Management team

Jara Pascual, Founder & CEO: Jara Pascual is an author and entrepreneur 
centered on Innovation. She is CEO and founder of Knowco Collabwith, an 
online platform bringing people together and encouraging collaborations 
online and offline. As Board Member of the Forum Knowledge4Innovation her 
voice is heard regularly at the European Parliament. She is also the host of
the Innovation Podcast "Business of Collaboration" and Book author of 
"Innovation & Collaboration in the Digital Era" from publisher @DeGruyter 
(coming in fall of 2020). Jara is a Telecom Engineer with an MBA and she is 
writing about innovation management for different online magazines. 
She has worked for 15 years in Innovation Management doing transformational innovation 
culture and projects in a number of Fortune 500 Companies and R&D Labs.

Yannick Legré, VP Partnerships & Business Development: Yannick Legré was 
the director of the EGI Foundation (, for 6 years, until 31 
December 2019. Formerly he was a senior research engineer at the French 
National Scientific Research Centre - Grid and Cloud Institute (CNRS-IdGC).
 He holds a Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) and a 
degree in Law (LL.B). He is a certified expert and auditor (ISO19011) in 
IT Service Management (FitSM - and Information Security 
(ISO27000). As Board Member of the Forum Knowledge4Innovation his voice is 
heard regularly at the European Parliament. Over the last 20 years, Yannick
 Legré has been involved in more than 50 projects in the areas of 
e-Infrastructures, healthcare and biomedical research, as well as 
biodiversity and environmental research. He has successfully coordinated 
several EC, NATO and nationally funded projects. Last, but not least, 
Yannick has also been the co-founder and president of the international 
HealthGrid association, and held different high-level positions in a number 
of SMEs.

Francesc Domingo Bonal, Executive Partner: Over the last decade, Francesc 
has been focusing on transforming businesses and governments with advanced 
technology solutions. As International Business Advisor, Francesc is 
supporting Collabwith with high-touch relationship building and helping to 
identify customer needs and turning them into real by advising key senior 
stakeholders on how to digitally transform their business.

Christian Schultz, CTO, DevOps: Christian Schultz is based in Amsterdam. 
Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 and having participated in the 
postmaster program "Space Communication Systems" of ISAE, ENSEEIHT and 
Télécom Bretagne in Toulouse in 2008/09. The R&D activities at 
TriaGnoSys GmbH included research in the domain of Wireless Sensor Networks 
on-board aircraft, development of system interfaces and web based UIs, 
requirement and test engineering and project work on embedded communication 
systems for use in aircraft and on ground. At SIGOS GmbH, he was involved in 
automated end-to-end testing of mobile communication networks for 
international GSM/3G/LTE providers with a focus on Fraud Detection and 
Revenue Assurance.

Virginia Vila, Director UX: Virginia Vila Palacín is a BSc in 
Digital Interaction Design at University of Dundee. Her working 
background has been focused mainly on mobile technology. She has been 
involved in a wide range of projects that not only have included UX but 
also Service Design, Data Visualisation and Innovation. She is driven by
 a need to understand how technology can help people and in doing so, 
shaping products and services with the guidance of Design Thinking. 
Currently, she is living in Zaragoza, Spain.

Celia Avila-Rauch, Director Personal Business & Human Development: Celia Avila-Rauch
is PhD on Medical Psychology and Master Behavioral Science at University 
Autonomous of Barcelona. Medicine Faculty and certified by European Certificate 
Psychotherapy, World Certificate Psychotherapy, Certificate as Supervisor in 
cognitive behavior Orientation in Munich, Germany. She specialized on emotional 
intelligence by the EI Skills Group at Yale University Certificate MSCEIT ™ 
Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotionally Intelligence. She is actively working with the 
European branch PER LAB in Florence, Italy. She is also trained with Alba Emoting 
and Breath Xpress techniques. She is passionate of see, the mountains and the 
cosmos, as well as interculturality. Currently, she is living in Munich, Germany.


Elizabeth Godynyuk, Communication associate: Elizabeth is a communication 
associate at Knowco. Elizabeth completed her Masters in Biomedical 
sciences under the Neuroscience cluster at the University of Amsterdam 
and has worked in the academic sector. Her interests lie in utilization 
of psychology and neuroscientific processes to apply it to the corporate 
world. She is an avid believer in making the science behind behavior more 
accessible and understandable. At Knowco, she will contribute towards 
content creation in social behavior and towards better accessibility of 
research papers relevant to topics that may yield further collaboration 
in business-oriented content.

Advisory board


Robbert Fisher, Advisory Board Member: Robbert Fisher is specialized in EU 
strategy and policy. For more than 30 years Robbert has been involved in EU
policy, as a seconded expert, as an analyst and as an external programme, 
project and policy evaluator and reviewer. He is currently associated
investigator at the University de las Campinas in Sao Paolo where he is 
working on AI and Big Data for policy, president of Knowledge4Innovation 
and expert contributor to Innovators magazine.
Previously was managing director of the Joint Institute for Innovation 
Policy (joint venture of TNO, VTT, Tecnalia and Joaneum Research) and end 
responsible for a wide variety of policy related studies and projects, 
most of which focus on supporting the European Commission in providing 
evidence to support defining its policies and activities through evaluation,
impact assessment, monitoring, specific analyses (economic, social) and 
foresight. Robbert managed over 60 contracts for the EC, and was 
responsible for several studies such as the analysis of Mission Oriented 
Policies, the re-industrialisation of the Solar PV industry in the EU, 
analysis of the IoT field in the EU, and a study defining the approach 
towards a single and innovation European Transport system.
He has been rapporteur of the CIP ICT PSP interim evaluation panel and 
project director of the CIP-ICT-PSP evaluation support team, leader of two 
evaluation contracts for the Eco Innovation Programme, and senior advisor 
to the Service Innovation Panel. Robbert was also leading the Major 
Innovations study, RO-cKETs (Roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities in 
Horizon 2020). In recent years he wasleading a study on eGovernment Visions
2020 (with RAND), was director of the ERASCOPE study (analysing the effects
of scale and scope of research programmes in ERA) and the Innovation Impact
study, which analysed the innovation outputs of the 5th and 6th Framework 
Programmes. Prior to joining JIIP, Robbert has worked for consulting firms, 
including 12 years for PwC. Robbert was a seconded expert to European 
Commission for 5 years (DGCONECT).
Robbert has a master’s degree in law of Leiden University, specializing in 
intellectual property law, law and informatics and business economics. 
He has certificates in AI and blockchain for the University of Oxford Said 
Business School, and executive certificates from Darden Business School, 
is alumnus of the PwC international management development program, and 
holds degrees in marketing and public relations.

Ricardo Baeza-Yates,PhD Advisory Board Member: Ricardo Baeza-Yates is, since 
June 2016, CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in 
California, USA. He is also the Director of Data Science Programs at 
Northeastern University, Silicon Valley campus, since August 2017. He is 
also part-time professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and 
Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Before, he was VP of Research at Yahoo 
Labs, based in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Sunnyvale, California, from 
January 2006 to February 2016. Until 2004 he was the founding director of 
the Center for Web Research at the University of Chile. He is co-author of 
the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook published by Addison-
Wesley in 1999 and 2011 (2nd ed), that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year 
award. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the 
IEEE Computer Society and between 2012 and 2016 was elected for the ACM 
Council. Since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of 
Engineering. In 2009 he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow, 
among other awards and distinctions. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the 
University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989, and his areas of expertise are 
web search and data mining, information retrieval, data science and 
algorithms in general.

CRYSTAL JIANG, Ph. D. Advisory Board Member: Crystal Jiang, Ph.D.  26 years
of business and university experience. Associate Professor of Management, 
Bryant University. Executive Board Member of the Academy of International 
Business Northeast Chapter, Associate Editor of the New England Journal of 
Entrepreneurship, and Caucus Committee Chair for the Academy of Management 
Annual Conference in 2018. Crystal is Lego® Series Play® (LSP) facilitator 
with certificate in facilitating and designing LSP workshops for business, 
organizational, team and personal development. Crystal’s research has published
 in premier journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International 
Business Studies, Journal of World Business, among others. She is a frequent 
speaker at the Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business 
Annual Conference. Dr. Jiang’s research has won Best Paper Award at the Academy 
of Management and the Academy of International Business annual conference. Her 
innovation research won finalist for Innovation Management Best Paper Award 
in 2014. She has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, 
National Public Radio on the evolution of Chinese companies and the Automobile 

Irene Lopez de Vallejo, PhD. Advisory Board Member: She is an expert in 
blockchain, AI, technology, innovation and collaborations. She is working 
at Ocean Protocol and is a former founder of GivingStreets. She is an 
Industrial sociologist with exceptional experience in social, spatial and 
technology research in organisations. Skilled in developing new 
methodological tools to study social interaction in complex buildings, 
including the use of GIS techniques and software. PhD in Architecture by 
Research – VIVA scheduled by December 2009 – at The Bartlett, School of 
Graduate Studies, University College London, in the use of location tracking
technologies to study informal interaction in organisations. She is strong 
project management abilities, experience working in international 
multidiscipline research groups. Combined expertise and interest in human 
behaviour, pervasive computing and workplace design. Currently, she is 
living in London.

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