EDC Paris Business School


“Be positioned as a hub and an accelerator for innovative learning journeys rooted into research by creating entrepreneurially driven programmes and experiences with people and organizations at both the local and the global level”.

Three driving principles uphold our mission:

  • To educate entrepreneurial managers and leaders to be risk takers, creative, transdisciplinary aware and inspiring in an ethical way.
  • To implement a transformational and cutting-edge learning experience throughout our different programmes and research activities.
  • To work closely with all our key stakeholders so as to build ‘win-win’ relationships.

Our values

Our values are reflected in our programmes and through the entrepreneurial leadership competency model :

  • Ambition & engagement
  • Creativity
  • Diversity & openness
  • Responsibility

EDC Paris Business School: a special, unique school

Our strengths

  • 70 years in 2020; the oldest private management institution in the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
  • A member institution of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE), the Union des Grandes Écoles Indépendantes (UGEI), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Global Compact
  • EPAS international accreditation for our Grande Ecole programme
  • A Grande Ecole programme approved by the Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research, delivering 5-year Master’s degrees.
  • An influential network, Force EDC, made up of 15,000 graduates, including 5,000 business managers and residents in 81 countries, which helps ensure fast professional integration, plus a network of 3,000 alumni from our “Sup de Luxe” programme.
  • Entrepreneurial leadership at the heart of our strategy: 15 to 20% of business creators in each graduating class; nearly 80% are managers developing new business activities (Intrapreneurs)
  • 33 permanent professors and 140 professional guest speakers
  • Nearly 100 international partner universities across all 5 continents
  • A work-study programme option with an apprenticeship or professional training contract


EDC Paris Business School Governance

The Board of Directors is the School’s ultimate decision-making body for all major decisions (budget, strategic alliance, strategic investment decisions). The Board carries out its mission based on the work conducted by the Steering Committee and Scientific Council, soon to become the International Advisory Board.

The International Advisory Board (IAB) was created in 2019, the result of a merger between the Scientific Council and the Steering Committee. It assists the Board of Directors and General Management in analysing the environment and defining strategy in terms of academics, teaching methods, and corporate relationships. It meets once a year for a seminar.

Academic College

Bruno Van Pottelsberghe De La Potterie - Professor / Former Dean of Solvay School of Economics and Management (Belgium)
Frank Bournois - Director General / Dean of ESCP Europe, Paris (France)
Michel Kalika - Professor at IAE Lyon (Jean Moulin University), President of BSI
Patrick Hetzel - Education Officer, Professor at Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas
Yvon Gasse - Professor at Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Alumni College

François-Marc Sastre - General Director of CARTIER South East Europe
Thierry Suchet - President  Force EDC
Patrick Mazeron - Former Vice-President of EDC Paris Business School

College of the EDC Paris Business School Management

Jean Pierre Helfer - President of the Scientific Council and Director of Research at EDC Paris Business School.
William Hurst - General Director EDC Group / Dean
Rachid Rhattat - Lecturer-researcher / Academic Director at EDC Paris Business School
Zied Ftiti - Lecturer-researcher / Associate Dean of Research / Director of OCRE at EDC Paris Business School

Corporate College

Ferid Chakroun  - Senior Partner in Digital Transformation - Financial Department at BearingPoint
Arnaud Michelle -Vice President, Energies & Environment at Akka Technologies
Janet Dekker - Deputy General Director of Human Resources for Air France-KLM group
Axel Hoppenot - Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing - Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer
Grégoire Linder - Co-founder of Raizers
Jean-Paul Genoux  - Co-founder - CEO DIMO Software

The Executive Committee communicates and establishes strategy approved by governing bodies outside the school. It meets each week and addresses strategic and cross-disciplinary issues once a month. It is made up of the main departments under the supervision of the General Director.

About us
Our History

Creation of EDC
First graduating class
Recognition of the School by the State
Degree approved by the Ministry for Higher Education
10,000th graduate and Sup de Luxe integrated within EDC Paris Business School
Takeover of the School by 250 former students
New curriculum in 5 years - Targeted diploma Bac + 5
Master’s degree level obtained for the Grande Ecole Programme and acceptance into the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
EDC Paris becomes a member of the Conference des Grandes Ecoles
EDC Paris joins the PASSERELLE ESC competitions for the admission of candidates to Bac+2, Bac+3 and above
Renewal of the targeted Diploma Bac+5 and the Master's degree for 4 years
EDC becomes EDC Paris Business School
EDC Paris BS celebrates its 65th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the school's takeover by the alumni
EDC Paris BS obtains international EPAS accreditation and joins the UGEI (Union des Grandes Écoles Indépendantes)
EDC Paris Business School joins Grupo Planeta's international higher education project
EDC Paris becomes part of UN Global Compact
3-Year Bachelor of Science in Management created
3 new campuses open, one for each of the EDC group brands

EDC Paris Business SchoolOur campus


A new 5000 square-meter campus devoted to entrepreneurial leadership

The school is moving to a new campus at the heart of the La Défense business district. The relocation is a key feature of is a new milestone in the school’s development strategy.

EventsMeet us

Open House EDC Paris Business School is opening its doors to future students...
WEBINAR : « Programme Grande Ecole : votre parcours sur mesure ! »
Soirée Portes Ouvertes du Jeudi 12 décembre 2019 de 18h à 20h00
Be an EDC student for a day du 19 mars
Be an EDC student for a day du 23 janvier

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