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Mathias Falkenstein

Founding Partner, XOLAS | Professor of Practice in Higher Education Management

Dr. Mathias Falkenstein is a Professor of the Practice in Higher Education Management at LUISS Business School (Rome-Milan-Amsterdam), where he develops Executive Education programs for university managers. He is the founder and Scientific Director of the DBA in Higher Education Leadership and Management (DBA-HELM).

Mathias is also a Partner at XOLAS, a Higher Education Consulting Platform, assisting global universities in designing and implementing institutional change, with particular attention to issues of sustainability and responsibility, quality management and internationalization.

Mathias serves currently in different university advisory boards and is the Chair of the AACSB Responsible Management Education Affinity Group as well as the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Positive Impact Rating.

Previously, Mathias worked as Director of Business School Services at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels, Director of International Relations at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris & Lille, and Director of the International Summer University at the Free University in Berlin. He started his career as a Program Officer at the North American headquarters of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York.

Mathias earned his Doctor in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath where he is also a research fellow and post-doctoral graduate at the International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK. He has a B.A. and MSc in Business Communications from the University of Engineering and Economics (HTW) in Berlin.

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