Thanos Balafoutis is an Agricultural Engineer from the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) in 2003, holding an MSc in Agricultural & Environmental Engineering from Cranfield University (2004) and a PhD on agricultural tractors biofuel use from AUA (2012). He has 11 years of research experience on energy systems in agriculture and the last 3 years in precision agricultural technologies. He has participated as main researcher and manager in 21 EU and GSRT funded projects. He is a member of the entrepreneurial and innovation management of research outputs at AUA (Technology Transfer) for over 2 years. He has 36 scientific papers in journal papers and conferences.
Panagiotis Chatzidakis studied Graphic Design and works as an Art & Creative Director, specializing in web & game design, and UI-UX design on mobile apps. He is the Co Founder of 3 companies specializing in digital communication with one of them being Pinnatta, a Greek American mobile startup. He now works as a creative director on a mobile startup called Bubbllz. He has been awarded with the Golden Ermis & EBGE.
Senior Business Consultant.
Former CEO, combines over 40 years’ experience in higher management positions at both Greek and multinational companies.
Expertise: Business Management, Business Strategy and Planning, Business Development, Business Process Improvement, Change Management, Project Management, Marketing Management, Negotiations, HR Consulting, Executive Search.
Being an active member of the business and professional environment is serving as Member in Corporate and Not-for-Profit Organizations including HR Quest/Alexander Hughes and Center of Volunteer Managers of Greece (Κ.Ε.Μ.ΕΛ.)
Main interest: To contribute effectively in Executives placements, to gratuitous assisting Startuppers as Mentor and Small Enterprises with a growth potential as Business Consultant.
Angelos Damoulianos is the founder of botilia.gr, a startup curating the best wines from small Greek Producers. He worked as a project manager for major Software houses and Banks. His studies include Information Technology at the University of Crete and Economics at the University of Piraeus. In recent years he has been leading Umobit sa, a digital house developing demanding web and mobile applications.
Athina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law with Specialization in Labor Law and Labor Relations from Democritus University of Thrace as well as an MSc in International Business and Management from Alba Graduate Business School.
She has also taken a certification in Game Theory Strategy from Yale University.
She has worked as a trainee labor lawyer for the HR Department of Alpha Bank but also has worked as an HR professional in organizations as General Electric and Upstream S.A
The last 2 years is Co-Founder and the Head Of Operations in Owiwi (http://www.owiwi.co.uk/).
Christos holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and Boston University School of Management. During his 15-year career with Canon Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), he held several senior management roles in Western Europe, UK, Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and Greece, at EMEA HQ, National Sales Organisation, Regional Sales Organisation, Representative Office and Global Accounts level; which, earned him a global multi-site, hands-on, general management; B2B & B2C; enterprise services and consumer tech; direct sales, partner sales and alliance sales experience; across 30+ countries. Among other roles, including Management Consultant to well-known companies, Christos engineered and delivered growth for Canon as General Manager/Country Director at Canon Greece, EMEA SMB Channel Manager; Sales Manager, Enterprise Direct Sales at Canon UK; Regional Sales Director, Enterprise Partner Channel, Canon CEE; and EMEA Enterprise Alliances Director, Global Accounts. Christos mentors startups and companies at an international level and relishes opportunities to enable them to deliver a sound strategy and execution for growth and international expansion; to energise others -releasing their positive energy to take any hill, turnaround performance and lead change; across industries, verticals, functions and geographies; with a passion for customer success.
Christina Fili, Ashoka’s Country Representative for Greece. As an entrepreneur, over a 10 year period, she offered innovative solutions to the educational challenges faced by children and teenagers from underprivileged backgrounds. After having worked for several years at a single family office, she committed herself to contributing to the social change in Greece by joining Ashoka.
Michalis graduated from AUEB in 2009 and he joined the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) in 2010. This program teaches entrepreneurship in a global context, where candidates spend a semester at each of the three institutes; EM Lyon Business School (France), Zhejiang University (China), and Babson College (USA).
Determined to follow the entrepreneurial path and passionate about food and technology Michalis founded Forky, a new service that brings you great food in less than 15 minutes.
Apart from entrepreneurship, Michalis is passionate about basketball, Brazilian jiu jitsu and Greek islands.
Andreas Kallis is currently an Advisor to multiple companies (both start-ups and established/mature firms) in software and new media. He sits on the advisory board of the PJ TechCatalyst fund and is a Mentor for Metavallon. He was previously Director for the Southern/Eastern Europe region of Thomson Reuters GRC. Andreas joined GRC from the Markets division of Thomson Reuters where he was VP, Business Development & Strategy EMEA for Reuters Insider. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Andreas worked for Barclays Capital in the investment banking division where he was responsible for managing relationships with corporate debt issuers in Southern Europe. Prior to this, Andreas spent six years working for Euromoney Plc as a Regional Director for their emerging markets information business (ISI). He has also held positions at Macedonia-Thrace Bank in Greece and SPG Media in London. Andreas has an MBA from the London Business School and has also completed studies at the EDHEC business school in France and the Wharton school in the US.
Apostolos Kallis has been working in the ICT space for over 14 years and is currently the Senior Vice President of Member Engagement & Sales for the TM Forum, the world’s largest trade association focused on helping enterprises continuously transform to succeed in the digital economy.
As a member of the Senior Leadership Team Apostolos and his team are responsible for bringing together over 85,000 professionals across 900+ member companies to help them reduce costs and risks, improve business agility and grow their business through a wealth of knowledge, tools, standards, training and practice advice.
Apostolos has worked with clients in Asia, Middle-East, Europe and the Americas and travels extensively to support projects and present at major industry events. He is also an advisor to many technology companies and over the years has worked with numerous companies worldwide (CellVision, Dax, Velocent, Oblicore, Etiya, Velti, Accanto, IST) in an advisory capacity on international expansion, sales and marketing strategy and partnerships. Recently he joined the Advisory Boards of Offerial and PollFish which are both backed by PJ Tech Catalyst and IQBility funding. Apostolos holds a BA International Business from the University of Brighton and an MBA in Telecoms from AUEB.
Yannis Kirimkiridis was born in 1979 in Ioannina, Greece. He has studied International Economics at Athens University of Economics and Business, and has an MBA from AUEB and Rotterdam School of Economics. Yannis has created several startups mainly in the music industry such as Themusicase.com, Otherlap.com and BEAM application. Since 2012 he works as an advisor for startups and medium size companies. Yannis is also co founder of WIDGET, a software development company based in Greece.
Magy Kontou, is the co-Founder and Head of Operations at SimpleApps. It’s a tech startup company that develops mobile apps and offers digital marketing solutions, whose services are awarded in more than eight youth entrepreneurship and innovation contests. During her postgraduate studies she co-founded SimpleApps. She combines a strong engineering background, with her love for UI/UX design and her passion for mobile trends. In SimpleApps she oversees all the creative output of the company across different digital channels. Magy is also a member of Corallia gi-Cluster Governance Council, the biggest gaming cluster in Greece. She is a graduate of Computer Science Department and holds an MSc in Mobile Computing from the University of Hertfordshire (UH), UK.
Founder & CEO
Dimitris Koutsolioutsos is a young entrepreneur who has founded INSTAYACHT and Farmers Republic of Greece, setting new values in the Greek yachting and farmers’ markets.
31 year-old Dimitris Koutsolioutsos is a graduate in economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and has worked at the Ministry of Development and at Folli Follie Group. It was there that he initially got the idea to create Gine Agrotis, an innovative platform where consumers could rent out and actual piece of land which their designated farmer would cultivate for them and they would receive the products at home on a weekly basis. Since 2016 he launched INSTAYACHT and expanded Farmers Republic beyond the Greek borders and into global markets.
Born in Chios in 1955 and studied Economics in University of Piraeus (1972-1978). In 1980 joined P&G Hellas as Associate Manager Financial Analysis and Budget Control. Between Sept 2000 and Aug 2012 was Finance Director in P&G Hellas and a key member of P&G West Europe Finance Leadership Team and Greek Organization Leadership Team. As Finance Director provided leadership to business decision making and led business planning and strategy development and execution. During his career was a trainer in many P&G seminars, speaker in many forums inside and outside of the company with active participation in various CEO and CFO round tables, locally and abroad. Currently, is providing voluntary mentoring, coaching and support to emerging entrepreneurs for a better understanding the business environment and how to create efficient business plans.
Executive Chairman Sirecled Ellas SA
He has 22 years of experience in high level management positions (Country Manager, General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer) with Greek and multinational Groups, some of them listed in the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE). These groups were operating in the sectors of Industrial B2B products (natural gas, cement, petroleum products, chemicals) and fast moving consumer goods (cosmetics, foods and bread products). He has worked in Greece, Italy (8 years) and Nigeria (2 years) and his expertise is mainly the management of distressed companies. Crisis management, restructuring (strategic, operational, financial) and manufacturing are among his professional skills and competencies. He holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bologna, a M.Sc. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and also a Diploma in Management from Henley Management College (UK).
Dr Methodios spent 30-years of his professional career in the business consulting sector.He was the Country Managing Director of Accenture, Greece (1991-2004), General Manager of Ernst & Young/Consulting, Greece (1982-1991), Senior Consultant (Associate) with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, USA (1976-1982). Since 2005 he works as free lunch business consultant, as a real estate investor, and as Board Member of various companies in Greece.
He devotes considerable time as a volunteer in promoting youth entrepreneurship. He supports start-ups as mentor and acts as university lecturer or trainer on various entrepreneurial topics. He is a founding member and Vice-President of the Centre of Volunteer Managers of Greece (KEMEL) and founding member and President of the non-profit organization Friends of the Public Art Gallery of Arta.
During his career he has worked for many companies of various sizes, cultures, and activities in the private and public sector, primarily in the financial sector. The main objective of his work has been the improvement of business performance. The majority of his projects involved the formulation of business strategy and its subsequent execution thru the implementation of new modern operating and management models along with the installation of large-scale IT systems. Key aspects of these strategic projects were high complexity and risk, big and diverse consulting and client teams, long durations, large budgets and substantial change management effort.
He is a Ph.D in public management, holds an MBA in information technology, and a BS in mathematics.
Ioannis Nikolaou is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business, Director of the MSc in Human Resources Management and Academic Director of the University’s Career Office. He carried out his postgraduate studies at the Manchester School of Management, UK and then worked in the private sector in Greece. He teaches courses in Organisational Behaviour / Psychology and Human Resources Management, and has extensive experience in providing consulting services and in-house management training programs. More information: http://about.me/nikolaou.
Zoe Nowak is a food and alternative tourism consultant. She supports destinations promote the local gastronomy in the tourism sector and consults businesses in creating and promoting food and alternative tourism experiences.
She is an Environmental Engineer, MSc, a Regional Economist, she has been trained abroad on business coaching and has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Hellenic Startup Association since 2012.She is a certified international Partnership Broker from the Partnership Brokers Association (the first and only member in Greece).
Giorgos Papagiannakis holds a PhD in Strategic Management (AUEB), a MSc in Finance (University of Strathclyde) and a Bachelor in Business Administration (University of Piraeus). He gives lectures on strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility. He also provides consulting services on issues related to business models and their financial evaluation (with the use of specialized software).
Thomas is currently CTO of TheCityGame, an app that motivates people do one good thing every day. During his career he has lead designed, developed and project managed large scale IT projects being aware of the whole project life cycle. He has participated in 3 startups (2 as a cofounder) and in 2 accelerators in the Netherlands and in Chile
Studies: Miami University (BS in Industrial Engineering), MBA studies, Xavier University.
Working experience: Program Analyst / Supervisor, IBM WTC Detroit and Athens.
Marketing Services Manager, Coca-Cola Export, Athens
General Manager and share holder BBDO Advertising, Athens
Managing Director, President and major share holder, OgilvyOne Athens, 1987 – 2005.
Member of KEMEL since 2010.
Author: “Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing”, and “From Promotion and Direct to CRM.
Ioanna Sapfo Pepelasis is Associate Professor at AUEB. She has co-edited three international volumes on entrepreneurship and has published several articles in prestigious refereed journals. She heads the ‘History of entrepreneurship and the Greek corporate sector’ project at AUEB. She has served on the Council of the European Business History Association and on the Board of Directors of the Greek Centre for Planning and Economic Research.
Alexandros runs the program and manages relationships with mentors, partners and investors.He started his career as a research associate in the National Technical University of Athens and he then moved to Attica Telecom. Attica Telecom developed and operated the first private fiber optic network in Greece, disrupting the local wholesale telecom services market. The company was acquired by HoL in 2006 for 50M euros. He then joined Link S.A., a specialized broadband network developer and telecom equipment distributor serving the largest telecom operators in the region. During his career he has served several operations and business roles. Alexandros has also been involved in various consulting projects of the private and public sector.Alexandros holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering and a Master in Business Administration, both from the National Technical University of Athens.
Helen Salavou is currently an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the the Athens University of Economics and Business. Her main research interests involve innovation, social entrepreneurship and strategy. She is founding member of the Unit of Social Entrepreneurship (http://use.aueb.gr/). Her work has been published in several international journals (~1000 citations) and presented in international conferences. Helen Salavou has authored a Greek monograph titled Innovation and Change (2013) and co-authored the first Greek book on social entrepreneurship (2014).
Aristeidis Souras was born in Athens in 1982. He studied Political Science and Public Administration in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and holds a Master’ s Degree in Marketing & Management form the University of Bradford. From 2008 to 2014, Aristeidis worked at the Marketing & Communications department of Ernst & Young in Greece. Since 2014, he is a key lecturer at the “Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of Developmental Programs” seminars to NGOs executives around Greece, organized by the University of the Peloponnese, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos’ Foundation.
Ilias Sousis is Head of Domestic Market, Agencies and YouTube, covering Greece, Cyprus & Malta. Previously, he served as Senior Business Development Manager for the markets of Southern Europe and Africa, based in Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. In the past, he worked in the field of advertising, while he also founded his own company in clothing. He studied Economics & Business at the Athens University of Economics and Business and he holds a MBA from INSEAD
George G. Spanos basic studies consist by Humanities & Psychology in Greece, Mech. Engineering in Wales, and Int’l Shipping & Logistics in London. His on-going education includes Terrorism & Counterterrorism in Hague, EU Matters in HEC Paris, and Hellenic Studies in a Harvard & MIT Expertise Course.
For more than 20 years, George has been a persistent and dynamic frontline entrepreneur in founding, buying, restructuring, operating and selling shipping & trading companies in Greece, France, China and Colombia.
George is an expert in Cultural and Business Diplomacy and has served as the Honorary General Consul of Colombia in Athens, for seven years, enjoying awards and high distinctions from various Greek and Int’l Authorities & Organisations, i.e. UNESCO. He’s also served as President BOD member in various Cultural Foundations and Clubs, as a personal consultant to various MP’s on Shipping & Cultural issues, and as a candidate himself in 2004 National Elections.
George Spanos is a Mentor to Start-ups and acts as an independent executive consultant to companies and CEOs, in Growth matters, through his multifarious experiences, but also in Sensitive Personal Affairs Management, e.g. Intragroup Fraud through his expertise of integrating emotional intelligence with recognition and analysis of micro-expressions and body language, understanding hidden emotions and detecting lies.
George remains a shareholder in various companies in Greece and NY, as well as a writer and historical researcher bringing to light powerful and inspirational real-life stories. (www.about.me/george.g.spanos – LinkedIn)
Diomidis Spinellis is a Professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece. From 2009 to 2011 he served as the Secretary General for Information Systems at the Greek Ministry of Finance. He is the author of two award-winning books, Code Reading and Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective, as well as more than 200 widely-cited scientific papers. He served for a decade as a member of the IEEE Software editorial board, authoring the regular “Tools of the Trade” column. Dr. Spinellis has written the UMLGraph tool and code that ships with Mac OS X and BSD Unix. He holds an MEng in Software Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science, both from Imperial College London. Dr. Spinellis is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE. From January 2015 he is serving as the Editor-in- Chief for IEEE Software.
Marilena Stathopoulou has a long career experience in FMCG field, with expertise in Category management, where she designed and deployed the strategy for categories development in the retail market. Currently, she activates as a business consultant in developing new ideas into entrepreneurship. She collaborates with the NGO Αέλια, in the mentoring sessions and under the program for developing creatives and has started a collaboration with an artistic space to develop the vision& identity along with organizing artistic projects.
Theodore is currently President & CEO at Hotelgenius, a three times awarded (in less than a year) start-up that specializes in hospitality technology. He has been in the industry since 2001 and he is a restless visionary and creative entrepreneur that seizes for new opportunities and chances to be part of the global community of experts and professionals in the field of tourism and technology.
His unwavering goal is to alter the current landscape of hotel business mentality and practices over the web by creating an innovative technological ecosystem that would allow hotel owners and executives to stand out from the crowd walking on the safe path that his associates and him are constantly developing. All of his efforts aim not only to enhance but to actually transform a hotel’s digital footprint, by becoming the hoteliers’ trusted partner in the e-Commerce business.
However, Theodore’s experience is not confined to the hospitality industry. He is participating as a speaker and consultant in major conferences and events, sharing his experience and insight with hoteliers, e-commerce professionals, entrepreneurs or students that want to follow a similar career. He is very much into helping other professionals discover their way to success and it is this mentality that has led him into consulting.
Artemis Tonikidou (MSc, MBA) is an Economist working as mentor-consultant, especially for small enterprises and startups, in the fields of tutoring, New Product Development and the preparation of business and marketing plans. She holds an MBA from ALBA Graduate Business School and a Masters degree in Economics from AUEB. During the last years she has been working as a business consultant for EkinisiLab of SEV and INNOVATHENS. In the meantime she offers pro-bono services to iforU.
Mr. Vassilis Trapezanoglou is President and Founder of DISC SA – Digital Innovation Services Center, Executive Advisor at Viva Wallet SA. He has studied Mathematics (Salonica), Applied Informatics (Grenoble, France) and post-graduate Regional Development (Panteion, Athens). During his career he has assumed the responsibilities of IT Manager at Oil Refineries (ELPE, Motor Oil) and Xiosbank, of General Manager for Retail Banking, Electronic Banking (Winbank), IT & Organization at Piraeus Bank and of Executive Counsellor at Eurobank (IT and e-Business).
He has served as Chairman and/or CEO of IT and Services companies (LogicDIS, e-Solutions, Business Exchanges, e-Vision, Exodus, Piraeus Direct Services, ABC, Multifin, Sigma Securities). Member of BoD at DEH (2000-2004), Vice-President of TESYP, member of Investment Committee of TANEO and member of Executive Jury for European ICT Prize during 13 years. Member of BoD and President of EPY, the Greek Association of IT Scientists (1997-1986).
He has undertaken several innovative initiatives in the digital area and he is the author of the e-book “Innovation and Technology: The role of ICT for extrovert and customer focused business models” (2010, available at www.think-act.gr) . Since 2011 he supports, as a mentor, evaluator or judge, several initiatives and institutions promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship, such as incubators,accelerators, innovation competitions (Egg of Eurobank/Corallia, ACEin and e-nnovation of Athens University of Business & Economics, Innovathens of Technopolis). He is a member of ICT Steering Committee at General Secretary Research & Technology. Born in Sochos, Salonica (1947).
Panos Tsakos works for Viva Group of Companies since 2001. He is the Chief Marketing Officer in Viva Wallet Holdings, Viva Payments and Viva Online Services. He holds the responsibility for the Group’s corporate image, communication and marketing strategy that the Group implements across the different markets its services / products target.
Isiodos Tsigos is Senior Product Manager at Upstream. He has been in Product Management, Project Management and Operations Management roles since 2004, designing industry-leading products and spearheading teams to several of the largest and most successful projects in mobile marketing. Earlier he worked as a Software Engineer and he is a graduate of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.
Maria Vakola (PhD) is an organisational psychologist and she is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece. Maria has published in academic journals and she is the author of three books. She has delivered many executive courses for companies and she has received many awards for teaching excellence. Maria has received an award for innovation in human resources management from the Hellenic Management Association for the non-profit initiative called job-pairs.gr . You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiros Vossos is an entrepreneurial professional with extensive business experience in the fields of Management Consulting, Cleantech, Efficiency, Sustainability, Green Buildings, Real Estate Development & Construction, Building Materials, Retail, and Strategic Alliances.
During his career he has served in top managerial positions at various international organizations where he developed expertise in the areas of general management, investment management, sales & marketing, retail, project development, sector
re-engineering, start-ups, niche markets, and global business development.
He holds a BSc in Physics from National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and an MSc in Management Engineering from LIU, New York, USA.
Currently, he is Country Director for Greece & Cyprus at ALX Group and Partner at Novel Horizons Consulting.
Irini Voudouris is an Associate Professor at the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business. She has contributed in a number of initiatives aiming to boost entrepreneurship at the national and international level. She has participated in competitive research programs and acted as management consultant and advisor in private and public sector organizations. Her research interests revolve around innovation and entrepreneurship, new ventures’ growth, and sustainable development.
Katerina Voutsina holds a PhD degree in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a MSc. degree in Marketing and Communication from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and a BA degree in Economic Science from AUEB. Her research interests focus on the organizational and socio-economic aspects of technological innovation in global economy. In particular, strategic entrepreneurship, nascent entrepreneurship, new organizational forms, and technological innovation lie at the very gist of her research.
Gregory S. Yovanof, Ph.D. is α Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Athens Information Technology (AIT), and a former Associate Dean of the AIT.
His professional career includes a twenty-year tenure in the high tech industry in the greater Asia-Pacific region, where he has worked at the Research Labs of Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. He has also led the development of several award-winning ICs for the DVD market as a co-founder and executive manager at two start-up companies in Silicon Valley.
Dr. Yovanof has served as member of the Board of Hellas Online. He currently offers strategy consultancy services to a number of start-up companies and clusters of innovations in the ICT, Biotech and Maritime sectors.