executive profile


Kolja A. Rafferty


senior executive – advisor – certified board member



Areas of Expertise

Corporate Strategy · Turnaround · Transformation · Distress Situations · Growth Delivery · Start-Up · Scale-Up · M&A · TIMES industries · Due Diligence · Equity Performance Assessment · Private Equity · Internationalisation · Greenfield · Corporate Finance · Business Model Innovation · Valuation · Leadership · Business Transformation

Executive Profile

“Better means different.”

Extensive experience in corporate & business strategy, with a hands-on approach for implementation. Expert knowledge in turnaround, leading change & transformation, corporate finance, and digital transition. Proven success in special investment situations.

“The Digital Transformation is the greatest industrial,
challenge since the steam-engine.”

Focussing on Business Model Innovation and growth delivery in the European and Middle Eastern TIMES sectors. Strongly focused on success factors and measurable results, driven by pace, flexibility, and aspiration for performance.

Operative Engagements

2022 – 2023

Concluding the PMI strategy after the merger of three freezones, forming the second largest freezone in Dubai.

2020 – 2022

Leading QDB’s Direct and Special investment portfolio / PE investments. Concluding from different asset classes, geographies, and sector investments.

2012 – current

  • Practice lead strategy, Leverage Experts AG, Zurich; 2023 – current Leverage Experts (Middle East) LLC, Dubai

Consulting practice for Business- & Corporate Strategy, focusing on equity performance. Assigned for strategy, M&A, exit and digital transformation challenges.

  • 2016 – 2019 CEO (mandated), eHealth platform provider, Basel / Madrid
    Pioneer in the European e-Health industry, IoT platform provider.
  • 2012 – 2016 CEO (mandated), OTT TV provider, Zurich, Switzerland

    OTT TV service provider, challenging quadruple-play business models in the telecommunication industry.

2007 – 2012

  • Head of Consulting/deputy CMO, Financial Services / BPO provider, Zurich, Switzerland

    Swiss consumer finance provider, the national market leader for customer loyalty programs.

2002 – 2007

  • Managing Partner, boutique strategy consulting firm, Hamburg, Germany.

    Boutique strategy consulting firm, fostering digital transformation, Big Data analytics, and customer insights; exclusive service provider for top4 consulting firm.

Board & Non-executive Assignments

2018 – 2022 

  • Member of the global certification oversight committee, Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Chicago, Illinois, USA.

2016 – 2018

  • Non-executive-director, member of the board, Sicap Switzerland AG, Baar, Switzerland

    Global software and IT services provider in the telecommunication industry with offices in Baar (CH), Lyon (France) and Calcutta (India). Successful exit to global investors concluded in 2018.

2016 – 2021

2016 – current

  • Member of the advisory board of EquityPitcher (PE investment firm)

2015 – 2017

2012 – 2017

2010 – 2012

  • Member of the Advisory Board, Swiss CRM Forum

Management Education

  • DBA Student, Economics, Doctorate in Business Administration on the faculty of Finance (ongoing), ie University, Madrid, Spain.
  • Leadership in Crisis, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
  • Game Theory, Stanford / University of British Columbia
  • Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application, MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Certificate in Corporate Governance, International Directors Programme, certified non-executive director, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
  • Executive Certificate in Global Management, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
  • Executive MBA, Institute for Financial Management, University of Berne.
  • MBASimon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, USA.

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