Interview partner: Jorge Molina-Martínez. Campus Iberus of International Excellence, Director Office of Brussels and Expert in Regional Innovation (Spain).
He has a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Engineering, a BENg in Agri-Food Industries, a Master's Degree in Project Cycle Planning and Management and post-graduate studies in the promotion and management of international R & D projects. He has worked in the environmental industry , the agri-food industry and the planning and financing of EU projects during the last 15 years. Since 2008 he works as International Liaison Officer and delegate of Campus Iberus in Brussels. Jorge is active in the European policy areas of Research and Innovation, Education and Training, Regional Development, Growth and International Cooperation.
What was your impression of the INNOVACT working meeting in Leticia?
"The INNOVACT work session held last 2-3 November in Leticia (Colombia) has turned out to be a very interesting and successful exchange forum between actors from different fields. The working session put into practice facilitating tools for the joint identification of shared challenges and needs, allowed the exchange of practices and working models between regions and generated the definition of common elements of action for the stimulation of sustainable development in strategic value chains on both sides of the Colombo-Peruvian border.
Without a doubt, it has been a very enriching exercise that contributes to the articulation of future collaborations between local agents, in cooperation with EU actors, within the framework of INNOVACT and other joint actions."
Why would your organisation join INNOVACT as a partner?
"Campus Iberus has been active in Colombia since 2015, where we collaborate closely with different local actors in the areas of education and training, territorial and social development, and international cooperation for development through the transfer of knowledge and innovation, mainly in the areas of areas of agri-food, environment and sustainable development. Our collaborative model, based on aggregation, specialization and internationalization, raises different levels of cooperation: at the multi-regional level; at cross-border level with the south of France; at the European level; internationally and beyond Europe.
In this model of multilevel cooperation, we share challenges and interests similar to those identified in the border areas within the framework of the INNOVACT project. That is why we consider it of great value to collaborate in INNOVACT through the sharing of our cooperative model and experience, as well as our willingness to expand collaborations with more agents from Colombia and other territories in other countries linked to the project, learning in addition from their models."