Elena has a degree in Chemical Science from the Autonoma University of Madrid. She has worked at the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in material sciences and researching new types of porous materials. Since 2015, she has been involved in the Tax Relief Department, developing R&D project reports related to vegetable processing, beverages, enology or poultry, along with a variety of other topics. She enjoys contact with the wide variety of companies that are clients of Evolution and the chance to learn about a variety of industries and the way they apply and develop new technologies, products, and services. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends.
Sara completed a degree in Biology at the Complutense University of Madrid, specializing in neurobiology and sanitary biology, and has a Master’s degree in Immunology Research at the same University, with Master’s thesis work order on complement receptor CR3 signalling in macrophages. She spent one year in the laboratory of experimental Pneumology at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation, investigating the reversal of COPD in murine models. At the end of 2015 she entered the world of consulting, where she specializes in R&D tax deductions within the area of biomedicine with experience in multiple areas including assisted reproduction, oncology, pulmonology, neurology, imaging techniques, etc. She is proud of Evolution Europe’s level of commitment to both its clients and employees and exemplifies this commitment in her own work. Inside and outside of work Sara is committed to the environment and she enjoys painting as well as all types of arts and crafts in her free time.
Business Development Manager
Jacob is Swiss/American and began his education with a Bachelor’s degree (Oregon State University) focused on Chemistry, Toxicology, and German and continued with an MSc. (Free University Amsterdam) focused on environmental economics and policy, later pursuing further studies in the technical and economic aspects of energy systems (MIT-Portugal/University of Porto). After having a variety of experiences in energy, sustainability, and innovation he completed an MBA in the top 20% of his class at IE Business School. Following this experience, he worked as an independent consultant advising startups and SMEs on strategy, and coaching founders and individuals – helping them think critically to reach their goals. He now continues his passion for bringing products and services to market by building partnerships and drawing pioneering clients to Evolution Europe’s commercialisation services. Living, studying, and working in seven countries and traveling throughout a further 40+ has made Jacob appreciate the power of diverse, multicultural environments and he is comfortable working in English, German, and Spanish. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, world travel, reading, gastronomy, organizing virtual “critical thinking” discussion groups in his side project the Macro Forum, and takes every opportunity to meet new people and foster the innovation ecosystem.
FILIPPO DEL GROSSO
Business Development Manager
Filippo is an economist and consultant with over ten years of experience. He graduated in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and completed his MBA at IE Business School in Madrid. His expertise is mainly in the energy and sustainability sector, thanks to his assignments at the Italian TSO and in a top advisory firm, where he developed economic models and tools for energy deployment and infrastructure in the EUMENA area, with focus on Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Before this, he worked in the Netherlands for a top oil upstream service company and in KPMG as a transfer pricing consultant. He has experience in dealing successfully with cross-functional local/global teams and diversity. Within Evolution Europe, Filippo enjoys helping SMEs in meeting EU best practices and in achieving their corporate objectives. Filippo is fond of hiking, the mountains, fine art, and exotic cultures.