Daniel Riefer | Associate Partner
McKinsey & Company

Daniel Riefer, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Daniel Riefer is an Associate Partner and aviation expert at McKinsey & Company, based in Munich, Germany. He focuses on operations and sustainability, and is a Platform Fellow with the World Economic Forum, supporting the Clean Skies for Tomorrow coalition. Daniel started his career at Lufthansa?s Verkehrsflieger-Schule in Bremen and Phoenix and received his commercial pilot license in 2004. He collected more than 4,000 flight hours on  Airbus A320 and Boeing 747, and supported several internal projects as a management pilot. As a project manager of Lufthansa?s research project BurnFAIR, he conducted the company?s first flight on biofuel in 2011. In 2015, Daniel joined McKinsey & Company. Since then he has served numerous travel and aviation clients, including airlines, airports, MRO providers, ANSPs, and global industry associations. He has expertise in the areas strategy, operations, and sustainability. Since 2020, he has been a Platform Fellow with the World Economic Forum, supporting Clean Skies for Tomorrow. This cross-industry coalition of more than 40 members, including Lufthansa, Shell, and Rolls Royce, aims at decarbonizing the industry with the help of sustainable aviation fuel. Daniel holds a German diploma in business administration and an MBA from business schools in New York and Hong Kong.

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