About Us

Galileo Global Education is a post-secondary education group focused on providing students with access to higher education in the fields of applied arts, design, communication and management, in selected countries around the world.

The group operates under strong, uniquely positioned brands such as Istituto Marangoni, Instituto de Estudios Universitarios, L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués (LISAA), l’Atelier de Sèvres and Macromedia University of Applied Sciences.

Galileo’s institutions provide academic programmes in the following: fine art, animation, video game, graphic and motion design, interior design, fashion design and fashion business, as well as communication management, film and TV, gastronomy, tourism, education, law and business administration. Our institutions combine academic preparation with practical applications to provide career-oriented programmes in the constantly evolving world of higher education.

Galileo Global Education currently operates in 8 countries : France, Italy, UK, Germany, Mexico, China, India and Senegal.


To create a solid presence in the post-secondary education sector of Europe, Latin America and Asia by providing increased access to cutting-edge, career-oriented programmes. We seek to reach students of various backgrounds, attracting talent from around the world to enrich and broaden the perspective of each of Galileo’s schools and students.

Our values are centred around Effort, Practice, Independent Thinking, Team Work, and Capacity to Adapt in the exciting fields of applied arts, design, creativity, communication and management.

Being part of Galileo Global Education offers a wide range of opportunities:

  • Access to capital for growth and new campus openings
  • Platform to promote and facilitate cross-country student mobility
  • Strategies to leverage brand and content across schools to enhance programmes
  • Faculty exchange / staff development
  • Geographical expansion outside city or country of origin

Board of Directors

Marc-François Mignot Mahon, Chief Executive Officer

Marc-François Mignot Mahon became Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. He was previously President of Galileo Global Education France as well as a member of the Galileo Global Education Board. Prior to that, Marc François founded and managed various successful companies in the field of higher education (Hétic, Cifap and Cifacom) and in digital business (Sollan, and EMME) and also held senior management positions at professional institutions (FING, AFEM, EIMF).

Bruno Mourgue d’Algue, Chief Financial Officer

Bruno Mourgue d'Algue joined Galileo Global Education in April 2012 from Providence Equity Partners in London, where he led an investment in Academedia, #1 Swedish group of independent schools. Bruno was previously at The Carlyle Group in the European technology fund and also worked at JP Morgan and BNP in London and New York. He has a Master's degree from ESSEC and studied at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Roberto Riccio, Managing Director Istituto Marangoni

Prior to joining Istituto Marangoni in 2008, Roberto worked with advertising agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB Needham, Pirella Gottsche Lowe, serving clients in the design industry. Roberto also held positions at leading companies in service and online markets such as Valtur (Italy), Hotelplan (Switzerland) and Opodo (United Kingdom). Roberto has a BA degree in Oriental Languages and Literature from University of Venice Ca’ Foscari and an MA in Marketing and Communication from Publitalia School in Milan.

Raph Appadoo, Board Member

Raph Appadoo founded Galileo Global Education in November 2011. Raph was previously President of Laureate Education, Inc., a post-secondary education company, until 2007. Prior to that, Raph was Executive Vice President of Aetna International Inc. and also held senior management positions at General Motors, Merrill Lynch and Raytheon. Raph has a BSc degree from London School of Economics and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Executive Committee

Marc Lefebvre, Managing Director Galileo Global Education France

Prior to becoming Managing Director at Galileo France, Marc was Marketing Director at Galileo France. Previously, he was in charge of Marketing and Internet Strategies for several companies in various sectors. In the past, Marc worked as Project Manager for IT services companies. Marc received a Master's Degree from UTC (Université de Technologie de Compiègne)

Geoffroy Sablé, Managing Director Galileo Global Education France

Geoffroy joined the Group in 2017 as Managing Director at Galileo France. Previously, he was Deputy CEO at Vitalia, group of private hospitals. Geoffroy holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering from ESTP (Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics) and has a background in Finance through his experiences in Transaction Services and Industry.

Sébastien Ferrand, Development Director Galileo Global Education

Sebastien has a background in Finance and Investment. Before joining Galileo Global Education in December 2013, he was investment director in a private equity fund supporting the growth of successful French SMBs. Previously he worked at Vinci in the structured finance team on various infrastructure projects. He has a Master degree from l’Ecole Polytechnique and a MSc from Columbia University in New-York.

Donato Medici, Group Finance & ICT Director at Istituto Marangoni

Donato Medici joined Istituto Marangoni in 2006 driving the international and organizational development of the school. Prior to Istituto Marangoni, Donato held different positions in NCR Corp. a company listed in NYSE covering also the role of CFO for the EMEA Retail Region. Donato holds an MBA degree in Economics from the University of Milan.

Dr. Reimar Müller-Thum, Managing Director Macromedia

Reimar has a background in strategy consulting and higher education management. 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 at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland as an Academic Manager. He received a PhD from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and a BA degree in Economics from Witten/Herdecke University.

Jorge Ferrari, Head of Latin America

Jorge joined Galileo Global Education in November 2011. He was previously Senior Vice President for Latin America at Whitney International University System. Prior to that, Jorge was Vice President of Business Development at Laureate Education Inc., and worked at Booz Allen in Mexico. Jorge has a BA from United States International University and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Thomas Dechilly, Chief Technology Officer

Thomas joined Galileo Global Education in May 2017. He is in charge of Information Systems and Online Training. He was previously Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SOLLAN Ltd. in UK. Prior to that, Thomas was working in the R&D department of the Institut National de l'Audiovisuelle (National Audiovisual Institute). Thomas holds a degree in IT Engineering from the Technological University of Compiegne as well as a DEA in Social Sciences and Humanities, Knowledge Management and Technologies.

Our Network

All Galileo Global Education institutions operate under the highest academic standards in their respective fields of study, leading to favourable rankings in the countries in which they operate. All accreditation details are available under each institution’s website.

Our institutions work with prestigious companies in sponsoring academic programmes or as partners in Executive Education. We also have academic and exchange agreements with leading universities around the world.

Contact Us


11, Avenue de la Gare L- 1611 LUXEMBOURG


13 Bramley Road
London W10 6SZ


41 rue Saint-Sébastien 75011 PARIS


2800 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami FL, 33137


Istituto Marangoni

Corso Matteotti 10, 20121 Milan



Sandstraße 9 80335 Munich


Universidad IEU

4 Poniente 1919, Col. San Matías, C.P. 72140 Puebla

The combination of Galileo Global Education and Studialis creates the largest European Post-secondary Education Group

Galileo Global Education is proud to bring together prestigious and recognized schools that have high quality teams and attractive projects. Galileo Global Education, an international player already present in France, has been very impressed by Studialis’s growth over the past eight years.

“Galileo Global Education and Studialis share the same vision and the same ambition to strengthen the potential of all schools in the Group, and achieve an even greater recognition of the expertise and excellence of teachers and of the diversity of study programmes”, said Raph Appadoo, Chief Executive Officer of Galileo Global Education.

The new Group has significant assets to grow and conquer international markets. Both networks are complementary in terms of schools, study areas, and geographic locations.

Marc-François Mignot-Mahon, President of Studialis, added: "we want to develop schools, the programmes they offer and build bridges between disciplines. This can only strengthen the value of the diplomas of our schools. Our Group has a rich academic offer in complementary disciplines and in industry sectors that enhance the reputation of France and Europe abroad."

Our students will benefit from attending schools that are part of the largest European Post-secondary Education Group where the academic and administrative teams are fully mobilized for their success.

Galileo Global Education is a private post-secondary education group present in four European countries as well as in Mexico, India and China. Galileo operates under strong brands such as L'Atelier de Sèvres, LISAA (L’institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués), Istituto Marangoni, Instituto de Estudios Universitarios and Macromedia. Academic programmes at Galileo institutions cover the fields of art, creativity, design, communication, media and management.

Studialis is an independent post-secondary education network and is the leading private player in France. Studialis comprises 26 schools (including Groupe ESG, PSB Paris School of Business, Penninghen, Strate Ecole de Design and Cours Florent), and has more than 30,000 students, 43 certified titles and more than 280 international agreements.