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World Economic Forum

Bain Externships

The Bain Externship Program supports Bain’s collaboration on specific Industry Governor Projects. As a project adviser, Bain appoints full-time externs to work with the World Economic Forum on each project.

Extern to the "Future of Electricity" Project

Stephane Rousselet: From Bain's office in Paris, Stephane was selected for an externship with the WEF in Geneva. In its fourth year, the "Future of Electricity" project focused on innovation and transformation of the electricity grid at the "grid edge" via the three trends of decentralization, digitalization and electrification, with deep dives on the intersection between the grid-edge transformation and electric vehicles. In parallel, the project supported Colombia with the implementation of last year’s recommendations to accelerate deployment of grid-edge technologies.

"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 policymakers to CEOs, to accelerate the grid-edge transformation, has so far been an exciting experience as well as a source of constant learning."

Extern to the "Digital Enterprise" Project

Lennart Schlinkmann: From Bain's Zurich office, Lennart joined the WEF project team on "Digital Enterprise," to help companies across all industries build comprehensive digital transformation roadmaps. During the assignment, the project team developed answers to key questions faced by CEOs when designing a digital transformation roadmap for their company, as well as hands-on guidance and practical tools to allow them to master the challenges imposed by digitalization.

"When the opportunity arose to work with the Forum on digital transformation, I was instantly excited. 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. Working at the WEF has been a unique and inspiring experience and a fantastic opportunity to co-create leading-edge knowledge in the field of digital transformation."

Extern to the "Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets" Project

Horace Xu: From Bain's office in Shanghai, Horace joined the WEF in New York, where he was part of the first year of the multiyear "Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets" project, with a focus on China. Articulating a vision for the future consumer market in China a decade from now, and its implications for business and society, the team developed 10 headlines that form the base-case vision for 2027, together with two alternative scenarios factoring in the underlying uncertainties of each driving force.

"Working at the World Economic Forum brings me great exposure to business leaders, innovators and policymakers, and offers me the opportunity to understand how they envision the future and what they worry about. It is an eye-opening experience that 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."

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