Antonio Ragusa

Entrepreneur, professor, author, coach, consultant, speaker and composer.

Antonio Ragusa is an Italian entrepreneur, professor, author, coach, consultant, speaker and composer

Graduated cum laude in law and qualified as a lawyer, Antonio Ragusa has a Master of Business Administration from London’s Imperial College Business School, further specializing in marketing and communications at the London School of Economics.

He has founded several companies including the Rome Business School. He has been teaching managerial disciplines at many Universities and Research Centres, such as the Roma Tre University, Luiss Guido Carli and Salamanca University. He has many years of managerial experience in large international companies such as Enel and Trenitalia.

He is the author of numerous publications on subjects relating to organizational communication, marketing and human resources management.

Winner of international awards for his entrepreneurial activities and commitment in education on a global scale.

My story

I’m often asked about my history and career, so I thought I share that with you here…
I was born in Sicily, the great island off the tip of southern Italy. A land rich in history, art, culture and natural beauty but, at the same time, rife with social difficulties.
My parents instilled in me a sense of duty, the importance of knowledge, and the value of equality of all human beings.

I have always loved culture and knowledge, along with music. These passions also pushed me to travel, study abroad, and explore other countries and cultures. By the time I had turned thirty, with my family, I decided to move to Rome, a choice made out of love for this globally unique city.

An idea…

While working for some companies, thanks to the quality of my academic curriculum, I was able to start teaching in some universities and business schools. However, I felt that those environments were lacking of in some things that are important to me: a true care for students, a know-how oriented training approach, and an openness to the international dimension in which we live. Furthermore, I was convinced that the financial crisis that started in 2008 was largely due to an unethical approach to doing business. Hence the need for a kind of training that would also highlight the issues of ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Thus, I developed the idea of founding the Rome Business School and to base its mission on the motto “Better Managers for a Better World”.

An entrepreneurial journey

My aim was and is to contribute to a more just, prosperous, and peaceful world by training managers and entrepreneurs to combine excellent technical skills with a professional approach based on ethics and corporate social responsibility. I started with two students, with little time and money available.

Initially I did everything by myself: teaching, marketing, administration. I think that, for three years, I was working every day until two in the morning, including weekends. Little by little, the Rome Business School has grown. Today, it is one of the most international business schools in the world, with students from over 140 countries.

Growth and development

I have also opened schools in Africa and established partnerships in all the continents, I have invested in other companies and developed my entrepreneurial activities in many countries.

My work has been appreciated by Heads of State and Nobel laureates, and has been formally recognised on a planetary scale with prestigious awards. Among the others, I have been appointed Academician by AEREC (European Academy for Economic and Cultural Relations), I have received the New York Award 2018 and the Emilio Castelar Award 2019 in Seville for my entrepreneurial commitment in education on an international scale.

Believe in your dreams!

When someone asks me how all this has been possible, I say: a clear vision, passion, persistence, productivity, mental perspective, and the right people.
I also believe that, in life, it is important to do what one truly loves; and that we need to work on ourselves, on our personal development. Because there are no real limits except those that we set for ourselves.
I hope my story can provide a stimulus to find the courage to believe in your dreams.