Nicola Garelli

Nicola Garelli

Principal at The Boston Consulting Group

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Nicola Garelli is a Principal in The Boston Consulting Group, part of the leadership team managing the Mediterranean system.

Based in Milan, he has working experience in more than twenty Countries and today spends his time divided between London, Rome and Istanbul.

With a deeply rooted engineering background and knowledge of M&A and equity investments, he deals mainly with Corporate Development activities in regards to Technology, Telecommunication and Network infrastructure players.

He developed a passion for innovating through venture investments, has extensive experience in Digital ventures and gained significant governance and board management experience with multiple board roles in private and public-private companies.

Prior to BCG Nicola worked for Booz & Company (2009-2012), for Gruppo Gavio/Ruscalla (2005-2009) and for Ernst & Young (2003-2004).

In 2007 he started up Iccom, a company focused on designing and producing microwave-based transmitting equipment, of which he later became the controlling shareholder.

In 2011 he founded iStarter, a business accelerator based in London aimed at advising cross-country ventures, heavily contributing to its vision and stakeholders engagement. Today iStarter is nearing 100 equity partners and has been classified among the Top 10 business accelerators in Europe. Nicola acts as the holding Chairman, actively contributing to investment selection and development.

Nicola completed almost all his academic education while working full time and earned his BSc in Telecommunication Engineering and his MSc in Financial Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino and his PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. In his research he is an active contributor in Policy topics.

Nicola is a Chartered Engineer in Torino, Junior Fellow at the Aspen Institute since 2011 and Member of The Council for the United States and Italy in its Young Leader Program.

He is fluent in Italian, English and has a basic knowledge of German.


The Boston Consulting Group

| March 2012 – present (4 Years 9 Months)

President (ITA, UK)

iStarter SpA, iStarter UK Ltd

| July 2012 - present (4 Years 9 Months)


Booz & Company

| June 2009 – February 2012 (2 Years 9 Months)

Board Chairman

Iccom (Gruppo Ruscalla, Gruppo Gavio)

| August 2007 – December 2010 (3 Years 5 Months)

Group controller

Tubosider (Gruppo Ruscalla, Gruppo Gavio)

| March 2005 – January 2007 (1 Year 11 Months)


Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

| March 2003 – February 2005 (2 Years)