Our Team

These are the people who make CONEXX-EU possible.
Click on the name of each team member and get to know us a bit better.

Founding Member

MAXIMILIANO ALONSO

Hello, I am Maximiliano Alonso, founding member of CONEXX-EU and ad honorem consultant of its management board.

I studied Administration and I hold a Master in Direction and Management from the Center for Financial Studies of Spain. In 2006, I completed a second master's degree and a pre-doctorate, in Public Management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Currently, and although I do not have much time, I am finishing the Doctorate in Economics. As a specialist in European policies and programs, I have lectured at over 40 universities in the EU and ALC and published articles in specialised journals (LASA, University of Barcelona, Université Libre de Bruxelles, between other).

Where could you have seen me?
In Mexico, in 2016, as keynote speaker for the Mexican Association for Higher Education.
In Paraguay, in 2016, carrying out the strategic plan of the Regional Observatory on Social Responsibility of UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Taking part in the activities of the Mercosur Social Institute of 2016, with which CONEXX-EU has signed an agreement.
Perhaps we crossed paths in some of the training given in LAC or in the EU to more than 25 institutions between 2016 and 2018.
We could have also met in Cuenca (Ecuador) during the IV Regional Forum on Social Responsibility of the ORSALC.
We might also have crossed paths is any of the social networks I am personally very active at.

Tags:
Internationalization, Capacity building, Universities.

Languages:
Estaré encantado de responderte en español – Tu peux aussi m’écrire en Français – You can also contact me in English – Anche in Italiano.

President

SILVANA MANDOLESSI

Hello, my name is Silvana Mandolessi. I am Argentinian, more precisely from Cordoba. I teach Cultural Studies at KU Leuven and I am currently leading the ERC Starting Grant project "Todos somos Ayotzinapa: the role of digital media in the formation of transnational memories of disappearance", funded by the European Research Council.

I am the president of CONEXX-EU and, together with the management board, my main function is to establish the lines of work of interest.

Where could you have seen me?
- At the University of California where I was a visiting professor in 2014.
- At the meeting of the project “TRANSIT: Transnationality at Large. The transnational dimension of Hispanic culture in the XXth and XXIst centuries”
- At the Institute of Continuing Education in San Luis (Argentina) where I was teaching.
- At Columbia University, where presented in 2018 the Digital Memories project.

Tags:
Human Rights, Forced disappearances, Historical memory

Languages:
Podemos hablar en Español– I can also speak English – Ik spreek Nederlands

CEO

ALEJANDRO CANTO

As General Director of CONEXX-EU I am part of the design of processes of dynamization of the international cooperation of various entities, through the participation in European projects and diverse trainings. I am also responsible for the implementation of the projects supported by our monitoring tool based on the Balanced Scoredcard methodology. I am the coordinator of the political advocacy actions carried out in the European institutions.

Where could you have seen me?
-In 2019 you might have seen me at the UCLV International Scientific Convention (Cuba)
- In 2018 we could have met at Open Government events in Brussels such as the European Week of Regions and Cities.
- In 2017 I had the opportunity to speak at the meeting of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly held in the Parliament to discuss the Plan El Salvador Seguro (PESS).
- In 2016, perhaps during any of my trips to El Salvador. In May for taking part in the first International Public Forum for the Exchange of Experiences and Good Practices where I also led the workshops on Communication, Advocacy, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. In November, invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to participate in the 7th Week of Cooperation.
- Since 2015 I have participated in the European Development Days organized by the Directorate General for Development of the European Commission.
- In 2014 at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris III. There I taught a module on European funding as part of the Professional Master in International Studies, organized by the Instituto de Altos Estudios de América Latina (IHEAL - Institut des Higher Studies of Latin America).
- In 2013 you could have heard me during the 2nd World Forum on Local Economic Development (Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil) where I was one of the speakers on the panel "Decentralized cooperation as a mechanism for promoting LED".

Tags:
EuropeAid, Training, Project monitoring, Advocacy, European Parliament, Local economic development, Employment, Decentralized cooperation.

Languages:
Estaré encantado de responderte en español – Tu peux aussim’écrire en français – I can answer your doubts in English.

Communication Assistant

SONIA ESTEBAN

Hello, my name is Sonia Esteban and I am Communication and Audiovisual Content Assistant at CONEXX-EU.
I graduated in Business Administration and Advertising and Public Relations, and I obtained the Special Graduation Prize. Afterwards I studied the Master’s degree in Corporate and Institutional Communications of the Carlos III University in Madrid.

In Spain I worked as a communication technician for several companies and communications agencies. In 2019, I joined the European Solidarity Corps working in the communication area for a charity at Belfast (UK) focused on environmental conservation. Upon my return to Spain, and just before my career took me to Brussel, I worked in Asha-Kiran - a NGO dedicated to development cooperation in India.

At CONEXX-EU, I manage the communication strategies of various Erasmus + projects we work on, as well as supporting the Communication Officer in the marketing and corporate communication functions of the organisation.

Where could have you seen me?
Since October 2020, you may have found me in our office in Brussels working on the communication and dissemination of Erasmus+ Projects, such as Smart-Qual, Digit Fit or EUSRexcel, helping with the dissemination strategy of EuropeAid projects, or managing corporate communication tasks.

Tags:
Communication, Dissemination, Graphic Design, Video editing, Erasmus+

Estaré encantada de responderte en español - You can also contact me in English.

Communication Manager

ANA MULA

Hello, my name is Ana Mula and I am the Communication Manager at CONEXX-EU. After obtaining the double degree in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising and Public Relations at CEU University in Madrid, I moved to London where I studied a Masters in Design for Communication at Westminster University.

In Spain, I worked for different local and national media, focusing on creating content for radio and online press. While I was in the UK I worked as a Content Creative for an international company, just before my professional career took me to Brussels. Here In 2018 I joined the CONEXX-EU team, directing my career in communication towards international cooperation and European projects. Since then, I have designed and managed the communication strategies of both our organisation and the projects in which we are partners. I am also in charge of the creation of audiovisual content. I have for the last year been the coordinator of various of our Erasmus + projects and I participated in the formulation processes of Erasmus+ and EuropeAid projects.

Where could have you seen me?
- Since 2018 I have represented CONEXX-EU at consortium meetings in various European cities within the framework of some of our Erasmus + projects such as EUSRexcel, Skills4Employability or Reboot.
- In 2019 we could have possibly met in Chile. I was there within the framework of the SEIS project which foster social entrepreneurship among young people in Europe and Latin America.
- Between 2020 and 2023, we may see each other in Guatemala. As the Communication Manager of the project "Corredor Rioeste" on Open Government and Food Security, I will take the chance to travel there and monitor the impact of our actions.

Languages:
El español es mi idioma materno – But we can talk in English if you want! – Euskaraz ere hitz egin dezakegu – Mon niveau de français s’améliore de jour en jour!

Tags:
Communication, Dissemination, Video editing, Photography, Project management.

Project Technician

CLARA BELTRÁN

Hello, my name is Clara Beltrán Sanz. I graduated in Law and Political Science and Administration from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. During my career, I had the opportunity to study in Würzburg (Germany) and in Illinois (United States).

Once I finished the double degree, I decided to further my education in the European Union with the Master in European Studies at the University of Seville. After spending 6 months in a consultancy firm working in the formulation department of Erasmus+ Mobility Projects, I came to Brussels to start a new professional stage with the CONEXX-EU team.

As a Project Technician, I participate in the formulation and management of Erasmus+ Projects, as well as in training on the Horizon 2020 Programmes and the future Horizon Europe.

Where could you have seen me?

This 2020 you could have seen me:

- Attending different consortium meetings with our partners in several Erasmus+ projects such as Skills4Employability, Smart-Qual or Digit fit

- In the Multiplier Event of the Erasmus+ Reebot Project.

- In the Meeting of the French-Argentinean Network of Researchers focused on the Horizon Europe Programme.

Tags:
Erasmus+, Project Management, Horizon Europe, Strategic Partnership

El español es mi idioma materno – But we can talk in English if you want! - Ich spreche auch ein bisschen Deutsch!

Project technician

LAURA PARDO

Hello, my name is Laura Pardo Garcia. I graduated in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) and completed my studies with a six-month stay in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, where I developed and implemented my final thesis: "Nutritional education project for women leaders in rural areas of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala".
When I returned to Spain I decided to continue my training in the field of international cooperation and European projects with a Masters in Health and International Cooperation from the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona (UAB). Currently, I work as a technician project within CONEXX-EU, participating in the formulation and management of several EuropeAid and Erasmus + projects.

Where could you have seen me?
- In 2017, in the municipalities of Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Chahal and Raxruhá (Guatemala), implementing a nutritional education project.
- In 2019 in Barcelona, participating in the XII Catalan Sessions of International Health

Languages:
Estaré encantada de responderte en español - Euskeraz ere hitz egin dezakegu - You can also contact me in English.- Et en français aussi si vous voulez.

Tags:
Cooperation, Food and nutrition security, EuropAid, Project management.

Project technician

GUILLERMO YUNQUERA

Hello, my name is Guillermo Yunquera Nuñez. I am an expert in International Cooperation for Development and in Migration, Exclusion and Social Integration Policies, which complement my degree in Social Work. I combined these periods of study with my professional development as a cultural promoter, social worker in basic social services and in organisations for the protection of children and persons deprived of liberty, and as an international cooperant.

I started my career in International Cooperation at the Complutense University of Madrid, which allowed me to spend several months with the indigenous Shuar communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon, developing Food Security and Health projects. Years later, I had the chance to complete my training in the framework of the "Jóvenes Cooperantes Extremeños" program, by doing my internship in Dakar (Senegal) for 6 months with the Assembly of Cooperation for Peace (ACPP). Since then, I have worked between Extremadura and Mali by developing Education for Development, Social Research, Food Sovereignty, Gender and Female Genital Mutilation projects, with the NGO Movimiento Extremeño por la Paz (MEP). These years of work have allowed me to know the complex reality of Mali, by documenting and writing on the social and armed conflict that the country has been experiencing since 2012.

I am currently working in Brussels at CONEXX-EU as a project technician for development cooperation (EuropeAid), participating in the follow-up of calls for proposals and supporting our partners in the formation of consortiums and the design and implementation of projects in Latin America and Africa.

Languages:
Estaré encantado de responderte en español – Tu peux aussi m´écrire en Français – You can also contact me in English

Tags:
EuropeAid, Africa, Migration, Social exclusion, Youth, Gender, Human rights.

We are specialist in…

INTERNATIONALIZATION

Companies, universities and other institutions have serious problems when creating an internationalization process. We design the process and accompany you at all times.

COMUNICATION

Communicating is ours. In addition to managing the communication of the European projects in which we participate, we advise other organizations and external people regarding their communication strategy.

EUROPEAN PROJECTS

An important part of our financing comes through European funds. We have projects financed by the programs: EuropeAid, Erasmus + and ERC.

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