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ESMT Berlin

Who we are

ESMT Berlin was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA , an executive MBA/MPA, a master’s in management, as well as open programs for individuals and customized executive education programs.


From the heart of Europe, we create and impart new knowledge to advance business and society. We develop entrepreneurial leaders who think globally and act responsibly.


ESMT has prioritized three areas: leadership, innovation, and analytics. These pillars underpin the academic and organizational development of the school and guide its programming and research.

Inclusion and diversity

With the Inclusive Leadership Roundtable (ILRT) students, faculty, and staff prioritize the values and practices of diversity and inclusion within the school and champion these in academia and the business community. ESMT Berlin has signed the “Charta der Vielfalt” (Diversity Charter).

What we offer

Facts and figures

  • ESMT Berlin was founded in 2002 by 25 leading German corporations and institutions.
  • ESMT is a state-accredited, private business school.
  • The main campus of ESMT is located in Berlin on Schlossplatz, next to the Berlin City Palace.
  • The historic main campus building of ESMT formerly housed the state council building of the East German government.
  • ESMT has a satellite campus in Berlin-Schöneberg and a branch office in Shanghai.
  • ESMT has an endowment of 125.9 million euros. (December 2018)
  • ESMT earnings were 32.8 million in 2018.
  • Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, is the president of ESMT. The Supervisory Board of ESMT first appointed Prof. Rocholl as president in 2011.
  • Georg Garlichs is the chief financial officer of ESMT and has held the position since 2014.
  • ESMT offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, and a master's in management program, as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs.
  • ESMT has 37 faculty members from 17 countries.
  • The current student body of ESMT represents 63 countries.
  • The master’s in management degree (MIM) at ESMT is a two-year program. There are 204 students enrolled in the MIM degree program at ESMT.
  • The master’s in business administration degree (MBA) at ESMT is a one-year program. 51 students are enrolled in the MBA degree program at ESMT.
  • The executive master’s in business administration degree (EMBA) at ESMT is an eighteen-month program. 105 students are enrolled in the MBA degree program at ESMT.
  • Around 3,500 executives and managers participate in the ESMT Executive Development Programs each year.
  • ESMT has more than 8,000 alumni in chapters located worldwide.
  • ESMT is an NGO with an equivalency determination (ED) certification with NGOsource.


ESMT is one of only three business schools in Germany to hold the accreditation “Triple Crown.”  ESMT is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. The “Triple Crown” is the highest distinction of quality for business schools worldwide.

ESMT has been accredited by FIBAA, the Foundation for International Business Accreditation Administration, since 2006.

The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) renewed its accreditation of ESMT Berlin to grant PhDs in October 2018. ESMT was first awarded this right in 2013.


  • Business Schools

    ESMT Berlin placed 24th in Europe in Financial Times European Business School Ranking 2018
    Berlin, December 3, 2018

  • Executive Education

    ESMT Berlin placed 12th globally in the 2019 Financial Times Executive Education combined ranking of open enrollment and customized programs. ESMT has been the highest ranked business school in Germany since entering the rankings in 2010.

    ESMT open enrollment programs ranked 8th, while customized programs placed 18th. The international business school did especially well in relation to its competitors in the areas of preparation, course design, and aims achieved. ESMT campus facilities were also found to be superior.
    Berlin, June 3, 2019

  • Executive MBA

    ESMT Berlin is ranked 38th in the Financial Times Executive MBA ranking
    Berlin, November 18, 2019

    In the Financial Times’ ranking of the top 100 global Executive MBA programs, the program is ranked 38th. For the eigth consecutive year, the ESMT Berlin EMBA is ranked first in Germany for career progress, which compares the career advancement of program graduates.

  • Full-time MBA

    ESMT Berlin is ranked 10th among non-US business schools and 17th globally in the Best Business Schools 2019 ranking by Forbes.
    Berlin, September 18, 2019. 

    ESMT Berlin is ranked 65th globally and 17th in Europe, in this year’s The Economist "Which MBA?" ranking of the global 100 full-time MBA programs. 
    Berlin, October 31, 2019.

    ESMT Berlin is ranked 79th in the Financial Times MBA ranking 2018
    Berlin, January 28, 2019.

    ESMT Berlin is ranked 16th in the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal one-year MBA program ranking 2018.
    Berlin, December 6, 2018.

  • Master's in Management

    ESMT Berlin is the second highest new entrant in the 2019 Financial Times global ranking, placing 35th in the world.
    Berlin, October 28, 2019.  

    ESMT Berlin is ranked 18th in the first The Economist "Which MBA?" global ranking of the top 40 Masters in Management (MIM) programs.
    Berlin, June 28, 2019.


Governing and advisory bodies

  • Supervisory Board of ESMT GmbH

    The supervisory board is a controlling governing body of ESMT GmbH. It controls and advises the management directors of the school.

    • Chairman: Dr. Werner Zedelius, Senior Advisor, Allianz SE 
    • Milagros Caiña-Andree, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG
    • Dr. Roland Busch, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG
    • Dr. Michael Diederich, Spokesman of the Management Board, HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank AG
    • Dr. Andreas Dombret, Former Board Member, Deutsche Bundesbank
    • Dr. Joachim Faber, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Börse AG
    • Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations, Robert Bosch GmbH
    • Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
    • Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Member of the Board - HR & Arbeitsdirektor Deutsche Post DHL
    • Karl von Rohr, Member of Management Board, Chief Administrative Officer, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Executive Management Committee

    Members of the executive management committee provide updates from their areas and give recommendations to the managing directors on various administrative and operative issues.

    • Chairman: Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, President and Managing Director, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Zoltán Antal-Mokos, PhD, Dean of Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin
    • Nick Barniville, Associate Dean, Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Tamer Boyaci, PhD, Dean of Faculty, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci, Associate Dean of Executive Education, ESMT Berlin
    • Georg Garlichs, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Harald Hungenberg, Dean of Executive Education, ESMT Berlin
    • Valentina Werner, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, ESMT Berlin
  • Academic Board

    The Academic Board consists of leading academics of international reputation. Members of the Academic Board are proposed by the faculty and appointed by the president. They advise ESMT Berlin and its president on all fundamental academic issues and provide feedback on ESMT’s academic development.

    • Chairman: Tim Baldenius, Paul M. Montrone Professor of Private Enterprise in the Faculty of Business, Columbia Business School
    • Alfonso Gambardella, Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management and Technology, Università Bocconi
    • Martin Gargiulo, Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD
    • Michael J. Page, Professor of Finance and Management, Bentley University
    • Manju Puri, J. B. Fuqua Professor; Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
    • Vinod Singhal, Professor of Operations Management, Associate Dean, MBA Programs; Dunn Family Professorship in Operations Management; Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Florian Zettelmeyer, Nancy L. Ertle Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Academic Committee

    The Academic Committee is an academic supervisory and advisory body of ESMT. Current members are:

    • Chairman: Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, President and Managing Director, ESMT Berlin
    • Ingo Albrecht, MBA Class 2018, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Zoltán Antal-Mokos, PhD, Dean of Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze, PhD, Dean of Faculty, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Matthew Bothner, PhD, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Tamer Boyaci, PhD, ESMT Berlin
    • Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci, PhD, ESMT Berlin
    • Omar ElMaria, MIM Class 2018-2020, ESMT Berlin
    • Benjamin Große-Rüschkamp, Research Assistant, ESMT Berlin
    • Nils Krüger, MIM Class 2017-2019, ESMT Berlin
    • Nina Walters, EMBA Class 2017-2019, ESMT Berlin
  • ESMT Foundation Board of Trustees

    Executive Committee

    • Chairman: Dr. Dieter Zetsche, former Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
    • Vice Chairman: Jürgen Fitschen, Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Foundation

    Additional members

    • Franz Fehrenbach, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Robert Bosch GmbH
    • Timotheus Höttges, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG 
    • Guido Kerkhoff, former Chief Executive Officer, thyssenkrupp AG 
    • Carsten Spohr,  Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • International Advisory Council

    ESMT Berlin’s International Advisory Council (IAC) was instituted by the Board of Trustees of the ESMT Foundation to provide external perspective, assessment, and support to the school. Its main goals are to foster ESMT’s mission by acting as an advocate for ESMT around the world, to provide advice on strategic direction and overall objectives while supporting the school’s founding principles and values, and to promote ESMT’s relationships with its founders as well as with individuals and organizations associated with the school.

    • Chairman: Dr. Dieter Zetsche, former Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
    • Dr. Patrick Adenauer, Managing Partner, Bauwens GmbH & Co. KG
    • Klaus Becker, CEO, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
    • Dr. Clemens Börsig, Former Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Bank Stiftung
    • Oliver Burkhard, Member of the Executive Board and CHRO, thyssenkrupp AG
    • Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman and CEO, P.A.C. Consulting
    • Dr. Julian Deutz, Member of the Executive Board, Axel Springer SE
    • Dr. Michael Diederich, Spokesman of the Management Board, HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank AG
    • Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Allianz SE
    • Hans-Joachim Gornig, Consultant, Gazprom Germania GmbH
    • Dr. Doris Höpke, Member of the Board of Management, Münchener Rückversicherungs Gesellschaft AG
    • Dr. Carsten Intra, Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Employee Relations, MAN Truck & Bus SE
    • Carsten Kratz, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group GmbH
    • David Knower, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH
    • Dr. Johannes-Tobias LorenzSenior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc
    • Frank Mattern, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
    • Philippe Oddo, CEO und General Partner, BHF-BANK
    • Herr Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Member of the Board - HR & Arbeitsdirektor Deutsche Post DHL
    • Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
    • Dr. Eric Schweitzer, President, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e. V.
    • Professor Hermann Simon, Honorary Chairman and Founder, Simon, Kucher & Partners
    • Dr. Johannes Teyssen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, E.ON SE
    • Hiltrud D. Werner, Member of the Board, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
  • Board of Friends of ESMT


    • Chairman: Prof. Dr. Wulff Plinke,  Founding Dean, ESMT Berlin
    • Vice Chairman: Dr. Oliver Engels,  Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer, Deutsche Börse AG
    • Treasurer: Georg Garlichs,  Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, ESMT Berlin
    • Nick Barniville,  Associate Dean Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin
    • Anke Dassler,  Head of Support Segments and Legal Entities, Evonik Industries AG
    • Claudia Donzelmann,  Global Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs, Allianz SE 
    • Wolfgang Stadler,  independent, previous Executive Director Manufacturing, Jaguar Land Rover, UK

    Friends of ESMT

Partnerships and cooperations

ESMT is part of a number of national and international cooperations in executive development, business research, and academic exchange. These benefit ESMT students, faculty, and alumni, as well as academic and corporate partners.

Learn more about the national and international cooperations of ESMT. 

How to get to ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin
ESMT European School of Management and Technology GmbH
Address: Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 212 31 0

The Schlossplatz campus of ESMT Berlin is within a 10-minute walk of Alexanderplatz (S+U) and Spittelmarkt (U2) public transit stations. Search for connections and ticket information on the website of the BVG.

Located in the city center, the Schlossplatz campus of ESMT also can be reached by taxi or private transport from Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF) airports within 30 driving minutes. Plan your journey with Google Maps.

The Schöneberg satellite office of ESMT is located at Space Shack Coworking, Akazienstrasse 3a, 10823 Berlin.

The Shanghai branch office of ESMT is located in a building on Century Avenue in Lujiazui, an important financial district in Pudong, Shanghai.

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