Our Team

QRP International has achieved great success due in no small part to the dedication, knowledge and expertise of its staff. In any industry where the people behind a company are as important as the company itself, QRP is blessed to have such energetic and customer-driven individuals.

Jacobus Groot_Managing Director_QRP International

Jacobus Groot

Managing Director

Jacobus was born in the Netherlands in 1969. He studied Tourism in Breda and International Management at the University of Maastricht. After his graduation he started a career in Project Management in various telecommunications companies. Being passionate about international management he worked in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany , Cyprus, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Through his various experiences he wanted to improve project management, facilitating change.
In 2003 he started his long time dream to have his own company and founded QRP International which quickly grew to a Pan – European leader in Project Management training and consultancy.
Jacobus loves travelling, speaks Dutch, English ,German, Italian and some French. Wine and good food are his passion which he enjoys in his home town Como in Italy. In his free time he bikes around lake Como and plays Football. Jacobus is married and has 3 children.

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Michelangelo Carbone

Operation & Finance Manager

Freshly graduated into business administration at European School of Economics in Bari, Michelangelo joined QRP in July 2004 as an intern in charge of doing market research for the Italian market, the company was then made of 2 persons: Jacobus and He. QRP activities increased quickly at an international level and he soon became in charge of finance and operation, ensuring that business operations are efficient and effective, planning, scheduling and controlling all QRP services provided worldwide.
As QRP’s senior team members, Michelangelo is a reference and a guide for the whole team, always ready to answer to our (numerous!) questions, with patience and great understanding. Michelangelo is also an expert problem solver. We haven’t met a problem he can’t untangle. A man of few words, when he does speak up, we all listen. But don’t let him fool you. Just under the surface, Michelangelo harbors a wicked sense of humor.
Outside the office, as a father of two sons, Michelangelo keeps pretty busy with his family life and his passion for reading.

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Mathilde Lambert

Sales & Marketing Manager

A graduate from the University School of Management (IAE) of Lille in Business & Managerial Economics, Mathilde joined our team in February 2007 as Country manager for France, where she spent nearly seven years learning the ropes of the training and project management industry. During this period she took care of the French clients, managed the French website, email communications, and online advertising.
She found the data-driven work appealed to her analytical side and since 2014, those versatile skills set has served Mathilde well in her role as Global Sales and Marketing Manager. In addition to serving as sales representative to our international clients, she heads up our team of marketing experts, providing guidance on marketing and editorial plan, as well as creative development for the team.
When not sharing her marketing know-how and sales inputs, Mathilde likes to host friends, eat out, go hike, watch documentary, and spend time with her family spread all over Europe.

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José María Cordero

Business Development Manager Spain

Graduated in Tourism from the University of Huelva, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Cádiz, José María was also selected under the Erasmus Programme to study at the RWTH of Aachen (Germany). He completed his studies with a Master in International Business Management from the University Pablo de Olavide of Seville, specializing therefore in international commerce.

He was brought into the QRP team in 2016, taking a big step forward in his professional career. Always customer oriented and with a strong commercial vocation, José María has found in the training & certification consultancy sector an exceptional environment in order to continue enhancing these skills, active listening, advising and addressing the needs of professionals who wish to reach excellence in their business through certification.

Open-minded and traveller, in his spare time, he loves enjoying the time with his family and friends in Huelva, his hometown. Going to the beach and playing padel or football are other of his passions. José María has lived in Germany, the UK and Italy.

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Maarten Dauwe

Business Development Manager Belgium & Luxembourg

After obtaining his Master in Economics from the Ehsal Management School in Brussels, Maarten went to work at Belfius, a bank company, where he was in charge of guiding private clients in their key investment decisions. This extensive experience (>5 years) created a real customer-centric focus in his present business approach and brings an interesting flair to QRP.
Maarten joined us in July 2010 as Business Development Manager in order to create and increase the satisfaction & happiness of the Belgium and Luxembourg customers. Maarten brought to the QRP Team and QRP Clients the perfect combination of clients focus and problem solving spirit as he is PRINCE2 and MSP certified himself.
When he is not working, his hobbies include his family, sports, reading, writing and enjoying Belgium beer with friends.

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Elise Del Piero

Business Development Manager France

Like many QRPers, Elise arrived with an international background: graduated in business and managerial economics in Montpellier (France), she also studied one year in Padova (Northern Italy) and started her career overseas in Philadelphia as website translator and later in New York as marketing coordinator assistant.
Elise came back to Europe to join the QRP Team in February 2011 as marketing and sales assistant for France where her sense of organization, her attention to detail, her creativity and her team spirit were a strong asset for the market growth while she was following a master in marketing and global markets in Milan. As business development manager she now focus on managing and growing QRP key account in France. Elise is an expert in advising professional about their PM career path and developing training projects to answer clients’ needs. When not at QRP, Elise enjoys dancing salsa, tasting wine with some friends and travelling.

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Alessandra Morciano

Marketing Executive Italy

Alessandra graduated from Sapienza University of Rome with a Master’s degree in Business Economics and gets a job fresh out of school as an intern in Etnocom, an advertising agency specialised in ethnic strategies. After the internship, she found an opportunity for an European Voluntary Service in Croatia where she was in charge of promoting projects and visibility of the organization through social networks, writing articles for the blog and facilitating events.
If you combined those skills with her willingness, curiosity, creativity and positive attitude, Alessandra was for sure the best candidate for the role of Marketing Executive for the QRP Italian market. She joined us in April 2016 and is managing since then all the marketing activities, she is a master in blogging and writing articles about IT and PPM method in order to help clients in their career and professional life.
Alessandra is also a passionate about literature, writing and international economy.

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Mélanie Ollivier

Marketing Executive France

Graduated from University of South Britain with a Master degree in Marketing and Trade, the last year of her studies, Mélanie worked in the same time as junior project manager for a training corporate in Paris.
Mélanie lived one year in Lithuania during her Erasmus which was an enriching experience.

Open-mindedness, positive attitude and curiosity made Mélanie the right candidate for the role of Marketing Executive for the QRP French market.

She joined QRP in February 2017 where she focuses on creative campaigns and promotional events.

Travelling, in her spare time, she loves to discover new places and meet new people. Seeing circus show and reading are other of her passions.

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Chiara Orsenigo

Office Assistant

Chiara graduated from the University of Study Milan-Bicocca with a Bachelor’s degree in Science of Tourism and Local Community in November 2013.
After that, Chiara was in charge as customer and partner care in an Online Travel Agency in Milan until November 2015, when she decided to leave Italy and stayed for nearly one year in England at the beginning for an English Course and after like a volunteer in a Youth Hostel.
After this experience, she started to work like a receptionist in a 5 stars’ hotel by the Lake Como until the beginning of November 2016.
All these experiences enriched her cultural and professional knowledge, making her the perfect candidate of office assistant, the right hand of Justyna from January 2017 when she joined Qrp team.
As you can figure out from her studies, tourism, travel and geography are her favourite passions. She has a lot of hobbies as well, besides music and cooking, she has been playing Volleyball since she was a child.

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Donatello Partipilo

Business Development Manager Italy

After graduating from the Thames Valley University in London with a Bachelor of Marketing, Donatello went to work for an italian sports wear company. Donatello officially joined the QRP team in March 2016, as Sales and marketing assistant, where he carved out a niche with his passion for SEO, paid search and data-driven marketing.
In his current role as Business Development Manager for Italy, Donatello gets the most enjoyment from cultivating long-term relationships with QRP Italian clients; he acts more as a consultant than sales man, supporting clients and partners in achieving their goals and solving their problems. His contribution to the company is mainly reflected to his ability to get results and to get things done.
When not taking care of customers, Donatello finds pleasure in doing sport, reading and traveling.

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Justyna Ptasznik

Office Manager

In 2007, Justyna earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Teaching at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Poland. She joined our team in February 2013 as country manager for the Polish market and was in charge of all the sales and marketing activities for Poland. Unfortunately in 2016 QRP has to take the difficult decision of leaving the Polish market to focus on its main countries, however we could not leave Justyna as she was a great asset for QRP! Justyna learned about the office and administration manager position at QRP.
It was clear that she had the right competences for the position: she is naturally thorough, hard worker, steady and reliable, and she’s been mastering our office ever since, helping Michelangelo to keep the books, monitoring and delivering training material and examination worldwide and organizing anual QRP events. Before making her way to Italy and QRP, Justyna also spent a few good years working as translator and English teacher in International shools in Warsaw and Frankfurt. In her spare time, Justyna is most likely hanging with her main squeeze and their lovely little girl, cycling around Milan or flying to Poland.

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Elena Tognoni

Marketing Executive Belgium & Luxembourg

After graduating with an Communication Sciences degree from the University of Milan, Elena spent one year in Philadelphia as au pair. She later joined us in October 2012 as international marketing assistant and immediately made a great addition to the QRP team, Elena is a proactive, efficient and tireless contributor who always welcomes new challenges.
All those competences promoted her to the role of marketing executive for Belgium and Luxembourg, where she focuses on Clients, providing pro-active servicing and information on PPM Best Practices, in order to deliver the highest levels of client satisfaction. She is obsessed with creating brand and product awareness where awesomeness contents thrives.
If she’s not at QRP, Elena is most likely hanging with her ​​four-legged pal Maggie, reading books on gender mainstreaming or cooking vegan plates. Elena is completing her Master in History while also volunteering in a Women’s shelter.

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Melek Bayoudh

Sales Executive Belgium & Luxembourg

Melek obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mediation of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Milan. She then completed her studies with a first-class honours Master in International Relations from the University of Pavia (Italy). During and after her studies, Melek has gained experience in different fields. She had the possibility to work as a teacher in a high school in Italy, as an Academic tutor in Political Science at UNIPV, as an Apple Expert, and as a Deputy Director’s Assistant at KOTRA, a South Korean governmental agency.

All this multifariousness along with her personal skills made her the right person to join QRP International. She is now Sales Executive for Belgium since October 2017 and she manages all contacts along with Maarten Dauwe. Her mindfulness together with the fact of being a polyglot, who speaks almost 6 languages, make her always ready to support effectively people’s expectations in their learning path.

In her spare time, Melek is a very active person and she always keep nourishing her passion for photography, art, writing, sports and yoga.

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