History of ESA

ESA Business School was established in 1996. The idea behind creating an important business school in Beirut came from, and was promoted—in particular towards the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry—by Professor Fayek Abillama, who was also the President of the Alumni Association at HEC, Lebanon.
  • Start 1995

    At the same time, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lafon—former Ambassador of France to Lebanon—convinced of the necessity of increasing Franco-Lebanese cooperation in matters of education, adopted the idea of creating a Business School to address the needs of the business community.

  • May 1995

    In May 1995, he approached the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry to set his plan in motion, in close collaboration with The Central Bank of Lebanon and its Governor, Mr. Riad Salame. A partnership was thereafter established between the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Central Bank of Lebanon, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

  • April 5, 1996

    ESA was officially established on April 5, 1996, in the presence of President Chirac and Prime Minister Hariri, through an intergovernmental agreement signed between France and Lebanon, and an institutional agreement signed between The Central Bank of Lebanon and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

1996

Creation

1996

1997

Launch of the 1st Diploma program

1997

1999

Launching of the Executive MBA and the Masters in Finance programs

1999

2000

Launch of the MSM

2000

2003

Inauguration of ESA Research Center (CRED)

2003

2004

Launching of the Masters in Management and the Masters in healthcare management programs

2004

2006

10th Anniversary of ESA

2006

2007

Launching of trainings in Islamic Finance

2007

2008

"Les Arts en Liberté” event

2008

2009

Creation of ESA Executive Education

2009

2010

15th anniversary of ESA

2010

2012

Launch of the Human Capital Management program (human resources)

2012

2013

Launching of the Doctorate in Business Administration program

2013

2014

ESA obtains the AMBA accreditation

2014

2015

Launching of the Bachelor in Business Administration program

2015

2016

Launching of ESA incubator Smart ESA - 20th anniversary of ESA

2016

2017

AMBA re-accreditation for 5 years

2017

2018

Launching of the Masters in Entrepreneurship program

2018