Team

We want to help you to grow your organization with creativity and innovation from us, from our startups, from industry leaders and from academics. For this reason, we are creating a global virtual ecosystem for innovation and collaboration.

Management Team

Jara Pascual
Jara Pascual

Founder & CEO: Jara Pascual is an author and entrepreneur centered on Innovation. She is CEO and founder of 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. 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
Yannick Legré

VP Partnerships & Business Development: Yannick Legré was the director of the EGI Foundation (www.egi.eu), 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 – www.fitsm.eu) 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
Francesc Domingo

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
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.

Technical Team

Virginia Vila
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
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.

Marco Masia
Marco Masia

Trainings & Partnerships: Marco Masia (PhD, MBA) works at the intersection between research, innovation, and policy. He is the founder and Managing Director of MARMAS GmbH, a company based in Frankfurt providing consultancy services to start-ups and research institutions, and Executive Coordinator of the Initiative for Science in Europe, a no profit based in Strasbourg and representing European scientific societies and research organisations. 

Advisory Board

<strong>Robbert Fisher</strong>
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.

<strong>Ricardo Baeza-Yates</strong>
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.

<strong>Crystal Jiang </strong>
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.

<strong>Irene Lopez de Vallejo</strong>
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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