Dr. Ihsen Ketata was born and raised in Tunisia until the age of 21, when she had to leave to pursue her graduate study in France. Ihsen received her Ph.D. in strategic management and her master's degree in economic analysis, modeling and quantitative analysis from the University of Montpellier 1, France. During her doctoral studies, she taught several courses in French both at the University of Montpellier I, France and at the Institut Supérieure d'Administration des Affaires of Sfax (ISAAS), Tunisia. Ihsen has served as a visiting assistant professor at the ISAAS, Tunisia and had a Temporary Appointment for Instruction and Research in the University of Montpellier I. In 2005, Ihsen joined Georgia Tech-CIBER (Center for International Business education and Research) as post-doctoral fellow, where she continued her research in the area of multinational company strategies.
Currently, Ihsen serves as a consultant for GSU-CIBER. In this capacity, she leads several students’ projects and competitions, implementation of workshops, conferences and guest speaker events and assists with the visiting scholar program in support of the center’s goals and objectives. She also teaches in the Institute of International Business.
Ihsen has initially joined GSU-CIBER as Director where she helped founding the Southeast US Higher education Consortium for International Business, was instrumental in many grant writings, created the International Business Field Study course and added it to the International Business certificate, led the center’s research grant, and co-chaired conferences like CIMaR 2011 and conducting business in the Middle East.
Ihsen is a member of the Tunisian American Young Professional association (TAYP), the Academy of Management, and the Academy of International Business. Ihsen joined the board of Alif Institute in 2013, and served as president of the board in 2015 and 2016. At the national level, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Arab American National Museum. In 2016, Dr. Ketata moved with her family to New York.