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Alvaro Botija

IT Consultant and Data Analyst


16 years of international experience in multicultural environments, dealing with IT related issues, from system administration to data analysis and physical security infrastructures. Also, a successful novelist with an Amazon bestselling thriller.

Work experience


Technical Security Expert - IT

European Parliament
Assistant in charge of IT in the Technical Security Unit of the European Parliament. - Design and implementation of the IT infrastructure of the European Parliament security unit. - Supervision of subcontractors and local team. - Coordination with other security and IT teams. - Monitoring of equipment performance. - Technical advise. - Data Mining Analyst.


Delegation of the European Union-Russia

Regional IT Officer. ICT Expert for the Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan:. Operational IT management.. Budget initiating and financial agent.(ABAC). Tender preparation and management of subcontracted IT activities. IT training and coaching. IT support in the field of service management. Network administration. Supervision of networks and telecommunications, computer security. Database management. Intrasite development.


It Consultant

IT Consultant at (2 years) Member of a team of consultants in charge of the migration and implementation of IT systems of the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade offices around the world:-IT consulting.-Implementation and migration of IT Systems for the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade offices.-Training and coaching of users and network administrators.
Jan 2002Jan 2004

System Administrator

Spanish Embassy
System Administrator at Trade Office (2 years 1 month) In charge of the IT and telecommunication systems of the Spanish Commercial Office in Moscow:-Network administration-IT Contracts.-Training of users.-Technical support.-Software development.-Database development.
Jan 2002Jan 2004

System Administrator

Spanish Embassy
System Administrator at Trade Office (2 years 1 month) In charge of the IT and telecommunication systems of the Spanish Commercial Office in Moscow:-Network administration-IT Contracts.-Training of users.-Technical support.-Software development.-Database development.
Feb 1998Jul 1998

IT Auditor-Programmer


IT auditor-programmer at (6 months) ISO 9000 audit.-Internal software development Skills & Expertise System Administration ITIL Security Management Windows Server English Security Machine Learning Strategic Planning Linux Cryptography


Mar 2016May 2016

Machine Learning - Classification

COURSERA - University of Washington

In this course, you will create classifiers that provide state-of-the-art performance on a variety of tasks. You will become familiar with the most successful techniques, which are most widely used in practice, including logistic regression, decision trees and boosting. In addition, you will be able to design and implement the underlying algorithms that can learn these models at scale, using stochastic gradient ascent. You will implement these technique on real-world, large-scale machine learning tasks. You will also address significant tasks you will face in real-world applications of ML, including handling missing data and measuring precision and recall to evaluate a classifier. This course is hands-on, action-packed, and full of visualizations and illustrations of how these techniques will behave on real data. We've also included optional content in every module, covering advanced topics for those who want to go even deeper!

Instructors: Carlos Guestrin and Emily Fox

Jan 2016Feb 2016

Machine Learning Foundations: A Case Study Approach

COURSERA - University of Washington

In this course, you will get hands-on experience with machine learning from a series of practical case-studies. At the end of the first course you will have studied how to predict house prices based on house-level features, analyze sentiment from user reviews, retrieve documents of interest, recommend products, and search for images. Through hands-on practice with these use cases, you will be able to apply machine learning methods in a wide range of domains. This first course treats the machine learning method as a black box. Using this abstraction, you will focus on understanding tasks of interest, matching these tasks to machine learning tools, and assessing the quality of the output.

Jan 2016Feb 2016

Machine Learning - Regression

COURSERA - University of Washington

In this course, you will explore regularized linear regression models for the task of prediction and feature selection. You will be able to handle very large sets of features and select between models of various complexity. You will also analyze the impact of aspects of your data -- such as outliers -- on your selected models and predictions. To fit these models, you will implement optimization algorithms that scale to large datasets.

Instructors: Carlos Guestrin and Emily Fox

Jan 2016Feb 2016

Introduction to Big Data Analytics

COURSERA - University of California, San Diego

In this course you will be guided in basic approaches to querying and exploring data using higher level tools built on top of a Hadoop Platform. You will be walked through query interfaces, environments, and the canonical situations for tools like HBASE, HIVE, Pig, as well as more general tools like Spark-SQL. After this course you will be able to identify the kinds of analysis you can get of big data and how to interpret these results.

Jan 2016Feb 2016

Machine Learning With Big Data

COURSERA - University of California, San Diego

This course will introduce you to open source tools you can use for parallel, distributed and scalable machine learning. After completing this course’s hands-on projects with KNIME and Spark, you will be able to train, evaluate, and validate basic predictive models. You will be able to describe and apply common clustering techniques and classification algorithms.

Jan 2016Feb 2016

Hadoop Platform and Application Framework

COURSERA - University of California, San Diego

With no prior experience, you'll have the opportunity to walk through hands-on examples with Hadoop and Spark frameworks, two of the most common in the industry. You will be comfortable explaining the specific components and basic processes of the Hadoop architecture, software stack, and execution environment. In the assignments you will be guided in how data scientists apply the important concepts and techniques, such as Map-Reduce that are used to solve fundamental problems in big data.

Jan 2016Jan 2016

Introduction to Big Data

COURSERA - University of California, San Diego

This course is for those new to data science and interested in understanding why the Big Data Era has come to be. It is for those who want to become conversant with the terminology and the core concepts behind big data problems, applications, and systems. It is for those who want to start thinking about how Big Data might be useful in their business or career. It provides an introduction to one of the most common frameworks, Hadoop, that has made big data analysis easier and more accessible -- increasing the potential for data to transform our world!

Apr 2014Jun 2014

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

COURSERA - The Pennsylvania State University

This course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level. We will explore what makes spatial information special, how spatial data is created, how spatial analysis is conducted, and how to design maps so that they’re effective at telling the stories we wish to share. To gain experience using this knowledge, we will work with the latest mapping and analysis software to explore geographic problems.

Apr 2014Apr 2014

PM4 - The People Side of Project Management

European Parliament

2 days


Brief revision of Essentials of Project Management and link to people side of projects

Basics Project Leadership and team building concepts

Problem Solving Styles

Exercise on Problem-Solving Styles – identifying the participant's style

Exercise on a project plan first individually and then in selected teams to highlight how problem solving style affects the team. Discussion on how performance could have improved at the aftermath of experiencing the styles.

Effective Project Communications, how to give feedback.

How to resolve conflict

Motivation theory and keeping the project team motivated and engaged

Situational Leadership

Situational leadership workshop – The participants will practice Situational Leadership cases and propose solutions.

Dec 2013Dec 2013

ITIL Intermediate: Operational Support and Analysis (EP)

European Parliament
This ITIL Operational Support and Analysis course is intended
to enable the students of the course to apply OSA practices
in resolution and support of the service management lifecycle
and specifically in the following key ITIL process, role and function areas:
• Event management
• Incident management
• Request fulfilment
• Problem management
• Access management
• Service desk
• Technical management
• IT operations management
• Application management
Nov 2013Nov 2013

Computing for Data Analysis

COURSERA - Johns Hopkins COURSERA - Johns Hopkins University

In this course students learn programming in R, reading data into R, creating data graphics, accessing and installing R packages, writing R functions, debugging, and organizing and commenting R code.

Jun 2013Jun 2013

Linux Administration

European Parliament

You will learn how to : install and setup linux system manage users and access privileges backup system and data setup network and printer interfaces PAM introduction: Pluggable Authentication Modules Process The process. The threads. Priority management. Pseudo-process usage /proc: stat, cpuinfo, ... Backup Backup/archive/compress tools: gzip, zip, tar, dd, cpio System backup, rescue CD creation. Workshop: backup with cpio, archive with tar Printing Printing services, printer installation, driver modification: lpr, cups, printtool, system-config-printer. Scheduling task Tools : at, cron, the crontab file. Others market products: openPBS, fcron IP network Setting up, network interfaces naming/activation, drivers. Configuration servers :dns, dhcp Access servers : routing, firewall, proxy SSH Tools, Windows clients (Putty, WinSCP) Mail: Postfix, pop3, imap4 File servers : nfs, ftp, tftp, http (Apache, installation, setting-up) Samba: Principle. Installation and setting-up. Folders and printers sharing, account management Exploitation Logs files : /var/log/messages X11 Graphical environment. Basic principle. X/windows server, Cygwin

Dec 2012Mar 2013

Machine Learning

COURSERA - Stanford University

This course provides a broad introduction to machine learning, datamining, and statistical pattern recognition. Topics include: (i) Supervised learning (parametric/non-parametric algorithms, support vector machines, kernels, neural networks). (ii) Unsupervised learning (clustering, dimensionality reduction, recommender systems, deep learning). (iii) Best practices in machine learning (bias/variance theory; innovation process in machine learning and AI). The course will also draw from numerous case studies and applications, so that you'll also learn how to apply learning algorithms to building smart robots (perception, control), text understanding (web search, anti-spam), computer vision, medical informatics, audio, database mining, and other areas.

Instructor: Andrew Ng

Feb 2013Feb 2013

MOC 6421B - Windows Server 2008

European Parliament

Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure. (EC)

Dec 2012Dec 2012

Best Practices in PM - Level I

European Parliament

Strategies used during any project need to remain focused on goals, without straying into unnecessary paperwork and unproductive activities. This course provides an in-depth knowledge of best practices in project management, focusing on the application of non-bureaucratic methods that will aid planning, control and delivery. By studying a range of proven management strategies, participants will develop an understanding of what makes projects successful and how to influence key project drivers. Course Content: - Project Planning - Resource Planning, Estimating and Budgeting - Earned value project management - Risk identification and management - Control and execution - Dashboard reporting - Status control - Issue resolution - Project rescue - Stakeholder management - The pitfalls and how to avoid these - Key success drivers.

Oct 2012Dec 2012

Neural Networks for Machine Learning

COURSERA - University of Toronto

The course covered learning techniques for many different types of neural network including deep feed-forward networks, recurrent networks and Boltzmann Machines. It covered recent applications to speech, vision, and language, and used hands-on programming assignments

Instructor: Geoffrey E. Hinton

Nov 2012Nov 2012

MOC 10325 - Windows PowerShell 2.0

European Parliament

MOC 10325 -Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell 2.0 (EC)

Oct 2012Oct 2012

Introduction to Project management

European Parliament

This 2-day course covers the establishment and execution of a project in a structured manner in order to achieve previously defined objectives.
The principal subjects covered during the course are:
• What constitutes a project;
• Feasibility and risks;
• Elements of mastering a project;
• Organising projects and project teams
• Different phases of the project
• Planning
Learning methods:
• Power Point Presentation • Interactive Group Discussions
• Case Study

Mar 2012Mar 2012


COURSERA - Stanford University

This course examined cryptographic primitives in theory and in
deployed protocols. Topics included public-key encryption, digital
signatures, authentication protocols, zero-knowledge and
distributed protocols.

Nov 2011Nov 2011

MOC 6416 - Windows Server 2008

European Parliament

MOC 6416 - Updating Network Infrastructure & Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008

Jul 2009Jul 2009


Prague Film School

Sound Design Workshop

Jan 1994Jan 2001

IT Engineering

Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca en Madrid

Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca en Madrid
- IT engineering.
- Project management.
- Economics and Finances.
- Databases.
- Network administration.
- Software development.


Jan 2009Present

ITIL v3 Foundation

EXIN - European Commission

Jan 2011Present

Zabbix Certified Specialist and Zabbix for Large Environments


Jan 2013Jan 2013

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]


VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]

Feb 2012Feb 2012

Security Coordination and Management - BTEC Level 4

ARC Training International Ltd

Security Risk Management, Risk Measurement, Security Design & Implementation, Introduction to Security Surveying, Physical & Electronic Security, Access Control, Intruder Detection Systems, CCTV & Lighting, Manpower Selection, Leadership & Deployment, Procedures & Emergencies, Information & IT Security, Protection Against Explosive Devices, Protection of At-Risk Personnel, Introduction to Investigations

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Author of "Operación Matrioska", a top selling Amazon thriller, available also in English as  "Operation Matryoshka".