Welcome to WHU Saidia Consulting e.V. –
WHU's student-run management consultancy.

About us

Social engagement and volunteerism are the backbone of our society. That is why organizations that focus on the well-being of others are essential for togetherness in our fast-paced and performance-oriented world.

Nevertheless, social associations are often confronted with considerable economic and organizational hurdles and thus some worthwhile ideas cannot be implemented. This is exactly where we, the student-run management consultancy at WHU, Saidia, come in: We support social organizations with business management know-how regarding organizational and economic issues of all kinds.

It does not matter at all in which social field the client is active! As a student consultancy, we advise a wide range of social and non-profit institutions. Working closely with our clients, we thus find innovative solutions so that they can focus on what they do best: Helping other people and enriching our society through their social engagement.


Professor Markus Rudolf
"Our students can apply the acquired business knowledge in practice and thus support companies in managing their resources more efficiently."
Armin v. Buttlar
"We thank Saidia Consulting e.V. very much for their commitment in an extraordinary project in cooperation with JC Network e.V. and look forward to further exchanges!"
Professor Marko Reimer
"Saidia is an impressive example of how WHU students assume social responsibility and actively support social projects."
Yordan Sölter
"Working on exciting topics with committed people and learning a lot as well as making a difference: The pro bono work at Saidia enables great experiences."

Our services

Broad expertise

We recruit our motivated project teams from all years of WHU - Otto-Beisheim School of Management.
Pro Bono

Our consulting services for non-profit organizations are completely free of charge.
We support our clients in market entry and profitability analyses, organizational development, strategic planning, digitalization and much more.
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Finalized projects

Our portfolio

Filippas Engel

Event design

The Filippas Engel Foundation, which is under the patronage of the Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein, is one of Saidia's long-term partnerships. Every year, the foundation awards a prize to young people who have shown special social commitment. And every year we are again pleased to support Filippas Engel in the event design as part of a project.

Children for a better world


CHILDREN is a consulting project whose mission was to enable a non-profit organization to grow. The social project "Children for a better world" works in German hotspot neighborhoods against the consequences of child poverty and promotes committed children and young people who support people in poverty, illness and need with their own projects. The consulting team supported CHILDREN with detailed analyses of possible cooperating companies for the establishment and financing of Germany-wide stations of the lunch tables for children from socially deprived areas.

Aktion Mensch

Customer analysis

As probably the best-known social lottery in Germany, Aktion Mensch supports the improvement of living conditions for people with disabilities, children and young people. We helped with a customer and social structure analysis in other European countries against the background of an increasingly stagnating market (in cooperation with JC Network).

Soroptimist International

Funding strategy

Soroptimists deal with issues related to the legal, social and professional status of women and represent the position of women in the public debate. Our organization helped to develop a funding strategy for the implementation of regular integration events. We also offered support in acquiring funds for this long-term project.

Blind Institute Foundation

Risk management

The Blind Institute Foundation supports blind, visually impaired and multi-disabled people in Bavaria and Thuringia. Our organization helped to prepare a pro bono project conducted by Oliver Wyman, which supported the Blind Institute Foundation to set up a structured risk management. For this purpose, we analyzed risk management structures in other NGOs and social enterprises as well as risks encountered in such organizations.

Kindern Zukunft geben - Ghana e.V.


Following the motto "Education as a way out of poverty", this project helps children and young people to achieve better professional opportunities and income opportunities in the long term. Saidia helped to set up a social media presence. Saidia also helped with the creation of a pitch deck, as well as data maintenance.

Sea Watch

Business Case

A refugee rescue boat lies unrefurbished in the port of Malta. And what else? "A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for." In our project, we investigated whether there is any other option for this ship in the future than lying in harbor.


WHU Saidia Consulting was able to convince the jurors of the Vallendar Lions Club with its project "Marketing campaign in online and print media". As the applicant and former Saidia board chairman, Max Schmid accepted the check for 5,000 euros from Lions member Adolf T. Schneider, the initiator of the competition, in the WHU chapel.


Student consultants may not yet have years of experience in the consulting industry, but they have the potential to look at challenges from new angles and offer unconventional ideas. That's why many companies already rely on student consulting.

We offer our consulting services completely free of charge for non-profit organizations, regardless of the project task.

First, we clarify the project objective with our client and then invite applications for the project from our pool of consultants, which comprises 1200 students. After intensive screening of the applications received, we invite the consultants best suited to the project to a personal interview and put together a competent team of consultants based on the interviews.

The project duration depends on the scope of the respective project task and is discussed individually with the customer before the project begins. On average, a project supported by Saidia Consulting takes four to six weeks.

Saidia Consulting is not tied to a specific location, which is why we offer our services throughout Germany. If you are interested in a Saidia project but do not have a location in Germany, please still feel free to contact us so we can get together!

The size of the project team depends on the scope of the respective project task and is discussed individually with the customer before the project begins. On average, a consulting team consists of a project manager and two to four consultants.

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WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management is a private, state-recognized university of university rank located in Vallendar and Düsseldorf. It was founded in 1984 and today enjoys a high reputation both nationally and internationally.

WHU stands for Excellence in Management Education and lives up to this claim in teaching, research, and practice in the field of general management. This is expressed in accreditations by AACSB, EQUIS, and FIBAA as well as in outstanding national and international ranking results. WHU is also the only private university to be a member of the German Research Foundation (DFG). WHU students benefit from an extensive network of partner universities, companies, and alumni.