Roland Berger's Bhavin Shah becomes a WEF Young Global Leader

13 March 2020 3 min. read
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Roland Berger Middle East partner Bhavin Shah has been named among the latest crop of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum has named its latest batch of Young Global Leaders, with Roland Berger Middle East partner Bhavin Shah among the 115 new faces to join the prestigious list. Shah follows in the recent footsteps of McKinsey & Company senior partner Rima Assi (Abu Dhabi) and BCG managing director Lisa Ivers (Casablanca), and was named alongside the UAE’s Climate Change and the Environment minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi.

Established in 2004, the Forum of Young Global Leaders seeks to build a community of the world’s most promising leaders under the age of 40 – those who are driving innovation for positive change across civil society, arts, culture, government and business. With the new decade upon us and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals looming closer, the forum this year highlighted the special importance of courageous and inspiring global leaders.

Bhavin Shah, Young Global Leader at Roland Berger

“We are proud to announce that Bhavin Shah is one of the 115 Young Global Leaders for the Class of 2020,” the consultancy stated on LinkedIn, noting that Shah was also on the board of several companies. “Bhavin is passionate about education and volunteers on a number of initiatives. He represents Roland Berger as a regular speaker at conferences and is the author of several articles on topics related to business, economy, the financial sector, and digital commerce.”

Based out of Dubai, Shah prior to joining Roland Berger served in Deloitte’s Financial Services practice, noted by the Young Global Leaders forum as becoming one of the youngest partners overseeing one of the professional services giant’s fastest growing practices at the age of just 34. With Deloitte for close to five years, Shah earlier spent eight years between PwC, Protiviti, and Ernst & Young. Currently, he is a partner in Roland Berger’s Global Financial Services practice.

A regular conference speaker and author on business and economic topics, Shah is his day-to-day professional life serves finance sector clients in the banking, sovereign wealth fund, capital markets, asset management, private equity, and regulatory segments, having developed expertise around strategy, large-scale transformations, restructuring and crisis management, M&A, digital/fintech, enterprise risk management and financial crime and regulatory compliance.

“Delighted and humbled to be announced as of one of the ‘Young Global Leader (YGL) 2020’ by World Economic Forum,” said Bhavin, who holds an MBA and a Chemical Engineering degree and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. “It’s an honour and a big encouragement in my journey to make an impactful difference to our world. My sincere gratitude to my family, mentors, teachers, colleagues, friends and well-wishers who have believed in me.”

In addition to the UAE environment minister, other prominent names to join the forum this year included Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin and US soccer World Cup winning captain Megan Rapinoe, while David Ikkersheim, a Partner with KPMG in the Netherlands, and Hong Kong-based Bain & Company partner Weiwei Xing were the only other representatives from the consulting realm. Seven individuals in total were named from the Middle East & North Africa.