Licensed Paul Ekman Associate

Dr. Guila Clara Kessous is a UNESCO Peace Ambassador, a diplomatic negotiator and an executive coach using theatrical techniques to enhance corporate communication and help heal those who have suffered from prior trauma. She became Paul Ekman International Partner in 2021 and is using Ekman’s profiling and emotional intelligence techniques dedicated to coaching, negotiation and humanitarian causes.

As a recipient of an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, a PhD from Boston University under Nobel Prize Elie Wiesel’s direction, and a Post-Doc from Harvard University, she was invited to develop the communication course of the new certificate on « Situational Intelligence » at the Political Science Institute in Paris in 2021.

She has combined her artistic experience together with coaching methods such as positive psychology (Tal Ben Shahar), Leadership and Negotiation (William L. Ury), Executive Communication Skills (Marjorie North) and Emotional Intelligence (Associate Paul Ekman’s EIA). She is a certified coach ICC trainer (EMCC) and expert of assessments tools such as Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (MRG) and Hogan (Authentic Talent). As a certified coach, she has helped hundreds of senior executives (private sector: CAC 40, Nasdaq 500…) dealing with positive leadership. As a certified negotiator, she has been involved in peace negotiation working alongside her PhD advisor, Nobel Prize Elie Wiesel and Harvard Professor William L. Ury. She belongs to the NERA Institute (French Negotiation Institute) and has developed the negotiation and leadership certification together with his founder Julien Pelabere. She is the recipient of the Women Empowerment Award 2020 by Eva Longoria from the Global Gift Foundation for her work to help access education in Pakistan and in Burundi and has been knighted by the French government.


  • Credibility Analysis
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Professional Coaching