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Our team is composed by agricultural engineers, biologists and environmental scientists (MScs & PhDs) with a wide background in Horizon 2020 projects submission and management as well as by business and marketing professionals.

Irene Paredes

COFOUNDER, CO-CEO

Irene holds the title of agronomist from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) with a specialisation on agri-food industry, and a MSc in Food Safety from the University of Wageningen (NL).

She has published two scientific articles related to food toxicology. With such a passion about innovation and industry, founding Innovarum with Maya was the best decision possible.

Maya Hernando

COFOUNDER, CO-CEO

Maya is an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) and she has a MSc. in Plant science from the University of Wageningen (NL). Before founding Innovarum she worked as project coordinator for IFOAM EU – Brussels (BE).

Maya spends her spare time fighting against injustices via Twitter.

Alicja Wolak

SENIOR INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Alicja holds an M.Sc. degree in Agro-environmental Management from Aarhus University (DK) and a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Protection from the Adam Mickiewicz University (PL).

Before joining Innovarum, she worked as a European project assistant at a private nature consultancy in Odense (DK) and as an administrative trainee at the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission in Brussels (BE).

Martí March

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Martí holds a PhD in Biology from the Superior Council of Scientific Investigations (CSIC), a M.Sc. degree in Management and Conservation of Biodiversity and a B.Sc. degree in Environmental and Biological Sciences from the University of Granada.

Martí has international experience in the leadership and management of research projects for organizations such as National Geographic and has JCR scientific publications on Plant Science, Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation. He is excited to explore new findings in Climate Change, AgTech and FoodTech.

Paula Morán

FINANCIAL PROJECT MANAGER

Paula owns a Double Degree in Law and Business Administration by the University Carlos III of Madrid (ES) and a master’s degree in international business management by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES).

She has a great international business vision that she’s developed through her Erasmus scholarship in the University College Dublin (IRL) and her job in the Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Zagreb (HR).

Africa Pardavila

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Africa owns a degree in Translation and Culture studies with a Chinese Mayor by the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES) and an MBA by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES). She also took business and language courses at Peking University (China) and worked in the Agri-food Promotion Department of the Commercial and Economic Office of the Embassy of Spain in Beijing (China).

Throughout her educational and professional international experience, she’s built up a great passion for content creation, business development, digital marketing and creative processes.

Iñigo Rodilla

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

MScs in Restoration and Comprehensive Management of Built Heritage, both from University of the Basque Country (ES). Besides, he owns a postgraduate course in Innovation and Project Management from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (ES).

Thanks to his research experience at CIEMAT (Spanish Environmental, Energy and Technology Research Centre – ES), he started working as an innovation project manager in a circular economy and biomass context. Moreover, he has experience in other areas like education and development cooperation, acquired through experiences in the Czech Republic and Colombia, respectively.

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Irene Paredes

COFOUNDER, CO-CEO

Irene holds the title of agronomist from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) with a specialisation on agri-food industry, and a MSc in Food Safety from the University of Wageningen (NL). She has published two scientific articles related to food toxicology. With such a passion about innovation and industry, founding Innovarum with Maya was the best decision possible.

Maya Hernando

COFOUNDER, CO-CEO

Maya is an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) and she has a MSc. in Plant science from the University of Wageningen (NL). Before founding Innovarum she worked as project coordinator for IFOAM EU – Brussels (BE). Maya spends her spare time fighting against injustices via Twitter.

Alicja Wolak

SENIOR INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Alicja holds an M.Sc. degree in Agro-environmental Management from Aarhus University (DK) and a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Protection from the Adam Mickiewicz University (PL). Before joining Innovarum, she worked as a European project assistant at a private nature consultancy in Odense (DK) and as an administrative trainee at the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission in Brussels (BE).

Sara González

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Sara González de Uzqueta de Lorza holds a degree in Eviromental Biology by the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES) and two post-graduate degrees: a M.Sc in Tropical Agriculture and Rural Development by the University of Hohenheim (DE) and a M. Sc in Marine Governance and Environmental Policy by Wageningen University (NL).

Sara has experience in European project management and has worked alongside public and private stakeholders and organizations (Research Centers like GCIAR, CIP, CSIC or organizations like  Fundación Oceana).

Martí March

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Martí holds a PhD in Biology from the Superior Council of Scientific Investigations (CSIC), a M.Sc. degree in Management and Conservation of Biodiversity and a B.Sc. degree in Environmental and Biological Sciences from the University of Granada.

Martí has international experience in the leadership and management of research projects for organizations such as National Geographic and has JCR scientific publications on Plant Science, Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation. He is excited to explore new findings in Climate Change, AgTech and FoodTech.

Paula Morán

FINANCIAL PROJECT MANAGER

Paula owns a Double Degree in Law and Business Administration by the University Carlos III of Madrid (ES) and a master’s degree in international business management by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES). She has a great international business vision that she’s developed through her Erasmus scholarship in the University College Dublin (IRL) and her job in the Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Zagreb (HR).

Africa Pardavila

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Africa owns a degree in Translation and Culture studies with a Chinese Mayor by the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES) and an MBA by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES). She also took business and language courses at Peking University (China) and worked in the Agri-food Promotion Department of the Commercial and Economic Office of the Embassy of Spain in Beijing (China). Throughout her educational and professional international experience, she’s built up a great passion for content creation, business development, digital marketing and creative processes.

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Do you have an innovative idea for a project? Are you looking for project management support? Do you need a Dissemination and Communication Partner?

At INNOVARUM, we provide tailored services for entities in the agri-food and bioeconomy sectors. 

We help you define your innovative idea, identifying the best ways for collaboration to make your project succeed. This includes not only project planning and launching, but also technical development, management and communication. 

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