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Kimberly Henderson

Partner, Chicago
Supports companies and investors in developing strategies for the shift to low-carbon energy systems and specializes in technologies to address climate change

About Kimberly

Kimberly is a partner in McKinsey’s Chicago office, which she joined after spending several years in our London and São Paulo offices. She serves investors, large energy and industrial incumbents, technology start-ups, and policy makers with her expertise in sustainability and climate-related challenges. Her focus is on supporting power companies as they navigate the transition to low-carbon energy. In addition, she coleads the firm’s work on strategy in the clean-technology sector.

Examples of Kimberly’s recent client projects include the following:

  • helping a major utility develop its long-term strategy, taking into account potential new-business offerings and innovations
  • developing energy-demand scenarios for an oil and gas company, with an assessment of potential technological, regulatory, and behavioral disruptions
  • supporting a leading solar-energy developer with the development of its growth strategy and new organizational setup
  • assessing the outlook for technology offers in the smart-home and smart-city sectors for an equipment provider

Kimberly has also supported a number of cross-sector coalitions that promote energy-system change and address sustainability-related challenges. She is a regular contributor to McKinsey’s knowledge development and has written several articles on topics such as climate change, sustainability, and low-carbon technologies.

Kimberly speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Published work

What every utility CEO should know about blockchain,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Why commercial use could be the future of carbon capture,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

How companies can adapt to climate change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015

Creating partnerships for sustainability,” McKinsey & Company, July 2014

Measuring the real cost of water,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2013


London School of Economics and Political Science
MS, environment and development
BS, government and economics