Dr Andreas Meiszner

For the past 20+ years I have been working in pushing the envelope on getting higher education ready for the digital age. I learned the ropes at the Institute of Educational Technologies of the British Open University from where I got my PhD in 2011 for my thesis that is titled ‘The Emergence of Free / Open Courses - Lessons from the Open Source Movement’. In a nutshell, I was already done with researching and understanding the concept of MOOCs a year before they became popular and brought up the iconic ventures like Coursera, EdX or FutureLearn. 

Since 2012 I then gathered further practical experience in the design and delivery of virtual higher education offerings. As an educator I worked with the University of Liverpool Management School (UK), in their large-scale Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program where I have been overseeing the globally distributed faculty and also worked with 500+ professional doctoral students. This allowed me once again to learn the ropes on how globally distributed higher education can be run and managed at scale. 

I am also a founding member of the DoctorateHub, which is an online mentoring community for advanced and doctoral students. The DoctorateHub provides modular, efficient, and effective training and guidance on three flexible routes: Club, taught and mentored journeys.



2006 – 2010

PhD, Multi-Sided, Multi-Stakeholder, and Multi-Business-Model operations in Higher Education

The Open University

Lower Undergraduate

2000 – 2002

BA, International Marketing

Hogeschool voor Economische Studies Rotterdam (HES)


Co-Founder, Trainer, Mentor, and Coach


2016 – Present

Founder and Managing Partner

SCIO - Sociedade do Conhecimento, Inovação e Organização Lda

2013 – Present

Honorary Faculty; University of Liverpool's Executive ‘Doctorate in Business Administration’ program

University of Liverpool Online Programmes

2012 – 2021


European Learning Industry Group (ELIG)

2012 – 2020

Affiliated Research Fellow

United Nations University-MERIT

2012 – 2016

Senior Researcher & Project Manager

United Nations University-MERIT

2009 – 2012

Research Fellow

Institue of Educational Technologies, The Open University

2006 – 2011

Consultant / Researcher / Project Manager

SPI - Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação

2005 – 2012

Business Mediation Manager

Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso-Alemã / AHK Portugal

2003 – 2003

Research Fellow

Universidade de Aveiro

2003 – 2006

Retail Category Manager

Anton Schlecker Retail

2002 – 2003

Sales and Counsel of Customer (B2C and B2B)


1997 – 2001

Industrial Insurance Broker

H.R. Schmidt & Co. International Industrial Insurance Broker

1995 – 1997

Civil Service Worker

German Red Cross

1993 – 1995