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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

Operations 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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Adrienne Barry

Finance Assistant

Born and raised in Cork City, Ireland. Adrienne graduated from University College Cork in 2015 with an honours degree in Commerce, and spent a year studying in Strathclyde Business School in Scotland.
After graduation Adrienne joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit associate and finished a year and a half later to go travelling. She obtained a working holiday visa for a year of work and travel in New Zealand, working in different jobs and parts of the country.
She also did the same in Australia spending most of her time living and working in Melbourne. She made the move to Italy in May 2019 to learn the language and experience the culture, living in Sardinia and Como.
She joined the QRP team in November as a finance assistant. In her free time Adrienne loves to go out with friends and family, travel, swim and

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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

Training Assistant

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 Belux

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 & 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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Yoan Dherat

Sales Executive France

After he completed his Marketing and Business Development in Clermont Ferrand in 2014, Yoan decided to move to Romania to acquire professional experiences and learn new languages. During this time, he worked as a team leader for multinational company and then ran an e-commerce business, which was an on-demand delivery platform for the local market for 4 years.
Back in France in 2020, he continued his professional path as a Manager for a Sales Team in the Energy field.
His appetite for new adventure in Europe brought him in Italy where he joined QRP International in March 2021 as Sales Executive for France. He is using his experiences in Customer Relationship and Sales in order to find the best solution for our clients and to keep them satisfied.
In his spare time, Yoan enjoys to going out with friends, to travel and to do sports, especially football and running. He also likes to watch documentaries and to read articles about business and new technologies.

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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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Mathilde Lambert

Business Development Manager France

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 Business Development Manager France. Working for the French market Mathilde loves challenging assignments involving varied contact with people and strive to do business in a friendly way.

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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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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Alessandra Morciano

Marketing Coordinator

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. She loves writing blog posts and sharing content about IT and PPM method in order to help professionals in their career and facing professional challenges. From April 2020 Alessandra is Marketing Coordinator, supporting the marketing manager in 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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Chiara Orsenigo

Training Coordinator

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 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 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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Greta Pelizzari

Marketing Executive Italy

Born and raised in Novara, Greta graduated with an International Double Degree in Cinema and Communication studying across Europe.
After graduation she established in Milan where she started working in the cultural and artistic field. She collaborated with several theatre companies, she worked in Mediaset and at two editions of Milano Film Festival within the Programme Office.

After an experience as Communication Consultant in the IT domain, Greta joined QRP in November 2020 as Marketing Executive for the Italian market.
In her free time Greta loves watching movies (of course!), reading, playing videogames, doing sports and writing, she has her own blog and also collaborates with a webzine. She’s also a very sociable person and loves spending a lot of time with her friends.

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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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Mattias Verbist

Sales Executive Belgium

Mattias was born in the city of Leuven, in the Flemish part of Belgium. After experiencing a very international childhood and adolescence, living in Singapore and Rome 4 years respectively, he returned to his hometown to obtain a Bachelor in Economics, a Master in Business Economics and a second Master in European Studies at KU Leuven. While at university, Mattias kept himself actively engaged by being part of and leading a student association. As President of the local Erasmus Student Network section, he developed strong presentation and negotiation skills, astute organizational habits and a better interpersonal awareness, all attributes that prove vital in his Sales role today. This, together with his proficient language skills, makes Mattias an ideal candidate to support and maintain the growth of the Belgian market for QRP’s products. In his free time, Mattias likes to travel, jog, try new things and enjoy great Italian food. He also has a great interest in politics, economics and history

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