Senior Associate, Casablanca
At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Etienne is unafraid to try new things.
At BCG, everyone is a source of proposals, is listened to, and is empowered. We collaborate with an exceptional network of experts and interesting personalities.
During my studies, I quickly became interested in the issues relative to emerging countries and social business models. After I participated in a project in Afghanistan for a consulting firm specializing in the public sector, I understood I had to enlarge my scope of action, acquire strategy skills, and understand economic challenges in order to create a true impact.
The BCG office in Casablanca, focusing on the African continent and high-level projects, provided me with the opportunity I was looking for. I particularly valued the attentiveness and the quality of exchanges during the recruiting interviews. I felt a true interest in my background and aspirations.
BCG delivered on its promises. In a year, I would be advising a Moroccan NGO; I went to Rajasthan for a client assignment in order to understand how to make the fight against malnutrition more effective; I spent three months in Côte d'Ivoire to help a ministry carry out its five-year strategic plan and supported Moroccan companies in their investment strategy in Africa.
I regularly explore new opportunities for change and development and have learned a lot about the consulting job.
Etienne holds a business degree from HEC Paris and a degree in political science from FU Berlin. He joined the Casablanca office in September 2015.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I particularly like the incredible diversity of my work at BCG. Client assignments deal with many different industries, issues, and geographies. The environment is multicultural—within BCG teams, of course, but also with our clients. This exposure to ever-changing issues and managers enables me to develop my adaptability and grow very quickly.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: Learning at BCG is mostly based on constant interactions with rich and competent personalities and the autonomy given to junior consultants. It is challenging and demanding, but you never ever feel lost. The network of internationally recognized experts, the managers, and all the teams are always ready to help.
Q: What's the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: The project with which I had the biggest impact was an assignment for the government of Côte d'Ivoire. It was about defining the main strategic directions of a five-year plan. As part of this assignment, we organized enablement workshops with client teams. They aimed to help our client teams make the methodology their own, acquire skills to facilitate meetings, and prepare presentations. This exercise helped me further develop teaching skills that I already had the opportunity to test, and I felt I was bringing true value to the project.
Q: If you weren't working at BCG, what would you be doing?
A: I would probably work on development aid projects conducted by major international institutions, which would make it possible for me to be in the field and act in a tangible way. Indeed, I learned a lot during my six-month experience in Afghanistan with the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development.
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: Iran fascinates me, for its millenary culture and history and its tradition of opening up and welcoming foreigners. I would be delighted to work on BCG projects in this country or to participate in the opening of an office in Tehran.