Dr. Alexander Zumdieck

Senior consultant

12 years professional experience as top management consultant, startup founder und manager

Diploma and PhD in physics 

Significant experience in setting up new organisations as well as cooperation between established businesses with startups and digital companies


Dr. Alexander Zumdieck has been working as a management consultant internationally since 2007 with a focus on technology, transformation, innovation management, and cultural change. He served clients from various industries including international banks and insurances, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, public institutions in Germany, East Africa, and the middle east as well as international retailers, market research companies, and industrial enterprises.

Alexander Zumdieck holds a Diploma and PhD in physics. He worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems on cell division and motility. From 2007-2012 he worked at McKinsey & Company in Berlin, New York, and Dubai. In June 2012 he co-founded payleven, an international fintech startup, in Berlin. From 2013-2015 he headed the pricing at Zalando. Since 2015 he has been helping Metro AG in setting up their startup program, the Metro Accelerator.

Alexander Zumdieck received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (GNAF, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) for his undergraduate as well as PhD studies. In his free time he volunteered as lecturer at a summer academy of the GNAF, gave lectures on Complexity Economics e.g., at the HU Berlin, and serves as the president of the Rotary eClub Berlin Global, e.g., in projects for the children's hospice „Berliner Herz“. Since 2017 he has been working with Return on Meaning.

Client experience (selected examples)

  • Training and coaching especially on leadership and effective communication.

  • Supporting large organizational changes, e.g., joining several international functions in a new organizational unit in a new location.

  • Implementation of large transformations with new processes and tools also in post-merger situations (e.g., introduction of a new core banking system, core insurance system).

  • Development and introduction of innovation processes (e.g., international retail company).

  • Introduction of new, innovative products (e.g., logistics company, government in the Middle East, utility).

  • Setup and professionalization of teams in very dynamic environments (e.g., European retailer).

  • Setup of infrastructure and processes for the collaboration of culturally very different parties (e.g., startups and international retailer).