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Director, Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation in Europe, ESSEC

Alain Pekar Lempereur is a Professor at ESSEC Business School – Paris & Singapore. Member of the board of overseers, he created and headed IRÉNÉ (Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation in Europe). He also served as the Academic Director of the ESSEC Executive MBA and as the coordinator of negotiation teaching at ENA (the French National School of Administration). Former Special Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, where he has taught the negotiation workshop.

His books are devoted to mediation (Méthode de Médiation with Jacques Salzer and Aurélien Colson; La Médiation: Modes d’emploi with Stephen Bensimon; Modèles de médiateurs et Médiateur-modèle), to negotiation (First Things First: A Negotiation Method and Négociations européennes, with Aurélien Colson, and La Négociation, Revue française de Gestion, with James Sebenius ; Callières. De la Manière de négocier avec les souverains), and to communication (Argumentation, Legal Argument). He published articles in the Negotiation Journal, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, International Negotiation, etc. His current research is devoted to leadership and the levels of transformation required in post-conflict situations.

He has led programs of research, training and consulting on negotiation and conflict resolution for government and business leaders all over the world; he advised national and international administrations, including the European Commission, the FAO, NATO, UNDP, and the World Health Organization. He helps develop reconciliation and leadership programs in Africa, in Burundi and in D.R. Congo for example. He has also been a consultant for companies, like the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey.

A graduate from the University of Brussels and a Fulbright Fellow, he received his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Michele, have three children, Daria, Henri, and Emery.