Raffaella Grassi

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Raffaella Grassi

Origami Engineering

Minster House 42 Mincing Ln

London EC3R 7AE United Kingdom


E-mail: rf.grassi@gmail.com


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Professional info​

I have a solid background and I am specialized in MBD (Management and Business Development), Contract Management and long term Marketing Strategies.


I express leadership with focus and ambition, thanks to a vast international experience, with proven solid results on my account within a wide range of industrial solutions, projects and initiatives.


During long term employments I have developed, planned and successfully managed a series of transition operations and acquisitions, where my contribution was significant to the growth of revenue and income for the companies.

Work experience

February 2016 (current)

Senior Partner

Origami Engineering

Business Development Outsourcing and Advanced Engineering for Energy, Aerospace and Industrial solutions

London EC3R 7AE United Kingdom


October 2017 (current)

Financial and Business Development Strategic Advisor, Member of the Board

Thor Power Corp.

High-technology company specializing in the design, development, and marketing of exceptionally efficient electric power systems – patented high-frequency electronics and permanent magnet motors/alternators

Allentown, Pennsylvania USA


July 2013 – September 2015

Interim Vice President Business Development

Chevron Industries

Advanced Energy Engineering, Turn-key solutions, Heat-Management Engineering and relevant system solutions

London  W1B 5TR United Kingdom

  • I worked to bring the same standard to all levels of the Company organization, to consolidate its structure and extend its business in Europe.

November 2011 - December 2014

Senior Vice President Business Development

NTT Carbon Fiber Group

Carbon Fiber production

London W1J 8DJ United Kingdom

  • I implemented a strict excellence strategy, aimed to develop the business using an easy-to-understand concept and complex problem solving activities, by converting analisys, solutions and ideas into long-lasting, logic and reliable strategies.


March 2012 – March 2014

Head of Business Opportunity Evaluation Committee and Member of the Board

NTT Carbon Fiber Group

Carbon Fiber production

London  W1J 8DJ United Kingdom

  • Studied and developed several projects to expand the business of the Group, among which the evaluation of licensee for the carbon fiber production process of NTT and other several proprietary IPRs in different areas, like USA, Russia and Middle East

  • Development of new corporate communication media and advanced corporate information security

  • Development of industrial systems, integrating and interlacing activities in different fields or in different development areas

  • Coordination of educational field activities with the academic world


April 2007 – December 2012

Chief Executive Officer

NTT Aerospace

Aerospace engineering and carbon fiber trading, composites and hi-tech materials

London W1U 6PZ United Kingdom

  • Coordination of activities devoted to Aerospace and Aeronautic developments for advanced engineering and composites

  • Development of third generation technologies to make monolithic materials for aerospace applications


1995 - 2005

Business Development Manager


High-tech textiles for industrial applications


  • Start-up of operation and management of trading activities in several countries, international sales start-up, and relevant management


1998 - 2001

Consultant Project Manager

Tecno Europa Industries

Production of high technology textiles for industrial applications like glass fiber, ceramic fiber, and other technical fibers

Limerick, Ireland

  • Consultancy and coordination of projects


1989 - 1994

MBO & BD Consultant

Intersinetica Progetto KL


Bergamo, Italy

  • MBO (Management and Business Organization) and Business Development Consultant for companies in large distribution, chemical plants, pharmaceutical plants, food processing, textiles, either in Italy and abroad


1985 - 1988

Sales Key Account

Sistemi Bergamo SpA

CAD/CAM/CAE and IT materials and products

Bergamo, Italy

  • Sales of CAD/CAM systems and implementation into textile productions, also organizing the production lines

  • For some companies, I also implemented some marketing activities and quality procedures with the relevant functionality and organizational improvements


1980 - 1986

Export Account Manager

TONGIL Trading Co.

Herbalistic production and relevant trading

Milano, Italy

  • Export Department start-up and opening to European and USA market areas. The turnover of the Company grew of average 28% in two years thanks to the revenue of the export department I started and managed.


Mother Language



Bilingual proficiency



Professional proficiency



Limited professional proficiency



Basic proficiency

  • Good communication skills

  • Management

  • Leadership

  • Strategic planning

  • Project planning

  • Project Management

  • Cross-functional Team Leadership

  • Organizational Development

  • Team Building

  • Business Development

  • Engineering

  • Analysis

  • Start-ups

  • International business

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Transitional management

  • Microsoft Office (complete package)


  • General knowledge of all the currently used softwares necessary for the proper performance of my duties.


Polytechnic of Milan

1979 – 1984

Aeronautic Engineering

▪ Mathematics

▪ Physics

▪ Technical disciplines

▪ Calculation

▪ Design

▪ Mechanics

▪ Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics

▪ Applied Mechanics

▪ Chemistry

▪ Engines and propellants


University of Milan

1984 - 1986

Natural Sciences and Geology

▪ Mathematics

▪ Physics

▪ Chemistry

▪ Mineralogy

▪ Surveys


High School "A. Antonelli" Novara

1973 - 1978

Scientific High School

▪ Science

▪ Latin

▪ Italian literature and History


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