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The secondment was a unique platform for me to engage deeply with cities, governments, and private companies from a broad range of industries—all of which are rethinking urban mobility based on technological advances such as autonomous driving. 

Our discussions with private and public leaders in Davos, Dalian, San Francisco, and San Diego centered around the potential contribution of self-driving vehicles to solve cities' challenges. Our work highlighted the need for multiple stakeholders to collaborate to remove the current obstacles holding back widespread adoption.

Xanthi Doubara

On some occasions during my secondment, I have served as a leadership coach, supporting the senior management of the organization's International Programs in defining the organization's strategy and operating more effectively as a team. I have also traveled to Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Senegal to help senior management teams improve their ways of working and to deliver on their strategy.

In the fall of 2014, I was privileged to have the opportunity to support Save the Children International's Ebola response. The rapid response tested the limits of the project management tools available to coordinate such a large effort, which spanned the three affected countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea) and hundreds of deployed individuals. Being able to contribute by customizing for-profit tools to meet the needs of the dynamic nature of the response was very rewarding, and I learned so much.

Cortina McCurry
Cortina McCurry is a principal at BCG in New York.

The malaria team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation consists of world experts in fields from malaria drug development to delivery. BCG helped bring together their thoughts to develop a clear strategy. It was exciting to see the value and support BCG can deliver.

Imogen Pryce
Imogen Pryce is a principal at BCG in Los Angeles.

The primary focus of Business 20 Turkey is that all the summit's recommendations can be implemented. This challenged me to think across multiple dimensions, especially from the perspective of governors. We also wanted to take a fresh look at financing problems with SMEs. Rather than relying on banks and government funds, we sought to make alternative financing methods such as supply chain financing and crowdfunding more widely available for SMEs.

My experience in Business 20 Turkey has given me a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be in the driver's seat of an effort aiming to increase global welfare. Trying to find solutions to global problems such as the financing of SMEs has helped me enhance my ability to understand topics from several different perspectives. It also has taught me how challenging it is to get different parties to move in the same direction—and how satisfying it is to find solutions that you really believe in.

Asli Kurbay
Asli Kurbay is a principal at BCG in Istanbul.

Our team has supported Save the Children in creating its 2016-18 strategy. The work has included reviewing the social sector landscape to understand the important trends and players and helping to prioritize the initiatives to ensure that Save the Children tackles the most important topics first.

I found that creating a strategy for a social sector organization requires a process remarkably similar to that used by our corporate clients.

It was fulfilling to be able to use our BCG skills and resources to help drive success at an important nonprofit.

Jeanine Lavender
Jeanine Lavender is a project leader at BCG in London.
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