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Kayvaun Rowshankish

Senior PartnerNew York

Kayvaun Rowshankish

Senior PartnerNew York

Serves as a global coleader of our data transformation work, helping institutions and top executives transform industries and become data-driven leaders.

Kayvaun is a leader in McKinsey’s Digital Practice, and serves as a global coleader of the firm’s data transformation work, and a leader of our risk data and digitization work. He helps organizations across a broad range of industries unlock the value of data as a central catalyst for analytics, and digital, technology and risk transformations. In particular, he helps institutions across sectors—including financial services, telecommunications, media, high-tech, and public sector— become data driven.

Kayvaun has helped numerous organizations achieve tremendous impact by realizing new revenue opportunities, transforming how businesses are managed—with the help of data and technology—meeting regulatory requirements, reducing risk, and creating efficiency. He leads large-scale transformations that help companies be competitive, utilizing innovation in data architecture, data product oriented operating models, pervasive application of digital twins, the enterprise metaverse and application of artificial intelligence to data management.

Examples of his recent work include the following:

  • developed the data strategy, data operating model and data architecture for more than 40 financial institutions, including several large US banks, several regional banks, asset managers and insurance firms
  • leading the artificial intelligence and data transformation for a large telecommunications company, including the development of an AI strategy across B2C, B2B, and network, applying a product-oriented model and building assemblies of digital twins
  • developing the strategy and design for a front-to-back capital markets platform, including risk, finance, operations, and front office
  • developing innovative and mission-oriented data and analytics strategies for several public sector institutions including design and implementation of operating models and architectures that are suited for highly confidential and top security contexts
  • serving a wide range of institutions across sectors in innovating how data is managed by deploying AI-based techniques and services
  • leading the design of an enterprise data and analytics strategy for a global universal bank, covering data and analytics architecture, operating model and oversight of the implementation and quality control and assurance

In addition to his client work, Kayvaun convenes leading forums on data-related topics, including regional data summits across sectors, and biannual roundtables on standards around the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, data privacy and related topics. Kayvaun speaks regularly at industry forums and is quoted in several books and journals.


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

Published work

From raw data to real profits: A primer for building a thriving data business,” McKinsey & Company, July 2024

A data leader’s technical guide to scaling gen AI,” McKinsey & Company, July 2024

Master data management: The key to getting more from your data,” McKinsey & Company, May 2024

The data dividend: Fueling generative AI,” McKinsey & Company, September 2023

Digital twins: The foundation of the enterprise metaverse,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Data ethics: What it means and what it takes,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

How to unlock the full value of data? Manage it like a product,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

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

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

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,” Centre for international Governance Innovation, May 2015

Past experience

Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
Partner, capital markets practice


Cass Business School

University of Surrey
BA, business studies