Esteban Pelayo joined EURADA in 2015 as director. Previously, he worked in the EU office of the Region of Murcia in Brussels (2011-2015) and in the Regional Development Agency of Murcia (2000-2011), where he coordinated the network of technology centres of the Regional Development Agency. He started his professional career in the Innovation Relay Centre Network helping companies to establish transnational technology transfer agreements (IPR licensing) at the University of Alicante (1996-2000).
After obtaining her master’s degree in Linguistics and Literature, Tessa worked for various public and private companies in their communication and marketing departments. She joined EURADA in 2007 to strengthen the communication activities of the association and to provide assistance in the administrative implementation of projects. During this time she has participated in and has been responsible for engaging stakeholders, organisation of events for best practice exchanges, and awareness-raising for EU-funded projects.
Currently Tessa oversees the Interreg Europe Social SEEDS project and the Erasmus+ IN4WOOD project. She contributes to the daily management of the EURADA offices and deals with aspects related to administration, finance, and HR.
Ivana Rae AlmoraProject & Policy Officer
Ivana graduated with a bachelor’s degree in European languages from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where she majored in German and minored in Spanish. In an effort to steer her career toward international relations, she pursued a master’s degree in EU studies and human rights at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (Spain). She first joined EURADA in the summer of 2019 as an intern in fulfilment of her master’s requirements and is now a EURADA project officer for the Interreg project SCALE UP, which aims to support SME growth in regional, national, and international markets.
Owen BrownProject Officer
Having graduated in Interactive Media at the University of South Wales in 2010, Owen moved abroad and started working primarily in education across a variety of European countries whilst focusing on language-learning in his personal time. After numerous years in Norway, Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine, in 2016 and 2017 Owen volunteered full-time in Civil Society Organisations operating in Serbia and Greece, specifically working on: asylum counselling for applicants for international protection, monitoring the progress and implementation of the EU Relocation scheme, attendance at NGO working groups, co-organising coordination meetings for CSOs, disseminating situation updates among CSOs, and managing an information page for end beneficiaries. Owen joined EURADA in March 2020 and is assigned to the Horizon 2020 projects POCITYF, TeRRItoria, and XPRESS, facilitating Positive Energy Blocks, Responsible Research and Innovation, and Green Public Procurement respectively. Areas of particular interest to him, other than economics in general, include financial innovation and the deeper, structural causes of gender inequality.
Giacomo FrisancoCommunication & Policy Officer
Giacomo has a solid background in International Relations, with a master’s degree majoring in Russian foreign politics at the Almamater Studiorum University of Bologna. Giacomo worked firstly for the Italian public administration in the Department for Youth Policy, where he became passionate about communication and social media, and then for the European Commission in DG GROW, where he took responsibility for the European Portal Your Europe. He joined EURADA in March 2019 to strengthen the communication activities of the association.
He is the communication manager of the project TeRRItoria, a project that deals with RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation).Giacomo manages the participation of EURADA as an advisory partner to 6 regional authorities within Interreg Europe’s SCALE UP project, developing better ERDF policies to support concentration and robustness of SMEs. He is also involved in the Horizon 2020 project ‘XPRESS’ which offers support to public procurement to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and public sector for the adoption of RES (Renewable Energy Sources) in regions.
Ulises PisanoPolicy Officer
Ulises obtained a degree in Political Science at the University of Valencia (Spain), where he took part as a member of the board of the Faculty of Law and was in charge of the institutional communication of Amnesty International Valencia. After that, he showed interest in areas as diverse as foreign policy, international relations methodologies, cooperation, and internationalisation.
Regarding his interests and his background, he joined EURADA in September 2019 thanks to a training programme offered by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) and is nowadays in charge of international projects like the cooperation agreements between Latin American and European regions, external communication on SSNN, and webpage management.
Currently, he is involved in two H2020 projects: TetRRIs, project based on the approach of Responsible Research and Investigation in the design of Smart Specialisation Strategies; and Entrances, which aims to analyse the effect on societies due to de-territorialisation processes suffered by coal and carbon-intensive regions in the transition into greener economies.
Roser Torres MoscadProject Officer
Roser has a degree in Translation and Cultural Mediation. After one year studying Cultural and Humanities Studies in Tokyo, Japan, she furthered her qualifications in Digital Marketing and Internationalisation. Roser joined EURADA in July 2019 due to the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) training programme and is in charge of organising and promoting the 5th edition of EURADA Awards. She also attends events and conferences representing EURADA. Moreover, Roser advises Development Agencies by proofreading and validating their proposals. Finally, she promotes EURADA members and partners and puts them in contact with one another, as well as with new opportunities and proposals.
Currently, she is involved in two H2020 projects: TetRRIs, project based on the approach of Responsible Research and Investigation in the design of Smart Specialisation Strategies; and Entrances, which aims to analyse the effect on societies due to de-territorialisation processes suffered by coal and carbon-intensive regions in the transition into greener economies.
Alex studied Economics at the University of Valencia and at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, and specialised in Development Economics and the Economic History of China between the 80s and the early 2000s. He joined EURADA thanks to an internship granted by the ‘Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness’ (IVACE). Since May he is collaborating with EURADA under the IVY volunteer programme, and he is involved in the Interreg project ESSPO which takes a long-term approach to contribute to the creation of effective and efficient SME support service portfolios, which are capable to impact the regional economies via increasing SME’s competitiveness.
Andrea graduated in Political Science for Cooperation and Development at Roma Tre University (Italy) and obtained a master’s degree in European and International Studies at the University of Trento (Italy). He joined EURADA in March 2020 as an intern. In EURADA, he is conducting research into Italian Regional Development Agencies and also collaborates on the Horizon 2020 projects POCITYF, TeRRItoria, and XPRESS. His professional interests lie in research activities and project management on the topics of urban and regional development.
After acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Language Mediation Sciences, Brixhilda went on to complete a two-year double Master’s degree in Global Politics and International Relations in 2019. The first year of this took place at the University of Macerata, Italy, where she pursued International Politics and Economic Relations, while the second was in International Public and Business Administration at the Moscow Institute of International Relations. She specialised in Civil Society and European Institutions. Following this, until February 2020 she was a Blue Book Trainee at DG NEAR. Brixhilda joined EURADA in March 2020 through Interreg Volunteer Youth – an initiative of European Solidarity Corps – and will be involved in organising the final conferences of the Interreg projects ESSPO AND Beyond EDP.
After graduating in Law and specialising in Judicial studies in Spain, largely thanks to a training programme of the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), Estefanía started at EURADA in June 2019. She was in charge of preparing new proposals and helping the Association with the issues related to them. From May onwards, Estefania is collaborating on the frame of the IVY volunteer programme, working on the Interreg project ESSPO which takes a long-term approach to contribute to the creation of effective and efficient SME support service portfolios, which are capable to impact the regional economies via increasing SME’s competitiveness.
Alberto graduated in Political and Public Administration Sciences and Law after studying at the University of Granada (Spain) and the University of Limerick (Ireland) with a special focus on EU-related matters and International Relations. Alberto joined EURADA in October 2019 for three months, during which he was in charge of elaborating studies of European RDAs and collaborated in the organisation of events and assistance to our members; he then re-joined in February 2020. As part of the IVY programme, he executes activities concerning the Interreg Europe project Social Seeds, which aims to provide policymakers with tools to improve the support regional and local governments give to Social Enterprises, creating the right conditions to allow the sector to develop.
We are also grateful to the other people who have contributed to EURADA in the past
Pauline DE VILLÈLE