Prof. Dr. Ramon O’Callaghan appointed as the New President of GISMA University of Applied Sciences

Potsdam – GISMA University is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Dr. Ramon O’Callaghan as its new president. Prof. O’Callaghan assumes the position after an 8-year tenure as the dean at the Porto Business School of the University of Porto in Portugal and his current role as the chairman of the International Advisory Board of the mentioned institution.

With an impressive international career in higher education, Prof. O’Callaghan brings a wealth of experience in leading academic institutions. Not only has he been dean at Porto Business School, but he has served as the founding dean of the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, in strategic collaboration with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in the USA, and has also been dean at the business schools of Tilburg University in the Netherlands and Deusto University in Spain.

Furthermore, his professional experience encompasses executive education, research, and consulting projects for European, American, and Asian organizations. He has worked on various projects of the European Commission and taught in executive programs at IESE, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT Sloan, Purdue University, and Solvay Brussels. Prior to his academic career, he worked for five years at Texas Instruments.

In a statement, Prof. Dr. Ramon O’Callaghan expressed his excitement about the appointment: “I am very much looking forward to my new responsibilities at GISMA University, an institution with a strong international focus and excellent management education, as well as an innovative and enterprising mindset. Together with the management team, faculty and staff, I will endeavour to further develop the University and increase its impact, while raising its overall reputation domestically and abroad.”  

Prof. O’Callaghan can look back on an impressive list of positions in international committees, including memberships in the Supervisory Board of ISM in Lithuania, the International Advisory Council of FDC in Brazil, the EFMD Programme Accreditation Board, and the Steering Committee of EFMD’s BSIS (Business School Impact System). His academic credentials include a doctoral degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, an MBA from IESE Business School, and degrees as a BSc and MSc Telecom Engineer from UPC Technical University in Barcelona.

With this appointment, GISMA University is placing a clear focus on international excellence and expertise in management and technology, aiming to further strengthen its position as a leading institution in global higher education.

Julian Davies, Managing Director of GISMA, commented on the appointment: “With Professor O´Callaghan, we have gained a cosmopolitan and renowned scholar as our new president, whose international experience perfectly complements and will further expand the portfolio of GISMA University, much to the delight of our students.

About Gisma University of Applied Sciences:

The GISMA University of Applied Sciences is a state-recognized private university. Located on its campus at Jungfernsee in Potsdam, it brings together students and educators from over 70 nations worldwide. Across its 19 programs, the university educates students to become sought-after and high-performing talents for the global business world, specializing in areas such as management, leadership, data sciences, AI, and software engineering.

Students learn from research-oriented professors as well as top executives and entrepreneurs. Particularly in the fields of technology and digitization, GISMA focuses on training qualified professionals and leaders, enabling them to effectively combine the knowledge domains of technology, engineering, and business in their professional lives.

The university collaborates with a network of globally operating companies from the business and education sectors, including entities such as Zalando, eBay, and Vattenfall, and is a member of the “SAP University Alliances.” All programs at GISMA are nationally recognized and undergo evaluation by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) and the Accreditation Council.

Furthermore, GISMA is part of GUS Germany GmbH (GGG), a dynamic network of educational institutions with over 15,000 students at locations in Germany, Europe, and beyond:

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