Mitra Setayesh

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer


  • Internationally Recognized Entrepreneur
  • Founder of MS Counsulting Group
  • Repeat Entrepreneurship lecturer in the MBA programs at The American University and George Mason University for 6 years.
  • Ski Instructor in Switzerland, Iran, and France.


Mitra Setayesh has more than twenty-five years’ experience in various management, marketing and sales positions in the US and Europe.  Ms. Setayesh and her husband Luiz Taifas, planned, and founded Ion International Training Center. Up until recently, Mitra owned and headed MS Consulting Group, a full-service marketing and advertising agency. MS Consulting Group’s clients ranged from small businesses such as physician offices, small law firms and ice rinks, to big corporations such as Pepco, Giant Food, and PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), all attesting to her track record of increasing revenue and efficiency, while solving team conflicts. Before that, she was Director of Marketing & Business Development for Synxis, an IT company in need of immediate sales in order to stay afloat. Before that, Ms. Setayesh was Marketing Director for the local Hispanic Yellow Pages, Vega, she also trained sales people for 22 Hispanic Yellow pages around U.S. Prior to that, Ms. Setayesh ran the day-to-day operations, including marketing and sales, of her department in SOZA & Co., a $48 Million management consulting firm in Virginia. Prior to her residence in the United States, she founded her own language school in Paris, France which she sold 2 years later, in 1997.  Mitra brings a wealth of experience to the Ion team. She received her graduate degrees from University of Lausanne, Switzerland and did her Ph.D. work in Psycho-Linguistics at The Sorbonne University in Paris, France.


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