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Kimberly Henderson

Partner, Washington DC
Supports companies and investors in developing strategies for the shift to low-carbon energy systems and specializes in technologies to address climate change

About Kimberly

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, large energy and industrial incumbents, technology start-ups, and policy makers with her expertise in sustainability and climate-related challenges. Her focus is on supporting power companies as they navigate the transition to low-carbon energy. In addition, she coleads the firm’s work on strategy in the clean-technology sector.

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

  • helping a major utility develop its long-term strategy, taking into account potential new-business offerings and innovations
  • developing energy-demand scenarios for an oil and gas company, with an assessment of potential technological, regulatory, and behavioral disruptions
  • supporting a leading solar-energy developer with the development of its growth strategy and new organizational setup
  • assessing the outlook for technology offers in the smart-home and smart-city sectors for an equipment provider

Kimberly has also supported a number of 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 climate change, sustainability, and low-carbon technologies.

Kimberly speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Published work

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

Leading the battle against climate change: Actions for China,” McKinsey & Company, 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