Matt Symonds is an internationally recognised business and graduate school expert, consulting to the world’s top business schools. He is a bestselling author, and has written for and contributed to many of the world’s leading publications including : The Economist, BusinessWeek, Forbes, BBC, Newsweek, CNBC Business, Washington Post, Times of London, Boston Globe, Handelsblatt, South China Morning Post, The Independent, Times of India, Vedomosti, San Francisco Chronicle, Expansion, Beijing Daily…

He has appeared on numerous TV and radio interviews, in addition to print publications. Matt is a regular speaker at conferences including the EFMD, GMAC and others.

He co-organises MaKi Media Conferences around the world, which bring together editors and reporters to meet face to face with the communications directors of the world’s leading business schools and universities.

Matt is author of an international best-seller on business schools sponsored by Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Co.

Matt was the Founder and co-Director of the QS World MBA Tour:

Worked with 380 business schools

Attracted over 60,000 candidates annually

Implemented marketing campaigns in 35 countries

Partnered with 120 media organisations globally including BusinessWeek, CNN, Washington Post, Le Figaro and many others

Published with his team over 2,000 articles and features each year



5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Matt,

    I’m the ‘voice’ behind MBA Channels twitter profile, where we have been in touch recently. I saw your article for Forbes on MBA funding. Is it possible to publish this article on MBA Channel? We would certainly add the original source and links to your profile.



    Posted by Barbara // MBA Channel | September 30, 2009, 11:31 am
  2. Dear Matt,

    My name is Juan Manuel Roca, PhD in Communication and a Spanish financial journalist specialized in business education. I’ve just name communications and brand director of Deusto Business School, a new and emerging Spanish b-school. It is a new and ambitious project and I feel very lucky to be part of it. Apart from that appointment, I am about to publish a book on the MBAs and B-Schools. I’ve already writen it and it will come out on January 13th. The book tris to answer whether B-Schools are to blame for the crisis and whether it is time to rethink, redesign or reframe the MBA programme. I am preparing, along with the publishing firm, the presentation of the book, which tries to answer whether the schools are to blame for the crisis. In the book, I’ll talk about Schools, curriculum, ethics, values, faculty, graduates, rankings, the MBA Oath, and so on, so I do believe it can be interesting. It would be a pleasure for me to invite you all to the presentation os the book in Madrid, in Spain, which will take place about January 19th or so. I approach the business education sector from a global perspective. As I told you several months ago, The book will be published in Spanish, although my editorial agent is already dealing with several Anglo publishing firms for the English version of the book. The MBA Oath promoters want me to translate the chapter on the Oath into English and send it to them. Please, feel free to contact me at
    +34 696 41 72 63

    I always read your articles on business education.

    Best regards,


    Posted by Juan Manuel Roca | December 12, 2009, 6:43 pm
  3. Matt, love the blog. I have a blog on MBA alternatives and I would love for you to review it and provide me comments. Thanks, Tom


    Posted by Thomas Heim | February 5, 2010, 9:53 pm
  4. Hi Matt,

    I enjoy reading your articles, and have found your recent ones on the recession’s impact on business schools – and how they’re getting creative to get through it – particularly interesting. I work with the University of Pennsylvania, and was wondering if you’d be interested in learning about an innovative program between the Wharton School and the Graduate School of Education.

    The Executive Program in Work-Based Learning Leadership was formed because Penn believes that if today’s C-suite corporate executives are going to meet their goals, and avoid obstacles along the way, they better make room at the table for the chief learning officer. The university fully expects that, in the evolution of corporate America, learning leaders – like information technology leaders before them – are going to make the transition from peripheral support leader to key business strategy partner.

    In other words, the CLO is going to be the new CIO. And Penn’s focus is on providing these learning leaders with the broad-based business acumen they need to fully understand what impacts their organization’s bottom line, identify critical knowledge gaps holding their companies back, and analyze, design and implement solutions.

    Program graduates hail from a who’s who of companies, including Microsoft, Alcoa, American Express, MasterCard, Dow Corning, Staples, Accenture and Ritz-Carlton. I’d love to put you in touch with them or Doug Lynch, Penn’s GSE vice dean, and program co-creator, about the growing need for effective chief learning officer programs as we exit the recession and why CEOs at top global companies are supporting them.

    You can reach me at bstarrantino@startoplin.com or @bstarrantino.

    Posted by Beth Starrantino | March 24, 2010, 9:47 pm


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