»As a child during the Second World War, I saw in my own family how political distress can cause fear and suffering, and how precious human dignity and tolerance are. That is why I founded the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. At the same time, I feel that I belong to a very privileged generation: I have enjoyed more than 60 years of peace and increasing prosperity. I feel a need to share this good fortune with others: I want my foundation to promote equal opportunity in education, thus broadening the societal channels that lead upward and onward, to the ultimate benefit of all members of society.«

(Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger)

The Founder

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger is Honorary Chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich. He studied business administration in Munich and Hamburg. (MBA from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich)

Prior to founding his strategy consultancy in 1967, Roland Berger was employed as a consultant and ultimately partner at a leading American consulting firm based in Milan and Boston.

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has grown to become the number 5 among the world's leading strategy consultancies with 51 offices in 36 countries and 2,700 professionals worldwide. The company advises leading international industry and service enterprises as well as public institutions and governments.

Roland Berger was a lecturer in Marketing and Advertising at the Technical University of Munich from 1971 to 1972. Since 1996 he has been a lecturer and since 2000 Honorary Professor for Business Administration and Management Consulting at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus. He is a member of the Boards of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, and of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. Furthermore, he is chairman of the Friends of the ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

Roland Berger was a member of many commissions advising various German federal and state governments. The Portuguese State President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, appointed him to the "Globalization Council Portugal". In 2007, Roland Berger was appointed by the European Commission's President Barroso to the "High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens" headed by former Bavarian State Premier Dr. Edmund Stoiber.

Roland Berger is Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Finland in Bavaria and Thuringia.

He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his private Roland Berger Foundation (endowment EUR 50m). The Roland Berger Foundation is committed to protecting human dignity and human rights worldwide, and to facilitating access to high-quality education for talented young people from weaker social backgrounds in Germany.

Roland Berger is a member of various boards of national and international corporations. These include Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA (Chairman Audit Committee), Bad Homburg; Geox S.p.A., Biadene di Montebelluna, Italy; Prime Office REIT-AG (Chairman), Munich; RCS Mediagroup S.p.A., Milan, Italy. He is also a member of various international advisory boards, including those of Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt and MillerBuckfire New York, USA.

In parallel, Roland Berger invests in startups and other businesses.