About Nicolaus

Nicolaus is the global leader of McKinsey Analytics. He serves numerous leading institutions on improving human and organizational performance through improved access to data and analytics. In addition, he leads a team of over 600 data scientists, platform engineers, and analytics consultants in client delivery.

He is also a leader in McKinsey's global Healthcare Systems & Services Practice, which he chaired globally for the last decade.

The primary focus of his recent work is to enable healthcare and other leading institutions to transform their ways of working to be more evidence based and democratically distributed. He specializes in helping senior management to assess use cases for transforming the way their businesses are run.

Within healthcare, Nicolaus focusses on helping major healthcare organizations harness big data and analytics to transform care. He is also working with some of the world's leading technology companies, healthcare providers, and investors to define the future of medicine. Nicolaus has served more than 50 health systems around the world on some of their biggest challenges, such as transforming national health systems for better outcomes and reduced cost; capturing the opportunity of digital health care delivery; and integrated care through a population-oriented delivery model.

He is a frequent speaker at major healthcare conferences and global events, and leads an initiative by the World Economic Forum to mobilize a wide range of sectors—including technology companies, city planners and food systems—to transform health outcomes.

Nicolaus serves on the Board of the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) at Duke Medicine, which he also helped found and on the Dean's Advisory Council, Harvard Kennedy School.

He holds a Masters and a doctorate in business from the University of Münster, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School. At Harvard, he was a John J. McCloy scholar.


"Data analytics: Changing the practice of medicine," YouTube, April 2013

Published work

"Straight talk about big data," McKinsey & Company, August 2016

"The emerging market in healthcare innovation," McKinsey Quarterly, May 2010

"Healthcare costs: A market-based view" (PDF-505 KB), McKinsey Quarterly, September 2008

"What's working in healthcare reform," Health International, Issue 7

"Healthcare century," Health International, Issue 7


University of Münster
PhD, business

University of Münster

Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
MPA, public administration