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Redefining Executive Education
In regards to the faculty, they have been around the block. They have actually been part of management companies, starting businesses and really have deep expertise.
ISM’s professors are international experts. At this level they are more like moderators, creating a network and camaraderie within the class and sometimes expand beyond the seminar room where you can work with them on projects. It is really something quite special that happens at ISM.
IMBA Full-time Alumna - PhD Candidate
ISM places a great deal of importance on balancing latest theory and academic knowledge with practical business experience and ‘on the ground’ expertise. Our professors are leading experts in business and education. Our hand-picked faculty are brought to Paris specifically for ISM and are available to their students throughout the seminar. When not conducting seminars at ISM, our professors stay busy with their work as CEOs and entrepreneurs, or by teaching at top universities around the globe.
Dana Anagnostou teaches Corporate Finance and International Business Law in the IMBA program at ISM. An attorney with over 20 years’ experience in large international law firms, she practices general corporate law, with a focus on cross-border investments, mergers and acquisitions, and finance. She also has substantial experience on intellectual property matters and international trade issues.
Dr. Chris Jeffs teaches Design Thinking in the DBA and PhD programs at ISM. He has over two decades of international experience in the pharmaceutical, technological, and higher education sectors. He earned his doctorate in the field of knowledge transfer and innovation management.
Dr. Barak Ben-Avinoam teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the IMBA program at ISM. Dr. Ben-Avinoam is a serial entrepreneur and an expert in the field of early-stage investments, technology start-ups, accelerators and incubators. Barak is a Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), a Silicon Valley-based early stage venture capital fund that focuses on enterprise IT innovation. Prior to BGV, Barak Ben-Avinoam was a Managing Partner at Fastlane Ventures (FLV), the leading Internet accelerator in Russia, and a Managing Director at QuantumWave Capital (QWC), a boutique, Paris-based investment banking firm specializing in technology mergers and acquisitions.
Dr. Eleonora Cattaneo teaches Integrated Communications in the DBA and PhD programs at ISM. Her areas of expertise include strategic and international marketing as well as brand management and communications. She has global consulting experience in a variety of Fortune 500's: Fiat, CNH Industrial, Renault and Nestlé among others.
Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans teaches Teaching & the Human Brain in our DBA and PhD programs at ISM. Chirino-Klevans is an expert in Global Executive Education. She has held executive positions such as Assistant Dean of Executive Education for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, as well as Program Director for Duke Corporate Education.
Dr. Tobias de Coning teaches Human Resources Management in the IMBA program and Managing Small and Medium Sized Entreprises in the DBA and PhD programs at ISM. Dr. de Coning is an academic from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where he also holds a senior management position as Chief Director: Strategic Initiatives and Human Resources. His academic focus and background are in the fields of Strategic and General Management; Entrepreneurship – with a special focus on Entrepreneurship in small and medium sized enterprises as well as in Corporate Entrepreneurship (Intrapreneurship); and, in Human Resources Management.
Dr. Desmond Cooney teaches International Marketing in the IMBA program at ISM. Cooney is Founder & Managing Director of Axis Financial Consultants, a financial services company based in Paris, France. He has worked as a financial broker for over 20 years and specializes in the area of offshore banking, and international pensions for expatriates.
Dr. Teck Eng teaches Advanced Qualitative Methods and Research Methods in the DBA and PhD programs at ISM. Dr. Eng is Professor of Marketing, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Digital, Interactive & Data-Driven Marketing, at the University of Southampton, UK. He has been teaching at different levels, UG, PG, MBA and executive training workshops, and he is a certified online instructor and moderator. He specialises in running workshops on research methods for numerous international business schools.
Dr. Mark Gershon teaches Project Management in the DBA & PhD programs at ISM. Gershon, a certified Project Management Professional and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, is chairman of the department of Operations Management at Temple University and President of the World Class Training Institute.