Alessandro Rufo  it

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Alessandro graduated in automation and control engineering, he has a master degree in Project Management and Innovation Management. His experience in the last 15 years covered different technical and business fields: in defense and space he worked in the development of innovative equipment for aeronautic applications. He has been advisor for the development of the Smart Grids, Energy Management Systems and Substation Automation Systems. He conceived, developed and managed many successful projects from a large spectrum of applications such as medical and sport devices, eco sustainable material processing and production, industrial packaging, unmanned vehicles, high efficiency engines, eco sustainable propulsion systems, farm automation, aquaculture, wearable sensors. Since 2007 he advises clients on business concept definition, business planning, project financing, and project management, influencing the new product development process from the cradle
to the market.

Fabio Manzi  it

Chief Financial Officer and Founder

Fabio is an expert in Technology Transfer. He supports innovative startups and established Small and Medium Enterprises from all over the world in their new product development processes, favoring their access to grants within the European funding Horizon 2020, since more than 8 years. He graduated in Cognitive Science at the Universiteit van Amsterdam UVA. Subsequently he began his business career in innovation management at the UPF SPECS laboratory, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In Rome, he has attained the Master in ” Technology Transfer Mediation” at the University of Tor Vergata. He finally specialized in financing and management of technological innovation with the industrial research laboratory Labor Srl, with whom he has worked with for more than 4 years, strongly contributing to the fundraising of more than 25 R&D projects.

Arianna Tibuzzi  it

Chief Quality Officer

PhD in Sensors and Electronic Devices. Fulbright fellow within the “Technology Entrepreneurship” programme at Santa Clara University, USA, on transferring innovative technologies from labs to market. From 1999 to 2010, researcher in MEMS, silicon technology, electronic devices, (bio)sensors at: FBK, Italy; University of California Berkeley, USA; National Institute for Nuclear Physics-INFN, Italy; CNEA, Argentina; National Research Council-CNR, Italy. More than 10 years experience in project management, strategic R&D and industrial partnership building, tech transfer, business and product development. Independent Expert Evaluator in FP7, Horizon 2020, Eurostars.

Alessandro Guerrucci  it

Administrative Manager & Director – Spain 

Alessandro is the Administrative Manager of the Alien TT Group, as well as Managing Director of our Spanish Subsidiary, Caravel Innovation S.L. He is an experienced Financial Analyst, graduated in Market and Financial Intermediaries Economics. He holds a Masters in Finance, Budget Analysis and Management Control. He started working as an independent Trader on financial markets, first in the stock markets and then in the currency markets. At the same time, he served the role of Branch Manager at Agos Spa and he worked as CEO for a training company on the Foreign Exchange Market in Rome. During his career, he developed remarkable skills in organizational and administrative sector, international financial market analysis, asset allocation, portfolio management, investment analysis, risk management, cost reduction plan, report and budgets writing, leadership, master classes held, personnel selection , working to targets within a team.

Valentina Loisi  

Chief Marketing Officer & Director – Spain

Since the beginning of the Horizon 2020 SME instrument, Valentina became an expert in spotting interesting innovative SMEs all over Europe and the world: more than 50% of companies scouted by her have received the funding from the European Commission. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in International Relations, both cum laude, from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where she learnt how to tackle central aspects of the international and European public sphere from an economic, legal and political point of view. Eager to learn more about EU-funded projects, she worked in Skopje on a project for the Macedonian Ministry of Information Society and Administration, while writing her Master thesis on the use of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance funds in the Western Balkans. During her studies, she was able to experience directly how public organizations, such as the UN and the European Council, function and she also worked at the LUISS Career Services.

Paul Pietrangelo  

Chief Operating Officer & Director – Ireland

Since 2013, he has concentrated on the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, working with SMEs from across the EU and the world in developing their business concepts and creating pan European collaborative partnerships with the objective of gaining finance. He graduated with Honours in Politics from the University of Southampton. During university, he spent his summer holidays starting up various business ideas, expanding the most successful of those internationally when the limits of the UK had been reached. Once graduated he worked in local government in the environmental department, researching the feasibility and planning the roll-out of cost and emissions saving methods such as the use of LED lights and a garden waste recycling service, the latter of which got successfully implemented. Paul is an English mother tongue and also speaks Italian and French.

Francesca Dini  

Quality Manager & Director – Italy

Francesca has a Biomedical Engineering degree and a PhD in Sensors and System Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She collaborated with the Linkoping University in Sweden within a Marie Curie Research fellowship, and then she continued her research work at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She was co-founder and CEO of a spin-off company, created with the aim of transferring scientific results to the market. During this time, she came in contact with technological innovation from research institutions and start-up companies. From this experience she decided to pursue brilliant business ideas to help them find their way to the market.

Justina Sauciuvenaite  

Chief Sales Officer & Director – Lithuania 

Justina is our Chief Sales Officer and Director of the Lituanian branch. Starting as one of our dedicated Project Financing Consultants, Justina rose quickly among the ranks at AlienTT. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen where she gained a Bachelor of Science in Ecology. Justina spent a lot of time exploring the Highlands and its ecosystem, with science and innovations playing a huge role in her life. She has over 5 years’ experience in the customer service industry where she performed a wide range of tasks; handling complaints and inquires, assisting in sales, promoting and organizing events and finishing with team management. She also worked as an interpreter where she met many people with different needs, expectations and values. She believes in success through hard work and dedication, thus exceeding clients expectations is what keeps her motivated.

Igne Vaisnoraite  

Chief Operating Officer – Italy

Igne has a significant international experience, starting from her homeland Lithuania and ending “dream country” USA or exotic Brazil. She has graduated Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, a degree in International relationship manager, with the 6 months exchange at University of Porto. She already accounts 2 year experience as a business consultant, had been working at one of the most promising startup in Brazil and continues her career at AlienTT . Igne has worn many hats, from business analyst and European funding consultant to team driver or dealer with the most innovative startups in Europe. She always says innovations and inspirational ideas are her driving powers.

Alessio Caracci 

Chief Operating Officer – Spain

Alessio has significant experience in H2020 and the SME sector. He graduated with a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2009. After graduation he worked as Project Manager in a SME environment, participating in assignments for both private and public institutions in Italy. He was also involved in social innovation projects, helping social entrepreneurs get projects started and funded. He has traveled over Europe and has lived in Rome, Berlin and Dublin before moving to Las Palmas in the Canaries. Alessio speaks Italian, English, some German and is now learning Spanish. He plays basketball and cultivates a small vegetable garden on his balcony.

Mary Ryan  

Executive Assistant

Mary is the Executive Assistant of Alien TT. She has completed an extensive Executive Assistant and Legal Secretary diploma. She has also completed courses in Health and Safety and First Aid Training. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mary has lived in both London and Rome. Although enjoying working in her home town, she loves to travel and loves the busyness of the bigger cities. Her background includes many years in the Customer Service field and as such she has an expert manner in dealing with our clientele. Throughout her career Mary has been sought out to help create and develop many different projects in sales, business progression and HR areas. Mary enjoys being part of an exciting team that is ever growing and loves to be challenged. She speaks both English and Irish.

Guido Manzi 

Quality Manager

Guido is one of our Quality managers, over seeing the IT infrastructure, and mathematical modelling of the internal procedures within ATT. With a Master’s degree in Physics and a PhD in Theoretical Physics fro Tor Vergata University under his belt, Guido then went on to complete a year’s post-Doc in Max Planck for Mathematics in the Sciences in Lepzig before returning back to Tor Vergata and completing another year’s post-doc in Tor Vergata University. After gaining years of experience as a Scientific coordinator, Researcher and consultant, Guido then went on to become a founding director and CEO of SUM S.R.L. . An innovative thinker, creator and mathematical whizz, Guido is a crucial voice relied on within the ATT Group.

Noemi Quesada 

Project Manager

A project manager with Alien Technology Transfer, Noemi began her adventures with us from our Dublin office. She has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, based in her hometown. She has experience managing different types of projects, thanks to her academic and professional background. Noemi has an inquisitive mind and she loves travelling. She spent two years in Australia, where she studied Accounts Administration and Accounting. She speaks Spanish, English and French.

Isabelle Gordge  

Project Manager

Isabelle works as a business analyst applying her engineering expertise to evaluating and writing H2020 project proposals. She was born in England and attended the University of Manchester where she studied Civil Engineering and spent her summers working in Madrid, Barcelona and Biarritz. After graduation, Isabelle travelled around South America before returning to Europe and settling in Rome.powers.

Alessandra Pacilli  it

Project Manager 

Alessandra matched her two main interests – Research and Entrepreneurship – in Technology Transfer. Her mission is to make people’s life better; her strength is her willingness to learn, which makes her an enthusiastic person and team worker. Her background is multi-disciplinary: after a MSc degree with honours in Biomedical Engineering in Rome, she took a PhD in Measurements for Space and Engineering from University of Padua, where she specialized in Robotics for Rehabilitation, realising from scratch an interactive robot. Upon winning an Invitalia-Fulbright scholarship, she studied Technology Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, and worked in an incubator for biomedical devices as a business analyst. Coming back in Italy, as PostDoc at “Sapienza” University of Rome, Alessandra had the opportunity to approach Research also from a managerial point of view, by supervising the team resources and writing successful grant proposals. That was the turning point that led her to completely dedicate herself to help teams in transferring powerful research ideas into successful businesses.

Steven Kiberd 

Project Manager

Steven is a business analyst, assisting in project proposal writing and the development of business plans. He was born in Ireland where he began his undergraduate degree studying Business Studies & Spanish at Dublin City University. As part of a dual-degree programme, Steven completed his studies in Madrid at Universidad Pontificia Comillas where he graduated in June 2015. During his summers Steven completed internships in both Dublin and Madrid. Upon graduation he relocated to Rome and looks forward to creating new international experiences. Steven is a native English speaker and also speaks Spanish.

Edward Emmanuel 

Project Manager

Born and raised in the the Asian tiger cities of Hong Kong and Singapore, a major blend of eastern and western sensitivities became part of his early livelihood and being. He completed 5 years of Technical Polytechnic and University Education in both his native Singapore, and current host city of Dublin, Ireland. He developed a keen interest in the dynamism and intricacies of management, business and technology, having seen out roles in Military Leadership, Quality Assurance, Software Testing, Sales Consultancy and Business Development; bringing him across the globe from Shanghai to San Francisco. Even deeper cross-cultural and business savvy was adapted from his decade-long experience, taking the best practices from all. He currently shares his commercial and technical acumen for the funding of promising ventures within the EU.

Colm Dodd  ie

Project Manager

A dynamic, energetic project manager, Colm’s work experience has spanned a range of responsibilities across a wide spectrum of industries. From hands-on skilled work in construction to mechanical and design engineering at a major chemical company, he brings his whole life’s experience to every project. The work ethic of a start-up founder, the focus of a lifelong martial artist, and the grit of a ground worker bound together by the mind of an engineer. Colm graduated with honours from the Dublin Institute of Technology, with a degree in Manufacturing and Design Engineering, he also draws on his skills as a creative writer to bring his work to life.

Gavin Nevin 

Project Manager

An Irish native, Gavin started his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. During this four year course was when he was first introduced to entrepreneurship, business and project management. During part of his studies he and a few of his fellow students created a business model for an innovative solution, winning awards and recognition from heads of universities and businesses. Following on from this success the development of the company began with first-hand experience in writing business plans and proposals and working alongside chief executives, investors and organisations, receiving national recognition. Here at Alien TT he is in his element working on helping SMEs within Europe develop their business with funding to reach commercialization.

 

Brendan Clarke 

Project Manager

Brendan completed his four year degree in Physics and Astrophysics at Trinity College in his hometown of Dublin. He has a passionate interest in scientific communication and outreach, having been involved in several campaigns promoting public interest in science, technology engineering and mathematics. After graduation, he worked as a researcher at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam where he studied the observational properties of active galactic nuclei. He then took up his current position of Project Manager at Alien Technology Transfer due to his interest in the development of technologies into profitable businesses, particularly technologies that fall out of fundamental scientific research. He also has experience working within education and customer service. A keen musician, Brendan also enjoys performing regularly in his spare time.

Nuria Ferrera Lorenzo 

Project Manager

Nuria was born in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). She is a Chemical engineer with a masters in Energy. When she finished her degree, she decided to expand their knowledge in the R&D fields, doing her phD in Energy Engineering at the University of Oviedo (Asturias, Spain). Once the phD was achieved, Nuria decided to guide her professional experience to the private sector in the R&D project management. She has previously worked and lived in the north of Spain and the UK but, missing the sun has returned to the Canary Islands, joining Alien TT’s Las Palmas offices’ as Project Manager,

Francisco Javier Miranda Velazquez 

Project Manager

Francisco was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), where he completed a four-year degree in Civil Engineering. During his first professional experience at an engineering company, he developed a keen interest in Project Management and Planning from Polytechnic University of Madrid. During this Master, he learned the best techniques in organisation and control of business projects. After getting wide professional experience in Madrid, London, and his home town, he moved away from his technical background into areas of business, earning a Master’s Degree in international Business from Camilo Jose Cela Unicerity of Madrid, as part of a grant awarded by the Government, in which he learned how to address the main challenges faced by a globalized business. Nowadays, he is a Project Manager at Alien Technology Transfer. First in Dublin and now in Las Palmas, he is applying his knowledge and experience in support SMEs to turn strong, innovative business ideas into winners on the market.

Ivano Manfredonia 

Project Manager

Ivano is a project manager with a relevant experience in EU project proposals since the FP7 funding program. He graduated in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic of Bari. After graduation, he worked for three years as junior project manager and prototype lab technical consultant for a biotech spin-off company of the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome. During these years, he earned a PhD in Telecommunication and Microelectronics Engineering from Tor Vergata University as outcome of a multidisciplinary wok aimed at enhancing the readout signal in multi transaction biosensor instruments for a new concept of environmental monitoring swarm sensor network. Over the last while he dedicated to support innovative SMEs in the field of Modular Smart Building and Remote Piloted Aircraft System (drones) as project consultant and fundraising manager. His continuous desire fo fostering promising technologies and the willingness to work in an international, dynamic and stimulating environment led him to cross AlienTT’s path.

Bevan Carr  ie

Project Manager

Bevan was born and raised in the fair city of Dublin. He completed a certificate in Computer Games Technology in Scotland before returning to his home city of Dublin to purse his passion for science and technology through a degree in Physics and Astrophysics at Trinity College Dublin. With experience ranging from sales consulting and editing to carpentry and research, he now leverages his broad skill set in assisting innovative SMEs to draft grant proposals for funding from the European Union.

Michael Grasty 

Project Manager

A lawyer by trade but a curious mind by design, this South American found at Alien TT, a group of individuals that shared his passion for technology transfer. With a keen interest in problem solving, Michael started working as a corporation lawyer for Morales y Besa, Chilean based law firm, where he mostly advised international clients. After working there for two years he took a leap of faith that landed him working for a transmission pipeline in New Zealand. As part of the commercial and regulatory team for First Gas Limited (previously Maui Development Limited), he gained technical and commercial acumen in the gas industry; from knowing how to validate gas measurement at every gate, to dealing with the complex world of gas balancing trades. Fluent in Spanish, English and German, it came naturally to him that the Italian subsidiary of Alien TT was the next move. As Alien’s Project Manager, Michael wants to bring a different perspective to our client’s traditional problems.

Ewa Ali 

Project Manager

Ewa has graduated at the top of her class with a Master’s of Science degree in Public Policy from the University of Maastricht. After her graduation she worked on a large scale project with the United Nations International Labour Organisation in Jordan conducting a feasibility study and costing analysis of introducing social protections program. She then moved to the private sector working for one of the world’s top five management consultancies in Dusseldorf, Germany, where she worked specifically on innovation management related projects. Being part of a small team working within the area of European Commission related projects, Ewa supported the creation of a spin-off non-profit organisations, specialized in innovation management support services for SMEs, especially within the Horizon 2020 programs. She has an extensive experience in training professionals in innovation management. Ewa currently works in the Dublin office of Alien Technology Transfer. Originally from Poland, Ewa lived, studied and worked in 6 different countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Switzerland, Jordan and Lebanon.

Adrien Raucoules  

Project Manager

Driven by efficiency, organization and an aptitude for learning, Adrien completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Tennessee in Mecahnical Engineering with exchange experience at Politecnico di Torino. During his schooling, Adrien was able to get a broad range of hands on technical experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Army Research Laboratory in the areas of research and development, 3D printing, and project management. Having been born in Lyon, France and living in the southern United States, his desire to connect with internationally and scientifically inclined professionals lead him to a Project Manager position with Alien Technology Transfer in Rome, where he helps bring innovative ideas to life. Living an active and culturally diverse lifestyle is the key to his personal and professional development, where he strives to excel and minimize learning curves with whatever tasks are at hand.

Kazimieras Mazonas it

Project Financing Consultant

Kazimieras knew the direction of his professional career from the early stages of his studies. He gained infinite experience completing his bachelor of science in International Business and Communication at ISM University of Management and Economics. He is hugely passionate about what he does and strives to achieve.He still furthered his wisdom whist working as Senior Manager with the European Union structural funds consultancy firm, consulting in both legal and individual persons. Writing a thesis on the complex workings of the European B2B sector has made him somewhat of an expert in his field. As one of our Project Financing Consultants his vast knowledge and overwhelming enthusiasm is hugely beneficial to both ATT and our clients. It is Kazimieras’ strong belief that transparent and dedicated cooperation will benefit hugely in mutual growth. Kazimieras’ skills don’t stop at the office door however. A talented snowboarder, Kazimieras loves nothing more than to escape to his native snowy winter slopes of Lithuania with his snowboard and his dog!

Jussara Alayon  

Project Financing Consultant

A Project Financing Consultant with Alien TT, Jussara finished her degree in Journalism and continued to learn the different strategies and intricacies of Marketing, a field in which she calls home. She has been gaining professional experience in Sales and Marketing over the last couple of years in different countries; namely Spain and Australia. Following these adventures, she decided to join ATT to pursue her interest in helping new and innovative projects climb to the top of the market, keeping her clients positive on a day to day basis with her sunny disposition. She is proud knowing that she has assisted her courageous clients to reach their goals doing what she knows best; finding different alternatives and the best solutions available.

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Beatriz Madrid Clares 

Project Financing Consultant

Beatriz graduated in Law at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She spent her last course of studies at Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, thanks to an Erasmus Program, which enabled her to travel around 14 countries falling in love with meeting new places and experiencing new cultures. After she finished the Erasmus Program, she began studying Social Security but realizing that wasn’t her vocation, left her life in Spain, moving to England to work and improve on her English. She is currently completing her master degree in Intellectual Property and New Technologies at UNIR. She also loves all types of sport and is an animal lover.

Andrea Marchig 

Project Financing Consultant

Andrea is a Project Financing Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer.
After his Master Degree in Diplomatic Sciences and International Relations at Trieste University he immediately started working in international contexts.
His career started in the field of renewable energies working for a company active on Russian and European markets. In such context he gained experience in B2B relations, customer care, sales and promotion.
In these years he had the chance to experience small enterprises struggles in a competitive field as renewable energies and dealt with many manufacturers and traders different requests and expectations.
He believes that it’s essential for small and medium enterprises to be supported in their business and development by professionals who personally experienced the situations they deal with. Therefore he’s glad to provide the best support to companies willing to develop their innovative business projects through European Commission funding opportunities.

Indre Remeikyte it

Project Financing Consultant

Indre is a Project Financing Consultant passionate about supporting innovative SMEs in their quest to change the status-quo. Indre holds a Bachelors in Tourism and Hotel Management from Kaunas University of Applied Sciences. She has written her thesis on the application of innovative technologies in the Tourism sector and has experienced entrepreneurship first-hand as a project member for the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). After working for two years with various applications to serve client needs in the aviation industry, Indre has turned to helping SMEs succeed in their innovation journey.  When Indre is not assisting the next big innovators, she enjoys traveling and experiencing unique cultures as well as an occasional lindyhop dance evening.

Lukas Kulertas it

Project Financing Consultant

Lukas is a Project Financing Consultant at Alien technology transfer. He earned a bachelor of science in International Business and Communication at ISM University of Management and Economics, with exchange experience at EDHEC Business School in France. While doing his internship at one of the leading fruit and vegetables wholesale companies in Baltic States, Lukas wrote his bachelor thesis focusing on B2B sector to acquire extensive knowledge on market research and business expansion solutions. He decided to join ATT because of a strong belief that he will be contributing to the good of society by helping innovative technology’s to reach the market and improve people’s lives. Lukas is extremely dedicated to every task in order to reach the best outcome for his clients. His tenacious attitude from the previous experience as a basketball player, gives him a strong desire to constantly improve and exceed client’s expectations.

Pricilla Weixler 

Project Financing Consultant

Pricilla is a Project Financing Consultant with Alien Technology Transfer. She graduated from the University of Freiburg where she gained a Bachelor of Science in Public and non-Profit Management with exchange experience in Turin, Italy. Already passionate about any innovation topic during her studies, she wrote her thesis about the impact of social capital on innovation. As she wished to get more practical insights in the startup scene she went to Tel Aviv to work for an ideationLab. Pricilla decided to join Alien TT to meet the newest innovations first hand. She is a dedicated worker and strongly motivated to achieve the best results for her clients. In her hobbies outside the office, she’s really happy being out in the nature with her friends and family.