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Stefan Knupfer

Senior Partner, Stamford
Draws on 25 years experience working with leading-edge manufacturers to help clients develop successful strategies and achieve operational excellence

About Stefan

Stefan leads McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice in the Americas and has global responsibility for helping the firm’s consultants develop sustainability expertise. He works with clients globally, including multiple recent projects in Brazil, China, Germany, and North America.

As a former leader of the Automotive & Assembly Practice and lead partner in the firm’s Detroit office, Stefan’s client work centers on the automotive, aerospace, and advanced-electronics sectors. With his sustainability focus, he leads McKinsey’s cross-industry mobility discussions with more than 50 cities around the world, charging-infrastructure providers, ridesharing companies, and car and truck OEMs.

Stefan has led performance-improvement and turnaround programs for a variety of clients, including automotive and truck OEMs, component suppliers, construction- and agricultural-equipment manufacturers, financial institutions, and logistic providers. He has also led major strategy engagements on electric-vehicle-battery development, ridesharing expansion, and penetration of electric trucks for OEMs, high-tech companies, and start-ups.

Among multiple recent research initiatives, Stefan was a coauthor of several publications, such as Reimagining mobility in the McKinsey Quarterly, three reports on how people and goods will move around in cities, the “Making electric vehicles profitable” article, articles on electric-vehicle-charging infrastructure (including electrical-grid impact), and, with C40 Cities, Focused acceleration: A strategic approach to climate action in cities to 2030, a report about the path to sustainability for global cities.

Published work

How cities can adapt to climate change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Making electric vehicles profitable,” McKinsey & Company, March 2019

The road to seamless urban mobility,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2019

Charging ahead: Understanding the electric-vehicle infrastructure challenge,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

The potential impact of electric vehicles on global energy systems,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

The future(s) of mobility: How cities can benefit,” McKinsey & Company, June 2017

An integrated perspective on the future of mobility,” McKinsey & Company, October 2016

Solar power: Darkest before dawn,”McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity, Summer 2012 (PDF–2.54 MB)

The fast lane to the adoption of electric cars,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2011

Electrifying cars: How three industries will evolve,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2009

Roads toward a low-carbon future: Reducing CO2 emissions from passenger vehicles in the global road transportation system,” McKinsey, March 2009 (PDF–723 KB)


Henley Management College

Technical University, Berlin
Masters in mechnical engineering