Meet our Associates

Elena Digirolamo
Associate Consultant and Chief of Staff

Elena Digirolamo

Italian, international, currently living in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Enthusiastic connector, empathetic and supportive coach, rigorous process designer and big-picture thinker. Co-founder and co-organiser of libera mente, cultural association for the Italian-speaking community in Eindhoven.

Grooa Chief of Staff, supporting an internationally and functionally diverse team, ensuring alignment and mutual accountability.

Mindful Coach, Leadership Trainer and Workshops Facilitator.

Education: M.Sc Physics.

Career Highlights;  Broad international working experience in both small high-tech businesses (Micromec, Italy; Shapeways, Netherlands) and large corporations (Philips, Netherlands).

Languages spoken: Italian, English, Dutch, French.

Sharon Chirila
Business Development and Creative Promotional Management

Sharon Chirila

American-Dutch, currently living in Gemert (Netherlands).

Efficient and well-structured communicator and engaged learner. Creative writer.

Coordinates the Advertising and Promotional budget for Grooa; provides coordination and PR support to the LIS WOMAN members and speakers. Creates relevant content for digital marketing. 

Passion for sustainability and working in close contact with nature. Passionate Herbalist.

Education: Certified Tutor of “English as second language”;  International and Intercultural Communication, college degree. 

Career Highlights: BD Director at Scott Anderson, California, USA; freelance virtual assistant.

Languages spoken: English, Dutch.

Prognya Ghosh
Digital Marketing and Project Management

Prognya Ghosh

Indian, international, currently living in Eindhoven (Netherlands).

Entrepreneurial leader with relentless drive and can-do approach. Digital marketing professional with a background in consumer insight analysis and marketing research. Loves to brainstorm new and creative growth strategies and keep up with latest trends in marketing and also emerging technologies.

Head of Social Media & Digital Marketing at Grooa (NL).

Education: M.A Applied Psychology – International MBA Marketing.

Career Highlights: Communication Expert (Taiwan), and Market Researcher (India).

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Bengali, Mandarin.

Ana Carolina Mendes
Front-End Web Developer

Ana Carolina Mendes

Brazilian, currently living in Eindhoven (Netherlands).

Client focused, problem solver with passion for simplifying complexity. Currently also studying for an MBA, as well as learning Dutch and Ballet.

Frontend Web Developer and Software Engineer at Grooa (NL). 

Education: post-graduate Front End Development (IGTI), Certified Modern Software Engineer, Bachelor in Computer Science field (Federal University of Minas Gerais).

Career Highlights:  Research assistant and JavaScript Developer (Brazil).

Languages spoken: Portuguese, English.

Olasunkanmi Adeniji
Full Stack Web Developer and Cybersecurity Support

Ola Adeniji

Nigerian, international, currently living in Oberhausen (Germany) 

IT analyst with high drive and persistence. Loves working in an interdisciplinary team. Thorough and proactive, dedicated to sustainable and secure solutions. Gamer & Gadget Geek, Red blood cells, Black beautiful Skin, AC Milan Loyalist. 

Webmaster and Full Stack Web Developer at Grooa (NL). Backend Engineer at Real Digital (DE). 

Education: Currently a Communication and Information Engineering student at Hochschule Rhine-Waal, Germany.

Career Highlights: Software and Security Analyst, Web/Mobile app developer, Full-Stack Engineer (Canada and Germany).

Languages spoken: English, German, Yoruba.

Sara Lisa Ørstavik
External Advisor: Gender Policies and SDG Impact Standards

Sara Lisa

Norwegian-Italian, international, currently based in New York (NY), USA.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, French, Norwegian, Spanish.

Sergiu Chirila
On-demand IT Training Support

Sergiu Chirila

Romanian-American-Belgian, international currently living in Gemert (Netherlands).

Languages spoken: English, Italian, Romanian, French.

Jan Matias Rivo
On-demand IT Support

Jan Matias Rivo

Norwegian-Italian, currently based in Oslo (Norway) .

Multilingual IT expert with a passion for digital transformations and emerging technologies, advocating a more humane and sustainable lifestyle.

Master degree, Computer Science and Engineering of Information Technology.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, Norwegian, French.