About Sven

Sven is a partner in McKinsey’s Hamburg office. He has deep experience in advising clients in the energy and natural-resources industries on challenges in trading, risk management, and corporate finance.

A member of McKinsey’s Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice, Sven leads our work on energy trading and risk management in Europe and is also a leader in our Risk Practice. He often speaks at industry conferences and events.

Among his recent projects, Sven supported a leading energy exchange on the development of its commodity strategy at every stage, from the planning process through to implementation. Working with a leading utility, he helped design and set up a trading and risk management survey for European energy players. He has overseen cost- and complexity-improvement programs focused on building capabilities for sustainable impact at German, Swiss, and Scandinavian utilities and helped a number of energy players develop their trading strategy and business and organizational models. He has also led a review of a joint venture between two energy exchanges, focusing on business and governance models, regulatory strategy, strategic footprint, and resource allocation.

Sven has a master’s degree in chemistry and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Hamburg.

Published work

The business logic in debiasing,” McKinsey on Risk, May 2017

From scenario planning to stress testing: The next step for energy companies,” McKinsey & Company, February 2017

Enterprise-risk-management practices: Where’s the evidence?,” McKinsey Working Papers on Risk, Number 53, February 2014 (PDF–539 KB)

Strategic choices for midstream gas companies: Embracing Gas Portfolio @ Risk,” McKinsey Working Papers on Risk, Number 50, September 2013 (PDF–545 KB)

Next-generation energy trading: An opportunity to optimize,” McKinsey Working Papers on Risk, Number 47, May 2013 (PDF–512 KB)


University of Hamburg
PhD, biochemistry

University of Hamburg
MS, chemistry