Stefan is a director in McKinsey’s Stamford office and founded and leads
the Firm’s Global Cleantech Practice and the industrial practice in
Stefan serves leading technology, industrial, and
energy companies including solar, materials, energy storage &
batteries, electric vehicle, building systems, utility, energy
efficiency, and renewables companies, as well as private equity firms
and sovereign wealth funds investing in Cleantech. Stefan also works
with a number of foundations focused on sustainability, energy, and
Stefan focuses on strategy and innovation, including topics
such as new business building, growth, portfolio management, business
model transformation, China expansion, global scaling,
M&A/alliances/partnerships/licensing, innovation culture, idea
generation, product and technology development.
Stefan previously led McKinsey’s Global Semiconductor Practice and has
served the leading global semiconductor companies around the world on
both operational and strategic topics for many years, including
extensive time in Asia.
Stefan received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with
honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. His research
focused on neural network algorithms and the neural basis of reasoning.
Prior to joining McKinsey, he was responsible for developing Apple’s web
presence, built a prototype agent-based satellite image delivery
systems for NASA, founded the Stanford Solar Car Project and built two
generations of solar power cars, developed expert systems for IBM, and
developed pattern recognition neural networks at Xerox PARC.