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.


Cira Mendoza

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Tourism Management and Planning from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). I also completed a PhD in Applied Economics, granted with a pre-doctoral contract from the Canary Islands government. I have worked as a lecturer at the ULPGC as well as researching on several projects related to my principal area of interest: economy applied to tourism and transport. At Consulta Europa, I manage the H2020 ATHENA project and I am responsible for the Regional Focal Point for the Macaronesian region of the Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores within the LIFE4BEST initiative of the BEST LIFE programme.


Annick Bilhou

Graduate in Business Administration and Management in France. As Business developer in a public US organisation in Europe for 12 years and as Trade expert in a EU private organisation for 2 years, I have experience in implementing and coordinating trade and investments projects as well as conducting trade missions and investment seminars across Europe. I speak five European languages (French, Italian, English, Spanish and German). In Consulta Europa, I deal with the development and management of Horizon 2020 projects, including FORWARD project, among others.


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.


Beatrice Avagnina

I have a MA in International Relations, BA in Modern Languages, and Master’s Programme in European funding and project development. I am expert in innovation projects and participatory approaches. Previously in my career, I have provided deep-tech start-ups with innovation services to bring their technologies on the market. I was involved in multiple projects of the EU EIC Accelerator and due diligence negotiations for start-ups’ equity investments. At Consulta Europa, I have managed the H2020 IC-Health project dealing with co-creation, and now I am in charge of the H2020 FORWARD project to support innovation & research excellence in Outermost Regions.

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