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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a Masters degree (5 years) in Environmental Science and a Master degree (1 year) in Water Resources Management in the International Cooperation.
I have been working for INGOs both in emergency and development contexts and UN agencies (FAO, WFP), in challenging environments such as Gaza Strip, Jordan, Mozambique, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sudan.
I moved to Las Palmas where I first joined the World Food Program and then I became part of Consulta Europa team where I am supporting the management of different projects.
My field experience ranges from programme management and coordination, to finance, logistics and HR management.
I have a solid experience in projects management and budget analysis: preparation and adjusting of cost estimation and activities plan, funds requests, preparing and implementing procurement and grant contracts, as well as donor compliance. I have been working with different type of funds including EU, ECHO, AICS and FAO.
My thematic expertise is in environment, which I have used across multiple sectors: livelihoods, economic development, WASH, nutrition and education.
I am fluent in English, French and Spanish, intermediate Portuguese and basic Arabic.
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 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).