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Michael Malefakis
CEO & Associate Vice Dean at Wharton Executive Education


Mike Malefakis is CEO & Associate Vice Dean, Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Wharton Executive Education attracts nearly 13,000 executives from around the world to in-person programs each year and more than 50,000 complete Wharton online programs.  More executives choose to learn with Wharton Executive Education programs than at any other elite business school.

Mike joined Wharton in February 2017 after serving over six years as Associate Dean of Executive Education at Columbia Business School.  At Columbia Mike led the team that grew enrollments over 400% by focusing on innovating the portfolio of offerings and introducing online and blended programs.  

Prior to Columbia, Mike served as Director of Executive Education at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.  Mike launched programs in Barcelona, Singapore and London as part of Booth’s global outreach.

Earlier in his career Mike worked as the Director of the Executive Education Center at the INCAE in San Jose, Costa Rica.  While there, Mike managed a 12-country regional executive education organization that provided training to more than 3,800 executives annually.  He started in the field of executive education at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Director when the University of Michigan was ranked #1 in Executive Education by Business Week.

Mike holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia and a BA in Social Science from the University of Michigan.  Mike served as Chairman of the Board of UNICON, the International Association of University Based Executive Education.    He is a member of the Business Practices Council of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Mike is also a Senior Fellow of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

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