My Story

REYES SANSEGUNDO ROMERO, STRATEGY CONSULTANT

“Things had happened before in any other way and, nevertheless, they happened like this.” These are not my words but Spanish writer Miguel Delibes’ in the opening of his novel “El camino” (The path). I will tell you the story of how I became “Career Development Consultant”. It has not been an easy road, but it has been very worthwhile to walk through it.

How I discovered research management

I graduated in biology in 2008 and in 2009 I studied a master degree in conservation biology, all focused on dedicating my life to what was and remains one of my greatest passions: research. Yes, I am one of those crazy people who believes that the future of the universe is in research.

After 3 months working on the beginning of my doctoral thesis in “bugs issues” (I am zoologist) at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid, I ratified my interest in research, but not from the trinomial field-lab-congress and back to start. I saw myself living on a Groundhog Day until retirement and it became clear to me that it has to be other ways to contribute to the knowledge – based economy.

And I was right. In 2010 I signed a contract at the University of Córdoba as Research Project Manager. I had no idea what that was, but I thought to myself, “Reyes, it is time for you to leave home and try new things.” And so I did, in a fortnight and with 23 years old I moved to the south of Spain to start my path “managing research”.

Making my life experience work

At every step I took I understood that my own path could serve as an example for others. I am dedicated to listening to researchers and entrepreneurs with their particular casuistry. And the main problem where everyone gets stuck is the lack of planning. That was the differentiating point: those who prepared themselves by following a worked out and clear strategy found it easier to achieve their objectives throughout their research career.

Although this consideration seems to be a truism, in all the years that I have been working in the R&D&I sector, it is the most difficult issue to understand. A strategy is not touched, it is not perceived, it is not of any special color and that is why it costs “to make it real”. And if we are already talking about a research career development strategy, things get more complicated. The vital and personal dimensions are mixed with professional ambitions, and reaching a balance sometimes seems impossible. I decided that this is where I can add more value to my clients: teaching them how to generate their own research career strategy and using the most appropriate tools in each case.

HILIGHTED PROJECTS AND EXPERIENCE

Technology Transfer and European Programmes Advisor for the Enterprise Europe Network
European Commission Expert Assessor in Human Resources (HRS4R)
Kick-off of the Promotion Office of European and International Projects at the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”
Stays in Brussels in the SOST-CDTI Office
Local Contact Point of the EURAXESS Network
⋆ Obtaining the international Seal of Excellence of in Human Resources (HRS4R) for the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”
Mentor in the International Program “REBECA” (Researchers Beyond Academy)

⋆ Postgraduate Expert in Promotion and Management of International R+D+i Activities at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
⋆ Postgraduate course in Coaching, NLP and Team Management from the Escuela de Negocios Europea de Barcelona
Coordinator of the “International Relations” subgroup of the CRUE (Spanish Network of Universities) and member of its Permanent Commission
⋆ “EU-MEX Innovative Cooperation Days” in Mexico City
Study visit on career development in the Netherlands
Bi-annual conferences of the EURAXESS Network in Crete, The Hague and Prague

International Business Mentor Fundación Madri+d
Expert in international cooperation for the IGLO network in Brussels
Speaker in the European TOP III project in Oslo
Speaker at the Research Management University Network Conference in Valladolid
Speaker in national meetings of the EURAXESS Network (2015 and 2016)
Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid in the field of European Projects
Interview in Onda Cero and Spanish National Radio (RNE) about the Human Resources Strategy of EURAXESS. Listen here (Spanish)

THEY SAY ABOUT ME…

Valerio Rocco

Valerio Rocco

“Reyes is a great professional and to work…”
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Xavier Eerkhout

Xavier Eerkhout

“Reyes is one of the most enthusiastic professionals with…”
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Roberto Otero

Roberto Otero

“I met Reyes Sansegundo in a Skype interview when…”
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Pilar Ariza

Pilar Ariza

“Although I have known Reyes for a relatively…” Read more
Eva García

Eva García

“Reyes brought us energy, commitment and new and good ideas…” Read more
David Pascual

David Pascual

“I’ve worked with Reyes on several proposals since I’ve…” Read more
  • Andrés Martínez

    Head of the CDTI-SOST Office in Brussels - ``Reyes is one of the best-trained national and international R&I and project management experts I know. We met on my arrival at the Spanish Science and Technology...``

  • Jesús Rojo González

    Technology Transfer and European Programmes, EEN MADRIMASD Project Coordinator NCP Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - ``I have known Reyes for more than 5 years and from the first...``

  • Julia Fernández de Casas

    Innovation Project Manager at Ferrovial - ``I met Reyes in the Specialization program for Managers in the European R&D&I programs in Brussels. I was...``

  • José María Martínez

    Professor at UAM - ``Reyes was the soul of the European and International Projects Office of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; ``the pillar of this support structure`` as his boss, Roberto Otero, says...``

  • Beatriz Gil

    PhD. Professor of the Faculty of Psychology of the UAM. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (KU) and the Harvard Medical School (USA) - ``I met Reyes when the UAM...``

  • Ramón Durán

    Professor at the University of Valladolid - ``Reyes has helped us present a proposal for the MSCA-ITN program. The proposal was very well received thanks to their work both in writing...``

Alberto Coz

Alberto Coz

“Through the European and International Projects Office (OPEI) of…” Read more
Carmen Romeralo

Carmen Romeralo

“The European project office at my university recommended…” Read more
Rafael Robina

Rafael Robina

“After several months of work with a group of professors…” Read more
Claudia Messina

Claudia Messina

“I met Reyes at the UAM when…” Read more
Carmen González

Carmen González

“Reyes is helping me prepare my…” Read more
María Vázquez

María Vázquez

“I would like to thank you, not only…” Read more
Irene López

Irene López

“I was lucky enough to coincide…”
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Leonor de la Cueva

Leonor de la Cueva

Reyes is one of the most competent and…”
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Esther Menéndez

Esther Menéndez

“I had been awarded a “Europa Investigación”…”
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Pilar Ariza

Pilar Ariza

“A pesar de que conozco a Reyes desde…” Ver más
Eva García

Eva García

“Reyes nos trajo energía, compromiso y nuevas y buenas…” Ver testimonio
David Pascual

David Pascual

“He trabajado con Reyes en varias propuestas desde que la…” Ver más
Alberto Coz

Alberto Coz

A través de la Oficina de Proyectos Europeos e Internacionales…” Ver más
Carmen Romeralo

Carmen Romeralo

“La oficina de proyectos europeos de mi universidad me recomendó…” Ver testimonio
Rafael Robina

Rafael Robina

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Claudia Messina

Claudia Messina

“Conocí a Reyes en la UAM cuando ella…” Ver testimonio
Carmen González

Carmen González

“Reyes me está ayudando a preparar mi candidatura…” Ver más
María Vázquez

María Vázquez

“I would like to thank you, not only…” See more

THEY SAY ABOUT ME…

Andrés Martínez

Andrés Martínez

“Reyes is one of the best-trained national and international R&I and project management experts I know. We met on my arrival at the Spanish Science and Technology…”
Read more
Jesús Rojo

Jesús Rojo

“I have known Reyes for more than 5 years and from the first…”
Read more
Julia Fernández de Casas

Julia Fernández de Casas

“I met Reyes in the Specialization program for Managers in the European R&D&I programs in Brussels. I was immediately…”
Read more
José María Martínez

José María Martínez

“Reyes was the soul of the European and International Projects Office of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; “the pillar of this support structure” as his boss, Roberto Otero, says…” Read more
Beatriz Gil

Beatriz Gil

I met Reyes when the UAM internationalization office was lunched and I started to be interested in the topics of research internationalization. She always…” Read more
Ramón Durán

Ramón Durán

“Reyes has helped us present a proposal for the MSCA-ITN program. The proposal was very well received thanks to their work both in writing…” Read more
Valerio Rocco

Valerio Rocco

“Reyes is a great professional and to work…”
Read more
Xavier Eerkhout

Xavier Eerkhout

“Reyes is one of the most enthusiastic professionals with…”
Read more
Roberto Otero

Roberto Otero

“I met Reyes Sansegundo in a Skype interview when…”
Read more
Pilar Ariza

Pilar Ariza

“Although I have known Reyes for a relatively…” Read more
Eva García

Eva García

“Reyes brought us energy, commitment and new and good ideas…” Read more
David Pascual

David Pascual

“I’ve worked with Reyes on several proposals since I’ve…” Read more
Alberto Coz

Alberto Coz

“Through the European and International Projects Office (OPEI) of…” Read more
Carmen Romeralo

Carmen Romeralo

“The European project office at my university recommended…” Read more
Rafael Robina

Rafael Robina

“After several months of work with a group of professors…” Read more
Claudia Messina

Claudia Messina

“I met Reyes at the UAM when…” Read more
Carmen González

Carmen González

“Reyes is helping me prepare my…” Read more
María Vázquez

María Vázquez

“I would like to thank you, not only…” Read more
Irene López

Irene López

“I was lucky enough to coincide…”
Read more
Leonor de la Cueva

Leonor de la Cueva

Reyes is one of the most competent and…
Read more

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ME BETTER …

For more than 20 years I have combined my “academic” studies with “musical” ones. Since 2008 I am in possession of the Professional Music Title, in the specialty of cello, and despite having finished my classes, I never stop playing. I have been part of many orchestras that have given me the opportunity to play at the International Guitar Festival of Córdoba, Cosmopoética Festival, as well as at the National Auditorium of Madrid and the Royal Theatre, achievements that for an amateur cellist are a dream come true.

Another passion (and almost a need) is sports. Since 2014 I devote a great part of my leisure time. For me it is essential to exercise the body to have a healthy mind, as the ancients wise men said.

In addition, I love to travel, to read, to go to concerts (heavy, rock, techno, classical … Good music played live is always a pleasure!) and above all to share experiences and learn from the people who crosses my path.

As Delibes said, this is how things happened, although at the beginning of time it did not seem that a boot biologist would end up helping researchers and entrepreneurs from all branches of knowledge to position themselves with a winning career development strategy in Europe.

I keep getting my goals every step of the way, so why don’t we go together and get yours?

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