Marilena Branchina

Senior Consultant | Environment & Circular Economy Manager

Tel. +39 335 824 6524

With a degree in Political Science from the University of Catania, Marilena is specialized in business development, innovation and research. During her work experience, Marilena has gained specialized knowledge in developing strategic guidelines for the development of complex projects and actions at a national and European level.

Teresa Presas

Senior Advisor Environment & Circular Economy

Tel: +32 (0) 47 583 7345

With over 30 years of experience in the international industrial and business sector both through multinational companies and European associations, Teresa holds a specialisation in European Affairs, management, and strategic development, with a special focus on issues of sustainability. She was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Helsinquia Aalto.

Hugo Marques Sousa

Senior Consultant | Environment & Circular Economy Manager

Tel: +351 917 172 165

Hugo holds a Bachelor’s in economics and a Master’s in Environmental Economics and Management from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (UP). Hugo has a vast experience in European funding, having worked in all phases of the life cycle of projects, as well as international tenders, strategic consulting, research, and communication activities.

Marco Gorini

Senior Consultant | Intelligent Transport Systems Manager

Tel. +39 335 748 4779

With over 35 years of experience in R&D project management in the fields of energy, transport and logistics, Marco is specialised in the design and implementation of ICT solutions for mobility and process automation. Marco has been involved in several H2020/CEF projects, ranging from 5G-LOGINNOV, I RAIL, FENIX, FEDeRATED to E-Bridge.

Beatrice Dauria

Senior Consultant | EU Funding Accelerator

Tel. +39 340 603 1552

As a researcher at the University of Genoa, Beatrice has drafted numerous studies and reports and published several papers in the Smart Cities and Smart Mobility field. In her role as EU funding specialist with more than seven years of experience, Beatrice was involved in different EU funded projects (e.g. H2020 RCMS, SYNCHRO-NET, Docks The Future).

Reza Karimpour

Senior Consultant | Mobility & Transport

With a master’s and a PhD degree in Maritime Affairs, Reza has a long-standing sea-going experience as a marine engineer officer. Reza has been involved in several projects, in the port and maritime sectors, in the fields of research, desktop analyses, surveys, and policy and technical recommendations.

Filipe Ribeiro

Senior Consultant | Internacional Consultancy

Tel: +351 912 244 774

Filipe holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Engineering Faculty of the University of Porto. Filipe has more than 4 years of experience in European funding and project management and a vast experience in the coordination and implementation of communication activities and dissemination of results.

Manuela Flachi

Senior Consultant | Mobility & Transport Manager

Tel: +32(0) 48 638 6381

Manuela holds a Bachelor’s in Political Sciences from the University of Pavia in Italy and a Master’s in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Manuela has extensive experience in European projects, management and international cooperation for deploying ITS and C-ITS services in Freight Transport, Clean and Urban Mobility, training, and e-learning.

Alexio Picco

Chairman | Partner

Tel: +39 335 568 6329

With a degree in Transport Engineering from the University of Genoa, Alexio is one of the Circle Group founding partners. Currently, Alexio is the Managing Director and Board Member at Circle Group and the Director of the Business Unit “European Affairs Consultancy”, which supports and develops the business of public bodies and private companies through innovation projects and funding opportunities.

Ana Paula Mesquita

CEO | Partner

Tel: +351 919 183 121

With two degrees in Law and History from the Catholic University of Portugal and University of Porto, Ana Paula is a senior specialist in business development and strategic planning with over 30 years of experience. Besides being a Professor of European Union Law at the Portucalense University (Portugal) for 17 years, Ana Paula has a Diploma d by the Collège d’Europe and an Executive MBA from the graduate school d’Administració i Direcció d’Empreses-ESADE.