Partner, Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana)
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. Leyla goes deep to understand challenges.
The best part of working at BCG is its people—smart, caring, and fun—to whom you can always turn for advice, support, and a good joke.
Joining BCG was an exciting new experience for me. Having spent a few years in public policy and project finance, I never thought I would eventually find myself in management consulting. Everything was new: the sector, the type of work, the use of slides as a communication tool.
When I joined the firm, I knew that I wanted to help organizations find solutions and grow. BCG provides me with such opportunities to help. The firm satisfies my curiosity and love for learning and encourages me to share what I learn with the people around me: my team, my clients, and even my kids. I also appreciate that BCG is such a people's company and that I can get help and support when I need it most. I love every moment at the firm.
Leyla holds a master’s degree in system design and management from MIT, an MBA from Kelley School of Business, and a degree in mathematical linguistics from St. Petersburg University. Prior to joining BCG, Leyla was a senior banker and head of a resident office at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She was also a lead expert for the administration of the president of Kazakhstan.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: I started working at BCG by joining the office in Kyiv, which provided me with opportunities to work on the cases in Ukraine and Russia. Now my task is to help develop the firm's new frontier in Kazakhstan. It is an exciting opportunity to establish our presence in my native country—to develop a new client base and build a local team. We are supported in this task by BCG's impressive worldwide network of experts, who are willing to come to Kazakhstan—even in the middle of a harsh, snowy, and windy winter—from Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. to share their experience and knowledge with our local clients.
Q: If you could compare what you do to any other job, what would you say?
A: I like BCG for being such a flat organization, where each employee can find an interesting way to contribute to the firm's development outside of the regular case work. For example, our Moscow office provides plentiful opportunities to each employee, depending on their preferences and interests, often more than one. Besides typical (for BCG) office roles, like recruiting, career development, or training, each consultant or business services specialist can also choose any of the office committees, like the charity committee that supports an orphanage, the social committee that organizes fun activities for the office staff, or the rock bank that provides an outlet for musical talents. In addition to ever-changing client cases, this kills the monotony that prevails at many other, more traditional firms.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office?
A: The best time of the week for me is Thursday evening, when I fly back home from a case location. This means that the weekend is coming and I will spend it with my kids. We always spend weekends together—ice skating or skiing in the mountains, going to the movies, enjoying a lunch or dinner at a favorite café, discussing their latest school projects, which might involve the economic and environmental challenges in Central Asia or the changing role of women in society. It is fun for me to watch my kids grow and turn into young adults, so confident and open to life's experiences.