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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

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

Chief Operating Officer

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 three sons, Michelangelo keeps pretty busy with his family life and his passion for reading.

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Sarah Barbot

Marketing Executive France

Newly graduated from a master’s degree in marketing, communication and events in Lyon, Sarah is the youngest person to join the QRP team.

In 2021, she joined the City Hall of Bollate to help organise the Villa-Arconati FAR festival, which introduced her to Italian culture by meeting artists such as Remo Anzovino, Rachele Bastreghi and Michela Murgia. The following year, she moved to Florence to do an internship in communication for the MUS.E association. She will take you on a tour of the city’s major museums. For her final internship for the master’s degree in 2023, she joined the Institut français Milano to organise and coordinate the communication for cultural events and exhibitions.

Outside work, Sarah enjoys playing the piano, visiting museums, baking cakes and taking her friends and family to Disneyland Paris.

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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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Eva Body

Service Executive

Eva is from Budapest, Hungary where she attended Eötvös Loránd University and graduated in Psychology in 2003.
After her studies she came to Italy to learn the language and travel. A few years later she decided to move here out of passion for Italian food and landscapes.

She worked for various companies with international relations in administrative roles and as interpreter/translator, including 7 years at one of the Big Four auditing firms in Milan. She joined QRP International in March 2020 to support the Administration team.

Eva moved to Como in 2015 and enjoys discovering the area’s beautiful surroundings since then. She loves war novels, biographies and psychology literature as well as cinema. She also enjoys swimming and cycling around the lake with her family.

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Noor Bouwdewijn

Marketing Executive Belgium

Originally from the Netherlands, Noor graduated from Wageningen University with a degree in Nutrition & Health. Due to her enormous passion for food, she soon found a job at a food start up. She discovered that working at a startup obliges you to take on many responsibilities and be very versatile. It taught her many lessons, but most of it all it helped her discover her passion for (online) marketing and content creation.

Her professional journey took her past some other startups and scale-ups before she decided to settle in Milan. After the big move to Italy, she joined the QRP team as a marketing executive for the Belgian market.

Noor is passionate about different languages and cultures and spent a year in Russia to discover the country. She now uses this curiosity to explore all that Italy has to offer, from North to South. In her free time you will probably find Noor with her family, food shopping or cooking some challenging recipe. Noor also loves to be out in nature, be creative with her sewing machine or read a good book!

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Francesca Cecconi

Sales Executive Italy

Francesca graduated in Political Science with a specialization in Sociology from University of Milan – Università degli Studi di Milano She continued her studies by conducting two Masters in Human Resources: One at the Lugano Business School and one at the Alta training school in Milan. Her professional career began in the insurance sector in 2015, where She held the role of Consultant and Junior HR support later. In this dynamic environment, She discovered her aptitude for the role of Account, specializing more and more in the Training and Human Resources Sector. As Sales Manager for Italy, She began working in 2016 for a body accredited by the Lombardy Region and specialized in interprofessional training services and Active Labor Policies (HR) services. She has been continuing to grow professionally by becoming Account Specialist in Adecco in 2017. Strongly motivated and always on the lookout for new worlds to explore, she has combined ambition with generosity and patience, aspects that have strengthened her in her role as a consultant, continuing her activity in supporting customers by helping them in their choices and in achieving their goals. These attitudes allowed her to achieve the role of Sales Executive for the Italian market in QRP in 2019. Her contribution to the company is her strong motivation to achieve the goals.
Francesca also loves playing volleyball and has a strong passion for cooking, anthropology and sociology, but finds particular satisfaction in making people happy.

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Maria Chindamo

Sales Executive Switzerland

Maria was born and raised in Switzerland, where she completed a technical-commercial study. Afterwards she followed various specialist courses in the banking sector, where she gained many years of experience in the Swiss banking sector, initially as a consultant for credit and credit cards and later as a financial advisor.

She moved to Como, the city and landscape that she has always particularly appreciated in 2004 to rejoin her family. In 2013 she took on a new independent professional challenge as a free-lancer as a German language teacher.
She started working in QRP in September 2020 as sales executive in the Swiss market.

In her spare time Maria is a very active person. She loves trekking in nature, as well as various gymnastics and yoga practices.

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Maarten Dauwe

Business Development Manager Belgium

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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Melissa Dezouchee

Sales Executive France

Melissa was born in St Etienne, she studied business unit management in Lyon. After having validated her diploma, she worked as a customer manager in banking and insurance.

She loves traveling and discovering new cultures, so she went to Australia where she worked in different fields of activity (farm, hotel, restaurant…).
Her boyfriend being from Milan, after this incredible experience, they decided to come and settle here to create their new chapter together.

Melissa spends her free time drawing designs to embroider them on clothes, she love everything related to Art, personal development, nature and laughing with the people around her.

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Federica E.

Federica Errante

HR Assistant

Federica was born and raised in Como. She studied economy and languages. During her high school studies has travelled several times in the United Kingdom. The main aims of her experiences abroad was to improve her English and learn to be always more indipendent. After high school she started university studies at Università degli studi dell’Insubria in Como, where she’s studying languages and culture. During 2017, she spent one month studying at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Cina, learning and improving her Chines. Federica in 2019 spent 5 month in Belgium to do an Erasmus, where she learned a bit of French.
Federica can speak English and Spanish fluently, and knows French, German and Chinese.

Federica is a very curious person, that’s why she is interest to know and understand everything she doesn’t know yet. She loves travel and read. During her free time she is used to go for a walk with her dog, go to the gym and spend time with family and friends.

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Evangelia Georgomi

Training Assistant

Evangelia was borned and raised in Athens. After obtaining her degree on Economy of Turism in Igoumenitsa in Greece, she worked for years
in hotels in Italy and Greece.

Afterwards she adventured in the Digital Advertising world as responsible of the Italian market in a monopoly reality in Greece and since October 2020 joined QRP as Office assistant.

In her free time she likes cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She likes the sea and even if she raised up in a hot climate she gets crazy of snow, cold and Christmas.

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Jorien Hettinga

Sales Executive Belgium

Born and raised among the cows in the Northern province of The Netherlands, Jorien moved to the student city of Wageningen for her degree in Management, Economics and Consumer Studies. After working for a few years as an analyst in the backoffice of BNP Paribas, Jorien and her partner took a leap of faith looking for a new challenge in the region of Milan.

With her people-oriented mindset, she joined QRP in 2022 as a Sales Executive for Belgium. Her natural feeling for understanding the needs and desires of colleagues and clients, guides her in being the ultimate go-between in this position.

Being a humble Dutchie, she finds joy in the simple things in life. You’ll find her enjoying nature, either in hiking boots or on skis, watching football matches and occasionally strumming on her guitar. And having moved to Italy recently, she can’t help but accommodate to la dolce vita, with good food and local wines included.

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Laurent Louboutin

E-Learning Developer

Laurent was born in Brittany, France and graduated in History and Politics at Rennes II University. He moved to the United Kingdom where he started his career as IT support on IBM service desk. Thanks to a keen interest for project management, he moved to Royal Dutch Shell IT project management team where he certified as an ITIL expert and Prince2 practitioner. He taught these two topics for four years at QRP and later gained experience in Cloud technologies and eLearning development at Oracle. Laurent returned to QRP in 2021 to develop our digital offering.

Outside of work he enjoys reading, running, spending time with family and Qi Gong meditation.

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Seif-Eddine Kara

Sales Executive Belgium

Originally from Algeria, born and raised between the Mediterranean sea and the mountains, Seif-Eddin has a Master and PhD in process engineering from University of Blida, Algeria.
After his Master degree and as passionate about cars and sport cars he started working at Renault Automotive – sport cars department in quality of sales manager.

As a person, he loves challenges and big achievements. He decided to start a PhD in Engineering.
Getting a PhD allowed him to work and collaborate with a lot of scientific groups from all over the world and this work brought him to settle in Italy. While he was working on research he struggled a lot with respecting project deadlines due to the enormous work till he started using best practices project management, where he discovered the importance of project management and how best practice makes the work easy.

As a father of two beautiful daughters and a wonderful wife in his free time Seif love being with his family, especially around the food table. He likes sports: football since he was a player, mechanical sport because there is a lot of engineering and strategy around, especially F1. Reading real success stories is also one of his favorite hobby.
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Alessandra Morciano

Marketing Manager

Alessandra graduated from Sapienza University of Rome with a Master’s degree in Business Economics and got 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 in 2016.

From January 2023 Alessandra is Marketing Manager, overseeing the department’s operations and providing guidance and feedback to other marketing executives.

In her free time, Alessandra loves reading and practicing & teaching yoga.

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Linda Ngoune

Finance Assistant

Linda was born in Cameroon and traveled to Italy for her university studies where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in economics and management in 2021 at the University of Ferrara. She will soon obtain her master’s degree in economics for global challenges at the same university.

Linda is passionate about numbers and has a particular interest in finance and accounting, thanks to the skills she acquired during her training and university career. She joined QRP in August 2023 as Finance Assistant.

Apart from her love of numbers, Linda enjoys traveling, dancing, football and hanging out with friends.

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Chiara Orsenigo

Service Manager

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 for the Office Assistant role in 2017.

From January 2023 Chiara is Service Manager, making sure that services are being seamlessly delivered to our clients.

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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Hajar Ouifak

Business Development Manager France

Born in Morocco, Hajar obtained her Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing in Paris, where she began her career and pursued her professional career internationally, passing through France, Switzerland, and returning to Morocco. From the beginning, she has held positions of responsibility, participating in the launch of new projects and business development, particularly in the field of consulting and training in Morocco.

Back in Europe, she decided to settle in Italy. Being passionate about lakes and mountains, she chose to settle in Como, where she joined the QRP sales team to strengthen its presence in France.
Hajar loves to travel and never misses an opportunity to discover new countries. She has already visited the United States, several countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and her list of destinations to explore is still long. In her free time, she likes to share a good sweet-food with family or friends. She can skip dinner, but never the sweet-food time.

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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 2006, 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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Renato Passalacqua

Finance Manager

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 International Management and Business. Having acquired relevant experience in the international finance and cash flow management, Renato found his way in Como at QRP International as Finance Assistant, in June 2018.
From January 2021 he runs the Finance department and his growing team as Finance Manager for the whole QRP group.

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.

Renato has a huge passion for videogames, books, tabletop games and cooking (especially chinese and japanese). In his spare time he tries to fulfill all of these passions, along with managing his extremely energetic dog Tuuli.

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Federica Passaro

Marketing Executive Switzerland

Born in Merate (LC) from a German mother and Italian father, she was raised in Lucca. After the degree in foreign languages and literatures in Pisa she moved to Milano where she obtained a master degree in interpreting and decided to remain there because she loved living in Milano.

After working for Valentino as a customer assistant and for a publishing company with different mansions, she landed in Como thanks to her German knowledge, beside speaking German and English she also knows Spanish.

As a good tuscanian she loves a good rare steak and drinks lots of good red wine. Her main hobby is travelling and watching movies but her favourite activity is going to the stadium to cheer for Inter.

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Rémi Peduzzi

Business Development Manager 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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Valentina Pozzi

Training Assistant

Valentina was born and raised in Varese. She graduated in communication science from the University of Insubria of Varese and during her studies she spent 5 months in Paris to do an Erasmus.

After graduation she started to work for the town hall of Olgiate Comasco, where she was in charge of the school service. In October 2021 joined Qrp as office assistant.

In her spare time Valentina loves reading, watching tv series, travelling, cooking cakes.

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Justyna Ptasznik

Accreditation and Compliance Specialist

After obtaining her Master in Pedagogy at The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, she worked in international elementary schools in Warsaw, London and Frankfurt. 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, monitoring and delivering training material and examination worldwide.

From 2023 her main focus is on maintaining the excellent standard as well as ensuring that the company follows its defined internal policies and procedure, and as well is responsible for ensuring external compliance related to all accreditations of QRP.

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