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Humayun Tai

Senior Partner, New York
Leads our Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice globally, serving major utility and energy technology clients across a variety of strategic, organizational, and operational issues ranging from emerging utility business models, seeking growth opportunities, grid asset and operations, and customer experience

About Humayun

In addition to his client work, Humayun is the global leader of our Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice. He is also a leader in the clean tech area of our Sustainability Practice.

Humayun has coauthored a number of publications, including the ‘McKinsey on Smart Grid’ publication as well as McKinsey's recently completed work on energy efficiency, and clean technologies. He has also authored external articles and reports, including in energy and power and with the American Physical Society.

Humayun is a regular panelist and participant in key industry events, including Gridweek, Harvard Electricity Policy Group, GridCom, and senior industry roundtables.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • serving a large US multi-utility company on transforming its performance across shared services, generation, distribution, and customer operations
  • developing an integrated demand management, energy efficiency, and renewables strategy for one of the largest utilities globally, addressing opportunity assessment and creating a regulatory approach for each state
  • supporting a comprehensive transformation of T&D operations and customer experience for one of the largest global utilities
  • designing a market entry strategy for a several new technology products—including grid balancing, demand management, and distribution automation—for a large Asian technology conglomerate
  • creating an Asian and North American go-to-market strategy for new suite of distributed generation and grid integration technologies for a large European technology company

Prior to joining McKinsey, Humayun worked for Deloitte Emerging Markets and was an energy consultant at the World Bank.

Published work

Net zero by 2035: A pathway to rapidly decarbonize the US power system,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Modernizing the investment approach for electric grids,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Transforming interactive voice response systems in utilities,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

A 2040 vision for the US power industry: Evaluating two decarbonization scenarios,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

The future of natural gas in North America,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020

The global relevance of New York State’s clean-power targets,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Building an offshore wind industry along the US East Coast: The role of state collaboration,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Scaling the US East Coast offshore wind industry to 20 gigawatts and beyond,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Solving the rate puzzle: The future of electricity rate design,” McKinsey & Company, March 2019

Less carbon means more flexibility: Recognizing the rise of new resources in the electricity mix,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

Are US gas utilities nearing the end of their golden age?,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Harnessing the power of advanced analytics in transmission and distribution asset management,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

Sticker shock: Why utilities now must rethink customer affordability,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018


Johns Hopkins University
MA, international relations and economics