BEIRUT: The longtime Director General of the ESA Business School Stéphane Attali passed away this week while under treatment in Lebanon. He had been working throughout his treatment and was on the job until recent weeks.
“It's with great sadness and regret that the ESA business school informs you about the passing of its much beloved Director General, Stéphane Attali,” the school said in a statement.
Established in 1996 following an intergovernmental agreement between France and Lebanon, the École Supérieure des Affaires is a business school in Beirut, dedicated to the education of executives. It's situated on the former grounds of the French Embassy, Rue Clémenceau.
Being in charge since 2009, Attali “allowed the school to shine academically both in Lebanon and regionally, despite an economic and political context that was difficult at times," the school said.
Adding: "With his great devotion, he inspired his staff and all of his surrounding, and spread a deep will to move on and surpass oneself, to form the leaders of tomorrow, and grant those men and women keys to unlock remarkable carriers within their enterprises.”
The school noted in added praise that with the ESA pushed by a visionary director endowed with a sense of entrepreneurship and building, it "metamorphosed, upgraded, acquired new dynamism and shone with its ideas, tenacity, optimism, and permanent will to act and always aim higher.”
Attali set values for all to honor among employees, students, alumni, friends, clients, providers, and partners. His professionalism, respect, openness, and innovation were an inbuilt part of his daily life.
The ESA boasts 450 students and over 300 and has graduated a long list of executives who have gone on to leadership positions.
Attali held the position of Director General of the ESA since 2009, having received degrees from the Paris Dauphine University and from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).
He started his professional carrier as an advisor at a consultancy cabinet in Paris. He also joined the international management of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris in 1999.
From 2002 to 2007, he was dispatched for the first time to Beirut to join the ESA, an innovative school that was founded by the Lebanese and the French governments, under the management of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris-Ile-de-France. He held the position of responsibility of pedagogic development and developed the School’s Business Cluster.
He then joined ESCP Europe, the Great School of Management of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as an assistant to the Director General, and was in charge of general matters, before going back to Beirut in January 2009.
He was president of the Meref – CCI France Liban, which was founded in April 2008, from a collaboration of French and Lebanese business owners, with the support of the Economic Mission of the French Embassy in Lebanon.
In October 2018, Attali was made Knight of the French National Order of Merit by the French Ambassador in Lebanon Bruno Foucher, and received the Gold Medal of the Order of Lebanese Health Merit from Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
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