Mike Malefakis

CEO and Vice Dean, Wharton Executive Education


Michael Malefakis joined Wharton’s Executive Education team as CEO & Associate Vice Dean. He works closely with the Vice Dean to set the strategic direction for the Division, overseeing business development, faculty engagement, and program design to grow our portfolio of custom and open enrollment programs in the US and overseas.

Mike comes to us from Columbia Business School where he served as Associate Dean of Executive Education. At Columbia Mike led the team that grew revenue more than 50% over five years by working closely with faculty and staff.

Prior to Columbia, Mike served as Director of Executive Education at the University of Chicago Booth School of business. At Booth, he was responsible for overall strategy, P&L, and marketing of both open and custom programs. He also 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 Institutio Centroamericano de Adminsitracion de Empreses in San Jose, Costa Rica. While there, Mike managed a 12-country executive education program that provided training to more than 3,800 executives annually.

Mike holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia and a BA in Social Science from the University of Michigan.