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Hauke Engel

Partner, Frankfurt
Partner in McKinsey's Sustainability Practice. Leads work on climate change globally and supports businesses across sectors with challenges involving strategy and sustainability

About Hauke

Hauke helps automotive OEMs and energy companies to navigate and shape the e-mobility transition and advises clients across sectors on the impacts of climate change.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • helping a recycling company to assess the social and economic value it generates, including impacts on human health and the ecosystem
  • supporting a nongovernmental organization with an economic valuation of the world’s oceans and the derivation of levers to maximize the sustainable value of fisheries and other resources
  • advising an automotive supplier on its hydrogen fuel-cell strategy, including a review of the full H2 value chain
  • working with a petrol-station operator to review opportunities for entering the electric-vehicle charging market

In addition to his client work, Hauke undertakes extensive research and knowledge-building programs within McKinsey. He leads a major study on the socioeconomic impacts of climate change and the ways that decision makers can recognize and prepare for them.

In other research, Hauke codeveloped McKinsey’s perspective on the global energy landscape, including power supply, evolving technological landscape, underlying drivers, and an integrated model of global supply and demand. He has also devised methods to combine deforestation mitigation with economic development, and he has investigated the organizational practices that enable companies to become leaders in corporate sustainability.

Selected published work

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

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

The potential impact of electric vehicles on global energy systems,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

Charging ahead: Electric-vehicle infrastructure demand,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

The European electric bus market is charging ahead, but how will it develop?,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

Taking conservation finance to scale,” McKinsey & Company, November 2016

How companies can adapt to climate change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015


Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
PhD, physics

University of Oxford
MA, physics