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Daniel Mikkelsen

Senior PartnerLondon

Senior partner in our Financial Services, McKinsey Sustainability, and Risk & Resilience Practices; heads McKinsey Sustainability’s financial work, and works extensively in financial services, risk and compliance, and digital and analytics

Daniel primarily advises major financial institutions and has worked with some of the world’s top banks as well as many insurers, asset managers, and hedge funds. His main areas of focus are climate and sustainability, analytics, digital, risk, compliance, finance, and audit. Daniel has also worked on a wide range of strategy topics in retail, corporate, and institutional banking. In addition, he has worked on Brexit preparedness matters, productivity, trade, and other economic-policy issues.

Examples of his client work include the following:

  • developing, supporting, and leading climate and sustainability transformation projects with more than 20 major financial institutions, one major central bank, and two industry associations across the globe, focusing on sustainability strategy, green business opportunity development, net-zero target setting, climate risk and regulation, data, and skills and capability building
  • leading credit risk modeling, validation, process, digitization, policy, organization, and optimization work for more than 15 major European banks and a government agency
  • leading advanced analytics and digitalization work for several banks
  • leading operational risk work for global bank networks and many other financial institutions
  • leading compliance and financial crime work for more than ten financial institutions
  • leading data privacy and data protection work for more than ten groups across several sectors
  • supporting risk and finance organization and governance for over ten European and US financial institutions
  • examining risk culture and behavior for more than fiver European banks, a global hedge fund, and a standard-setting body
  • supporting comprehensive capital analysis and review as well as stress-testing work for five US banks and more than five European banks
  • leading Brexit preparedness work for over 35 large companies across sectors

Published work

As Gen AI advances, regulators—and risk functions—rush to keep pace,” McKinsey & Company, December 2023

The EU digital strategy: The impact of data privacy on global business,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Managing financed emissions: How banks can support the net-zero transition,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

Managing financial crime risk in digital payments,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

International personal-data transfer amid regulatory upheaval,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Privacy, security, and public health in a pandemic year,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Financial crime and fraud in the age of cybersecurity” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

What will Europe's e-privacy regulation mean for your business?” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

Flushing out the money launderers with better customer risk-rating models,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

GDPR compliance since May 2018: A continuing challenge,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019 


Oliver Wyman
Partner, risk practice; global lead of operational risk and compliance


Oxford University
MPhil, European politics, economics, and society
MA; BA, politics and economics