Education

Stanford University
MSc, chemical engineering

Université catholique de Louvain
MSc, mechanical engineering