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Select employees may work for up to one year for one of our global partners, gaining valuable experience outside BCG. 

Get acquainted with a few of our secondees and learn about their experiences.

World Economic Forum

During her secondment with the World Economic Forum, Xanthi was the project manager for the Self-Driving Vehicles in an Urban Context project. The project is the latest step in a multiyear collaboration with BCG on connected mobility. The project engages leaders from cities, national governments, and the private sector to accelerate the development of new models of urban mobility that are based on autonomous transport. 

Xanthi contributed to the development of an in-depth overview of consumer attitudes toward autonomous driving. She helped conduct focus groups in three countries and an extensive survey across ten countries. In addition, she analyzed the role of autonomous mobility from the perspective of cities, by conducting a series of interviews with city policymakers worldwide.

Xanthi also investigated how the city of the future—including self-driving vehicles—might look under different scenarios and the impact on society of such changes in terms of number of vehicles, emissions, space gained, and other factors. The insights from these analyses are the basis for discussions with cities and other stakeholders on making self-driving vehicles in urban environments a reality.

Benji Coetzee

Durch das Secondment erhielt ich die einzigartige Gelegenheit, intensiv mit Städten, Regierungen und privatwirtschaftlichen Unternehmen aus einer Vielzahl von Branchen zusammenzuarbeiten. Sie alle setzen sich mit innovativen Konzepten zum Thema urbane Mobilität auseinander – auf Grundlage technologischer Fortschritte wie dem autonomen Fahren.     

In unseren Gesprächen mit Führungskräften aus dem privaten und dem öffentlichen Sektor in Davos, Dalian, San Francisco und San Diego ging es um die Frage, welchen Beitrag selbstfahrende Fahrzeuge leisten können, um die Herausforderungen zu lösen, vor denen Städte heute stehen.     Im Laufe unserer Tätigkeit zeigte sich, wie wichtig es ist, dass die unterschiedlichen Interessengruppen zusammenwirken. Nur so lassen sich die Hindernisse aus dem Weg räumen, die einer breit angelegten Einführung im Wege stehen.    

Xanthi Doubara
New York

As a secondee on the Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, BCG Principal Christoph Rothballer, who holds a PhD in infrastructure finance, developed recommendations on how to successfully prepare and accelerate public-private partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure. He collaborated with a wide range of partners, including engineering and construction companies, investors, academia, government representatives, and multilateral development banks.

To synthesize the lessons learned, Christoph reviewed past PPP projects from around the world (from both developing and developed countries) and interviewed a large number of stakeholders. He also prepared and conducted a number of sessions at the various World Economic Forum events around the world.

I used to picture the World Economic Forum as being only about Davos. I now know it to be an institution with the convening power to bring high-level stakeholders—presidents, ministers, and CEOs—to the table throughout the year and also on a regional level. As such, it can facilitate projects that require input from the private sector, public sector, and civil society—such as the work I’ve been doing around infrastructure.

In emerging countries, where there is rapid economic growth and urbanization, many governments lack the financial resources and skills to provide the required infrastructure assets quickly and efficiently. Our report with the World Economic Forum offers comprehensive and actionable best-practices for those governments looking to close the asset gap with the private sector through public-private partnerships.

Christoph Rothballer
Partner & Associate Director, Infrastructure

Save the Children International

During her secondment with Save the Children International, Cortina McCurry worked on the development of an operating model to support the core ambition of the organization's International Programs: delivering high-quality programs for children. These children are often the most marginalized and live in some of the world’s most fragile and conflict-ridden zones.

With more than 17,000 employees, Save the Children International must coordinate its operations across a large team spanning more than 50 country offices and 7 regions.

Während meines Secondments hatte ich mitunter Gelegenheit, Führungskräfte zu beraten. Dabei konnte ich die für die internationalen Programme zuständigen Führungskräfte darin unterstützen, die Unternehmensstrategie auszuarbeiten und als Team effektiver zusammenzuarbeiten.     Außerdem bin ich nach Mosambik, Tansania, Nigeria und in den Senegal gereist. Dort half ich Führungskräfteteams, ihre Arbeitsweise zu optimieren und ihre Strategie umzusetzen.    

Im Herbst 2014 erhielt ich die großartige Chance, eine Aktion von Save the Children zum Thema Ebola zu unterstützen.     Die Aktion wurde innerhalb kürzester Zeit aufgesetzt, und mehrere hundert Menschen in den drei betroffenen Ländern – Sierra Leone, Liberia und Guinea – waren daran beteiligt. Das führte dazu, dass die Projektmanagement-Tools an ihre Grenzen stießen.     Diese Tools waren ursprünglich für gewinnorientierte Unternehmen konzipiert worden und mussten so angepasst werden, dass sie der Dynamik der Ebola-Aktion gerecht wurden. Das war eine sehr bereichernde und lehrreiche Erfahrung.    

Cortina McCurry

Working at an international NGO, I've been challenged to work in new contexts with incredibly diverse teams. I've taken new risks and have called a new country home—an incomparable personal development.

John Vogelgesang

World Wildlife Fund

Adrien Portafaix joined WWF as a secondee, in the organization’s Cape Town office, to help define and roll out the Corporate Water Stewardship strategy across WWF’s global network. Water stewardship is about enrolling the private sector to help sustainably manage water resources—not for philanthropic motives, but because freshwater is an operational risk to water-using sectors.

My position working with WWF on its Corporate Water Stewardship strategy was a great balance between strategic work and fieldwork. Integrated Water Stewardship strategies at basin (river) level were being developed for the first time. I had to develop a framework and an approach from scratch.

Using this approach, we performed research, analyses, and field trips to formulate tailored strategies, notably defining goals for each river basin, and which stakeholders to engage with to deliver on these goals. Finally, I supported local teams in their engagement with local corporate partners, notably in South Africa.

Adrien Portafaix
Associate Director, Total Societal Impact & Sustainability
Social Impact
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