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Fransje van der Marel


Leads transformations in energy and chemical companies to enhance value

Fransje has extensive experience in the power, oil and gas, and mining industries, working with both the private sector and governments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She leads McKinsey’s global initiative on resilience and portfolio enhancement, co-leads the firm’s European power work and leads the sustainability group in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

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

  • setting up the portfolio optimization capability for a global energy company across more than ten countries to understand portfolio effects, help investment decision making and improve risk control. This work included the development of widely accepted risk taxonomy, risk exposure mapping and quantification, hiring and training of the team
  • driving the energy transition journey and the green business building of an integrated oil and gas, and chemical company into renewables, hydrogen, and sustainable air fuels
  • leading the expansion for a global oil and gas company into renewable power and other businesses of the future, including M&A, strategy, organization set-up, capability building, risk management. Supported large (more than $1 billion) M&A deals and capital expenditure investments
  • supporting a leading chemical company with its performance transformation and decarbonization strategy
  • leading several digital transformations for chemical and energy businesses, including an analytics transformation for a European utility
  • leading several strategy-related projects in the power sector including the development of an initiative to create substantial energy-transaction growth in Africa, several B2B and B2C retail strategies, spearheading a leading European power company’s acquisition and helping an African utility accelerate grid connections threefold.

Fransje has a deep passion for energy transition which developed early on in her career—she wrote her master thesis at university on carbon dioxide emission trading. She contributes extensively to McKinsey’s in-house knowledge building on power markets, portfolio modeling and energy supply and demand.

Fransje also serves as an advisory board member for the not-for-profit Centre of Risk studies at the University of Cambridge.

Past experience

VODW Marketing

Channel manager and back-office manager


University of Amsterdam
MS, economics

Pompeu Fabra University
MA, microeconomics

Bocconi University
BA, economics