Solange Chavel
Founding Partner of SIRIS Academic
Strategy consultant specialized in higher education and research. I have a strong experience in working with universities and business schools to design their mid- and long-term institutional strategy and manage complex change processes.

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Sebastian Stride
Founding Partner of SIRIS Academic
PhD, researcher at Barcelona University. I am an experienced strategy consultant with demonstrated track record driving growth, improving operations, and successfully creating solutions for complex business problems at leading Business Schools, Research Institutions and Universities worldwide.

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Bernardo Rondelli
Founding Partner of SIRIS Academic
Research manager with a proven track record of managing and executing complex and multi-method R&D projects. Archaeologist and Computer Scientist by training, with a long experience in data management and analytics, my work focuses on the development of solutions for supporting informed and collaborative strategic decisions in public policies, fostering open government data and evidence-based approaches.

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Enric Fuster
I am a senior consultant and business developer at SIRIS, where I focus on projects aimed at increasing the socioeconomic impact of higher education and research, in connection with wider regional development strategies. 

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Sara Ricardo
Business Developer Health and Biomedicine

PhD in the Life Sciences and Former PI with 15+ yrs experience in Academia in leading institutions both in Europe and the USA; Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) Board Member; Business Development experience in Healthtech. Long standing interest in science policy and innovation issues and on how these can intersect and actors work together, practically and pragmatically, for the achievement of challenges and goals in and with society.

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Francesca Arcara
Grants and Tenders Manager

With 15+ years of experience in  research grants,  projects management and the setting up of institutional programs in research at European and national level, I arrived at SIRIS after working in several HE&R institutions in Italy, France and Spain and at the European Commission in DG RTD.

I have broad experience of funding programs for research and gained international experience in the European research policies, and the functioning of the national research systems of France and Spain. I have been involved in the management of  large European research projects and I am author of 2 winning proposals for MSC CO-FUND Postdoctoral fellows programs, one of which I also coordinated.

Damiano Azzalini

I joined SIRIS in 2021 to help higher education and research institutions develop and implement their long-term strategies and policies by providing analyses that combine qualitative and quantitative approaches. 

I hold a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences (Ecole Normale Supérieure,Paris) in which I investigated the brain mechanisms underlying decision-making. Beyond scientific research, I engaged in outreaching activities driven by the belief that science can positively contribute to society. Working in SIRIS thus represents the ideal environment where I can use my scientific training to generate insights to support policies and decision processes with a tangible societal impact.

Julie Balitrand
Junior Consultant

I have obtained an MRS in Economics, and worked on topics linked to Behavioural and Development Economics. I am interested in using qual/quant data to derive insights on matters related to the Higher Education and Research eco-system. As a Junior Consultant, working for SIRIS will give me the opportunity to refine my strategic analysis and consultancy skills.

Yoran Beldengrün
At SIRIS I aim at contributing with fresh thoughts, insights, assistance and solutions to complex problems or advancement of strategic goals in higher education, research and innovation. This is based on the combination of my academic background in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a PhD in Nanomedicine and international working experience in Science Diplomacy for government institutions, a UN specialised agency and an NGO. Moreover, I have been engaged in increasing the social and political impact of science, as a grassroots activist and as a science populariser.

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Eloi Bigas

I am an Industrial Engineer with a double master degree on Energy Management and Sustainability, recently graduated from an MBA at Collège des Ingénieurs (Paris). My ultimate goal is to help drive policies that will tackle the current energy and climate crisis, naturally taking a science-based approach but also considering all the socio-humanitarian aspects of this transition. Throughout my career I have been strongly involved in educational endeavours, for example by teaching children in schools about Climate Change and its implications through the association Sustainability by Education.

Nicandro Bovenzi
Data Scientist

I joined SIRIS with a background of five year experience in academic research and a PhD in Physics. My main interest is getting insights from data and translating them into actionable knowledge, thus bridging quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Being part of SIRIS is a great opportunity for me to engage in topics such as research and innovation policies, regional development, social impact, and to explore connections between them.

Hermes Carretero
Front End & Data Visualization developer
Doing websites and interactive applications from the 90’s and with a postgraduate in data visualization at UPF I’m front end developer enthusiastic on user interaction and visual exploration of data. I joined SIRIS with the aim of learning from a scientific and specialized team and the commitment to help in exploring and developing clear and hopefully funnier ways to show data.

Ruggero Cortini
Data Scientist and Consultant
My goal is to make difficult data analysis simple to understand. I enjoy spending time both on extracting and analyzing information from complicated data sets, and then making meaningful visualizations that help clients understand trends, challenges, and opportunities. I was trained as a theoretical physicist, and I spent ten years doing research on biological physics. I work at SIRIS since October 2019, and I now found my place here as a data scientist and consultant, working on all sorts of data analysis, on presenting their results, and providing clients with strategic guidance and support with their decision-making

Clemence Coudreau

I have obtained an economics and management bachelor at Bocconi in Milan. I am currently taking a gap year between Bachelor and Master to apply what I learned in class to real life situations. I am interested in how data can help advise institutional strategies.

Annamaria Donnarumma
I’m an astronomer by training, with a background in academic research and in technical consulting. In SIRIS I work on consultancy projects for higher education, research and public institutions, combining evidence-based and qualitative approaches.

Nicolau Duran Silva
Data Scientist & Research Assistant
I’m completing a degree in Computer Science at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. I’m specialized in Natural Language Processing, Pattern Recognition and their applications in data analysis. In SIRIS I explore new approaches to semantic information retrieval and data analysis, by combining techniques of machine learning, deep learning and linguistic analysis. My interests in this field are the implementation of NLP in minority languages, sentiment analysis and opinion identification in informal texts..

Petra Frent-Kaab

I worked as an economist for 10 years and gained insights into public policy and a great number of industries and sectors, at a global level. The higher education and research landscape is by far one of the most interesting albeit challenging : the academic environment is constantly changing and, at Siris, I am happy to be part of a motivated team that is on a purposeful mission to help higher education & research institutions address a wide range of strategic issues. I did my undergraduate studies in Japan and graduate studies in France and Spain. I hope to bank on all these experiences in my mission at Siris.

Luca Giocoli
With an MA focused on creativity, strategic communication and new media, and an expertise in European Transnational Cooperation I landed at SIRIS to explore the power of the quadruple helix process, that means run collaboration among universities, administration, industry and civil society.

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Roger Guixé
Software Engineer
Software Engineer specialized on back-end services. I have experience on designing and building solutions in very different sectors. I love using cutting-edge technologies as a way of simplifying, improving, and enriching the developments, and I also like using cloud computing systems as a fast and dynamic way of building infrastructures and deploying applications.

Matthias Heuser
Coming from philosophy, working especially on epistemic and ethical implications of bodily engagement in the world, I joined SIRIS as a consultant mainly in the area of research strategy and more general institutional development in higher education and research.

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Mauricio Iriarte
Visual Designer
I am a Graphic Designer with an MA in Design of Branding and Packaging. My main interests are aspects such as brand management for both online and offline supports, as well as the generation of interactive data visualizations.

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Sjoerd Louwaars
Senior Consultant

I hold a MSc degree with distinction in Urban Development from the Delft University of Technology. As an urbanist, I support higher education institutions to engage their talent to work on pressing regional challenges. Over the course of my career, I have  gained extensive  experience  of  running  learning  spaces  on  the  nexus of  science  and  society, engaging students, researchers and professionals.

At SIRIS, I span the boundaries of Higher Education, Regional Development and Innovation. Designing leadership development training for academics on the one side, and shaping research and innovation ecosystems on the other side — with the ultimate goal of creating synergy on both sides.

Francesco A. Massucci
Researcher at SIRIS Lab
Senior researcher at SIRIS Lab, I work on data science/analysis and mathematical models. My goal is to design mathematical tools to provide a quantitative understanding of how research institutions work. Physicist by training, I hold a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

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Nathalie Meo Evoli
Researcher & Consultant
I am a molecular biologist with a PhD in Biomedicine. I spent several years doing research within the field of cancer. I enjoy working to coordinate teamwork, to harmonise the tasks of different people and to straighten out issues.

I joined SIRIS to contribute with my past experience to add value and vision to the projects for higher education and research.

Currently, I am supporting the “la Caixa” Foundation designing the novel PhD Training Programme and coordinating its implementation.

Francesco Multari
Data Scientist
I am Data Scientist with a strong background of computer science and statistics. I love “playing” with data, starting with understanding the law that governs them and ending with the prediction of a phenomenon.

I am mainly interested in Deep Learning,Pattern Recognition and Outlier Detection.

Siwen Ning

I am a historian of literature with a PhD in Spanish Philology (UAB, 2015) and a Master’s degree in Cultural Production and Communication (URL-Blanquerna, 2020). I have lectured at the East China Normal University (ECNU-Shanghai) and the University of Girona (EU-Mediterrani, Barcelona), and conducted research in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Catalonia Open University (UOC), Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), and the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). Since ending my position as a consultant for immigrants’ legal and educational issues at the City Council of Mataró, I joined Siris Academic in 2021, where I work on projects to internationalize European universities and network with Chinese institutions.

Cesar Parra Rojas
Data Scientist

I’m a physicist with a PhD in complex systems and a specialisation in machine learning. As a data scientist at SIRIS, I focus on research portfolio analysis and contextualisation, combining analytics and visualisation of data from a wealth of sources in order to derive insights to support the decision making process of research institutions and funding agencies.

Marisa Pérez
Junior Consultant

I hold a MS in Higher Education Administration with a focus on social justice education. I have experience working at public higher education institutions in the US, and have worked on research related to access to HE, standardized testing and minoritized student populations. I am interested in HE policy development as it relates to equity and inclusion. As a Junior Consultant at SIRIS, I will have the opportunity to improve my analytical skills while learning about consultancy.

Sabine Plaud
Researcher & Consultant
I am a consultant in Higher education, research and innovation policies. My expertise covers in particular institutional academic strategies, academic rankings and their methodology, new trends in higher education. I have an extended experience of the French and Italian sectors.I have in-depth knowledge of French regulations regarding public procurement. I am an expert of quality processes, and I am in charge of managing the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System at SIRIS Academic. I hold a PhD in philosophy from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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Adrià Plazas
Data Scientist

I have a degree in theoretical physics from the University of Barcelona and a master’s degree in physics of complex systems from the University of Balearic Islands. My interests are in the application of numerical methodologies and frameworks to social challenges that modern societies are facing.

In Siris I’m in the team of Data Analytics as Junior Data Scientist exploring NLP techniques and
machine and deep learning methodologies for scientific portfolios text mining.

Ramona Popescu
Junior Consultant

I am a Biomedical Scientist with a Master of Science in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health. Following previous experience at European level, I have landed at Siris with a strong interest in health strategy, policy, innovation and social impact. As a junior consultant I am able to work on ongoing projects focusing on identifying challenges, opportunities and emerging trends.

Josep Pujol
Data Engineer

I am a computer engineer and Data Engineer at Siris working on the data integration on multiple projects internal and external. I’m interested in building cutting-edge systems that use Machine Learning as well as Data Mining combined with Scrapping techniques. During most of my career I have been working very closely to R&D and this experience is what I want to bring to Siris.

Guillem Rull
I got a PhD in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTech) in 2011. My main topics of interest (and research) are Databases, Information Systems, Conceptual Modeling, Ontologies, and Information Integration (including both Data Exchange and Data Integration).

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Marga Sirera
Office Manager

A background of more than 20 years in the administrative and management area, in different sectors, has given me the professionalism and skills to develop different tasks within the company.  In charge of the accounting and office management, my work in SIRIS allows me to develop all the acquired skills and to implement new ones, both in the administrative field and at a collaborative level with the Human Resources unit.

Alessandro Seri
Data Scientist

Chiara Toietta
Junior Consultant

With a strong background in Economics, I am interested in using my quali-quantitative skills to analyse data, draw insights, explore the implications and communicate the findings. Working at SIRIS as an junior consultant gives me the chance to develop a more critical and strategic thinking.

Francesco Vagliante
Data Scientist

I’m a data scientist, graduated in Data Science at University of Calabria in 2020. I’m interested in everything about data, from the collecting process to the analysis and visualization. I enjoy the creative process of my job, which allows me to try and experiment with different methods to bring data to life, learning new stuff and sharing my knowledge.

Sonia Veiga
My background is on Health and Life-Sciences Research, with a PhD in Biomedicine. After working in academic and clinical environments, I accepted SIRIS challenge to use my insight at a higher level. At SIRIS I conduct evidence-based analysis and strategic consulting in topics related to Health Research Policy.

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Alba Velasco
I am a biochemist specialized in behavioural aspects of human biology and cognitive neuroscience. Thanks to my analytical background and experience working at European level, I currently help SIRIS to develop its consultancy work to give strategic support to higher education and research institutions.

Doerte Weig
My expertise lies in institutional strategy, institutional transformation processes, and innovative ecosystems approaches to research, teaching and ways of working, involving collaborative and artistic methods. I hold a PhD in Social Anthropology, and offer a combination of many years of scientific research experience as well as management experience in corporate communications and organisational change.