Executive Team

Executive team

A global community of leaders & experts

The executive team at Swiss Education Group is comprised of professionals who have excelled in business and academia, drawing from years of experience and knowledge to blend innovation with academic rigor and quality.

Yong Shen

Yong Shen

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Yong Shen joined Swiss Education Group in 2019 and brings more than 20 years of global business management experience after having worked across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. To date, his career has spanned a range of sectors including financial markets, oil and gas, real estate, retail, and education. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Earlham College (USA), Master's in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam (NL), as well as an EMBA at London Business School (UK).

David Knuff VP Academic and Innovation

David Knuff, PhD

VP, Academic Excellence & Innovation

Dr. David Knuff joined Swiss Education Group in 2020 after serving six years as Assistant Dean at the University of California Irvine’s highly ranked Paul Merage School of Business. Throughout his career, he has led curriculum revisions, contributed to an online MBA program that was ranked in the top 20 by US News and World Report, established student leadership programs, and spearheaded positive organizational change. He received his PhD from Washington State University in Marketing and Consumer Psychology.

Thomas P. FitzGibbon

Thomas P. FitzGibbon , PhD

VP, International Development & Marketing

Dr. Thomas P. FitzGibbon joined Swiss Education Group in September 2021.  
He has over 20 years’ experience in higher education, including five years as the Executive Director of Enrollment and Marketing at Laureate Education, and knowledge of key markets in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He serves on various advisory boards serving educational purposes. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Finance from Walden University.

Vanessa Balouzet

Vanessa Balouzet

VP, Transformation & Strategic Partnerships

Ms. Vanessa Balouzet joined Swiss Education Group in 2020, bringing nearly two decades of experience in talent development, digital acceleration, innovation, business growth, and change management. After spending her formative career with leading global consulting groups, Boston Consulting Group, and A.T. Kearney, she joined Nestlé as Global Head of Innovation. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Global Head of Leadership Development. She holds a Master of Biology and Nutrition from INA Paris Grignon and an MBA from HEC Paris.

Victor Goncalves

Victor Gonçalves

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Victor Gonçalves joined Swiss Education Group in 2010, and before joining the executive team, he took on the role of Director of Operations at Swiss Hotel Management School. He has also held the position of Food & Beverage Manager and lecturer at both Swiss Hotel Management School and Hotel Institute Montreux. He was awarded a BA in Hospitality Management from the University of Derby and is a certified American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute Instructor in numerous hotel operation departments, as well as an Internal Auditor for the Quality – ISO 9001:2000.

Ronan Fitzgerald Chief of Sales

Ronan Fitzgerald

VP, Student Services

Mr. Ronan Fitzgerald joined Swiss Education Group in 2004. Before he was appointed to the Executive Team, he served as Managing Director of César Ritz Colleges Switzerland and Academic Dean at Hotel Institute Montreux. He has previously worked in various social care management positions in Ireland. He is a graduate of the Irish Institute of Public Administration and Athlone Institute of Technology in Dublin. He holds a BA in Social Studies and a Master in Management.

Helena Zubac- Director HR

Helena Zubac

Human Resources Director

Ms. Helena Zubac joined SEG in 2020. Previously, she led HR functions in healthcare, IT, and hospitality education for over 15 years. She has a successful track record in developing and implementing HR strategies that drove excellent business results, created positive work environments and experiences, and increased levels of employee engagement. She holds a BA in Political Sciences from the University of Lausanne, a Master's degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Québec, and Certified in HR analytics from the University of Cornell.

Cedric Fabry-CFO

Cédric Fabry

Finance Director

Mr. Cédric Fabry, joined Swiss Education Group in 2020. He began his career in external audit at KPMG SA. A Senior Finance professional, he is highly skilled in accounting, controlling, reporting, and financial planning and analysis with extended experience from working in various senior management positions in the retail industry sector at Bata Brands SA. He was awarded an M.Sc. in Management from HEC Lausanne and is an Expert-Accountant holding a Swiss CPA.

Olivier Paratte-CTO

Olivier Paratte

Executive Director, Information Technology

Mr. Olivier Paratte joined Swiss Education Group in 2015. With over 15 years of professional experience in operations, customer service, and technical support, he has strategized the delivery of projects with business sponsors, designed training programs for maximum operational performance, and lead international teams and cross-functional projects in various countries.