SINGULAR IS AN INDEPENDENT OWNER-MANAGED STRATEGY AND INVESTMENT CONSULTING FIRM WITH A GLOBAL FOOTPRINT
We are a fast-growing management consultancy, facilitating long-term strategy development and advising our clients on critical investment decisions.
For more than ten years our clients across Europe, Southern Africa, Russia/CIS, Asia and Latin America have enjoyed working with us due to our forward-thinking strategy, first-hand knowledge of the most innovative technologies and solutions, practical approach and execution focus.
Our global network of clients and partners provides a unique platform to share ideas across the geographies and industries in which we operate.
In everything we do, we aim to help our clients to build bridges between
- strategy and execution
- the corporate world and innovative, data-driven business models
- developed and emerging markets
We strive to be global and diverse by attracting clients and talent from many backgrounds and disciplines.
“My first year at Singular was one big adventure. Defining the strategy for a Brazilian miner, developing new business models for a Ukrainian agriculture firm and rethinking the organisational structure of an African Corporate were some of the highlights. Before Singular, I had never thought I’d fly with a helicopter through the Congo to get to work.”
Our entrepreneurial mindset drives us to constantly push the boundaries and test new ventures. It enables us to be highly practical, pragmatic and embody a ‘can do’ attitude.
“Why am I so excited about Singular’s business model? Easy. This is a fast-paced, fast-growing environment. A place where you are required to build new opportunities and where you can see your ideas translating into reality every day. It’s the perfect combination of entrepreneurial values and a well-connected global team of experts. And on top of that, the impact we are bringing to emerging economies by unlocking value in core sectors is truly inspirational.”
We are a trusted partner to each other, to our clients and to our investors. This has been achieved through building and sustaining relationships. In addition, we always aim to support and empower our clients in a flexible way while delivering high quality work.
“One of the most special things about working at Singular is that we’re a non-hierarchical organisation. The most junior people on a team are encouraged to voice their opinions, ask questions, and suggest solutions. As a Junior Associate, I was given the opportunity to run the Singular energy platform. I presented to C-suites and worked with smart professionals across the globe to help build internal capability.”
“Entrepreneurialism is everything. Industry knowledge, strategic business sense, plus the ability to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty if needed. Entrepreneurialism means “making it work” and “to deliver real bottom-line”. No matter what, no excuses.”
At Singular, Fabian explains that, as entrepreneurs, the company wants to work with either business shareholders or successful business leaders in large corporations. Singular looks for outstanding, top-ranking people in all dimensions, who share the “entrepreneurial” DNA that separates Singular from other consultancies. He is inspired by the work the company achieves in delivering the real “bottom-line” for their clients, whether through an investment or by implementing a good idea or process. Fabian brings over fifteen years of consulting experience in industrial goods and emerging markets. He is a former member of the Boston Consulting Group’s Industrial Goods and Metals & Mining Global Leadership team. He is looking after Singular’s investments. Fabian graduated in Business administration and Engineering from the University of Augsburg.
“Connecting markets around the world, working with inspiring entrepreneurs and observing the increasing speed of globalization gets me excited. I believe that Singular is very successful at playing along all these lines – our work leads to great results, entrepreneurial achievement and personal fulfilment.”
Although based in Germany, Florian spends most of his time on the road. As Director, his activities focus on Africa, the Middle East and Europe. “The combination of emerging markets and well-established economies allows a high degree of knowledge transfer in both directions – we observe great results triggered by this two-way exchange.” The opportunity to also combine consulting services and services in the investment space was one of the major reasons for Florian to help build Singular: “In our interaction with clients, we see a lot of value in being able to alternate between both perspectives.” Florian began his career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he quickly became part of the Industrial Goods leadership team. Initially based in Germany, he worked across a number of regions including the Americas, Africa and Europe before relocating to BCG’s CIS office network (Russia, Ukraine) for a further three years, setting up the company’s agriculture practice in Kiev among other achievements. Overall, Florian looks back on more than 12 years in consulting and entrepreneurship.
“The entrepreneurial mind-set is believed to be the very essence of Singular’s value proposition – we strive to create impact in emerging markets, and to be a platform to unlock entrepreneurial growth.”
As Director at Singular and head of its African operations, Lorenzo is motivated by the drive to build businesses that leave a tangible trail, whilst allowing entrepreneurs to do what they love, with a degree of freedom from traditional corporate constraints. “One of the best rewards we have had over the past few years is that we have encouraged our employees, alumni and clients’ key individuals to venture and succeed in new entrepreneurial projects they would never have considered before.” For Lorenzo, the concept of “resource productivity technologies” is intriguing, as well as the ability to “do more with less” in the realm of energy and natural resources. His technology investments/commercialisation efforts revolve around these themes. Lorenzo began his career at Bain & Company in Milano before moving across to Paris as a member of Bain’s Private Equity Group. Lorenzo holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He is a proud member of the Young President Organization (YPO) in Johannesburg. Overall, Lorenzo looks back at more than a decade in consulting, entrepreneurship and investing and at a professional career spanning across 10 countries and 4 continents.
“Going far beyond consulting by doing operational management of assets, and/or investments, is the essence of Singular for me. This offering allows us to be attractive for both our business partners – who want to invest, redefine strategies, operationally improve, as well as to our employees – who are looking exactly for the challenges the above combination of our business fields brings about. This is what makes Singular exciting.”
Ralph brings in many years of professional experience at leading global strategy consulting firms working with the industrial goods industries. Ralph has worked intensively on assignments in the CIS mining, resource and related production and energy sectors. His areas of expertise are along business strategy, turnaround, transformation and interim management, as well as operational improvement and procurement optimisation. Ralph is a Senior Partner at Singular and leading our CIS business.
“Flexibility and pragmatism are implicit at Singular. Adapting to our clients’ requirements is key for our project teams to ensure superior results are achieved. But there’s also an exceptionally high degree of freedom in our work: our teams do whatever it takes to deliver real impact at our clients instead of following a generic step-by-step framework from the toolbox.”
A self-avowed travel addict, Gregor’s love for new destinations and chances to learn have been well met by Singular’s project work and international scope of business consulting. Gregor graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with a degree in Business Engineering and is based in Munich. Prior to joining Singular in early 2015, he was Head of Corporate Strategy at Smartrac, a global high-tech company and a Senior Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Gregor thrives on a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment, which keep him inspired and Singular, he believes, is always surprising and never boring.
“Why am I so excited about Singular’s business model? Easy. This is a fast-paced, fast-growing environment. A place where you are required to build new opportunities and where you can see your ideas translating into reality every day. It’s the perfect combination between entrepreneurial values and a well-connected global team of experts. And on top of that, the impact we are bringing to emerging economies by unlocking value in core sectors is truly inspirational.”
At Singular, Olalla is the Global Head of the Technology Commercialization Team. She has 10 years of consulting experience from a Tier-1 consulting firm, most of which she has spent in emerging markets (Latin America and Africa). Based in Johannesburg, Olalla’s client base includes CEO’s of private companies, senior officials in public sector institutions and family offices. Her area of expertise spans across a wide range of sectors including mining, agriculture, tourism, higher education, automobile, oil & gas, green economy, transport and manufacturing, among others. Before joining Singular, Olalla has spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company where she has been leading the growth of the firm’s economic development and public sector practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. Olalla is an economist by background and holds an MBA from INSEAD. She is passionate about outdoor sports (hiking, skiing, horse riding, mountain biking) and traveling across Africa.
“Singular’s unique business model provides the option to pursue different career options (investment advisory, new businesses/technology startups) in the natural resources sector, once a base in consulting has been established.”
Vinod is one of the frontrunners at Singular, joining the company in 2012. His passion for startups is evident in his work as the Head of Finance for a fast growth e-commerce startup supported by Rocket Internet in Munich. His work with Accenture contributed to his knowledge on quality and process improvement and technology management for clients in banking and retail sectors. Singular’s business model is a perfect fit for his expertise and he holds high work standards and professionalism as two model values for this field. Vinod believes that “the early exposure to clients at Singular and the trust and freedom given to employees in business development is possibly unmatched in the industry”. He is a mechanical engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India, and holds an MBA from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.
“Singular provides the unique opportunity to switch between multiple career paths, work in different business models, gain international experience with sector focus – all in one company.”
At Singular, Henriette has successfully switched career tracks between consulting and investment management. She has spent 3 years as Chief Operations Officer managing the turn-around of one of Singular’s investments in the clean tech sector. After completing her assignment, she successfully moved back into the consulting sector of Singular and now supports our team as Principal. Based out of Munich, Henriette works mainly on European and African projects. Before working for Singular, Henriette worked 3 years at IBM Germany completing different assignments related to project and portfolio management. Henriette holds an MSc degree in Management from HHL Graduate School of Management and a BA degree in International Business Administration. She is passionate about traveling and culture and spent her sabbatical from Singular studying Russian.
“Singular uniquely combines consulting with entrepreneurship. This combination tailors solutions for our clients that are implementable and thus drive tangible impact. Also, working with entrepreneurs in consulting brings together exceptional people and extraordinary experiences in a pragmatic, but fun environment.”
At Singular, Max focuses on value creation for our clients in Europe and Africa. His focus areas are strategy, turnaround, economic development, marketing and sales, M&A, cost reduction, and organization. His expertise spans across various industries, including automotive, energy infrastructure, private equity, and public clients. Before joining Singular, Max worked with McKinsey & Company for five years. He also started three social ventures, all addressing the issue of youth employment: The first student-run consulting firm in Africa, an entrepreneurship boot camp for unemployed youth, and a program training unemployed youth to become nurses in Germany. As a student, Max ran his own consulting firm and founded a travel application. Max completed his Ph.D. on Youth Unemployment in South Africa. He utilized scenario planning to draw up possible future states and derive solutions tackling the challenge. Before his Ph.D., he studied Technology and Management as B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the Technical University in Munich. He subsequently completed an Honour’s degree in Technology Management, spending a term abroad at Columbia Business School in New York, and interning in Germany, Singapore, PR China, and Spain.
“The analytical rigor of strategy consulting paired with the execution-driven pragmatism of entrepreneurship is what excites me about Singular. Working at Singular means playing to win, being hands-on and delivering tangible results for clients moving boundaries.”
Dennis joined Singular Group in 2015 working in the Johannesburg Office. During this time, Dennis gathered extensive experience in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil advising international commodity companies on strategy projects. Today, Dennis is part of our Munich Office where he is a core team member of our Investment Advisory Services: Dennis has led many commercial due diligence projects for our Private Equity clients throughout Europe. Before Singular, Dennis studied Business (WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, ESADE, ESCP Europe and PUC Chile) and gathered work experience in consulting, start-ups and strategy/investment departments of European blue chips.
“Singular’s commitment to deliver innovative and pragmatic solutions for its partners, highly entrepreneurial environment and high focus on quality is what differentiates it from the others”
Rohit joined Singular in 2016, and has worked on a variety of consulting and investment management assignments across Johannesburg and Munich offices. Based out of Delhi and working on international assignments, he can truly relate to Singular core values of being global, committed and entrepreneurial. In the course of several projects around strategy and innovation, Rohit spent much time in South Africa, with Johannesburg almost becoming like a second home for him. Currently, Rohit works very closely with the Johannesburg office and helps develop innovative answers to address issues faced by mining industry leaders. He is a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering graduate from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur in India and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IMT, Ghaziabad in India. Before Singular, Rohit gathered extensive experience in the metals and mining field as a Consultant and Marketing Manager with leading global organisations.
“Singular is constantly trying to innovate solutions and develop new concepts and methodologies. For an engineer, that makes this an incredible place to work”
Anneline joined Singular seeking an environment that provided intellectual stimulation and fast-paced action. “I was effecting one aspect, in one plant, in one region at a time. I came to Singular to solve problems and make a difference on a much larger level,” she says. Ultimately, her experience has met and exceeded her expectations – from working on a variety of topics, such as developing a foundation’s strategy, to supporting an organisational restructure of a mining client. She holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Based out of Johannesburg, Anneline works mainly within the African market. She is passionate about hiking and loves to meditate.
“A great team around the world driven by professionalism is the best way to describe how it is to work for Singular. The family atmosphere is also how it makes us different from others.”
In 2014, Philipp joined Singular to support the finance sector, and in 2017, he became Chief Financial Officer. Philipp started his professional career in the German construction business, and then gained his first international experience while working for Accenture in Buenos Aires, Argentina for two years. His time in Argentina has deeply influenced his view of life, both personally and professionally. At Singular, each day is an opportunity for him to gain further experience by working with companies in countries with different local laws, rules and habits. Philipp holds a Diploma of Business Administration from the Business and Administration Academy in Munich.
“Identifying, attracting and retaining the best industry talent is my highest priority. Our people are our most valuable asset and I believe it is in our best interest to keep them motivated, challenged and excited.”
Sheethal has over 13 years of experience in supporting consulting organizations in various aspects of Finance and HR. Her broad experience includes policy design, compensation, performance management, talent acquisition, retention and management. She is also a former employee of Monitor Group and Peppers and Rogers Group. Every day is a new challenge for Sheethal, considering the constantly evolving environment at Singular. Her qualification in Business Administration and extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives, provides her enough armor to tackle these challenges on a daily basis.
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