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Core Team in Portugal

Joao Claro 2  João Claro, National Director,
CMU Portugal Program

João Claro is professor at the Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP), and holds appointments with INESC TEC, where he is Executive Advisor to the Board in the areas of Knowledge Valorization and Technology Transfer and heads the Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit, and with Porto Business School (PBS), where he heads the Entrepreneurship and Innovation academic area. 
Since January 2013, João Claro has been the National Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, an international partnership in Information and Communication Technology between Portuguese universities, research labs and companies, and Carnegie Mellon University. He is also involved in the coordination of the dual degree doctoral program in Engineering and Public Policy, between the Universidade do Porto and Carnegie Mellon University, carried out in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. In recent research projects he has worked with Eni S.p.A, Portucel Florestal, Grupo Simoldes and COTEC Portugal. He was also recently a visiting scholar with the Engineering Systems Division at MIT. In the past decade, he has taught and mentored close to 60 technology commercialization teams from Portuguese universities, research labs and companies, in multiple initiatives with COTEC Portugal, FEUP, INESC TEC, and PBS.
João Claro has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from FEUP (2008), an MSc in Quantitative Methods in Management from PBS (2002), and an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from FEUP (1993). Prior to returning to the University, he was a software engineer and project manager at Edinfor (1994-1998).

Core Team in Pittsburgh and CMU
Tara Branstad, Associate Director,
CMU Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC)

Tara works primarily with CMU faculty in Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Cylab (computer security), and the Tepper School (business). Tara has worked with a variety of licensing models, including traditional commercial, open source, and new company creation. In her capacity as Associate Director of CTTEC, Tara is responsible for overseeing the Enterprise Creation (startup) activities and managing the Gap Fund Program. She also assists the Director with administrative and finance duties. 
Tara came to CMU in October 2005. She began her professional career in technology transfer at the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Technology Management. She then worked at Innovation Works, a seed stage funding and technology-based economic development organization, and as an independent consultant. Tara is married to a serial entrepreneur and has two young children. She received her BA in Biology from the University of Virginia and her MBA/MHA in marketing and health policy and administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dave Mawhinney, Co-Director,  
CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) 
Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Director, i6 Agile Innovation System and Assistant Teaching Professor, Tepper School of Business.
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an Internet content and advertising recommendation engine, which was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site. In 2006, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke’s first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine.
Before mSpoke, Dave was General Partner of PNC Technology Investors. Earlier in his career, he co-founded three successful startup ventures, including Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy), Hawk Medical (acquired by McKesson), and Industry.Net (merged with AT&T Business Network to form Nets, Inc.).  
Dave is an active Board Member at MedSage Technologies (now NewCare Solutions LLC), EZ-FLO Injection Systems, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association (ex-officio, Past President). He is an Advisory Board Member to InnovationWork’s AlphaLab, Pittsburgh Equity Partners, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Project Olympus. Dave also served as Executive-in-Residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, working with healthcare information technology startups.
Dave Mawhinney holds an MBA with Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Suzi Pegg 
Suzi Pegg, Vice President,  
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) 
Suzi Pegg works with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, where she serves as the Vice President of Global Marketing for the PRA.
Suzi markets the Pittsburgh region’s profile as a superior location for business investments for companies from all over the world. She works to attract foreign direct investment into the region and spearheads global marketing efforts when companies from overseas are looking to invest in our region, Suzi serves as a single point of contact and assists them with all of their business needs. As an expert on our region, she helps those international companies take advantage of opportunities for business growth in Pittsburgh.
Through many international initiatives and partners, Suzi and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance have helped Pittsburgh become recognized as a destination of choice for foreign direct investment. Partially thanks to Suzi’s work, Pittsburgh has been recognized as a top “American City of the Future” and is ranked fifth in the nation among large cities for foreign direct investment.