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A fast-paced project in Austria with a great team

– Hi readers,

Well it's 6:30am on a Monday, and I'm in London's City Airport for my weekly commute to Austria for an eight-week strategy engagement. We're six weeks in, and so far it has been a lot of fun. A lot of work, but also a lot of fun. We're covering a wide range of topics - from smart homes to service-based business models - and I don't think I've ever learned so much in such a short space of time!

Dinner with the BAs on my team

There are three great business analysts (BAs) on our team (see photos). Alexandra is part of our business technology practice(she's based in Lo ndon) and we worked together previously in Paris. Like me, she has a passion for renewable energy work. Friedrich, a new BA who has ramped up phenomenally quickly, makes me laugh all the time, and gives me great feedback on how to manage him better. And Daniel, a more experienced BA from the Zurich office, is about to head off for his MBA at Columbia Business School in New York.

In one more week I'm off to Colombia for the holidays. First I'm attending a friend's wedding in Medellin (the friend also happens to be a colleague, an engagement manager in the Bogota office), and then I'm travelling around the country for the holidays. I'll be spending New Years in Cartagena and cannot wait. It should be lovely. Given the typically gloomy UK winter, I am very much looking forward to the sunshine! Then I'll be back to work in January and off for my next adventure, wherever that is...

Till next time,


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Associate Partner


Kimberly’s expertise in environmental science and economic policy has carried her from nonprofit work in South Africa to an associate position in McKinsey’s São Paulo office to a secondment with the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Now an associate partner based in our Chicago office, she is a committed member of our cleantech practice, following her passion for renewable energy and addressing climate change. Interested in more on this topic? Follow Kimberly on LinkedIn and Twitter.