The board is responsible for the governance and representation of the Foundation, the fulfilment of its goals and the administration and management of its assets.

In addition, the ELLIS Alicante Foundation has a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and a Trustees Committee (TC).

The Scientific Advisory Board is composed of internationally recognized scientists in the areas of research of the ELLIS Alicante Foundation. Their role is to support the research agenda of the ELLIS Alicante Foundation and provide their expert feedback. Typically, the SAB meets once a year.

The Trustees Committee is composed of highly relevant individuals from an institutional, political, professional, business or social perspective. They act as ambassadors to the ELLIS Alicante Foundation with a particular focus on helping the Foundation identify new funding and collaboration opportunities.

Finally, the board may appoint a director of the Foundation, with executive functions. The director will be responsible for the implementation of the Foundation’s vision and mission. Depending on the profile, the director might also be in charge of the scientific leadership of the Foundation or a Scientific Director might be appointed by the board.

Below is the organizational chart of the ELLIS Alicante Foundation.



Bernhard Schölkopf
Board member and President of ELLIS

Bernhard Schölkopf is one of Europe’s top researchers in Artificial Intelligence and represents ELLIS at the European level.

He is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Honorary Professor TU Berlin and co-founder and President of ELLIS. He studied physics, mathematics and philosophy in Tübingen and London, and obtained his doctorate in computer science from the Technical University of Berlin. He has been a researcher at German National Research Center for Computer Science, industrial research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Microsoft Research, and Biowulf Technologie. He was also Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. His research contributions to the machine learning field have received extensive international recognition, including being a Fellow of the ACM, winner of the FBBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2019), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2018), Körber European Science Prize (2019) and the German AI Award (2020).

Christof Beaupoil
President of the Board

Christof Beaupoil is a successful entrepreneur and expert from the IT industry.

He was co-founder of Aspera USU, one of the leading companies in the Software Asset Management sector. Christof received his degree in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University. In 2013, he became president of Aspera’s United States operation in Boston. Since moving to Alicante, he has returned to his engineering roots in the wind energy sector, working on airborne wind energy. Christof is passionate in promoting Alicante as a center for innovation and brings his years of management expertise and professionalism to his work as President of the ELLIS Alicante Foundation.

Elías Fereres Castiel
Board member

Elias Fereres is a world-reknown scientist with extensive expertise in directing research, designing research public policies and brings an extensive experience in government relations.

He has a doctorate in Agronomy Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain and a Ph.D (Ecology) from the University of California, Davis. His professional interests are in agriculture and food production with emphasis on resource use efficiency and the sustainability of water-limited agriculture. Ten years at UC Davis (the last six as lecturer and outreach specialist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources); currently, emeritus Professor at the University of Cordoba, Spain, and researcher, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture-CSIC. He has been President, Scientific Research Council of Spain (CSIC); Secretary of State for Universities and Research of the Government of Spain; Director, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (CSIC, Cordoba); and he is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain of which he has been President in two periods, 1994-2003 and 2011-2019. He has published over 150 articles in refereed, international journals on various aspects of water-limited agricultural systems that have received over 24,500 citations (h=80, GS). He has conducted numerous foreign assignments in more than 30 countries for short term consultancy in an advisory capacity, primarily for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Sara Gomez
Board member

Sara Gomez is an expert on university relations and promotion of diversity in the technology field.

She is a professor and researcher in the areas of structure theory and continuum medium mechanics at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), where she received her Doctorate in Engineering. She was Director of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering from 2000-2004; director of the Industrial Engineering school at the UPM from 2008-2012 and vice-rector of the UPM from 2012-2016. She was General Director for Universities and Superior Artistic Disciplines for the Government of the Region of Madrid in Spain (2019-2020). She is Director of the “Women and Engineering” program at the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. Her work has received several awards, including the 8th of March Award by the Government of the Madrid region for her efforts to help women achieve equal of opportunity than men in Science and Research.

Victoria Carrascosa
Board member

Victoria Carrascosa is an expert in human resources, legal services and compliance.

She is a senior executive with hands-on experience in diverse industries operating over various multinationals, family-owned companies and technological startups. She received a degree in Law and Economics from the Comillas University Pontifical University and an MBA from the IE Business School. She has been HR Director at Saint-Gobain, Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Globeducate and is currently HR Manager at Eckes-Granini. Her expertise include staffing/recruitment, diversity programs, compensation, succession planning, payroll process supervision and workplace compliance.