José María Zabala Martínez, CEO of ZABALA Innovation Consulting, received the Navarra 2015 Entrepreneur Prize on the 26th of January 2016. The award was granted by The Navarra Entrepreneurs Confederation (CEN) and the ‘Negocios en Navarra’ publication. The presentation took place in Pamplona (Spain) in the presence of the president of the regional government of Navarra, Uxue Barcos and the vice chairman of group OHL Josep Piqué.
José María Zabala explained that this award is a reflection of the teamwork and dedication of the 200 highly experienced good people of Zabala José María added that in all his 30 years as part of this extended Zabala family, he has been able to forge strong and lasting friendships out of all his work with clients, partners and suppliers alike, which he prides himself and his team on.
About José Mª: José María Zabala (Oteiza, 1947) obtained his PHD in Applied Natural Science from the Catholic University of Leuven ( Belgium). As a Reasearch & Development director in Mepamsa ( a catalytic stoves manufacturer), he developed in 1976 a innovative catalytic tool aimed for export. Five years later, José Mari Zabala joined the Navarre Government Department of Industry. He was in charge of regional initiatives to foster R&D and contributed to the first R&I funding guide published in the decree of 1982. In 1986, he launched jointly with his wife, Lia Versteeg, his consulting Company from his front living room and started of byhelping local companies in need of innovation management.
One of the best early successes of the firm was and still remains the European projects department which has led to the establishment of multiple Zabala offices strategically placed across Spain as well as in Belgium and the UK as part of the firm’s drive towards internationalisation. Zabala now assists many international corporations in the preparation and management of their R&D+I strategies and their management to meet their needs, and help them broaden their activities where needed, including in areas such as social innovation while looking to help them reach strategic positioning in Europe.
About Zabala - With more than 1,500 clients including private enterprises, research institutions and public entities, Zabala Innovation Consulting brings together 200 experienced consultants located internationally. Zabala specialises in assisting clients with access to grant funding from a number of public authorities. The firm also assists with tax incentives in and across multiple jurisdictions.