Carsten Gerhardt studied Physics, Mathematics and Anglo-Irish Literature at the University of Wuppertal and at Bethel College/Kansas, USA. He obtained his PhD in theoretical solid state Physics from the University of Wuppertal/Universite Laval Quebec/Canada and received a Bachelor’s degree in economics. He started his professional career as a business consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in 1998 focussing on banking and insurance, energy/utilities, pharma/health care, industrial goods and NGOs.
At A.T. Kearney Gerhardt is responsible for the chemical industry and agriculture in Central Europe. He supports companies in achieving lasting competitive advantage, balanced with social and environmental responsibility. In addition, he is responsible for A.T. Kearney’s activities in the context of the German Sustainability Award. Besides his work as a strategy consultant, Gerhardt is chairman of Wuppertalbewegung e.V., a citizens’ initiative in Wuppertal, Germany, that turns an abandoned railroad track of 20 km into a cycling and inline-skating path. This is Gerhardt’s very hands-on contribution to sustainability.
Carsten has been closely following the market developments of alternative proteins since 2016 and is supporting clients in Europe and North America in this field. He is the lead author of A.T. Kearney’s recent study “How will cultured meat and meat alternatives disrupt the agricultural and food industry?”.