Karl O’Callaghan

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MBA, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University
BA, French & Russian, University of Bradford, UK


Karl O’Callaghan was born in the UK and spent time teaching in France and Russia before settling in Japan over twenty years ago. He joined Oxford University Press in Tokyo in 2004 as a consultative salesman, but was quickly given wider and more important areas to cover.

After becoming manager of the Osaka sales office, he took on the role of marketing manager, learning on the job while using his experience as a salesperson, customer, and decision-maker. He then enrolled for his MBA at GLOBIS University, where he learned many of the critical frameworks for professional planning and thinking. After receiving his MBA, he took on a wider role as head of marketing and operations for UK trade and investment. In this role, Karl helped UK and Japanese companies across all sectors enter new markets.

In early 2016, making use of his extensive consulting and external trade experience, he started a market entry and strategy consultancy. His consulting work has helped companies in the education, pharmaceuticals, cybersecurity, tourism, and food and beverage industries.

Karl’s personal mission (kokorozashi in Japanese) is to guide others to shared understanding for a better world and help them achieve their daily and life goals. He is committed to creating new opportunities across borders.

At GLOBIS University, Karl teaches courses in marketing and strategy.