President & 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.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Chief People Officer
Srijan has an extensive experience around Business and Product Innovation, Business Development, Technical Development, Digitalization and Digital transformation in a matrix organization and startup environments. He has worked with a wide range of stakeholders from large complex organizations to nimble startups in multi-cultural environments across USA, Europe and India.Srijanhas a deep passion for technology and wide understanding of business alongside a strong track record of turn-around and end-to-end execution of green field Projects. With a Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering, he possesses a unique mix of hands-on experience in both worlds – Technology and Business. He enjoys endurance sports, culinary arts, DIY projects, programming and travel as interests.
Chief Information Officer
Sergio is a technologist who, over the time, became more and more interested in processes and products. With a degree in Software Engineering, when he eventually gave up his ambition to pursue a career in the music industry, he focused on software development and hardware hacking, and ended up working in many different industries (avionics, industrial automation, gamification, healthcare, oil&gas, online gaming and tourism among the others). Passionate about technical innovation and UX, South America and magic realism, jazz and MPB, he’s an avid reader and traveler, who lived in three countries and worked in four continents.
Chief of Project Consulting – EIC
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.
Chief of Fund Consulting
Indrė Juozapaitė is the Head of Sales at AlienTT. She makes sure the best-fitting and the most prospective technology companies around the globe become AlienTT customers. Indrė oversees an international team of Funding Consultants covering various funding opportunities.
Indrė has joined AlienTT in 2016 as a Funding Consultant. Due to continuous strive for excellence and previous experience in sales and customer support, Indrė has successfully grown together with AlienTT and now oversees the sales function.
Indrė values great execution and strives to empower Funding Consultants to deliver fair, equitable and mutually beneficial agreements with AlienTT customers and partners.
Outside of the office, Indrė is a surfing and active-lifestyle enthusiast who also enjoys some homemade culinary magic.
Chief of Project Consulting – SBIR
Gabriele has a strong background and an extensive research experience in Life Sciences. After an MSc degree with honors in cell biology at the University of Milan, he moved to England where he enrolled at the University College of London to perform a PhD in molecular biology. During his graduate studies, Gabriele became an expert in genome stability and cancer biology by working on the DNA replication mechanisms of tumour cells at the London Research Institute, funded by Cancer Research UK. He came back to Italy for a three-year post-Doc at the Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) in Milan. Here, he led research projects focused on discovery of new genes associated with rare diseases working in collaboration with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona. After several years of active laboratory research, Gabriele decided to apply his scientific knowledge to the business world. Within AlienTT, he works to make sure that promising scientific research is made available to everybody by launching it into successful businesses.
Senior Project Team Manager – Spain
Since 2015, Steven has supported companies from various sectors (such as transport, renewable energy, biotechnology, healthcare) through project management and successfully raising funds to commercialise world-class technology, primarily received through H2020 – the largest EU Research and Innovation programme to date with nearly €80 billion of funding available. Prior to joining Alien Technology Transfer, Steven completed a dual bachelor’s degree in Global Business Studies & Spanish, graduating from both Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland) and Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain). Born in Ireland, Steven is a native English Speaker and also speaks Spanish.
Senior Project Team Manager – India
Raviteja is a PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology and has a Masters degree from University of Hyderabad. During graduate studies, he received training across disciplines encompassing Natural Sciences and basic Social Sciences. He received highly competitive and prestigious Kishore Vaigyanik Prothahan Yojna (KVPY) fellowship during graduation and CSIR & Shyama Prasad Mukherjee research fellowships during PhD. He has also been at various academic institutions across South Asia and Europe and participated in executing many collaborative research projects. Raviteja is deeply interested in technology evaluation, data driven discussion making and institution building. He is an ardent follower of innovative technologies in fields of construction, agriculture, transportation and healthcare. When not science-ing or tech-ing, he is usually researching on minimalist lifestyles and binge-watching medieval dramas.
Senior Project Team Manager
Serena’s love for Life Sciences started during secondary school and it was sealed with an MSc degree with honours in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Her passion for Research led her to pursue a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology in Rome. During this time, Serena focused her studies on the genetic networks controlling the rate of cell differentiation and organ growth during plant development. She then moved to the Netherlands for a three-year post-Doc at Wageningen University, where she investigated the dynamics of stem cell behaviour in plant stem cell niches.
Senior Funding Consultant Manager – India
Arjun Ananth is a Senior Funding Consultant Manager at Alien TT, wherein he strategizes, trains and leads a team of Funding Consultants to achieve their sales targets set out by Alien TT. As a Senior Funding Consultant Manager, Arjun is the point of contact and representative of the sales team at India for the Alien TT leadership.
Graduated from the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad with a MBA in Strategy & Leadership, Arjun joined Alien Technology Transfer in 2019. Before working at Alien, Arjun had extensive experience in Business Development & Operations, having worked for exciting start-ups in the Sports and peripheral education industry.
Arjun likes speaking to people about new business ideas and how they can help add value to a particular industry and the world. This is accentuated with his role at Alien TT where he is able to speak to innovators and exciting businesses. He gets an extra sense of pleasure, knowing that he can be a small part in the growth and success story of the business by helping them raise money through the Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator and the SBIR grant schemes.
Apart from work, you can find Arjun participating in quizzes, or following the journey of his favourite sports teams. He also likes to travel and is fond of exploring different cultures.
Funding Consultant Manager
Vinaya Gedam is a Funding Consultant Manager (FCM) at Alien Technology Transfer, where she is responsible for the promotion of our services while helping innovative small businesses secure funding through public grants. As an FCM, Vinaya coaches and manages a team of Funding Consultants through all the phases of the sales cycle.
Having completed her MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune she has a right mix of strong analytical and interpersonal skills. Previously, she worked with the prestigious Tata Group where she gained rich experience in business development & strategy. After joining Alien Technology Transfer, she has contributed consistently to the sales target, including having newest Funding Consultants in her team to sign contracts in training period itself.
Vinaya likes to work in challenging environments which offers learning opportunities and an impetus to both professional and personal growth. This aligns perfectly with the dynamic and ever-growing scale of business at Alien Technology Transfer.
Outside work, you will find Vinaya enjoying a good read or indulging in good music.
Project Team Manager
Paul comes from England and has a background in chemical research and technology transfer. His university career began in the UK with an MChem at Durham University, including an extended research project at an academic institute in Germany. He then moved to the University of Bristol for a PhD in multidisciplinary chemical synthesis, including aspects of research & innovation and intellectual property. His project was conducted in collaboration with a major pharmaceutical company. Paul concluded his time in research with a project at Kyoto University in Japan, where he also enjoyed travelling and learning about Japanese culture. He then spent three years helping university researchers to commercialise their research output through IP licensing and the creation of spin-out ventures as a Project Consultant at a leading UK Technology Transfer Office. Paul is excited to help European SMEs achieve commercialization as a member of the AlienTT PM Team in Rome.
IT Team Leader
Born and raised in Rome, Giorgio started his university career at Engineering Management when he came across his passion for the tech world. Later on he engaged in a Master Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, finishing in December 2017, after an exchange period in Norway. During his last year of school, he worked at a consultant company. After graduation he deepened his research on detection and profiling.
Project Team Manager
Beatrice is a Project Consultant at Alien’s Las Palmas Office. She holds a Master’s in International Relations from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). She previously worked for a Spanish SME specialized in smart, sustainable and inclusive strategies for territorial development, where she was in charge of developing and managing H2020 and Interreg Europe research projects. She also collaborated with the International Relations Office of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Beatrice participated in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme as a would-be entrepreneur and, thanks to this experience, she decided she wanted to help SMEs and start-ups convert their innovative business ideas into successful realities.
When possible, she goes travelling; she also likes books, arts and languages (Russian in the first place).
Project Team Manager
Born and raised in Rome, Alberto graduated in Political Science & International Relations at Luiss Guido Carli University (Rome). As a passionate advocate of the European Union, he deepened his knowledge on EU Affairs, obtaining a Master of Arts in European Studies and a Master in European Project Planning & Management, where he specialised in public and private EU funding schemes.
After a first work experience in Brussels dealing with EU Tenders, he spent the last three years working as an Innovation Consultant, successfully supporting innovative SMEs and large companies in accessing European, national and regional funding. Alberto has considerable expertise through the whole “fund-raising chain”, from proposal/business plan drafting to project management and accounting.
As for his personal interests, Alberto is a sports lover and enjoys travelling to discover new sights and experience new cultures.
Project Team Manager
Riccardo is a curious engineer with a multidisciplinary background and a passion for R&D. He obtained a BSc in chemical engineering and a MSc with honors in nanotechnologies engineering from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. He then moved to Ireland where he worked on protein molecular dynamics at the University College Dublin. Successively, he moved to the UK for a PhD at the University of Southampton focusing on the development of a highly integrated organ-on-chip platform for personalized drug development. He continued developing lab-on-chip devices in his post-Doc at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, where he worked on multiparametric single-cell analysis using microfluidic impedance cytometry. He spends most of his free time travelling, gaming or trying new extreme sports.
Project Team Manager
Francesca comes from Italy and has a background in Political Science and Project Management.
For more than 10 years she has been writing, managing and reporting complex innovation projects, funded by national and international donors at first in the international cooperation field (spending one year in Cambodia and a few months in India) and, in the last 7 years, in the research and innovation area collaborating with international consulting companies, Embassies, Academia and SMEs, creating new partnerships, drafting budgets and projections, developing business plans and feasibility studies.
She is driven by organization and efficiency and has a strong attitude for working in different cultures situations.
Chief Quality Officer
Francesca Dini is Chief Quality Officer at AlienTT, where she ensures that the highest quality standards for our project consulting services are met. As a Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator expert, Francesca is a reference for the project consulting teams, which she supports with coaching, training and constant supervision towards successful results.
After the graduation from the University of Rome Tor Vergata with a Master in Biomedical Engineering, she completed a PhD in Sensor and System Engineering and pursued her post-doctoral research at the University. Francesca joined Alien Technology Transfer in 2015. She started as a Project Consultant, then she managed the project consulting team in Rome, and in 2017 she moved to the Quality Department.
Francesca believes that ambition is the major driver towards high quality and skilled knowledge. As Chief Quality Officer, she aims at transferring her passion and expertise to colleagues, as well as supporting the company in developing new business lines.
Besides innovation, Francesca is passionate about photography, and she is carrying on a personal long-term project that she has exposed in a solo-exhibition.
Chief Innovation Scout
Gregorio Rodriguez d’Acri is the Senior Chief Innovation Scou at AlienTT, where he identifies promising startups and SMEs, discerning between state-of-the-art and cutting-edge innovation. His evaluations are based on deep generalist knowledge and analyses of current funding trends both in venture capital and public funding.
Gregorio is a multidisciplinary engineer, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kings College London, a PhD and a post-doc in Bioprocess Engineering from University College London.
Since joining in 2018, Gregorio has become an expert in the EIC Accelerator and SBIR. He has identified thousands of promising companies, many of which have become grant beneficiaries with AlienTT’s support. Through knowledge of innovation trends and funding policy, he designs and revises the marketing plan to reach the most innovative companies.
As a Quality Manager, Gregorio offers his support in developing new business intelligence strategies for AlienTT’s activities and pilots the technologies for our own relentless Digital Transformation.
His passion for innovation is somewhat in contrast with his fondness for old motors, in particular his vintage motorcycle for which, albeit his best efforts, can’t find the source of the oil leak.
Corporate Legal Officer
Alexandra Knopova is a Corporate Legal Officer at Alien Technology Transfer where she oversees all legal and compliance procedures of the company.
Alexandra studied and worked in three European countries before settling in Italy where she started to work for an international consulting company with branches all over Europe. To further her education, Alexandra took the decision to continue to study Law in Italy, thus completing her second Law degree before joining Alien Technology Transfer. The international experience helped Alexandra to become more open-minded and to obtain a creative approach for the resolution of the problems. Alexandra speaks 4 languages fluently – Slovak, Czech, Italian and English – and is always happy to learn a new one.
In her free time she enjoys writing, traveling, tennis, and boxing.
HR Manager – Spain
Throughout her career Mary has been sought out to help create and develop many different business lines in sales, business progression and HR areas. Starting as Executive Assistant in Alien’s beginning days, she helped develop many areas in the company, both externally and internally. With many years experience in customer service, Mary has a natural gift for understanding people and their needs which comes through in her position as HR manager. Mary enjoys being part of an exciting team and loves the challenge of helping the team grow not only in numbers but in personal and professional development. She speaks both English, Irish and is mastering Spanish.
Elena was born in England. Lived in Italy, Switzerland and Brazil. She has traveled all over the world from a very early age in countries very different from each other, which has given her an understanding and deep respect for all cultures. She has worked in different fields and developed her skills in company efficiency analysis, monitoring of results compared to budgets, dealing with clients and suppliers, quality system, planning and problem-solving. The international structure of Alien TT and mission to support small businesses develop their ideas, is something that has appealed to her immediately.
Senior Quality Manager
Justina has been dedicated AlienTT team member for the last 3 years. Starting as one of our Funding Consultants, Justina rose quickly among the ranks at AlienTT. Currently, she is acting as Quality Manager with a specific focus on the Marketing Department.
Justina graduated from the University of Aberdeen where she gained a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, which gave a start for her hunger to know existing and future technologies to improve the life and safety. While having a great opportunity to work from Israel, a great start-up powerhouse, she became eager to bring all the extraordinary innovations to the daylight. Technologies bring the excitement to Justina’s life as it gives a chance to have a glance into the future and with AlienTT she can contribute to shaping the future by helping exceptional innovations to reach all of us.
Davide Simonetti is a Quality Manager at AlienTT, aiming to ensure the highest quality project consulting services for our clients.
As a Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator expert, Davide supports the project consulting teams with coaching and training activities.
After a MSc in Biomedical Engineering at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Davide obtained a PhD in Bioengineering from UCBM of Rome with a focus on assistive and rehabilitation robotics.Davide joined AlienTT in 2018, decided to exploit his professional abilities to transfer brilliant research ideas into powerful business opportunities. Before joining the Quality Team, Davide was a successful Project Team Manager, helping several AlienTT clients to obtain the EIC funding.Davide is passionate about highly innovative technologies and, as Quality Manager, he is committed to ensure that the top-quality European innovations successfully reach the market.
As a former swimmer, Davide crossed the “Strait of Messina” for two times and during his honeymoon, he got the driving license in the Cook Islands. Today, he loves to spend his free time practicing sport, travelling and enjoying the good company of his family and friends.
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 Consultant 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.
Machine Learning Specialist
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.
Junior Full Stack Developer
Anand Sekar works as a Software developer at Alien TT, building TypeWiser and contributing to the maintenance of its dependent libraries. As a member of the IT team within Alien TT, he also contributes to maintaining the internal systems and infrastructure.
Hailing from the coastal city of Chennai, containing one of the longest urban beaches across the world, Anand graduated top of the university in computer science from SRM university, before Joining Alien TT in 2019. Anand firmly believes that a head full of fears has no place for dreams, and applies this every day to solve complex problems in the best way possible.
In his free time, you can see Anand binge-watching football matches, contributing to open source, and doing competitive coding challenges.
Tech Lead India
Born and raised in India, Rahul is a well-qualified developer familiar with a wide range of programming utilities. He holds a Bachelor degree in computer science and engineering.
He worked for various organizations and have good experience in Web and Mobile App development. He is passionate about new technologies and enjoys learning new trends. Apart from work he loves playing cricket and badminton.
Front End Developer
Bharath Govardhanam is a Front End Developer at AlienTT, where he is working on user interaction and developing user interfaces for applications. In his role, Bharath is working with the Typewiser focused on enhancing accessibility and providing enriched user experience.
Graduated from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Bharath joined Alien Technology Transfer in 2019. Before joining Alien TT, he was working as Manager, Programming for Jegan Research Associates Pvt. Ltd. Here, he was part of the core team since 2013 and contributed in building the programming team for the startup.
Bharath is passionate about web development and is focused on quality. He is ambitious to develop beautiful user-facing applications with best user experience. With Typewiser and other products, AlienTT provides this opportunity of working with a versatile set of users.
Apart from work, you can find Bharath reading books and articles on the internet. He also loves cooking, playing cricket and badminton.
Full Stack Developer
Hails from India, nicknamed Rego is a passionate coder who loves challenges. He completed his Electronics Engineering Degree in Bangalore,India and colloborated on a couple of innovative Tech startups during his degree. These startups were in the field of Industrial Automation Products and IOT security and on top freelanced as a Web Designer. Always has a zeal in him to achieve great heights. Plays cricket and football on weekends. Big fan of Harry Potter series, says that he will do the same magic with his code in our new office in Hyderabad, India.
Senior Software Developer
Antonio Florido is a Senior Python Developer at Alien TT, leading the ERP department where he develops solutions to handle internal information secure and up to date.
During his studies as a Software Engineer in Las Palmas he worked for companies developing solutions to them and improving his own career as a developer gaining expierence very soon. Before joining the ERP department he helped to create the basis for other project in the company applying his expierence to it.
Antonio is a technology enthusiast and is always trying to be up to date in several fields like machine learning, big data and as a “Pythonist” everything about the python world.
Junior Full Stack Developer
Arup is a geek from India. His interest in the tech world exists since the beginning of the universe. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech degree in SRM-IST. He is always eager to learn and work on new technologies. He believes in the idea: A day without learning is a day wasted. He had interned for a couple of organizations in the field of data analytics and web development. Apart from his work and academic life, he is an otaku and plays E-sports.
Tech Support Specialist
Born and raised in Hyderabad, graduated in Electronic and communication engineer in 2015.Interest towards software made me join HCL in the same year I graduated as a “Graduate Engineer Trainee” and become a senior analyst. Worked on Mobile device management for the client Cox Communication (US 3rd largest cable company) Worked as technical support engineer for an Enterprise Mobility Management product developed by Wenable Technologies.As I worked on support with direct interaction with customers, now I want to learn web development and my ambtion is to be a programmer as well. Interested to read novels and to play cricket in free time.
Raffaele is a passionate Graphic Designer, born in Italy, who travels a lot for work and personal interest. He is the result of a mix of scientific studies in Sciences of Communication, Computer Engineering and artistic attitude.
He was a graphic designer pioneer at the beginning of his career in the late 80s, when computer graphics were still a science fiction topic; he developed his skills through several collaborations in publishing and media entertainment business, having the chance to work for major companies like the Italian national television RAI, Mediaset, MTV and recently for Netflix.
With the advent of the web, Raffaele naturally moved into the digital world, starting a new enthusiastic phase, focusing on web design and social media.
He also has teaching experience in graphic design, web design and advertising at Studio Arts College International and Florence Design Academy.
He uses to say that he feels lucky to be part of Generation X because he can appreciate the best of both the analogic and digital world.
Associate HR Manager
Shree hails from India and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. She has experience working with dynamic cross-functional teams, recruitment and has facilitated change in the organisational structure with the senior management in my previous organisations.
She strongly believes in the fact “Action speaks louder than voice” and has portrayed results. Working alongside motivated employees and keeping the work environment positive and learning-oriented have always been her prime concern.
What keeps her pumped up are indoor and outdoor activities like adventure sports, sports, painting, pulling random strings on the ukulele etc.
Hailing from Goa, India, Hemang holds a Masters Degree in Computer Networking with specialisation in Cyber Security. He has been engaged in providing L2/L3 Technical Support for B2B EDI, WCS eCommerce websites, RPA with UiPath, Automation Anywhere & Blue Prism and Network Infrastructure Support in this previous organisation.
Apart from work he is passionate about Adventure Sports and has secured podium spots for the State of Goa in Baseball and Karate at National and Asian Levels.
Associate HR Manager
Diane, hailing from Kerala, is a people capability expert with experience in HR digital transformation and talent acquisition.
She completed her Post Graduation with specialisation in HR from XIME and has a keen interest in human behaviour. In her previous organisation she was able to transform employees’ experiences and HR services delivery.
Her work and skills were recognised by various management fraternities with awards like Re-Imaginer, Young Manager etc.
She is interested in various cuisines and is an excellent baker.
Harish was born and brought up in Chennai, India.
He holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science. In his previous organisation he was responsible for automating deployments, integrating pipelines, and managing microservices.
He is a Google certified Kubernetes Engine Architect and has worked with various cloud platforms and devops tools like docker, kubernetes, ELK, Ansible, Terraform. Harish is passionate about learning new technologies on the market. In his free time he likes playing cricket and badminton.
Sonu hails from India and has experience working in various fields like biomaterials, polymers, carbon nanomaterials, organic/inorganic corrosion inhibitors etc.
She holds a master’s degree in Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore. During her graduation, she worked on Size Effect Studies and Electron Microscopy Laboratory with her research focused on studying Electrochemical behaviour of PVD and CVD based coatings. In her previous employment, she worked as a Project Engineer working closely with their clients and providing rust preventive solutions for their assets. Within a short span of her employment, she was made the product development head at the firm.
Sonu is gregarious in nature and loves to travel, photography and binge on science-fiction movies and novels. She is a Crichton fan, and retro melodies keeps her up.
Rahul hails from the city of Nawabs (Lucknow), he has completed his graduation and post graduation from Amity University(UG) & ITM University(PG) in Human Resource Management, respectively.
He has a keen interest in the field of Biotechnology and Life sciences and all the trends that follow through. He has over three years of experience working as a Human Resource professional with a dynamic & engaging audience which has given me a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. What he is good at, and the reason why he is here, is getting the right people, businesses and great ideas in a room together. He believes in the idea of “Getting the work done” even if it takes a little more effort.
What keeps Rahul going is his undying passion for Football and Formula 1 racing sports which keeps one healthy and focused.
Aditi has a PhD in Chemical Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and a Master’s in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
During her PhD Aditi also worked as a Commercialisation Analyst at the technology transfer office at her university, which propelled Aditi to seek a career in technology commercialisation. Aditi has also worked as a technology specialist at Shusaku Yamamoto a leading intellectual property law firm in Japan. Aditi has experience working on the patent prosecution for a number of pharmaceutical and chemical and materials chemistry technologies.
In her free time Aditi likes to travel, watch movies and read.
Maria Trecca is an Executive Assistant at Alien Technology Transfer, where she helps things run smoothly and innovation takes place. Her biggest interests are people and writing. After graduating from John Cabot University in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Psychology and earning a postgraduate degree in Journalism, she graduated from the Rome Business School, where she earned a master’s degree in Marketing and Communication.
Her versatile nature is well-reflected in her eclectic professional background: from working at the Sky press release department, to being an English teacher, to working in office administration, all the way through to writing about her hometown Rome in a travel blog.
Her inclination to explore new territory embraces the innovative nature of the company. Maria in her free time, she either goes running or works on mastering the art of knitting.
As an Executive Assistant at AlienTT, Nikki Dombrowski provides critical support to the Directors to ensure that meetings, schedules, and materials are executed meticulously.
With an honor’s degree in Human Services Administration & Policy from the University of Delaware, Nikki has a deep understanding of human development and how to provide assistance and support to others who need it. Nikki prides herself in her ability to multitask and to stay organized under pressure. Coming from a nonprofit background, Nikki’s previous role regarded administration, development, and event planning. Moving to Rome from her hometown in New Jersey, USA, she is no stranger to putting her passion into action and she appreciates the opportunity to do so at Alien Technology Transfer.
In her free time, she can be found exercising, knitting hats, reading, or solving puzzles.
Riddhi Gupta is a QA Engineer at Alien Technology Transfer.
She was born and raised in Uttar Pradesh, India. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, her fascination in software and latest technologies brought her interest in the IT industry. She has been associated with Cognizant Technology Solutions earlier and has worked on AWS cloud. She holds experience in Testing as a Product Analyst.
As a QA Engineer, she ensures that accurate testing is done for the developed product to achieve the desired results as per the business requirements. She has keen interest towards learning about new technologies and being up to date.
She is a passionate cook and loves travelling. She also likes playing outdoor games especially Basketball.
Born and raised in Rome, Marco Mirilli is an HR Manager at AlienTT, where he ensures to recruit and select the best talents available around the world. He also focuses on maintaining and enhancing the organization’s talent by following best practices from the industry.
Graduated from the European Business School of London with an MA in HR Management, Marco joined Alien Technology Transfer in 2020. Before that, he gained a few years of experience under his belt specifically within the Recruitment & Selection industry, mainly looking for IT professionals around the globe. Therefore, he is primarily experienced in Research & Selection, job interviews, active and passive sourcing and social media recruiting.
He firmly believes in the importance of taking on new challenges and being constantly open to new impulse for inspiration.
After work, you can find Marco either working out in the gym or playing five-a-side football with friends and colleagues. Or enjoying life in front of a delicious bbq or aperitivo with family and friends, while mentally planning the next backpacking trip to an exotic country.
Alice was born in Italy where she obtained her BSc and MSc in molecular biotechnology. Her dedication to research together with her passion for travels led her to move to Madrid and Barcelona, where she studied the potential of stem cells as therapeutic approach to Parkinson´s disease. In 2013, Alice decided to pursue a PhD in regenerative medicine at King´s College London (KCL). During her PhD, Alice specialized in the regeneration of auditory sensory cells after trauma and she identified a key epigenetic regulator involved in the process.
Vidyadhari Mudigonda started as a Project Consultant and is currently a Quality Manager at Alien Technology transfer. She is experienced in the Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator program and works with the Project Consulting team to ensure that a high quality of service is delivered to our clients.
She holds a Masters degree in Systems Biology from University of Hyderabad, India and has worked as a Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at IISER-Pune, India. With an interest to pursue a career in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, Vidyadhari joined the Project Consulting team in Alien’s Hyderabad, India office in 2019 as one of the earliest members of the team.
Driven by a passion for creativity and the goal to excel, she strongly believes that diversity fosters innovative thinking and can transform societies. She is deeply motivated to work with the EIC Accelerator team to help innovative technologies achieve commercialisation.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her pets. She also enjoys reading and swimming.
Noemi is a Junior Accountant at Alien Technology Transfer and she has always been passionate about Accounting and Finance.
She was born in Italy, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business at the LUISS Guido Carli university in Rome. Over the last few years, Noemi has had the possibility to travel a lot and live in different countries which made her learn to see things from a very different perspective and develop a strong sense of adaptability. She has gained master’s in Accounting and Business Control from the BI Norwegian Business school in Oslo and a master’s in Strategy, Consulting and Digital Transformation from the EDHEC Business school in Lille. She truly believes that hard work always enables you to achieve great results.
After work, you may find Noemi practicing horse riding or planning her next trip to discover the world with her family or friends.
Senior Funding Consultant
Cristina Vukic is a Senior Funding Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, where she is responsible for coaching and managing a team of Project Financing Consultants, managing all phases of clients relations regarding EIC Accelerator and SBIR programs, and acting as the go-to point of contact to solve contingencies and strive towards excellence. She graduated in Business Management from the University of Las Palmas de GC, joining AlienTT in 2019. Before being an “alien” she spent almost 5 years in London working for companies such as Harrods, Apple or Facebook.
Cristina is an ambitious person who likes to challenge herself on a daily basis. She loves taking part of a team with the same motivation to help companies make the world a better place. She likes to bring a positive attitude to those around her.
On her spare time, Cristina can be seen practising free-diving, watching the sunset (highly recommended free activity), flying her drone around or planning the next trip adventure. She loves organising travel itineraries, although she lately prefers to just get lost and wonder.
Senior Funding Consultant
Sharath Rajan has been working as a Funding Consultant for AlienTT for the past one year. His profile allows him to initiate conversations with prospective clients and show them the true value of non-dilutive funding instruments that are available to small and disruptive businesses.
He graduated from SRM Institute with a bachelors in business administration. Sharath started learning about the stock market when he was 17 years old, and one year later he made his first investment in an IPO.
Since then, he has been interested in startup culture and finance and AlienTT provides him with an environment to learn more about it by striking conversations with businesses that could benefit from a funding round.
Sharath is also an army brat who was born in a small town in Kerala but has since lived in over 7 places across the country. He likes to play esports and listen to rap when he is not working.
Nikitha Devraj is a Consortium Expert, where she helps clients in building a strong partnership according to the guidelines of the European Commission to ensure successful product commercialization.
She pursued her Bachelors in Business Administration. Her interest in bridging the gap between technology and business prompted her to pursue Masters in E-Business and Innovation from Lancaster University, UK with a distinction. She has worked in startups across industries in different departments, including business research, marketing, human resources among others, in order to gain a deeper understanding of markets.
Nikitha is ambitious and always looks forward to expanding her knowledge. She enjoys interacting with the clients and understanding their requirements to be able to advice them the best consortium. She believes that quality is the most essential part of any service and strives to attain it.
During her spare time, Nikitha is often found painting or spending time with family and friends. She loves traveling and makes sure she finds time to visit a new place every now and then.
Ipsita Panda is a Consortium Expert at Alien Technology Transfer, where she acts as an advisor for disruptive SMEs in the EU regarding strong technical and non technical partnerships to help them win the EIC Accelerator grant scheme. She also helps Alien TT expand its own network of partners. Graduated from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Ipsita joined Alien Technology Transfer in 2019.
She has acted as a project financing consultant in Alien TT before moving to her new role as Consortium Expert where she is helping build the dedicated new vertical solidly. Ipsita is very ambitious but a team player as well ensuring success by quickly adapting to new changes. Ipsita loves cooking in her free time.
Beyond work hours, you can find her enjoying dancing, singing and writing or planning her next dream trip to one of her wish list destinations.
Adarsh was born and raised in India, where he earned his Master’s degree of PGDM in Marketing and Operations. He speaks 3 languages: English, Hindi and Telugu and has accumulated work experience in Business Development and Sales. Previously he worked in various IT System Integrator, Cloud Service and SAAS companies in Sales role. Adarsh is passionate about business and is a continuous learner. He is an avid Aviation Enthusiast. Loves plane spotting in free time.
Rafał Gajoszek is a Funding Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, where he is responsible for the promotion of our services and all the phases of client relations management on the path to entering a service agreement.
Graduated from the University of Economics in Cracow with a bachelor in Commodity Science, he joined our Las Palmas office in 2018. Before that, he used to work in Poland at an International Corporation as Finance and Accounting Process Analyst where he was responsible for client relationship management and training the newcomers.
Rafał values honesty above all and he exercises it in communication with his clients and colleagues.
He enjoys listening to TV on the Radio, Soundgarden, and Skunk Anansie while competing with people around the world in online multiplayer games or baking with a newfound pie recipe.
Born and raised in Singapore, Angeline holds a Bachelors degree in English with Business from The Open University, UK. With a keen interest in languages, Angeline is effectively bilingual in English & Chinese and has studied Japanese, Korean & German and is on her way to gaining fluency in Spanish after living in Spain the past 2 years.Angeline has 15 years of experience in the Travel & IT industries, starting from Market Manager in OTAs such as Travelocity, to Business Development Director in various IT companies including the IT research firm Forrester.Having worked in and with numerous multinational companies around the globe, Angeline now has a newfound passion for helping startups to bring their vision to fruition.
Andrew is a funding consultant at Alien Technology Transfer where he is focused on supporting innovative SMEs in developing and bringing onto the market new innovative products, services and business models that drive economic growth and challenge the status quo.
Andrew Graduated from the University of Liverpool with a masters degree in international management and prior to joining Alien, pursued an entrepreneur dream to focus on social impact and sustainable projects working on creating his own company in addition to a number of startups assisting them in their growth and sustainable development. Andrew also worked for over 5 years with Laureate international Universities as a team leader within the academic advising department in the Netherlands and in various roles in international business development in Australia, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain.
Andrew is passionate about connecting innovating leaders to funding solutions that can truely make a long term difference. He is excited to work with like minded people and together change today for a better tomorrow.
When not working, Andrew spends most of his time with family and his two young sons that keep him busy, enjoying the beach and outdoors areas to the South of Barcelona.
Born in Romania, Cristian decided to leave his home country at the age of 19, to study in the UK, to gain international experience and to be faced with new challenges, to develop on a personal and professional level. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Business & Marketing at the University of Coventry. He spent his last 5 years in the UK, studying and working in various fields, gaining experience in customer service, sales and change management.Cristian is very passionate about helping companies reach their full potential and has now moved to join the company over in Las Palmas, to pursue his career goals and to make a positive impact on Alien Technology Transfer and its clients.A very focused and ambitious individual, he enjoys living an active lifestyle, playing different sports and travelling.
Satya was born and raised in India. He graduated from Lovely Professional University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
During his uni days he was parallelly working part time which introduced him to the world of business and made him keen on learning more about the factors that drive businesses.
His stint with OLX & Practo has gained him experience in B2B relations, customer success, sales and operations, where he scaled up business from ground zero by using technology to solve real life problems.
Satya is an avid traveller and has been to almost every corner of India; his plan is to travel around the globe.
Himanshu Yadav is a Funding Consultant at AlienTT, India. Responsible to understand the innovative business ideas of SMEs from around the world, he assists in investment opportunities from EU and US funding programs. He takes care of sales of ATT services to SME’s from initial contact to contract signatures.
Graduated from Manipal, India with masters in business administration, a passion for operations & sales management cycle he received his professional training in account management, business generation, innovation strategies & funding principles. With his experience in the e-learning industry, he mastered in developing business strategies & sales pipeline enhancement.
As a Funding Consultant, he is now able to execute all learnt methodologies to strive for excellence and work satisfaction.
Apart from striving for professional excellence, Himanshu loves to have a healthy lifestyle by catering time to hobbies. He is a marvel enthusiast, loves to cook, travel, an ardent reader, and sometimes keeps himself away from life’s hustle-bustle through music.
Shankar Kaireddy is a Funding Consultant at AlienTT, where he consults startups & small businesses with high potential, innovative & disruptive ideas on funding opportunities and makes them familiar with public grant schemes in Europe as well as the US in order to help them boost their innovation and go-to-market strategies. He provides detailed descriptions of the Alien TT services to the prospect clients, establishes potential collaborations and becomes go-to-point of contact in order to solve contingencies.
Graduated from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Shankar worked as a business development professional across industries such as education, power, retail, e-commerce and ITeS. In his overall experience, he has managed teams, lead marketing campaigns, acquired strategic partnerships and also took a stint in entrepreneurship.
Shankar has high regards for entrepreneurship and believes that it is not a job/role but a lifestyle with consistent ambition in finding solutions to real problems. As a Funding Consultant, he is now able to fuel several other entrepreneurs’ ambition.
After work, you can find Shankar singing or blogging or planning for his next trekking trip.
Kartik Bindra is a Funding Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, where he is involved in various aspects of Sales consulting starting from Client interaction to on-boarding. He is involved in researching relevant SMEs and acting as a point of contact for them throughout the Sales process.
Holds a bachelor’s in engineering degree with specialisation in Information Technology. Kartik has completed his MBA in International business from University of Greenwich, London. He further worked in the UK with an FMCG conglomerate whilst on his placement year and has hands-on experience with sales analysis and managing national accounts and clients.
Kartik describes himself as a global entity, versatile to mould himself in every environment and culture. As a Consultant, he is now able to utilise his adaptable and multicultural mindset, allowing SMEs across Europe and US reach their Funding goals.
On the personal side, Kartik is a solo-travel enthusiast who relishes to explore the countryside. He does documentary writing in his spare time. Kartik loves to watch & play football and is a Chelsea fan.
Michael Lino is a Funding Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, where he ensures our sales services are done in a professional manner. Extensive knowledge and experience with the Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator program, Michael builds and maintains business relationships with customers while offering our service support.
Graduated from the Independent Institute of Education Varsity College, Michael joined Alien Technology Transfer in 2020. Before joining the company, Michael developed his professional career by working in the marketing department of a franchise company and a real estate agency company in his home town Pretoria, South Africa.
Michael believes that our mind is our most powerful asset, therefore constant growth and training will ensure success. As a Funding Consultant, he uses this mentality to reach his goals and grow within Alien TT.
Michael enjoys being physically active and loves most sports. If he’s not in a gym or on a sports field, you can find him being adventurous and making plans to try new and different things. He loves spending time with family and plans to travel the world to experience new cultures and adventures.
Carla Fernández is a Funding Consultant at ATT, where she helps SMEs transform their innovative projects into genuine marketable products and services under the EIC Accelerator of the Horizon 2020 Programme and SBIR Program in the USA.
She graduated from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with a degree in Law and completed her academic trajectory with two Masters’ degrees in International Relations and European Studies. Before joining ATT, she lived in London and Malta where she undertook research in European policies and gained experience in sales, management and customer service.
Carla is driven by self-growth, excellence and teamwork. As a Funding Consultant, she is able to build-up and enhance her core values while helping SMEs and start-ups succeed in converting ideas into reality.
When she is not working, you might find her travelling anywhere in the world. Exploring new countries and cultures is the thing that she most enjoys.
Miroslava Babincakova is Funding Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, she takes care of sales of all AlienTT consultancy services, from lead first contact to contract signature.
By graduation from movie scriptwriting at the most prestigious art school in Slovakia she reached her dream. Later, she realized the necessity to get more inspiration outside of Europe. She attended student- exchange program in New York and exploring the USA she found an interest in traveling and different cultures.
As Project & Event Coordinator, PR and Assistant Manager for watersports companies Mirka gained skills in public communication, customer services, staff training, and sales, in different international environments.
It is important that her job has a bigger social value and impact.
As support for SMEs to bring innovative ideas to the market, she is excited to be part of the Alien TT funding team.Miroslava is the embodiment of an unusual combination of creativity and pragmatism.
In spare time Mirka enjoys watersports, so Gran Canaria is the perfect location for her. She loves cooking, DIYs, hosting home parties, TV series, and podcasts.
Ganesh hails from India and holds an Engineering degree in Mechanical and Automation from Amity University Rajasthan.
He has worked with various technological backgrounds and gained interest in Business Development while working with different start ups in Design Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Edu-Tech sectors.
Ganesh enjoys learning about new inventions and research happening globally, he also has this deep passion for sports especially in football and basketball, he’s always up for some travel adventure and loves to cook in his spare time.
Hemanth has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Acharya Institute of Technology and is a proud member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE India), where he with his team manufactured an All Terrain Vehicle as a Project which was later funded by college and they made it to top 10 in the competition.
He worked as a Business development Executive in the E-learning and Construction sector which helped him gain experience in sales and customer relationship management. He has profound interest in culinary arts.
He loves to travel and explore.
Prateek Devraj, a Funding Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer.
Hailing from Bangalore, he completed his Bachelors of Engineering in Computers Science from PES University. He believes that Education has always been more than academics to him and never restricted himself to only the academic realm as it was a need to develop an all rounded personality. He worked with the Pre-Sales Team with the primary focus being building sales strategies and acquiring new business and making sure to retain the existing ones. During his tenure with Magnum Networks, he was leading a diverse team of individuals with varied professional backgrounds and communication styles, this allowed him to develop and furnish his time management, communication skills and expand his understanding of Corporate Sales.
Apart from work he is very proactive in sports and loves to watch as well play Football and Cricket. A passionate traveler who would want to backpack and be amidst the mountains.
Pratyush is working as a Funding Consultant. Holds a master’s degree in International business from Grenoble Ecole De Management, France.
He has experience working internationally with a wide range of clients from different countries. In Alien technology transfer, Pratyush uses his vast and diversified knowledge of Business strategy, market research, B2B marketing/sales, business forecasting, etc. in giving our clients the best of the best. Pratyush likes to work in a challenging environment which offers overcoming new challenges and adding more to the skill set. He has the capability of adjusting himself in any situation and has a track record of setting up new markets from scratch.
In free time you can find him humming to some songs, going to karaoke with friends or colleagues, travelling to the unknown.
Adishwar Sharma works as a Funding Consultant at Alien TT. He is the point of contact for the SMEs which are on a quest to find funding opportunities.
His job as a consultant consists of qualifying clients for the grant schemes we work in, promotion of services, the preparation of commercial offers, contracts, and above all, negotiations.
Graduated from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai as a Techno Manager with a dual-degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering and an MBA in Marketing. Adishwar started off as a management trainee at Outlook Publishing India Pvt Ltd., Delhi where he became the seller of the month and was promoted to manage a team of a dozen. He has also worked in an MSME industry, Chime Electronics, Delhi which manufactures power products in the Brand name of Sinetrac for Defence applications.
Adishwar is determined to help businesses turn their innovative ideas into marketable products by building trust with clients. He is ambitious about the societal change that innovation & technology bring to the table.
He is passionate about music, particularly progressive rock and likes to explore new places and cultures during vacations.
Palash Chaturvedi is a Funding Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, where he is responsible for onboarding SMEs clients, most of which are based in Europe.
Having graduated as an Engineer and MBA from Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management, NMIMS University, Mumbai, he has a strong fundamental understanding of technological concepts as well as the business acumen behind it. Palash is passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit of new businesses as well as the vision and growth that a corporate environment imbibes which perfectly aligns with the accelerating and synergic culture at Alien TT.
After work, you will find Palash enjoying a game of Premier League football or exploring new cuisines.
Senior Project Consultant
Born and raised in Potenza in Italy, Marco completed a BSc in Economics and Business Administration, awarded by the “Università degli Studi della Basilicata”, with a thesis on innovation in Italian firms. He then continued his studies by undertaking a MSc in “Strategic Project Management” attending three different Universities across Europe: Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Politecnico di Milano and lastly the Universitet of Umea (Sweden). He graduated with distinction and his master thesis was published by all three Universities.
Marco spent his last 2 years working as Project Consultant for a public company, expanding his knowledge on direct and indirect funding programmes of the EU. He focused specifically on environmental sustainability and green energies. Among other things, he had the pleasure to work closely with Ferrari and Lamborghini on sustainability in means of transports.
He combines a sweet temper with a strong work ethic, deriving from years of training in basketball and martial arts.
Senior Project Consultant
Lorenzo was born and raised in Italy where he got his Master’s Degree in Biology and his Ph.D. in Oncology.
After moving abroad and spending 3 years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland (USA), he returned to Italy to continue his career as a scientist at the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute in Rome. His successful research activity in the field of Oncology granted him the “Alice Triangi” Award from the Italian Society of Cancerology in 2018.
He is a life enthusiast and he loves science and technology. He strongly believes that everything that is different can make a difference: his passion for innovation and cutting-edge projects led him to join our team as a SME Project Consultant in Rome, where he puts his scientific expertise at the service of highly innovative ideas.
Senior Project Consultant
Born in Hyderabad and raised in different parts of India.
He holds a master’s degree in Biotechnology from Osmania University and industrial R&D experience in a startup and multinational conglomerate.
With a strong understanding of scientific concepts in Molecular Biology for the development of Bio-industrials and Agri-biotech products and a flair for turning science to business, he envisions to associate with organizations involved in technological innovations.
He likes to read, listen to music and follow national politics during his free time.
Anshulfirmly believes that ideas change the world. Pursuing his passion for things on wheels, he completed his Bachelors in Mechanical and Automation Engineering from New Delhi, India. As part of his degree, he developed a revolutionary oven cum refrigeration system. Afterwards, he moved to Berlin, Germany to pursue his Masters in International Technology Transfer Management, in which he graduated top of the class. He gained expertise in various aspects of technology management such as Intellectual Property Rights, commercialization strategy among others. Following his interest, he started working with Alien Technology Transfer’s Hyderabad office where he assists in developing business concepts and writing project proposals. An ardent nature lover, you will find him dreaming about jungles when he is not helping in the development of the next successful startup.
Claudia Canzonetta is a Project Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer where she makes sure that US-based Small Business companies with innovative and risky technologies get access to the necessary funding to reach commercialization.
She graduated in Chemistry at the University of Rome La Sapienza and completed her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Imperial College, in UK. Claudia strongly believes that through determination and teamwork excellence can be reached. As a project consultant, she aims to build a trustworthy relationship with her clients and to work in a team with her colleagues to deliver high-quality projects.
In her spare time, Claudia enjoys long walks along the beach with her dog and, whenever possible, challenging hikes in the mountains.
Michael Lee is a Project Consultant at Alien TT, where he has full responsibility of a proposal and a business feasibility report for projects regarding innovative technologies and businesses.
Graduated from Northumbria University and Teesside University with a Bachelor’s in Forensic Science and a Master’s in Analytical Chemistry, respectively, Michael was awarded his doctorate in Analytical Chemistry and Bioengineering from the University of Lyon. After a postdoctoral position at Nanyang Technological University, Michael gained experience as a medical writer in Singapore.
Michael is determined and strives for excellence. As a Project Consultant, he works closely with clients to define their requirements with the aim of achieving grant success.
Outside of the office, Michael enjoys watching sports, playing music and hiking in the beautiful surroundings of Gran Canaria.
An optimist who believes that impactful ideas need impactful execution.
Born and brought up in Hyderabad, India with an M.Tech in Bioinformatics from University of Hyderabad, Akhila is about to receive her PhD in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. From being selected to MIT-Harvard Entrepreneurship Bootcamp to working for a Healthtech startup, she has accumulated interest in technology-based ideas and products.
During her PhD, she has gathered over three years’ experience in writing, sanctioning and executing research projects with constructive outcomes. Major areas that rouse her interest include ideas and products in Agriculture, Healthcare and Environment sectors. Loves reading and writing Science Fiction.
Born and raised in Belgium, with Spanish origins, she started her career in the capital of Europe. After her Cell and Developmental Biology studies, she pursued a PhD in Sciences, focusing on the genotoxic effects of nanomaterials and the adaptation of tests for their correct safety evaluation. As a researcher of the Research Foundation Flanders, she worked at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the National Research Council in Rome. She has been solicited as an expert for the evaluation of European projects and for the adaptation of OECD test guidelines. She developed a keen eye for detail through her experience as scientific editor for a global company and as reviewer for several international journals. She is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Italian and in her free time, she loves to travel and explore the underwater world
Indian born and raised, in 2012, Akanksha ventured to complete her Bachelor in Biotechnology. Volunteering to take the Indian GATE exam, she excelled, landing herself a government aided scholarship towards her Masters in Biotechnology which she completed in 2018 with flying colors.
During her Masters, Akanksha underwent publication for her innovative work on a gene of a plant that had, until this point, been undiscovered. Following all the newest trends, inventions and discoveries excite her and her unlimited curiosity in the field gives her the upper hand in grasping the concepts of the newest of innovations.
Akanksha’s curiousity does not stop at innovation. A social character, she devotes her spare time to traveling, making new friends and learning new things be it professional or extra-curricular.
Eduardo Villamor is a Project Consultant at AlienTT, where he helps world-class SMEs to bridge the gap between their current financing need and market launch with a solid roadmap.
A BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Industrial Engineering are part of his background. While completing his MSc in the Universitat Politècnica de València, he worked as a R&D engineer for a multinational company in the marine industry. Afterwards, he obtained a research grant and started a PhD in the same University. In this period, he published scientific papers, collaborated with private clinics, implemented one prototype for in silico trials and was awarded at international conferences.
Eduardo is passionate about helping innovative SMEs to bring a disruptive change into the world. He believes that this change will be only attainable with teamwork, ambition and excellence.
After work, you can find Eduardo reading, swimming and planning his next beach day trip.
Chen was born and raised in Madurai (Temple City), India.
He has a background in the field of space, with a bachelor’s in aeronautical engineer and Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Glasgow, with a specialisation in orbital dynamics. He has written a thesis on asteroid trajectory manipulation.
Chen has experience working on the development of a labyrinth air seal component for India’s first Jet Engine (Kaveri engine GTX35-VX) and with a short stint dealing with amazon kindle devices. He has also handled web based IT projects and satellite orbit visualisation projects.
He loves to be outdoors and spends his free time travelling and camping, you can usually find him in one of the city events during the weekends.
Giulia Carola is a Project Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer. She writes compelling, tailored proposals to reach the high standard required for the Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator program. After achieving her Master in Biotechnology at the University of Brescia, she went on to complete a Ph.D. in Biomedicine and Neuroscience at the University of Barcelona, where she won a fellowship to study for half a year at the University of California, San Diego, giving her access to cutting edge tools and techniques in stem cell research.
To complement her scientific knowledge and better understand the wider business environment, she undertook an MBA program at the EAE Business School in Barcelona whilst finishing her Ph.D. Giulia strongly supports the European values of collaboration and cooperative growth, she believes in innovative and creative solutions that challenge the current state of the art and in improvements that benefit society and the environment. Working with the great team at Alien TT allows her to combine her scientific and business knowledge to effectively advance these solutions.
In her free time, Giulia enjoys cycling in the hills of Gran Canaria and relaxing at the beach with a good book or a challenging crossword.
Born and raised in Spain, Laura obtained her BSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona. Even during her undergraduate, she collaborated with academic departments both at her home university and the University of Oulu (Finland), specialising in the anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system of vertebrates.
Her passion for research took her next to the UK, where she did her MSc and PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Sheffield. Her research has mainly involved the study of the anatomy and mechanobiology of the human and primate body, focussing on joint degeneration. Her career and interests have taken her to different places around Europe, the USA or Rwanda.
Laura loves nature and when she’s not working you might find her on a hike, bird watching or snorkelling.
Juan Manuel Torres is a Project Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, where he combines a technical and research background with experience of working in a wide range of scientific areas in order to get EU funds for projects that are of critical interest.
After winning a scholarship from the Mexican government, Juan Manuel Graduated from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands with a MSc Biotechnology, and has focused his career on innovation and sustainability of products and processes for the industry in this field of study.
Juan identifies himself as a world citizen and he is passionate about finding ways to improve quality of life for the global population. At AlienTT he is able to focus this passion into projects that achieve such goals. He was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico, where he participated at the Scout organization for over 11 years.
He enjoys spending his free time on activities like playing tabletop games, swimming, hiking and camping.
Gagan Agarwal is a Project Consultant at AlienTT, where he manages projects and related specific activities within given constraints of time, budget, and quality and integrate self into client environment to effectively lead project team building positive professional relationships with clients and associates.
Gagan graduated from the University of Calcutta and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Finance) from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Hyderabad. Gagan joined Alien Technolgy Transfer in 2020. Before contributing to Project Consultancy, he has experience in Business Process Automation and designing an asset management system through a customized ERP.
Gagan possesses a genuine passion for technology and business. As a Project Consultant, he can demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and have a high degree of stamina to work within an ambitious and goal-driven environment.
After work, you can find Gagan binging movies and hanging out colleagues and friends, or making plans for his next trip to the hills.
From a young age, Alessandro has always been interested in nature and technologies of any kind and applications. Driven by this, he decided to turn his gaze to Biotechnology to get both comprehension of biological systems and knowledge on how to engineer them wisely to develop innovative processes.
Right after his graduation in Biotechnology in Italy, Alessandro moved abroad to complete a Masters in Biotechnology, specializing in Environmental and Bio-based technologies at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. Empowered with experiences in both highly rewarded research institutes (as the Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology in Leeuwarden (NL), and the Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome(IT)) and biotechnological companies (as DSM in Delft (NL)), he has acquired skills related to project management and teamwork in an international and multidisciplinary environment. Being highly motivated and rooted on principles such as innovation and sustainability, Alessandro is nowadays a project consultant among Alien Technology Transfer, where he can get in touch with a wide spectrum of highly innovative technologies and acquire the knowledge to guide them throughout the go-to-market process successfully.
He believes that innovation can dramatically shape our lives, and thanks to a gentle push and guidance it might move us towards a better world!
Alok A N, as a Project Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, prepares project proposals for SMEs who aspire to get funding from European Innovation Council. With his business writing prowess, he assists the SMEs in aligning their commercialization strategy in line with EIC’s expectations.
After graduating from T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal, Alok joined the Hyderabad team of Alien Technology Transfer in 2020. He has been an active learner and a conscientious employee.
Alok believes in quality and trustworthiness as the keys to success. He toils to achieve perfection. His team is an elixir to his energy management and relaxation and vice versa which helps him work productively.
He is passionate about working for diversity and inclusion in the society to normalise queer culture in the Indian milieu through his paintings, anecdotes and stories.
Born in Italy, Antonio has always been curious about science and technology.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in international relationships he took an MSc in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development at the University of Bologna where he started to get passionate about green technologies and innovation.To improve his management skills, he attended a Master in Green Management, Energy and CSR at Bocconi University where he got in touch with the most advanced industries of the sector and developed deep knowledge in the field of sustainable development.
After an experience in the US as a sustainability specialist for a ceramic company, he joined Alien to help European companies in the transition toward the green economy.
Antonio loves traveling, experiencing new cultures, cooking and wine tasting.
Blanca Chocarro is a Project Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer, where she is fully responsible of the proposals and business feasibility reports for projects regarding innovative technologies and businesses.
She has a PhD in Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain). Her main project was focused in the development and application of (bio)nano-sensors devices for environmental monitoring of air and water pollutants. During her PhD she also worked at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for environmental control of pollutants in developing countries.
Her enthusiasm for innovation grew after doing a one-year exchange program at the University of Technology of Sydney (Australia) where she studied environmental science and bionanotechnology. After finishing her MSc in Biodiversity at the Universidad de Barcelona, she also worked at SEAT and Volkswagen in Wolfsburg (Germany), with sustainability and environmental management projects (water treatment, emissions and waste). She now commits herself to work with high quality and ambitious projects related to technology and innovation.
During her free time, Blanca likes to spend her time hiking mountains or reading books.
Reinhard is a Spanish-German renewable energy engineer with a background in mechanical engineering.
After his bachelor degree in Hamburg, he pursued a European master programme in energy technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. He has a broad international experience having worked and lived in Europe, Africa, and South America. His volunteer work in East Africa has roused his interest in project management, which is reflected in his master’s thesis consulting a Tanzanian start-up on the productive use of renewable energy.
In his free time, Reinhard enjoys team sports such as beach volleyball or football and getting to know new places and cultures.
Manish was born and raised in Chennai, India. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus.
He has worked on productivity improvement projects for Indian automotive giants Tata Motors and Wheels India. Pursuing his interest in the field of innovation management, he went to the US for a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Duke University. He worked on the commercialization of a miniature mass spectrometer technology with Duke researchers and Innovation Advisors at RTI International. Manish has experience in market research, marketing analytics and technology commercialization. His work with startups and early stage technologies molded him into a self-starter with a strong work ethic and collaborative mindset. His passion for working with innovative startups brought him back to Hyderabad as a Project Consultant for Alien TT.
An ardent music lover, Manish is a trained vocalist in Indian classical music.
Gaurav Soni is a Project Consultant at Alien TT, where he is responsible to critically analyze business models, identify market strategies, and deliver grant documents of the highest quality.
He has completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering and his master’s degree in Management of Technology from TU Delft, the Netherlands, with specialization in Economics and Finance.
Alongside his academic career, he has industry exposure at three multinational companies, with experience ranging from mechanical manufacturing, project management, and business development/ business strategies. He is energetic and enthusiastic about his work and usually shows out-of-the-box thinking.
He is passionate about football and has been playing for his colleges for 8 years now. He also loves to listen to music, cook, and travel.
Luca is a curious and determined engineer with a multidisciplinary background and a passion for emerging technologies and start-ups. He obtained a BSc in energy engineering from University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and a MSc in mechanical engineering at Polytechnic of Turin, both with the highest mark.
He moved to Berkeley for six months to develop the MSc Thesis at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he worked on new powertrain technologies (fully electric and hydrogen electric) for the heavy-duty trucks application. Successively, he started working for Amazon as a Shift Manager, improving dramatically his leadership and organization skills. Finally, he decided to join these technology and management aspects, working in AlienTT with the goal of turning promising technological breakthroughs into successful businesses.
During his free time, he likes to go sailing, surfing and travelling to discover new places and cultures.
Born in Sicily, Ivan holds a strong interest in science and technology, resulting in a Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology and a Master degree in Medical Biotechnology. Ivan has matured a strong expertise in an international working environment, acquired in the United Kingdom operating in the medical information and pharmacovigilance field.
Pursuing his passion for writing, Ivan then worked closely with a communication and marketing agency as a Copywriter to develop his technical writing skills.
The natural interest in science and technology combined with his passion for writing has naturally lead him in applying and joining AlienTT Technology Transfer as a Project Consultant.
Together with his professional interests, Ivan loves cooking and watching every kind of sport.
Anirvan Majumdar is an engineer working as a Project Consultant at AlienTT.
Though his primary qualification is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (from BITS-Pilani), he has a passion for Biology and Life Sciences. He has completed three Master’s degrees in Biological Sciences (from BITS-Pilani), Biomedical Engineering (from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA), and Electrical Engineering (from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA) over the past 6 years. He has also been involved in various research projects at the respective institutes as well as a one-year project at IISc Bangalore and one-year of research experience at IIT Hyderabad. He has an extensive theoretical background as well as hands-on research experience.
As a member of the AlienTT team, he brings the same passion and drive to help businesses grow and succeed on the frontiers of novel science and engineering.
During his free time, he enjoys writing poetry, dancing Argentine Tango, and exploring 3D printing.
Aishwarya has pursued an MBA in Finance from NMIMS University, Mumbai, and at the core, she is a Computer Science Engineer.
With a plethora of experience in renowned Fintech and large government organizations, she also has hands-on latest technological tools like SAP, Oracle, Eclipse, Diction, and has given strategies in Business Development to Financial Analysis.
After graduating to be a Techno Manager in 2020, Aishwarya joined Alien TT as Project Consultant.
As a Project Consultant, she aims to build a trustworthy relationship with clients along with delivering high-quality proposals that demonstrates their customers’ innovation and propositions worldwide.
An artist at heart, Aishwarya could be seen spending her free time indulged in Art and exploring her next travel destinations.
Carolina was born in Italy but has since lived in Australia, Spain and the Netherlands After completing a Bachelor study in Chemical engineering.
Carolina decided to focus on sustainability and environmental issues, therefore she successfully completed an M.sc in Sustainable energy technology at the University of TU Delft, in the Netherlands.
She worked in startups in different departments including R&D and business research. Now at Alien Technology Transfer she helps to accelerate the development of innovative technologies.
In her free time, she likes to discover new places and being around nature.
Constantly attracted by innovations Lucrezia is a biotechnologist with a strong business-oriented mindset.
She holds a cum laude Bachelor’s degree in Agro-Industrial Biotechnology at “La Sapienza” University of Rome and a Master degree in Biotechnology with specialization in Environmental and Biobased Technology and Minor in Molecular Microbiology at Wageningen University and Research (NL).
Throughout her academic career she focused on the development of sustainable biochemicals production using CRISPR tools and innovative molecular engineering techniques. Having worked in closed contact with start-ups during her master and joined DuPont for her R&D internship, she has experience both with small businesses and multinational chemical and biotech players.
Lucrezia works with passion, enthusiasm and determination applying her holistic view in order to transform leading-edge and emerging technologies into successful businesses.
As true nature lover, Lucrezia enjoys camping, exploring new places and outdoor sports.
Brought up in the Oxford of the East, Pune, Om Laddha is a project consultant at Alien TT who is dedicated in bridging the gap between clients and their financing needs by studying and drafting high quality proposals to represent client’s innovation and subsequently launch them.
Om graduated as MBA in Finance from NMIMS Mumbai after he finished his engineering in Information Technology from the same institution. Alongside his academic achievements, he has broad experience ranging from handling networking and security department to doing research and analysis in Stock market in different organizations.
Apart from being a cricket enthusiast and playing for his school and college, you can find Om meeting new people, reading books and exploring new places.
Jeet started his life in the suburbs of East London, with an engineering mindset evident from the very beginning, displayed through endless hours spent as an infant creating and playing with Lego. Later he obtained his MEng in Chemical Engineering with Bath University (UK). His urge to further develop applied science paradigms and participate in cutting-edge interdisciplinary innovation led to a PhD in Microbial-Electrochemistry with Newcastle University (UK), specialising in ground-breaking methods for metal remediation, recovery, and waste valorisation.
Over the last 7 years, his post-doctoral employment in the UK and Belgium provided for rich exposure to cross-disciplinary fields of research, such as electrochemical surface treatments, corrosion, synthetic biology, biosensors, electrocatalysis and biohydrometallurgy. After a year traveling and working as a ‘digital nomad’ in Portugal, his appetite to develop business paradigms led to his position (and home) with Alien TT.
On his time off, you may see Jeet hiking the Camino to Santiago or, laying down a groove with his bass guitar.
Nathan is originally from the United States, but he has lived in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Hungary while studying, volunteering and working.
He earned an engineering degree in Materials Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he worked on engineering projects related to rural electrification and received an NSF research grant to study energy storage technology.
He was funded by the European Commission to pursue a joint Master’s degree in Chemistry and Materials Science at Université Paris-Saclay and Università di Genova, where his thesis was focused on solid state batteries. He also has experience as an electric vehicle battery engineer working for General Motors.
Now he is focused on converting scientific innovation into tangible technologies.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling with friends, hiking and cycling.