Our Experts


Michelle Perello

After having worked in Brussels as consultant on EU funds for almost 10 years, in 2009 I established Consulta Europa to act as intermediary organization to connect Canary Islands and Europe and as private territorial development agency. My objective was to promote a sustainable and responsible growth of remote territories leveraging on EU funded projects. Having studied International Relations, I strongly believe in international cooperation. My personal and professional interests in entrepreneurship, led me to start a Phd in innovation. Through the Phd I had the opportunity to explore different aspects of innovation and I eventually focused my research on social innovation. Studying different practices of social innovation, I realised women had a strong potential in leading social innovation initiatives, since usually women are more sensitive to connect profit and social values and I started exploring gender studies. I have managed to dive deeper in my research interests promoting and participating in several European projects. Apart from that, I am mother of two wonderful children and a tango dancer.


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.


Victor Martínez

I am a Marketing-Communications Specialist with driven experience across 5+ years in related roles helping companies to grow their business online and offline. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, with specialization in Advertising and Public Relations and also a Master’s degree in Marketing and Digital Business. During my previous work experience, I have coordinated marketing and communication teams developing digital products related to sustainability, self-consumption and e-mobility.


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.


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).


Silvia Pérez Palomo

Graduated in Graphic Design, where I have learnt how to use graphic language to generate messages and communicate contents of different nature with different media and for different communication channels. At Consulta Europa, I am in charge of the development of products and graphic materials and I support in the communication activities of our European projects.

Project Manager & External Expert

Sara Rebollo Ramírez

A degree in Translation and Interpretation, Expertise in International Cooperation Project Management for Development, and Master’s in International Business and Marketing have made me a versatile and multifunctional professional.

With over ten years of experience in managing international projects (such as Erasmus+, POCTEFEX, Interreg MAC) and international cooperation for development, I have worked with countries in Central Asia, Europe (including outermost regions), West Africa, and Kenya. My expertise lies in sectors such as education, migration, health, female entrepreneurship, tourism, environment, and gender, where I have been involved in the development and coordination of transnational projects.

At Consulta Europa, I support the coordination and communication of European projects across different fields.

Project Manager & External Expert

Patrizio Ricci

With a background in Contemporary History from the University of Roma Tre, a specialized master’s in Chinese Studies from the University of Glasgow and European Project Planning and Management from PIXEL, Florence, I have cultivated diverse expertise in European and international project management.

I bring my experience from various international settings, starting at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, focusing on innovative educational methodologies within the Erasmus+ framework. Progressing through roles such as Project Financing Consultant for SMEs at AlienTT and European Project Manager at Mine Vaganti NGO in Italy, I have managed numerous projects simultaneously, among sectors like education, technology, and social innovation, all this culminating in the founding of my very own non-profit organization, Asociación Uno.

At Consulta Europa, I leverage over six years of professional experience to help manage research, education, and innovation projects to bridge local challenges with European-wide solutions.


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