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Berlin School Announces a New Leadership Team

January 16, 2019
Berlin School Announces a New Leadership Team

With the New Year, new opportunities arise. In the last few months, we have focused great efforts reflecting on how to balance ‘Continuity’ with ‘Innovation’ – two words that sum up our strategic direction to propel the Berlin School towards a sustainable and creative future.

‘Continuity’ is expressed in our absolute mission to turn great creative minds into great creative leaders through a distinctive approach, and an output-oriented curriculum where academics and practitioners work side by side; as well as preserving the legacy principles of Creative Business Leadership we have built over the years. ‘Innovation’ will be pursued to honor and examine more broadly and cohesively, both in our EMBA and Executive Education programs, the relationship between human skills, leadership, creativity, well-being and the growing (and often disruptive) role of digital, data and technology.

With that in mind, Michael Conrad and I are excited to announce our new leadership team and developments in our corporate governance:

  • Jose Alcaraz joins the Berlin School as our Faculty and Academic Director. With more than 15 years of academic experience, Jose brings a global outlook from his various leading roles at Business Schools in Barcelona (his home town), Shanghai, Dubai, Santo Domingo, Australia and Germany. His nuanced approach combines academic insight with broad experience to encompass the multi-faceted nature of leadership.
  • Marília Lobo assumes a new role as Director of Strategy and Learning Innovation. Marília established and grew her own communication agency for 11 years in São Paulo (her home town) and joined the Berlin School team in October, 2017 to initiate the school’s community and content platform ‘Home of Creative Business Leadership’. She is also our Executive MBA alumna. With her entrepreneurial view and working experience within the creative industries, her mission is to nurture the interplay between academic and business perspectives.
  • In order to ensure non-binding, strategic advice and dynamic perspectives to our Leadership Team, in addition to the existing Board of Directors, a Board of Advisors made up of academic and industry experts is being formed. For our 2019 mandate, we are pleased to share that David Slocum (Former Faculty Director of the Berlin School), and Faculty Members Paul Verdin, Olivier Tabatoni, and Robert Weisz will be sitting as Academic Advisors. We are also delighted to welcome Gerhard Blechinger as the newest addition to our Board of Directors.

While we enter this next chapter of our journey full of energy and determination to grow and strengthen our community of continuous learning, we are grateful to David Slocum for more than 10 years of strategic and resourceful leadership. We also thank Stuart Hardy (former Executive Education Director) for his dedicated service to the school, and we wish them all the best for the future. 

For extended bios, visit: Jose Alcaraz's BioMarília Lobo's BioGerhard Blechinger's Bio.

Happy 2019! Let’s successfully lead creative change.

Susann Schronen