About Nicolaus

Nicolaus is the global leader of McKinsey Analytics and chairman of QuantumBlack, an advanced-analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology, and design.

Guiding a team of more than 3,000 data scientists, platform engineers, and analytics consultants, Nicolaus oversees our efforts to bring insights from big data and advanced analytics into our advisory work. This often involves working with clients to evaluate strategic moves, foster operational transformations, and build capabilities to capture opportunities from data and analytics. He also enhances our ability to deliver distinctive analytics-based consulting by pursuing investments in talent and technology and establishing new strategic partnerships.

Nicolaus’ passion for analytics was largely inspired by his work serving institutions in the healthcare sector. As the leader of our global Healthcare Systems & Services Practice for more than a decade, he saw firsthand the potential for data analytics to improve the quality of management and strategic decision making. Working with more than 50 health systems around the world, he led efforts to pursue analytics-based opportunities such as the potential to integrate care by using population-oriented delivery models.

Strongly interested in discussion and debate, Nicolaus frequently offers his perspectives on the future of healthcare, data, and analytics at events hosted by Forbes, the Milken Institute, the World Economic Forum, and other institutions. He also convenes private gatherings of executives to network and share their insights on big data and healthcare topics.

Beyond his client advisory work, Nicolaus serves on the board of Innovations in Healthcare at Duke Medicine, an organization that he helped found, and on the dean's advisory council at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard, where he was a John J. McCloy scholar.

Published work

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 

Education

University of Münster
PhD, economics
MA, economics

Harvard University
MPA