SPEAKERS

Rania Antonopoulou Alternate Minister for Combating Unemployment

Rania Antonopoulou is an economist with a PhD from the New School for Social Research, USA. Until recently she was consultant to the United Nations on macroeconomic policy and gender equality issues. She has also served as director of the department “Economy, Labor Market and Gender” of the Levy Economics Institute, associate researcher at the INE-GSEE, Economics professor at New York University and a visiting professor at the Shanghai Academy of Science and at Barnard College of Columbia University. She has written books and essays on issues of economy, crisis and gender. She was appointed Alternate Minister for Combating Unemployment by decision of the Prime Minister. Alexis Tsipras on January 27, 2015.

Marco Veremis CEO, Upstream

Marco is Upstream’s CEO and co-founder. Upstream operates one of the largest mobile commerce platforms in the world with over 100 million customers in 42 countries and revenues of $250m. He drives Upstream’s strategic vision and growth into new geographies and products. More..

Maria Vlachou CEO and co-founder, Fereikos

Maria was born in 1980 in Athens, but grew up in Corinth. She studied Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Naples, Italy. She continued her studies in Portuguese Teaching at the University of Porto and Minho Braga in Portugal and she is a PhD candidate at the University of Lisbon. She graduated with merit and speaks 9 languages (Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Dutch). More..

Konstantinos Gerardos CEO, Plaisio

He was born in 1977 in Athens and is a graduate of Athens College. He has a BA in International Business from Eckerd College, USA. He became CEO and vice president of Plaisio in 2012.

Armodios Yannidis Executive Vice-President, VITEX – Yannidis Bros

Armodios was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1972. He studied Business Administration in Athens. He speaks English, German and French.

Since 1995 he held managerial positions in the family owned Yannidis Group which produces decorative paints (Vitex) and waterproofing materials (Hermes) and employs 215 people in Greece, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. Since 2000, he is the Executive Vice President of the Group. More..

Paul Efmorfidis Founder, Coco-Mat

The naked abundance of the Laconian field is my birthplace

I have an everlasting yearning for knowledge but I pride myself only for knowledge that cannot be taught

I am insatiable for new travels, which makes me supremely rich

My wisdom is the price for my mistakes More..

Spyros Theodoropoulos CEO, Chipita

In 1976, Spyros Theodoropoulos started his career with a small family business named Recor SA, producing dairy products.

In 1981, he became the General Manager of Aligel SA, an importing company of confectionery and ice cream products. In 1986 he became the General Manager of Interia, a company producing hazelnut cream with significant export activities. During the same year, he acquired 50% of Chipita, a company producing snacks and in 1989 he acquired the remaining 50%. More..

Stavros Ioannou Senior General Manager, Member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Executive Board Eurobank

Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1961. He has served as Head at Barclays Bank PLC with responsibility in the areas of Retail, Private Banking & Operations. In 2003 he was elected Member of the Board of Directors of Millennium Bank, responsible for Retail, Private Banking & Business Banking. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Eurobank A.D. Belgrade, which he was heading for three years, until 2008, since then he continues to be a Member of the Board of Directors. More..

Apostolos Mangiriadis Journalist / Coordinator, Session III

Apostolos Mangiriadis is a political correspondent for MEGA Channel. He holds a BA in Political Science from Athens University and a Master Degree in International Affairs and Journalism from Columbia University in New York. He works with MEGA since 2005 and is a frequent contributor to magazine publications ΒΗΜΑgazino, HOMME and FORTUNE, where he writes about politics, economics and business stories.

Haris Makryniotis Managing Director, Endeavor Greece

Haris is the Managing Director of Endeavor Greece. Prior to joining Endeavor, Haris spent seven years as a management consultant with McKinsey&Company, serving clients in Greece, UK, France, Germany, Turkey and Cyprus on a range of strategic, organizational and operational topics and with primary focus on public administration, financial institutions and healthcare.

As a senior manager in McKinsey’s office in Athens, he led the landmark growth strategy ‘Greece 10 Years Ahead’, which identifies the growth potential in multiple sectors of the Greek economy.

On a personal basis, Haris has also supported multiple non-profit organizations to face strategic and operational issues that have become severe during the recent crisis years. He has an MSc in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics in UK.

Konstantinos V. Botopoulos Chairman, Hellenic Capital Market Commission

He was born in Athens in 1962. Today, Konstantinos Botopoulos is Chairman of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Board of Supervisors, Member of the ESMA Management Board and Chairman of the ESMA Market Integrity Standing Committee, dealing with cooperation, exchange of information and market surveillance. He is responsible for the whole capital markets legislative package during the Greek Presidency of the European Union (first semester 2014), Chairman of the working group on the benchmark Regulation and one of the two European Regional Committee (ERC) representatives to the IOSCO Board. More..

Panos Τ. Xenokostas Founder and Head, ONEX Technologies Group

Panos T. Xenokostas specializes in Diversified High-Tech Sector investments as the Head of Investment Opportunity Funds in the fields of Aviation, Nanotechnology, ICT, Aquaculture and Shipbuilding companies.

He is the founder and head of ONEX Technologies Group, headquartered in New York, while he maintains strategic partnerships with leading institutional investors for the implementation of investments in markets of South East Europe, Middle East and Africa. More..

Michalis Stangos CEO, MSCOMM, Co-founder, Industry Disruptors-Game Changers

Michalis is a creative entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of MSCOMM, a multi-awarded integrated communications agency. His vision to create an ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship and start-ups focused mainly on their extroversion has lead him two years ago to the establishment of Industry Disruptors – Game Changers (ID-GC). Since 2012 he is the host and coordinator of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Greece and Cyprus. He has also been active in the political arena, serving as a coordinator for the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, for the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection and for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has previously served as a Special Research Fellow of the Ηistorical Archives of the Foreign Ministry and the Institute of International Relations, Panteion University. More..

Konstantinos Sepetas Sales & Marketing Director, Epirotic Bottling Company “VIKOS SA”

Mr. Konstantinos Sepetas is the Sales & Marketing Director of the Epirotic Bottling Industry VIKOS S.A. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Marketing Management from the American College of Greece (Deree College).

His career began at “Prassos O.E.”, a bottling trade company, where he gained a deep and holistic perspective of the market. He then moved to VIKOS S.A. and became the first representative of the second generation that holds a position in the board of directors and his inspiration is to further develop the achievements of the company’s founders.

Costas Fotakis Research and Innovation Deputy Minister

Costas Fotakis has been appointed Research and Innovation Deputy Minister in January 2015. He has been elected President of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas), since 2011. He has also served as Director of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) at FORTH (1997-2013) and he is Professor of Physics at the University of Crete. He has also served as Chairman of the Association of the Presidents of the Research Centers in Greece. Fotakis is the founder of the Laser and Applications Division of FORTH, and since 1990 has been leading the European Laser Facility at FORTH, which is currently part of the EU “LASERLAB-Europe” project, linking 26 major European laser infrastructures. More..

Yannis Charalabidis Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit, University of the Aegean

Yannis Charalabidis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean. In parallel, he serves as Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the University, designing and managing youth entrepreneurship activities, and Head of Information Systems Laboratory, coordinating policy making, research and pilot application projects for governments and enterprises worldwide. He has more than 20 years of experience in designing, implementing, managing and applying complex information systems as project manager, in Greece and Europe. He has been employed for 8 years as executive director in SingularLogic Group for 8 years, leading software development and company expansion in Greece, Eastern Europe, India and the US. More..

Philipp Brinkmann Co-founder and CEO, Travelplanet24/Tripsta

Philipp is half German, half Greek and was born in 1980 close to Munich. After receiving a Diploma in International Business Administration from Munich Business School in 2005, he moved to Greece and co-founded travelplanet24.com with Kristof Keim. Currently he is acting CEO of travelplanet24/ Tripsta, an innovative online travel agency which offers good value and easy to book transportation across 39 countries. More..

Gwen Nguyen Cause Director, Indiegogo

Gwen is a social entrepreneur turned director at Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people fund what matters to them. She leads Indiegogo’s work in social impact and entrepreneurship, building partnerships with and empowering innovators, entrepreneurs, corporations, nonprofits, foundations, and philanthropists. Prior to Indiegogo, Gwen co-founded OneConnect, a Ford Foundation backed crowd funding platform for diasporas to give back to their home countries. Its pioneering platform for the Vietnamese diaspora was acknowledged by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and featured on the LA Times and Forbes Magazine. She is a recipient of the Migration Policy Institute’s Young Innovator Award and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics.

Lene Sjorslev Schulze Business Catalyst 42 Associates

Lene Sjorslev Schulze is a business catalyst at 42 Associates heading up their San Francisco office. She has spent the last 10+ years in Silicon Valley building various programs and initiatives bridging companies of all sizes into the unique innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Most recently, she co-founded and ran SCALEit – a platform accelerating startups’ growth. More..

John Stockdale Coach, Trainer and Leadership Consultant, Stockdale & Associates

An accomplished professional Coach, Trainer and Leadership Consultant, John has spent the last 14 years developing his passion for motivating people and organizations in transforming their perceptions about creating change and achieving success. As a businessman and entrepreneur, he currently holds a dual role as Senior Partner at ‘Stockdale & Associates’ and Head of ‘The Performance Partnership’ in Greece. This enables him to focus most of his time on coaching and training senior executives and companies in Personal Leadership, Peak Performance Achievement, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Corporate Communications. More..

Nava Swersky Sofer President, International Commercialisation Alliance, Founder & Co-chair, NanoIsrael

Nava Swersky Sofer, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, senior executive, innovation & technology commercialization expert with over 20 years of international experience, is recognized as a leader in the fields of innovation, venture capital and technology transfer and is a frequently-invited speaker on these topics. In addition to serving on company boards and international consulting, she is currently President & Founding Board Member of the Toronto-based International Commercialisation Alliance; Founder & Co-Chairperson of NanoIsrael, the international nanotechnology conference exhibition, an adviser to the Israeli government on innovation and international R&D collaborations and an adviser to the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on innovation. More..