Carla has spent the last 15 years working with numerous companies and start-ups across Europe, Australia, US and Asia, mentoring them in diverse areas such as health/nanotech, manufacturing & industry 4.0, retail and tourism. She also lectured in Entrepreneurship at some of Europe’s top business schools, such as Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, and is currently lecturing Innovation & Enterprise topics at Flinders University. Leveraging her passion for entrepreneurship, Carla also delivers national and international acceleration programs to entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs, which have contributed significantly to the ongoing development of the South Australian and Australian entrepreneurial ecosystems. Some of the acceleration programs include Foment (Wine and Tourism Tech), the Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator (IMA), which helps Australian manufacturers skill up in Industry 4.0 tools (and connects them with Flinders Professors, Researchers, Students and Industry Experts), and the Australian Awards (funded by DFAT) helping international businesses connecting with the Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem.
She is passionate about using technology to improve people’s lives hence her drive for areas such as Industry 4.0/5.0, nanotech and biotech/biometrics, especially in the area of commercialising promising technologies. She is also passionate about connecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, involving companies, academics, students and industry experts.
Carla also worked for 10 years in investment banking (Private Equity, Venture Capital, Corporate Finance & M&A) acquiring a deep knowledge of finance and entrepreneurial finance. Carla consulted with the United Nations (FAO) for international Agtech funding and with the South Australian Government with her vast knowledge of finance and strategy, advising on private equity and venture capital deals.
Carla has a MBA from the University of New South Wales (2004), a Director Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2006), a Python programming course with MIT (2019) and a Diploma on Machine Learning for Executives with University of Adelaide(2019).
BBA (honours) - Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics (CLSBE)
MBA - University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Company Director's Diploma - Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Scholarship from Siemens - Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics
Scholarship from the European Union - University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Scholarship from the Sasakawa Foundation (Japan) - Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund
Lecturer for Innovation & Enterprise (INNO) Topics
Executive programs: Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator (IMA) on Industry 4.0, Foment (Wine and Tourism Tech) and Australian Awards
The impact of innovation in the development of the skills for the jobs of the future (multiple industries)/transformation of work
The impact of developing innovation skills on students' performance during and after their Higher Education degree
The learning outcomes and employability of students involved in university-led innovation programs delivered to industry
Industry experience as key to enhance the scholarship of teaching
The relevance of technology to developing strong skills in innovation
The importance of embedding Industry 4.0/5.0 in Higher Education curricula (e.g. Business, Wine, Spirits & Tourism)
The effectiveness of multiple teaching models (F2F, Online, Blended) in experiential learning (Innovation topics) and the “classroom of the future”
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