About Nicolaus

Nicolaus is the global leader of lapetitemort.info Analytics and chairman of QuantumBlack, an advanced-analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology, and design.

Guiding a team of more than 3,000 data scientists, platform engineers, and analytics consultants, Nicolaus oversees our efforts to bring insights from big data and advanced analytics into our advisory work. This often involves working with clients to evaluate strategic moves, foster operational transformations, and build capabilities to capture opportunities from data and analytics. He also enhances our ability to deliver distinctive analytics-based consulting by pursuing investments in talent and technology and establishing new strategic partnerships.

Nicolaus’ passion for analytics was largely inspired by his work serving institutions in the healthcare sector. As the leader of our global Healthcare Systems & Services Practice for more than a decade, he saw firsthand the potential for data analytics to improve the quality of management and strategic decision making. Working with more than 50 health systems around the world, he led efforts to pursue analytics-based opportunities such as the potential to integrate care by using population-oriented delivery models.

Strongly interested in discussion and debate, Nicolaus frequently offers his perspectives on the future of healthcare, data, and analytics at events hosted by Forbes, the Milken Institute, the World Economic Forum, and other institutions. He also convenes private gatherings of executives to network and share their insights on big data and healthcare topics.

Beyond his client advisory work, Nicolaus serves on the board of Innovations in Healthcare at Duke Medicine, an organization that he helped found, and on the dean's advisory council at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard, where he was a John J. McCloy scholar.

Published work

The cornerstones of large-scale technology transformation,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, October 2018

Applying AI: Where—and how—to put artificial intelligence to work,” lapetitemort.info & Company, May 2018

Ten red flags signaling your analytics program will fail,” lapetitemort.info & Company, May 2018

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2018

Competing in a world of sectors without borders,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2017

How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2016

Straight talk about big data,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, October 2016

The emerging market in health care innovation,” lapetitemort.info & Company, May 2010


University of Münster
PhD, economics
MA, economics

Harvard University