Meet the Founders


President – Paris

Hamid BelkhodjaHamid Belkhodja is a co-founder and the president of INTERNational Business Network (IBN), a nonprofit organization based in Paris, France, with a coordinating office in New York, USA. IBN arranges business tours, academic seminars, conferences, and internships abroad for French business and trade students who wish to learn firsthand about the challenges and opportunities that come with doing business in the global marketplace.

Hamid began his career as a teacher in France and in England 25 years ago.  Since 1999 he has been interested in the development of European projects in education and professional training in an international environment, and in building partnerships in the United States and Europe.  He also works for Groupe Héloïse as a European Project Manager, developing projects on education and employment.

Hamid was educated at St. Vincent de Paul in Nïmes, Montpellier University, graduating in 1989 with an M.A. in English, and at Cergy Pontoise University, where he earned an M.A. in European and International Affairs in 2005.

His association memberships include the European Community Project Manager’s Association, Stimulating Entrepreneurial Education and Training (SEET), Innovation in Vocational Education and Training (IVET), European Entrepreneurs – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, EU Project Development Network.


Program Director – New York

Linda LopezLinda Lopez is a co-founder and the director of the ibnMobilité program in New York. Having enjoyed successive careers in broadcasting, production, and public relations, she now draws from her extensive contacts in the New York business community to create mobilité programs for French student groups.

Linda began her career in 1981 as a radio disc jockey, moving to television in 1985 when she joined NBC-TV in New York as a staff announcer. She worked for the NBC television network, its local station, WNBC Newschannel 4, and the NBC Radio Network for sixteen years. During that time, she was the voice for such top-rated shows as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Today in New York, Late Night With David Letterman, and the WNBA on NBC.

In 1999, she founded Tellmedia Communications, a public relations and business communications company, where for twelve years she practiced on the supply side of news, providing media content and marketing services to businesses.

Linda is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Media Arts department of Long Island University, where she teaches commercial / voiceover performance.

From 2004-2008, Linda was a co-producer of Stories from the Field, the Annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival. Her interests include Internet culture, documentary film, New York history, and mobilité learning.

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