Organizing Committee

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Dr. Katharina F. Heil
Chair of the Organising Team
Incoming EMA President
Project Manager

Dr Heil is a Project Manager for the H2020 project, euCanSHare at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Previously she worked as an Innovation Consultant specialized in the field of SME H2020 calls.

Dr. Heil was recently elected as the new EMA president and took over a main role in the organisation of the EMA General Assembly, taking place in Vienna earlier this year with first-off joint sessions together with the Marie-Curie-Alumni Association General Assembly..

She studied as part of the EuroSPIN programme, leading her to obtain an Erasmus Mundus Joint European PhD in Computational Neuroscience/Bioinformatics, completed at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm (Sweden). She has a Masters in Bioinformatics obtained from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). Before moving to the bioinformatics field she completed an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the Universitat de Barcelona (Spain). This build upon her BSc in Biomedical Sciences, University of Wuerzburg (Germany), with the final thesis work having been completed in a laboratory at the Medical University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

During her studies, Dr Heil was involved in event organisation and student representation at various levels. Amongst others, she was a student representative in the Senatus Academicus at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Furthermore, as an Erasmus Mundus PhD student, she remotely organised a workshop in one of the programs partner institutions, NCBS, Bangalore (India). She has experience in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL certificate), teaching one year at a boarding school, during summer camps and a company in China.

Her interest lies in making processes more effective, support researchers and students in establishing collaborations, obtaining funding and creating best practices to achieve the best results from interdisciplinary, international and intercultural projects and events.

Carolina Ramos
Member of EMA's Steering Commitee
Leader of the Community Development team

Carolina Ramos is originally from Bogota, Colombia and she is an international consultant for urban transport. Currently she works at the Dutch consultancy MOVE Mobility where she develops different sustainable urban transport projects for diverse countries around the world trying to transform cities into Smart Moving Cities!

In 2013 she got accepted to the Erasmus Mundus PLANET Europe - Planning, Environment and Territories Master Programme where she had the opportunity to have a double degree of Radboud University in the Netherlands and Cardiff University in Wales. During her first year of studies, Carolina started her adventure with the EMA when she became the Programme Representative of her master. In 2014 she became part of the Programme Representative Network (PRnet) in EMA and in 2016, she became the leader of this Network. Currently she is part of the Steering Committee of EMA as leader of the Community Development team.

Cristina Martinez Tapia
Event Organisation and Partnership Team
Sponsorship & Partnership Representative

Cristina Martinez Tapia is an International Business specialist from Ecuador. Thanks to an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, she did her Masters in Languages and International Business at Universite de Tours (France). She has a Bachelor in International Business and Relations obtained at Pontificia Universidad Catolica (Ecuador). She completed her Bachelor studies at the University of Idaho (USA).

During her studies, Cristina hold leadership roles and contributed to the organisation of several local and international events in student organizations such as AIESEC, Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and garagErasmus. She is currently volunteering for the Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA) as Sponsorship & Partnership Representative. Moreover, passionate about working within multicultural environments, Cristina has gained professional experience in Ecuador, the USA, Italy and Germany.

Tomas Kepes
Head of Partnership Development & EMA Management Board member