TRAINERS

Zoe Vassiliou Senior Financial Analyst, Ionian Capital

Zoe is equipped with over 18 years experience in analyzing and valuing listed and non-listed companies in a wide range of business sectors in Greece, while working as an analyst and holding senior management positions – Head of Analysis Department- in various brokerage firms in Greece. She has also served as a member of the Investment Committee at the Hellenic Pension Mutual Fund Management Company. More..

Maria Georgala Career Counselor Skywalker.gr

Maria Georgala has studied Sociology, Business Administration and Journalism in Athens. She successfully completed her master’s degree in Paris at the field of Communication and Information Studies. She possesses the professional certification in Career Consultancy, GCDF offered by the International certification organization NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors).

Maria has extensive experience in the education and the business field specializing in new technologies / Telecommunications. She currently works as a career counselor specializing in entrepreneurship mentoring and she also works as a main speaker in adults’ training seminars. Furthermore she is a children’s book writer.

George Dimopoulos Managing Partner Verallis

George Dimopoulos has experience of more than 10 years in project management for companies such as the Athens Metro, AKTOR, S&B Industrial Minerals, Piscines Ideales. During his professional career he has been distinguished for his performance in cost management issues and negotiated contracts for projects amounting to tens of millions of euros. He has served as a member of specific scientific committees and has lectured on project management and cost efficiency issues at several conferences.

Mr. Dimopoulos holds a degree in Mining Engineering from NTUA and invests a lot of time in lifelong education. In VERALLIS he assumed the position of Managing Partner in May 2007.

Christina Kountourioti Coordinator THE Athens Startup Business Incubator

Christina Kountourioti is an executive at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), experienced in the field of financial administration and the Business Registry, while in early 2014 she joined the team responsible for realizing the project titled ”Establishment of an Incubator for Supporting Startups in the City of Athens”, which is implemented by the ACCI. She is responsible for the development, planning and monitoring of all activities at the Athens Startup Business Incubator (THEA). More..

George Krikelas President & Managing Director Mentoring SA

George Krikelas was born in Athens, Greece in 1965. He studied journalism and worked for 15 years as journalist and editor-in-chief in various Greek Media organizations (Mega Channel TV station, ΑΝΤENNA TV, Flash 9.61 radio).

Since 1995 he was engaged in the planning, incorporation and operation of several companies in services (Mentoring SA and Mentoring Consulting International SRL Romania); media (Knowledge Systems SA and DiGi Press SA); communications (e-Decathlon SA, Magnum-Opus Ltd and F1 Communications Ltd); commerce (MDG Europe SA) and Information Technology (Project On Line SA and Upscale Ltd). He has also served as strategic development consultant for various domestic and international corporations such as Smart Home Hellas (GR), IHG (Australia) and Astrea Consulting (Cyprus). More..

Konstantinos Lafkas Co-founder, Microglobals

Konstantinos Lafkas has a strong presence in the corporate world, serving for more than 20 years in high and C level managerial positions. He has been involved in a wide range of companies, from international multinationals (Shell, Alfa Laval) to Greek multinationals (M.J. Maillis, Sunlight) and from Greek family-owned (BItros SA) to utilities (EPA Attikis). He is experienced in different organizational structures; however, most of his career is with matrix and multicultural organizations.

Antonis Livieratos Consultant, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit, National Technical University of Athens

Dr Antonis Livieratos is a consultant in the fields of business strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. He works as an entrepreneurship consultant at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the National Technical University of Athens and he teaches ‘Strategic Management’ as a an adjunct lecturer at the University of Athens, Department of Economic Sciences. He holds a PhD in ‘Business Strategy and Innovation’ from the University Paris South 11, a Master of Science (DESS) in ‘Management of Innovation and Technology’ from the University Paris Dauphine 9 and an undergraduate degree in ‘Economics’ from the University of Athens, Department of Economic Sciences. In 2013 he wrote a book entitled “Innovation Guide” published by GSVEE (free access on the internet).

Maria Nomikou Programs and Partnerships Manager British Council

Maria Nomikou studied Theater Studies at the University of Athens and attended numerous courses in Greece and abroad. As a member of the Pool of Trainers of the European Youth Forum she cooperated with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the OSCE in Kosovo, Ministries of Education in 3 countries, numerous NGOs in national and European level etc. She has co-authored/edited 5 publications in the field of youth training and non-formal education. At the moment she works at the British Council as Programs and Partnerships Manager in the area of Education and Society.

Panagiotis Economou Consultant STEP

Panagiotis Economou started working in 1996 for CISV International (Newcastle upon Tyne). He came back to Greece in 1997 and worked as an IT Consultant and Project Manager for “01 Pliroforiki”. In 2002 he organized the Public Sector Department for Hitech Consultants. From 2005 till 2008 he worked as a freelancer. In 2008 he founded the consulting firm called “STEP”. He has implemented many projects both in public and private sector. He loves his job and he is certain that he wouldn’t have achieved a lot without his team. He also feels proud for assisting more than 100 companies to finance their investment projects.

Stelios Pigadiotis Founder, scout-global

Stelios Pigadiotis is founder of scout-global (www.scout-global.com), a business consulting firm offering strategic advisory and human capital development. He has previously worked in the strategic consulting sector at Accenture (Boston, New York, USA) in the banking sector (specializing in advisory and mergers & acquisitions) at State Street Bank (Boston, USA), UBS (Thailand) and Marfin Bank (Greece) and in the corporate training sector. He has trained over 4,500 business executives in Greece and abroad. Mr. Pigadiotis has delivered corporate workshops in organizations, such as, the United Nations (The Hague, Netherlands), and multinational companies & small and medium sized enterprises in more than 25 countries including China, USA, Denmark, India, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Iraq, UAE and Lebanon. More..