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Dave Young returned to Boston Consulting Group in April 2016, and leads the firm's total societal impact and sustainability work globally, and is a BCG Fellow. Dave works closely with the leaders of the Social Impact practice to assist clients with efforts at the intersection of social impact, the firm's Public Sector practice, and the private sector. He also engages with BCG's Grow Africa team, tapping the vast experience he gained in that region during his time away from BCG and his exposure to Africa since 1976.

After 17 years with BCG, Dave left in 2006 to join World Vision International, a global relief, development, advocacy, and microfinance organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome extreme poverty and injustice.

At World Vision, Dave served as chief operating officer, leading a comprehensive transformation effort and overseeing the organization's global field operations, emergency response, technical support teams, microfinance, and strategic support functions. The organization involved 41,000 employees across more than 70 nations and annual funding of more than $2 billion in field spending and $600 million in microfinance loans. It made meaningful contributions to the well-being of more than 150 million of the world's most vulnerable children. World Vision is now widely regarded as the most effective global NGO.

Dave also served on the board of directors of Vision Fund International, one of the world’s largest microfinance operations bringing financial services to the poor, and on the board of directors of J.M. Huber, one of America’s oldest family held global corporations.

During his time at BCG from 1988 to 2005, Dave's many roles included serving on BCG's Executive Committee, leading the Industrial Goods practice, and serving as managing director of the firm's Seoul and Boston offices. Dave was also an active member of the Organization and Corporate Development practices, and worked on the teams that launched what are today the Social Impact and Global Advantage practices.Prior to joining BCG initially, Dave worked at The Timken Company from 1980 to 1988 in research and development, manufacturing operations, and corporate strategy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leads BCG's total societal impact and sustainability topic globally
  • Organizational transformation and large-scale change
  • Emergency response and humanitarian action
  • Impact investing
  • Water and sanitation
  • Food security
  • NGO strategy and governance
  • Industrial goods—engineered materials, specialty chemicals, housing construction materials, mining in Africa
  • Corporate development

Education

  • Master's degree, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Mount Union
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