Meet our team

Academic team

Our deans are committed to quality education

Tanja Florenthal

Tanja Florenthal

Dean César Ritz Colleges and Culinary Arts Academy

Ms. Tanja Florenthal joined César Ritz Colleges Switzerland in 2010, as a faculty member and went on to become the Head of Curriculum. She was appointed Dean at Le Bouveret in 2012 and Brig in 2019. She graduated from Cornell University with a BSc, and holds an MBA and an MA in Education. She has extensive international experience in the hospitality industry and education. She has worked in hotel and hospitality management schools in the United States, Thailand, India, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel, and is a member of the Cornell Hotel Association.

Dominic Szambowski

Dominic Szambowski, PhD

Dean Swiss Hotel Management School

Dr. Dominic Szambowski has a PhD in Education from the University of Sydney and has held Senior Leadership roles at a variety of Higher Educational institutes. Before joining SHMS in 2020, he was CEO and President of the International College of Management, Sydney. His previous roles include Vice Chancellor of BERJAYA University College of Hospitality, President and CEO of INTI International College, and Executive Dean, Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism for the INTI Group.

Ulrika Bjorklund, dean at Hotel Institute Montreux

Ulrika Björklund

Dean Hotel Institute Montreux

Ms. Ulrika Björklund holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Derby. She joined Hotel Institute Montreux in 2009 as Program Leader, before taking up the position of Assistant Dean in 2011. A year later, she ascended to her current position as Dean. She has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, managing hotels and resorts in Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean.

Anton Mosimann OBE

Anton Mosimann OBE

Honorary Dean Culinary Arts Academy

Mr. Anton Mosimann OBE is a world-renowned, Michelin-starred Swiss chef, lauded for his revolutionary cuisine naturelle and beloved by royalty, dignitaries and celebrities. At 28, he became the youngest person ever to hold the position of maître chef des cuisines at London's Dorchester Hotel and has since continued to defy expectations and forge his own path, establishing a private dining club and his own catering company. In 2004, he was awarded Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services in the tourism and food industries, and in 2021, he was named honorary dean of Culinary Arts Academy. 

 

Dominique

Dominique Turpin, PhD

Academic Advisor

Mr. Dominique Turpin is the Dentsu Chaired Professor of Marketing and the Dean of External Relations at IMD. He served as IMD President and Nestlé Professor from July 2010 until the end of 2016. He was also previously the director of the IMD MBA (Master of Business Administration) and PED (Program for Executive Development). Professor Turpin has directed customized programs for companies such as Groupe SEB, Panasonic and Japan Tobacco International. He has extensive teaching, consulting and research experience in the areas of marketing and international strategy both in Europe and in Asia, particularly in the area of brand management, customer orientation and communications strategy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.