Language skills

Spanish: native

Italian: bilingual

English: advanced level (British Council), fluent

French: basic spoken; medium read & technical

My Values & Strengths

I enjoy integrating diverse people in a creative and structured way, learning new things and improving everyday, seeking at the same time a balanced life for me and my team.

For the sake of this vision, I count on the cooperation with my team plus my strengths:

  • Proactivity, independence
  • Analytic mind, pragmatism and ability for organization
  • Creativity, open mind, flexibility
  • Communication skills
  • Optimism (yes, even in these times!) and concern about people
  • Commitment with people and organizations
  • Always seeking the excellence, without losing the smile...

What Others Say

Excerpts from endorsements on my LinkedIn profile

  • "Monica is a very good professional, serious, focused, details oriented. It has been a real pleasure working with her." Director of Analysis & Development NH Italy, Claudio Capaccioli
  • "Her presence and her advice have been essential for good results of the project. Monica was able to always give the right answer, knowing how to listen and find the best solution to every problem." Design Hotel Architect, Ermanno Caroppi
  • "She is a complete professional, solid and flexible. With an enormous capacity of work, analysis, dialogue, negociations and results." Former colleague, Ricardo Schulz
  • "Working with Mónica is always a guarantee for the success of the project: she is a talented architect, and a very structured-minded person that manages quicky team and resources for the best results.” Former colleage, María Arce
  • "Mónica was a classmate at the Executive MBA at ESADE. She has a privileged mind and the ability to think out of the box combined with strong analytical skills that allow her to assess a situation and focus on the key areas. Monica is definitely a talented professional." Former classmate at EMBA ESADE, Mar Masulli
To view the full profile with the complete text of the recommendations at LinkedIn, please click here.  

Personal Development & Volunteer

I have completed the Success Coaching program of Success Unlimited Network (2009-10).

Member of ESADE Alumni, I have worked as consultant-volunteer forthe program Alumni Solidario. My role was co-lead the teanm, and we have developed a fundraising plan for a NGO along 2009 and 2010.

In the past, I have been member of Architectos Sin Fronteras (NGO for improving the housing and quartiers in several countries).


I would like to introduce myself through the following words: 

  • Innovation: to focus the creativity in exploring new ways of doing things in order to find better solutions. Being flexible, open minded and ready to learn are the first steps for change.
  • Structure: to be able to analyse, rationalize and manage a big amount of information, in order to increase the value and obtain the highest results.
  • People: to create a good environment for people to work and develope their skills, and being concern about the society we create. As a team leader, I promote a cooperative style for the bests results both in the short and long term.

In addition, global vision has always guided my life and projects.

Work experience

Work experience
Apr 2010 - Present

Founder & Director

The Innova Room

Consulting of Innovation, focused on Hotels and Tourism on a wide range of services, from the lay-out and feasibility studies, up to advisory in operations.

Special attention to the environmental aspects and the sustainability is payed in any phase of the projects. 

At the present, the project is under development and the opening is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2010, yet the blog is available (only in Spanish) at the corporate web site.

Mar 2010 - Present

Council Member

GLG-Gerson Lehrman Group Council Network

Gerson Lehrman Group Councils are networks of consultants from around the world. I take part as an independent consultant into the following Councils: Leisure & Lodging, and Real Estate.

Nov 2005 - Nov 2008

Corporate Projects & R+D Product Manager

NH Hoteles

Multinational of the Hospitality sector specialized in the European urban segment, leader in Spain and Italy, and third in Europe. Presence in 22 countries across Europe, America and Africa. 18000 Employees, €1500M Revenues (2007)

Corporate Project Manager for new international hotels, since the feasibility phase together with the Expansion Department, until their opening. Annual investment managed of €25M. Direction of external and internal teams up to 30 people.

R&D Product Manager focused on improving the functionality and the quality of the product . This mission had two lines of development: optimization of management processes (see chart at the right) and development of innovative business solutions to be more competitive.

Main achievements:

  • Management of new projects in Italy, from the start-up of the Business Unit, to the post Merger & Acquisition phase of two local companies. After that process, NH became the leader in Italy, (a strategic market for leisure and business), growing up from 5 to 68 hotels.
  • Increase of efficiency managing projects through the development of  tools such as: benchmarking, technical specifications for external teams, checklists, reports & newsletters, data base integration, etc. As a consequence, an increasing percentage of time could be used for the creation of knowledge (R&D).
  • New Brand Rooms Project. The Expansion Plan will increase +18000 rooms in 3 years. With this project, the innovative concept was rationalized for a reduction of total costs (€165M less regarding the prototype). Special atention payed to sustainability in the whole supply chain. Awarded as Best Standard Room at the European Hotel Design Awards 2009, organized by the prestigious magazine Sleeper.
  • Creation of a dynamic data base in Google Earth. Precise location and automatically updated status for each hotel (analysis, signed, open or dead).
  • Creation of a new concept for open air gastronomy & relax spaces at Resorts. In collaboration with Marketing and Food & Beverages Departments.
  • Creation of several communication and learning tools, both internal and external.
  • Commercial actions during 2007-08, with the first fees perceived by the Department from external investors and clients to the point of self-financing.
  • Teaching and promotion actions in several forums: internal learning programs, collaborations with universities and professional associations of architects. Sharing knolwedge as a way to promote better hospitality spaces.
Mar 2000 - Oct 2005

Senior Architect & Projects Director

IDOM Internacional

International Consulting, Engineering and Architecture Firm, specialized in complex multidisciplinary projects, leader in Spain. 2500 Employees, €300M Revenues (2007)

IDOM outstands with the Project Management of the Guggenheim (Bilbao)

Director of Architecture & Building Projects, responsible for all the relationships with the clients,  authorities, constructors, external and internal teams. Direction of site works, tender procedures, budget , time & quality control, health & safety control, environmental requirements, changes management,  building permits, reporting to the client and other agents, and all the responsibilities of project management.

The internal responsabilities were: team building, stablishment of tasks, goals and objectives, economical management of project (negotiation of contract with the client, profit margins, turnover and invoicing...), information management, planification and evaluations of results after closing a project.

I held a polivalent and flexible role: project manager (external architect) or senior design architect, (own projects) depending on the project.

Main clients and projects:

  • BBVA, Refurbishment of the Headquarters, Tower at Azca complex (Madrid). Budget €19,5M / 44716 m2.
  • Santander Financial City, Interior Design Project, Boadilla del Monte (Madrid). Budget €22M / 210000 m2.
  • Riofisa-Procam, Conversion of industrial building in lofts (Madrid). Budget €6,3M / 9200 m2.
  • Fundación Museo Jorge Oteiza, Project Management of all phases, Alzuza (Navarra). Budget €6,1M / 8800 m2.
  • Director of the 2nd ACXT Architecture Congress "Architecture, Territory, Landscape", Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid).

I achieved the stablishes goals (in economic, quality and time terms) in all the managed projects, and generated profit for the firm over the stablished objectives (>80% margin).

Jan 1998 - Feb 2000



Multidisciplinary Engineering Group specialised in Wineries in the Rioja Wine Region. Part of LKS Group, one of the most relevant in its field in Spain.

Design and managing of wineries, industrial buildings and others. Coordination of the team, site works, and realization of proposals for the clients.

Oct 1996 - Aug 1997

Junior Architect-Leonardo Da Vinci UE Program

Studio CSPE (Centro Studi Progettazione Edilizia)

Architecture Studio focused on hospitals projects, where they join excellence in design, functionality and technical skills.

I collaborated with the Studio as part of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the European Union. During one year I held a fellowship for working there as a Junior Architect, assisting in several big projects of hospitals.

The experience of living one year in Italy was very fulfilling, and it allowed me to consolidate my Italian.


Jan 2007 - Jul 2008


Executive MBA, with a global approach through the following international modules:

  • "Competitive Strategy", Ashridge Business School, London (UK)
  • "Emerging Economies: Discover India", Indian School of Business, Hyderabad & Mumbay (India)
  • "Leading in a Changing Environment", McCombs School of Business, Austin (Texas, USA)

Final Project: Business Plan of  "NHOME" (reading 'n home), a new brand for NH Hoteles, focused on the extended-stay segment into the European zone. Among Finantial and Marketing Plans, the project included an Expansion Plan until reach a critical size into the chain, and the analysis of the relationships with other products of NH and the competitors.

Oct 2004 - Nov 2005

Postgraduate in Cultural Management

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Final Project: Business Plan of "In Vino Veritas", a start-up in La Rioja famous wine region, whose mission is the promotion of the culture of wine through turistic & leisure activities.

Sep 1990 - Jun 1996


Universidad de Navarra

Final Project: "Experimental Teatre-Studio at Florence".

In Tuscany there is a strong theatre heritage at all levels, and since the 70's lots of experimental trends where born here. The building offers a flexible space for these activities, including rooms for teaching. It is localted in a degraded -but full of potential- zone of the city, along the riverside and at the end of a marvelous promenade.