At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Stijn challenges the status quo.
I believe social entrepreneurship is the key to a successful future for our world: graying the line between the corporate world and the world of foundations and charities. My goal is to help our corporate clients with their social involvement, and our social-impact clients with their commercial mind-set.
Of all aspects of our work at BCG, our people inspire me the most. Whether it's my peer group (who have become true friends), my team members (who never fail to challenge and inspire my thinking), or the experts I connect with when I need our BCG know-how on a specific topic—I never fail to be amazed. Some say that "you are the average of the people you surround yourself with.” I hope it's true! BCG has given me the opportunity to work across industries, recently with increasing focus on sustainability and private equity. In addition, I have set up BCG Amsterdam's (pro-bono) consulting practice to social entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Impact Hub Amsterdam. It's been an invaluable ride so far, and there's still so much more to learn.
Stijn holds an MSc in finance and investments and an LLM in financial law, both from Erasmus University Rotterdam. During his studies he spent two semesters in the US, at the Wharton School and at Harvard University. After an internship in corporate strategy at Shell, he joined BCG in October 2013, where he focuses on sustainability and private equity—and plays guitar in the BCG Band.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: I am convinced that BCG is one of the best places to start any career. I thoroughly believe that the skills you learn here—structuring your way through chaos, collaborating your way through (corporate) politics, managing your way through your (sometimes) crazy calendar, analyzing your way through the toughest problems, and communicating the resulting ideas as crisply and clearly as possible—will be invaluable whatever you plan to do later on.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
A: Two things: I wish the corporate world was more socially involved and that social-impact organizations were more commercial. Combining the best that both of these worlds have to offer in the spirit of social entrepreneurship is what we need to tackle the world's many challenges!
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: I have set up BCG Amsterdam's (pro-bono) consulting practice to social entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Impact Hub Amsterdam. Social impact is very important for us at The Boston Consulting Group. Our primary objective is to make a tangible, lasting contribution to the world in which we live. As a partner of the Investment Ready Program, our consultants work with the impact ventures on a wide range of strategic issues, determined by the entrepreneurs' specific needs. This can be refining the business model, researching new markets, determining product pricing, and more. This has proven to be both extremely useful for the ventures as well as rewarding for the BCG consultants involved!