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Leaders around the world increasingly recognize that GDP alone cannot give a full picture of a country's performance. The well-being of citizens is an even more important measure.

Douglas Beal

Douglas Beal is on the leadership teams of The Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact, Global Advantage, and Strategy practices. Prior to his current role, Doug was the global head of BCG's economic development topic area.

Douglas works with the firm’s largest private-sector clients to look beyond corporate social responsibility (CSR) to total societal impact—which integrates social impact as a source of business value. He does this by arranging partnerships among the private sector, public sector, civil society, and philanthropic organizations. He also works with social businesses to improve their operations and strengthen their connections to the corporate and investment communities.

He has acquired extensive experience on strategies and organizational capabilities advising the private sector; governments; development organizations; and corporations in the US, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. His expertise includes national development strategies, strategies for sector-cluster development, and enablers of overall economic and socioeconomic progress.

Douglas is the creator of BCG's Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA), a statistical benchmarking tool used by many national government leaders and development organizations to improve economic and socioeconomic conditions. SEDA has been featured in numerous internationally read business newspapers and magazines, including the Economist and Financial Times.

For many years Douglas worked in BCG’s Dubai office as the Middle Eastern leader of the Social Impact practice. Before joining the firm in 2002, he was a principal at A. T. Kearney and a senior consultant at Accenture.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social impact
  • Private-sector role in socioeconomic development
  • Strategies for foundations, and international and nongovernmental organizations
  • Economic and socioeconomic development strategies for countries, regions, and cities
  • Banking with a focus on financial inclusion and support to SME’s
  • Building environmental and social factors into investing decisions
  • Industry sector strategies
  • Wellbeing of populations


  • MBA, with honors, Columbia Business School
  • BS, electrical engineering, Cornell University
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