Monica Pesce is Managing Director of VVA Brussels, the Economics & Policy unit of VVA Group. She has 20+ years international experience working for private companies and public institutions across a number of different sectors, helping them better define their positioning and marketing strategy, develop business and strategic plans, evaluate policy impact, in particular in economic terms including cost-benefit analysis and market modelling, and R&D programmes, her expertise being in Space, Spectrum, AgriTech and Innovation. She has the responsibility to develop and manage VVA's project portfolio and to successfully lead the Brussels office, including consulting projects with the GSA, the European Space Agency and the European Commission Directorate GROW (now DEFIS), MOVE and CONNECT and clients from the private sector such as regulatory bodies, multinationals and associations.
She is business reviewer of H2020 projects for the Research Executive Agency (REA) focusing on EO and mentors start ups in future emerging technologies within the FET2RIN project.
She is Board Member – as Representative of Associate Members – of EBN, a network of around 160 quality-certified EU|BICs (business and innovation centres) and 100 other organisations that support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs.
She is a graduate in economics of Università degli Studi di Genova and has been the President of the Board of the Professional Women’s Network of Milan for 8 years. The non-profit association aims to support women in their professional growth and career through mentoring programs, networking opportunities, skill building workshops and initiatives linked to the gender quota legislation today effective in Italy.