Ramon O'Callaghan is Dean of the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining NU, he was Dean of TiasNimbas, the business school of Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and chaired Professor of Information Systems and Innovation Management at the School of Economics of Tilburg University. Over the years he has held several academic management positions: Vice-Rector of Deusto University and Director of Deusto Business School (Spain), Associate Dean International Affairs at Tilburg University, Director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute IN3 – UOC (Open University Catalonia), Associate Dean and Director of the International Executive MBA program, at TiasNimbas, and Director International MBA at Nijenrode University also in the Netherlands. Previously, he was on the faculty of IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and did research at the Harvard Business School. Prior to his academic career, he worked internationally at Texas Instruments for several years.
His professional experience includes executive education, sponsored research and advisory projects for European and American organizations such as Aegon, BUPA, Chubb, Danisco, Eureko, European Commission, Fortis, IBM, Independent Insurance Agents of America, ING, KPMG, Maryland Casualty, Nolan & Norton, Philips, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, Shell, UBS. He has also taught in executive programs of: ESC Rouen (France), IESE (Spain), INSEAD (France), London Business School (UK), MIT Sloan School of Management (USA), Nile University (Egypt), Purdue University (USA), Solvay Business School (Belgium), and Vlerick Business School (Belgium).
His research interests include: Strategic Management of Technology, Innovation Management and Knowledge Management. His work has been published in books, journals, and conference proceedings, e.g. MIT Press, Journal of Marketing, Journal of IT, European Journal of IS, International Conference on IS, European Conference on IS. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems. In 2006, he earned “best paper” awards at the Hawaii International Conference on Information Sciences, and at the International Conference on Information Systems in Milwaukee. Over the past two decades, he has actively contributed to several research programs of the European Commission (IST, TEDIS, RACE) and has been the coordinator of an international project on innovation clusters. He has also supervised and examined PhD research for the following universities: Aalborg (Denmark), Antwerp (Belgium), Cape Town (South Africa), Cork (Ireland), KU Leuven (Belgium), Hohenheim (Germany), Sussex (UK), Tilburg (Netherlands), and Turku (Finland).
Ramon O’Callaghan holds the following degrees: Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School; MBA from IESE Business School; MSc and BSc in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (also known as UPC BarcelonaTech). His education also included courses at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at École Supérieure du Commerce de Paris, ESCP, in France.