Daniel Schwake named new executive director of the University of Notre Dame at Tantur

Author: Colleen Wilcox

Dan Schwake

Notre Dame International has announced that Daniel Schwake has been appointed executive director of the University of Notre Dame at Tantur. This newly created position which will contribute to the Jerusalem Global Gateway and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute is part of the strategic vision of the University to become the premier global Catholic university in the Holy Land and beyond.


Schwake will lead the strategic and managerial aspects for the University’s operations at Tantur and serve as a primary ambassador. He will also assist in the implementation of the academic vision and strategy expressed through Tantur and the Jerusalem Global Gateway.


“It is an exciting time for the University and our efforts in the Holy Land, as we reimagine the role Notre Dame can have in the Middle East,” said Angie Appleby Purcell, associate director for strategic initiatives at Notre Dame International.


“While the Tantur Ecumenical Institute will continue to be a leader of ecumenical encounter, dialogue and research, Notre Dame International is also expanding the University’s academic footprint in the region through the Jerusalem Global Gateway. A growing number of faculty from varied departments and disciplines are using Tantur for research opportunities, to gather global scholars for academic conferences and to encourage students to study in Jerusalem.”


Schwake is joining the University after serving more than a decade in the financial services and consulting industry. Most recently, he served as principal (associate partner) at Oliver Wyman, a strategy consulting firm. Schwake provided advice to top executives of large corporations, financial institutions, regulators and ministries. He has led the execution of high-profile engagements across the globe, covering a wide range of topics including enterprise-wide strategy, financial planning, risk and regulation, and restructuring. Schwake speaks fluent Arabic, English, Hebrew and German.


"The experience and skills he has earned as a consultant for top executives across Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, backed by his academic background and deep roots in the Holy Land make him the ideal leader to help forward and deepen Notre Dame's mission within the region,” said Appleby Purcell.


The Jerusalem Global Gateway is part of Notre Dame International’s global network, which includes five Global Gateways in Jerusalem, Dublin, Beijing, London and Rome, and six Global Centers in Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, Santiago, São Paulo and Kylemore Abbey (western Ireland).


Contact: Colleen Wilcox, Notre Dame International, 574-631-2513, cwilcox1@nd.edu