About Stephan

Stephan Solzhenitsyn joined McKinsey’s Moscow office in 2004. He leads regulatory strategy and implementation projects for electric power companies and major electric power consumers in Russia. He serves energy companies, as well as government and public administration agencies, on topics related to structural changes in the Russian electric power sector. He also actively participates in the implementation of urban planning and integrated land development projects.

His recent engagements include:

  • leading a comprehensive study of issues linked to energy efficiency, combined heat and electric power production, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Russia
  • developing post-crisis strategies for leading energy companies for the use of renewables and traditional fuels
  • developing an optimal long-term structure for a national fuel mix in light of supply and demand trends, assessment of various scenarios, and nuclear energy development forecasts
  • identifying the market structure changes required to ensure sustainable development of the national electric power sector, developing the regulatory framework governing the use of new types of energy in the medium and long terms
  • consulting the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation on the formation of an energy capacity market
  • developing the organizational structure and implementing lean transformations (capacity upgrade and new build projects) in the Russian energy sector, as well as for mining companies and enrichment facilities
  • developing a Russian market entry strategy for an international energy company
  • developing an overall corporate and business unit-specific strategy for major diversified metallurgy and energy corporations in the CIS

Stephan Solzhenitsyn is a member of McKinsey’s Global Energy and Materials practice. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on economic issues, energy, and development.

Stephan worked for 7 years in the United States as an independent electric power industry consultant. His experience included finding sites for new power plants, transmission lines and pipelines, and managing their environmental permitting. He managed multi-disciplinary studies and served as an expert witness for the US judiciary. He has also developed an open bidding model for a plant in upstate New York and a bidding model for the upgrade of New York City’s steam heating system.

Published work

Fission accomplished: Getting nuclear power on grid faster and cheaper,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Electrotherapy” (in Russian), Kommersant Vlast', September 2014

“Russia continues to be a leader in energy intensity of GDP,” Kommersant, February 2012


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master of city planning (MCP) with certification, urban design

Harvard University
Bachelor’s degree (with distinction), visual and environmental studies