GISMA Business School appoints Hon. Dr. Ivo Matser as President

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GISMA Business School today announced the appointment of Hon. Dr. Ivo Matser to the position of President. He will work closely with Dr. Thorsten Thiel, GISMA’s Managing Director, to support the institution in its expansion and growth.

Ivo Master has almost 30 years of experience in international business and education, holding leading roles in numerous institutions and associations across Europe. He has previously served as the CEO of Twente School of Management, and is currently Vice-Chairman of the institutional accreditations committee for the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) and was CEO at ISM University of Management and Economics.


He is also a member of the board of the Academy of Management and Society (ABIS), whilst consulting for companies in various industries holding senior management positions in business. Ivo Matser is a specialist in managing and leading organisational change and the development of private higher education institutions. At GISMA, he will lead the school’s efforts to obtain degree awarding powers and launch its own accredited programmes.


Commenting on his new appointment, Ivo Matser said: “GISMA’s ambitions are driven by the purpose of making an impact on the lives and careers of our students, through innovation, internationalisation and change. Joining GISMA to implement this vision is a real honour and pleasure.


“I believe in a business school focused on what really matters in the world around us. Giving students the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the institution is what inspires me every day. The degree programmes in business and management we will offer in the near future will help our students make their mark in business as well as in society.”


GISMA Business School is part of Global University Systems (GUS), an international network of higher-education institutions. Professor Maurits Van Rooijen, Chief Academic Officer of GUS, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ivo Matser to our team. His long experience in higher education will help us to better position GISMA Business School in a regional and international context, as part of our commitment to further develop our ties with the local labour market whilst connecting to a wider business community.”


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