Our Experts


Michelle Perello

I am the director and founder of Consulta Europa since 2009, settled company in Gran Canaria. I have been working since 2004 as a freelance consultant in EU programmes, funding and politics for innovation and territorial development. My main research interests are regional and European innovation policies, social innovation, business and innovation models. I hold a Master’s degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences and a PhD in Industrial Engineering with specialisation in innovation management at Politecnico di Torino.


Beatrice Avagnina

I have a MA in International Relations, a BA in Modern Languages, and a Master’s Programme in European funding and project development. I am expert in innovation projects and participatory approaches. Previously in my career, I provided deep-tech start-ups with innovation services to bring their technologies on the market. I managed teams of project consultants and I was involved in multiple projects of the EU Horizon, Erasmus+, Interreg, and EIC Accelerator as well as due diligence negotiations for start-ups’ equity investments. At Consulta Europa I support the lead of the company’s strategic operations together with the CEO Michelle and I supervise the management of our EU awarded projects.


Tamara Ventura

As a Canarian and European, I am interested in working for the islands, but also for the European community and its outermost regions. That is why I work at Consulta Europa, where I am in charge of the communication department, but also of the communication part of European projects such as H2020 Ruralization. I specialise in journalism and communication, community management and external action of the European Union. I have a Master’s degree in European Integration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and a Master’s degree in International Relations from RANEPA (Russia). My native language is Spanish, but I also speak English and German. I am still improving my Russian, French and Portuguese, among others.



Omar González

Omar González Valdivia graduated as Computer Engineer from the University of Computer Science, Cuba (2004-2009). With 10 years of experience in modelling, development, deployment and maintenance of desktop and web applications and in particularly in the development of e-learning platforms. In the field of European projects, Omar has experience in H2020 projects such as Soclimpact, for which he developed the Regional Exchange Information System (REIS). At Consulta Europa he is currently working on ATHENA and RURALIZATION (H2020).


Teresa Gubern

Graduated with honors in Liberal Arts and Sciences in Global Challenges, with a major in Earth Energy and Sustainability from the University of Leiden (LUC). She is finishing the Master BiMeTIC, ICT Solutions in Environment and Wellbeing, of the Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communications (IDeTIC) together with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). New to the team at Consulta Europa she is responsible for the Ruritage project. She is bilingual, English and Spanish, with a B2 in French and a basic knowledge of Dutch, German and Italian.


Rosa Caprioli

Researcher and project manager at Consulta Europa. I completed a PhD in Earth System Sciences: Environment, resources and cultural heritage from the University of Modena.I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology and MSc in Ecology from the University of Salento (Italy). I worked for CoNISMa (Consorcio Nacional de las Universidades para la Ciencia del Mar, Rome, Italy) and participated in courses and researches on Comparative Embriology from Friday Harbor Laboratories (Washington University) and Estación Biológica CNRS (Roscoff). In Consulta Europa, I deal with the development and management of Horizon Europe projects, including AquaWind project, among others.


Marlene Santacruz

I graduated in Modern Languages, I have an MA in Professional Translation and Intercultural Mediation (ULPGC) and a MA International Relations from the University of Sussex. In the latter my essays focused on environment, security and gender studies. I have experience in financial consulting for innovative start-ups within the UE EIC Accelerator. At Consulta Europa I am a Project Manager for projects such as the H2020 RURALIZATION, which seeks a development towards a new rural frontier offering new generations stimulating opportunities. I speak English and Spanish, with an intermediate level of French and basic knowledge of Chinese.


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