Bain Externships at the World Economic Forum

Stephane RousseletStephane Rousselet – Extern to the "Future of Electricity" project

From Bain’s office in Paris, Stephane has been seconded to the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He is part of the fourth year of the "Future of Electricity" project, which focuses on innovation and transformation of the electricity grid at the "grid edge" by the three trends of decentralization, digitalization and electrification. This year, the project deep dives on the intersection between the grid edge transformation and Electric Vehicles (EV) by creating a vision to accelerate their deployment and integration in urban environment. In parallel, the project is supporting Colombia with the implementation of last year’s recommendations to accelerate grid edge technologies deployment in the country.

"I am a big believer that global governance is critical to successful public and private cooperation. As transformations are accelerating, the systemic approach to the global stakes, namely urban mobility and energy, drives the dialogue of today’s leaders. Being inside the Forum and collaborating with multiple stakeholders, from policy makers to CEOs, to accelerate the grid edge transformation, has so far been an exciting experience as well as a source of constant learnings."

Lennart-Schlinkmann_thumbLennart Schlinkmann – Extern to the "Digital Enterprise" project

Lennart joined Bain in Zurich in 2013 and has worked on assignments across Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. He has been seconded to the WEF project team on "Digital Enterprise", which aims to help companies across all industries build comprehensive digital transformation roadmaps.

During the assignment, the project team will develop answers to the key questions CEOs are facing when designing a digital transformation roadmap for their company, and provide hands-on guidance and practical tools, which will help them to, not only cope, but master the challenges imposed by digitalization.

"When the opportunity arose to work with the World Economic Forum on digital transformation, I was instantly excited to join the project. In addition to being the pillar of future strategy for any company, digital transformation is also a personal passion of mine.

The WEF offers an exceptional angle on how to address the challenges of digitalization. Its outstanding network allows us to engage with global leaders from across the globe, from the most diverse backgrounds, and to identify some of the latest insights on digital transformation today.

Working at the World Economic Forum is a unique and inspiring experience. Being part of this project, and engaging directly with senior executives, has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to co-create leading-edge knowledge in the field of digital transformation."

Horace-Xu_thumbHorace Xu – Extern to the "Future of Consumption in Fast Growth Consumer Markets" project

Horace Xu joined Bain Shanghai in 2010, and has worked in Bain’s Singapore and London offices.

Based in New York City and Shanghai, he is currently part of the first year of the multi-year "Future of Consumption in Fast Growth Consumer Markets" project, with the focus on China. The objective of the project is to articulate a vision for the future consumer market in China a decade from now enabled by global & local forces, and determine the implications for business and society. During the assignment, the team has developed 10 headlines which combined lay the base case vision in 2027, together with two alternative scenarios taking into considering the underlying uncertainties of each driving forces. The team has also identified 4 major capabilities required for business to thrive in the future and 4 key societal challenges that need to be overcome.

"Working at the World Economic Forum brings me great exposure to business leaders, innovators and policy makers and offers me the opportunity to understand how they envision the future and what they worry about. It is an eye-opening experience which has helped me rethink the challenges we are facing today in China on a much higher level. The project itself has also taught me how to practice thoughtful leadership in a multi-stakeholder situation while being forward looking, practical and at cause at all times."