Solange Chavel
Founding Partner of SIRIS Academic
Strategy consultant specialized in higher education and research. I have a strong experience in working with universities and business schools to design their mid- and long-term institutional strategy and manage complex change processes.

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Sebastian Stride
Founding Partner of SIRIS Academic
PhD, researcher at Barcelona University. I am an experienced strategy consultant with demonstrated track record driving growth, improving operations, and successfully creating solutions for complex business problems at leading Business Schools, Research Institutions and Universities worldwide.

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Bernardo Rondelli
Founding Partner of SIRIS Academic
Research manager with a proven track record of managing and executing complex and multi-method R&D projects. Archaeologist and Computer Scientist by training, with a long experience in data management and analytics, my work focuses on the development of solutions for supporting informed and collaborative strategic decisions in public policies, fostering open government data and evidence-based approaches.

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Yoran Beldengrün
At SIRIS I aim at contributing with fresh thoughts, insights, assistance and solutions to complex problems or advancement of strategic goals in higher education, research and innovation. This is based on the combination of my academic background in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a PhD in Nanomedicine and international working experience in Science Diplomacy for government institutions, a UN specialised agency and an NGO. Moreover, I have been engaged in increasing the social and political impact of science, as a grassroots activist and as a science populariser.

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Hermes Carretero
Front End & Data Visualization developer
Doing websites and interactive applications from the 90’s and with a postgraduate in data visualization at UPF I’m front end developer enthusiastic on user interaction and visual exploration of data. I joined SIRIS with the aim of learning from a scientific and specialized team and the commitment to help in exploring and developing clear and hopefully funnier ways to show data.

Ruggero Cortini
Data Scientist and Consultant
My goal is to make difficult data analysis simple to understand. I enjoy spending time both on extracting and analyzing information from complicated data sets, and then making meaningful visualizations that help clients understand trends, challenges, and opportunities. I was trained as a theoretical physicist, and I spent ten years doing research on biological physics. I work at SIRIS since October 2019, and I now found my place here as a data scientist and consultant, working on all sorts of data analysis, on presenting their results, and providing clients with strategic guidance and support with their decision-making

Annamaria Donnarumma
I’m an astronomer by training, with a background in academic research and in technical consulting. In SIRIS I work on consultancy projects for higher education, research and public institutions, combining evidence-based and qualitative approaches.

Nicolau Duran Silva
Data Scientist & Research Assistant
I’m completing a degree in Computer Science at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. I’m specialized in Natural Language Processing, Pattern Recognition and their applications in data analysis. In SIRIS I explore new approaches to semantic information retrieval and data analysis, by combining techniques of machine learning, deep learning and linguistic analysis. My interests in this field are the implementation of NLP in minority languages, sentiment analysis and opinion identification in informal texts..


Enric Fuster
I am a senior consultant and business developer at SIRIS, where I focus on projects aimed at increasing the socioeconomic impact of higher education and research, in connection with wider regional development strategies. 

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Xavi Gimenez
Data Visualization Engineer
Software Engineer specialized in Data Visualization. I am interested in the junction of Technology, Human Computer Interaction and Creativity.

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Luca Giocoli
With an MA focused on creativity, strategic communication and new media, and an expertise in European Transnational Cooperation I landed at SIRIS to explore the power of the quadruple helix process, that means run collaboration among universities, administration, industry and civil society.

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Roger Guixé
Software Engineer
Software Engineer specialized on back-end services. I have experience on designing and building solutions in very different sectors. I love using cutting-edge technologies as a way of simplifying, improving, and enriching the developments, and I also like using cloud computing systems as a fast and dynamic way of building infrastructures and deploying applications.

Matthias Heuser
Coming from philosophy, working especially on epistemic and ethical implications of bodily engagement in the world, I joined SIRIS as a consultant mainly in the area of research strategy and more general institutional development in higher education and research.

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Mauricio Iriarte
Visual Designer
I am a Graphic Designer with an MA in Design of Branding and Packaging. My main interests are aspects such as brand management for both online and offline supports, as well as the generation of interactive data visualizations.


Francesco A. Massucci
Researcher at SIRIS Lab
Senior researcher at SIRIS Lab, I work on data science/analysis and mathematical models. My goal is to design mathematical tools to provide a quantitative understanding of how research institutions work. Physicist by training, I hold a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

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Nathalie Meo Evoli
Researcher & Consultant

I am a molecular biologist with a PhD in Biomedicine. I spent several years doing research within the field of cancer. I enjoy working to coordinate teamwork, to harmonise the tasks of different people and to straighten out issues.

I joined SIRIS to contribute with my past experience to add value and vision to the projects for higher education and research.

Currently, I am supporting the “la Caixa” Foundation designing the novel PhD Training Programme and coordinating its implementation.

Francesco Multari
Data Scientist
I am Data Scientist with a strong background of computer science and statistics. I love “playing” with data, starting with understanding the law that governs them and ending with the prediction of a phenomenon.

I am mainly interested in Deep Learning,Pattern Recognition and Outlier Detection.

Cesar Parra Rojas
Data Scientist

Sabine Plaud
Researcher & Consultant
I am a consultant in Higher education, research and innovation policies. My expertise covers in particular institutional academic strategies, academic rankings and their methodology, new trends in higher education. I have an extended experience of the French and Italian sectors.I have in-depth knowledge of French regulations regarding public procurement. I am an expert of quality processes, and I am in charge of managing the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System at SIRIS Academic. I hold a PhD in philosophy from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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Arnau Quinquillà
I graduated in theoretical physics at the University of Barcelona. During the last two years I have been working on the analysis and visualization of the co-authorship structure of the University of Barcelona researchers, at the same institution. Currently working on front-end development: Building web applications, visualization tools and database endpoint integration.

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Guillem Rull
I got a PhD in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTech) in 2011. My main topics of interest (and research) are Databases, Information Systems, Conceptual Modeling, Ontologies, and Information Integration (including both Data Exchange and Data Integration).

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Marga Sirera
Office Manager

Chiara Toietta
Junior Consultant

With a strong background in Economics, I am interested in using my quali-quantitative skills to analyse data, draw insights, explore the implications and communicate the findings. Working at SIRIS as an junior consultant gives me the chance to develop a more critical and strategic thinking.

Sonia Veiga
My background is on Health and Life-Sciences Research, with a PhD in Biomedicine. After working in academic and clinical environments, I accepted SIRIS challenge to use my insight at a higher level. At SIRIS I conduct evidence-based analysis and strategic consulting in topics related to Health Research Policy.

Alba Velasco
I am a biochemist specialized in behavioural aspects of human biology and cognitive
neuroscience. Thanks to my analytical background and experience working at European level, I
currently help SIRIS to develop its consultancy work to give strategic support to higher
education and research institutions.

Francesca Arcara
Grants and Tenders Manager

I have more than 15 years of experience in  Research grants,  projects management and the setting up of institutional programs in research.
Before joining SIRIS I worked in different research and High Education institutions in Italy, France and Spain and also at the European Commission in the DG RTD. I am an expert of funding programs for research and gained international experience of the administrative structure and functioning of the European Commission, specifically the DG Research and Connect, and of the national research systems of France and Spain throughout her career. I have managed the preparation and implementation of large European research projects gaining insight in the functioning of the different  Research Framework programmes.
I also have particular expertise in excellence research instruments like ERC and MSC Actions:  I’ve written 2 winning proposals of MSCA Co-fund projects, collaborated in the preparation of 2 successful Severo Ochoa Research Center in Spain, and coached several successful ERC and MSCA IF proposals.
I coordinated a Post-doctoral training program in a Spanish research center where she was also responsible for the implementation of open access policies.

Petra Frent-Kaab

I worked as an economist for 10 years and gained insights into public policy and a great number of industries and sectors, at a global level. The higher education and research landscape is by far one of the most interesting albeit challenging : the academic environment is constantly changing and, at Siris, I am happy to be part of a motivated team that is on a purposeful mission to help higher education & research institutions address a wide range of strategic issues. I did my undergraduate studies in Japan and graduate studies in France and Spain. I hope to bank on all these experiences in my mission at Siris.

Sara Ricardo

Eloi Bigas

I am an Industrial Engineer with a double master degree on Energy Management and Sustainability, recently graduated from an MBA at Collège des Ingénieurs (Paris). My ultimate goal is to help drive policies that will tackle the current energy and climate crisis, naturally taking a science-based approach but also considering all the socio-humanitarian aspects of this transition. Throughout my career I have been strongly involved in educational endeavours, for example by teaching children in schools about Climate Change and its implications throughout my non-profit organisation Sustainability by Education.