Almeida, an expert in business innovation, knowledge management and alliances, as well as information collaborations across firms and countries, first came to Georgetown in 1995.
Currently a professor of strategy and international studies, he served as senior associate dean for executive programs between 2010 and 2016 before being appointed deputy dean. The author of numerous scholarly articles, he also will become the William R. Berkley Chair.
“Throughout his tenure at Georgetown, Paul has exemplified a commitment to principled leadership, instilling a global mindset focused on service to others into each program and project he oversees," says Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia.
Almeida leads the administrative and academic components of six executive degree programs, including the Global Executive MBA he co-founded with the School of Foreign Service and ESADE Business School; the Executive Master’s in Leadership program customized for D.C. public school principals; and the M.S. in Finance, McDonough’s first technology-enhanced program.
During his tenure, McDonough’s executive programs consistently achieved high rankings. Most recently, the Financial Times listed the Executive MBA first in the world for international business and the Global Executive MBA programs fifth, while executive custom programs were ranked fourth in the United States.
Almeida oversees the school’s new Innovation Initiative, which seeks to more deeply integrate Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit values into the school; expand technology-enhanced learning; leverage the school’s location in Washington, D.C.; and increase organizational excellence.
“I was educated in Jesuit schools, and I carry the lessons of my youth with me every day, often drawing upon them in my own classroom,” Almeida says. “It is an honor to now have the opportunity to lead a school that is rooted in both excellence and educating students to be successful in the world and for the world.”
Throughout his career Almeida has received numerous awards for teaching, service and research. He holds a Ph.D. in international business and strategy and a masters in applied economics and managerial science from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; a PGDM (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management; and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Poona in India.