What we do
Educate, Network, Inform

The academic association that represents the executive degree industry, EMBAC advances the cause of degrees targeted for executives and working professionals by serving as a facilitator of best practice sharing and knowledge dissemination, and fostering an inclusive and diverse community among high-quality programs.

Who we are
Global voice of the Executive Degree industry
EMBAC plays a thought leadership role by engaging in research that offers insights, by generating or packaging relevant content of importance and interest to the membership and industry, by advocating for the industry, and by nurturing an environment of inclusion that inspires all members and stakeholders.
At the helm
Michael Desiderio
Michael Desiderio joined the Executive MBA Council as its executive director in 2007. His experience includes executive leadership roles in industry and education. He most recently served as director of strategic partnerships for the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He also founded Enigma Professional Services, a firm that offered business consulting and speaking services. Desiderio received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and his Executive MBA degree in 2001 from the W. P. Carey School at Arizona State University.
What lies in store for the Executive MBA?
“With its flexibility and adaptability, the Executive MBA stands poised to respond to the changing needs of today’s business leaders.”
EMBAC Executive Director
From then to now
In early 1981, a small group of EMBA Program administrators met to plan what would be the first EMBA conference of many. EMBAC started small, but grew quickly. Throughout the years, much has changed in the Executive MBA industry, and EMBAC has marked many milestones in supporting its development. In 2015, it celebrated another one – a new identity to reflect its role as voice of the EMBA industry. Take a quick look at the council’s journey and eye to the future. >
Honoring contributions
The Bud Fackler Service Award recognizes contributions to EMBAC and EMBA Programs worldwide. Congratulations to the 2014 Bud Fackler Service Award Winner, Gonzalo Freixes, associate dean of the Fully Employed MBA Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, who joins a roster of impressive past winners. >