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, Education.com and EMME). Additionally, he held senior management positions at various professional institutions (FING, AFEM, EIMF).
CEO Northern Europe & Group Development
Bruno Mourgue d'Algue
Bruno became CEO Northern Europe in July 2020. He was COO since May 2019 with responsibility 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, he studied at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Nicolas Badré joined Galileo in November 2019. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Group, he is responsible for articulating the roles and impacts of the “Platform”, consisting of the central functional teams (Sales & Marketing, Finance, HR, Student Experience and IT/IS). The platform’s main objective is to ensure the scalability of Galileo: driving effectiveness to support the growth of our schools (methodologies, professionalization, technologies), driving efficiency of with our tools and teams (IS and HR roadmaps) and helping build a real GGE community, with shared values and ambitions. Nicolas is General Secretary of the Board. Prior to joining Galileo, he has had an international career in large industrial groups, heading finance of a variety of French and global business units. He has been CFO of Nexans for 7 years, after working 12 years at Saint-Gobain and 4 years for Owens Corning. Nicolas graduated from HEC Paris and holds the CEMS-Master (management and economics).
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).
Chief Marketing Officer
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 (Digital, CRM, Sales, BI). He is also in charge of the design and deployment of the group Sales & Marketing pillar. 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).
Chief Finance Officer
Agathe Dupin-Naton joined Galileo Global Education as Group CFO in November 2019. She spent a large part of her carrier in the retail and luxury sectors, both in France and in the USA. Prior to joining Galileo, she was VP of Financial Services at Printemps, a French department stores group for 4 years, where she managed treasury, finance, accounting, tax and insurance departments and led major finance transformation and digitalisation projects. Prior to that, she was CFO at Andre-Vivarte Group, and Group CFO at Christian Louboutin, after spending 9 years as Director in various finance roles at Chanel. Additionally, she started her career in finance and audit at PwC in France and in the USA, where she spent 11 years. Agathe holds a Master’s degree in Management and Finance from ESCP Business School and a Diploma in Accounting and Financials studies. She is also a US CPA Certified Public Accountant.
Chief People & Performance Officer
Pascal joined Galileo Global Education in 2021 as Chief People & Performance Officer with the ambition to support employees and the organization in a global transformation that puts the customer experience at its heart and, an increased demand for performance at all levels of the company. Prior to joining Galileo Global Education, over the last 20 years, Pascal had a varied and international path, serving as HRD or COO in family-owned business (JCDecaux) corporate environment (BNP Paribas Real Estate) or multicultural and decentralized environment such as AccorInvest, a former subsidiary of Accor. Pascal graduated from Sciences Po Paris. He was trained in coaching and accompanies businesses in their evolution but is also a volunteer to support students or individuals seeking employment or being in professional transition.
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.
Chief Executive Officer Italy & Managing Director at NABA
Donato Medici is the CEO of GGE Italy and since 2018, MD of NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, 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 and bid manager for worldwide customer services. Donato has an MBA in Economics from the University of Milan, awarded in 1999.
Head of Transformation and Integration
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.
CEO Germany, Spain, LATAM and Emerging Markets
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 Macromedia
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.