Guila Clara Kessous

UNESCO / Harvard University

Artist for Peace, social entrepreneur and executive coach


AMERICAN & FRENCH, 31 Guila Clara Kessous is a social entrepreneur and executive coach, using theatrical techniques and role-playing games as tools that can not only enhance corporate communication, but help heal those who have suffered from prior trauma, especially women. For her work with humanitarian causes, she has been nominated “UNESCO Artist for Peace” notably in link with her work in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai using theatre to help girls’ empowerment. As a certified coach, she has helped more than 500 senior executives (French Tech, CAC 40, Nasdaq 500,) in their leadership responsibilities dealing with women empowerment and conflict resolution. In times of COVID-19, she helped medical teams, nurses and sick people (kids and adults) in remission with resilience through art of storytelling and drama techniques. Guila Clara holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, a PhD from Boston University, and a Post-Doc from Harvard University. She has created a tailor-made approach based on role games targeting established and emerging leaders to ensure their optimal performance in a rapidly evolving global environment. A recognized actor and producer in the performing arts, Guila Clara has a particular interest in developing public speaking and performance skills. She regularly intervenes in order to increase group performance and optimize individual and collective potential. She holds a certification in coaching development and facilitation tools by Harvard University. She has combined her experience in fields such as positive psychology (Tal Ben Shahar), Leadership and Negotiation (William L. Ury) and Executive Communication Skills (Marjorie North). She is currently experimenting with the concept of « management creativity » from Augusto Boal's theories and has a specialization in CSR and Ethics in the business world (including her studies in ethics pursued under the direction of Nobel Peace Prize Elie Wiesel). Guila Clara is an active member of the Harvard University affiliated Institute of coaching. She is awarded the title of Officer from the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Minister of Culture and received recently the Global Gift Women Empowerment Award 2020 given by Eva Longoria for her engagement in positive leadership and diversity.