Madrid, Spain – January 13, 2017 –HENKÔ Experience program, an established and solid program focus on the development of the Soft Skills making leaders, managers and executives better leaders, team members and people, announce the appointment of Juan Freire to HENKÔ’s Advisory Board, effective immediately. Juan Freire will join a distinguished group of advisory board members.
“Nothing pleases me more than to imagine futures, launch projects and organize teams to make these futures happen. We could say that I am a strategist and a leader for open organizations working on permanent innovation” said Juan.
His passion for the ocean led him to become a Marine Biologist, moving on afterwards to develop science for citizens in several areas of research, while working simultaneously on business and activist projects related to environmental conservation and management with fishers in different places around the world. He has been a University lecturer, the leader of a research group in Marine Resources and Fisheries, and the Dean of the Science Faculty.
Juan Freire interests have gradually evolved towards digital culture and innovation. In 2011, he left the University to become the Chief Innovation Officer of the Barrabés group and the co-founder of Barrabés Next, specialized in transformation and innovation of organizations. In 2013 he co-founded mmodulUS, an open source design brand being partner until 2015. He co-founded Teamlabs in 2012. The company focuses on the development of learning labs and experiments and it is member of the international network of entrepreneurial education Mondragon Team Academy.
Currently he is involved in the development of three new companies. In 2015 he co-founded inViable, scientific-creative agency that design technologies for sustainability and collective action. In 2016 he started a new educational project, XTribe, a startup working with a network with a network of universities, companies and civic orgs to transform learning globally through entrepreneurship, technology and critical thinking. Lastly, he is a co-founder of EduCaaS, a digital environment for creative and team-based learning based in free software and microservices.
From 2013 Juan Freire is also an advisor in different projects of the European Cultural Foundation and from 2015 he is part of the Venture Board of Ashoka España. Also he is advisor of the companies The Beta Factor and Henkô Experience. From 2017 he is Director of the Master of Strategic Design of the Istituto Europeo de Design (IED) in Madrid and from 2016 “Profesor Distinguido” of the Escuela de Educación y Humanidades of the Tecnológico de Monterrey (México).
Juan Freire said “HENKÔ Experience is a self-discovery travel, an intelectual reflection about what means to be an entrepreneur”.
Viviana Lopes, co-founder of HENKÔ Experience said “Juan Freire is just the perfect profile to complete an amazing team of advisors. His expertise in education and all the experience with entrepreneurs and projects will bring a undoubted value to this project.”