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From our founding as Propulsion Academy in 2016 to our acquisition by SIT last year, today we welcome our new brand name: Constructor Learning. Constructor Learning is part of the Constructor Group, initially named Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT). The organization was founded in 2019 by Dr. Serg Bell, a long-time entrepreneur and investor in technology and education. Dedicated to creating knowledge through science, education and technology, the ecosystem combines a comprehensive educational offering that spans the entire learning lifecycle, from K-12 to a private university and executive courses, next-generation research capabilities and commercial activities for technological innovation. Founded and headquartered in Schaffhausen, SIT has rapidly grown since its creation, thanks to organic growth and acquisitions. As it has become a global organization with a footprint in more than 15 countries and a worldwide network of researchers, professors, investors, clients, and alumni, the brand had to be rethought to reflect this expansion better and unify the entire ecosystem under one name: Constructor.

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Constructor Learning Team

About us

Located in Switzerland, Germany, UAE and remote, Constructor Learning is dedicated to bringing the most advanced learning tools and knowledge to everyone ranging from aspiring data scientists and software developers to professionals who play a leading role in the digital transformation of their organizations.

Our Vision

Constructor Learning serves as a bridge between management and digital technologies, enabling individuals and organizations to continuously evolve, succeed and thrive in the digital transformation journey, whether they have aspirations to lead their companies into the future or to become IT specialists.

Our Benefits

Leading-edge skills
to thrive in rapidly evolving sectors

Earned recognition
from top leaders and practitioners in the field

Full-cycle learning
from knowledge to application

A unique network
of entrepreneurs, investors and experts

Our Ecosystem

Constructor Learning is a part of Constructor group: a global science, education, and technology organization that aims to provide the critical knowledge, solutions, and services to help solve the most pressing problems of the world.

The Constructor ecosystem comprises Constructor University, a non-profit, research-oriented faculty that offers 25+ accredited programs from bachelor's to master's and Ph.D. The private, English-language University offers multi-site locations, with the #1 private university in Germany (THE ranking) - the former Jacobs University in Bremen - and an institute in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. It offers on-site & hybrid programs. It also benefits from partnerships with high-ranked universities such as Carnegie Mellon, the University of Geneva, and the National University of Singapore School of Computing, and technology companies such as JetBrains, Anisoprint and ChemDev.  The several for-profit entities, Constructor Learning, Alemira by Constructor, Rolos by Constructor and Constructor Capital, make the entire ecosystem sustainable, and provide technology infrastructures, solutions and complimentary services to the University.

A multi-site faculty that combines the former Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), SIT campus in Schaffausen (Switzerland), and academic partnerships with Carnegie Mellon, UniGe and NUS. The University aims to transcend academic standards thanks to next-generation digital tools from the Constructor ecosystem, a cross-discipline approach to knowledge, project-based learning, an entrepreneurship culture, and a research hub. The programs bridge hard sciences, business, computing, causal reasoning, humanities, liberal arts and human intelligence, as to equip the young professional elites with the skills needed to address the world challenges of today.

A digital ecosystem for education and research aimed at schools, universities, bootcamps, and businesses. Through advanced technological methodologies and personalized solutions, Alemira connects, integrates, simplifies learning, and automates processes for educators, researchers, administrators, young and lifelong learners. Its mission is to transform learning, education and science and provide access to quality education worldwide.

A Machine Intelligence (MI) expert that provides a computational platform to support multiple research and development activities, optimizing data management. Rolos offers solutions and consulting services in the fields of scientific research, driverless mobility, robotics, and professional sports, working with acclaimed teams such as Toyota Gazoo Racing, Inter Milano, Sail GP, and many others.

An early-stage venture capital targeting funding investments in science, technology, and any innovative project related to digital transformation.

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Constructor Learning Team

Leadership Team

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Dr. Serg Bell

Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors

Entrepreneur, investor, and executive with a track record of building successfultechnology companies, including Acronis, Parallels, Acumatica, and Virtuozzo. Founder and Senior Partner at Runa Capital venture capital firm. The founder of Constructor Group.
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Dr. Yuri Levin

Founding CEO

Founding CEO of Constructor Learning and Professor of Management Analytics at Smith School of Business, Queen's University. Previously, he was the Dean of Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, Stephen J.R. Smith Chair of Analytics, Executive Director of Analytics and AI, and the founding Director of the Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics at Smith School of Business. In 2016, Yuri was named by Poets and Quants as one of the Top 40 Professors Under 40 Worldwide. He has consulted widely on consumer behavior modeling and pricing optimization and has led major corporate programs in strategic analytics, analytical decision-making, and strategic pricing optimization.
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Dr. Mikhail Nediak

Head of Management Solutions

Mikhail is an acknowledged world expert in complex Management Science, Operations Research, and data analytic problems with a significant computational component. The techniques employed in Mikhail’s research range from integer and nonlinear optimization to control theory and stochastic simulation. His current research focuses on new models in Revenue Management and Dynamic Pricing.
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Laurent Meyer, MBA

Head of Technology Solutions

Ever since his childhood, Laurent has lived and breathed IT, entrepreneurship, and education. His passion is to educate the world in the most advanced IT technologies, filling the gap between the enormous demands for experts in the coming decades. He is adamant that many talented, dedicated people coming out of other disciplines can become successful IT professionals, and will fill that gap. As a realization of that vision, he created Propulsion Academy in 2017 as Switzerland’s first coding and data science academy. With an alumni base of 750+ students, now working for companies such as Google, Roche, Ebay, Adobe, Swiss International, as well as many well-known startups, Propulsion was acquired by Constructor Group in 2021 and is now the Technology education division of Constructor.
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Daniela Meier

CMO

In addition to her MBA at the University of St.Gallen, Daniela worked in a wide variety of marketing sectors where she gained valuable experience. In school her favorite subject was mathematics. In recent years, she has become more and more aware of how relevant the topics around Data Science will become in the future. At Constructor Learning, she found the opportunity to combine her interest in analytical and creative work with helping a start-up create more awareness and to grow.
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Daniele Roncaglioni

CTO

Ever since Daniele coded his first game while in high school, the passion for programming has never let go of him. After his MSc in Physics at ETH, during which he completed various Data Science projects, he has continued to follow his passion for coding, first working for an IT consulting company and then joining Constructor Learning.
Daniele also makes music. Under the alias SignalFlux he writes, produces and sometimes sings on his own tracks.

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Tanya Gridchina

Chief of Staff

Tanya is an experienced professional in educational management dealing with complex issues focusing on strategy, planning, project management, and communication. Previously, she was heading up the Dean’s Office at Moscow School of Management Skolkovo and managing educational projects at Bitfury, a blockchain technology company.
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Marianne Petitpierre

Chief Student Officer

Marianne brings 20 years of experience in executive education and is a strong believer in upskilling and transformational training in an ever-changing future. She is your ear to understand your challenges to share best practices, advise and accompany you on the path of transformation.

Educational Advisors

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Dr. Evgeny Kaganer

Advisor, Learning Innovation and EdTech

Evgeny Kaganer is Professor at IESE Business School where he teaches MBA and executive courses in digital business and digital transformation. His research focuses on understanding how rapid digitalization transforms business models and organizations. He has published on these topics in premier academic and business journals, including /Management Information Systems Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery/ among others. His work on the effects of digitalization in business and education has been cited in major media outlets, such as Financial Times, Business Week, Handelsblatt, CIO Magazine, and San Francisco Chronicle. Evgeny has extensive experience working with executive audiences in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Russia. He has taught, directed custom programs, and consulted with multinational companies, including Swire, UPS, Oracle, Schneider Electric, ERSTE Group, Amadeus, Carlsberg, Amplifon, Rostelecom, and Gazprom Oil among others.
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Giuseppe Auricchio

Advisor, Learning Innovation and EdTech

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Philipp Boksberger

Advisor, Management Solutions

As the former CEO and president of the Zurich Institute of Business Education (CEIBS Zurich Campus), Philipp has broad professional experience not only in the international education market but also in the tourism, hospitality, and service industries in Switzerland, Spain, and Australia, as a consultant, professor, and manager. In addition, he has a proven track record of consulting projects, research projects, and scientific publications.

Learning Solutions (Management)

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Alex Scott

Academic Director (Analytics and Data Science)

Alex Scott is the Academic Director for the Constructor Learning MMA, the Director of Group Risk Management products at Borealis AI, RBC’s AI Research Institute, an instructor in the Analytics group at the Smith School of Business. At Borealis AI he is the product owner for all AI products in the risk line of business. Prior to Borealis AI, Alex led data science teams in the Analytics Center of Excellence at TD Bank and held various roles in management consulting at EY, Novantas, and the Carly Rian Group. He has experience leading analytics programs, products, and courses at financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world.
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Evgeny Terukov

Academic Director (Custom Programs)

In February 2017 Evgeny joined Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO as an academic director on ExEd programs and professor of business practice in change management and transformation. Prior to this, he had the privilege to design and deliver numerous corporate programs at Stockholm School of Economics. Prior to joining SSE Russia team in 2008 he held executive management positions (GM, sales, marketing) in both Russian and International companies. Studied and worked in Germany, USA, Italy, and Russia. He loves dealing with themes and subjects around change management, digital transformation, and innovation management. He teaches on programs and facilitates organizational development sessions at Skolkovo, Hanken SSE, and other institutions for large multinational corporate clients from FMCG, banking, telecom, IT, and pharma, as well as mining and other heavy industries. Some of his clients are Microsoft, BP, Lukoil, Novartis, Alfa Group, Bristol Meyers, Tele2, Tikkurila, and many others."
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Carol Fuzzard

Program Director MMA

Carol is a consummate Higher Ed professional with deep experience in development, student services and corporate outreach. Regarded as a global higher education/non-profit management specialist she has worked for prominent institutions from Emory University to China Europe International Business School.
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Olga Yakunina

Program Manager (Open Enrolment Programs)

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Evgeny Lyandres

Academic Director, Professor of Finance and Blockchain Technology

Evgeny is a Professor of Finance and the Head of the Blockchain Research Institute at Tel Aviv University. Evgeny also holds Visiting Professorships at Dartmouth College (USA), Monash University (Australia), Sun Yat-Sen University (China), and University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and Decentralized Finance (DeFi). Evgeny currently serves as an Editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance. His interest in blockchain technology and in DeFi in particular extends beyond academia – Evgeny has founded a start-up that is developing a new decentralized exchange, which, once launched towards the end of 2022, is expected to allow significant improvements in the efficiency of trading in digital assets.
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Yossi Aviv

Professor of Management, Coller School of Management

Yossi is an academic expert and a frequent lecturer on subjects such as Operations Strategy, Revenue Management and Pricing Analytics, and Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Professor Aviv has taught at leading business schools in various locations across the US, Europe, Russia, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Hong-Kong and Singapore. His research in the areas of supply chain management and pricing analytics was published in the leading academic journals in these fields. Prof. Aviv has consulted in the defence, services, and manufacturing industries.
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Samuel Dahan

Analytics for Conflict Resolution, Lawyer-Mediator,

Develops AI models and applications to help industry partners to improve dispute settlement. AI-startup founder. Former Cabinet Member at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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Grigory McKain

Research Associate at Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance

Expert in international FinTech regulations and compliance, top-level manager of ventures, worked in the legal and research sectors in China and Central Asia, specialising in international law.
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Victor Veryasov

Client Engagement Middle East

Victor has more than 7 years of deep experience in business process optimization and product enhancement based both on data-driven approach and strategic vision in banks, IT, finance, utilities and professional services. He has worked in Sberbank, KPMG and PwC where he developed AI strategies and E2E business process concepts, led data-based and organizational projects as well as managed a team.

Harshdeep Singh

Client Engagement Asia

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Otabek Nasirov

Client Engagement Central Asia

Otabek has extensive experience working with senior executive teams in the Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Denmark, England, Italy, South Korea, China, and the US. He is a member of the expert committee of the Fintech Association of Uzbekistan and a member of working groups of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Learning Solutions (Technology)

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Dr. Ekaterina Butyugina

Data Science Program Manager & Instructor

Ekaterina studied mathematics at university and worked as Junior Researcher in Russia where she did her PhD in Continuum Mechanics. Looking for the opportunity to find something close to science but more dynamic and applicable to real life, she joined the Data Science program, then stayed on as a TA and later joined the team as a Data Science Consultant. She likes to work with data and apply both analytical and creative approaches, trying new techniques and sharing them with other people.
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Dipanjan Sarkar

Lead Data Scientist & Instructor

Dipanjan (DJ) is a Lead Data Science Consultant & Instructor, leading advanced analytics efforts around Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning. He is also a Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning. Dipanjan has advised and worked with several startups as well as Fortune 500 companies and is also a published author, having authored several books on R, Python, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Deep Learning. He loves sharing his knowledge with the community to help them grow in their own journey in Data Science.
Team Member

Albin Plathottathil

Data Science Consultant

Soon after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering, Albin found his interest in working with large amounts of data. His passion for coding and curiosity to keep learning brought him to Data Science Program at Constructor Learning. His willingness to help others made him an instant class favourite and for this reason, he joined the team as Teaching Assistant mentoring the next students, and later on as a Data Science Consultant.
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Ruben Villalon

Full-Stack Program Manager & Instructor

With an extensive background and experience in Banking and Finance, Ruben needed a change and decided to learn to code. He now says: "the only thing I regret is why I didn't do it before." After finishing the Full-Stack Development program, he became a Teaching Assistant and is now the Program Manager. His passion for technology and helping people make him the go-to guy for the program!
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Cedric Delacombaz

Software Developer & Instructor

Cedric had previously worked as carpenter, clerk, travel agent and financial accountant. Each profession led him to spend more time behind a computer, his favorite working tool. Although happy as financial accountant, he was missing some excitement and creativity in his daily tasks. This is why he decided to join the Full-Stack program to become a Web Developer and how he found his new passion.
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Giuseppe Di Guglielmo

Software Developer & Instructor

As a child, he saw his job as getting second hand computers up and running. Since then, he has loved solving computer problems. The first fifteen years of his career, however, led him first to the architecture industry. This period of his life served mainly as an aesthetic education. Years later, he rediscovered his enthusiasm for IT. As a web developer, he can now combine a fascination for technology with aesthetics.
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Katharina Fürst

City Manager Munich

Lifelong learning is one of the most important factors for one's own inner growth." At Constructor Learning, Katharina is able to incorporate her passion for the education sector and help people achieve their individual professional dream. Since graduating with a degree in business administration, Katharina has worked in marketing, human resources, sales and business development. Katharina is a true all-rounder in terms of her field and industry - but all her jobs had one thing in common: each organization was in the start-up or development phase. Full of humor, verve and enthusiasm, she organizes and manages the Munich office.
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Marc Neuber

Business Developer & Student Success Specialist

After graduating from the Philipp University of Marburg, Marc decided to continue his education at one of China’s top higher education institutions, Zhejiang University. He completed his Master’s in Arts and then returned to Germany to work in the education industry for many years. Things, however, changed after the pandemic, Marc decided to shift his career and participated in a full-stack boot camp. This prompted him to combine his experience working in student admission and his newfound passion for IT and support Constructor Learning in business development.
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Hristo Georgiev

Software Developer

Ever since Hristo was a child, one of his favourite hobbies was gaming. This later sparked his fascination with tinkering and troubleshooting computers. As his passion grew for computers, it led him to study computer hardware in high school and afterwards, computer science at university. After graduating, he moved to Switzerland, where he worked for a family-owned business. However, he missed working with computers. So, he decided to upgrade his coding skills and joined the Full-Stack Bootcamp. Since then, he has been working as a Software Developer and absolutely loves it!
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Marcus Lindberg

Data Science Program Manager

Starting his career in clinical immunotherapy research, Marcus was exposed to the pressing need for better ways to make sense of patient data. With a growing interest in personalized therapies, he pursued a MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Edinburgh and joined ETH Zürich’s Clinical Bioinformatics Unit. Now at SIT Learning, he is able to keep refining his analytical toolbox while helping people reach their goals along the way.
Team Member

Adrien Laâboudi

Full-Stack Teaching Assistant

After working for more than three years in IT support in France, Adrien made the decision to further his career in the field by learning to code. He moved to Switzerland to attend the Full-Stack Bootcamp and never looked back! Considering his experience dealing with all kinds of computer issues and willingness to help, becoming a Teaching Assistant after graduation was a natural fit for him. In his free time, he enjoys to watch sports and hike around the country, and has a passion for history, geography, and world cultures.
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Max Brüning

Full-Stack Teaching Assistant

Max spent the first six years of his career in hospitality and customer service. During lockdown he took his first steps in coding out of curiosity and then, one year later, he decided to quit his job as a customer service consultant and joined the Full-Stack Bootcamp to improve what he knows and to change his career. During the course he quickly picked up the different topics and started helping other students where needed. Having experience explaining complex topics in an easy way and wanting others to succeed, being a teaching assistant fell right into what he enjoys to do. In his freetime he likes to cook as well as any kind of games, be it video-, board, or card-games.
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Daniel Kött

Full-Stack Teaching Assistant

A graduate of the University of San Carlos, Daniel earned himself a bachelor of science majoring in business administration. He worked in the hotel industry for a few years before coming to the conclusion that he craved a new challenge. This prompted him to join the Full-Stack Bootcamp at Constructor Learning. His performance was undoubtedly exceptional and he was asked to join the Constructor Learning team to work as a teaching assistant.
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Ansam Zedan

Data Science Teaching Assistant

Ansam graduated with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as a community and hospital pharmacist for 8 years. During the pandemic, she got intrigued by Data Science while participating in biotechnology courses, which led her to joining Constructor Learning's Data Science Bootcamp as a student. Throughout the course, she took an active part in discussions, was able to quickly master the complex concepts, and enthusiastically helped others, making her a natural fit for her new role as a Teaching Assistant in the Data Science Program. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and practicing archery.
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Dominik Bacher

Data Science Teaching Assistant

Dominik has always been fascinated with the endless possibilities of technology. For this reason, he opted to get a degree in Computer Engineering. During his studies, he developed a strong interest in Artificial Intelligence. This led him to join the Data Science Bootcamp at SIT Learning. His keenness to support his fellow classmates and his experience helping others while volunteering in a couple of nonprofit organizations made him an excellent candidate to join the team as Teaching Assistant.

Marketing and Support

Team Member

Claudia Boker

Content Marketing Specialist

With many years of experience in the hospitality industry, Claudia chose a different and more creative path, one in marketing. She worked in consulting and gained experience in content marketing before diving into a new world, the tech world. With a liking for technology and an irrefutable understanding that IT is the future, Claudia came to Constructor Learning to share her expertise in content creation and support the marketing team.
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Mai Kraemer

Business Coordinator

Mai knows people! After several years in the hospitality industry, she kept hearing all this stuff about “tech this, tech that” and thought maybe it was time for a change. As an organizer and a learner, her Constructor Learning role combines her past with the future.

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