Stefan  Heck

Stefan Heck

Director, Leader of Global Cleantech Practice
McKinsey & Co.

Stefan is a director in McKinsey's Stamford office and founded and leads the Firm's Global Cleantech Practice and the industrial practice in Northeastern US. 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 environment. 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 2 generations of solar power cars, developed expert systems for IBM, and developed pattern recognition neural networks at Xerox PARC.