Partner & Managing Director BCG Middle East,
At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Leila connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
My advice to young women is to deliver yourselves from others' assumptions of what you can or cannot do. You can achieve whatever you set your heart and mind to. Stay true to yourself and keep aiming high!
I joined BCG as a lateral hire partner in May 2014 after more than ten years in consulting. I started my consulting career in Europe and came to the Middle East in 2007. There, I focused on supporting clients across the region in the key area of education and training—and more broadly, "human capital development," which includes the economic empowerment of women.
I've had a wonderful time since joining BCG, receiving a lot of support from local and global partners throughout my integration period. I count myself truly lucky to have a career in which I can simultaneously be working with some of the brightest and nicest people on cracking our clients' toughest problems and giving back to the world via high-impact pro bono work. BCG also provides a unique balance, where I can be a full business owner of my platform backed by a highly supportive global engine.
Leila is a partner and managing director in the Middle East, covering the topic of education and human capital development. She holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from INSEAD.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I chose to work at BCG because we place a strong emphasis on thought leadership "to expand the art of the possible" and on values, including integrity and diversity—both of which resonate deeply with me.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: If I could change one thing, I would ensure much more empathy is nurtured from the youngest age by encouraging schools to integrate the development of empathy as a core part of curriculum. Empathy has the power to change the world both at micro and macro levels.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: BCG is a good place for a woman to work because there is support for diversity from the top-most level, which cascades down across levels. Recognition of the value that diversity brings to the firm and to our clients is felt in everything we do, and there is a genuine effort through the women's initiative—Women@BCG—and across the board to continuously improve the full HR cycle (recruitment, development, promotion, retention) for women.