Our Team

QRP International has achieved great success due in no small part to the dedication, knowledge and expertise of its staff. In any industry, the people behind a company are as important as the company itself. QRP International is blessed to have such energetic and customer-driven individuals.

Jacobus Groot

Managing Director

Jacobus was born in the Netherlands in 1969. He studied Tourism in Breda and International Management at the University of Maastricht. After his graduation he started a career in Project Management in various telecommunications companies. Being passionate about international management he worked in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany , Cyprus, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Through his various experiences he wanted to improve project management, facilitating change.

In 2003 he started his long time dream to have his own company and founded QRP International which quickly grew to a Pan – European leader in Project Management training and consultancy.

Jacobus loves travelling, speaks Dutch, English ,German, Italian and some French. Wine and good food are his passion which he enjoys in his home town Como in Italy. In his free time he bikes around lake Como and plays Football. Jacobus is married and has 3 children.

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Michelangelo Carbone

Operation & Finance Manager

Freshly graduated into business administration at European School of Economics in Bari, Michelangelo joined QRP in July 2004 as an intern in charge of doing market research for the Italian market, the company was then made of 2 persons: Jacobus and He. QRP activities increased quickly at an international level and he soon became in charge of finance and operation, ensuring that business operations are efficient and effective, planning, scheduling and controlling all QRP services provided worldwide.

As QRP’s senior team members, Michelangelo is a reference and a guide for the whole team, always ready to answer to our (numerous!) questions, with patience and great understanding. Michelangelo is also an expert problem solver. We haven’t met a problem he can’t untangle. A man of few words, when he does speak up, we all listen. But don’t let him fool you. Just under the surface, Michelangelo harbors a wicked sense of humor.
Outside the office, as a father of two sons, Michelangelo keeps pretty busy with his family life and his passion for reading.

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Mathilde Lambert

Sales & Marketing Manager

A graduate from the University School of Management (IAE) of Lille in Business & Managerial Economics, Mathilde joined our team in February 2007 as Country manager for France, where she spent nearly seven years learning the ropes of the training and project management industry. During this period she took care of the French clients, managed the French website, email communications, and online advertising.
She found the data-driven work appealed to her analytical side and since 2014, those versatile skills set has served Mathilde well in her role as Global Sales and Marketing Manager. In addition to serving as sales representative to our international clients, she heads up our team of marketing experts, providing guidance on marketing and editorial plan, as well as creative development for the team.
When not sharing her marketing know-how and sales inputs, Mathilde likes to host friends, eat out, go hike, watch documentary, and spend time with her family spread all over Europe.

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Maarten Dauwe

Business Development Manager Belgium & Luxembourg

After obtaining his Master in Economics from the Ehsal Management School in Brussels, Maarten went to work at Belfius, a bank company, where he was in charge of guiding private clients in their key investment decisions. This extensive experience (>5 years) created a real customer-centric focus in his present business approach and brings an interesting flair to QRP.

Maarten joined us in July 2010 as Business Development Manager in order to create and increase the satisfaction & happiness of the Belgium and Luxembourg customers. Maarten brought to the QRP Team and QRP Clients the perfect combination of clients focus and problem solving spirit as he is PRINCE2 and MSP certified himself.

When he is not working, his hobbies include his family, sports, reading, writing and enjoying Belgium beer with friends.

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Elena Tognoni

Marketing Executive Belgium & Luxembourg

After graduating with an Communication Sciences degree from the University of Milan, Elena spent one year in Philadelphia as au pair. She later joined us in October 2012 as international marketing assistant and immediately made a great addition to the QRP team, Elena is a proactive, efficient and tireless contributor who always welcomes new challenges.

All those competences promoted her to the role of marketing executive for Belgium and Luxembourg, where she focuses on Clients, providing pro-active servicing and information on PPM Best Practices, in order to deliver the highest levels of client satisfaction. She is obsessed with creating brand and product awareness where awesomeness contents thrives.

If she’s not at QRP, Elena is most likely hanging with her ​​four-legged pal Maggie, reading books on gender mainstreaming or cooking vegan plates. Elena is completing her Master in History while also volunteering in a Women’s shelter.

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Melek Bayoudh

Sales Executive Belgium & Luxembourg

Melek obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mediation of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Milan. She then completed her studies with a first-class honours Master in International Relations from the University of Pavia (Italy). During and after her studies, Melek has gained experience in different fields. She had the possibility to work as a teacher in a high school in Italy, as an Academic tutor in Political Science at UNIPV, as an Apple Expert, and as a Deputy Director’s Assistant at KOTRA, a South Korean governmental agency.

All this multifariousness along with her personal skills made her the right person to join QRP International. She is now Sales Executive for Belgium since October 2017 and she manages all contacts along with Maarten Dauwe. Her mindfulness together with the fact of being a polyglot, who speaks almost 6 languages, make her always ready to support effectively people’s expectations in their learning path.

In her spare time, Melek is a very active person and she always keep nourishing her passion for photography, art, writing, sports and yoga.

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