Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Chief Executive Officer - West Africa


Senior university leader, executive board member, published author, serial entrepreneur, public speaker, and international consultant, Professor Dr. Franco Gandolfi is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Academic Group (TAG) West Africa.

Dr Gandolfi previously served as a Member of the Executive Board of the Nguyen Hoang Group (NHG), a conglomerate of business units in the education space in Vietnam. Prior to his role in Vietnam, he served as the Vice Chancellor (VC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Manipal International University (MIU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Previously, he held deanships and senior professorial appointments at the Canadian University of Dubai, the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, California Baptist University in Riverside, California, and Central Queensland University in Sydney, Australia. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi holds an adjunct full professorship in leadership with Georgetown University in Washington DC, a top-tier research university.

With over 30 years of experience in the education, finance, and pharmaceutical industries, Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi has held leadership positions across the world, namely Switzerland, Australia, the United States, Fiji, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Prior to his academic career, Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi held consulting roles at Novartis, Roche, Credit Suisse, and UBS Bank in Switzerland. Having served as a first lieutenant in the Swiss Army Forces, he honourably retired in 2007 having attained the highest non-active duty military rank in the Swiss Military.

Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi is an active researcher and avid writer. He is the principal author of seven business-related books and editor of two leadership books. Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi’s scholarly portfolio includes more than 60 peer-reviewed research articles published in top-tier international journals. He serves on several international editorial boards and has been a judging panel member for the prestigious Australian Human Resources (HR) Awards.

Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) by research from Southern Cross University, Australia. He also earned a Post-Doctorate Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, an Ivy League University in the USA. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Commerce from the Swiss Institute of Commerce and Economics, Switzerland. Additionally, he completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Sydney, Australia.