At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Roger seeks a new perspective.
At BCG, I work with consultants from all over the world. This experience shows that the gathering and inclusion of several cultures toward a common objective is not only possible, but also highly profitable.
I was born in Barcelona and always wanted to discover new cultures and ways of seeing things. My engineering studies, followed by a business school degree, enabled me to have my first international experiences in France and China. Very soon, I chose strategy consulting for its exposure to many different industries and issues, its vision of business, and the rigor of its analytical methods.
Working in the Casablanca office of BCG meets all my expectations. We operate in a quickly developing region and work on highly strategic assignments. Projects cover industries as diverse as infrastructure, banking, consumer goods, and private equity. The atmosphere within this "small" office is stimulating and highly international. I feel I am present in Africa in what is a key moment for the region.
Roger is an aeronautical engineer, holding degrees from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Supaero. He also earned a business administration degree from the University of Barcelona. He joined the Casablanca office as an associate after two years working in Spain and several international experiences.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
In the first year, BCG provided me with all the resources necessary for my development. The training program is comprehensive and highly efficient. Adding to the "live" sessions tailored to our needs and the situations we experience on a day-to-day basis, a huge online training library allows us to acquire new competencies at our own pace and to quickly grasp basic notions on a specific issue.
In addition, so much learning at BCG comes as the result of mentoring, permanent feedback from managers, interactions with clients, and rich multicultural exchanges.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: To me, BCGers are characterized by their constant desire to learn, progress, and create value for clients. Another feature is their insatiable curiosity and open-mindedness. Indeed, BCGers ask a lot of questions, try to get an in-depth understanding of the surrounding world, and show an interest in all the industries and issues. Paying close attention to global trends, BCGers try to apply them in the projects they are working on.
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: It is impossible to choose! The world is my favorite place. At 27, I have already visited 27 countries and I hope to keep up with that pace or even accelerate it. I have no doubt BCG will help me reach this objective. In the Casablanca office, if you wish to, you can easily participate in assignments throughout Africa. Personally, I would like to discover such countries as Kenya or Côte d'Ivoire. Beyond Africa, BCG strongly encourages internal mobility, and there are many opportunities for frequent travelers like me.
Q: What are you reading right now, and why is it interesting?
Right now, I am reading Transforming the Mind, written by the fourteenth Dalai Lama. It is a collection of this spiritual leader's teachings, and the content is accessible and thought-provoking. Far from taking a dogmatic approach, he impels us to question several aspects of the day-to-day life and invites us to learn how to distinguish the essential from the superfluous.
It can also be useful for the professional life. I recommend this reading to all managers and future managers, who I believe will discover a few keys to finding a durable work-life balance and a different approach to managing.
Q: What trends are you following and why?
A: For a few years, I have paid close attention to three trends of the global economy. First, the digital revolution and its impact on the business environment and society at large. I am particularly interested in big data exploitation. Second, the economic development in Africa and how the new digital wave might accelerate it. This is a phenomenon I have the opportunity to follow closely within the Casablanca office. Lastly, the management of resources such as water—and maybe one day air—as a commodity. It is clear to me that these resources will become more and more strategic in the coming years.