Management Team


Marc-François Mignot Mahon

Marc-François Mignot Mahon became Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. Previously, he served as President of Galileo Global Education France as well as a member of the Galileo Global Education Board. In his current role, Marc-François leverages the Galileo Global Education board and his International Executive Committee in the aim of further developing the group. Prior to heading Galileo Global Education, Marc François was CEO of Studialis (a European leader in private higher education), he also founded and managed several prestigious companies in the field of higher education (Hétic, Cifap and Cifacom) as well as in the digital sector (Sollan, and EMME). Additionally, he held senior management positions at various professional institutions (FING, AFEM, EIMF).
Chief Operating Officer, CEO Germany

Bruno Mourgue d'Algue

Bruno became Chief Operating Officer in May 2019 and is responsible for operations including finance, legal, business development and Group methodologies. He joined Galileo Global Education in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and in 2017 took on operational responsibility for Germany and Mexico. Prior to joining Galileo, Bruno worked for 12 years in private equity and venture capital in London. At Providence Equity Partners, he notably led an investment in Academedia, the leading private schools group in Sweden. At The Carlyle Group, he was involved in the European technology fund. Bruno previously worked at JP Morgan and BNP in London and New York. Bruno graduated from ESSEC and has an accountancy degree. As part of his master's program, Bruno studied at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Chief Strategy Officer, CEO Italy

Roberto Riccio

Roberto Riccio joined Istituto Marangoni at the beginning of 2009 as Group Managing Director. In this position he has been responsible for the general management, the development, growth and operations of the 10 Istituto Marangoni schools all over the world. In 2017 he was appointed also Chief Strategy Officer of Galileo Global Education and in the early 2018 he took operational responsibilities of all Italy, with the interim role of CEO of NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) and Domus Academy. Before joining Istituto Marangoni, Roberto served as the General Manager of travel website startup Opodo Italy, of Interhome Italia (Hotelplan Group), positions where he gained crucial experience in e-commerce. Prior to these positions, he worked in the hospitality field as Global Marketing Manager at Valtur T.O. S.p.A. and in many international advertising agencies such as Saatchi&Saatchi, DDB Needham and Pirella Gottsche Lowe. Born in 1963, Roberto holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Oriental Languages and Literature from the prestigious Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and a Masters Degree in Marketing and Communications from Publitalia. Roberto speaks 6 languages.
Development and M&A Director

Sébastien Ferrand

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.
CEO France


Vanessa DIRIART a rejoint Galileo Global Education en novembre 2019 en tant que Présidente de Galileo Global Education France. Vanessa a fait une très grande partie de sa carrière de le secteur du tourisme et des parcs de Loisirs. Avant de diriger Galileo Global Education France, elle était Directrice Generale de Center Parcs France et Directrice Generale adjointe de Center Parcs Europe en charge des ventes, du marketing et de la transformation numérique. Auparavant elle a exercé des fonctions de VP Ventes et Marketing chez Belambra Club et a travaillé dans le conseil en stratégie comme Manager chez Roland Berger. Elle est titulaire d’un diplôme d’ingénieur de l’ENSCP (aujourd’hui Chimie ParisTech), d’un mastère spécialisé en marketing de l’Essec Business School et d’un doctorat en chimie de l’UPMC (aujourd’hui Sorbonne Université).
COO France

Nicolas BADRE

Nicolas Badré a un parcours financier très varié et international dans de grands groupes industriels cotés. Il passe 12 chez Saint-Gobain : dans la start-up du groupe en Pologne, en M&A et planning stratégique, à la direction de la trésorerie, en direction financière de filiale puis de business unit internationale. Après 4 ans comme directeur financier Europe, Russie, Moyen Orient du groupe américain Owens Corning, il rejoint Nexans, second producteur mondial de câbles, dont il est directeur financier pendant 7 ans. Il a travaillé à la définition et l’exécution de nombreuses transformations stratégiques, industrielles, organisationnelles et de systèmes d’information. Son parcours est marqué par une large exposition internationale, incluant notamment 11 ans hors de France et la pratique professionnelle de l’anglais, l’allemand, l’espagnol et le polonais. Passionné par les enjeux sociétaux de la formation, il rejoint GALILEO France comme directeur général, opérations (COO) en novembre 2019.
Chief Marketing Officer, Managing Director France

Marc Lefebvre

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 D’Ascenzo

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.
Chief Technology Officer

Thomas Dechilly

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.
Managing Director NABA

Donato Medici

Donato Medici is the Managing Director of NABA the biggest private Art Academy of Italy after being part of Istituto Marangoni for 12 years, as Group Finance Director. In 2016, Donato served as Integration Director of Pole ESG, part of the Studialis group. Prior to joining Galileo Global Education, 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 Arts & Creation and Campus en France

Charlotte Campanella

Charlotte Campanella has joined Galileo Global Education France in January 2013 and is now serving as Managing Director, heading the Arts & Creation schools in Paris along with the Management schools in regions. Prior to joining Galileo Global Education, Charlotte started her career in strategic consulting in London where she focused on private equity and education sectors gaining a solid analytical and business experience. Charlotte holds a Master’s degree from EM Lyon and a MPA from the London School of Economics.
Managing Director Arts & Creation France

Agnès Nicolas Ifker

Agnès Nicolas Ifker joined Galileo Global Education France in April 2015 as Managing Director. Prior to joining Galileo, she was heading the automotive media business, as Publisher and Marketing Director for the Axel Springer/Mondadori Joint Venture. Agnès holds a Master’s degree from ESSEC with a major in Marketing. She started her career in the Fast Moving Consumer Groups industry in London and New York, then moved to the digital and media business. She spent 5 years at AOL as Marketing and Research Director and head of the customer retention program. She is now heading the Arts & Creation department, and leads state of the art schools such as Penninghen, LISAA, Institut Culinaire de France, l’Atelier de Sèvres and Institut Technique du Maquillage (ITM Paris).
Regional Director Africa, Middle East & Asia

Kamil Senhaji

Kamil Senhaji, Joined Galileo Global Education in June 2018 as Regional Director Africa, Middle East and Asia. He will have the mission of developing GGE in Emerging Countries. Prior to joinging Galileo Global Education, Kamil Senhaji served as Business Development Director of JCDecaux then Director of the Executive Committee of JCDecaux Africa and Board Member of several Group Companies. He started his career as an Auditor in 2005 at Carlson Wagonlit Travel before joining JCDecaux in 2008. He has developed throughout his career a strong expertise in International Development, Negotiation and Merger & Acquisition. Kamil speaks Arabic, French, English and Spanish. Kamil Holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Rabat and a Master Degree in Auditing and Risk Management from Paris V 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.
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.