Soft Skills & Personal Development
Founder of ESA & Director of Carlton CSR - UK
Sharon is Founder of ESA as well as Director of Carlton CSR - UK, Associate Faculty at Cranfield School of Management, Associate Scholar at University of Cumbria, Institute for Sustainability and Leadership, Visiting Lecturer at Murray Edwards College- Cambridge University and Visiting Research Fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business.
Before embarking on a teaching and research career, Sharon worked for 15 years in global commerce in senior roles in the electronic component sector, developing international business through global distribution and supply chains.
Co-Founder & CEO @ Effect
Sotiris Baratsas is an award-winning social entrepreneur in the fields of Education and Youth Employment. He is the CEO & co-founder of Effect, helping young people in Greece become more employable and enter the job market. He was worked in various Marketing Roles and has an extensive Digital Marketing experience in startups (Effect), SMEs (easyseminars.gr), local and global NGOs (AIESEC) and large multinational companies (Coca-Cola HBC).
In the last 4 years, he has trained more than 2200 students, entrepreneurs and professionals in Creativity, Design Thinking, Marketing, Public Speaking and Career Planning. He has been awarded many times for his work in Effect and Success Academy, winning the Social Impact Award 2015, the Angelopoulos CGIU Fellowship 2016 and a Silver HR Award 2016. He is also a member of Nissan Generation N, the winner of Coca-Cola’s Innovation Day 2015 and an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the USA State Department.
Co-Founder of Ethelon
Kostapanos Miliaressis is a young professional who is characterised by his passion for volunteering, events & projects and entrepreneurship. He is enthusiastic and multipotentialite, addicted to innovative ideas and traveling with a backpack on his shoulders. Having grown and matured by AIESEC and TEDx Events along with his degree in Business Administration from AUEB, Kostapanos aims to utilize his creativity and perseverance in order to change the world for the better. He is currently General Manager and Co-founder of ethelon an organization promoting volunteering in the Greek society and creating the adequate framework for cooperation between volunteers, NGOs and companies, aiming for a more active and equal society. Through his work in ethelon, he has received international recognition from the Ashoka Foundation as a Global Changemaker and recognised in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, in the category of Social Entrepreneurs.
Introduction in Web & App Development
Data Scientist @ ML|mind Software Development
Efthymia is a Production and Management Engineer who is currently pursuing a Data Science career. She is working as a freelancer for the ML|mind Software Development team. Her current interests revolve around Data Science including Marketing Forecast, Digital Marketing data acquisition and preprocess, product success forecasting and Social Media Marketing. Her latest work is dedicated to Digital Marketing and product success forecasting. Efthymia will be instructing the Machine Learning workshop with Nick and she will show and describe how machine learning can relate to Marketing and product success through a Data Science approach.
Co-Founder of ML|mind Software Development
Nick is an Electrical and Computer Engineer who gained interest on Artificial Intelligence and its applications 3 years ago. His current interests are Machine Learning algorithms, applications on big data using neural network models and parallel processing optimization.
Being the co-founder of the ML|mind software development team his skillset has expanded to statistical analysis, data wrangling, data preprocessing and learning algorithm optimization.
Beside his academic and professional interest in AI, over the last year Nick has also taken interest in passing on his knowledge to all those interested
in entering and advancing in this great and upcoming industry through workshops instructed by his Software Development team in Athens. His latest work is dedicated on Business Intelligence and Sentiment Analysis. You can also check his work on Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence on his github.
Co Founder of Mindspace, Web Designer
Dimitris is studying Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. He is a founding member of two well-known student-run organizations in Greece that have to do with innovation and entrepreneurship, Thinkbiz and Mindspace. In his last year at Mindspace, he served as a Chairman. He has developed two web apps and several smaller projects as a web designer since 2012. He was also an instructor in several web-design workshops that moreover than 80 people have participated. More than everything else he loves sharing his know-how on building awesome web projects and organizations.
CTO @ Cretan Astronaut team
Alexandros (Alex) Poupakis is an Electrical & Computer Engineer student in the University of Crete, has six years computer programming and electronics experience and distinctions in the Panhellenic Informatics Contest. He has designed, programmed and implemented various projects, individually or as part of a team, such as an Electromagnetic Accelerator (2013), Investigation of efficiency of solar panels as a function of inclination, etc. Currently, he is conducting funded research on Artificial Intelligence and takes part in YEC’s Cretan Astronaut team, aiming to launch an innovative meteorological balloon.
Co-Founder & Head of Android Development at Infashion
Konstantinos is a passionate Android Developer. He is working on Android platform since 2010 and he holds a Bachelor degree in Digital Systems from the University of Piraeus. Konstantinos has completed various complex projects, both self employed and for clients. In the last year, he is Head of Android Development and Co-founder in Infashion app team.
Founder & CEO @ Butterfly Stories
Intelligence Tech Lead @ Moonshot Lab
Panayotis is the Intelligence Tech lead of the X-Lab for Moonshot Lab. He coordinates all the creative+tech activities of the Lab and focuses on implementing radical solutions using existing advanced technology. He is a Google Developer Expert in Product Design, with a strong background in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
Head of Digital Services @ OPAP
Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Politics
Intelligence Tech Lead @ Moonshot Lab
Yiannis Troulis is the CEO of the specialized consulting firm TTMI Business Consulting Ltd.
He worked with Intermas Consulting Ltd for 10 years, after his return from Canada in 2000, being involved in technology marketing projects in Greece and Black Sea countries.
He is involved in regional development projects, SME innovation endeavours and business development support services such as industrial marketing, business plans, international marketing and trade. For the last four years he was Management Consultant with Chania Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Previously, he acquired sixteen years of entrepreneurial experience in Canada as founder, owner and general manager of international trade of foodstuffs and packaging/distribution companies.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Finance & a minor in International Business from Concordia University, Canada. He also holds an MBA from Open University of Cyprus.
Co-Founder of Youth Entrepreneurship Club
Thanos runs his own UK based company iprovidenow the last 5 years. He is the CEO and Founder of Supermarketnow and Deliverynow as well as the Co-Founder and President of Youth Entrepreneurship Club. He has over 10 years professional experience as he started developing his entrepreneurial spirit from the age of fifteen. He has devoted his time to the idea of sharing his expertise, even failures and his main goal is to give support and incentive to aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into business.
Founder @ The Healing Tree
Despoina Limniotaki is a Psychologist and Founder of the social, co-operative business. The Healing Tree addressing the need to end the stigma against mental health problems, helping to improve the services, to raise understanding and gather help around those who need information and support.
She holds an MSc from the University of Kent in Group Processes and Intergoup Relations and holds her own private practice as a counselor in collaboration with organisations of the public and private sector. She also works as a career counselor, providing guidance and services to students in support of their internships in the local businesses of Iraklion, Crete. She has worked with thematic groups on the topics of stereotypes and racism with a view to developing programmes for socially vulnerable populations. She is a devoted volunteer in help of the people who find refuge in Greece and works as an instructor for civil protection groups, teaching skills and techniques for psychological first aid in cases of disaster. She is also an activist against human trafficking.
She co- started the Greek chapter of the ALDE party Gender Equality Network, supporting and empowering women and promoting women’s participation in positions of political responsibility in national and European level. Despoina is a member of the Steering Committee of the political party Liberal Alliance.
Human resources management
Founder & Managing Director @ Pegneon
Born in Athens. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Kent, obtaining her Bsc in European Social Psychology, focusing on the development and guidance of human resources in multinational companies.
Her professional career began in 2007, in Madrid, in the multinational company Indra (www.indracompany.com) with a presence in 90 countries, responsible for the Managing Partners recruiting needs. In 2012 she came back to Greece, focusing on the recruiting of IT professionals. In 2014 Pegneon was created. Pegneon focuses on the creation and development of educational games for companies (B2B). Today Mrs Antonopoulou has successfully collaborated with multinational companies such as AIA, Delhaize Group and CQS among others, and is currently working in new projects for the Pakistan Market.
What is more, articles of Mrs. Antonopoulou have been published in FORTUNE GREECE magazine, addressing topics such as “Serious Games and Gamefication. The difference” “Welcoming Generation Z in the corporate arena; What you need to know" etc. These past few years she has been involved in volunteering by participating in the Athens Classic Marathon (42km) for 5 years in a row, as well as the respective ones in Paris and Madrid.
She is a novice triathlon athlete. She speaks fluently 4 languages, Greek, English, Spanish and french.
Co-Founder @ Enaleia
My name is George Tsolis and I am Co-founder of Enaleia. I am a Bsc Student in the Agricultural University of Athens.In the past i have done trainings and talks about Youth and Social entrepreneurship. I have also taken part to organising events in national and international level .
Co-Founder @ Code.Hub
Mr. Vasileios L. Velkos is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with specialization in Human Resource Management from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and Systemic Researcher in Programming from the University of Piraeus.
His work experience began with the preparation of the Olympic Games in 2002 for the recruitment and training of staff on behalf of the Public Authorities and the Municipality of Athens. For more than 6 years, he held the position of Personnel Manager in multinational companies with offices across Europe.
Mr. Velkos’ experience in recruiting quality personnel is more than 12 years, and during the last 7 years, he specializes in the field of Information Technology with great respect to the moto “The right person for the right position”.
He has managed more than 27,000 IT candidates and has set up staff search services for large multinational companies. He holds the position of Job Consultant, with the aim to direct new candidates to what better suits their qualifications.
For more than 4 years, worked as Recruitment & Career Services Manager, he has set up a very successful and organized business unit for searching the best candidates for Information Technology positions with a team of more than 8 people.
He also organizes numerous events for candidates who want to make the next step in their career.
Starting Your Own Business
Member of KEMEL
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 freelance 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 startups 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 through 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.
Network and Operations Manager @ ACEin
Elli Diakanastasi (MSc, Phd. Candidate) is the Network and Operations Manager of the Athens Center for Entrepreneurhsip and Innovation and also Associate at the Uni.fund. 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.
Scientific Partner @ Technical Chamber of Greece
Dr. Charalampos I. Litos was born in Athens in 1974 and holds a professional diploma in Production Engineering & Management (1997) from the relevant school of the Technical University of Crete and a Msc degree in Organizational Management from the same school. He holds a Phd degree in Experimental Evaluation of Executive’s Managerial and Emotional Intelligence Skills (2004) from the Technical University of Crete.
His scientific work has been presented and published through international scientific journals, conferences and workshops. His participation in numerous European and International research programs, as main researcher, had to deal with modern business development, human resources management, emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship. He is Adjunct Professor in Human Resources Management and Project Management in the Production Engineering and Management School of the Technical University of Crete since 2004, and also in the Hellenic Open University since 2013.
For more than 10 years he has a scientific partnership under labour contract with the Technical Chamber of Greece and recently (since 2014) with the Organization for the Development of Crete and the Municipality of Chania.
His thematic areas of survey and study in Management involve Emotional Intelligence factors in Human Resources Management and Entrepreneurship, Business Excellence Models and Business Process Reengineering. He is co-author of the book “Supply Chain Management” Kritiki Publication S.A. (2007). He received the Best Paper Award by an independent panel of judges for his paper “A Business Excellence Model for the Hotels Sector in Greece” from ABAS (Academy for Business and Administrative Studies – USA, 2006). He also received the Special Internal Postgraduate Scholar from the Production Engineering and Management School, Technical University of Crete (2000-2003). He is member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Hellenic management Association. He is vice president of Chania Beach Volleyball Club and winner of numerous national and international beach volleyball championships.
Founder & CEO of Pitchstor
Rosemary is the Founder & CEO of Pitchstor, a FinTech company focusing on business and consumer financing. The last years, she is shaping FinTech's future and she has been awarded in Greece, Europe and US for her major contribution in the digital financing services. She has achieved major awards from Barclays in New York, the National Bank of Greece and the Embassy of Israel, while she has won multiple startup competitions. During her professional career, has worked for one the biggest global multinational company, Deloitte, consulting Banks across European and Balkan region. Born and raised in Athens, Rosemary graduated from the University of Athens with a BA in Economics and Finance and she holds a MBA with major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and participating in sports. Rosemary is a talented athlete who has won 5 gold medals in TAEKWONDO and also part of the Greek National Team.