25 Years of Experience:

Aneta Key is a systems science engineer turned emerging markets banker turned tenured McKinsey consultant turned independent practitioner who mixes hardcore business problem-solving with a splash of creative flair

Bragging Rights:

  • Has helped senior executives worldwide develop strategies and align around a plan of action

  • Is a trusted advisor to game-changers, influencers, and up-and-comers 

  • Has reached tens of thousands through events, lectures, speeches, articles, and blogs


  • Founded AEDEA Partners LLC in 2009 and has since developed a thriving independent practice for consulting, facilitating, coaching, training, and team-building

  • 10 years with McKinsey & Company (clients across geographies and industries; focus on strategy, organization, risk management, culture change, and leadership development)

  • 5 years in international banking (founding team of RBB-Bulgaria, Wall Street stint with Barclays Capital’s Space group) 


  • MBA, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (distinguished grad, Owen Bass scholar, Financial Markets Research Center fellow; focus on international studies, finance, and electronic commerce)

  • MSc Systems Science, Technical University, Bulgaria (distinguished grad, thesis on decision making under risk and uncertainty)

  • Specialized training in group facilitation, curriculum design, experiential learning, and the Leadership Circle tools 


  • McKinsey Alumni Network — Member of a vibrant community of former McKinsey practitioners

  • Umbrex, HighPoint Associates — Member of Top Tier Consultants networks

  • North American Simulation and Gaming Association — NASAGA is the home for trainers, teachers, and educators who use active learning methods to increase engagement, enhance retention, and improve performance. Playful methods. Serious results.

  • Applied Improv Network — AIN is a professional association of practitioners who apply elements of improvisational theater to their work

  • International Association of Facilitators — IAF is a worldwide community of facilitators from 70 countries.

  • International Forum for Visual Practitioners — IFVP brings together a diverse group of practitioners who use visuals to communicate

  • The Leadership Circle — Certified coaching practitioner with access to The Leadership Circle leadership development tools and frameworks

Public Presence:

Aneta Key is invited to speak at prestigious organizations and events around the world, e.g., FaceBook, Goole, TEDGlobal, Stanford University, Haas Business School at UC-Berekley, Wharton Business School (San Francisco), UC-Santa Cruz, University for National and World Economy (Bulgaria), University  of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Burgas Free University (Bulgaria), AIN Global Conference, IFVP Conference, Ascend Leadership Conferences, AIESEC (Argentina), Rotary Club 

See the Calendar section for more examples.


  • Lifelong learner, avid traveler, tango dancer, theater improviser, Gyrokinesis method apprentice, Bulgarian

  • Lives in San Francisco, CA, with her husband and two kids

  • Loves those emails that start with “It’s been a long time…” – let’s reconnect!

Social Life: