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 studied Engineer with an MBA 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.
Catherine Sorbara, PhD. Director Marketing & Operations: In March 2018, I returned from a 3-week all-women expedition to Antarctica as part of Homeward Bound Projects, a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women. I am now energised and inspired to be a more effective leader and elevate our voices to meaningfully shape the road to a more peaceful and sustainable future. For the past four years I worked as Chief Operations Officer of Cheeky Scientist, a global platform devoted to helping PhDs remember their value and find meaningful careers in industry. I lead a global team of amazing individuals who look after our members, now over 7000 PhDs strong. My expertise ranges from program and product development to strategic marketing and operations. My role honed my agility, innovative thinking and conflict management skills. As Chair of the Cambridge Women in Science and Engineering group, I developed, organised and facilitated local networking events to promote and support women in STEM.
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 is based in Zaragoza. User Experience Designer. Focused on exploring how to bridge the gap between people and technology with the help of UX and Service Design.
Jeltje Oosterwoud, Communication Specialist: Jeltje Oosterwoud is a social and open-minded communication student. Who's interested in communication- related cases, preferably in the orient. I will be supporting the company with the social media and website activities.
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 Industry.
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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