KCW emerged out of the "Competition Competence Centre" administrative department, founded in 1998 as part of the Hamburg local public transport authority (HVV). HVV's objective was to work in partnership with other transportation associations to make organisational, legal, and economic preparations for the introduction of competition into the public transport sector. The administrative department was led by Dr. Jan Werner and Christoph Schaaffkamp. With the department's consultancy areas and team both continually expanding, Werner and Schaaffkamp founded KCW GmbH in 2003. The new company, now operating from headquarters in Berlin, took on the provision of consultancy to local authorities with regard to public transport. The office in Hamburg continued unchanged.
KCW now has four managing directors: Dr. Henning Tegner and Melanie Patout have joined the two founders. The management team also includes Birgit Christmann, Ingo Kühl, Manuela Meitinger and Miguel Wolf.
We have become the largest public transport consultancy firm in Germany. Over 50 specialists from the fields of law, economics, and planning, as well as social and natural sciences, work for KCW, and this consultancy team is supported by a fully dedicated office management operation.
KCW is also active internationally: our presence in France has been growing for several years. In 2015, KCW and Beauvais Consultants jointly formed the Trans-Missions consultancy office in order to pool our activities in France.
We take pride in delivering good technical work, and are driven by a high level of motivation to secure the performance and sustainability of the transport sector.
We specialise in taking an interdisciplinary, holistic view. This helps us to resolve even complicated situations in the interests of our customers and passengers.
We are independent, and believe this to be our greatest asset. We only take on projects which are open-ended.
We are fascinated by what’s happening in the world around us. We continuously develop our skills and knowledge base by analysing transport and mobility trends globally and discussing developments with experts and practitioners in the industry.
Competition enables opportunities for new ideas and progress. Finding the right models to organise markets we draw on a range of approaches and methods developed by us. We always consider the financial, political and social impact of our solutions.
Passionate for sustainable transport we strive to achieve positive outcomes for the environment.
Creating positive change, working on engaging and interesting projects, developing and researching new topics and methods, as well as trust within team and colleagues are the core elements of our company culture at KCW.
The environment is more than just a consultancy area for us. We are a company that takes environmental protection very seriously, both in our consulting and in the day-to-day running of our business. We enact environmentally aware values in practical ways, both in our offices and when travelling for work – preferably by train or bus. Our head office in Berlin is CO2 neutral. We have been awarded the EMAS certificate for internal environmental management.
EMAS is the highest European quality seal for systematic environmental protection, and is short for "Eco Management and Audit Scheme". Since 2012 we have been working assiduously on consistent environmental management. Our first priority within this is to save energy, or to use energy from renewable sources. Any CO2 emissions that we do generate are offset in an environmentally friendly way – for example, using atmosfair for our own events or work flights. In addition, the company invests in ecological funds that implement further emissions reductions.
All KCW employees combine professional expertise with personal enthusiasm for their individual areas of interest. We regard our work as an opportunity to get things moving, and to help create a modern public transport system.
KCW as an employer
Being socially-minded and demanding effective performance go hand-in-hand. We offer an open environment, flat hierarchies, and individual development opportunities. We promote flexible working time arrangements that allow people to pursue both professional development and personal commitments.
This makes it possible to achieve a balance between career and family life, for example.
Our network for comprehensive Consulting
KCW can tap into a tested network of qualified partners which has enabled us to extend our areas of activity at unchanged levels of quality. As a result we are able to provide our clients with advice on a wide range of issues – all in one package.
Founded in 2015 as joint subsidiary company by KCW and Beauvais Consultants, Trans-Missions benefits from the rich experience of both founders in their home countries.
As joint Project-based Workgroup of KCW and Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (Berlin-Brandenburg transport association), Center Nahverkehr Berlin assists the federal state of Berlin with its role as public transport authority (PTA).
This Berlin consultancy concentrates on strategic and operational advice for public transport companies. Its priorities are cost-benefit analyses, operations, as well as customer and staff communication.
This network of planning specialists advises PTAs and transport operating companies on all local public transport issues, especially on organisation during the competitive process, transport planning and financing.
These Dresden-based marketing consultants support transport operators and associations. Their core areas of competence focus on customer care and revenue issues.
BBG und Partner is the leading German law firm for those issues in and around the awarding procedure or business law which affect public transport. These lawyers are based in Bremen.
Specialised in business law, this law office advises private and public companies on organisational and infra-structural questions as well as issues affecting privatisation or the awarding procedure.
The Institut für Verkehrswissenschaft (IVM) (Institute for Transport Science), located at the University of Münster, focuses in research on economic issues regarding transport science, economic- and regional policy as well as environmental economics.
The Dutch consultancy Inno-V specializes in the field of mobility and public transport. Inno-V supports authorities and transport operating companies.
Active worldwide, Steer Davies Gleave have been providing comprehensive specialist advice in the transport and traffic sectors for more than 25 years.