Meet the ikipeople

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Advisor & Executive Partner
Cristina <br/> Herrera

Kon’nichiwa! I’m Cristina Herrera.

I have over 10 years of experience hiring Executive roles internationally, specializing in the search of C-level & Board member profiles. Such in Tech Start-Ups, Scale-up Projects, Innovative Enterprises, Digital Hubs, and more.

I discovered the Ikigai as a purpose in Japan and instantly it became the philosophy at IKIGAI Talent Group.

I love helping other people, especially I love to help companies build and grow their teams and also helping others to discover their own Ikigai.

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Managing Partner
Alexander <br/> Van Vianen

Hey there, I’m Alexander.

I have over 7 years of experience in Tech & Digital recruitment, helping companies hire the best talent based on their culture, values and business strategy.

Extremely focused on specialization and people, understanding their motivations, hobbies, interests and establishing long-term relationships.

I have dedicated myself to connect ideas, people, companies, philosophies, values, strategies, and that is why IKIGAI Talent was born, to understand life as a connection between values, principles, and the way of seeing life between people whom they carry out a common idea.


Business Consultant
Maria </br> Tarela

Aloha, Maria here.

I work as an IT Research Consultant and I specialize in Infrastructure roles.

I am currently managing positions in Cloud, DevOps, QA, among others.

I previously worked in Psychology and Neuroscience so, as you can imagine, I have intellectual curiosity for understanding people’s ways of thinking.

I am highly empathetic and that is why a role in Talent Acquisition suits me.

Your process will be smooth and I will try to understand your real needs.

Let’s talk.


Business Consultant
Pau <br/> Busquets

Hey, I am Pau Busquets!

IT Business Consultant specialized in the search and selection of Software Profiles, in the Backend & Mobile department, with special emphasis on IT & Telecom industries.

I love learning about the latest trends in coding languages, startup environment and chatting and keep in touch with developers!

I am a very intense, positive, and direct person. You’ll hardly see me angry!

Local tip: I’m from Barcelona, from the neighborhood of Gracia. If you want to eat some tapas and a beer, this is your place.


Research Consultant
Júlia <br/> Lluch

Nice to meet you, I’m Julia.

IT Research Consultant specialized in the search and selection of Software with special emphasis on Front-end and Full-stack developers.

I enjoy meeting new people and discover new trends in the Tech Industry.

Those who know me describe me as a hard-working person, energetic, ambitious and empathetic.

I love to travel, meet new people and cultures, and above all, listen to music at all hours. The beach is one of my favorite places in the world.


SEO Specialist

IT Sales & Marketing Research Consultant
Roger <br/> Howroyd

Hi everyone,

I am Roger Howroyd, IT Sales and Marketing Research Consultant at IKIGAI Talent Group.

My expertise is in the search and selection of IT Sales profiles. I manage Account Executive, Account Manager, Customer Success and SDR Roles! I also manage Product and Cybersecurity professionals with special emphasis in Tech companies and scale-up startups.

I’m also in charge of the SEO & SEM strategy of the website, love discovering new trends and applying them in our methodology.

I describe myself as a person with huge ambition, hard-working and empathetic with others.

I love to hear what my team has to say and bring new ideas to the project.


Expansion Lead
Mayra <br/> Caballero

Hi, I’m May.

I’m passionate about helping people shine at their best, I’ll will be your most dedicated advisor.

I have a 6-year track record in matching the right talent with companies, ultimately driving business results.

My area of expertise is finding opportunities in new markets & help Executive teams to build their departments. I love to hear your hiring needs and see If we can help you attract & retain the best talent.

I love to dance and sing to Latin American rhythms 💃

Let’s meet & have a coffe.


International Partner
Giovanna </br> Busetto

Hi, I’m Giovanna.

I consider myself a flexible & open-minded person who enjoys the excitement of new challenges.

I keep developing my professional knowledge through studying & learning and living by the saying that “There are no shortcuts to excellence.

Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time―longer than most people imagine….you’ve got to apply those skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people….

Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it…it’s doing what you love, but not just falling in love – staying in love.”


Research Consultant
Roxana <br/> Daniela

Nice to meet you, I’m Rox.

IT Research Consultant specialized in the search and selection of Software with special emphasis on Back-end and Full-stack developers.

I love talking to people and have interesting conversations about what’s new in the Tech World.

My friends would describe me as a someone who you can rely on and a trusfull person, as well as stubborn and goal orientated. Also, I’m that someone who will laugh at the baddest joke.

Cold weather and hot coffe are my favourite combo.

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If you don't put people at the centre of a recruitment process, both companies and employees lose out.

When hiring, it is vital to focus on people soft skills and not only on professional achievements.

That's why we call ourselves Ikigai (生き甲斐), which is a Japanese term meaning “the reason to live” or “the reason to be”, which is found when you do something you love, that you're good at, that you help the world with, and that you get paid for.

Our methodology is based on finding a match between people's raison d'être and the company's values. Achieving the perfect balance and harmony in company-worker relationships.

Would you like to work with us?

If you're looking for a job opportunity, we help you to refocus your career and bring you closer to your Ikigai.

If you're looking for candidates, we identify their skills and find talent that matches your needs and values.

Write to us!

If you’d like to know more about IKIGAI Talent, have any questions, or would like to collaborate with us, you can send an email to:

You can also book an online appointment through our calendar:

Come and see us!

If you’re more into coffee and conversation at the same table, we’ll be waiting for you at our offices:

Gran Via de Carles III, 94, 8o 3a, 08028 Barcelona

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