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 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


  • 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!

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