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Ángel Nájera Pérez

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Graduated in Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Alba has more than 7 years of experience in the drafting and managing of the different steps of the life cycle of many projects financed by the main EU funding programmes. Currently, she works as Legal and Financial Manager of the EU Projects in the Management of Funding Programmes Department within AIMEN Tech Centre.

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Sophie Besancenot

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I have more than 12 years of experience in the design and evaluation of projects financed by multilateral funds. I have worked mainly with Cooperation Funds for the development and EU Funds (especially DG DEVCO; Erasmus+ Programme, Structual Funds and EU Social Fund).
Moreover, I work as consultant, introducing agency of the third sector and of education to the EU Funds.

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Maria Cristina Marolda

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Maria Cristina Marolda has been a Senior Policy Officer in charge of Research and Innovative Transport Systems in the EC Directorate General for Mobility and Transport. She was responsible for long-term R&I strategy design in sustainable mobility, caring in particular the aspects of logistics and infrastructure, until her retirement in May 2018.

She is graduated in Technology of Architecture at the University of Rome, where she started her professional career. In 1991 she joined the European Commission, following the developments of the RTD Framework Programmes over the years.

She has always been engaged in Gender Equality issues, both in Science and Research and in  Policy Making related to Mobility and Transport.

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Francesco Palmeri

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Imported from the North of Italy, Francesco has been living for 10 years in the magic Madrid. After graduating in Political Sciences and finishing a Master in Environment and another one in Agroecology, he combines his activities as counselor for EU projects with cultural promotion.

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Martina Panzolato

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Martina Panzolato holds bold experience in EC project writing and management for private companies and public institutions. Her curriculum focuses on creating initiatives and possibilities to help EU funding be adopted by different types of actors, stakeholders, and entities: from individuals to public authorities, to NGOs and third sector organizations. Martina has several records on implementing and monitoring communication, dissemination, and networking activities – both in Brussels and across the EU. In addition, she has been largely active in providing training and capacity-building opportunities. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Sciences and Human Rights (University of Padua) and a Master’s with focus on European and International Studies (SIS – University of Trento) – with double Erasmus experience (FU Berlin and LU Brussels).

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Ángel Nájera Pérez

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Doctor in Project Management. He is certified as PMP®, PMI-
RMP®, PRINCE2™ & PRINCE2™ Practitioner AGILE, SDC®, SMC® y SPOC®, AgileSHIFT, P3O™ Practitioner y
PMO-CP®.
Since 2007, he leads Wolf Project, a company specialized in the implementation of project management processes and good practices and in the training for professional certifications. He has more than 20 years of experience as project manager, advisor and trainer in different fields and types of projects, both at national and international level, and he also participated in projects for social innovation promoted by the EU Commission. As a trainer, he has been an associate teacher at the University of Alicante and University Miguel Hernández (Elche) for more than 15 years and he participated as a speaker in many events and congresses on project management and innovation.

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Cristina Santana

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Full of enthusiasm and a great Europe supporter, Cristina Santana is a world citizen, she speaks four languages, and she is always happy to share her experience and knowledge.
She is graduated in Enterprise Law at ICADE and Political Sciences – International Relations at the University Complutense in Madrid. She has first-hand experience of the EU institutions, with an internship at the Juridical Services of the EU Commission in Brussels and, after completing a Master at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), she worked for six years at the heart of the EU as an EU Affairs Specialist at the Delegation of the Canary Government.
Since 2008 she has been Director of the European info-point Europe Direct Canarias, an information office co-funded by the European Union which is dedicated to bringing citizens closer to the real EU essence.

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Cinzia De Marzo

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Former seconded national expert at the European Commission (DG GROW), Cinzia De Marzo has hands-on experience in EU funding and works as EU legal advisor for the Council of Europe, to assess the cultural impact across the Continent.

She knows the institutions by heart and, as Professional legal advisor on EU policy and funding, she supports local administrations in understanding EU’s operational programs and is a highly qualified Project coordinator and Teacher in many Italian universities – with many precious international collaboration on her resume.

Cinzia never stops: she is an ecolabel consultant and qualified PM4SD (Project manager for sustainable development), Member of the Tourism Task Force of the TRAN Committee and legal representative, since 2008, of the local non-profit Italian association Insieme Europa Network – IENET.

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Vito Cellamaro

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Specialized in Euro-project design, digital marketing and event organization in the industry.
Currently working for the Europe Project Forum Foundation in Amsterdam (European Register of Euro-Projects Designers).
Since 1997, he has become an experienced designer and has seen many of his socio-cultural projects approved. His projects also received substantial financing for the creation of business incubators, festivals, readings and active students’ participation campaign at various levels.

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Arianna Ioli

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Arianna Ioli, storyteller and copywriter, CEO & Founder of Europa Innovation Business School, a brand-new international company based in Amsterdam. Arianna’s been living between Italy and The Netherlands and travelling a lot all around Europe.
She has a master’s degree in Philosophy from “Università Statale di Milano”, a post graduate diploma in storytelling from Holden School of Turin and she got a Executive Master in events and contemporary art curation from IED Roma.
Arianna is coordinator and content manager for Sport Digital Marketing Festival since its first edition and a professional member of the Sport Marketing Association USA.
Her work oscillates between education, writing, marketing and alternative museum didactis.
Two passions? Correct syntax and well-written stories.

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