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Nicolaus Henke

Senior Partner, London
Helps clients use artificial intelligence responsibly to enhance performance

About Nicolaus

Nicolaus is the chairman of QuantumBlack, McKinsey’s advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) firm. He brings decades of experience in applying analytical techniques to his work on significant business problems in pharmaceutical, healthcare, industrial, and financial institutions.

Nicolaus serves at the forefront of McKinsey’s advanced-analytics work. He helped found and scale McKinsey Analytics, whose team of 5,000 technologists and consultants help companies create and scale new technical delivery models for analytics and AI. He also oversaw McKinsey’s acquisition of QuantumBlack and its scaling to become the firm’s center of excellence and innovation in AI. As its chairman, Nicolaus and QuantumBlack help companies use advanced analytics and AI responsibly to identify gains that have significant performance impact.

Nicolaus also oversees a number of technology and AI partnerships with other firms. He chairs McKinsey’s Technology Council, which gathers technology leaders from across industries and McKinsey to assesses and track the trends and other developments in business and technology.

Previously, Nicolaus led the McKinsey Digital and McKinsey Analytics Practices for McKinsey globally, as well as the global Healthcare Systems & Services Practice. He speaks frequently in various forums on the responsible use of AI, data-enabled cultures, and the importance of the use of protocols in AI.

Nicolaus was a John J. McCloy Scholar at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Published work

The state of AI in 2020,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Accelerating analytics to navigate COVID-19 and the next normal,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Most of AI’s business uses will be in two areas,” Harvard Business Review, March 2019

The cornerstones of large-scale technology transformation,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2018

Applying AI: Where—and how—to put artificial intelligence to work,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Ten red flags signaling your analytics program will fail,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2018

Analytics translator: The new must-have role,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

Competing in a world of sectors without borders,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2017

How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2017

How to win in the age of analytics,” McKinsey & Company, January 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2016

Most industries are nowhere close to realizing the potential of analytics,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016

Straight talk about big data,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2016


University of Münster
PhD, economics
MA, economics

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government