BDVA Staff


Ana Garcia Robles - Secretary General


Ana joined BDVA as Secretary General in September 2016. She holds a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Engineering and an International Executive MBA. Ana has a strong ICT industrial background in the Telecommunications sector, with over 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation and configuration of large-scale telecom networks and services, and, in the research and techno-economical assessment of new technologies and solutions for large-scale implementation. Ana has specialised in Innovation management and ecosystems, and she has an extensive experience at both local/regional and international level in Open innovation ecosystems, Living Labs, and socio-economic impacts of technology with over 5 years’ experience managing international associations and projects in this area. Ana has participated in multiple research and innovation collaborative projects and programmes in the areas of Smart cities and urban innovation, Open and Big Data, IoT, Open Platforms, Digital social innovation, e-Health, Digital cultural Heritage, ICT for Education, ICT for food, and Intelligent mobility. She is speaker in conferences, inventor, and contributor to different research papers and publications in the field of Smart Cities and innovation ecosystems. Ana speaks fluent English and French on top of her native Spanish. 

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Cristina Sandoval - Industrial AI Senior Expert

Cristina is responsible for leading the different activities of the association in Industrial and Trustworthy AI at International, European, National and Regional level as well as its link to data spaces and Big Data Value overall scope. Cristina has a strong industrial ICT background, she holds a Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering with a specialisation in Data and Signal Processing. She is enthusiastic about new technologies, innovation and creativity and has a talent for engaging people to drive innovation and bring concepts to life.Cristina has nearly 20 years of experience working in R&D in both the private and public sectors. She was Programme Officer at the European Commission, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (CONNECT), unit “Technologies & Systems for Digitising Industry” focusing her work on Artificial Intelligence in the manufacturing sector, Digital Industrial Platforms and Digital Innovation Hubs.She has worked in the private sector as Director of Innovation and Technology at Envitel S.A. and manager of the Computer Vision Group at Visual Tools S.A. where she was the technology lead on multiple digital transformation projects in the areas of computer vision and multimedia systems, smart cities, internet of things or cloud computing and successfully managed to get innovative technologies into the market.She has also been International R&I Advisor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid supporting for the positioning of the university in major initiatives promoted by the EC Framework Programmes, such as European partnerships, JUs or DIHs.

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Sinna Rissanen - International Secretariat and Events Manager


Sinna is responsible for membership and financial administration and she supports communication activities and organisation of meetings and events. She also assists the Secretary General with all other administrative matters. Before joining the BDVA team, Sinna worked nearly 12 years at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU and the high moment during those years was the Finnish EU Presidency 2019 project, for which she contributed as the Presidency Coordinator. Earlier in her life, Sinna worked in private sector for two years with import&export and accountancy related questions and in art museum for three years. Sinna speaks English, French, Russian, Swedish and Finnish (mother tongue) and she has also studied Slovenian, Spanish and Dutch. 

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Mattia Trino - Operations and Policy Manager


With more than 5 years experience in Brussels, Mattia is Operations Manager at BDVA/DAIRO and is responsible for managing the different activities of the association. With a MA in European Studies (Maastricht University) and a MSc in New Media (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Mattia has a solid background in European affairs with a special focus on ICT, research and innovation. Before joining BDVA/DAIRO, Mattia has worked at the European Commission (DG Connect) and in the private sector in the context of European funds for research & innovation. Mattia is a passionate investigator of the socio-economic changes and challenges brought by ICT and is highly motivated to work at the interface of technology, society, and government. He speaks English, French and German on top of his native Italian.

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Konstantina Kinikli - Junior Secretariat Officer

As a university degree holder in political science, in the field of International and European Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Konstantina (shortly Nantia) is a young hardworking person, with strong academic knowledge in the field of politics, administration and digital media according to her Master degree in the field of Media and Digital Cultures. She developed her work experience in the fields of international relations, crisis management and political science during her traineeships at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Delegation of Greece to UNESCO, as she took part in a lot of international conferences, gaining a strong knowledge about crucial international political topics and meeting with people from all around the world. She has also participated in several MUNs (Model United Nations) during her bachelor years, developing a strong voice through her ideas and opinions. On the other hand, by starting her MA studies in the field of Media, she discovered a more creative and open-minded world that had to do with web designing, social media management and digital communications, making her now the youngest member of the Big Data Value Association.

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