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Alessio Botta

Senior PartnerMilan

Coleader of global payments and responsible for McKinsey Digital projects in the Mediterranean area

Alessio is a senior partner in the Milan office, where he created and led the first Italian team of McKinsey Analytics. He now serves as the coleader of global payments and is responsible for McKinsey Digital projects in the Mediterranean area.

Alessio has extensive international experience providing consulting services in over 20 countries. He has led digital transformation programs and projects focused on AI, payments, and global transaction banking. He supports financial institutions, technology companies, investors, and start-ups in exploring numerous topics related to strategic planning, large-scale innovation, and technology-enabled growth.

Alessio has also promoted various initiatives for innovation development, including an innovation club that brings together top managers in the industry operating in Italy.

In addition to innovation, fintech, and payments, Alessio also dedicates himself to dissemination activities, participating as a speaker in national and international events.

Before joining McKinsey in 2008, Alessio earned a master’s degree in computer engineering for business management from the University of Pisa and a PhD in computer science and engineering from the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of the Student and Alumni Association.

  • McKinsey Digital

Published work

On the cusp of a new payments era: Future opportunities for banks,” McKinsey & Company, September 2023

Europe’s fintech opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Sustainability in global transaction banking: A market imperative,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

The 2022 McKinsey Global Payments Report,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

The future of payments in Africa,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Reconceiving the global trade finance ecosystem,” McKinsey & Company, International Chamber of Commerce, Fung Business Intelligence, November 2021

La rivoluzione nel settore finanziario e dei pagamenti,” Bancaria, October 2021

The 2021 McKinsey Global Payments Report,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

From tech tool to business asset: How banks are using B2B APIs to fuel growth,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Quando Davide si allea con Golia,” McKinsey & Company (in collaboration with B Heroes), August 2021

Reimagining transaction banking with B2B APIs,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

The CIO’s moment: Leadership through the first wave of the coronavirus crisis,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Dall’Artificial Intelligence una spinta poderosa all’economia,” Harvard Business Review Italia, April 2019

Global transaction banking: The $1 trillion question,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

PSD2: Taking advantage of open-banking disruption,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

L’intelligenza artificiale in banca,” Bancaria, November 2017

Monetizing data: A new source of value in payments,” McKinsey & Company, September 2017

Scaling a transformative culture through a digital factory,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017

Past experience

University of Pisa
Adjunct professor

Suffolk University, Boston
Senior lecturer


IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
PhD, computer science and engineering

University of Pisa
MA, computer engineering for business management

University of Pisa
BS, computer engineering