Celia is the Founder and Managing Director of GrantXpert Consulting, a consulting and training company, with expertise in EU funding programmes and start-up development. Since 2009, the company has managed to raise more than 30mln EUR from national and EU funds.
Celia received her BSc in Accounting & Finance with First Class Honours from LSE in 2003 and continued her postgraduate studies (MPhil) in Management Studies at Cambridge University. In 2013 Celia completed her PhD studies at the Management School of the University of Sheffield.
Celia has a specialisation in Entrepreneurship and Management of SMEs, from a practical and an academic perspective. Celia is an authorised trainer from HRDA in areas related to start-ups and innovation, entrepreneurship education, leadership skills, management of SMEs and EU funding programmes. She is also a well-known facilitator and speaker on these topics.
From 2004 until 2020, Celia worked as part-time Lecturer in Business Schools (CIIM, EUC, CIM). Celia is also the Operations Manager of the “Microsoft for Start-ups programme” on behalf of the European University Cyprus.
Celia won the Madame Figaro “Businesswoman of the Year” Award in 2018.