Financial Advisor ISAAAC Association
Economist. Head of the tax and accounting department.
Bachelor in Economic and Business Administration from the University of Valladolid.
ISAAAC Association HQ Team, MSc, Aerospace and Automotive
Ricardo De Vicente is a Freelance Consultant advising startups in the fields of Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship. He has worked as a Senior Consultant inTransactions Advisory Services - Corporate Finance in Ernst&Young. He also worked in Sales & Strategy for BMW Group, as Management Associate in its Global Leader Development Programme, both in BMW’s Headquarter in Munich and in its Spanish Sales Company in Madrid. Prior to that, he worked in Shanghai for IAESTE, negotiating contracts and partnerships with companies, associations, Consulates, Embassies and Chambers ofCommerce in China.
Ricardo studied Aeronautical Engineer in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Universität Stuttgart, and has a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Being fully engaged in the startup ecosystem, he has been involved in the development of many of them, he has been awarded two full scholarships by the European Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Founder Institute, and has been constantly progressing through entrepreneurship experience and formal coursework.
His experience and specialties include: strategy definition, planning and implementation, business and marketingplan modelling, sales and financial projections, business intelligence, market research and identification of opportunities, competitors analysis, fund raising, operational alignment, compensation and incentive plans, performance and general management.
Among other side projects and achievements, he is mentor at AMCES (Spanish Association of Mentoring and Consultancy in Entrepreneurship, Startups and Social Economy), he has been selected as Talent in Asociación Celera (Fundación Rafael del Pino), he co-developed an award-winning business plan at “Actúa UPM”Start-up Competition, member in different Commissions of the Model European Parliament in Spain and Slovenia, member of the Airbus’ Aircraft Design Competition winning team and presentation at Airbus Future Project Offices in Hamburg.
ISAAAC Association HQ Team, Biochemistry & science diplomacy
Dr. Fernando Josa Prado is a researcher and professor in the fields of biology and biochemistry. More specifically, he has an interdisciplinary experience having worked in molecular neurobiology, miRNA pathway biology, cancer cell biology and biochemistry of antitumor compounds against cytoskeleton. Fernando’s passion and compromise for Science and the Society of Knowledge led him to be involved in the formation of the society of Spanish Researchers in UK, where he founded and was director of the South-West Constituency and in 2014 upon his return to Spain he co-founded the association of Scientist Returned to Spain (CRE) of which he is the Founding President. He has been invited to contribute to researchers’ panels for European Commission projects about Research Career Development and the integration of Academia and other sectors such as the industrial sector (PIPERS, EURAXIND). He also co-founded directed the Madrid branch of the science outreach festival PINT of Science. He was invited to be a member of the international committee of the Spanish Planetology and Astrobiology Network (REDESPA).
Fernando is also interested in entrepreneurship from science and technology. He obtained his biology degree (5 years licenciature) and the Advanced Studies Diploma (D.E.A., postgraduate diploma) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During his D.E.A. Fernando worked on Alzheimer’s Disease in Prof. Jesús Avila de Grado and Prof. Félix Hernández group at the Molecular Biology Center – Severo Ochoa (CBMSO) in Madrid. Later, he was awarded with a prestigious MSCA ITN fellowship from SyMBaD Programme to do his doctoral studies at the University of Bristol (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Jeremy M. Henley, working on the cell and molecular biology of SUMOylation machinery. He obtained his PhD in 2014. Afterwards, he carried out a postdoctoral period at the Biological Research Center (CIB-CSIC) in Madrid.
Fernando has expanded his interests and understanding for the ecosystem of R&D and Innovation by taking an entrepreneurial programme at the prestigious IE Business School (Accelerate: Building Business from Science and technology). In addition, amongst other studies and diplomas Fernando holds a master’s degree in Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis from the Instituto Erickson de Madrid and is a Level II National Fencing Coach (Royal Spanish Fencing Federation, RFEE).
Financial Advisor ISAAAC Association
Lawyer and Social Graduate. Responsible for labor, civil and commercial departments. He works for Martin & De la Cueva Company, Salamanca. Expert in civil and commercial mediation.
He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid and Diploma in Labor Relations from the University of Salamanca.
Legal Advisor ISAAAC Association
Attorney at law and Legal Advisor in Spain since 2009. Office in Salamanca since 2012. Before that Javier worked in different legal areas like Legal Advisor in diverse companies (banking, new markets, renewable energies, civil works) in Spain.
He holds Legal Degree (University of Salamanca), a Master of Law at I.E., Madrid, and Doctor in Private Law (University of Salamanca).
ISAAAC Association HQ Team
Cristina Vicini is an international senior executive and board member with innovative companies and charities in Europe and North America, with a special focus on International Business Strategy and Sustainable Development, Innovation Management and Competitiveness (related to engineering, ICT – up to cyber, IoT, BigData - business models and IPR), Governance, Risk Management (including digital), Cross-Sector Digital Innovation and New Ventures, Global Diversity, Ethics and CSR.With an information technology, international business and strategic marketing backgrounds, Mrs. Vicini has 25 years of cross-sector management and leadership experience with Technology Blue Chips, with the International Public Sector, with global Non-Profits and as an Entrepreneur.
After earlier experiences in IT R&D (also within EU Research Programs) and business consulting, Cristina spent almost ten years with the international organizations in Brussels before joining global leading groups like Siemens and, Deutsche Telekom, with responsibilities spanning from strategic positioning and multi-million business development with the international public sector, up to P&L executive roles in Europe and beyond.Cristina’s further experience as an entrepreneur includes the international development of the family owned company – electro-mechanical engineering and manufacturing for the medical sector – as a COO for international operations, international development and innovation, leading a.o. to the award of a new technology patent (non-invasive bio-medical sensors) in the USA in September 2010. On top of her business engagements in the high-tech and engineering sectors, Cristina Vicini served a.o. as Chair of Boston University’s Advisory Board for MET’s International Programs (Brussels), as Chairwoman of international non-profits and as international Entrepreneurship Mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation and the European Women on Board Foundation.
Cristina was also invited on behalf of EBAN, the European Business Angels Network, to be a coach or judge at events and selections organized by ESA BIC and EIT Digital, dedicated to high-potential innovative start-ups. In May 2015, Washington DC, Cristina was bestowed with the “World of Difference Award 100” in recognition of her impact as a leader in the Not-for-Profit/NGO sector.
Cristina holds a Masters of International Management from Boston University and a Masters with honors in Computer Science from the University of Brussels (ULB). Since January 2017, Cristina Vicini has been elected Chairwoman of the international NGO TIAW.org, leading its strategic and digital transformation to become the largest worldwide digital platform for women economic empowerment, currently with HQs in Washington, DC and in Brussels. Cristina has also been a member of the board of the Club of Rome - EU Chapter since 2016, with a focus on diversity and innovation models for sustainable development (e.g. circular economy, clean energy, etc.); elected Treasurer since 2017.