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.

Arianna Tibuzzi, PhD  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.

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.

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.

Andrea Marchig 

Chief Sales Officer & Director – Lithuania

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.

Sergio Dominici it

Product Manager

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.

Indre Remeikyte it

Chief Sales Officer – Spain

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.

Srijan Bandreddi

Executive Officer – India

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. Srijan has 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.


Robert Wiersema it

 HR Manager

From a young age Robert always had the desire to connect and travel abroad!
Born in the Netherlands and with a keen interest in building start ups across in Europe. His professional experiences took him to all across the European continent and now currently in Italy.

After spending nearly a decade working in sales management and business development for multi million dollar brands and startups in e-commerce, telecom,logistics and energy ,Robert knows what really drives the business and the power of creating the right team that propels to massive growth.

Today he’s part of the Alien network and selecting the brightest talents across three continents to accelerate the funding of promising ventures within Europe and the USA. Ventures that make a real difference and improve peoples live.

Robert has advanced fluency in English,French,German,Italian,Spanish and Dutch and holds a Degree in International business.

Francesca Dini, PhD  

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.

Guido Manzi, PhD 

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.

Mary Ryan  ie

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 Ciaralli Parenzi  

Administrative Assistant 

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.

Gregorio Rodriguez d’Acri, PhD it

 Lead Sourcing Specialist

Gregorio is a multi-disciplinary engineer working as the Lead Sourcing Specialist at Alien Tech Transfer. His evolving thirst for new knowledge has led him from classics high school studies in Italy to a Mechanical Engineering degree, followed by a Masters in Power Systems Engineering and culminating in an industrial PhD in Biochemical Engineering, all achieved in top UK universities. His personal experience with Horizon2020 includes winning his own grant for a post-doc at University College London for the study of the scale-up of stem cell therapies through applied fluid dynamics, performing his own research and disseminating findings whilst training the PhD candidates in advanced experimental methods and initiating research collaboration with industrial parties. Today he helps Alien Tech transfer in searching for the exciting new technology that will shape our future, providing support in transforming great ideas into innovative reality. His curiosity and ingenuity help him dig deep to filter out the hype from the plethora of today’s innovations and uncover the ideas that will make the successful enterprises of tomorrow. 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.

Justina Sauciuvenaite  

Quality Manager

Justina has been dedicated AlienTT team member for the last 3 years. Starting as one of our Project Financing 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.

Alessandra Pacilli, PhD  it

 Quality 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.

Alexandra Knopova  Image result for emoticon flag slovakia

Corporate Legal Officer

Born and raised in Slovakia, Alexandra studied and worked in three European countries before settling in Italy. Alexandra’s professional life started while finishing her first Law degree in Bratislava where she interned in various local and international law firms. After obtaining her degree she started to work for the Bank Ombudsman of Slovak Republic and in the free time she taught business and legal English to the companies in Bratislava. Following this experience she relocated to 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. 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.

Antonio Florido

Software Developer

Technology and software development were always interesting topics introduced to Tony at an early age. During his studies as a Software Engineer in Las Palmas he worked for companies developing solutions to them and improving his own career as developer. Always considered a “Pythonist” he participated in international projects. Machine learning and Big Data technologies are other areas of interest that he actually learns deeper. Fishing is also another passion of his.

Giorgio Maria De Rango it

Software Developer

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.

Paul Cogswell, PhD 

 Quality 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 Manager at a leading UK Technology Transfer Office. Paul is excited to help European SMEs achieve commercialization as a member of the AlienTT Quality Team in Rome.

Rahul Arora 

 Full Stack Developer

I am Full stack web developer with good experience in working with JavaScript, NodeJS, React-Redux, ExpressJS and Mobile App Developer with good experience working on Kony platform. I am also a sport programmer with good hands in C++ and Python.A passionate software developer with never-give-up attitude, a team player with good problem-solving skills.I have completed my Btech from Lovely Professional University,Jalandhar. When I’m not on the job, I love playing Badminton and Cricket.

Renugopal Siva

 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.

Victor Rodriguez 

Junior Software Developer

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, he always loved the tech world so started his university degree in IT, while completing courses and attending seminars. Between years he spent a year in Krakow, Poland and completed an internship in several companies in Gran Canaria as Helpdesk Support and Software Developer. He is into running, cycling and exercising in general.

Bharath Kumar 

 Front End Developer

Born and raised in Warangal,India. Holds a bachelor’s degree focused on Information Technology from JNTU Hyderabad.

Front end developer with good experience of developing innovative solutions with HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery. Ever enthusiastic of coding with analytical assessment to understand the concept and never give up attitude. Associated with start up in creating client centric innovative solutions, defining standards and setting up Best Practices.

Interested in reading and curious to learn new things.

Arup Patel 

 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.

Anand Sekar 

 Full Stack Developer

Born and raised in the beautiful city of Chennai in India, Anand is pursuing his undergraduate degree in the field of computer science from SRM-IST. While in college he did various courses, including IMAD(Internet & Mobile app development) certified by NPTEL & IIT-M, Machine Learning, data mining & NLP. He is good at python,C++ and has a keen interest in competitive programming, participating in contests conducted on various online platforms. Apart from all these, he loves football & cricket. He likes to spend his free time learning new things and languages. Apart from website design & development, his other interests include robotics, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.

Fabio Fucile it

 Financial Analyst

Fabio was born and raised on the shores of the Strait of Messina, eclectic, he studied experimental industrial electronics and specializes in microprocessor technology continuing his studies in Electronuclear Physics at the University of Messina. He began his  professional career as an analyst programmer but develops his knowledge by working in different fields, ranging from computer science, design of industrial plants , solid modeling to the CAD/CAM of naval components. Also there is no lack of experience overseas that brought him for about nine months to the Dominican Republic. His path changes direction when he gets into Forex trading and decides to merge finance with his knowledge of mathematical algorithms and computer science and develops considerable skills as an Financial analyst by successfully applying his theories to trading. A sports lover, he is a member of the CSAI and the Italian Timekeepers Federation of CONI.


Sofía González  

Project Financing Consultant

Raised in Gran Canaria, Sofia moved back to her native city of Madrid to complete a Bachelor Degree in Business Management at Universidad Complutense. During that time, she worked as a financial adviser for a leading German finance company, gaining a deep understanding of financing to launch and carry out projects successfully. With a strong commitment to further develop her skill-sets, along with a desire for adventure, Sofia continued her postgraduate studies in Australia, completing a Diploma in Business & Operations and currently finalizing a Diploma in Graphic Design. Over the course of five years, Sofia continued to develop her professional career, specializing in business development in industries such as tourism, higher education, foreign affairs, investment and funding.

Sandra Hryniewicz 

Project Financing Consultant

Sandra was born and raised in Poland, where she earned her bachelor’s degree of Business Management and master of Human Resources Management at Wroclaw University of Economics. During her academic career she had an opportunity to study at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as an Erasmus scholarship holder. She speaks 4 languages: Polish, English, Spanish and German and has accumulated work experience in international environments. Previously she worked as Fund Accountant in one of the biggest international investment banks. She also has experience in the fields of business administration and sales. Sandra is passionate about business and always eager to learn.

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.

Monica Santella 

Project Financing Consultant

Born in Center – Southern Italy, in 2011 Monica graduated in Tourism Planning and Management at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. After completing her degree, she moved to Malta through the European Project Leonardo da Vinci where she started her professional career. After almost five years spent working in Malta in both Sales and Customer Service, in 2017 Monica decided to fulfill her dream to move to the Canary Islands. She is passionate about travelling, discovering new cultures and working in international environments.

Michael Slattery ie

Project Financing Consultant

Completed a Business Diploma at University College Dublin, Ireland. After discovering rock climbing whilst studying, Michael eventually turned his passion into a professional experience. Some interesting work experiences in Dublin led to a 6 month contract touring the pacific ocean, circumnavigating Australia. Travel highlights include rock climbing meccas Kalymnos (Greece) and Thailand. But seeking better opportunities and a climate to match, he arrived to Gran Canaria in early 2018.

Jovita Karpaviciute

Project Financing Consultant

Jovita has a Bachelor degree in Finance Economics and international experience. She has knowledge in the banking industry, compliance, finance and customer service. Loves challenges so she’s been living in the United Arab Emirates for a little over a year in order to get to know different cultures and get some new skills.

Rafal Gajoszek 

Project Financing Consultant

Rafal graduated from the Cracow University of Economics where he gained a Bachelor of Commodity Science. During his university years he was introduced to various business branches and manufacturing. After finishing studies he started working at an international corporation where the chance was given to cooperate with clients from all around the world. After two years the decision to move abroad was made and a new journey began in Spain.

Evaldas Bakanauskas

Project Financing Consultant

Evaldas is currently finishing his third year at Vilnius University in social policy and politics, a degree that has allowed him to broaden his views on the issues and events that are happening globally. Learning languages such as French is another passion of his. He is an active, motivated and curious person, who always searches for new challenges and adventures. Other interests include sports like football or biking.

Fernando José Hernández Lugo

Project Financing Consultant

Born and raised in Venezuela, Fernando decided to leave his country at the age of 16. He then spent a couple of years travelling and living in countries such as Canada, Switzerland, the USA. He finally moved to Spain to attend his degree where he completed a Bachelors in Business Administration. During such nomad years, he gained working experience in sales, customer service, finance, tourism, and managed a team of fraud analysts at a startup. In 2016, he moved to Las Palmas, his family’s hometown, as he had always wanted since childhood. He is passionate about learning new cultures, IT, sports, music, and film.

Aneta Zacharevic

Project Financing Consultant

Born and raised in Vilnius, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Management and Business Administration at Vilnius University. After getting the diploma, Aneta moved abroad to get some international work experience and fuel her passion for traveling. For nearly 5 years she had been living in Shenzhen, so called Silicon Valley of China, and for the last 2 years working for an innovative medical device company there. Besides that, she has experience in Customer Service working with clients from all over the world.

Patrizio Ricci

Project Financing Consultant

Patrizio was born and raised in Rome, where he started his studies. He took a long period abroad traveling and working through Paris, Madrid and Luxembourg (where he worked at the European Parliament) and completed a degree in Linguistic Mediation focused on English and Spanish. He then graduated in Contemporary History at the University of Roma Tre.

Following a semester in China to study the language, he got back to Europe and obtained a Master’s Degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Glasgow and an International Master in European Project Planning and Management at Pixel in Florence.

Subsequent to his experience as Assistant European Project Manager at the Kaunas University of Technology, he joined Alien Technology Transfer in sunny Gran Canaria as Project Financing Consultant. His extensive travel and enthusiastic personality make him an excellent communicator with people from every nation.

Imantas Balandis

Project Financing Consultant

Born and raised in Vilnius Lithuania. Imantas holds a Bachelors Degree focused in Business Information Systems from Vilnius Gediminas technical university. While studying he managed to work in the digital marketing sector as a Sales Manager and had solid experience as IT Support Specialist supporting Barclays bank employees. After finishing degree he decided to pursue his career in Project Financing Consultant position. From a very young age Imantas was keen to learn all that he could and meet as many new people as he was able to. As he says “I am a people person”. When Imantas is not searching for the next big innovation, he enjoys skiing in alps, traveling to different parts of the world and from time to time he loves to dance!


Steven Kiberd ie

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.

Adrien Raucoules  

Project Manager

Driven by efficiency, organization and an aptitude for learning, Adrien completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Tennessee in Mechanical 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.

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.

Alice Gervasoni, PhD  

Project Manager

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.

Gabriele Piergiovanni, PhD  

Project Manager

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.

Serena Perilli, PhD  

Project 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.

Davide Simonetti, PhD  

Project Manager

Davide is a biomedical engineer with a strong motivation to learn. His main interest is to develop technological solutions for improving people’s quality of life. After a MSc with honours in Biomedical Engineering at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, he joined Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma (UCBM) where he took a PhD degree in Bioengineering with a thesis focused on the development of mechatronic solutions for rehabilitation and functional assistance of neurologically injured people. During his PhD he spent 6 months as a visiting fellow at ETH Zurich, one of the most important worldwide technological university, where he gained expertise in mechatronic design of wearable robots. After the PhD, Davide continued working in the research as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rehabilitation Engineering.


Giovanni Graziano  

Project Manager

Being fascinated by scientific subjects and industrial technologies, Giovanni started his international BSc in Engineering Sciences at Tor Vergata University in Rome. After having successfully completed his BSc, he kept his career on an international mindset starting a joint Nordic master’s degree in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering, between the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) of Stockholm in Sweden and Aalto University of Helsinki in Finland. In this period, he had the opportunity to work on various projects on the development of sustainable practices in the energy sector and to join several entrepreneurial and technology conferences that made his interest in innovative solutions grow. Thus, for his MSc Thesis, he worked on a H2020 project in collaboration with several stakeholders and research institutes. In this project, as well as throughout his degree, he has also developed excellent communication and team work skills by working with people from different ethnical and academic backgrounds.

Yashaswy Rao 

 Project Manager

Yashaswy is a detail oriented person with strong focus on learning. Since the beginning of his academic career he has acquired skills in multiple domains by undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani (India’s highest ranked private university) and a Masters in Chemistry. Right since the academic years Yashaswy has been fascinated with organizations and their working.Starting his career as a Software Developer he quickly moved on to starting his own business. His drive for innovation and keen interest in the development of startups that had led him to work with more than 10 startups in the short span of 5 years at various levels. Some of his strong skills Critical Thinking , Problem Solving and Developing a strong business model. It is with this diverse experience that he wishes to leverage and provide an highly effective proposals for AlienTT’s clients.

Beatrice Avagnina  

Project Manager

Beatrice is a Project Manager 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).

Marco Abate  

Project Manager

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 manager 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.

Mar Rasines  

Project Manager

Born and raised in the beautiful town of Laredo, in the North of Spain, Mar has always shown a strong interest in new technologies, especially those related to renewable energies and eco-innovation, being an active volunteer at Bosques de Cantabria NGO since she was a child. Her aim to create new products and processes to protect the environment led her to complete a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cantabria. After having acquired experience in both Project Consulting, dealing with outstanding European projects in the field of new energies, and Health and Safety Management Systems, in a well-known automotive company, Mar knew she wanted to work with innovation. Whilst finishing her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, with a strong focus on alternative energies, sustainability and R&D management, from both the University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria, she was part of an important R&D Biotechnology Centre in Belgium, pursuing her objective to develop a challenging project for her Master’s thesis. Back to Spain, Mar joined AlienTT willing to combine her passion for technology and business within a great team, to help in bringing cutting-edge ideas to the market.

Jiggyasa Agrawal 

 Project Manager

I, Jiggyasa Agrawal, nick-named ‘Jiggy’ was born and raised in India. My passion for technology since childhood led me to pursue Information Technology Engineering in India.  During my software development job, I discovered my passion for business development. I realized that I could use my technical knowledge and communication skills to grow a business. Since then, I have been involved in the business development of  IT startups in Ahmedabad, India. Eventually, leading me to earn the Masters’ degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo, Norway. Since the Masters’, I have been involved in early-stage start-up community and fundraising initiatives in Norway. I love to read any fantasy novel I can find, and I love traveling to new countries with my husband. I also enjoy exploring different cultures, cuisines and has a keen interest in learning the history of different countries.

Raviteja Donepudi, PhD 

 Project Manager

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.

Carlo Abate, PhD 

 Project Manager

Being curious to find out why the sky is blue, Carlo studied Physics at the University of Trieste.
While a solution to this problem was eventually determined, many more questions kept arising and, curiosity after curiosity, he did a PhD in Astrophysics at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and subsequently he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bonn (Germany), during which he studied the formation and evolution of the oldest and most peculiar stars in the Universe. Through these experiences he built a strong analytical mindset, a solid background in programming and critical thinking, and a genuine passion for research and
innovation. Most importantly, he enjoyed the beauty of team working in an international environment.

Kiran Krishnan, 

 Project Manager

The love for science, technology, and innovation drives me forward.

I completed a Dual Degree Program in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from IIT Delhi. After graduation, I have worked with a diverse range of innovators and helped in taking their ideas to the market.

I’m working on making our world a better place, one step at a time.

Vidyadhari Mudigonda

 Project Manager

Vidyadhari is a Project Manager at Aliens Hyderabad Office.

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. She has considerable experience in research and has carried out academic projects in various institutions. She now aims to leverage her experience to drive innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she likes to read, swim and travel.

Riccardo Reale, PhD

 Project 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.

Anshul Sarin, 

 Project Manager

Anshul firmly 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.