ICSB HEADQUARTERS

The ICSB International Office is located at The George Washington University School of Business and serves to coordinate and implement the day-to-day activities of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).
Services of the International Office include (but are not limited to): Assisting the board of directors and senior management with action planning processes and in the delivery of action plan tasks; Generating, maintaining and providing services to ICSB membership from non-affiliated parts of the world; Promoting ICSB and Maintaining marketing materials; Overseeing the production and ensuring the timely delivery of key ICSB products and services; Providing support to ICSB affiliates; and Supporting ICSB Board activities.

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

President & CEO

aymanelt@icsb.org

Skye Blanks

Skye Blanks

KHub Director and Senior Project Manager

skye@icsb.org

Kyle Lyon

Kyle Lyon

Membership Coordinator and Senior Project Manager

kyle@icsb.org

Tammy Nguyen

Tammy Nguyen

Event Manager

tammy@icsb.org

Jennifer Kirkland

Jennifer Kirkland

Director of Sponsorship

sponsorship@icsb.org

Ruth Dwyer

Ruth Dwyer

Senior Project Manager

ruth@icsb.org

Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka

Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka

ICSB Global Certificates Manager

mariya@icsb.org

Linda Acholonu

Linda Acholonu

Program Director

Sami Soufi

Sami Soufi

Developer

sami@icsb.org

Nouf Al-Neyadi

Nouf Al-Neyadi

Special Projects Manager

nouf@icsb.org

John Yates

John Yates

Marketplace Director

Skye Blanks

Senior Project Manager | KHUB Director
skye@icsb.org

Skye Blanks serves as a Senior Project Manager for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and serves as the Director of the Knowledge Hubs (KHubs) project, which are institutions or networks, dedicated to capture, share and exchange development experiences with national and international partners in order to accelerate development for micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). He also specializes in the ICSB’s Entrepreneurship certificate programs. 

In addition to being a Senior Project Manager, Skye is a Presidential Fellow at The George Washington University and is pursuing an MBA from the George Washington School of Business. Established in 1989, the Presidential Fellowship Program (PAF) is a two-year commitment which combines classroom education, professional experiences, and ambassadorial interaction with University leadership, faculty, staff, and alumni to provide an excellent learning experience in leadership and administration.

 Skye currently holds a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. 

Before dedicating his work towards the ICSB, Skye worked abroad as a Research and Development Intern for the Barcelona based NGO, Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo.

Skye also served as a Treasury Scholar, working in the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Development Results and Accountability, within the Office of International Affairs, where he helped to analyze international economic development policies and review country strategies, projects, and evaluations for the Multilateral Development Banks.

In his free time Skye enjoys going to the gym to powerlift and train. Spending time with his family and friends, traveling and making creative content on financial literacy and life skills in the form of videos and podcasts.

Kyle Lyon

Senior Project Manager | Membership Coordinator
kyle@icsb.org

Kyle Lyon is a Senior Project Manager and Membership Coordinator at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). 

 

He assists in the organization’s daily upkeep, action planning, and delivery of key products and services. In particular, he manages web, social, and business analytics, conducts bookkeeping and oversees all member accounts working as a liaison between the organization and its members worldwide.

 

Outside of ICSB, Kyle is a full-time graduate student in the School of Business at the George Washington University. Kyle is pursuing a Master of Science in Business Analytics.

 

Before working at ICSB, Kyle served as a Legislative Intern for the Office of Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE).

Tammy Nguyen

Event Manager
tammy@icsb.org

Tammy Nguyen recently graduated from San Diego State University, receiving a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. While attending SDSU, she worked with the Lavin Entrepreneurship center as the event coordinator to plan and run the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference two years in a row. Tammy was also the Program and Mentorship coordinator for the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program that has been geared towards providing students from all over the campus entrepreneurship courses, skills, tools, and a valuable network to help develop future and current entrepeneuers. Outside of school, Tammy is President of Streets of Hope San Diego, a non-profit organization that provides food and resources to the homeless weekly. She also volunteers by running 4-6 business events yearly with Awaken Church’s Pathfinders Team.

Ruth Dwyer, MD

Senior Project Manager

Senior Project Manager for the International Council for Small Business.

An award-winning innovator and pivoting pediatrician, Ruth is interested in social entrepreneurship, small business, and their impact on the SDG’s. Her work with medical startups includes leadership of the Physician Hospital Organization that changed the face of US healthcare when it received a favorable adjudication from the FTC to allow the formation of clinically integrated networks, a major force in US healthcare today. As an advocate for children, Ruth has testified before the US House of Representatives and is a Governor’s Citation recipient in recognition of contributions made to the health and wellbeing of Maryland’s children.

Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka, PhD

ICSB Global Certificates Manager

Dr. Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka, PhD, serves as the Global Certificates Manager for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

Dr Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka is Global Certificates Manager at ICSB, a Higher Degree by Research Supervisor at Excelsia College and Adjunct Academic at the University of Technology  Sydney, Australia. Dr Yesseleva-Pionka held teaching and senior academic management positions in Central Asia (Kazakhstan) and Australia. She specialised in general investments, personal and corporate superannuation investments while working for Westpac Banking Corporation and BT Financial Group in Australia. She was invited to join The Housing Connection, a not-for-profit organisation in Sydney, Australia as Treasurer and Board Member from November 2019. Her research interests include entrepreneurial finance, traditional and alternative ways to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs), corporate finance, policies for the small business sector, innovation and SMEs, FinTechs and Blockchain. Dr Yesseleva-Pionka is the Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB). 

Linda Acholonu

Program Director

Linda Acholonu serves as a Program Director for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

Innovative leader with demonstrated success within Project Management and Operations Management. Highly motivated and results driven individual.

Masters of Business Administration In Healthcare with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from George Washington University.

Sami Soufi

Executive Intern

sami@icsb.org

Sami Soufi serves as a Developer for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

In addition to being a Developer, Sami is pursuing an AA in Computer Science at Montgomery College.

Nouf Al-Neyadi

Special Projects Manager

nouf@icsb.org

Nouf Al-Neyadi is a Special Projects Manager within the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). Nouf holds responsibilities corresponding to journal management for both the Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM) and the Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB). These official publications of ICSB aim to deliver quality research articles within the areas of small business management, entrepreneurship, and micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).


Nouf is also a full-time MBA Candidate at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) focusing on Global Management as well as Marketing and Brand Management. Nouf completed her undergraduate studies from GWSB in Fall 2019 to obtain a BBA, a minor in Communications, and a dual concentration in International Business and Marketing. She holds over 5 years of experience in business management where she gained a passion for work that directly promotes diversity, curiosity, and creativity. She has a growing interest in global management to further improve the domestic and international business culture by utilizing a global mindset.

 

Jennifer Kirkland

Director of Sponsorship

sponsorship@icsb.org

Jennifer Kirkland is an MBA candidate at George Washington University School of Business. A graduate of Douglass College for Women at Rutgers University, she has a passion for women’s issues and strives to help women be their best. She also has years of experience fundraising for nonprofit organizations. She is the Director of Sponsorship for the ICSB, a wife, a mom, and a curious questioner.

John Yates

Marketplace Director

 

John Yates serves as a Marketplace Director for the Internation Council for Small Business (ICSB).