What I've Achieved

My Quantitative Self

    Professional Experience

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    Independent Consultant
    China, Spain, Singapore, UK  |   September 2014 – Present

    Independently advised a multinational and start-ups on key strategic decisions

    • (2021) PANTONE: Formulated plan to streamline operations to support D2C growth strategy in EMEA aiming to grow by 55% in 3 years, ensuring cross-functional alignment and presenting the final recommendation to global CEO
    • (2021) IUIGA: Articulated APAC expansion strategy to help raise Series B funding and generated business intelligence content, including customer cluster segmentation, store sales drivers, and sales time series analysis and forecasting
    • (2014-2015) Delivered branding and web design projects for clients in the wine, forex, and home furnishing markets in China and Spain
    Zephyr Ventures
    Summer Associate
    Singapore   |   July 2020 – August 2020

    Venture Capital firm focused on South-East Asia market with 9 portfolio companies

    • Conducted due diligence on 8 start-ups to enter or expand in South-East Asia, recommended 2, leading to 1 final investment
    • Co-devised go-to-market strategy to grow through 3 business lines
    MBA Candidate, Class of December 2020
    Singapore & Fontainebleau, France   |   January 2020 – February 2021

    Consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools, ranking 1st globally in 2021, 2017, and 2016 according to the Financial Times

    • Selected as one of the Poets & Quants, Best & Brightest MBAs of 2020
    • Awarded with an INSEAD Alumni Fund Diversity Scholarship
    • President of the INSEAD Consulting Club (ICC)
    • VP of Innovation of the INSEAD Retail, Consumer and Luxury Goods Club (RCLG)
    everis | Aerospace & Defense Division (Everis’ Corporate VC Arm)
    Project Leader, Simulation
    Madrid, Spain   |   February 2018 – October 2019

    Corporate Venture Capital arm of Everis, an NTT DATA Company dedicated to IT consulting and outsourcing with an annual turnover of €800mn. Part of the Simulation Business Unit, with two portfolio companies that developed ground and flight simulation training solutions: Simumak & Simloc

    • Promoted from Simumak to lead commercial due diligence to acquire flight simulation company; analyzed different aviation regulatory frameworks, attended the industry-leading event, and defined go-to-market strategy for 2 LATAM countries
    • Defined pricing and distribution strategy for Simumak, ensuring business viability along the value chain; collaborated with senior management and facilitated implementation cross-functionally
    • Assessed autonomous car industry to diversify Simumak core business, identifying growth and cost reduction opportunities
    Simumak, an everis Aerospace & Defense Company
    Business Developement
    Madrid, Spain   |   June 2017 – February 2018

    Everis’ portfolio company focused on developing simulation and training solutions. Joined the CEO’s business development team as an important axis generate new business and manage distributors in LATAM

    • Won 2 government tenders and sold a VR project, generating €450k and a new pipeline of €600k; prepared documentation, pitched to clients, negotiated pricing terms, and oversaw projects end-to-end
    • Managed relationships with 5 distributors and assisted CEO in closing strategic alliance to access 9 countries in LATAM
    • Created processes and documentation to facilitate the implementation of the company’s first project management office
    Operations Analysis Manager
    São Paulo, Brazil   |   September 2015 – June 2017

    Hired to scale up the aftersales operations of the world’s largest simulation project with over 4,500 car driving simulators Brazil-wide

    • Headed Expense Management Department; built and led team of 4 analysts to support 150-member aftersales team; identified unbilled services increasing aftersales monthly invoice value by 45%
    • Led digitalization of simulator sales and installation process, enabling 3x increase of the installed base number
    • Created spare parts management workstream, developing forecast model with 90% accuracy, and launching 13 storing facilities Brazil-wide reducing aftersales resolution time by 50%
    • Resolved cash-flow crisis, championing cross-company collaboration, enabling transparency, easing inter-departmental tensions, and supporting the creation of aligned spare parts budget
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    Consultant / Project Manager
    Shanghai, China   |   February 2013 – July 2014

    Boutique consultancy specialized in e-commerce and digital market entry

    • Conducted e-commerce strategy for leading ceramic company, producing €600k annual sales
    • Managed multicultural team of 7 consultants to deliver digital market entry projects
    • Developed digital marketing strategy for leading ceramic company, generating 4.5M website views/year, 250k followers on Weibo, and 8.5k followers on WeChat
    • Built data models with 7k+ entries, obtaining insights to support client decision-making
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    Information Specialist, Talent Programme
    Madrid, Spain   |   April 2012 – January 2013

    Leading technology communications company in Europe and Africa

    • Selected among the top 1% of 3k+ candidates to join high-potential talent development internship program
    • Created a relational database in MySQL to support a new issue tracking system and migrated existing data to it
    • Outlined information system requirements specification, conducting interviews to assess the needs of the new system
    Awards & Honors
    • Selected as one of Poets & Quants 100 Best & Brightest MBAs of 2020
    • Awarded INSEAD Alumni Fund Diversity Scholarship
    • Master’s Thesis, passed with distinction
    • Awarded half-tuition basketball scholarship during Bachelor studies
    • Advanced Analytics: Regression, Clustering, and Segmentation
    • Data Science: R, Alteryx, and Python
    • Data Visualization: Tableau
    • Databases: MySQL
    • Web Design: HTML, CSS, and WordPress)
    • Other tools: MS Excel, MS Project, MS Visio, Lightroom, Photoshop, and InDesign
    • Spanish: Mother Tongue
    • English: Fluent, TOEFL 113
    • Portuguese: Fluent
    • Mandarin: Basic


    MBA, Class of December 2020
    Singapore & Fontainebleau, France
    • Selected as one of Poets & Quants, Best & Brightest MBAs of 2020
    • Awarded with an INSEAD Alumni Fund Diversity Scholarship
    • President of the INSEAD Consulting Club (ICC)
    • VP of Innovation of the Retail, Consumer and Luxury Goods Club (RCLG)
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    University Carlos III of Madrid
    MSc in Industrial Engineering. Management Intensification
    Madrid, Spain
    • Thesis: “Market research of sanitary ware industry and digital ecosystem in China”, passed with distinction
    • Attended part-time while playing semi-professional basketball and working
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    Reykjavík University
    Studies abroad, part of MSc in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Selected under the Erasmus Programme to study as an exchange student in Reykjavík. Completing the first academic year out of two of the study program.

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    Catholic University of Ávila
    BSc in Industrial Engineering. Mechanical Intensification
    Ávila, Spain
    • Thesis: “Coaching Methodologies: From sport to business”
    • Awarded half-tuition basketball scholarship and played basketball at semi-professional level