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Kayvaun Rowshankish

Senior Partner, New York
Co-founder of our work in global risk data and digitization; helps financial services firms design and execute large-scale digital risk transformations, addressing regulatory mandates while creating business value through advanced digital risk and data capabilities.

About Kayvaun

As a leader in McKinsey Digital and our Risk & Resilience Practice, Kayvaun serves all types of financial services firms including universal banks, investment banks, securities firms, regional banks, asset managers, and financial-market-infrastructure players on a broad range of digital risk, finance, data, technology, and operations-related issues.

Kayvaun, along with his digital risk and data transformation teams, has had tremendous impact helping financial services firms realize new revenue opportunities, achieve far-reaching regulatory requirements, reducing risk, and creating efficiency. He has accomplished this through large-scale transformations that establish strategies and drive execution of initiatives to both address regulatory mandates and also surpass competitors with advanced digital risk and data capabilities. Such capabilities include automation of CCAR, operations risk, compliance (for example, BSA/AML, KYC) and credit processes, designing and implementing data governance, data use cases, and data architecture at a rapid pace with groundbreaking levels of adoption and impact.

Kayvaun convenes the world’s leading forums on digital risk and data transformation, for example, two biannual roundtables on BCBS 239 including all GSIBs and most D-SIBs. He also leads much of our preeminent knowledge efforts on these topics including annual benchmarking that spans over 100 banks globally. Kayvaun speaks regularly at industry forums, publishes, and is quoted in leading journals on these topics.

Published work

The data-driven enterprise of 2025,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Optimizing data controls in banking,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Designing data governance that delivers value,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

How chief data officers can navigate the COVID-19 response and beyond,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Designing a data transformation that delivers value right from the start,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

Why data culture matters,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2018

The lending revolution: How digital credit is changing banks from the inside,” McKinsey on Risk, August 2018

How NBCUniversal is creating ‘pull’ for analytics,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2018

Data privacy: What every manager needs to know,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

The future of risk management in the digital era,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

A foundation for value in capital markets,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Tackling GDPR compliance before time runs out,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Living with BCBS 239,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017

Digital risk: Transforming risk management for the 2020s,” McKinsey & Company, February 2017

BCBS 239: Full compliance elusive, but systematic risk reduced,” Global Association of Risk Professionals, February 2016

A marathon, not a sprint: Capturing value from BCBS 239 and beyond,” McKinsey & Company, June 2015

Addressing the impact of data location regulation in financial services,” Global Commission on Internet Governance, May 2015

Past experience

Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
Partner, capital markets practice


Cass Business School

University of Surrey
BA, business studies