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Nicola Sandri

Senior PartnerMilan

Guides major transport and infrastructure organizations in their end-to-end transformation journeys, with a focus on international expansion and technology-enabled growth strategy

Nicola leads McKinsey’s work in transport infrastructure globally and the travel, logistics, and infrastructure projects in our Mediterranean complex. He supports major transport and infrastructure organizations, with a particular focus on enhancing sales and distribution channels, boosting international growth, and large investment and capex optimization.

Nicola’s recent client work includes the following:

  • designing and implementing the multi-year transformation journey for a large passenger transport operator, with a focus on key digital transformation initiatives and internationalization
  • supporting a large infrastructure fund on improving synergies with portfolio companies
  • business planning for leading smart infrastructure company, identifying a three-times revenue growth initiative
  • guiding a large European airport’s major infrastructure investment, leading to 15 percent improvement on time and budget
  • supporting a transport operator with operations and maintenance-tender preparation
  • defining and implementing the strategy, growth, and privatization business plan for a major travel retail company, doubling profitability performance

Before joining McKinsey, Nicola was a junior professor at Polytechnic University of Milan teaching business and management.

Published work

The journey toward AI-enabled railway companies,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

Good, better, best: Railways are advancing their ESG agenda,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Infrastructure technologies: Challenges and solutions for smart mobility in urban areas,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Fostering an inclusive urban-transit system,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Built to last: Making sustainability a priority in transport infrastructure,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Navigating the EU rail-market liberalization,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

How innovation is reshaping Europe’s urban environment,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018


Polytechnic University of Milan
BA, business engineering