Ana Innovarum

At Innovarum, we believe in a sustainable,
cutting-edge, and potent agri-food sector
linked to a blooming environment
and lively rural areas.

Ana Innovarum

At Innovarum, we believe in a sustainable, cutting-edge, and potent agri-food sector linked to a blooming environment and lively rural areas.

INSIGHTS ABOUT EACH TEAM MEMBER

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).

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

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Africa owns a degree in Translation and Culture studies with a Chinese Mayor by Autonomous University of Madrid (ES), an MBA by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES) and a Master in Digital Marketing by Complutense University in Madrid (UCM). 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 Environmental Sciences and 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.

CHEMA CASTELLANO

SENIOR INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Chema holds a MSc degree in Biology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid with concentration in Ecology and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

During the last years, Chema has worked as an innovation consultant, specialising in proposal writing and acquiring wide experience in EU projects. Before, he worked as a researcher at CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas – ES) and Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute – NZ) in the field of biomass utilisation for energy and materials.

ANDREA LEÓN

CONTENT MANAGER

Andrea owns a degree in Graphic Arts with a concentration in Design by Taylor University (US) and a Master’s degree by IED MADRID (ES) in Branding & Visual Identity.

She has a great passion for visual communication, content creation, and digital marketing that she’s developed through her international experience working in different creative and marketing agencies both in the U.S. and Spain.

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ANA CASILLAS

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Ana holds a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry, which she completed in the Bioremediation department of Queen’s University (Kingston – CA) through the TASSEP Program, and a M.Sc. degree in Applied Plant Biology, both from the Complutense University of Madrid.

She started her professional career developing projects in BIOPLAT (the Spanish Technology and Innovation Platform ‘Biomass for the Bioeconomy’) and continued as a Bioeconomy Advisor in the bioeconomy area of the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development. Ana defines herself as a defender of the environment and critical thinking.

ANA DÍAZ

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Ana holds a Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) and a MSc specialized in Industrial Biotechnology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES). In October 2022, Ana will continue its education in circular economy with a Master’s Degree in Circular Economy and Innovation at Valencian International University (VIU University).

Before joining Innovarum, she has worked in different companies as an Innovation Consultant in the United Kingdom and Barcelona. Thanks to her education and international experience, she has developed great passion for innovation as a way to address current environmental challenges.

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).

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

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Africa owns a degree in Translation and Culture studies with a Chinese Mayor by Autonomous University of Madrid (ES), an MBA by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES) and a Master in Digital Marketing by Complutense University in Madrid (UCM). 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 Environmental Sciences and 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.

CHEMA CASTELLANO

SENIOR INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Chema holds a MSc degree in Biology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid with concentration in Ecology and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

During the last years, Chema has worked as an innovation consultant, specialising in proposal writing and acquiring wide experience in EU projects. Before, he worked as a researcher at CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas – ES) and Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute – NZ) in the field of biomass utilisation for energy and materials.

ANDREA LEÓN

CONTENT MANAGER

Andrea owns a degree in Graphic Arts with a concentration in Design by Taylor University (US) and a Master’s degree by IED MADRID (ES) in Branding & Visual Identity.

She has a great passion for visual communication, content creation, and digital marketing that she’s developed through her international experience working in different creative and marketing agencies both in the U.S. and Spain.

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ANA CASILLAS

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Ana holds a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry, which she completed in the Bioremediation department of Queen’s University (Kingston – CA) through the TASSEP Program, and a M.Sc. degree in Applied Plant Biology, both from the Complutense University of Madrid.

She started her professional career developing projects in BIOPLAT (the Spanish Technology and Innovation Platform ‘Biomass for the Bioeconomy’) and continued as a Bioeconomy Advisor in the bioeconomy area of the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development. Ana defines herself as a defender of the environment and critical thinking.

ANA DÍAZ

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Ana holds a Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) and a MSc specialized in Industrial Biotechnology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES). In October 2022, Ana will continue its education in circular economy with a Master’s Degree in Circular Economy and Innovation at Valencian International University (VIU University).

Before joining Innovarum, she has worked in different companies as an Innovation Consultant in the United Kingdom and Barcelona. Thanks to her education and international experience, she has developed great passion for innovation as a way to address current environmental challenges.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME PART OF OUR TEAM?

Do you think you could be a great fit, but not for the positions above?

We would love to hear more about you as well!

SEE OUR OPEN POSITIONS