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Olivia White

McKinsey & Company
Partner
Olivia is a Partner in the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company and a member of the Firm’s Social Sector, Financial Services. and Risk Management practices.

A sought-after advisor to top management, Olivia works with banks, other financial sector companies, and foundations as they look to the future.  She guides institution-wide efforts to improve effectiveness and efficiency – often by applying sophisticated simulations of potential future scenarios.  

Olivia has had led transformative impact for many global financial institutions and corporate business functions. She also has worked extensively on financial inclusion topics in emerging markets and well as with foundations in the US and Europe.  Along with her expertise in risk and in the financial inclusion, Olivia has led projects focused on foundation portfolio construction, customer experience, digital payments, operational improvement, and organizational design.

Examples of her work include: 
  • Building the strategy for portfolio construction at a division at a major global foundation
  • Examining the economics of global payment systems and investigating risk associated with digitally-enabled payments in order to foster opportunities for financial inclusion in the developing world
  • Heading an end-to-end transformation for a leading U.S. bank’s business lending operation, focused on customer experience
  • Assisting several U.S. institutions as they overhauled their enterprise-wide approach to risk management 
  • Helping international banks improve their stress testing processes and successfully pass the U.S. Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), arguably the most stringent regulatory test worldwide

Olivia’s most recent publications include:
  • How digital finance could boost growth in emerging economies, McKinsey & Company, September 2016.
  • Perspectives on CCAR: Looking ahead to the 2017 cycle, McKinsey & Company, July 2016.

Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Olivia was a Pappalardo Fellow in Physics at MIT, where she conducted research both in physics and in neuroscience.  She holds a PhD in Physics from Harvard, an MSc in Mathematics from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University. Olivia is a Partner in the San Francisco office of McKinsey &Company and a member of the Firm’s Social Sector, Financial Services. and Risk Management practices.