Roland Berger is Founder of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich, and has been the company’s Honorary Chairman since 2010. He studied business administration in Hamburg and Munich.
Today, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has grown to become one of the world’s top five strategy consulting firms with more than 50 offices in over 35 countries. The company has a workforce of 2,700 and advises leading international industrial and service enterprises, as well as public institutions. From the company’s foundation in 1967 until 2003, Roland Berger was CEO of the firm, and until 2010 Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Roland Berger has been appointed to various expert commissions by several German state governments and the federal government. Since 2007, he has been a member of the High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens under the leadership of former Bavarian State Premier Dr. Edmund Stoiber, appointed by the European Commission. Since 2002, he has been on the Economic Advisory Council of the State Premier of Saxony-Anhalt and was appointed to the Globalization Council Portugal by the Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Previously, German President Roman Herzog had appointed him to the President’s Advisory Council for Innovation. Roland Berger has also actively participated in over 20 federal government commissions under Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder.
Roland Berger is a member of several supervisory boards and advisory councils of national and international companies, foundations and organizations, including Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA (Chairman of the Audit Committee), Bad Homburg; Prime Office REIT-AG, Munich (Chairman of the Supervisory Board); RCS Mediagroup S.p.A.(Vice-President), Milan, Italy; Geox S.p.A., Biadene di Montebelluna, Italy. He also serves on several international advisory boards, including those of Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt and MillerBuckfire in New York.
Roland Berger is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Roland Berger Foundation, which he set up personally with an endowment of EUR 50 million. The Roland Berger Foundation is dedicated to the global protection of human dignity and human rights. Each year it confers the Roland Berger Award for Human Dignity. The Foundation also helps gifted children and young people from underprivileged families across Germany to gain access to the best possible primary and secondary education.
Since 2000 he has been Honorary Professor for Business Administration and Management Consulting at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus.
He is a member of the Academic Council of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and the Munich Academy of Music & Drama, and the Advisory Council of INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France. Furthermore, he is Chairman of the Board of the Society for the Promotion of Economic Research (Friends of the Ifo Institute), Munich.
Outside work, Roland Berger pursues his interest in modern art and owns a large collection of artworks, mainly by contemporary artists from Europe, the US, South America and China. He also loves classical music and supports the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Bavarian State