BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Ricardo Garcia

Founder and President
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Ketty Puig

Founder

Pau Gimeno

Executive Vice President

Marc Goldberg

Managing Director | Bioventures Investors
 

LEADERSHIP

 
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Nina Fernandez

Richi Art Fusion Executive Director
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Mercè Feu

Richi Entrepreneurs Operations Director 

Ricardo Garcia

Founder and President
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Pau Gimeno

Executive Vice President
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Ernest Lara

Richi Entrepreneurs Executive Director
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Berta Martí

Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Lia Mashaka

Director of Development
 
 

AMBASSADORS

 
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Alfonso Alarcón

Richi Entrepreneurs Ambassador

Núria Pairó

Richi Innovation Camp Ambassador
 
 
 

Ricardo is a natural-born entrepreneur. Passionate about taking on new challenges and with a background in computer engineering and management and business administration, he sold his first company at the age of 22. This led to the creation and development of various companies, predominantly in the field of technology with a strong bent towards innovation.

His son Richi’s brain tumour diagnosis in 2011 forced him to abandon all his plans and move to Boston to save his life. Thankfully that battle has been won, but the fight continues.

Ricardo discovered the obstacles that existed, as well as the lack of provision and support in this field through his own personal experience, and decided to create the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization established in the US and with links around the world.

Ricardo also sits on the Pediatric Patient Advisory Committee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Ketty is the most caring and loving person in the world. She is known for setting high goals and working hard to achieve them. She co-founded a successful Interior Design company with her husband Ricardo and later was the owner of a lovely restaurant in the Costa Brava region of Catalonia, Spain. Her restaurant was known for being inviting, cozy and always serving delicious food.

Richi was born in 2005, and as with many mothers her priorities changed, and she focused her energy into being a Supermom. When Richi was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in 2011, her priorities changed again, and her Supermom skills went into overdrive. Soon after Richi was cancer free, she founded the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Apart from her work with the foundation, Ketty continues to grow her passion for interior design and will sometimes consult on projects for a near and dear friend. She is a fantastic home chef who loves to entertain and is always happy talking about health, wellness and her journey with Richi.

Pau Gimeno has a background in business and education, starting his professional career in 1989 developing jobs in human resources development consulting companies undertaking functions in the teaching, quality assurance and business development areas. After this first stage and as an entrepreneur, he participates actively in the development of projects related to the development of learning systems and methodologies developed in digital environments.

In 2015, he became part of the Richi Foundation's driving team, in a first stage assuming the leadership of the educational initiatives promoted by the foundation, and in a second more recent, also participating in the strategic lines linked to the fight against childhood cancer.

Pau is passionate about rugby, writing, sailing the seas and sharing with friends such exciting trips as the Richi Foundation ones.

Berta Martí Fuster is a biomedical imaging researcher. She holds a bachelor’s of science in physics and PhD in biomedicine from the University of Barcelona. In 2014, she moved to Boston to conduct a postdoc at MIT and later, a second postdoc at Harvard Medical School.

Berta main role within the Richi Foundation is to guarantee a successful development of the Richi Innovation Camp, from program content development to its correct execution. She is also a mentor at Richi Entrepreneurs and is involved in new strategies to increase the foundation fundraising.

One of her favorite activities is to cook for the people she loves. Her house is always a food feast!

Marc Goldberg is Founder and Member of the Board of Oncokids Biosciences and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bioventures Investors. Prior to joining BioVentures, Marc held the role as President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute. Marc was Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development, CFO, and Treasurer at Safer, Inc., and started his career at Genetics Institute, one of the earliest biotechnology research and development companies.

Marc co-founded and served as founding president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) in 1985, served four terms as President, and was a Director from inception until 1997.

Mercè Feu Marti is an innovation facilitator. She holds a bachelor’s of science in telecommunications engineering and a master’s degree in IT management. She has been a member of founding teams in three different tech-based startups, one of them successfully acquired by a London Stock Exchange AIM-listed company.

Within the Richi Foundation, she is responsible for Richi Entrepreneurs program operations and marketing. She designs and coordinates every detail of the entrepreneurship program, scouts the best startups worldwide and ensures that participating companies have the best experience in Boston.

Mercè enjoys trail running in her home town and open water swimming in the sunny sea coasts. Mix nature and sports and you will find her right there!

Lia Morse Mashaka is a native of New York, who grew up in Los Angeles, studied in Africa and now resides in Barcelona with her husband and two sons. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her background in advertising and marketing began at Marlin Entertainment in New York City. She moved back to Los Angeles and worked with Dailey and Associates as a senior ad executive leading the day-to-day management of advertising campaigns, marketing and PR for a variety of companies including Fortune 500 and global brands.

With a strong sense of service, Lia has always been involved in the non-profit world in one way or another. Whether she was fundraising, event planning or teaching her sons the value of giving back, she has always been involved in philanthropy. She became more focused in supporting pediatric cancer foundations after the birth of her first son, and she has spent many years creating and producing dynamic and engaging events for high profile pediatric cancer foundations such as Pablove and Alex’s Lemonade Stand that helped to raise millions of dollars.

Today, Lia serves as Director of Development for the Richi Foundation and is tasked with creating and implementing its global fundraising plan as well as managing its donor engagement platform and community. She also spends time providing comprehensive global insight and writing content for the foundation.

Her favorite time of year is the summer where most weekends she and her family are out adventuring and making memories!

Ernest Lara holds a bachelor’s of science in telecommunications engineering, a master in project management and an MBA (Esade Business School). Passionate about Open Innovation and entrepreneurship, he has managed a number of global innovation and corporate entrepreneurship programs for large companies and has been a member of founding teams in a technological startup.

Within the Richi Foundation, he leads Richi Entrepreneurs, a program that supports innovative projects, startups and organizations from all over the world by connecting them with Boston’s innovation ecosystem, the main hub for Life Sciences and Cleantech. His main role is developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.

Ernest enjoys long walks with his dog, open water swimming and sports events with friends and family.

Alfonso Alarcon is an active supporter of life science companies in their fundraising and business development activities. He has worked in technology transfer in Austria, Chile, and the United States. Alfonso holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Alfonso has been involved in the Richi Entrepreneurs Boston Immersion Program and the Richi Innovation Camp.

Alfonso enjoys meeting new people in networking events in Boston and visiting his friends around the US and Mexico.

Núria Pairó Castiñeira holds a bachelor’s of science in physics from the University of Barcelona and an MSc in Science Communication from the University of Edinburgh. As a science communicator she has participated in several projects and has written a book "Antimateria. El Reflejo Oscuro de la Materia" that has been published by National Geographic. Núria moved to Boston on 2017 and she is currently working on education.

As ambassador in Boston of the Richi Foundation, Núria helps with the organisation of the Richi Innovation Camp, from program content development to its correct execution.

She has recently become very interested in taking photos and she can't go anywhere without her new camera.

Nina Fernandez Puig is a recent graduated of Fashion Design. She studied in LCI Barcelona - Felicidad Duce Fashion Design School. In July she won the third place award to the best collection of the university.

Two month ago she moved to Boston to join the Richi Foundation. Her role in the organization is to start the new initiative called Richi Art Fusion. This project is committed to conscious cultural empowerment that will be released soon.

Nina is a happy and friendly person who love to spend time with family and friends.