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Hauke Engel


Partner in McKinsey's Sustainability Practice. Co-leads work on climate change globally and supports businesses across sectors with challenges involving strategy and sustainability

Hauke is a partner in our Nairobi office. He focuses on supporting organizations as they navigate and shape the transition to a zero-carbon economy. He serves investors and banks, governments and NGOs, mobility and industrial players, and sectoral and cross-sector net-zero coalitions across the globe with his expertise on climate and sustainability topics.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • helping a multi-lateral bank to embed climate intelligence into its lending processes and align its financing activities with a Paris pathway
  • supporting a Western European country in developing its climate action plan
  • designing a methodology for a grid operator to embed cutting-edge climate forecasts into a natural hazard risk assessment
  • developing a CCS and hydrogen strategy for an independent oil company

In addition to his client work, Hauke often leads major research programs within McKinsey, such as developing an integrated decarbonization pathway for the European Union and assessing its socio-economic implications. He regularly speaks at climate conferences and industry events.

Selected published work

Solving the climate finance equation for developing countries,” McKinsey & Company, December 2023

A sector progress tracker for the net-zero transition,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Green energy in Africa presents significant investment opportunities,” McKinsey & Company, October 2023

The heat is on: How public-sector leaders could drive net-zero goals,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Target net zero: A journey to decarbonizing the public sector,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Failure is not an option: Increasing the chances of achieving net zero,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Carbon-neutral Hungary, McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Power to move: Accelerating the electric transport transition in sub-Saharan Africa,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Green Africa: A growth and resilience agenda for the continent,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Net-zero Germany: Chances and challenges on the path to climate neutrality by 2045,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Call for action: Seizing the decarbonization opportunity in construction,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

How the European Union could achieve net-zero emissions at net-zero cost,” McKinsey & Company, December 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

Carbon-neutral Poland 2050: Turning a challenge into an opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

How a post-pandemic stimulus can both create jobs and help the climate,” McKinsey & Company, May 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

Europe needs to prepare now to get back to work—safely,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

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

Second-life EV batteries: The newest value pool in energy storage,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Ticket to ride: What will happen to roadside pit stops when cars go electric?,” Sustainability blog, McKinsey & Company, January 2019


Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
PhD, physics

University of Oxford
MA, physics