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Our People

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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Bettina Blanchard

Training Assistant France

Bettina was born in France from German parents. She grew up in a bilingual environment and graduated in Economics at ISFATES (Institut Supérieur Franco-Allemand de Techniques, d’Economie et de Sciences) in Metz in 1993. She started her career in a multinational company in the Plastics Industry, first as logistics assistant on a new plant project in Poland and then as purchasing assistant in the head office in Belgium.
In 1998 she returned to France where she spent more that 15 years in Burgundy working in the export department of wine trading companies. She then had the opportunity to travel the world and spent 6 months in Argentina and a couple of years in the United States (mainly in California and in Indiana) where she volunteered serving the local community.
Back in Europe she decided to settle in Italy where she joined QRP International in February 2019 to support the French team as sales assistant. Given the diversity of tasks to be accomplished, she is dynamic and organized. Administrative tasks but also customer care and satisfaction are part of her daily life. She is a passionate traveler and loves not only Italian pasta and ice-cream but good food in general. Sport has always been part of her life and in Como she has found a hiking-paradise and discovered rowing on the lake with her international teammates.
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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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Mara Esposito

Marketing Executive Belgium & Luxembourg

Mara comes from Rome, where she studied Political Science and International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli. Due to an innate passion towards the Latin American culture she landed in Ecuador to investigate about the media power during the Correa’s Government. After her Ecuadorian experience shy flyed to São Paulo for a marketing internship in the Italy-Brazil Chamber of Commerce.
Before being part of the QRP Team as Marketing Executive for Belgium and Luxembourg, she worked for a Southern Italian winery. Here in Como, she is determined to let her countries take off by learning and enacting cutting-edge web marketing practices. In her spare time she likes travelling, good readings, tasty food, learning languages and enjoying the moments with her beloved ones.
For her, life is a never-ending opportunity to improve like a human-being and to take the best from every situation.

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Oksana Havryk

Office Assistant

I was born in an ancient city of Ukraine – Chernihiv. I grew up there and spent a half of my colourful
life. Since I was 9 years old I used to go to Italy every year with the association “ Cassago calls Chernobyl “. I have been living in Lecco with an italian family for 1 month every summer until the age of 18. It has been always my dream to study in Italy, after my graduation at Nizhyn Mykola Gogol University in Languages ( German and English) to become a teacher, I decided to leave Ukraine and to go to Italy and I am studying for a Master’s Degree at University of Bergamo. in the meantime I did an internship at Genelar Consulate of Ukraine in Milan. On February 2019 I joined QRP and it’s my first real job in a such professional and friendly team.
I love traveling , learn new cultures , customs and people -….of course I adore Ukraine and invite all
to visit my motherland =)
I adore dreaming , because all dreams anyway come true !!!
My life’s credo is “ Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ ll be criticized anyway . “

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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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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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Giacomo Pasotti

Marketing Executive Switzerland

After graduated in ‘Philosophy Sciences’ from University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Giacomo started his own path in digital marketing and content strategy. He participated to DigitalaBS and worked in the creative media agency FC Media Srl (Komma Group): studying at the side of experts in the field, he acquired skills in the use of WordPress, SEO and SEM. He worked systematically towards creating of editorial plans for social media, processing content strategies for digital, setting up and managing of advertising on web platforms.

In 2018 Giacomo joined QRP International team for the role of Marketing Executive. His experience and attitude of fast learning make him the right candidate to increase the digital presence of QRP International in the web and to create a new operating space in Swiss market.

In his free time Giacomo enjoys reading historical essay, writing, improving English, German and Business knowledge. As a sportsman, he loves running in mountain and being involved in many different sports.

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Renato Passalacqua

Renato Passalacqua

Finance Assistant

Born in Naples and raised in Rome, Renato graduated from University of Rome La Sapienza with a bachelor degree in International Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Economics. After some years in the accountancy field in Rome, he joined the international company Unispace Global as Finance Assistant. Having acquired relevant experience in the international finance and cash flow, Renato found his way in Como at QRP International as Finance Assistant, cooperating with Michelangelo in the Finance Department from June 2018.
Thanks to his international and finance experience, combined with his quick thinking and analytic skills, Renato is a good guide through the complex world of international invoicing, cash flow management and financial forecasting.
Having a huge passion on hi-tech and videogames world, Renato in his spare time works as editor in chief for the press website Game Experience and also reading everything, from classics to comics. He also loves cooking and exploring new cultures.

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Rémi Peduzzi

Sales Executive Belgium & Luxembourg

Born in Paris with Italian and Spanish origins, after graduating into Sales Techniques, Rémi decides to move to Milan.
In 2000, he started a career as salesman, and he collaborated with various companies. He was in charge for Belgian, Swiss, Spanish and Turkish markets for a group in the textile industry. He got experience as a Sales Account for Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Lazio for an enterprise that distributed robots for industrial automation.

In 2018, Rémi joined QPR International team for the role of Sales Executive Belux.

His experience and passion for sales make him the right candidate to improve our presence in the Luxembourg market.
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and his friends , he is also a sport passionate.

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Adélaïde Poincelet

Marketing Executive France

Originally from Normandy (France), Adélaïde graduated in International Business development. Her international studies allowed her to travel and discover inspiring environments like Australia, Japan, Vietnam and Europe, especially Italy, where she decide to stay and learn the language. She joined QRP International team in 2018, for the role of Marketing Executive. Her willingness to learn and perform drives her everyday motivation, in order to achieve great results.

Her life is a mixture of passions, first of all for the sport and then during her travels, for the different arts related to the discovery of new cultures. Since then she has been interested in photography, literature, scrapbooking and languages.

Committed woman, she dedicates her free time to different associations, where she finds a lot of comfort, stability and mental strength and participates in humanitarian, ecological and solidarity campaigns.

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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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Luana Restifo

Office Assistant

Luana was born in Milan in 1995. She graduated in Language and Cultural Mediation in March 2018 at Insubria Universitiy in Como. She studied english, german, spanish, french and approached arabic.
Fresh out of school she worked two months in a estate agency office as front-office assistant. Here she learned to take care of customers and manage the usual business of a reception.
In September 2018 Luana joined QRP International as office assistant. Her willingness to know and be independent make her a person who learns fast. Her goal is to become efficient and helpful to her colleagues as soon as she can, to give a helping hand in the achievement of great results.
Moreover, apart from her daily job in QRP, she also took part in an activity to create an independent income as a life-saver for her future.
In her free time, Luana loves to play the guitar and listen to music, read books and learn new languages (at the moment approaching portuguese and searching for arabic courses!)

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