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Hamid Samandari

Senior Partner, New York
As cofounder and senior leader of the Risk Practice globally and chair of the Global Knowledge Council, advises a number of leading financial institutions across the world on core risk and capital management issues

About Hamid

Hamid Samandari is a senior partner in our New York office, a founder and former head of our Americas Risk Practice, and the chair of McKinsey’s Global Knowledge Council. Hamid joined the Firm in 1997 and has served a number of leading financial institutions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia on a broad range of topics, such as risk management, strategy, operations, and technology. Hamid’s 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 a major US bank on a broad regulatory remediation program; helping another major US bank on improving its data-management, pre-provision net revenue (PPNR) modeling, and financial planning; and helping design new treasury products for a major Latin American bank. Hamid’s most recent research has focused on risk efficiency and effectiveness on confronting the risks of artificial intelligence and climate risk.

Published work

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 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

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