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Rainer Strack: People Advantage

strack_rainer_thumb_lgRainer Strack is a senior partner and managing director at the Düsseldorf office of The Boston Consulting Group. Since joining the firm in 1994, he has led a wide range of projects on strategy, process optimization, culture, organization, transformation, change, talent, and human resources (HR) management in industries such as automotive, banking, consumer goods, energy, health care, industrial goods, insurance, public sector, services, social sector, and technology/telecommunications. From 1996 to 1998, he was based at BCG's Boston office as a participant in the firm's Ambassador Program.

Rainer Strack is the global leader of the HR topic at BCG. He has been the head of BCG's People & Organization practice in Central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for ten years, and he leads BCG's Social Impact practice in Germany.

In 2001, he received the Erich Gutenberg Award for the development and implementation of new HR and customer controlling concepts. In 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013, the journal Personalmagazin named him one of the 40 leading minds in human resources in Germany—the only member of a top consulting firm to receive this distinction. Rainer Strack has authored numerous articles, including on HR controlling and people business in 2005 and on demographic risk management and strategic workforce planning in 2008, both published in the Harvard Business Review. He was a member of the Global Agenda Council for talent mobility of the World Economic Forum and presented twice on this topic in Davos. In 2014 he gave a widely-viewed talk (more than 1,000,000 views) on the topic "The Workforce Crisis of 2030 - and how to start solving it now".

Rainer Strack holds a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in business, and a PhD in physics (summa cum laude) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. For his doctoral dissertation, he won the University’s Borchers Plakette Award. His university and PhD studies were sponsored by the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). In 2008, he was named an honorary professor at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

TEDRainer Strack on how to start solving the impending workforce crisis of 2030. view

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