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David Young

Senior Partner & Managing Director


BCG’s Approach to Social Impact

BCG completes more than 300 social impact projects each year. BCG’s Dave Young, former COO of WorldVision International, explains how BCG works with the entire humanitarian system to improve efficiency in achieving large-scale social impact. He also shares how BCG helps forge public-private partnerships and helps the private sector move beyond corporate social responsibility programs to create new social businesses and new social value in sustainable ways.

Dave Young returned to The Boston Consulting Group in April 2016, focusing on social impact. Dave works closely with the leaders of the Social Impact practice to assist clients with efforts at the intersection of social impact, the firm's Public Sector practice, and the private sector. He also engages with BCG's Grow Africa team, tapping the vast experience he gained in that region during his time away from BCG and his exposure to Africa since 1976.

After 17 years with BCG, Dave left in 2006 to join World Vision International, a global relief, development, advocacy, and microfinance organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome extreme poverty and injustice.

At World Vision, Dave served as chief operating officer, leading a comprehensive transformation effort and overseeing the organization's global field operations, emergency response, technical support teams, microfinance, and strategic support functions. The organization involved 41,000 employees across more than 70 nations and annual funding of more than $2 billion in field spending and $600 million in microfinance loans. It made meaningful contributions to the well-being of more than 150 million of the world's most vulnerable children. World Vision is now widely regarded as the most effective global NGO.

Dave also served on the board of directors of Vision Fund International, one of the world’s largest microfinance operations bringing financial services to the poor, and on the board of directors of J.M. Huber, one of America’s oldest family held global corporations.

During his time at BCG from 1988 to 2005, Dave's many roles included serving on BCG's Executive Committee, leading the Industrial Goods practice, and serving as managing director of the firm's Seoul and Boston offices. Dave was also an active member of the Organization and Corporate Development practices, and worked on the teams that launched what are today the Social Impact and Global Advantage practices.Prior to joining BCG initially, Dave worked at The Timken Company from 1980 to 1988 in research and development, manufacturing operations, and corporate strategy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social impact
  • Globalization
  • Organizational transformation and large-scale change
  • Operational effectiveness
  • Emergency response and humanitarian action
  • Microfinance
  • Community-based development
  • Child well-being
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Food security
  • NGO strategy, governance and federalism
  • International staff security
  • Industrial goods—engineered materials, specialty chemicals, housing construction materials, mining in Africa
  • Corporate development
  • Portfolio and business unit strategy


  • Master's degree, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Mount Union
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