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I am strategy design and open innovation advisor, specialised in the use of co-design techniques to understand customer needs and create meaningful products, services and processes as well as to manage change and cultural transformation. I am seasoned in business model generation for new product and service development, market research, intellectual property management, technology valuation and licensing, corporate R&D tax, bids proposal writing, and financial evaluation of R&D investments, as well as ocasional investor in several startups.


(2012-date)     Director Strategic Development, Knowledge Innovation Market (KIM) and Executive Director, MRI-International; and 

(2009-2012)     Senior Technology Advisor, Equipo Economico

(2008-2009)     International Business Director, IplusF Consulting

(2007-2008)     EU Project Manager, Inspiralia Advanced Technologies

(2003-2007)     Research Officer, Jost Institute for Tribotechnology


(2017-date)      Member of the Board, Licensing Executive Society (LES) Spain&Portugal

(2017-date)      Member of the Board, Cultural Association “Circulo Flamenco de Madrid”

(2012-2014)     Vice-President Spain Branch, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK

(2010-2012)     Industrial Liaison Spain Branch, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK

(2011-2014)     Co-founder and Managing Director, SocialBuzz


(2012)     MBA Technology Management. Open University Business School, UK

(2003)     MSc Aerospace Materials. University of Central Lancashire, UK

(2002)     BEng Mechanical Engineering. University of Central Lancashire, UK