Team

Cristiano is co-founder of Open Evidence and Aggregate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan and at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He has over 25 years of scientific, policy-applied research experience spanning across economics, sociology and behavioural studies. Cristiano works at the interdisciplinary frontier of social sciences to develop new theoretical and methodological approaches at the agency/structure juncture. Since 2012 he has focused on experimental behavioural sciences with the aim to introduce novel approaches to policy-making and policy impact evaluation. Cristiano has had researched and worked in the USA, Russia, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain. In the course of his academic career he has taken several leaves of absence to serve as a civil servant at the United Nations and the European Union. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and a Degree in Economics from Bocconi University. A native Italian speaker, Cristiano is fluent in English, Russian and Spanish.

Ismael is professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He was founding member and then director of the Development Cooperation Programme of the University, where he mainly worked in the fields of e-learning for development and online volunteering. He is the editor of ICTlogy (ISSN 1886-5208). In 2014, he joined Open Evidence to be in charge of the direction of the project of open innovation of the Fundació Jaume Bofill, whose goal is to rethink how knowledge is created and shared inside and outside of the organization. His fields of expertise are the impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Development. Among others, he has worked for Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on a joint venture with Microsoft and the Swiss Cooperation Agency and another one with the World Bank; for Ericsson on the development of a Smart City index; or for the European Commission in several projects ranging from e-learning to e-inclusion intermediaries. He holds a Ph.D. in the Information and Knowledge Society (2009), a BSc in Economics, a MSc in Ecoaudit and Corporate Planning of the Environment and post-degree in Knowledge Management. A native Catalan and Spanish, Ismael is fluent in English and French.

Andrea has worked on physical chemistry, environmental sciences, applied statistics, impact assessment and science for policy. His main disciplinary focus is on sensitivity analysis of model output, a discipline where statistical tools are used to interpret the output from mathematical or computational models, and on sensitivity auditing, an extension of sensitivity analysis to the entire evidence-generating process in a policy context. Andrea has worked for 33 year at the Joint Research Centre, leading for ten years the unit of econometrics and applied statistics. He enjoyed training EC staff in impact assessment methodologies, and providing methodological and technical support to many directorates of the EC. Andrea also worked on statistical indicators and on the use of multi-criteria methodologies. He is one of the co-authors the OECD-JRC official handbook for composite indicators. His most recent papers have tackled sensitivity analysis and auditing, the future of statistics, the rational of evidence based policy, and various critiques of problematic quantifications. Andrea publishes regularly on the crisis of science and the post-truth discussion in the online journal The Conversation, and gives courses in sensitivity analysis, sensitivity auditing and ethics of quantification. At present he is adjunct professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) - University of Bergen (UIB), where he cooperates with a team interested in post normal science. Andrea lives in Barcelona where he leads the European Centre for Governance in Complexity, a Norwegian NGO located at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB).

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Julio is a medical doctor, epidemiologist and medical informatics expert with broad experience in use of information technologies in healthcare. Since 2012 he works in the analysis of electronic health records databases developing tools and approaches that make possible  the integration of semantically heterogeneous data sources. Before that Julio worked from 2010 to 2012 in different knowledge management roles within the pharmaceutical industry. From 2005 to 2010 he worked as a family doctor treating patients in different primary care centers and Emergency Room services in Madrid. After graduating as medical doctor in 2001 he spent three years as a researcher in biomedical informatics in Barcelona (IMIM Institute) with special interest in natural language processing and biomedical ontologies (including UMLS, SNOMED-CT and others). He is a registered specialist in Family Medicine (2009) and holds a MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2014), an MBA from IESE Business School (2011) and and Advanced Studies Diploma in Bioinformatics from Pompeu Fabra University (2005). A Spanish native speaker, Julio is also fluent in English.

Clara is a Ph.D Candidate in Information and Knowledge Society at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. At Open Evidence, she researches on public policy, innovation, and health. Clara has expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, including social experiments, focus groups, desk research and statistical analysis. Her research tasks combine qualitative and quantitative methods, and include, amongst others, the collection of data, literature reviews and desk research, as well as data analysis and reporting. Prior to that, she worked as a trainee in the European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) and in Diputació de Barcelona. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Kent and a B.Sc. in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. A native Catalan and Spanish speaker, Clara is fluent in English and French.

Pedro is an Data Analytics and Big Data architect at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He has more than 20 years of experience in the development and design of Information Systems and data architectures. He also participates as a technical advisor and as an associate lecturer in the postgraduate degree on Big Data Analytics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Pedro is an enthusiastic of Data Science, Data Management and Data Analytics from a business and practical perspective. He has strong mathematical and statistical skills as well as advanced programming and design capabilities, focusing on Data Analytics, Big Data techniques, tools, frameworks and cloud services. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), a MBA from ESADE Business School (Barcelona), a MSc in Innovation and Research from UPC BarcelonaTech and a postgraduate degree in Business Intelligence from UOC. A Spanish native speaker, Pedro is fluent in English and Catalan.

Valentina is Open Evidence’s research manager. She has 8 years of experience working on consultancy for the design and management of regional, national and international research and innovation projects, with a focus on social innovation, ageing, and technologies for wellbeing and sustainability. She has acquired relevant experience in innovation policy analysis and scientific communication as well as in dissemination of key project results. From 2012 to 2016 she has been Support Manager of two Action Groups in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA), where she was in charge for network consolidation and stakeholder engagement activities. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the Catholic University of Milan and a Master’s degree in European Project Management. A native Italian speaker, Valentina is fluent in English and Spanish.

Pietro conducts research that uses behavioural and experimental methods to analyse and evaluate economic and social policy. His current areas of research include the future of work, the platform economy, alternative finance, and social policy innovation. He has co-authored a number of reports for the European Commission, DG Environment and DG Research and Innovation. At Open Evidence, he also works on business development, developing technical proposals and applications. Prior to his role at Open Evidence, Pietro was a Government Consultant at Ernst & Young, where he carried out policy and programme monitoring and evaluation for the European Commission and the Italian government. In 2012 and 2013, Pietro has been a visiting student of the Graduate School of International Public Policy at Tokyo’s Hitotsubashi University. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics and management of Public Administration and International Institutions from Bocconi University, and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Bocconi University. A native Italian speaker, Pietro is fluent in English and Spanish.

Federica works on innovation policy, stakeholder engagement, content curation and dissemination. She has been a member of the research team carrying out the European Commission Joint Research Centre project “Alternative Funding Mechanisms for Scientific Research”, as well as a co-author of the JRC Science and Policy Report “Analysis of Emerging Reputation”, published in 2015. Currently Federica is involved in the execution of the “Study on the impact of Internet and Social Media on Youth Participation and Youth Work”. Federica holds a M.Sc. in Governance and Global Systems and a B.Sc. in Political Science and International Relations from University of Cagliari, as well as a Master in Innovation Management from the Regional Government of Sardinia. A native Italian speaker, Federica is fluent in Spanish and English.

Francisco is co-founder of Open Evidence and Associate Professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His research is focused on the social, economic, cultural and policy issues arising from information and communication technologies, particularly on networked citizenship, eHealth, and eInclusion. Francisco has been a research fellow in the Department of Sociology - Science & Technology Studies Unit at the University of York, and a Scientific and Project Officer at the Joint Research Centre - Information Society Unit of the European Commission (JRC-IPTS) where he worked on economic evaluation and modelling of Personal Health Systems. He has a wealth of experience on multivariate statistical analysis and survey research. Francisco holds a Ph.D. in Information and Knowledge Society at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and a degree in Economics from Universidad de Oviedo. A Spanish native speaker, Francisco is fluent in English and Catalan.

Josep Maria is full professor in Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He has been involved in several positions: vice president for Postgraduate Studies and Lifelong Learning, and former director of the International Graduate Institute at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Director of the UOC-UNESCO Chair in e-Learning (2002-2009). Currently, Josep Maria teaches on education and technology field, educational models and quality and is member of the Open Evidence Research Group. As a researcher specialising in Educational Technology, e-learning models and educational organisation, he leads and collaborates on research projects in areas such as educational policy, higher education leadership and ICT use. Josep Maria has published several books and a range of co-authored articles in international specialist journals (ORCID). He has also given lectures on ICTs in higher education at international conferences and European, American and Australian universities. Josep Maria is the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE), member of the EDEN (European Distance Education and E-learning Network) Executive Committee, and member of “ The University of the Future Network”. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Universitat Ramon Llull, a MBA from ESADE Business School, and a degree in History from Universitat de Barcelona.

Rosa has over 15 years of experience in management and consulting in finance and control for growing medium-sized companies and start-ups. She has also managed controlling in global companies including T-Systems, Gedas, VW Group, and BBVA for over 8 years. She is passionate about education and generation of synergies through ICT, and co-founded the SignHom platform for fostering stimulating projects in education. Rosa has a sound International academic background in Economics and International Relations. She graduated in Economics and prepared for her proficiency in academic research at the University of Barcelona. She holds an International Economics Graduate Degree from Université Paris-Dauphine, a Master in International and European Relations at the Amsterdam School for International Relations (ASIR), and has earned specialised knowledge on Economy of Development and The Middle East in the Post-Cold War Era at UC Berkeley and Harvard University. A native Catalan and Spanish speaker, Rosa is fluent in English and French.

Samuele received his PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 2013 for a thesis on lanthanide chemistry. In his research career he has applied quantitative frameworks such as the MuSIASEM methodology to several sustainability dimensions, especially in the energy and waste-management fields. He has also been the scientific project manager of the MAGIC (Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security) H2020 project during its first year of activities. Recently, he has also expanded his field of inquiries to sensitivity auditing, uncertainty quantification and global sensitivity analysis. His research interests also cover complexity and complex systems (such as societies) besides quality assessments of modelling practices especially in the field of sustainability and other realms affected by uncertainty.

Dimitra is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya on clinical and health psychology. Her work interrogates the role of technology in health promotion and disease prevention, focusing on the assessment, prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. Dimitra has clinical experience in family therapy and in psychological attention to children and adolescents. She holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Clinical & Health Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki. A Greek native speaker, Dimitra is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and French.

Alexandra is a senior researcher at Open Evidence. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Information and Knowledge Society at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Prior to joining Open Evidence, Alexandra worked for a legal consulting in Germany and a business promotion centre in Asia. She holds a Master’s Degree in European Legal Integration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and M.Sc. in European Economic Governance awarded from the University of Twente. She further studied International Relations and Conference Diplomacy at Sogang University (Seoul, Korea) as part of the EU program “Institutionalising EU-Korean Cooperation (IEKC)”. Alexandra is a German native speaker and is able to work and communicate in English and Spanish.

Ruth has more than ten years of experience in ICT systems and project management. She joined the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in 2016, where she works in the application of Data Analytics and Big Data technologies to the health sector. Ruth is also mentoring students in the Business Intelligence and Big Data Programme at UOC. From 2004 to 2016, she was a researcher and project leader in the Nanophotonics Technology Center (NTC) of the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain. At NTC she was involved in several national and European projects. During this period, she was an invited researcher in different international institutions (Université Laval -Québec, Canada-, University of Melbourne -Melbourne, Australia-, Universidade de Aveiro -Aveiro, Portugal). She holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications, and a M.Sc. in Technologies, Systems and Networks from Universitat Politècnica de València, as well as a Master in Business Intelligence and Big Data (UOC) and a Postgraduate in Economy of Telecommunications. A Spanish native speaker, Ruth is fluent in English and German.

Simone is a researcher with a strong background in EU economic policies and expertise in a wide range of policy areas including, collaborative economy, employment, entrepreneurship, financial sector and space policy. He worked mainly on explanatory studies, impact assessments, costs evaluation as well as cross-country data collection and analysis. Most projects were carried out for the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, as well as other DGs and EU agencies. Before joining Open Evidence, Simone was a consultant for VVA Europe, a public policy consultancy providing economic, market and regulatory advice to public sector institutions. He also worked at Deloitte Italy in strategic and operational consulting for the financial sector and he participated in a traineeship programme at the European Parliament. His academic credentials include a Double Degree Master of Science in European Economics at Maastricht School of Business and Economics and Université Catholique de Louvain and a Bachelor Degree in International Economics and Management at Bocconi University. A native Italian speaker, Simone speaks fluently English, Spanish and intermediate French.

Frans is a postdoctoral researcher at the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, and assistant professor at the Communication Science Institute, Amsterdam University, The Netherlands. His research focuses on sociology, behavioural economics, communication science, and psychology, predominantly examining the effect of health promotion on actual behaviour. He has expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, conducting, amongst others, randomized controlled trials, focus groups, surveys and analysing big data sets. Frans holds a PhD in Social Sciences (cum laude), a master degree in Sociology and in Psychology, and a bachelor degree in psychology, from the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. A Dutch native speaker, and fluent in German and English.

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