Building the business leaders of the future.

Our experienced team of professors, coaches, and counselors aims to help students of today become the business leaders of tomorrow.


With industry-leading speakers and program managers, IES strives to be an educational partner for businesses and individuals looking to stay on track with developments in the business world through advanced courses in strategy, leadership, marketing, and more.

Our Programs

“Your success is our priority.”

Dr. Zina Kyriakou

DBA, International School of Management – New York, United States
IES Dean – Strasbourg, France

A beacon of inspiration to communities around the globe, Zina is more
than just a professor; she is a catalyst for change, a global citizen by
nature, and a humanist at heart. Her tireless dedication to education,
leadership, and cultural understanding makes her a true global
visionary and a guiding light for future generations.

With three decades of experience in diverse sectors, including
hospitality, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and corporate
social responsibility, Zina has enriched countless lives with her… read more

invaluable knowledge and hands-on experiences. She has graced
prestigious conferences in locations like UAE, India, Malaysia, Saudi
Arabia, and Poland, to name a few.

Armed with an undergraduate degree in Business and Marketing, a
master’s degree in International Relations, and a PhD in Business with
a focus on leadership, Zina’s pedagogical approach is a testament to
her innovative spirit. Her mission is clear: to discover and nurture the
talents of future leaders. She believes in the power of teamwork,
perseverance, and a lifelong commitment to learning and exploration.
That is precisely why she prioritizes her relationship with her students,
continually motivating them to strive for excellence. Their stories
become her stories, and their success is her legacy.

Zina is a dreamer, a self-made visionary who has been exploring the
world since the age of 12. Her bravery, courage, and relentless
advocacy for her rights and those of others are hallmarks of her
character. When she is not shaping future leaders, Zina embarks on
solo adventures to uncover hidden gems around the world and meet
people from all walks of life.

“We offer learning experiences that help you grow.”

Soula Kyriakou

IEMBA, International School of Management – New York, United States
IES President – Strasbourg, France

With a profound passion for learning and an unparalleled drive to
explore diverse cultures, Soula has been embracing a world without
boundaries since day one. From her early days in Lebanon to her
educational journey in France, Soula has truly cultivated a global

As the co-founder and President of the International Executive School
(IES), Soula envisions a global community. At IES, she doesn’t just see
students; she sees potential and dreams. With an interest in …read more

multicultural management, international marketing, and the art of
effective communication, Soula’s classroom is not just a space for
instruction; it serves as a platform for mutual learning. She sees every
interaction and shared idea as a gateway to knowledge and growth.

With a decade of experience, mostly in the marketing sector, Soula
has worn multiple hats in renowned corporations like P&G, Nestlé,
and BAT. However, it is not the titles or positions that define her, but
her ability to navigate challenges and inspire teams. Leadership
comes naturally to Soula, serving as a testament to her influence and

Soula’s life resembles a multifaceted cube, with each side
representing a different aspect of her personality and interests. When
she is not teaching and guiding students, she travels the world and
indulges in different cuisines and cultures. You might also spot her
reading ancient history and engaging in political discussions.

She believes that curiosity in life is what drives you to learn about
cultures and that curiosity, coupled with good intentions, can take you
wherever you want to go.

Our Experts

Industry leaders, skilled professors, and program managers are at the heart of the teaching programs at IES. With innovation leading the way, professors at IES strive to offer programs and courses that are in line with the advancements taking place.

Professor Anthony Jude Tan

Founder & Managing Director, AJT Wellity Asia

Anthony Jude Tan has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and wellness industry. He is the founder of AJT Wellity Asia, which specializes in Medical Wellness Service consulting and management. He has held
various executive positions in the healthcare and wellness industry, including COO of TRIA Integrative Wellness and CEO of Vitallife Wellness Center.

He has been appointed chief advisor and lead consultant for the iRETREAT Wellness Meditation Destinations and Managing Director of Siam iRETREAT. He is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the healthcare, wellness, hospitality, and real estate market. He has received various awards and recognitions for his contributions to the healthcare sector.

Professor Yussef Zgheib

PhD in International Hospitality Management – University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Visiting Professor of Leadership and Negotiation at IES – France
Former Visiting Professor at the Bordeaux Graduate School of Management (now KEDGE) – France

Dr. Yussef Zgheib is an Associate Professor of leadership, strategic management, and negotiation at Notre Dame University in Lebanon and a visiting professor at IES, where he teaches leadership and negotiation. He holds a Ph.D. in International Hospitality Management and is a certified negotiator with specialized diplomas in mediation and coaching.

He provides consultancy and workshops to multinational firms in the Middle East, including prestigious firms such as Etisalat, Siemens, and L’Oreal. Before academia, he held executive managerial positions in the financial services industry and has also been involved in pro-bono public professional involvements. This includes being an advisor to the Minister of Tourism in Lebanon and an executive board member of the NCTL National Council for Tourism. Additionally, he has a successful track record of effective engagement and executive responsibilities at social and cultural non-profit organizations.

Professor Madonna Ghanem

Spa and Wellness Consultant
MBA Graduate from UMSL, USA

Professor Madonna Ghanem is a credible figure with over a decade of experience in Spa and Wellness Management and Business Consultancy. Throughout her career, she has worked with numerous spas and wellness resorts, overseeing diverse teams that are dedicated to promoting gender equality within the industry.

Currently, she is the Spa Director for a prominent chain of spas in the GCC as well as a lecturer at IES, offering a spa and wellness management course.

Ghanem holds an impressive academic background, including a Business Management degree from the University of Tasmania and an MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is also an IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Known for her proactive approach, Professor Ghanem strives to share her unique experiences and knowledge to empower the youth in highly competitive environments.

Professor Emeline Donjon

Master’s Degree in Ethics and Society – Université de Strasbourg, France
Master’s Degree in Management – ESC Troyes
Founder of an ad agency – C’est Qui Maurice

As a dynamic professional, Professor Emeline Donjon has a deep passion for ethics, society, and management. She holds two Master’s degrees — the first in Ethics and Society and the second in Management. As the founder of the ad agency “C’est qui Maurice?”, she has played a key role in crafting innovative and impactful marketing campaigns.

She is also the President of Digital CHR Lab. Throughout the course of her career, she has been invited to share her expertise as a speaker at esteemed institutions such as ISCOM Strasbourg, BTS ECP Strasbourg, ESMG, and Pigier Création. Prior to these ventures, she was a Brand Manager at Hager France, where she executed successful marketing strategies.

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