Jara Pascual, Founder & CEO: Host of the podcast: Business of Collaboration. Book author "Innovation & Collaboration in the Digital Era" publisher @DeGruyter (coming on Fall2020). She has worked for 15 years in Innovation Management doing transformational innovation culture and projects within the fashion industry. As a true entrepreneur she founded the site espanolaenmunich.com to help expats in Germany, and she is author of the children book "Rafael and Virginia are moving to Germany", and innovation articles for online magazines.
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.
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.
Claudia Vila, Podcast & Video editor: Claudia Vila is based in Barcelona. Currently she is studying Audiovisual Communication degree at University Pompeu Fabra and participated in an Erasmus exchange to Germany, where she studied at TH Köln. Claudia Vila likes everything related to edition and photography and her passion is the world of Media. She is currently working on a Newsletter of her home country as an interviewer and photographer.
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.
BLANCA VERGARA, Author: Blanca Vergara is a woman on a mission: to accelerate the emergence of the Heart Centered Economy. Through her books and lectures she dares intelligent women to fully express themselves, embrace risk, and lead by example. Among her books are “Women Work Wonders” and “One Couple Two Careers”. She has degrees in IT and Coaching, as well as an MBA. Her 25-plus years of international business experience stems from working at large firms like Price Waterhouse and the European Space Agency. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch. All articles by Blanca published in KNOWCO.net, here.
EDMEE SCHALKX, Author: Edmée is a leadership coach and certified Mentor coach with a track record in coaching business leaders, professional coaches and blended learning programmes. She is a keynote speaker and writer on subjects related to cultural awareness, the development of the culture competency and the impact of culture in organisations and individuals. All articles by Edmée published in KNOWCO.net, here.
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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