Managing partner and Chief Consultant

Italian and Serial Expatriate, currently living in Oslo (Norway) and Gemert (Netherlands)

Innovative, inspiring and entrepreneurial thought-leader. Dedicated to sustainable growth achieved by unleashing diverse talents with courage and humour. A believer of bringing joy and fun to enhance strategic clarity and productivity.

Co-founder of “Leading with a Smile” Grooa. Co-creator and proponent of the C.L.E.A.R. Mindsettm Model and Method.

Co-founder of “Leading with a Smile” Grooa. Co-creator and proponent of the C.L.E.A.R. Mindset tm Model and Method.


M. Sc. Chemistry (Genoa Uni); Executive MBA (Ashridge) and Executive Diploma in International Management (IMD Lausanne); Certified in Digital Business Strategies (MIT), Certified Co-active Coach and Lominger Assessments; Prism BrainMapping Practitioner; certified SDGs Impact Implementation.

Career Highlights:

International Executive (Procter & Gamble, Norsk Hydro, Yara), with P&L, Innovation, Business Development, General Management and Board experience. Worked and lived in: USA, NO, FR, D, NL, IT, BE, Sub-Saharan Africa.

Languages spoken:

English, Italian, French, Norwegian.

Monica Garcia

Partner and Chief Consultant

Spanish, international, currently based in Burgos (Spain)

Enthusiastic, adventurous, entrepreneurial, and a firm believer in the power of saying yes to being the complete human being that each one of us can be.

Founder of El Factor Humano Burgos; Co-creator and proponent of the C.L.E.A.R. Mindsettm Model and Method; Published Author.

Executive and Personal Development Coach, Member of CTI Faculty.


Master of Science in Physics. Certified Co-Active Coach at CTI.

Career Highlights:

International Designer Engineer at Sony and Philips (UK and USA Silicon Valley), founder of El Factor Humano Burgos.

Languages spoken:

Spanish, English.

Jos van den Nieuwelaar

Partner, Board Director, and Senior Consultant

Dutch, lived and worked around the globe, currently based in Gemert (Netherlands).

Visionary and innovative technology developer with a passion for sustainable food technology and food production. Co-founder of Grooa.

Recognised as a world-class expert in protein based food processing; personal strategic advisor of several CEOs, and Dutch State Expert on-loan for development projects in third-world countries.


Academic degrees in Agricultural Science and Engineering. Specialized in Innovation and Sustainable Technology Strategies.

Career Highlights:

CTO at Marel, CTO at Stork Food Systems. Lead the R&D and Technology Development Department at Stork Food System for 40 years, masterminding the creation of fully online integrated automatic production lines and contributing to major sustainable improvements (e.g. workers health, food hygiene, reduced waste and animal welfare). Acted as key technical and strategic M&A advisor, including helping the organisational and cultural transition following acquisition by Marel.

Languages spoken:

Dutch, English, German.