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Kersten Heineke

Partner, Frankfurt
Leads the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility in Europe, focusing on connected cars, autonomous driving, and shared mobility, as well as the impact of these developments on organizations across all industries

About Kersten

Since Kersten joined McKinsey as a consultant, his work has focused primarily on the mobility industry. Working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, mobility providers, technology companies, cities, transport authorities, and financial investors, he specializes in the impact of disruptions from the future of mobility. Kersten has particular expertise in connected cars, autonomous driving, and shared mobility. He leads both our client-facing and internal work on these issues.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • conducting an analysis of monetization potentials from in-car data to third-party ecosystem partners
  • leading an in-depth technology assessment of autonomous driving, with a deep dive into data-based services and map creation
  • creating a connectivity strategy for an automotive OEM, with a focus on the paradigm shift from car-development processes to service and software development
  • leading a market study on autonomous driving, with a focus on setting the strategic direction for a leading global automotive supplier
  • conducting a strategy pressure test and partner screening for a leading software player in autonomous driving
  • conducting an extensive strategy review and creation of an investor story and business case update for a mobility start-up

Published work

The road to affordable autonomous mobility,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Mobility’s rebound: An industry recovers, but where is it heading?,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

The e-kickscooter takes to the road: Understanding consumer-ownership preferences,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

Why micromobility is here to stay,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

Will VoloCity transform urban transportation?,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Advanced air mobility in 2030,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Shared mobility: Where it stands, where it’s headed,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Mobility investments in the next normal,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

From no mobility to future mobility: Where COVID-19 has accelerated change,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Private autonomous vehicles: The other side of the robo-taxi story,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Five COVID-19 aftershocks reshaping mobility’s future,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on future mobility solutions,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

ACES 2019 survey: Can established auto manufacturers meet customer expectations for ACES?,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

Micromobility: Industry progress, and a closer look at the case of Munich,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019

Development in the mobility technology ecosystem—how can 5G help?,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Change vehicles: How robo-taxis and shuttles will reinvent mobility,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Reimagining mobility: A CEO’s guide,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2019

Micromobility’s 15,000-mile checkup,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

How mobility players can compete as the automotive revolution accelerates,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

Self-driving car technology: When will the robots hit the road?,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017


University of St. Gallen
Masters, International Management

ESADE Business School in Barcelona
Masters, International Management