Esmeralda has several years of experience as manager at Boston-based investment firm Commons Capital where she was in charge of screening investment opportunities in a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She earned her MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a B.S. and M.S. in Economics from ULB, Belgium and an executive degree in management from EPFL, during which she developed the concept of Xsensio thanks to an EPFL Innogrant. Her past innovations have been awarded the MIT IDEAS International Technology Award, the MIT IDEAS Graduate Student Award and the Harvard Catalyst Grant.