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Meet the FORWARD Team

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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, and Céline have witnessed how positive leadership relies not solely on expertise and rational thinking but also on other forms of intelligences: 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

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. Tatyana Zhuravleva

Dr. Tatyana Zhuravleva's portrait

Head of Economics

Dr. Ruairidh Brown

Dr. Ruairidh Brown's portrait

Head of Political Science & International Relations

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos's portrait

Head of Institutional Relations and Head of Politics

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel's portrait

Teaching & Learning Coordinator and Lecturer

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

Quality assurance and accreditation officer

Prof. Paul J. Kelly

Prof. Paul J. Kelly's portrait

Academic Oversight Advisor (Social Sciences)

Prof. Franck Zenasni

Prof. Franck Zenasni's portrait

Academic Oversight Advisor (Psychology)

Catherine Danty-Suriam

Catherine Danty-Suriam's portrait

Academic Oversight Advisor

Leadership Development

The Bachelor in Business Leadership development group is in charge of designing, implementing, assessing, and promoting the entrepreneurship and digital certificates. Most senior advisors take part in seminars and master classes.

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

Dr. Carolina Escobar-Tello

Dr. Carolina Escobar-Tello's portrait

Associate Professor │ BBL Senior Leadership Fellow | Design and Innovation Lead

Jeffrey Sampson

Jeffrey Sampson's portrait

Senior Faculty Advisor

Dr. Claudine Provencher

Dr. Claudine Provencher's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor (Soft Skills Development)

Dr. Wolfgang Fassnacht

Dr. Wolfgang Fassnacht's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor

Dr. Ed Brooks

Dr. Ed Brooks's portrait

Impact Assessment Advisor

Dr. Olivier Sibony

Dr. Olivier Sibony's portrait

Forward Strategy Advisor

Philippe van Caenegem

Philippe van Caenegem's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor (Project-based Learning)

Hala Fadel

Hala Fadel's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor (Entrepreneurship)

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin's portrait

Impact Assessment Advisor

Career and Ecosystem Development

The Career and Ecosystem development group is responsible for consolidating FORWARD COLLEGE’s profile on the job market: from building the network of corporates, public organisations, startups and social businesses, developing our value proposition in connection with our project-based learning curriculum, internship opportunities, conference cycle and networking events. Finally, ensuring FORWARD COLLEGE provides students with a highly personalized support for their future career.

Corinne Vigreux

Corinne Vigreux's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Dr. Hervé Borensztejn

Dr. Hervé Borensztejn's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Jean-Claude Le Grand

Jean-Claude Le Grand's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Hubert Giraud

Hubert Giraud's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Dr. Olivier Guillet

Dr. Olivier Guillet's portrait

Academic Partnerships Advisor

Thierry Bonetto

Thierry Bonetto's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Khatia Paulmier

Khatia Paulmier's portrait

Coaching Advisor

Chris Cobb

Chris Cobb's portrait

Academic Partnerships Advisor

Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion, Operations

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

  • Developing FORWARD COLLEGE’s profile among students, especially among international schools and top national high schools
  • Designing and managing a seamless, friendly, and supportive admissions process.
  • Design and implementing an ambitious funding schemethat will allow FORWARD COLLEGE to recruit exceptional students from a wide variety of cultural and social 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

Katja Urbatsch

Katja Urbatsch's portrait

Equal Opportunity Advisor

Rita Marques

Rita Marques's portrait

Campus Administrator

Meet the FORWARD Team

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, and Céline have witnessed how positive leadership relies not solely on expertise and rational thinking but also on other forms of intelligences: 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

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. Tatyana Zhuravleva

Dr. Tatyana Zhuravleva's portrait

Head of Economics

Dr. Ruairidh Brown

Dr. Ruairidh Brown's portrait

Head of Political Science & International Relations

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos

Dr. Marina Pérez de Arcos's portrait

Head of Institutional Relations and Head of Politics

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel

Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel's portrait

Teaching & Learning Coordinator and Lecturer

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

Quality assurance and accreditation officer

Prof. Paul J. Kelly

Prof. Paul J. Kelly's portrait

Academic Oversight Advisor (Social Sciences)

Prof. Franck Zenasni

Prof. Franck Zenasni's portrait

Academic Oversight Advisor (Psychology)

Catherine Danty-Suriam

Catherine Danty-Suriam's portrait

Academic Oversight Advisor

Leadership Development

The Bachelor in Business Leadership development group is in charge of designing, implementing, assessing, and promoting the entrepreneurship and digital certificates. Most senior advisors take part in seminars and master classes.

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

Dr. Carolina Escobar-Tello

Dr. Carolina Escobar-Tello's portrait

Associate Professor │ BBL Senior Leadership Fellow | Design and Innovation Lead

Jeffrey Sampson

Jeffrey Sampson's portrait

Senior Faculty Advisor

Dr. Claudine Provencher

Dr. Claudine Provencher's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor (Soft Skills Development)

Dr. Wolfgang Fassnacht

Dr. Wolfgang Fassnacht's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor

Dr. Ed Brooks

Dr. Ed Brooks's portrait

Impact Assessment Advisor

Dr. Olivier Sibony

Dr. Olivier Sibony's portrait

Forward Strategy Advisor

Philippe van Caenegem

Philippe van Caenegem's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor (Project-based Learning)

Hala Fadel

Hala Fadel's portrait

Curriculum Design Advisor (Entrepreneurship)

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin's portrait

Impact Assessment Advisor

Career and Ecosystem Development

The Career and Ecosystem development group is responsible for consolidating FORWARD COLLEGE’s profile on the job market: from building the network of corporates, public organisations, startups and social businesses, developing our value proposition in connection with our project-based learning curriculum, internship opportunities, conference cycle and networking events. Finally, ensuring FORWARD COLLEGE provides students with a highly personalized support for their future career.

Corinne Vigreux

Corinne Vigreux's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Dr. Hervé Borensztejn

Dr. Hervé Borensztejn's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Jean-Claude Le Grand

Jean-Claude Le Grand's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Hubert Giraud

Hubert Giraud's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Dr. Olivier Guillet

Dr. Olivier Guillet's portrait

Academic Partnerships Advisor

Thierry Bonetto

Thierry Bonetto's portrait

Corporate Partnerships Advisor

Khatia Paulmier

Khatia Paulmier's portrait

Coaching Advisor

Chris Cobb

Chris Cobb's portrait

Academic Partnerships Advisor

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

Katja Urbatsch

Katja Urbatsch's portrait

Equal Opportunity Advisor

Rita Marques

Rita Marques's portrait

Campus Administrator

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