Dr. Mathias Falkenstein is a Professor of Practice in Higher Education Management at Luiss Business School, Luiss University in Rome, Italy. Mathias is also the Managing Director at XOLAS, a Higher Education Consulting Firm based in Berlin, Germany. XOLAS is assisting global universities and business schools in designing and implementing institutional change, with particular attention to issues of sustainability and responsibility, quality management and internationalization.

Mathias worked as Director of Business School Services at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels, Director of International Relations at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris & Lille, and Director of the International Summer University at the Free University in Berlin. He started his career as a Program Officer at the North American headquarters of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York.

Mathias serves currently in different business school advisory boards and is the chair of the Supervisory Board of the Positive Impact Rating. Mathias is also a research fellow and post-doctoral graduate at the International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK.