Fuertes is Senior Advisor at Oxentia, the consultancy division of Oxford University Innovation.
Manuel studied Engineering obtaining a distinction with Honours. He is the recipient of numerous Engineering awards, including the UK Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Mechanical Engineers prize. In 2011 as recognition of his achievements in the field, he was granted the prestigious Oxford University Isis-Saïd fellowship for Technology Transfer.
Since 2003, Fuertes career has been focused on evolving leading science into world-changing businesses. This is why he founded Kiatt, a group of science and technology based companies backed by long-stablished business owners.
He is the head of the investment committee for Biocell Private Investors Club, he holds a place as Chief Investment Officer at HICIX Capital Fund, he sits on the investment Evaluation Board of Fundación Repsol Fund and is often part of the Jury for the Everis Awards for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Manuel for years has formed part of the international design team for the creation of Technology Transfer seed funds, including the first seed fund of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Manuel has spent much of his working life in China. In 2003, while working for Rolls-Royce, he founded his first engineering firm with headquarters in Shanghai. He studied Chinese Language at the University of Shanghai Jiaotong and was one of three people involved in the construction of the Sino-European Technology Exploitation Programme (SETEP), a joint programme between the Research Institute of Tsinghua University and Oxford University Innovation.
Manuel currently advices several family offices, angels and VC funds in Asia on technology investments in Europe as well as Asian corporates on acquiring European technology patents. Furthermore, through ATSIP technology transfer platform, he is in charge of transferring patented commercial technology to China, Japan and Hong Kong from Spain and Latin-American.
Manuel aids in the design and implementation of technology transfer policies at government agencies worldwide and encourage industry groups in adopting technology standards. He has also supported with policymaking at Universidad de Santiago, where he backed the creation of their first seed fund; Sabanci University in Turkey, where he trained Turkish government agencies and Universities; Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, where he coached his campuses principals, to name a few. Manuel has also coached Spanish technology transfer experts at the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).
Manuel has lectured at numerous institutions and Universities worldwide, including, University of Oxford, Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, University of Menéndez Pelayo, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), EGE University in Izmir and Universidad of Cantabria. Fuertes is also an adjunct professor at Instituto de Empresa Business School where he teaches fundraising for Intellectual Property based businesses.