Zia Yusuf is Partner & Managing Director for The Boston Consulting Group’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Technology Advantage practices. Just prior to BCG, Zia was CEO of Streetline Inc. a leading IoT (Internet of Things) start-up providing senor enabled smart city solutions (Streetline was acquired by the Kapsch Group). Just prior to his role leading Streetline, Zia was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. He spent the last ten years at SAP AG where he was Executive Vice President and a member of SAP’s Executive Leadership Team. At SAP, he led the company’s efforts in key areas, including co-founding SAPMarkets, a B2B marketplace company; founding and leading the SAP global Corporate Strategy Team and its Design Services Team; and, most recently, as head of the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, where he managed a network of 7,500 partners, award winning SAP online communities of innovation and the $125 mm SAP Netweaver Fund. Prior to SAP, Zia was part of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked on corporate finance and M&A transactions. Previously, he worked on health sector issues in Southern Africa, as well as project and structured finance in South Asia and Indochina, at the World Bank Group.
Zia has a MS in International Affairs from Georgetown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Macalester College. He is also an associate consulting professor at Stanford University’s Design School “D School” where he is co-teaching classes on user centered design for software companies and scaling design thinking approaches in large organizations to accelerate innovation.