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Carsten Lotz


Advises companies in regulated and capital expenditures-heavy industries, with a particular focus on transport and energy

Carsten is a Partner in McKinsey’s Paris office, and leads McKinsey’s global transport infrastructure work, with an emphasis on knowledge and people development. His infrastructure experience spans industry sectors, and includes megaproject management, acceleration of planning and approval processes, and project performance management.

In the transport sector, Carsten specializes in rail, including strategic traffic planning, asset management, and the digitization of signaling and other processes. He is deeply committed to advancing the railway industry in order to foster low-CO2 modes of transportation for both people and goods.

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

  • defining the business case and developing a national rollout strategy for digital train control, aiming at  millions of euros in yearly cost efficiencies and a significant reduction in train traffic energy consumption
  • setting up a multiyear performance plan for a major European rail infrastructure operator, defining productivity measures worth hundreds of millions of euros per year and preparing implementation
  • developing an advanced analytics approach, including an MVP, for better allocation of maintenance resources to existing assets for a national rail operator, , leveraging a cost opportunity of more than 15 percent
  • developing an approval strategy for a transnational infrastructure project, speeding up a critical process by three to five times
  • setting up a digital control center for re-starting public transport post-COVID-19, enabling decision-making for public authorities and managing the trade-off between reopening the economy and ensuring passenger safety
Carsten’s native language is German, and he is fluent in English and French. He works part-time and shares responsibilities at home with his wife. His educational background informs and underpins his continued research into the dynamics of values-based leadership and the philosophical foundations of the economy.

Published Work

Boosting passenger preference for rail,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Digitizing Europe’s railways: A call to action,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Using analytics to get European rail maintenance on track,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Restoring public transit amid COVID-19: What European cities can learn from one another,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Navigating the EU rail-market liberalization,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

Building the infrastructure for the future of mobility,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019


University of Tübingen
PhD, Catholic theology
Sorbonne University
MA, philosophy