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Helge Mahne


Helge brings experience in advising corporations, as well as public and social sector organizations, on the topics of sustainable agriculture, economic development, and education and youth.

Since 2013, Helge has led FSG’s work in West Africa around sustainable cocoa production, including shared value strategy development and implementation, cross-sector coalition building, and policy advice. Recently, Helge also supported a large consumer goods company to understand shared value measurement for their dairy production in India. He also advised a multinational company on shared value ecosystem development for pulp and paper production in southern China.

In Europe, Helge has led several collective impact projects on the topics of rural development and education and youth, and has been an advisor to some of the largest European foundations with regard to establishing and coordinating cross-sector collaboration. His work with the Bertelsmann Stiftung has led to the development of a comprehensive guide to collective impact in Germany: Gemeinsam wirken—Auf dem Weg zu einer wirkungsvollen Zusammenarbeit.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, Helge worked for the German Technical Corporation (GIZ) in India, where he advised the Indian Planning Commission on development strategies for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. Helge also worked for Ernst & Young Advisory where he analyzed business and investment opportunities for French companies in the Balkans and especially in the Republic of Serbia. He also worked on projects helping multinational corporations and government entities increase operational effectiveness within their finance and CRM functions. For his research on success factors for European SMEs to beneficially engage in CSR, Helge was awarded the ESCP Europe Innovation Prize 2010.


  • ESCP Europe, Diplom-Kaufmann, Master Grande École in Management
  • City University London, European MSc in Management 
  • University of Paris 8 and University of Potsdam, BA equivalent in International Relations, Political Sciences, Economics, and European Affairs


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Basic written and spoken Spanish

On working at FSG

“With FSG, I found an organization that allows me to put my passion for social issues and international development into action. The people at FSG are truly dynamic, international, smart, and fun to work with. But most importantly, they are all extremely committed to the goal of increasing social impact and developing innovative ideas to solve the most pressing issues of our time. Through the use of rigorous analysis, strategic tools, and creative problem solving these ideas are put into action. It is great to be part of it and to continue learning in such an environment.”