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Trainers involved in the Master

The trainers involved in the Master in European Project Planning and Management represent several European countries. They all have 20 to 30 years of experience in planning, managing, evaluating and auditing European projects.

The trainers involved are: senior European project planners, senior European project managers, officers of the European Commission, officers of the National Agencies managing the current European Programmes, evaluators for the European Commission and the National Agencies, auditors of European projects.

John Stringer
Berkley Associates
Brussels, Belgium

John Stringer has been working in the field of EU funded projects since 1987. He has held key positions in a number of Technical Assistance Offices implementing EU programmes on behalf of the European Commission. The last of these was as Head of the Financial and Investigation Team at the Technical Assistance Office where he carried out project monitoring and inspection visits on behalf of the EU Commission. He has carried out a number of strategic studies for the European Commission on the management of big projects and is currently acting as a management reviewer for a number of large scale projects.

Carla Michelini
Innovation and Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission
Brussels, Belgium

Carla Michelini has been working on EU co-funded projects and programs in Italy, France and Belgium since 2002. She has experience at both project and program/funding authority level. At project level, she has worked on ESF and ERDF projects; at program/funding authority level, she has provided technical assistance to the Managing Authority of an Italian National Operational Programme, at the Joint Technical Secretariat of the INTERREG IV Program and at DG DEVCO of the European Commission on the European Development Fund for Central Africa. She is currently employed as Project Manager at the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission, on the CEF Transport Programme.

Stanislav Ranguelov
European Commission, DG Employment
Brussels, Belgium

Stanislav Ranguelov is Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, DG Employment, Social policies and ESF and FEAD management in Bulgaria and Romania. Stanislav Ranguelov has a PhD in Financial Economics and Management. Previously, he was the coordinator of employment policies and the European Social Fund for Spain at the European Commission in Brussels. Prior to that, he was the coordinator of analysis on education systems and policies in the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission. Before joining the European Institutions, he worked in the Spanish academic sector managing international research projects in the area on innovation and knowledge management. He has also extensive experience in the area of scientific research and technology transfer.

Antonio Carbone
APRE, Italian Agency for the Promotion of European Research
Rome, Italy

Antonio Carbone is the Italian National Contact Point for SME, ICT and Access to risk finance under Horizon 2020 European Research and Innovation Programme. At the same time he is in charge, as Italian Expert, in the “SMEs and Access to risk finance” European Commission Programme Committee. Antonio is also actively involved in the activities of EEN - Enterprise Europe Network, with particular reference to the ICT Sector Group and IPR issues.

Katia Insogna
EU R&I Funding Navigator
Rome, Italy

Over 15 years’ experience in providing dedicated support, training and coaching services for European R&I programmes and in securing funding to diverse stakeholders across different sectors and industries in Europe, and beyond, based in UK, Italy and Belgium. Former FP7/H2020 Marie S. Curie Actions and European Research Council National Contact Point (NCP) and actively involved in more than 20 EU funded projects, among which Coordinator of the Network of Marie Curie NCPs (PeopleNetwork+) and of the FP6 ERA-MORE initiative in Italy, now called EURAXESS. Currently working as EU Senior R&I independent consultant and Head of InnoTec H2020 Training and Consultancy Services (Cambridge, UK). European Commission’ evaluator for MSCA-COFUND-DP and Individual Fellowships grants.

Leonardo Piccinetti
Europe For Business
London, United Kingdom

Leonardo Piccinetti is Senior Research and Innovation Advisor and Managing Director at Europe for Business. He has extensive experience in consulting on Research and Innovation EU funding schemes and has worked on several EU Projects on food, water, energy and ICT-related fields. Leonardo holds a BSc in Economics at University of Rome with a special focus on water management in Mediterranean countries. He finished his Master in European Studies at Sussex European Institute at University of Sussex United Kingdom. Leonardo is currently studying Business Sustainability Management at University of Cambridge United Kingdom at Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is indipendent evaluator for H2020 programme. Leonardo is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Manuela Costone
Rome, Italy

Expert in Higher Education Systems, Bologna Process and internationalization of the Higher Education Sector. Experience as National Contact Point for EU Tempus and Erasmus Mundus Programmes. Project Manager in EU projects linked to the implementation and application of the European Qualifications Framework, recognition of qualifications, joint programmes and degrees, micro-credentials, vocational education and training. External expert evaluator for Campus France (Mediterranean Office for Youth), EACEA (Tempus and Erasmus+ KA2 - Capacity Building in the field of HE); INDIRE (Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility, Strategic Partnerships for HE, Cooperation Partnerships for HE); INAPP (Strategic Partnerships for digitalization in VET).

Alan Bruce
Universal Learning Systems
Dublin, Ireland

Alan Bruce is CEO of ULS, an international research, education and evaluation company with offices in Dublin, Helsinki, Barcelona, São Paulo and Chicago. An Associate Professor with UOC (Open University of Catalonia) in Barcelona, in 2016 he became Visiting Professor for Global Learning in National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan. He is an Expert Evaluator for the EU H-2020 and Erasmus + programs. A Senior Fellow of the European Distance and E-learning Network, he is also a Board Member of the National Rehabilitation Counselling Association in the United States. He is Learning Design Expert with Universidad Nacional de Educación (UNAE) in Ecuador. He is currently Irish representative on the EU Erasmus + Capacity Building project on ICT supported language learning for universities in Palestine.

Spiros Sirmakessis
University of Peloponnese
Patras, Greece

Spiros Sirmakessis is a full Professor at the University of Peloponnese. He is the former Deputy President for Research and Development in TEI of Western Greece. He is the Director of the e-Business and User Experience Interaction Lab in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Department. Spiros Sirmakessis has been coordinating several European projects and has participating in more than 150 projects funded by European and national sources.

Maria Rigou
University of Patras
Patras, Greece

Maria Rigou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management Science and Technology at the University of Patras. Maria has participated in more than 30 R&D projects funded by the European Commission and national bodies. She has taught several courses at graduate and postgraduate level on Project Management. She is the co-author of books on Project Management.

Anca Colibaba
Iasi, Romania

Anca Colibaba is a professor at the Gr.T Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy since 1990. She is international Inspector for Eaquals since 2004. She has been coordinating international projects since 1990 and she has been involved in more than 70 European projects. She has an extensive work experience in international contexts and with a variety of international funding organizations. She is founding member of the following organizations: EuroEd Foundation, Quest, FocusEd, ELAN.

Silvia Ciotti
Florence, Italy

Silvia Ciotti is a member of the panels of independent experts at DG HOME, DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION, REA (Research Executive Agency), EASME (Executive Agency for SMEs), and ERC (European Research Council) of the European Commission. She is also member of the panel of experts for the Ethics Appraisal of all the EU funded projects. Since 2007 she has been involved as an independent expert evaluator and reviewer in the assessment of the proposals submitted under the European Seventh Framework Programme – Security calls, and HORIZON 2020, and is actually involved as evaluator and reviewer in variuous calls and programmes under Horizon EUROPE, including the Marie Skolodwska Curie Action and the ERC Grant programmes. Silvia Ciotti is also a consultant, planning and managing projects funded by the European Commission, and is the CEO and Senior Researcher at the EuroCrime Srl independet research, training and consulting Think Tank.

Elisabetta Delle Donne
Florence, Italy

Elisabetta Delle Donne works in the field of European project planning and management since 1993. She has been a project planner and manager in over a 150 projects funded by the European Commission. For 25 years she has been consulting for universities on European funding opportunities and on project planning and management. Elisabetta is an assessor of European project proposals in the fields of higher education, school education and adult education in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme - KA2 Strategic Partnerships Supporting Innovation. Elisabetta is also an assessor of European project proposals and final reports for the Erasmus+ Programme – Youth, for the Horizon 2020 Programme – Copernicus as well as the COST Programme for Science and Technologies.

Andrea Peraldo
Florence, Italy

Andrea Peraldo works in the field of European projects since 2001. He has planned and managed more than 40 projects funded by the European Commission. Andrea is also specialized in the planning of budgets and in the management of the administrative and financial issues of international projects. Andrea provides support and guidance to institutions for financial management and reporting in European projects. Andrea has also planned and managed over 20 projects funded by the European Social Fund.


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