Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Zia is currently a Partner & Managing Director in the Technology, Media and Telco (TMT) practice for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Silicon Valley. At BCG Zia is also leading the IoT efforts for BCG in the TMT practice and co-heads the new BCG Satellite Office in Silicon Valley. 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, where he taught “Experiences in Software Design” with Terry Winnograd and Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP and also co-taught “Designing Liberation Technologies” with Profs. Terry Winnograd & Joshua Cohen. Zia is also an advisor to several start-ups and is an actively involved board member of non-profit institutions focused on education in South Asia and social entrepreneurship in East Africa. He has also been profiled extensively in leading business and technology publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, FastCompany, CNNMoney, TechCrunch, VentureBeat etc. and featured in national television and radio stations such as CNN, MSNBC, KLIV Radio, and CNBC.