BIO Jorge Fuentes

Jorge Fuentes graduated as a Telecom Engineer at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and holds a Master’s in Radio Communications from the Univerza v Ljubljani in Slovenia. He undertook Postgraduate Studies in Management and Business Administration at Universitat de Barcelona and graduated with excellent marks. He holds a Certificate in Space Studies and is a proud alumnus and former Co-Chair of the Business & Management Department for the Space Studies Program of the International Space University. He is regularly an Invited Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at renowned institutions such as the International Space University (at UPC, NASA AMES, TÜV Graz, NASA Kennedy Space Centre – Florida Institute of Technology), Instituto de Empresa (IE), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, EADA Business School, Barcelona Activa -Economic Development Agency of the Barcelona City Council- and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

During his university years he showed his management skills and international vocation as part of the Management Board of different associations and in particular becoming Vice-President of the Board of European Students of Technology office in Barcelona. It was also during these years that he consolidated his interest for the aerospace sector and was selected for the 4th Parabolic Flight Campaign of the European Space Agency in which he carried out the role of Project Manager for the Firemen Project. To conclude his university studies, he developed his Master’s Thesis at the Department of Radio Communications of the Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia), under the supervision of Professor Matjaz Vidmar.

After a period of two years as independent freelancing Consultant in Business Strategy, Technology Transfer and Innovation, he became the Aerospace Technology Advisor for the Innovation and Business Development Agency – Government of Catalonia (CIDEM) giving support to entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs commercializing aerospace technologies.

He was key to the setup of the Aerospace Research & Technology Centre (CTAE), today CTAE-ASCAMM, in Barcelona with the mission of giving support helping companies to set up R&D projects in the field of aerospace and aerospace technologies. He has held the position of Deputy Director at CTAE for over two years and today he is linked to CTAE as Business Development & Strategy Advisor.

In 2010 he established A_Ventures – Enterprising Management & Consultancy as a private agency specialized in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, becoming the Founder of this initiative. He was Cluster Manager of the recently created Cluster6m – Enhanced Mobility Cluster for over two years, today part of the Innovation Agency INNOBAIX.

He was the Promoter of the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC Barcelona) in Barcelona. Today he is the Manager of the ESA BIC Barcelona, giving support and boosting start-ups exploiting aerospace technologies & knowledge for all kind of non-space applications as well as an Independent Consultant and Lecturer specialized in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development as the Manager of A_Ventures.

In addition, he has been carrying out and coordinating volunteering projects travelling around the world fluently speaking five languages.