Kirsten Rulf joined Boston Consulting Group in April 2023. She is a core member of the Technology & Digital Advantage practice, as well as a leader on the Financial Institutions team for BCG X, the firm’s tech build and design business.

At BCG, Kirsten focuses on the safe and responsible development and implementation of AI and generative AI business models at scale. Her primary fields of expertise are global AI regulation and governance; data governance; the geopolitics of tech; and crafting and implementing data-driven business models. In addition to her work at the firm, Kirsten teaches AI governance and digital transformation at Yale University and is a UC Berkeley Tech Policy Fellow.

Prior to joining BCG, Kirsten was senior digital policy advisor to German Chancellors Angela Merkel and Olaf Scholz and the Head of the Digital and Data Department at the Federal Chancellery of Germany for more than four years. In that role, she co-negotiated the EU AI Act, Data Act, and all other European digital regulation, and was responsible for Germany's strategic positioning and global investments in digital technology and infrastructure.

Before her work at the Federal Chancellery, Kirsten taught AI and compliance at Harvard Law School and ran a research group on autonomous vehicles at Harvard Kennedy School. Before that, she was a TV correspondent for the BBC and for German national TV ARD and its flagship news bulletin Tagesschau.


  • MPP, McCloy Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • MA, University of Oxford


  • UC Berkeley Tech Policy Fellow 2023
  • Yale University World Fellow 2022
  • Harvard Law Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Fellow 2017-2018