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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 "Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets" Project

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

Chloe Chuah: From Bain's Singapore office, Chloe is working with the WEF team in New York, in the third year of the project "Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets", with a focus on ASEAN in 2019/20.

"It has been a great experience working in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Bain team, in an area I find deeply interesting and relevant – I believe Southeast Asia will be one of the most exciting growth stories in the world over the next few years, and the consumer will be a key driving force in this story. Through this project, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to and learn from diverse stakeholders, from global and Southeast Asian business leaders, to policymakers and non-profit organizations, to consumers themselves. This has helped the team to construct a holistic view of the strategic opportunities and challenges for consumer businesses, and to build strong, data-driven assertions and recommendations. I’ve also had the chance to connect with WEF team members in the New York and Geneva offices, to learn more about the work they are doing in building strategic partnerships and pushing the agenda for topics like the Future of Work and the Plastics Economy in the region."

Ishita Mehta: From Bain's New Delhi office, Ishita joined the WEF team in New York, where she was part of the second year of the multiyear "Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets" project, with a focus on India in 2018. The Bain India team conducted an in-depth consumer research across more than five thousand consumer households, and interviewed more than 45 CXOs of consumer business- both Indian and Global, established and emerging ones. The rich insights from the project helped articulate seven thought-provoking predictions that help envision the future consumer market in India in 2030.

"Working at the World Economic Forum was a once in a lifetime experience. I have always been keenly interested in the evolving consumer landscape of India, and this project truly allowed me to understand the length and breadth of it. In true Bain style, this involved a team effort to build strong, data-backed assertions while getting to the heart of evolving consumer attitudes. It was also a platform to ‘think like a CXO’ as I interacted with many Global and Indian business leaders, innovators and policymakers to understand their vision and concerns for the future. This helped the team think about strategic opportunities and challenges for consumer businesses in a very holistic manner. Personally, this was a very fulfilling experience that allowed me to lead a Bain team, engage with a variety of stakeholders and play a part in Bain’s thought leadership in this consumer space. During my work at the WEF New York office, I also got a chance to connect with teams working on forward looking areas ranging from the Future of Food to the Future of Mobility. "

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