School Leadership and Governance

EM Strasbourg is part of the University of Strasbourg, a university that is recognized worldwide for the quality of its research. The School is administered by a Board of Trustees representing all its stakeholders, internal and external, and a dean. Together, they define the strategic directions of EM Strasbourg Business School.

School Leadership and Governance - EM Strasbourg

The Dean of the School


Babak Mehmanpazir, administrateur provisoire de l'EM Strasbourg


Babak Mehmanpazir was elected Dean of EM Strasbourg Business School on April 17, 2023. He will be officially nominated by the Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation on the recommendation of the President of the University of Strasbourg within the next three months. 

He has a great deal of experience and expertise in the world of business schools. Loyal to his institution for more than 25 years and demonstrating an unfailing commitment to the School's development, he established himself as a unifying candidate, capable of bringing together all stakeholders for the implementation of EM Strasbourg's strategic plan.

Babak Mehmanpazir holds a PhD in economics and has been an associate professor of management sciences since 1998. Since his arrival in 1997, he has held several positions at EM Strasbourg and the University of Strasbourg:

  • Acting Dean (EM Strasbourg) since October 1, 2022
  • Vice President for Continuing Education & Alumni Policy (Unistra) since September 2021 
  • Quality and International Accreditations Officer (IAE France) since September 2021
  • Vice Dean for International Accreditations & Strategic Management (EM Strasbourg) since 2016
  • Associate Dean for Programme Grande École (EM Strasbourg) from 2008 to 2016 
  • Dean of the IECS (now EM Strasbourg) from 2005 to 2007 
  • Head of the Master of International Trade from 1998 to 2005 


The School Board of Trustees

The School Board of Trustees is made up of 34 members, including representatives of all the School's stakeholders (faculty, students, and support staff) as well as external figures. The Board of Trustees is currently chaired by Patrick Hetzel, elected from among the external figures for a renewable three-year term. 


The School Board of Trustees meets at least three times a year. Its responsibilities include the following:

  • Defining the School's educational and research programs 
  • Approving the School's budget and its implementation
  • Approving the School's statutes


The chair of the School Board of Trustees: Patrick Hetzel

Patrick Hetzel


A graduate of EM Strasbourg, Patrick Hetzel holds a doctorate in management sciences from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University. He began his academic career as a lecturer at iaelyon. He became a professor of management sciences in 1997. After creating and directing the Management Sciences Research Center at the Panthéon-Assas Paris 2 University, he became Head of the Defense Studies Department at the French Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defense in 2001. He then held the position of Rector of the Limoges Academy and Chancellor of the university from 2005 to 2007. He was then appointed Advisor for Education, Higher Education, and Research in the cabinet of Prime Minister François Fillon at Matignon. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Director General for Higher Education and Professional Integration at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and implemented the reform of universities resulting from the law on the freedoms and responsibilities of universities. In 2012, he was elected deputy of the seventh district of Bas-Rhin. He was re-elected in 2017. He sits on the Committee on Finance, Budgetary Control, and the General Economy at the National Assembly. He is Cochairman of the Mission for the Evaluation and Monitoring of Public Policies, Vice Chairman of the French Parliamentary Office for the Assessment of Science and Technology Options, and a member of the Bureau of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly. Patrick Hetzel was elected Chairman of EM Strasbourg in October 2017. His mandate was renewed for a period of three years in March 2021.


Composition of the School Board of Trustees (34 members):


8 research lecturer, lecturer, and researcher representatives 

College A (4):
Jean-Philippe Bootz
Géraldine Broye
Laurent Weill
Marie Pfiffelmann

College B (4):
Philippe Nanopoulos
Pauline Johannes
Thomas Coudert
Delphine Theurelle-Stein


6 student representatives 

Léo Keiff
Victor Hoff
Oscar Hagenbach
Inès Woessner
Laetitia Roux
Mélina Ruhlmann


2 support staff representatives  

Alexandre Blum
Giuseppe Malerba


14 external figures  


Figures appointed by authorities, organizations, or institutions (7):

Anne Sander, representative of the Région Grand Est Alsace/Champagne-Ardenne/Lorraine
Caroline Zorn, representative of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg
Anne-Marie Jean  (deputy), representative of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg
Mireille Jautzy, representative of the business community appointed by the CCI Alsace Eurométropole
Catherine Siffermann, representative of the business community appointed by the CCI Alsace Eurométropole
Sylvère Laude, representative of the association EM Strasbourg Alumni
Valérie Ly Van Manh, representative of the association EM Strasbourg Alumni

Figures chosen by the School Board of Trustees (4): 

Manou Massenez, Vice chair of the School Board of Trustees
Patrick Hetzel, Chair of the School Board of Trustees
Didier Brassard
Nicolas Faist


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