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Prof. Dr. Ramon O’Callaghan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role as President of Gisma University of Applied Sciences.

For the past eight years Prof. O’Callaghan has served as Dean of Porto Business School, University of Porto in Portugal, and he is currently Chairman of its International Advisory Board. In addition, he is a member of: the Supervisory Board of ISM in Lithuania; the International Advisory Council of FDC in Brazil; the International Corporate Advisory Board of Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland; the Programme Accreditation Board of the EFMD; and the Steering Committee of EFMD’s BSIS (Business School Impact System).

Prior to his deanship in Porto, he served as the Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, a school set up and run in strategic collaboration with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in the US.  Earlier positions included: Dean of Tias Business School, Tilburg University, in the Netherlands; Dean of Deusto Business School in Bilbao, Spain; full professor at the School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University; MBA Director at Nyenrode University, Netherlands; assistant professor at IESE, and researcher at Harvard Business School.

His professional experience also included executive education, research, and consulting projects for European, American, and Asian organizations. He coordinated/ participated in several projects of the European Commission and taught in executive programs of IESE, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT Sloan, Purdue University, and Solvay Brussels. Prior to his academic career, he worked five years at Texas Instruments.

His interests include Management of Technology and Innovation. His work has been published in academic journals, books, and conference proceedings, e.g., Journal of Marketing, Journal of IT, European Journal of IS, MIT Press, Wiley, ICIS.  

Prof. O’Callaghan holds the degrees of Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Harvard University; MBA, IESE Business School; BSc and MSc Telecom Engineer, UPC Technical University, Barcelona. His education also included several courses at MIT, and ESCP Paris.