Chief Technology Officer
Thomas Dechilly joined Galileo Global Education in August 2017 and serves as the group's chief technology officer in charge of information systems and online training. Prior to joining Galileo, since July 2000 Thomas served as chief technology officer in Sollan, a company specialized in the development of advanced documentation solutions. At Sollan Thomas was also in charge of customer relations as Account Director for among others, Accor Hotels, Airbus, EDF, Saint-Gobain and SNCF. Prior to his experience in Sollan, Thomas served as a research manager at the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, in Paris. He holds a degree in computer science from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne.
Development and M&A Director
Sébastien Ferrand joined Galileo Global Education in December 2013. He is responsible for developing the group through both greenfield projects (setup of international campuses, launch of new programs and new schools) and acquisitions. Prior to joining Galileo Global Education, he was investment director in a private equity fund supporting the growth of successful French small- and medium-sized businesses as well as a member of several company boards. Previously he worked at Vinci in the structured finance team on various infrastructure projects in France and Europe. Sébastien holds masters' degrees from Ecole Polytechnique (engineering) and Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (Engineering) as well as an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University.
Marketing Director, Managing Director France
Marc Lefebvre has been with Galileo Global Education since October 2010. Prior to becoming the group's marketing director, he served first as marketing director then as managing director for Galileo Global Education France. In his role as GGE Group Marketing Director, Marc oversees group global and transversal marketing projects, meanwhile as GGE France Managing Director - a position he continues to hold - he oversees sales, marketing and IT departments. Prior to 2010, Marc was in charge of marketing and internet strategies for several companies in various sectors. He also worked as project manager for IT services companies. Marc received a master's degree in engineering acoustics from UTC (Université de Technologie de Compiègne).
Human Resources Director
Alessio joined Galileo in March 2018. Before he worked for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods company Reckitt Benckiser starting in Milano, before continuing his career in Greece, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In RB he has developed many global projects on graduate students, corporate brand awareness, talent and engagement. His last role was HR Director for BeNeLux. Alessio has a BA in contemporary history and and MBA in Human Resources from “Il Sole 24 Ore” Business School.
Managing Director France
Geoffroy joined Galileo Global Education in February 2017 as Managing Director at Galileo France in charge of Finance, HR, Purchase, Legal and Real Estate. Prior to joining Studialis, for nine years Geoffroy served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitalia (Private Equity back Company), the third largest French private clinics group. He also served as head of controlling for Arcelor Mittal and as a manager in transactions services at EY. Geoffroy has a degree in civil engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Batiment et de l'Industrie, in Paris.
Managing Director Mexico
Jorge D. Ferrari
Jorge founded Galileo Global Education in November 2011 along with Raph Appadoo. In his role as Head of Latin America, Jorge is responsible for operations at Instituto de Estudios Universitarios (IEU) and business development in the region. Jorge has 25 years of international experience. Before founding GGE, Jorge served - among others - as Senior Vice President for Latin America at Whitney International University System and, prior to that, as Vice President of Business Development at Laureate Education Inc. Jorge also worked at Aetna International Inc., as Assistant Vice President, and at Booz Allen & Hamilton, as a Research Associate in the Financial Services Group. Jorge has a BA in International Business from United States International University and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.
Donato Medici has been part of the Istituto Marangoni team since 2006, as Group Finance Director. In September 2013 he was appointed also Operations Director and currently holds the positions of Finance and ICT Director. In 2016, Donato served as Integration Director of Pole ESG, part of the Studialis group. Prior to joining Istituto Marangoni, Donato held various positions in NCR's Milan corporate finance department, including - among others - EMEA CFO for NCR's retail business unit, bid manager for worldwide customer services and pricing analyst for the same division. Donato has an MBA in Economics from the University of Milan, awarded in 1999.
Managing Director Germany
Dr. Reimar Müller-Thum
Reimar joined Galileo Global Education in his current role in 2013. Reimar has a background in strategy consulting and higher education management. As Macromedia Managing Director, Reimar oversees Macromedia’s schools’ P&L and teams. Prior to Macromedia, Reimar was a Principal at PwC and a Project Leader at Capgemini, focusing on media, telecoms and technology industries. Previously, he worked as an Academic Manager at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, where he was awarded a PhD in Business Economics. In addition to his doctorate, Reimar also has a graduate degree in Economics and Business Administration from Witten/Herdecke University.
CEO European University of Cyprus
Dr Christoforos Hadjikyprianou
Christoforos Hadjikyprianou has more than 25 years career in the Higher Education sector. He is currently the CEO and President of the Council of European University Cyprus. Previously he was the CEO of Laureate Cyprus and he was a member of the Laureate Education Inc. Europe Executive Committee. Christoforos held various administrative positions, in academic institutions, such as Marketing/Sales Director and Business Development. He holds a BSc in Industrial Technology and an MBA from Southern Illinois University, U.S.A. He also holds a Doctorate degree from Middlesex University, UK in Enrollment Management and Consumer Behavior in Higher Education.