At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Indira goes deep to understand challenges.
At BCG, I learned that one must be simultaneously ambitious and pragmatic to bring about long-lasting contributions to our clients. Seemingly minor contributions do make a difference, and ultimately it is the collaborative effort of large and small interventions that can effect real changes.
Contributing to solving some of the development challenges faced by governments and companies in emerging markets has been the key driver of my academic and professional career. Hence, when faced with the decision of my career move post-MBA, my motivations were no different. I was looking for a company in Angola that would offer me the opportunity to leverage my international work experience to make a tangible and lasting impact on organizations on the ground while helping me continue to grow professionally. Unquestionably, BCG met all these criteria.
Working at BCG has been a definite eye-opening experience. Every case is an opportunity to work with and learn from high-caliber colleagues from very diverse backgrounds, as well as gain significant exposure to a wide range of industries and sectors that did not necessarily match my prior professional or academic background. I am constantly challenged and taken outside my comfort zone, which in my view is a unique way to grow both personally and professionally. With Africa on the rise and BCG continuously expanding its footprint on the continent, the company offers me unparalleled tools to map out a unique career path both within and beyond the organization.
Indira holds a degree in economics from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and a master’s in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She also holds an MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: Intellectually curious and not afraid to challenge the status quo, yet surprisingly humble and open-minded. Indeed, working at BCG, I never cease to be amazed by how intellectually stimulating every individual is and how they apply that intellectual capacity with practicality to every project that they are assigned to. I am also fascinated by the collaborative spirit of every individual that translates into a seamless and easily accessible worldwide network of expertise and knowledge.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: First and foremost, because it gives women the same opportunity for growth and development as it does men. BCG offers both men and women clear and multiple career paths with well-established progression milestones. Hence, as a woman working at BCG, I feel confident that merit alone will determine my future and that of my male colleagues in the company. The growing number of successful women at all levels of the organization is a clear testimony to this. In addition, BCG’s women’s network plays a big part in empowering women across the company to fulfill their potential. I joined BCG when I was three month pregnant with my first child, and I was welcomed and supported beyond my expectations.
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: As a relatively new and small office, we are quite a friendly and welcoming one. Everyone is down-to-earth, and we really enjoy each others' company. We have quite an eclectic and diverse group of people, which means that our office outings and retreats are always a lot of fun. Besides this, everyone is also super helpful when it comes to integrating newcomers or more generally passing on know-how. This I believe is what helped me fit in quite easily and sets BCG apart from many other companies.