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Forward College is a unique combination of leading academics (100% PhD), entrepreneurs, researchers, writers, designers... We all passionately believe in the power of education to change attitudes, lives and ultimately shape a better future.

The Founding Team

Having worked in Government, major Tech companies, social business and higher education in leadership positions, Boris, Leonor, Céline and Jeffrey have witnessed how positive leadership relies not solely on expertise and rational thinking but also on other forms of intelligence: social, emotional, practical and technological.

At the heart of their vision lies a desire to develop a more holistic model for higher education that is fit for the future of work and global challenges.

Boris Walbaum

Boris Walbaum's portrait

Founder of FORWARD COLLEGE

Leonor de L'Hermite

Leonor de L'Hermite's portrait

Founding Partner

Celine Boisson

Celine Boisson's portrait

Founding Partner

Jeffrey Sampson

Jeffrey Sampson's portrait

Founding Partner

Academic Development

The Academic Development Group is in charge of designing, implementing, assessing, and promoting an engaging and dynamic learning experience. They will ensure academic excellence while fostering the wider intellectual and personal development of students.

Dr. Sara Santos

Dr. Sara Santos's portrait

Head of Data Science

Dr. Gemma Gordon

Dr. Gemma Gordon's portrait

Head of Psychology

Dr. Ruairidh Brown

Dr. Ruairidh Brown's portrait

Head of International Relations

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos's portrait

Head of Institutional Affairs and Head of Politics

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel's portrait

Head of Economics and Teaching & Learning Coordinator

Dr. Miguel Freitas

Dr. Miguel Freitas's portrait

Lecturer

Dr. Ana Rita Nunes

Dr. Ana Rita Nunes's portrait

Lecturer

Dr. Marco Nievergelt

Dr. Marco Nievergelt's portrait

Academic Programmes Coordinator

Dr. Andrée Sursock

Dr. Andrée Sursock's portrait

Head of Quality Enhancement and Sustainability

Leadership Development

The Bachelor's in Business Leadership development group is in charge of designing, implementing, assessing, and promoting the entrepreneurship and digital certificates.

Dr. Gaël Brulé

Dr. Gaël Brulé's portrait

Programme Coordinator

Dr. Vera Herédia Colaço

Dr. Vera Herédia Colaço's portrait

Associate Professor | BBL Senior Leadership Fellow | Business Lead

Nabila Alibhai

Nabila Alibhai's portrait

Associate Professor | BBL Senior Leadership Fellow | Social Impact Lead | Head of Personal Development

Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion, Operations

Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion, Operations Group is responsible for:

  • Developing Forward’s profile among students.
  • Designing and managing a seamless, friendly, and supportive admissions process.
  • Designing and implementing an ambitious funding scheme that will allow Forward College to recruit exceptional students from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Andrew Hand

Andrew Hand's portrait

Admissions and International Schools Outreach Officer

Omar Mansour

Omar Mansour's portrait

Recruitment Officer

Manuela Moritz

Manuela Moritz's portrait

Campus Manager & Junior Leadership Fellow

Hatim Zitouni

Hatim Zitouni's portrait

Digital Learning Manager

Rita Marques

Rita Marques's portrait

Campus Administrator

Forward College is a unique combination of leading academics (100% PhD), entrepreneurs, researchers, writers, designers... We all passionately believe in the power of education to change attitudes, lives and ultimately shape a better future.

The Founding Team

Having worked in Government, major Tech companies, social business and higher education in leadership positions, Boris, Leonor, Céline and Jeffrey have witnessed how positive leadership relies not solely on expertise and rational thinking but also on other forms of intelligence: social, emotional, practical and technological.

At the heart of their vision lies a desire to develop a more holistic model for higher education that is fit for the future of work and global challenges.

Boris Walbaum

Boris Walbaum's portrait

Founder of FORWARD COLLEGE

Leonor de L'Hermite

Leonor de L'Hermite's portrait

Founding Partner

Celine Boisson

Celine Boisson's portrait

Founding Partner

Jeffrey Sampson

Jeffrey Sampson's portrait

Founding Partner

Academic Development

The Academic Development Group is in charge of designing, implementing, assessing, and promoting an engaging and dynamic learning experience. They will ensure academic excellence while fostering the wider intellectual and personal development of students.

Dr. Sara Santos

Dr. Sara Santos's portrait

Head of Data Science

Dr. Gemma Gordon

Dr. Gemma Gordon's portrait

Head of Psychology

Dr. Ruairidh Brown

Dr. Ruairidh Brown's portrait

Head of International Relations

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos's portrait

Head of Institutional Affairs and Head of Politics

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel's portrait

Head of Economics and Teaching & Learning Coordinator

Dr. Miguel Freitas

Dr. Miguel Freitas's portrait

Lecturer

Dr. Ana Rita Nunes

Dr. Ana Rita Nunes's portrait

Lecturer

Dr. Marco Nievergelt

Dr. Marco Nievergelt's portrait

Academic Programmes Coordinator

Dr. Andrée Sursock

Dr. Andrée Sursock's portrait

Head of Quality Enhancement and Sustainability

Leadership Development

The Bachelor's in Business Leadership development group is in charge of designing, implementing, assessing, and promoting the entrepreneurship and digital certificates.

Dr. Gaël Brulé

Dr. Gaël Brulé's portrait

Programme Coordinator

Dr. Vera Herédia Colaço

Dr. Vera Herédia Colaço's portrait

Associate Professor | BBL Senior Leadership Fellow | Business Lead

Nabila Alibhai

Nabila Alibhai's portrait

Associate Professor | BBL Senior Leadership Fellow | Social Impact Lead | Head of Personal Development

Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion, Operations

Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion, Operations Group is responsible for:

Andrew Hand

Andrew Hand's portrait

Admissions and International Schools Outreach Officer

Omar Mansour

Omar Mansour's portrait

Recruitment Officer

Manuela Moritz

Manuela Moritz's portrait

Campus Manager & Junior Leadership Fellow

Hatim Zitouni

Hatim Zitouni's portrait

Digital Learning Manager

Rita Marques

Rita Marques's portrait

Campus Administrator