Victoria is research director of The Global Institute, leading the design and implementation of the research agenda on innovation districts. Previously a higher education policy analyst at the OECD in Paris, she drove the development of projects on higher education and the labor market. She is co-founder of the Innovative Futures Institute, a research-based consulting firm that advises and actively supports organizations and governments in their innovation efforts.
Victoria comes with extensive experience working with the European Commission, along with universities and governments in over 30 countries during her time as senior consultant associated with Technopolis Group UK, a consultancy focused on evaluation of science, technology, and innovation, and with Apprimo UG, a boutique evidence-based consulting firm. She also served as director for policy affairs at the University–Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), a leading network that promotes collaboration between higher education and business. Victoria was the research manager of the initiative “The State of European University–Business Cooperation” for the European Commission (2011–2012 and 2016–2017), and she managed international research projects for the Science-to-Business Research Centre in Germany.
She has worked within 11 universities in eight countries as senior lecturer and/or researcher and has taught executive education courses in 16 countries. She has also co-edited several books and co-authored over 50 consulting reports and over 40 publications. Her research has been published by The Journal of Technology Transfer, R&D Management, Higher Education Studies, The Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, The Journal of Higher Education, The Journal of International Technology Transfer and Commercialization, OECD Publishing, Springer Gabler. She is regularly invited to deliver keynote addresses throughout the world on higher education management, university–business cooperation, collaborative innovation, and innovative regions. Victoria earned two undergraduate degrees, in business management and in market research, from the University of Granada; a master of science degree in social research methods from the London School of Economics; and a Ph.D. in university–business cooperation from VU Amsterdam.