Jordi Robert Ribes, Ph.D

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Dr. Jordi Robert-Ribes started his career in science and engineering in the field of speech processing. He worked out of Grenoble (France) were he participated in one European-funded project for more than two years.

His Post-Doc brought him to the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia). He then joined CSIRO and five years later, his willingness to be “closer to the end-result” made him accept an industry position (R&D Manager at Singtel Optus in Sydney, Australia).

He later moved even “closer to the action” by investing (as business angel) and working in an Australian start-up. He helped the company achieve the third round of financing, which raised over one million Australian dollars.

Personal reasons brought Dr Robert-Ribes back to Europe, where he launched and managed a Business Angels club in Barcelona (La Salle Invesors Privats) as well as joined a small family office (XGr S.L.) as Investments and Innovation Director.

He also worked four years as innovation advisor to the Prime Minister of Andorra, in which role he promoted FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and created several instruments to help local SMEs grow and expand internationally. He was successful with the creation of a governmental corporation (ADI S.A.) as the instrument to promote both innovation and FDI.

As part of his current role at XGr S.L., he is a director in a VC (Venture Capital) fund based in Barcelona, London and Boston.

He recently founded Connecting Perspectives, which helps companies achieve better innovation through effective collaborating between diverse teams. He does it via keynotes, workshops, mentoring and one-to-one sessions. He has lectured at internationally renowned universities such as London School of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sydney University, IE Business School and Deusto Business School.

He holds a PhD in Signal Processing (INPG, Grenoble, France) and a postgraduate diploma in Financial Management (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia). He also participated in executive education programs at Harvard Business School and the Australian Venture Capital Association.

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