Juan Manuel is Managing Partner of SD Group (sdgroup.es), a company specialized in business planning, project management and risk management, and the use of these tools to ensure the growth and development of new initiatives. He is also the Chief Executive of CIP Institute (cipinstitute.org), an international non-profit organization that includes +60 professionals from +10 countries exchanging knowledgde in the field of risk and crisis.
Juan Manuel holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and an MSc in Food Engineering from the University of Lleida. Currently he is doing his PhD on "Process optimization based on industrial organization" at the University of La Rioja. His field of specialization is linked to business planning and risk management. He has accreditations as Lead Auditor in Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301:2012), Project Management Professional (PMP®), Senior Health and Safety Technician and EFQM Evaluator.
He started his career as a project manager, which evolved into the field of management and coordination. After 5 years, with responsibility for the management and development of plans worth millions of euro, he decided to direct his career towards business management, with particular focus on risk management and planning. In order to pursue this aim, he enrolled in the IE Business School.
After his MBA, Juan Manuel joined Global Olive Consulting as Strategic Planning Manager, providing services to projects both nationally and internationally. His incorporation coincided with the consolidation of international activity and the development of research projects that allowed the company to establish itself as a worldwide reference, working for major producers.
While developing this activity, he decided to create his own company (SD Group) in order to focus on business and project planning and the management of corporate risks. Since 2010, when the company was established, it has continued growing in the number of projects developed, always with the goal of discovering new methods, ideas and frontiers.
Recently, he has assumed the coordination of the business coaching activities in the main public business incubation program in La Rioja (Spain), where he has developed the planning of the incubation process and is taking care of the incubation evolution.
He has attended numerous specialization courses in various subjects related to business development and improvement. His areas of interest include strategic planning, risk analysis and management, decision making, knowledge management and, as a tool, project management.
Juan Manuel often provides training in both business and project management and risk management. He has been Associate Professor in Universidad de La Rioja.
Currently, he is a founding member of several institutions and associations such as the CIP Institute (a non-profit for the development and exchange of knowledge in the field of risk management and crisis) and the Association of Professional Project Managers (a non–profit to promote professionalism in project management).