McKinsey's Clara Cuvelier named a Future Energy Leader

07 June 2021 2 min. read

Clara Cuvelier, a Middle East-based Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, has been named a ‘Future Energy Leader’ for 2021, becoming part of a global community of around 100 “exceptional young professionals” that play a leading role in shaping the energy transition.

Founded in 1923, the World Energy Council is a non-governmental and non-commercial organisation that has grown to a network of over 3,000 member organisations from around 90 countries. These firms share and work towards the same ambition: “promoting the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people.”

Its Future Energy Leaders network is an exclusive, invitation-only community that every year brings together the brightest minds in the energy scene with the aim of helping the World Energy Council and its partners shape its agenda. They work side-by-side with stakeholders at a national, regional, and global level to “to forge new understanding and sustain new and more effective cooperation in this current era of more energy and climate neutrality.”

Clara Cuvelier, Energy and Oil & Gas expert, McKinsey & Company

This year’s batch of Future Energy Leaders includes a wide variety of top performers from governments, private sector companies and consulting firms, with the community now representing more than 65 countries across the world. To date, eleven consultants have been admitted into the prestigious network, with Clara Cuvelier now also joining the ranks.

Clara Cuvelier has been with McKinsey & Company since 2013, when the joined the global strategy consulting firm in London following a stint in the oil & gas industry (at ExxonMobil). At the consultancy, she advises clients on developing long-term strategies to leverage their natural resources in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, mergers & acquisitions and performance improvement. 

She relocated to the United Arab Emirates in 2016, and has since worked with several leading energy and oil & gas companies in the Middle East and Africa, as well as governments on their domestic and export-oriented energy policies. 

Commenting on the appointment, Cuvelier said: “I am excited to be part of a community of passionate individuals. Making a positive impact in the energy space though concrete actions, events and publications resonates very well with my mindset and purpose as a management consultant.” 

Meanwhile, McKinsey said in a statement on LinkedIn that it was “very proud” to see Cuvelier named to the forum.

According to a recent report by McKinsey, the power generation mix is set to see major shifts in the coming decades, with fossil fuels to take a back seat and renewable energies such as solar, wind and (green) hydrogen the most likely beneficiaries.