About us

Located in Switzerland (Zurich), Germany (Munich, Bremen), and remote, Constructor Academy is a coding, data science, and business academy offering a variety of full-time, part-time, and corporate programs to motivated learners looking to enhance their careers with technology.

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Mission

Our mission is to empower individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the constantly-evolving tech industry. We believe that every individual has the potential to become a highly effective software developer or data scientist and we are committed to unlocking that potential. Our goal is to provide our students with the tools and resources they need to succeed and create new opportunities for themselves in the digital age. By doing so, we hope to contribute to the growth and innovation of the tech industry, as well as help our graduates achieve their dreams of building tomorrow's disruptive technologies.

Method

At our bootcamp, we believe in hands-on, project-based learning that allows our students to apply what they learn in real-world scenarios. Our courses are taught by industry experts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with the next generation of tech professionals. We are committed to creating a supportive and collaborative learning environment that encourages our students to push their boundaries and achieve their goals.

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

About Constructor Group

A science, education, and technology ecosystem, Constructor Group is a global institution founded in 2019 by Dr. Serg Bell, a long-time tech and education entrepreneur and investor. The primary goal of the Constructor ecosystem is to address the most pressing world challenges of today, which includes wars and violence, aging and diseases, environment and sustainability, and poverty and social injustice. Through its nonprofit and for-profit entities that combine a university, a research center, businesses, consulting services, incubation, and funding, Constructor Group aims to provide an innovative education that covers the entire learning lifecycle and promotes technological breakthroughs across five fundamental technology trends.

About Constructor Pass

Constructor Pass is an exclusive service available only to members of the Constructor ecosystem. It grants complimentary, free-of-charge access to Constructor Group’s physical facilities worldwide, including:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Desks
  • Isolation pods
  • Refrigerators
  • Printers and scanners
  • Kitchenettes equipped with coffee machines and microwave ovens
  • Wifi
  • Video conferencing facilities
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    Leadership Team

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    Dr. Serg Bell

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    Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Dr. Serg Bell, a long-time tech entrepreneur, investor and executive, founded the Constructor group, formerly known as the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in 2019. A leader in virtualization, cloud automation and cyber protection, he founded over 20 global IT companies, venture capital funds and science and education centers, including Acronis, Parallels, Virtuozzo, Acumatica, Runa Capital, Phystech Ventures and Qwave Capital. He continues to maintain ties with these companies and to provide leadership. Serg Bell holds a B.S. in Physics, M.S. (Hons) in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIPT. He has filed over 200 patents (USPTO) and has an H-index of 37.

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    Laurent Meyer, MBA

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    CEO Constructor Academy

    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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    Stanislav “Stas” Protassov

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    Managing Director, Executive Board member at Constructor University

    Stanislav has more than 20 years of experience in global software development: from developing and designing system and application software to creating and developing globally remote engineering teams that effectively take part in the general software development process. Stanislav is known for his innovation activities in the fields of virtualization and cloud computing. According to USPTO he is the co-author of 183 issued patent applications in software development, distribution systems, virtualization technologies and algorithms, and other IT systems.

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    Marc Neuber

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    Chief Sales Officer

    From Germany to China and back, Marc's educational journey has been diverse. But when the pandemic hit, he pivoted towards a new passion - IT. After completing a full-stack boot camp, he found the perfect way to merge his expertise in student admissions with his tech skills. Now, he's driving business development at Constructor Academy with full force.

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    Katharina Fürst

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    City Manager Munich

    Lifelong learning is one of the most important factors for one's own inner growth." At Constructor Academy, 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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    Carol Fuzzard

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    Head of Student and Alumni Services

    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.

    Programs

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    Dr. Ekaterina Butyugina

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    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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    Ruben Villalon

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    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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    Albin Plathottathil

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    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 Academy. 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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    Cedric Delacombaz

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    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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    Marcus Lindberg

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    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.

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    Adriano Persegani

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    Teaching Assistant

    Adriano Persegani, a data scientist with a computer science background, specializes in AI. He excels in applying AI tools and methods to projects, leveraging his expertise in data analysis, deep learning, and NLP. Adriano seamlessly connects technical and non-technical realms to ensure project success and is eager to contribute his AI knowledge to innovative teams driving business development.

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    Zahoor Novman

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    Teaching Assistant

    Zahoor is a seasoned Software Developer with 6+ years of experience in Software Testing. Currently, working as a professional mentor at Constructor Academy Zurich, Zahoor guides and supports students in their Full-Stack Development journey. With a vibrant personality and a knack for making complex concepts engaging, Zahoor infuses a lively atmosphere into every interaction. Her enthusiasm and humor create a delightful learning experience, fostering curiosity and shaping the next generation of tech-savvy individuals.

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    Daniel Heuser

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    Teaching Assistant

    Daniel Equipped with a background in Mathematical Engineering and Automotive Software Engineering, Daniel initially explored his passion for technology as a product owner in the automotive industry. However, as he navigated the course of his career, Daniel found himself yearning for a deeper connection with the hands-on aspect of coding. This led him to Constructor Academy's Full-Stack-Development Bootcamp. Today, he channels his experience into his role as Teaching Assistant, aiding others on their coding journey. In his downtime, Daniel delights in outdoor-activities, video games, and playing the piano.

    Marketing and Support

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    Claudia Boker

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    Marketing & Communication Specialist

    With an extensive background in the hospitality industry, Claudia embarked on a distinct and innovative journey by venturing into the realm of marketing. Her career flourished through consulting engagements and honing her expertise in content marketing. However, her insatiable fascination with technology and unwavering belief in its potential as the future led her to embark on a new adventure in the tech world. Recognizing her profound affinity for technology, Claudia enthusiastically joined Constructor Academy to contribute her wealth of knowledge in content creation and provide invaluable support to the marketing team.

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    Mai Kraemer

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    HR & 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 Academy role combines her past with the future.

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    Milos Drca

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    Product Marketing Manager

    Milos has more than 10 years of experience in various commercial and marketing roles backed up by an Executive MBA in Marketing from the University of Sheffield. Throughout his career, he was able to gain evidence of the growing importance of data for decision-making and success in all business areas, especially with the rapid development of information technologies. With Constructor Academy, he aims to apply his experience to help raise awareness and spread knowledge on the important technological topics that will soon become an inevitable part of the skillset for the future workforce and its leadership.

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    Christina Sieber

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    Assistant City Manager Munich

    In 2018, Christina Sieber completed her training at the Employment Agency, where she worked with diverse individuals daily. Her responsibilities included providing guidance and assistance related to employment, unemployment benefits, and other work-related queries. Christina decided to change her job to explore new avenues and enhance her skills, and she found the perfect opportunity to do so at Constructor Academy. Christina enjoys socializing with friends, cooking, and relaxing during her leisure time.

    Board of Directors

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    Dr. Serg Bell

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    Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Dr. Serg Bell, a long-time tech entrepreneur, investor and executive, founded the Constructor group, formerly known as the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in 2019. A leader in virtualization, cloud automation and cyber protection, he founded over 20 global IT companies, venture capital funds and science and education centers, including Acronis, Parallels, Virtuozzo, Acumatica, Runa Capital, Phystech Ventures and Qwave Capital. He continues to maintain ties with these companies and to provide leadership. Serg Bell holds a B.S. in Physics, M.S. (Hons) in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIPT. He has filed over 200 patents (USPTO) and has an H-index of 37.

    Team Member

    Laurent Meyer, MBA

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    CEO Constructor Academy

    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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    Laurent Dedenis

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    CEO of Alemira by Constructor

    Laurent Dedenis, CEO of Alemira by Constructor and co-founder of Chainstack, previously has founded several companies around the world. He has acquired more than 20 years of global experience managing teams and technology companies such as Microsoft Dynamics, Parallels, and Acumatica, both at start-up and growth stages in America, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Until 2019, Dedenis was the Chief Revenue Officer and was in charge of operations at Acronis. He gained an in-depth understanding of the technical and business challenges faced by mid-size and large businesses as well as practical knowledge of building and scaling sales, marketing and operations teams globally. Dedenis holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management from the University of Paris XI, France and a Ph.D. in International Business Administration from the International University of America in San Francisco.

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    Katya Fisher

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    Member of the Board of Directors

    Katya Fisher is the executive vice chairman of Constructor group, formerly known as the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT), where she serves as senior advisor and liaison to the executive team on strategic initiatives and the coordination and oversight of global matters for all commercial enterprises in the Constructor ecosystem. Fisher founded her own law practice with a focus on general corporate law and cross-border transactions, more specifically on new technologies such as blockchain, digital assets, and artificial intelligence. She later joined an AM200 law firm as a partner and practice group leader. She holds a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was awarded the Howard M. Squadron Fellowship.

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