As the Director General, Jacopo tracks issues of strategic importance to the early-stage investing ecosystem. He also strives to identify opportunities to influence the EU decision making processes, working closely with industry’s stakeholders to promote the excellence and expertise of EBAN’s Board Members to the European audience. Jacopo is also responsible of the coordination and implementation of EBAN’s activities in EU funded projects. Being the first contact point of the Association, he is also looking after members’ interests and helping ensure they obtain best value from their membership. Jacopo holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Thanks to his education and his strong academic background both in marketing and in financial management, Jacopo has a successful track record with international work experiences. He is a native Italian speaker and perfectly bilingual both in English and Spanish.
As Operations Director, Keti ensures efficient implementation of all of EBAN’s activities – organising events, liaising with the association’s members and partners, implementing EU-funded projects, research and marketing activities, and more. Prior to joining EBAN, she obtained her MSc. with distinction from the University of Sheffield International Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece and went on to collaborate with the Hellenic Business Angels Network. In addition to other international experiences, Keti received her BA in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she is originally from.
EU Project Manager
As EU Project Manager, Natalia coordinates with startups, investors and other actors involved in workshops, events, and other activities, she participates to consortium meetings and planning of tasks with project partners, she helps with project reporting and with the preparation of new EU Project tenders and proposals. She holds a MSc in Management from Bocconi University where she focused on courses about Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. She gained valuable insights in the startup and sustainability fields also as a member of Cuora Consulting, first as a consultant and then as Head of Project Management. Cuora is a student-run association providing consulting services specifically to sustainable entities or projects.
EU Project Manager
As a European project manager, Abel participates in the implementation of EU-funded projects, ensuring that decisions taken jointly are transferred and delivered with the desired impact and according to the standards set by the Commission.
Abel has previously worked as a Data Analyst-Researcher for the Spanish Government, the University of Granada and the Institute for Regional Development. In the last two years he has worked on the implementation of EU-funded projects and new proposals development. He is particularly interested in generating impact by following a top-down approach; capitalize on what we create at the pan-European level to generate value at the local level.
Elena started her studies in Communication at the University of Athens before moving on to the Sorbonne Nouvelle in France and the University of Keio in Japan for her Masters. Her work experience includes advertising agencies and big international organizations such as the Alliance Francaise in Canberra. She joined the marketing department of EBAN in September 2021.
Operations and Finance Manager
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