Professor with an outstanding career and two decades of connection to the prestigious IE Business School, in Madrid, will lead the University of Porto Business School.
José Esteves is the new dean of Porto Business School. With an outstanding career beyond borders and a connection of two decades to the prestigious IE Business School – a business school based in Madrid, Spain, which is among the top 10 in the main European rankings –, the new president of the Porto Business School is a graduate in Information Systems from the University of Minho and has a PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, in Barcelona.
Succeeding Ramon O'Callaghan – who has been leading Porto Business School since 2015 –, José Esteves intends to continue the work developed by the School, enhancing strategic dossiers, with a focus on sustainability and an entrepreneurial mindset. People leadership in times of uncertainty and digital transformation, as well as leadership in a global and multicultural environment, will also be highlighted during his mandate, which José Esteves will take on from next March.
Raising the excellence of Porto Business School is one of the central goals of the mandate.
For José Esteves, who is preparing to assume the role of president of the management of Porto Business School, "it is an honor to be appointed dean of a school like Porto Business School and it is a pleasure to return to Portugal after living abroad for all these years". "I am very excited to be able to collaborate with the students of Porto Busines School, as well as with the entire faculty, staff, alumni and partners, to together bring the School to an even higher level of excellence and impact on society", he adds.
"For this mandate, the central goal will be to continue the mission of Porto Business School, specifically with regard to the unique training of business leaders who want to have a real impact on sustainable development and create positive changes in the business world and society, through innovative learning experiences that address the new challenges of our time," concludes José Esteves.
Luís Reis, president of the Supervisory Board of Porto Business School, says that "the School is enthusiastic and expectant about the future under the guidance of José Esteves, who stands out for his ambitious vision, entrepreneurial and digital-driven mindset and notable experience in an international environment in a prestigious institution". And he adds: "Innovative profile and vision of the future were decisive aspects in the international recruitment process carried out by the School". "We now have four years ahead of us to work together to achieve the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves", he concludes.
Being a business school with unique characteristics, Porto Business School results from a partnership of 40 organisations, national and multinational, and the University of Porto. With a management model also differentiating – by betting on the pragmatism and real experience of companies with academic rigor and access to more advanced research – Porto Business School is present in some of the main international rankings, as is the case of the Financial Times. At this point, it should be reported that the School reached the 59th position in the last edition of this ranking, released in December 2022, having risen seven places compared to 2021. Porto Business School and its programmes have three international accreditations (AACSB, AMBA, EFMD).