Principal at The Boston Consulting Group
Nicola Garelli is the President of iStarter and 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.
Nicola has a deeply rooted engineering background and experience of M&A and equity investments (private equity and principal investors, family businesses), mainly in the fields of technology, telecommunication and network infrastructure.
He developed a passion for innovating through venture investments and gained significant governance and board management familiarity 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. Today iStarter is nearing 100 equity partners and has been classified among the Top 10 business accelerators in Europe. Nicola acts as the holding President, actively contributing to investment selection and development.
Nicola completed almost all his academic education while working full time. He holds a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, a MSc in Financial Engineering and a BSc in Telecommunication Engineering. In his research he is an active contributor in policy topics.
Nicola is a Chartered Engineer, Member of The Council for the United States and Italy in its Young Leader Program and Junior Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is also the trustee of BCG's The Future Makers 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)
Iccom (Gruppo Ruscalla, Gruppo Gavio)
| August 2007 – December 2010 (3 Years 5 Months)
Tubosider (Gruppo Ruscalla, Gruppo Gavio)
| March 2005 – January 2007 (1 Year 11 Months)
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
| March 2003 – February 2005 (2 Years)