Abdul is Commercial Director and is responsible for building strategic partnerships between Industry and academia for innovation and R&D.
Science Communications Manager
Alan is an experienced communications professional. He helps Helix Managers, partner organisations and researchers to communicate with key audiences.
Machine Learning Engineer
Alex has experience in building AI solutions for large UK companies and is responsible for developing systems to facilitate user collaboration.
Communication & Events Manager
Andreea is looking after the company's events calendar, inluding network and project events. She is also managing 3 projects on behalf of Crowdhelix.
Prof. Anita Maguire
Anita provides ambassadorial support across the Irish Research and Innovation ecosystem.
Innovation Network Administrator
Bianca is a Network Administrator with a background in Events & Business Management. She supports the Network Development for the Crowdhelix platform.
Network Development Lead
Cais is responsible for growing the academic and industrial membership base of Crowdhelix's international network and collaboration platform.
Project Finance Manager
Chris is a Project Finance Manager who oversees the financial management and reporting of Crowdhelix's portfolio of European Commission H2020/Horizon
Dr. David Langley
Chief of Strategy
David is Chief of Strategy where he supports the CEO with development of future planning and implementation of major initiatives across the company.
Dr. Estefania Ledesma
Proposal Impact Partner
Estefanía supports Crowdhelix´s European proposals. She supports interdisciplinary proposal development with particular focus on the projects impact.
EU Project Lead
Ger is an EU Project Lead with a background in research project management. She manages delivery of Crowdhelix’s role in Horizon project partnerships.
EU Project Lead
Joana is an experienced Project Manager with a keen interest in networking, identification of collaborative opportunities and organisation of events.
Jorge Pérez Barrio
Proposal Impact Partner
Jorge is a sector-leading proposal writer focusing on Framework Programme funding, with a special focus on MSCA COFUND actions.
Dr. Karen Galvin
Helix Impact Manager
Drives EU project impact through our Helix impact model. Supports proposal development for EU funding with particular focus on the projects impact.
Prof. Kurt Deketelaere
Widening Excellence Ambassador
Kurt is Secretary General for the League of European Research Universities & Widening Excellence Ambassador at Crowdhelix.
Dr. Magdalena Tyndyk
Managing Director (Ireland)
Magdalena manages Crowdhelix Ireland and focuses on delivering impact across the European Research Area.
EU Project Manager
Marco is an EU Project Manager in charge of delivering dissemination, exploitation and impact activities for R&I projects.
Marine manages 3 projects on behalf of Crowdhelix, looks after RTO members' accounts and other internal operational tasks, such as the Advisory Board.
Martin has been supporting international R&D for over 12 years, and provides the team with specialist advice on innovation management and operations.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael is responsible for managing the operations of Crowdhelix as well as setting and implementing the network and platform's strategic vision.
Michelle is a software developer currently focusing on the backend area of Crowdhelix, involving developing new features and maintaining the platform.
Taking ownership of the platform's interface design and user experience by supporting the development team and the business with creative solutions.
Supports strategic Marketing objectives internally and for several EU projects in which Crowdhelix leads the communication & dissemination activities.
Chief Technology Officer
Rusty is a technologist with experience in building digital products. He oversees the development and strategic roadmap for the Crowdhelix platform.
Championing Full-stack development and maintenance at Crowdhelix for the past 6 years, Ryan works closely with our engineers to deliver new features.
Working closely with our Backend and Full-stack Engineers, UI Designers and Helix Managers to improve the user experience of the platform.
Prof. Sir Eric Thomas
Higher Education Ambassador
Professor Sir Eric Thomas is a Crowdhelix ambassador and formerly Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University and Chair of the Worldwide University Network.
Chief Financial Officer
Susan is Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for strategic financial planning and growth.
EU Project Leader
Valeria is an EU Project Leader with multidisciplinary experience in innovation and emerging tech, focused on networking and the impact of projects.
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Crowdhelix’s Advisory Board provides expert advice to the team on strategic issues relating to the development of the Crowdhelix Network, the development roadmap for the platform, and how we can best serve our community of members.
Head of Research Office
Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Passionate and energetic professional involved in the field of academic research with strong competences in the creation of Strategic Path and Management for hiring processes in the Research Office.
More than 18 years of experience as a Research Manager at Politecnico di Milano, most of it as a Manager and Coordinator, with strong leadership and negotiation skills.
Great knowledge of funding and financial management with remarkable experience and ability to negotiate and mediate at any level and stage since 1995. Thanks to a national and international experience on complex projects, she has developed an extensive knowledge in the Organisational HR Field suitable for transnational and diverse Research Contexts (academic and industry).
Proven success in working in Strategic Coordination of Human Resources and funding opportunities (European Programmes), in private, public and academic sectors.
Dr Axel Steuwer
Director of Science Support Services
University of Malta, Malta
Dr Axel Steuwer is the Director for Science Support Services at the University of Malta. After graduating with a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, he has been working in the centre of the quadruple helix bridging science, large scale research infrastructure, public authorities & industrial R&D for the last two decades.
An expert in undertaking science at neutron and synchrotron X-ray sources, he helped establish Sweden as the host of the European Spallation Source ERIC. His current role is supporting academics at the University of Malta in all aspects of undertaking excellent research.
Director of E-Institute / E-Zavod
Institute for Comprehensive Development Solutions, Slovenia
Darko Ferčej finished a degree in Policy Analysis and a Masters in Environmental Sciences and is currently employed as director at the E-Institute in Slovenia. He has 14 years of experiences in international project management and 10 years as executive director of E-Institute team.
He is a skilled international project manager, open innovation expert, and is working on multidisciplinary sustainable development issues. He has been coordinator of 5 EU-funded international projects and has participated as partner in more than 30 EU and internationally funded projects, financed from 10 different programmes including Horizon Europe and FP7.
LEAR and Head of the EU Liaison Office
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Einat Ron has an MSc in Life Science from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the very prestigious program "The Kellogg Recanati International Executive MBA" given by both Northwestern University as well as Tel Aviv University. She also has a diploma in Patent writing.
Einat has been working at Tel Aviv University since 2008. Since then Tel Aviv University has increased substantially its participation in the various pillars of the framework program and under Horizon 2020, Tel Aviv University had the most ERC Starting Grants than any other university in the world. Getting there took a lot of strategic thinking, good marketing and excellent experienced staff.
Before Einat Ron has joined Tel Aviv University, she has worked for 5 years at the Israeli Innovation Authority (under the directorate to the framework program) as a delegate and NCP to the Marie Curie program as well as to Citizen and Governance, Science and Society, Health and NEST.
R&D and Innovation European Funding Specialist
Olívia Rocha has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from University of Porto - Faculty of Engineering (FEUP). Her specialization field is Process and Product and her expertise field is nanotechnology, nanomaterials, and environment. Over the years, she has increased her knowledge in International R&I Funding through multiple Erasmus+ experiences (UCL – University College of London, Aarhus University, HVL – Western Norway University of Applied Sciences). After more than a decade of experience, she has grown a true passion about Innovation projects and has been working very close to Portuguese industry to make a difference in their capacity in raising funds for R&I investments, in a medium and long term.
Olívia has been working at KPMG since 2019 as R&D and Innovation European Funding Specialist. Since then, she has helped the Company to grow its commitment with Open Innovation Networks and helped Companies of all sizes to outreach their R&I results by promoting collaborative projects and helping the establishment of partnerships across full value chains, acting in all Industry sectors.
Before Olívia Rocha has joined KPMG, she has worked for 1 year at Efacec Power Solutions Group (as an Incentives Specialist), for 4 years in FEUP - Horizon 2020 Office as European R&I Incentives Advisor, and for 4 years in a Portuguese SME called Nanolayer Coating Technologies, as Business development manager and R&I Incentives advisor.
Chief Executive Officer
Juan Enriquez, manager of ANALISIS-DSC, leads a highly specialised SME engineering company in the areas of both process and mechanical engineering from Madrid, Spain. He founded the company in 2002 after finishing an MBA at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. Juan also spent a number of years working at VTT Finland, in addition to six years studying in the United States.
Currently, ANALISIS-DSC is involved in a Horizon Europe project with IRIS. Additionally, ANALISIS-DSC is always in search of additional R&D projects where their expertise and know-how can be valued in consortia in their areas of interest.
Head of the European Research Funding Office
Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
Roberto Martínez is the Head of the European Research Funding Office at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), he also coordinates the participation of UPM in Horizon Europe and other International Programmes. He is evaluator and reviewer for the R&I Programmes of the European Commission and was the NCP for Horizon Europe from 2014-2016.
He graduated as a Telecommunications Engineer from the School of Telecommunications at UPM, and he has a Masters Degree in Economy and Innovation management and Technology Policy. From the beginning of his professional career, he has been involved in several initiatives related to the cooperation between Europe and Latin America in the Information and Communication Technologies field. His research interests are linked to innovation ecosystems driven by universities, acting as focus for value co-creation and acceleration and commercialisation of technologies.
T.E Laboratories Ltd, Ireland
Sandra Lacey studied Medicine in the National University of Ireland, Galway for 5 years. She has a number of years of experience, working in the areas of Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Purchasing, as well as working for the government as a Parliamentary Assistant, where she was involved in research activities, as part of her role in developing public policy. Her current role in TE Laboratories Ltd includes submission of R&D proposals, collaboration with industrial partners and RTDs, new product development and project administration.
Head of Unit Research Funding EU and International Programmes
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Servaas Duterloo is the Head of the EU Research Funding & International Programmes Unit of the Directorate of Strategic Development at TU Delft, since 2012. Next to his job he is also the Secretary / Board Member Robo Valley Foundation, the Chief Financial Officer / Board Member Energy Endeavour Foundation. Servaas has studied as a Fulbright Undergraduate Scholar at Allegheny College, PA, (USA) 1983-1984, completed a Master Degree EU Law & International Relations, University of Groningen 1984-1990.
He did a traineeship at the European Commission Task Force PHARE, 1990, and obtained a Master Degree Adv. European Studies, College of Europe Bruges/Natolin 1992-1993. His previous work experience includes Manager of the Netherlands Network of Innovation (Science & Technology) Attaches of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2004-2012, National Contact Point for EU’s FP6 RTD programme 2001-2004, Consultant with KPMG Consulting 1994-2001 and National Service as an Officer with the Royal Netherlands Navy (Admiralty’s Office) 1991-1992
Head of Researcher Support Unit
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tjaša Nabergoj is currently coordinating and managing a six million pilot E+ European University project within the Research and Development Center of University of Ljubljana. She works with the Vice-president team in strategically important projects and leads a team of five people. Before she was Head of Researcher Support Unit of the Research Office, where she was specialised in ERC and curriculum development support. Working with top scientists from idea to grant was always her passion, so she developed a professional in-house ERC support scheme where she still acts as adviser, trainer and reviewer.
She cofounded and manages the institutional Research Development Fund and the CELSA Research Fund together with the strategic partner KU Leuven. She is active member and institutional representative in several international alliances and networks, in particular in RSO working groups in COST BESTPRAC, the GUILD, LERU CE7 and CELSA Alliance. Her last ambition is to develop an science communication strategy to promote research results among multiple audiences including policy, public and media.