CURRICULUM VITAE

dscM. CLARA TORRENS MAZZEI

C. de l’Alzina 50 2º 2ª
08024 Barcelona
Tel. + 34 93 649412330
m.clara.torrens@upc.edu

Date of Birth: 19 March 1953

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PROFESSIONAL SYNOPSIS:

Background and experience in management, planning and design of international projects. Experienced in institutional representation, negotiation and diplomacy. Skilled in human resources and communication.

Skilled in european research studies in the field of training need analysis, training and  and innovation, innovation and regional development, gender perspective and  changes in society among others.

 Experience in public and private sector and know-how in the promotion of technological transfert and entrepreneurship in the university environment.

Good knowledge in network management and organisation of big events at national and international level.

Good experience with administrative and financial reports for European projects as well as very good writing skills.

Good communicator and trainer in public presentations and training courses , faciity to disseminate results and difuse activities

High motivation to increase the international approach of my career and to use and develop my capabilities in organisation, communication, negotiation and management of  European researches and networks

 

HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Bachelor of Science at “Lycée Français de Barcelone”. 1971.
Title of Industrial Engineering (nº 18 in promotion - tesis about Use of solar energy in industry). Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) 1976.
Technician in Entrepreneurship. 1990. IESE
Master in Integrated Management of Projects,2000. Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) /Professional Engineers Assotiation  (Colegio) /Catalan Institute of Technology (ICT)
High Level Course of Incubator manager (2005-2006) Incubator Forum-Gate to Growth(FP6-UE)
Lecture of PhD Tesis in Entreprise Management (end 2006)

 

POST GRADUATE AND COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES (15-120 hours courses)

- Team Building , 2006 UPC
- Sustainable entrepreneurship , 2005 –Forcrest – Pole Universitaire de Toulouse
- Incubator manager course , 2005 – Incubator Forum
- School of business angels, 2004 - CIDEM
- Improvement of team work, 2004 - UPC
- PhD courses (6) to prepare the Doctoral Thesis about “Training and innovation in enterprises. A comparison in some regions of Europe” – presentation in February 2005
- Course on Time Management and personnel efficiency, 2002 – UPC
- Course on Networking and personnel development, 2002 –ICT
- Course on “on-off” marketing, 2002 – ICT
- Introduction course on knowledge management, 2001 – ICT
- Course on Team management and leadership, 1999 – ICT
- Course on Assertive direction and emotional intelligence, 1998 – ICT
- EFQM course (European Foundation Quality Management), 1997 - ICT.
- Course on Process Management. 1996.
- Course on Multimedia Technology in Training - University of Manchester, 1994.
- Different courses and seminars on Training of Human Resources, 1988 - 92.
- Course on “Information Management”, 1987.
- A specialisation course on Electrical Effect, and Electrical Centrals Protection, 1983-84.
- Course on ”The introduction of the origin of necessary information in a company”. 1982. CIDEM.
- Course on “The technology of the benefits in wind strength”, 1980. CPE.
- Programming courses 1974-75:            BASIC and FORTRAN (ETSEIB and IBM)

 

LANGUAGES

French, Catalan and Spanish: native speaker
English: advanced level
Italian, Portuguese: good comprehension

 

AWARDS

Honour Member of National Technical University of Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2004

“Chevalier des Palmes Académiques” awarded by the Ministry of Education of the French Government. 1994.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001-now TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CATALONIA (UPC) – Innova Programme International Relations Manager

  1. Ressources management (human and material)
  2. Working team coordination
  3. Event planning: seminars, workshops and conferences
  4. Design and development of European projects. Participation in external projects
  5. International representation (university networks, public and private, European projects)
  6. Researches and studies  coordination
  7. Active participation in the management of international networks (as Cluster and Gate to Growth between others)
  8. Strategic definition and follow-up networks and projects at European level
  9. Attention to international visits
  10. Secondment and visits to university based incubators in different countries (Japan, EEUU, Ukraina,Malta, Italy, Sweeden, Finland, UK, between others)
  11. Evaluator of training courses organised Human Ressources Working Group of  Incubator Forum for Incubator managers (2005-2006)

 
Theses activities are done in a multicultural envronment with the help of students from different countries (young people in Leonardo or similar “stages” with a pedagogical approach to support their way to professional life) – team of 5 or 7 people —

 

2005-now AIDIT (Agencia de Acreditación de Innovación y Tecnología)

  1. Director in function from April to december in Barcelona Area
  2. Director in function from may to july in Madrid Area
  3. Advisor to general director from april 2005 to now

 

1986-2003 – CATALAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (ICT) - Manager of different departments related to general management

  1. Associated Director for Corporation Development and Cultural Action Manager  ICT(2000 – 2003)
  2. Consultant for European projects of  Digicortex enterprise (1999-2000)
  3. Consultant of European Projects of Center of Wireless Internet of Nortel Networks (Campus-UPC Castelldefels), 2002
  4. Consultant of European Projects of the “Consejo General de Colegios de Ingenieros Industriales (Madrid)”, 2001- 2003
  5. Studies and European Programmes Director. ICT (1996-2000).
  6. Coordination of international networks as Witec an others
  7. Resarches and studies coordination in different fields related to training, innovation and gender perspective.
  8. Assistant Director (1986-1995).

The tasks in all these functions are similar to those indicated for UPC but with a team of about 15 people, in a multi cultural environment. 

 

1985 – 1986  -  MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND ENERGY – Personal Consultant for the Minister.

  1. Relations with the Spanish Parliament
  2. Organisations of international visits of foreign Ministers and VIPs
  3. Technical assistance for Minister’s documents and interventions editing
  4. Coordination of visits Minister’s agenda
  5. Coordination of secretaries team

1976 – 1985 – TECHNICAL SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS IN UPC – Researcher and professor (see next Sections).

 

EDUCATION AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

- Trainer for incubator manager (in the framework of european projects), 2000 until now
- Trainer in differents courses in the field of entrepreneurship (creativity, innovation management, team buiding, soft skills, leadership,...) from 2000 until now
- Teacher and training coordinator of people with special learning difficulties (women in prisons) 2002-2004
-  Direction of a creativity course (CD-ROM) , 2003
- Manager of End of Career Projects at UPC since 1980 until now.
- Teacher of different Training Needs Research courses since 1988.
- Training of Trainers Master of ICE-UPC. 1989-90.
- Professor of Electrical Machines at ETSEIB. 1980-85 (Technical University of Catalonia)
- Teaching courses about air conditioning, heating and heating installations organised by the Institute of Energetic Techniques and for the professorship of Thermo-techniques, from 1977 until 1983.
- Teacher about Renovable Energy courses at International Labour Organisation in Torino (1987-89)
- Teaching different courses about Solar Energy (Institute of Energetic Techniques in 1980-87, The International Market of Barcelona 1980, at the Seminar of Bioclimatic Solar Energy of Sitges, 1980, and others frrom 1980-1990).
- Manager of a workshop called “Arca de Noé” for the construction of a closed circle prototype: the purification of water, fish cultivation, agricultural cultivation, etc.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

- Research for the degree of PhD (Thesis in Entreprise Management) from 1990 
- Since 1995, management of studies related to the enterprise creation, the entrepreneur spirit, the technological innovation and the leadership.
- Since 1989, Investigation into the Field of Training (among others: Training Needs in Companies in diferent regions in Europe, sectoral studies, for different target groups, Women inside Technical and Economical Fields, etc. about 15 studies)
- Researching visitor at the laboratories of “Institut National d’Electricité de Grenoble” and the “Centre d’Energie Nucléaire de Grenoble”. 1984.
- Scholar of the French government  at the “Sophie- Antipolis” at F.M.E. in 1983.
- Same scholar as above at the “Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Marseille” in 1982.
- Investigator for 3 years with a scholarship 1977-80.
- Investigator at the Institute of Energetic Techniques. 1976.
- Scholar of statistics in a course in 1974-75.

 

TECHNICAL AND ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES

Management projects realisation for the works of different Solar Energy installations. Among others:
 -  Heating in a greenhouse of 5000 m2 in Vilassar. 1982.
-  Hot water in Park Hotel Troya (Tenerife) of 260 places and the Hotel Bellaterra of 200 places. 1981.
-  Hot water in a block of housing and lighting of a chemist for photovoltaic cells. 1980.
- Hot water sanitation and climatisation of an indoor swimming pool, with continuation and electronic control (MultiSport of La Salle). 1980.

 

SUMMARY ABOUT OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

  1. Coordinator of research group GIOPACT, UPC from 2004
  2. Speaker in different conferences about entrepreneurship and technology transfert from 1998 to now
  3. Speaker in the International Conference “Networking Smes. A world of opportunities and benefits. Montréal 2000
  4. Expert at “Catalonia Tomorrow”. Participant in the work group about new IT and opportunities for Catalonia. Sept. 1997 May.1998
  5. Discussant in European Socio-Economic Research Conference DGXII. Apr.1999
  6. Speaker in “Donne Scienze Biotecnologie. Quale avvenire per il Mediterraneo”. UNESCO. Jan 1999
  7. Workshop for Women entrepreneurs on technology stimulation measures for SME. DGXII. Feb. 1998
  8. Expert at DGXXII in subjects as Equality of Opportunity, Training in Services and University-Company Cooperation. (Mentoring in Europe 1997, Mentoring and Mediation, 1998, EO in Vocational Training, 1998)

-    Manager for PEC, a part of the TEMPUS programme. 1992-1995.
-   Manager of the co-ordination of AUEF-FEAT in the COMETT Programme. 1987-           1995.
-   Secretary of the editing of the publication “Quaderns de Tecnologia”, since 1991.

  1. Coordinator of European Programmes: LEONARDO, NOW, ADAPT, INTERREG (in collaboration with Midi-Pyrénnée), PHARE, etc.
  2. Direction and coordination of ARTEMIS PLUS project (training methodology in telework for women in prisons)
  3. Transnational manager of Don Quixote Project (Equal initiative): enterprise creation training for young people without university degree(since 2002)
  4. Edition Secretary of “Quaderns de Tecnologia” since 1991
  5. Secretary  of the ICT’s Chairs: Technology and humanism (since 1992); Culture and technology (since 2002) and Environment and society (since 1992),
  6. Edition secretary of the Journal of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia (since 1979)
  7. Edition secretary of the Web of Engineering and  Catalan Culture Association (since 1999)
  8. Foundation member of network WITEC (Women in Technology)
  9. Member of the network WINIT (Women in Innovation Technology)
  10. Member of the jury for the “Women in net” award of the City Hall of Barcelona (2002)
  11. Member of the Board of Incubator Forum (Gate to Growth)
  12. Member of the Board of Torrens-Ibern Fundation (To promote the use of Catalan Language in Universities, high level studies, translation of technical books,..)

 

COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES

- Conferences and presentations related to European Projects, until now.
- Study about entrepreneurship and universities spin-offs in Mediterranean area (2004)
- Research study about “ Gender stereotypes for women in science an technology”(2005-2006)
-Training need analysis of students in technical and economic areas in entrepreneurship. How to improve their entrepreneurial spirit and their innovation culture (2004-2005)
- Study about attribution system in Europe of the Industrial Engineers (2002)
- Development handbook of European Projects (2001)
- Training needs analysis in information and communication technology area for border line persons (Diputación de Barcelona, 2001)
- Manager of Seminar “Plan of Training and Quality ISO/9000”, Sitges. Sept. 1995-1996.
- Speaker at “Evaluation of Projects and Actions of Training”seminar, Vilafranca del Penedés. Feb. 1995.
- Summer course in Educative Computer Science at University of Castilla-La Mancha. “Experience in the development of a multimedia prototype for training and technological innovation: Pepito”. Jun. 1995.
- Summer course: “Experience in the development of a multimedia prototype for training and technological innovation: PEPITO”. Educative Computer Science-Applications of Computer Science at Education-. UPC. 1995.
- DATAFOR, “The Design and Treatment of Questionnaires about the Needs of Training”. The magazine NOVATICA - A magazine edited by the Association of Computing Techniques. Co authors: A. Cañavate y Xavier Llinás. Sept.-Oct. 1994.
- Participation at the “European Community” Round Table, University of Nancy. 1994.
- Management of “Computer Training and Competitiveness” seminar in Sitges, organised for the Foundation Narcís Monturiol at the 8ª Technical University of Cataluña. UNTEC. June 1994.
- Manager of “The Plan of Individual Training for the Personnel of a Company” study. 1993.
- The modernisation of ATHENA Project: ARIANNA. 1993.
- Manager of the “Athena” study (The barriers for women facing the labour market and training). 1992.
- Collaborator in the “Training of Trainers” Master; methodologies and management. UPC-ICE. 1992-94.
- Manager of the “The Plan of Training for the Company” study.1992.
- Forum about Technology of the South of Europe, Presentation of the Comparative Study of Agencies and Procedures for Transferring Technology. Tolouse. August 1991.
- Coordinator of Studies about the Women Training Needs in Technical and Economical  Areas. Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, 1990.
- Coordination of Studies about the Technical and Economical Training needs of European Companies, since 1989.
- Speaker at the Conference “Training, Labour Market, CEE” with the slogan “Actual Training”. Jove Cambra de Terrassa. June 1989.
- Study of the Companies Training Needs in the Technical and Economical Fields in Catalunya. 1989.
- Coordination of Studies about the Technical and Economical Training Needs of Catalan Companies, by sectors, etc., since 1988.
- President of the Commission of Energy of AEIC, until 1987.
- President of the Spanish-French Association for Scientific and Technical Cooperation, from 1987.
- Member of the Catalan Society Assembly of Sciences, Physics, Maths and Engineering sections. Institute of Catalan Studies. Since 1987.
- Photovoltaic Systems. Inst. Politécnico Comte de Rius. 1985.
- Collaboration in the elaboration of the White Book of Energy for the Department of Industry and Energy of the Generalitat de Catalunya. 1985.
- Realisation of the Information Centre of Energy Study for the Department of Industry and Energy of the Generalitat de Catalunya. 1985.
- Guide of practical works in solar energy. Inst. Politécnico Comte de Rius. Co-author: J.A. Minguella. 1984.
- “The utilisation of hot residual water for fish farming” at the Energetic Forum, AEIC. 1984.
- “The Origin of Energy, the Progressive Origin” in the Congress about Social and Cultural Engineering, COEIC. 1983.
- “The Results of the Installation of Multisport of La Salle” at the 1st Catalan Congress of Solar Energy. Sitges 1982.
- Solar Energy: Manual of Thermal Installations. Ed. Ceysa. Co-author: J.A. Minguella. June 1982.
- Collaborator of social work for the “Caixa de Pensions” since 1979 based on energy topics.
- Corrosion and duration of solar sensors in the Jornadas de Política Industrial y Energética organised by COEIC and the Generalitat de Catalunya.
- Solar Energy: Manual of Photovoltaic Installations. Ed. Ceysa.
- Different articles in technical magazines “Electro 1, Montajes e Instalaciones, El Instalador”.

 


 

ANNEX. List of the most important European projects where I participated as coordinator (design and development of the project) or as partner during the last ten years.

 

PROJECT / LEADER-COUNTRY

CONTENT

PROGRAMME / YEAR

ARTEMIS / ICT+UPC-SP

Entrepreneurship training for women with technical skills and telework training for women without technical skills

NOW I / 95-98

WITEC NETWORK

Women in technology Network

95-99

EMPROF-ACTIF /COEIC-SP

Job opportunities for professional people. TNA of companies in technical and technological areas.

ADAPT/97-99

DOMINO /ICT-SP

Promotion of university-enterprise exchanges through  a  displayed and virtual exhibition

CONNECT / 1999

ATHENEA / FUEVA-SP

Information society accessibility promotion and awareness activity about TICs new jobs

LEONARDO / 99

CENTRO DE RECURSOS  women@work / WITEC - UK

Website about women in engineering, science and technology

LEONARDO /99-2000

CREATIVA /ICT- SP

Methodology of training for women in multimedia (“metteurs en scène multimedia”)

LEONARDO /97-99

JASS / ComEAST- DE

Study at European level about women entrepreneurs with technical skills

LEONARDO / 98-99

INUNED / EFPC - SP

 

Students exchange between  EEUU and Europe

DG XXII / 99-2000

MELLOW /VHTO - NL

 

Mentoring for women in engineering.

LEONARDO / 99-2000

PROW / VANTAA INSTITUTE - FIN

Tools and instruments to facilitate organisation changes, promoting equal opportunities awareness.

LEONARDO /99-2000

TECHNOPLACEMENT /ICT-SP

Management of university-enterprise students exchanges in technical areas.

LEONARDO / 99-2000

WIN / ICT-SP

Promotion of technical and technological skills and careers in women.

LEONARDO / 99-2001

MATER / SINTESI-IT

Promotion of quality systems in universities and training centres.

LEONARDO / 98-99

NETTRAIN

Network of training centres to exchange experiences and reflections about the needs of professionals in technical areas.

FORCEM / 98

CHEMISTRY AND ENVIRONMENT

Training need analysis in different sectors as chemistry, environment, journalism, leather industry and others

FORCEM / 98-99

WINIT / ICT+UPC-SP

 

Network of women in technological innovation.

NOW II / 97-2000

DONES EN POSITIU I and II

I. Promotion of the technology to women – Publication of three books
II. Promotion of entrepreurship to women

FORCEM / 98 - 2001

ARTEMIS PLUS / ICT+UPC-SP

Methodology of training for women in prisons in TICs specially in telework and entrepreneurship through the  internet

LEONARDO /99-2001

GROW / CAO-Halmstad University-SW

The role of women entrepreneurs in Europe as actors of regional development. Guide of instruments to facilitate the EO for women in entrepreneurship field.

LEONARDO / 97-99

ECOSY / BR-BE

To aware social actors and trade unions about environment in companies.

LEONARDO / 97-98

MELLOW / VHTO-NL

Mentoring for women in technical areas

LEONARDO / 98-2000

PROW / FIN

Herramientas y recursos para facilitar cambios en la organización, incitando la reflexión entorno a la igualdad de oportunidades

LEONARDO / 98 - 2000

MICROEMPRESAS /ICT-SP

Study of the women entrepreneurs profile. How to promote entrepreneurship among women? (publication of a book)

FORCEM / 99

CREIN /IMS-SP

Methodology of multimedia  and TICs training for women in prisons in.

LEONARDO /2001-03

NEWCOM/I3P -IT

Promotion of innovative enterprise creation from researchers.

6é FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME – NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE

FORCREST/UPC -SP

Methodology of training in sustainable entrepreneurship 

LEONARDO 2003-2006

PROGRAMME GAP

Collaboration in the development of a training programme for gazelle spin-offs

UCLA UNIVERSITY

NETWORK  “MANAGEMENT OF UNIVERSITIES ENTERPRISES”

Design of a model for technical and economical evaluation of universities support  systems  to spin-offs creation.

ALFA 2004-2005

JEP21214 /ECL -FR

Training for engineers in applied  economy

TACIS-TEMPUS  2002-2004

DETECT/CCIT -FR

Training in innovation management for young people participating in companies exchanges between France and Spain.

INTERREG IIIC 2002-2006

TASK-FORCE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION (CLUSTER)

Exchange of knowledge and methodologies

UNIVERSITIES NETWORK (FREE)
From 2001

GATE 2 GROWTH/ INCUBATOR FORUM

Exchange of knowledge and methodologies
Member of the board (2004-2005)
Member of human ressources Woring Group (2004-2006)

5é PROGRAMA MARC 2003-2006

REE /Europe and EEUU

Round Table on Entrepreneurship Education (next year in Barcelona september 07 . I will be the chairperson )

UNIVERSITIES NETWORK (leader Stanford University)
From 2001

LARVAE-MENTORING/ADEPM -SP

Training in enterprise creation for young people without technical skills or students

INICIATIVE EQUAL-FSE 2002-2004

MABUSE/RTWH-GE

European MBA for technicians in industrial companies.

LEONARDO 2003-2004

GIOPACT

Research group about Equal Opportunities in architecture, science and technology in UPC

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CATALONIA,  from 2004

Study about EO in Universities

Detection of indicators to analyse whether organisations use an EO strategy

CATALAN INSTITUTE OF WOMEN 2004-2005

TACKLING STEREOTYPES

Study about gender stereotypes in  science and technology and actions to change the tendency in the University and Entreprise environment.

Euopean comission 2005-2006

ETNET/ GET-FR

Pilot awareness project about innovative enterprises creation from researchers.

LEONARDO 2004-2006

INCAS

Promoting intelectual property and
Knowledge management in SME’s

FP6 -2006-2008


 



 

 

 

 

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