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Head of Corporate Partnerships, Faculty of Engineering



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Rebeca is the Head of Corporate Partnerships for the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial, supporting the development of strategic research collaborations between business and Imperial, with a particular emphasis on the cross-departmental Grand Challenges and focused research programmes for the Faculty of Engineering and the Energy Futures Lab.

In addition Rebeca is responsible for growing the reach and quality of the Corporate Partnerships Engineering team’s support toward the academic and research community in the Faculty of Engineering.

She has College-wide relationship management responsibility for a number of Corporate Partners, such as major oil & gas, automotive, mining and engineering firms seeking to maximise joint value across our activities in research, education and translation.

Since joining Imperial, Rebeca has led the establishment of a number of strategic partnerships with Corporate sponsors in a variety of engineering sectors (O&G, Automotive, Mining, Manufacturing etc.) and has supported the opportunity development, negotiation and creation of a number of industry funded research centres across the Faculty of Engineering and industry funded research programmes sponsored by engineering/energy firms such as Shell, CRRC, Petronas, EDF, JLR, MHI and Weir Minerals etc.


Rebeca joined Imperial in October 2012 - having spent eight years in Industry and five years in Academia - working as a Marie Curie Industry Host Research Fellow in Eurofins Scientific Analytics (R&D, Nantes, France) and then leading the Inorganic Mass Spectrometry team at LGC Ltd, UK (former UK’s Laboratory of the Government Chemist) followed by two years at the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO, Barcelona) where she led the establishment of the Energy Research Programme and developed strategic partnerships with industry, securing research funding from both public and private sources. 

Rebeca holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Plymouth.  She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish  and completed formal training on Technology Transfer and Innovation Management at ESADE Business School in 2011.