World Economic Forum

Bain Externships

Bain Externships

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

Extern to the "Accelerating Sustainable Production through Digital Traceability" Project

Extern to the "Accelerating Sustainable Production through Digital Traceability" Project

Andreas Koeplin: From Bain's Munich office, Andreas is working with the WEF team in Geneva, in the first year of the project "Accelerating Sustainable Production through Digital Traceability".

“My interest for the topic of traceability and related equipment connectivity started with a strategy project I worked on where we analysed the potential of traceable food packaging. This led to other projects on connected machinery and appliances. In addition, I personally care about sustainability in our day-to-day consulting work, and I’m glad to see this topic emerging as a strategic priority for our clients. Therefore, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to combine both topics and bring them to a broader audience through my secondment at the World Economic Forum. On the one hand, it’s great to discuss challenges, opportunities and potential solutions with CXOs from a wide range of leading companies and organizations. On the other hand, we’re not just talking about this topic, we’re pushing for proof of concepts through multiple pilots in different industries supported by a full Bain team. The access to both WEF partners and Bain clients provide us with an excellent point of departure to scale these pilots to industry-standard traceability platforms which measurably increase sustainability. Overall, this project is a very fulfilling experience for me because I get to experience from within how a large, prominent organization like the WEF works, and because I get to connect to many senior executives, from Bain and other leading companies in the world.”

Extern to the "Food Action Alliance" Project

Extern to the "Food Action Alliance" Project

Anouk Ploeg: From Bain's Amsterdam office, Anouk is working with the WEF team in Geneva, in the first year of the project "Food Action Alliance".

“Food has always been an important topic in my life, both personally and professionally. I come from a family of bakers, and love spending my time baking/cooking, but am also interested in the science, history, business and impact potential behind it. In my years at Bain, I have had the pleasure to build up my professional expertise in this field, by working with a significant number of Consumer Products companies, focusing on Food strategy. Furthermore, I have spent a significant part of my time in Bain’s Social Impact Practice, supporting our Economic Development pillar, working with clients such as UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Oxfam International. And lastly, with my Finance background I’m interested in building out my expertise in Sustainable Finance as a key enabler to unlock systemic change.

I am really excited to be given the opportunity to combine my passion for all these three topics through my secondment at the World Economic Forum / Food Action Alliance. The Food Action Alliance is a coalition of 35+ leading organizations that through collective action, significantly strengthen the impact of agricultural value chains. We aim to build sustainable food systems that deliver better, faster, and at scale on food security and nutrition, inclusive growth and decent jobs, environmental sustainability and climate resilience, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 35+ members of the FAA are senior executives of the world’s leading actors in food systems, both globally and locally. Together, we build a platform that can identify, support and codify groundbreaking, innovative solutions to systematically transform food systems. We go beyond ‘just talking’, but are actively rolling up our sleeves and supporting initiatives with business advice and a support network of stakeholders to really achieve impact at scale. This is a very fulfilling experience for me: I get the opportunity to connect with so many senior executives of leading food and economic development organizations, as well as actively contributing with my business advisory skills to making a lasting impact.”

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