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Catarina Fernandes

Academic Engagement Manager

With over 10 years of experience working for or with academic institutions, Catarina is well placed as Digital Catapult’s Senior policy and research manager: Academic strategy. Responsible for the design and implementation of Digital Catapult’s Academic Engagement Strategy, she identifies, selects and deploys a wide variety of knowledge exchange, networking and research coordination mechanisms, to build collaborations between Digital Catapult, companies and academic and research organisations. She leads several programmes (including the UKRI Researchers in Residence programme) which create links between academia, industry and government and draws the latest research into solution development.

Catarina has a PhD in Cosmochemistry and previously worked at several universities as Senior Teaching Fellow, Chair of Equality and Inclusion Committee, outreach programmes development, and researcher skills development. She also started a technical consultancy business that gave her valuable insight into the startup and scaleup community.