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Hamid Samandari

Senior Partner, New York
Cofounder and senior leader of our global Risk & Resilience Practice; chair of the Firm's Knowledge Council, a body that oversees our investments in next-generation, cross-cutting knowledge and capabilities; advises leading institutions across the world, particularly within financial services, on core risk and resiliency issues.

About Hamid

Hamid Samandari is a senior partner in our New York office, a founder and former head of our Americas Risk & Resilience Practice, and the chair of the firm’s Knowledge Council. The council prioritizes and develops the major, next-generation, cross-cutting knowledge and capability areas that the firm believes will be core to the performance and health of our clients. He is also a member of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Council, which advises on MGI research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

Hamid joined the Firm in 1997 and has served several leading financial institutions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia on a broad range of topics, such as risk management, strategy, operations, and technology. His areas of expertise include capital management, credit risk management, operational risk management, risk organization and governance, risk culture, and compliance and control functions.

Hamid’s recent work includes supporting two major US banks on their regulatory remediation programs, helping another US bank in its COVID-19 response, and assisting a foreign bank on improving its enterprise risk management. Hamid’s most recent research has focused on risk efficiency and effectiveness, on confronting the risks of artificial intelligence, and on climate risk and broader sustainability.

Published work

Climate change and P&C insurance: The threat and opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Will infrastructure bend or break under climate stress?,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2020

Could climate become the weak link in your supply chain?,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2020

Reduced dividends on natural capital?,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2020

Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

A Mediterranean basin without a Mediterranean climate?,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2020

How will African farmers adjust to changing patterns of precipitation?,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2020

Will the world’s breadbaskets become less reliable?,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2020

Confronting climate risk,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2020

Will mortgages and markets stay afloat in Florida?,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2020

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk?,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2020

Addressing climate change in a post-pandemic world,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

The future of operational-risk management in financial services,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Leadership in the time of coronavirus: COVID-19 response and implications for banks,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2020

Making a Step Change in Risk Efficiency and Effectiveness,” The European Financial Review, August/September, 2019

Confronting the risks of artificial intelligence,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2019

Transforming risk efficiency and effectiveness,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

The future risk of risk management in the digital era,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

The business logic in debiasing,” McKinsey on Risk, May 2017

The future of bank risk management” (PDF–7.39 MB), McKinsey & Company, December 2015

Managing third-party risk in a changing regulatory environment” (PDF–628 KB), McKinsey & Company, May 2013

Risk IT and operations: Strengthening capabilities” (PDF–3MB), Institute of International Finance and McKinsey & Company, June 2011

Capital ratios and financial distress: Lessons from the crisis” (PDF– 304 KB), McKinsey & Company, December 2009

Past experience

Infotec (Switzerland)
Software developer for Forex decision trading tools


Stanford University
PhD, scientific computing and computational mathematics

University of Geneva
MSc, mathematics