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Kimberly Henderson

Supports companies, investors, and public and social sector entities to address climate change

Kimberly is a partner in McKinsey’s Washington DC office, which she joined after spending several years in our Chicago, London, and São Paulo offices. She serves investors, non-profits, energy and industrial players, and policy makers with her expertise in sustainability and climate-related challenges. She focuses on supporting organizations as they navigate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Examples of Kimberly’s recent client projects include the following:

  • creating a roadmap to scale up low-carbon hydrogen in the United States
  • developing future energy-demand scenarios and a decarbonization plan for an oil and gas company
  • supporting a major fashion brand to organize its sustainability function

Kimberly has also supported several investor and cross-sector coalitions that promote energy-system change and address sustainability-related challenges. She is a regular contributor to McKinsey’s knowledge development and has written several articles on topics such as how the global economy could achieve a 1.5 degree pathway, lowering carbon emissions for industries and countries, and low-carbon technologies. She also leads our social responsibility efforts related to climate action. Kimberly speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Published work

The heat is on: How public-sector leaders could drive net-zero goals,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Understanding the SEC’s proposed climate risk disclosure rule,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Solving the net-zero equation in the United States,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Navigating America’s net-zero frontier: A guide for business leaders,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

How team structure and governance can unleash sustainability success,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Innovating to net zero: An executive’s guide to climate technology,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

It’s time for philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Curbing methane emissions: How five industries can counter a major climate threat,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

Organizing for sustainability success: Where, and how, leaders can start,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Valuing nature conservation,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Driving CO2 emissions to zero (and beyond) with carbon capture, use, and storage,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2020

How airlines can chart a path to zero-carbon flying,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Reducing agriculture emissions through improved farming practices,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Climate math: What a 1.5-degree pathway would take,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2020

Climate risk and decarbonization: What every mining CEO needs to know,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020

Agriculture plays a critical role in limiting the impact of climate change,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

What every utility CEO should know about blockchain,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Why commercial use could be the future of carbon capture,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

How companies can adapt to climate change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015


London School of Economics and Political Science
MS, environment and development
BS, government and economics