“Best of Consulting Award” from Wirtschaftswoche:

Again, Detecon Takes Home Two Awards!

First place in the Pro Bono Special Award category for the CRM and fund-raising project for the development aid organization “L’appel” +++ Third place in the category “Restructuring” for transformation of a target operating model for digital products

Just as last year, two of the highly respected awards “Best of Consulting” given by the newspaper Wirtschaftswoche to Germany’s best consultancies went to the management and technology consulting company Detecon. For the second year in succession, Detecon won the special award for “Pro Bono” projects while the consultants were honored with third place in the category “Restructuring.” The teams led by project managers Amira Zayed and Michael Meissner (both Pro Bono) and Björn Menden (Restructuring) accepted the awards during the gala ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Düsseldorf on 21 November.

Education for Rwanda and Sierra Leone. The development aid organization “L’appel” ( was in need of a sustainable fund-raising concept that would ensure the continuation of the organization’s successful aid projects in Central and West Africa in the long term. Acquisition of donations and the flow of funds needed to be put on a plannable and stable footing that would provide financing even beyond the short-term horizon so that the basis for many health and education projects could be secured and expanded. The team of Detecon consultants drew up concrete measures for a systematic fund-raising strategy that included (among other elements) the target group-specific address of private donors, companies, foundations, and institutions. Moreover, the work revolved around a comprehensive analysis and the later configuration of the appropriate customer management tools that would organize, as interactively and transparently as possible, the KPI-controlled reporting and the relationship management with all donors.

“It is important for us to promote education and strengthen health care in countries such as Rwanda and Sierra Leone, where so many have suffered so horribly from civil war and epidemics. Our projects are designed to provide a jump start to development and, whenever possible, to use ideas for solutions from the same people who ultimately benefit from them,” stated Christoph Lüdemann, member of the Board of Directors of L’appel Germany, in explaining the objectives of the organization, which is located in Cologne, Lüneburg, and Witten and strongly carried by the work of students. Detecon project manager Amira Zayed is also pleased with the course of growth at “L’appel”: “Every additional child who enjoys good health and goes to school represents great progress! This is a situation where even small funds can accomplish much, and we are all the more delighted that our actions have contributed to the stable financing of the aid projects.”

Digital products and services for business customers

In the competition category “Restructuring,” the Detecon consultants led by Managing Partner Björn Menden took third place with their project “Target Operating Model 2.0”. Their task was to develop further an operating model for Deutsche Telekom, especially the Digital Division of T-Systems International, that could be used to create a portfolio of scalable digital products and services for business customers. The team designed effective organizational structures, processes, and governance characterized to a high degree by agility and flexibility so that they effectively serve as a basis for innovative digital products and resources. In addition, the members collaborated with the client to realize a new, skills-oriented approach for the recruitment, development, and fostering of digitally talented people.

“We are truly delighted to have received this award. It was important to us that the focused view on innovative digital competences not be attenuated by corporate standards and norms,” was how Managing Partner Björn Menden explained the approach. “Digitalization works only if there are no barriers in people’s minds. This was a case of living co-innovation between consultants, clients, and employees.”


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Winners in category „Pro Bono“ (l.t.r): Amira Zayed, Daniela Drube, Michael Meissner, Sarah Gundlach, Sophia Gerlach (not in image: Jürgen Padberg, Can Sancakli

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