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Ida Kristensen

Senior PartnerNew York

Coleads the Risk & Resilience Practice; advises leading financial institutions on cybersecurity, strategies for risk management, regulatory compliance, and operational improvement

Ida is the global co-convener and North American lead for the Risk & Resilience Practice, as well as the lead for our Cybersecurity Practice. She advises clients on a range of risk- and regulatory-related issues, from cybersecurity, operational risk, and compliance to capital management, broader enterprise risk-management strategy and regulatory transformation efforts.

Ida has more than fifteen years of consulting experience in advising clients on risk. In that time, she has helped clients design and implement an enterprise risk-management function, led our work supporting a multiyear comprehensive capital-analysis and review program at a top US bank, and worked with clients to redesign operational risk and compliance functions to meet heightened regulatory expectations.

Before joining McKinsey, Ida was a director at a consultancy specializing in risk management, where she worked on a variety of projects, including scoring models, economic-capital modeling, collection optimization, and limit setting.

Published work

Embracing generative AI in credit risk,” McKinsey & Company, July 2024

Practice makes perfect: How to prepare for bank regulatory exams,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

Implementing generative AI with speed and safety,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2024

How generative AI can help banks manage risk and compliance,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

Deciphering the economy’s mixed signals,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

Managing a cyber risk event: ‘Be a student of a crisis’,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

2023, a testing year: Will the macro-scenario range widen or narrow?,” McKinsey & Company, January 2023

The board’s role in building resilience,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Addressing the revolving door in risk,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2022

Something’s coming: How US companies can build resilience, survive a downturn, and thrive in the next cycle,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

Securing your organization by recruiting, hiring, and retaining cybersecurity talent to reduce cyberrisk,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Building cyber resilience in national critical infrastructure,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Building the internal-audit function of the future,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

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

The compliance function at an inflection point,” McKinsey on Risk, January 2019

The value in digitally transforming credit risk management,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Driving value from postcrisis operational risk management,” McKinsey & Company, June 2012

Past experience

SunGard ERisk


Columbia University
PhD, political science and statistical methodology

Aarhus University
MS, political science