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Dan Cole


Helps energy companies identify and capture performance improvement opportunities

As one of the leaders of Energy Insights—McKinsey’s capability for energy intelligence and analytics—Dan helps organizations across the entire energy value chain address their most critical challenges. By taking data-driven perspective on issues, he helps our clients identify and capture improvements to their strategy, operations, and organization that will deliver the greatest performance benefit.

Dan began his career as a geophysicist, and today is still passionate on the unique issues and opportunities facing companies working in the energy sector.

Examples of Dan's work include the following:

  • delivering portfolio diagnostics for major global energy companies, identifying and helping to implement improvements to safety, reliability, and cost efficiency
  • quantifying the potential to reduce emissions and identifying specific opportunities for over 100 large oil and gas facilities around the world


Toward a net-zero future: Decarbonizing upstream oil and gas operations,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Preserving the downturn’s upside,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017

From late-life operations to decommissioning,” McKinsey & Company, February 2015




Imperial College London
MSc, geophysics

University of Cambridge
MA, Earth sciences