Meet the Speaker: Zia Yusuf, Managing Director and Senior Partner – Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Boston Consulting Group

Zia Yusuf is a Partner in the TMT practice He is also the is the global lead for IOT and heads the BCG Silicon Valley office. Prior to BCG.he  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. 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.