Sia Partners joins membership programme of World Economic Forum

08 May 2017

The World Economic Forum, a renowned network for global development and public-private cooperation, has admitted Sia Partners into its membership programme. The move sees Sia Partners join a select group of the most influential companies worldwide, including top consultancies such as McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Accenture and the Big Four.

Since its foundation in the early 70’s, by the German Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has grown into one of the world’s most cited network and platform that brings together key leaders from governments, academic institutions and the private sector. Throughout the year WEF organises several large events across continents – including its flagship annual winter meeting in the Swiss Alps (Davos) – and conducts, under its ‘Shaping the future of’ programme, research into a range of economic and societal topics.

In realising its mission ‘improving the state of the world’, the World Economic Forum is supported by the majority of the world's most noteworthy and meaningful organisations. These partners/members are brought on board to support projects and initiatives – online and offline – to address industry, regional and systemic issues. WEF currently has around 1,000 partners internationally – joining the exclusive programme is a privilege for only the very best. As the WEF itself puts it, “World Economic Forum member companies represent outstanding firms that count among the world’s top innovators, market shapers, disruptors, niche market leaders and regional champions. They are businesses that help economies thrive and contribute to societal prosperity, and transform industry and regional agenda’s.”

Sia Partners joins membership programme of World Economic Forum

Sia Partners joins membership programme

The latest firm to join WEF’s partner ranks is Sia Partners, a French management consultancy based in Paris. Founded in 1999, the consultancy today has a team of over 850 consultants across 20 offices globally, including in the UK (the firm recently acquired London-based Molten). Matthieu Courtecuisse, the firm’s founder and CEO, says Sia Partners’ leadership team is “honoured” to have been invited into the World Economic Forum, adding that it marks a “true recognition” of the firm’s growing impact. He adds: “Sia Partners fully subscribes to the WEF’s mission, especially in these times of rising populism and protectionism.” 

For Sia Partners, the affiliation with the WEF provides it with arguably no better stage to showcase its expertise and vision to business leaders. The firm’s partnership allows it to invest in WEF’s regional meetings, with its focus initially set to go to meetings in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Sia Partners operates with seven offices in these regions: Casablanca, Morocco; Hong Kong; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Doha, United Arab Emirates; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Singapore and Tokyo, Japan. 

As part of its first year membership, Sia Partners will attend the Middle East and North Africa Forum in Jordan (19-21 May 2017, in partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development) and the annual meeting of the New Champions forum in Dailan, China (2,000 participants; 27-29 June 2017). “We will have the opportunity to invest governments and businesses with regional and global development,” explains Courtecuisse. 

Select consulting group

From a consulting perspective, the French management consulting firm joins a select group of the most influential peers worldwide. Only around 25 consulting firms can call themselves a global WEF partner, of which eleven have been granted a ‘strategic partner’ status – the WEF’s most prestigious level with its partnership programme. These firms are A.T. Kearney, Accenture, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Marsh & McLennan Companies (the parent of Oliver Wyman, Marsh, Mercer, NERA Economic Consulting, Guy Carpenter), McKinsey & Company and PwC (includes Strategy&).


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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”