Elli Diakanastasi (MSc, Ph.D. Candidate) is the Network and Operations Manager of the Athens Center for Entrepreneurhsip and Innovation and a founding member of it. She holds a degree in Political Science and History from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, a post-diploma specialization in Business Administration from the Vocational Training Center of AUEB and a Master of Management on Product Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Business School of the University of Antwerp. She has worked as responsible of marketing in the private sector and as a researcher at the Greek Foreign Ministry as also at University of Piraeus. At the moment, she is a researcher at ELTRUN the E-Business Center in AUEB and a PhD candidate in innovation and entrepreneurship at the same university.