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Dr Guila Clara Kessous


UNESCO Artist for Peace; Harvard University Post Doc; Officier Arts & Lettres


Guila Clara Kessous is a specialist of applied performing art techniques. In 2005 and 2009, she received the Harvard University Derek Bok Center Awards for Teaching Excellence regarding her work using theatre techniques. She conceives drama as a socially conscious reflection pervading multiple aspects of society and culture. She taught at SciencesPo Paris and at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

Recipient of a PhD at Boston University, she has a double expertise as an artist performer (working with John Malkovich, Dikalo Awards Best Actress) and an executive business consultant (MBA ESSEC Paris Business School). A student of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize of Peace as well as Tal Ben Shahar, specialist of positive  psychology, her topics include applied drama exercises to leadership, teambuilding, self-esteem, resilience, conflict resolution, goal setting, and mindfulness. She is developing now a new method based on drama improvisation in negotiations together with William L. Ury, author of worldwide bestseller book “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving in”.

As a scholar, her expertise deals mostly with drama-therapy techniques applied to Human Rights violations’ victims.  For her work with humanitarian causes, she has been nominated “UNESCO Artist for Peace”. She was recently awarded the title of Officer from the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Minister of Culture.

Guila Clara Kessous is an active member of the Harvard University affiliated Institute of coaching. She regularly intervenes in the context of various team projects for public and private organizations in order to increase group performance and optimize individual and collective potential. She has created a tailor-made approach targeting established and emerging leaders to ensure their optimal performance in a rapidly evolving global environment. She is called upon regularly by international agencies such as UNESCO or the UN to intervene in the context of various intercultural projects on peacebuilding and leadership.