Dr Panayotis Alexakis, Director of the Center for Financial Studies, Faculty of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is Professor of Business Economics and Markets at the Faculty of Economics, Department of Business Economics and Finance, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is a scholar of the "Alexander S. Onassis" Public Benefit Foundation. He has also taught at the Department of Business Administration of the University of the Aegean, at the Hellenic and the Cypriot Open University, in postgraduate business programs and in business seminars. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Greece, for companies and organizations as a consultant or executive and has held various management posts in companies of the financial and non-financial sector. He has been chairman and CEO at the Athens Derivatives Exchange 1998-2004 and the Athens Stock Exchange 2000-2004 and member of the BoD of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, 2000 – 2004.He has participated in scientific conferences and has published articles in scientific journals.



Irit Ben-Abba, Ambassador of Israel in Greece, holds an MBA from the Hebrew University (2003-2005), and has graduated with honors from the same University, majoring in East Asian Studies and in English Linguistics (1979-1982). Ben-Abba joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983 after completing her military service (1976-1978).

She has served as a second secretary in various departments of the Ministry (1985-1986), she was a Consul of Israel in Hong Kong (1986-1989), first S ecretary of China Desk at A sia Division (1989-1993), Counsellor of East Asia Division, Asia Department (1993-1994) and DCM of the embassy of Israel in China (1994-1996).

Ben-Abba has also served as Director of the South and Southeast Asia Division of Asia Department (1996-2000), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of the Philippines (2000-2003), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYROM (2004-2006). From August 2006 to September of 2007 she was Head of the Middle Eastern Economic Affairs Bureau, of Economic Affairs Division, and she was dealing mainly with Economic and Humanitarian relations with the Palestinians.

Ben-Abba was Head of the Middle Eastern Economic Affairs Bureau, of Economic Affairs Division dealing mainly with Economic and Humanitarian relations with the Palestinians from September of 2007 to August of 2014. She was honored in 1993 by the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Prize of Excellence and in 2003 by the President of the Philippines with the Prize for the of Best Ambassador (Order of Sikatuna).

Ben-Abba speaks four languages Hebrew, English, Italian and Chinese (partial) and she has one son Avner Ben-Abba.



Despina Adamidou, technology transfer consultant at FORTH/PRAXI Network, holds a bachelor degree in Material Science and Technology from the University of Crete and an MBA in Total Quality Management from the University of Piraeus. She is providing technology transfer and business support services to both SMEs and Academia. She handles the technical implementation of National and European projects dealing with research collaborations, exploitation of research results, support to SMEs and promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining PRAXI Network, she had worked as a research assistant at the Ultrashort Nonlinear Laser Interactions and Sources Laboratory of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, FORTH.



Constantinos Angelopoulos, Head of Investment Portfolio Department of Enterprise Greece, he holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an M.Sc. in Operational Research from the London School of Economics (LSE). During the last eleven years, he has been designing, assessing, promoting and supporting investments and investment policies. He has gained significant experience as policy advisor and business facilitator working for both the public and the private sectors. As the Head of Investment Portfolio Department of Enterprise Greece (former Invest in Greece Agency), he has been promoting investment projects and business plans to many companies in Europe, US, Asia, Australia and Middle East. He has been serving as Member of Board of Directors of companies and public authorities.

He is also offering lectures in the Greek National School of Public Administration, mentoring Greek start-ups and he has published articles and studies in the Greek press.



Stelios Bollanos, Managing Director of Planetek Hellas, one of the most innovative Greek SMEs and member of the si-Cluster Steering Board. In 2005 he returned from Italy to Greece and co-founded Planetek Hellas. Since then he managed different projects for the company in the Earth Observation and Geomatic field, funded by the European Space Agency and the 7th European Framework Program for Research. He has matured experiences in the technology domain of Satellite Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Space Astronomy Data Management, On Board and Ground Segment Space Software. His key areas of expertise are Company methodologies and standards (project quality assurance, system testing, data quality testing). He has very good knowledge of the European Space Market and very good knowledge of the Greek domestic demand for EO applications.He is also Board Member of the Hellenic Association of Space Industries, responsible for the extroversion and internalization (Since June 2012), Board Member of the Panel for the European Association of Space SME SME4SPACE (Since December 2013), National Delegate of Greece at the COPERNICUS User Forum (Since June 2014).



Arthur Davidyan, CEO of Dimera Group, was born in Russia, initially graduating in Finance and later receiving his PhD also in Finance. He went on to receive his MBA from the University of Oxford. Before moving to Greece, he worked in a variety of roles within market leading companies in the FMCG and IT sectors in Russia, most recently as the CEO of TAVR GROUP, part of the International Business Group of Ivan Savvidis and Russia’s 6th largest meat products producer, with more than €225 million annual revenue and 2.700 employees, where he achieved record growth figures. He moved to Greece in 2014 in order to assume the position of CEO of Dimera Group, also part of Ivan Savvidis’ Business Group. Dimera Group is the management company for the investment activities in Greece and the Balkans, which focus on the Infrastructure, Hospitality and Food Production Industries. The Group’s major assets are Makedonia Palace, Xenia Paliouri Hotel development, the SEKAP factory and PAOK FC.



Yigal Erlich, Founder and managing partner of the Yozma Group, a venture capital company in Israel, holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Chemistry as well as an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mr. Erlich is considered as the founding father of the Israeli venture capital industry and one of the most prominent figures in the Israel hightech arena. At the beginning of the 1990s, Mr. Erlich established Yozma, which was the first VC fund, sponsored by the government of Israel. Following its privatization in 1997, Yozma joined forces with the Ofer Group to establish Yozma II and Yozma III. The group managed over US $ 220 million and has invested in over 45 Portfolio companies.

Between 1984 and 1992, Mr. Erlich served as the Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. In 1991 Mr. Erlich started the Technology Incubator Program that led to the creation of 24 Incubation Centers throughout Israel, as well as international R&D agreements and other programs. Mr. Erlich was the deputy chairman of the National R&D Council of Israel and former Chairman of Matimop, Israeli Industry Center for R&D, and the former Chairman of the Israel Venture Association.

Mr. Erlich serves as a board member in several high tech companies as well as on Hadasit – the TTC of Hadasa hospital in Jerusalem. He was also a board member of the Russian Venture Company (RVC), which is a $1bil government Fund of Funds and the chairman of the Canadian international Private-Public-Forum.



Christina Faitakis, is a K&P partner since 2000. She holds an LL.B. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she has worked as a consultant with the European Investment Bank. She has extensive experience and expertise in all fields of energy (oil, natural gas, renewable energy), banking, financing and commercial law. She specialises in project financing and leads the energy group of K&P, advising on acquisitions and financing of energy projects. In this context she has participated in almost all the energy sector transactions of K&P, including wind parks with a nominal capacity of over 700MW and the largest solar plants in Greece. Christina has also provided advice in the context of transactions with a strong environmental law profile, such as the Burgas - Alexandroupoli and the Trans-Adriatic pipelines. In addition, Christina has led K&P team in some of the most significant project finance transactions in Greece, including those concerning Piers ΙΙ and ΙΙΙ of the Piraeus Harbour, Thessaloniki Submerged Tunnel, Attica Ring Road, Ionian Motorway and Ε65 Central Greece Motorway.



Costas Fotakis, Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation since January 2015, has been 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.

His research interests are in the fields of laser spectroscopy and photonics; in particular, laser interactions with materials and biomaterials and related biomedical diagnostic and processing applications. He has been chair and co-chair of major international scientific conferences and member of influential EU and national scientific policy panels and expert groups, including the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the European Advisory Group for Research Potential, the Experts Committee for the Interim Evaluation of the EC 7th Framework Programme (Research Infrastructures), and the National Advisory Board for Research and Technology. He has also served as Chairman of the EU Advisory Group on Research Infrastructures in HORIZON 2020 and he has chaired the Expert Group on the role of Universities and Research Organizations in Smart Specialization Strategies for regional development. He has over 300 publications in refereed scientific journals, and more than 6000 citations, primarily in the field of photonics and its applications. He has been plenary, key note or invited speaker in numerous international scientific conferences and events and has also served on the editorial boards of several international scientific journals.

Distinctions awarded include the 2004 ‘Leadership Award’ of the Optical Society of America (OSA) "..for decade-long leadership of, and personal research contribution to the field of laser applications to art conservation and leadership in establishing and guiding the scientific excellence of laser science programs..". He has been Springer Professor at the University of California, Berkeley for 2005-6. He has been elected as a Life Member and Fellow of OSA and has been a Member of the Fellows Committee of the European Optical Society (EOS). Currently, he serves as a member on the Board of Stakeholders of the European Technology Platform "Photonics 21". In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Mediterranean University of Marseille.



Dr. Paraskevi Gaganatsou is Head of the Technological Information Directorate, at the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI), where she works since 1988. She has 8 years experience in UK and more than 27 years experience in Greece, supporting SMEs for increasing their IP awareness and training them on IP management and usage of free patent databases. She represents OBI at various EPO’s committees, and is scientific coordinator at OBI for EU projects. Dr. Gaganatsou holds a PhD in Chemistry from London Metropolitan University, she has been a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK for 26 years and is a member of the Greek Chemical Society.



Dr. Costas Galiatsos, Chairman of the Board of Directors & CEO of the Hellenic Fund for Entrepreneurship and Development (ETEAN). He has an extensive experience in the financial sector. He has worked for several years in a major Greek bank and he was Vice President of an Undertaking for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities, listed in Athens Stock Exchange.

He was Adjust Professor in Aegean University, in Athens University of Economics and Business and in Open University. He was Head of Educational Program of Hellenic Banking Institute, of Hellenic Bank Association. He is an author of several books and articles in scientific journals.



Dr. Yehoshua (Shuki) Gleitman, Chairman of Capital Point Ltd (public TASE), holds a Ph.D (with distinction) from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Physical Chemistry (1981), as well as an M. Sc (with distinction) (1976), and a B. Sc (1973). He is also Board member and Chairman of Audit and Financial commities, and of Elbit Systems Ltd (public Nasdaq, TASE). He is Chairman of YoYa Group, LNTS Ltd, Senior advisor to the World Bank (national policy for innovation), Senior strategy advisor to Serbia IF, to Macedonia PM (National policy), to NCBiR (Poland) and Chairman of the Rabin Centre.



Adv. Ehud Hausman, Senior Partner, patent attorney, heads the Hi-Tech Department at Reinhold Cohn Group - Tel Aviv. Ehud has extensive experience in various aspects of IP, including strategic consultation on management of IP assets for multinational, leading industrial and start-up companies. He has gained professional experience as a software engineer in the hi-tech industry and specialises in protecting inventions in the fields of computer science, electronics, communications and telecommunications, internet, cellular technology, databases, multi-media, integrated systems and processes; semiconductor devices, semiconductor related processes; medical devices and methods of doing business. Ehud lectures on IP at Israeli academic institutes and additional forums.



Athina Ikonomidou, Business Development and Technology Transfer Consultant, holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MBA from the IESE Business School. She is collaborating with EkinisiLAB, the Business Development Incubator of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). She has been involved as a consultant and entrepreneur in a whole range of business ventures, with the main emphasis on biotechnology and life sciences.

She works as an advisor to various research centers and individual university laboratories. She has worked as Head of Operations & Tech Transfer at BSRC Fleming, which manages the Centre’s intellectual property portfolio, negotiates licensing agreements and supports the founding of spin-offs. She gives a 2 hour lecture on basic principles of Technology Transfer as part of postgraduate programs of Health Science institutions, and is an expert evaluator of European Union programs. She also works on designing financing instruments for the maturing of technologies from proof of concept to seed funding. She has worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and as CEO of CIL Hellas Ltd, a direct sales company. She is one of our coaches and offers her services to SEV’s business incubators.



Matthew Jamurtas, Executive President of Jasper Group, holds an MS in Finance from Middlesex University, a B.Sc in Business Computing from City University and a Bachelors of Education from Athens University. He is Co-Founder of Jasper Group. He is also Chief Ececutive of New Mellon EPEY an independent and employee (18) owned investment firm from 2010, President of Eco Terra the largest Greek organic waste management company, Vice President and Partner of Eurostatus Insurance S.A. from 2008. Mr. Jamurtas is also Executive President and owner of Montana Group, a renewable energy business, which was founded in 2009 and was CEO of F&C Asset Mgt/Intertrust Funds Co (2002-2005).



Mr. Thanasis A.K. Kalekos, Managing Partner at Odyssey Venture Partners, he holds a BSEE and an MSEE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "A.K.", as he is known in the Valley, has thirty years of executive management and venture capital experience. His operating experience spans product R&D, marketing, general management, corporate officer and CEO responsibilities with Computervision, Xerox, Mentor Graphics, Cadence Design Systems, CoWare and Conformiq, Inc. As general partner with Telos Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, A.K. focused on emerging internet market opportunities for business to consumer and business to business solutions and internet infrastructure technologies. He served on the boards of Khimetrics, Conduct, VPNX, Intraspect, Coventor, Theta Microelectronics, YY Technologies and others. A.K. is known for his ability to develop simple strategies for complex market and technology environments, and his mentoring and motivating skills. He is a member of IEEE, and several other professional societies.



Nikos Kalliagkopoulos, Associate at Prime Ventures, holds an MSc degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics from University of Patras and an MSc in Finance and Investments (cum laude) from Rotterdam School of Management. Prime Ventures is a leading Venture Capital and Growth Equity firm investing in European companies in the technology and related industries and managing approximately half a billion euro in committed capital. Before joining Prime, Nick worked at the Randstad Innovation Fund, the corporate Venture Capital fund of the Randstad Group, investing in early stage companies active in shaping the world of work. Nick started his career as an investment analyst at Dutch Expansion Capital, a Venture Capital firm investing in high tech companies. While at Dutch Expansion Capital, Nick worked on several seed and early stage investments and was part of the team that founded Startupbootcamp HighTechXL, an accelerator program for global high tech startups. Prior to joining Dutch Expansion Capital he completed an internship at the Financial Advisory services of Ernst&Young.



Boaz Kantor, Innovation Coach at the AT&T Foundry in Israel, holds a BA in computer science and entrepreneurship. He is also a business mentor at KOISRA Seed Partners, with aim to inspire South Korean entrepreneurs with some of the Israeli startup ecosystem knowledge and spirit. Prior to that, Boaz held various positions in Israeli startups, covering the domains of fintech, enterprise software and consumer applications.

AT&T is a global $200B telecommunication operator. In his role, Boaz identifies and defines innovative technological and business opportunities for AT&T’s various business units.



Christos Karampelas, CEO of Alpha Ventures, the private equity arm of Alpha Bank, holds a BA in economics from the University of Athens. He has more than 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, out of which, last 15 in venture capital and private equity. Prior to that he worked as investment banker with Ionian Finance and Alpha Finance as well as auditor with KPMG Athens.



Alex Kelaiditis, Chief Investment Officer, Dolphin Capital Opportunities. Alex Kelaiditis is the Chief Investment Officer of Dolphin Capital Opportunities, a hotel investment vehicle focused on existing large hotel properties predominantly in Greece, whose sponsors and managers are Dolphin Capital Partners in partnership with Axia Ventures Group.

Before joining DCO Alex spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs in London which he left as Executive Director, and Head of the company’s Greek investment banking business, having previously held various roles and titles, always covering the Greek market.

Alex started his career at UBS’s London office, within the fixed income and debt capital markets areas with responsibility for Greece and Cyprus.

Alex graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, in Western Massachusetts, USA.



Eleni Kolofotia, Investment manager at TANEO S.A., member of the BoD HVCA. Eleni holds an MBA from the Athens University of Economy and Business, she is a graduate of the National School of Public Administration and she also holds a BSc in Mathematics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She holds a professional certification in Investment Management by the Securities & Investment Institute, approved by the FSA.

Ms Kolofotia has fourteen years of experience in the venture capital industry, working on several venture capital transactions in a variety of sectors. Before joining TANEO S.A., she was employed at the Post Savings Bank of Greece as a product manager for time deposits.



Antonis Kotzamanidis, CEO at Entersoft, received his PhD in Computing from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine of the University of London. For ten years he worked at Computer Logic and LogicDIS undertaking various responsibilities in the R&D Department as well as the Departments of Large Accounts and Projects and Vertical Markets. During all these years he participated in many IT projects for large customers as Project Manager and representative of the company. In January 2001 he was appointed Assistant General Manager of the Business Unit Projects & Vertical Markets supervising a great number of departments, projects and people. In May 2002 he left LogicDIS to become CEO at Entersoft.



Nicos John Koulis, CEO of DECA Investments AIFM, is a graduate of the University of Athens, School of Law and has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. DECA is the investment manager of Diorama Investments’ Sicar, a Luxembourg-based private equity fund providing growth capital to Greek Small and Medium Enterprises )”SMEs”. Before joining DECA Nicos ran the private equity operations of Eurobank. Prior to that he spent eighteen years in New York working with McKinsey & Company, The First Boston Corporation and Bear, Stearns.



Savvas Kouloridas, general manager of Fargon Hellas and a lawyer in profession, specialized in pharmaceutical law, GMP and GPP (Good Preparation Practices) regulations. He was co-founder of company Kertus SA, now Fagron Hellas member of Fagron Group. He worked as a consultant on pharmaceutical law (GMP regulations and Pharmaceutical Contracts) and participates in setting up the new regulatory framework for the safety of medicinal preparations performed in Pharmacies in Greece. He is a Certified Q.A Manager and a visiting speaker in European Compliance Academy. Member of MENSA since 1998.



George Kourtis, joined Global Finance in September 1996 focusing on IT services, media and entertainment, food retail and telecommunications in Greece and abroad. Prior to Global Finance, George was running his own IT consulting company for five years and before that had a four-year experience of project management in the construction of Public Works in a family owned firm. George graduated from National Technical University of Athens as a Civil Engineer and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD.



Dimitra Krouska, Director in the Investment Banking Department of NBG Securities, holds an MSc in Financial Mathematics from Warwick Business School and a Bsc in Mathematics from University of Patras. She has 13 years of experience in investment banking in Greece. Prior to NBG Securities she was Director in the Investment Banking Department of Investment Bank of Greece. Dimitra has managed the origination and execution of numerous ECM transactions in Greece and Cyprus and has worked on privatization and other M&A projects.



Evangelia Kyttari, Partner at Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm, studied law in the Athens University and holds an LL.M. in European Law from the University of Essex.

Evangelia is a legal practitioner with a longstanding experience in venture capital, investments, M&As, public and banking law. In her capacity as legal advisor to the Interministerial Privatisations Committee, she was involved in the ambitious privatisation agenda of the Greek Government between 2005 and 2010 and has worked on projects such as the privatisation of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE), the Hellenic Postbank, the Public Gas Corporation Company, the project for sale & lease back of State properties. She has acted as counsel to the New Economy Development Fund (TANEO), OTE, the General Accounting Office, the Hellenic Army Pension Fund, the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) and currently advises large corporations, funds, banks and financial market infrastructures as well as State entities in major transactions, securitisations, matters of financing and complex administrative legal procedures. Evangelia acts as counsel, among others to the Athens International Airport as well as to the Hellenic Venture Capital Association. Being a partner at Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm, she has participated in and advised on the structuring of the under establishment Hellenic Development Bank. Evangelia has contributed her experience in the establishment of a fund for the promotion of innovation and has also acted as part of the team for the drafting of the new law on venture capital funds in 2013.



Lois Labrianidis, Secretary General for Strategic and Private Investments - Greek Ministry of Economy, Development & Tourism and a Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Macedonia Greece.

He is also the head of the Regional Development and Planning Research Unit. He is an economic geographer (MA-Sussex, Ph.D. -LSE) and has done research and published on topics such as industrial location, the spatial aspects of subcontracting, the economic implications of educational infrastructure on their locality, development of rural areas, rural entrepreneurship, delocalization of economic activities, international migration. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and he was a member, among others, of the editorial board of the journals European Urban and Regional Studies, Topos (in Greek).



Evangelos I. Lakatzis, Partner at A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm,was born in Athens on 1972. He joined A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm in 2004, having already significant experience in the Southern Eastern Europe region, both as a legal counsel and as an EU PHARE Programs legal expert.

Mr. Lakatzis practices mainly in the areas of private equity and venture capital, M&A and commercial law and has participated and advised in numerous cross border transactions, representing mainly venture capital firms, private equity funds and strategic or private investors. He is also acting as legal advisor to the Hellenic Venture Capital & Private Equity Association in respect of its institutional and scientific activities, including the participation to legislative committees.

Mr. Lakatzis is admitted to the Supreme Court of Greece, holds an LL.M. from King’s College, London University and an LL.B. from University of Athens Law School. He is also a certified mediator.



Mr. Pantelis Lamprou, Director of Strategic Communication and Markets Analysis of the Athens Exchange Group (ATHEX Group), has been an executive of the Athens Exchange Group (ATHEX Group) for the past seventeen years. At the Group, he has also held the positions of Director of Compliance & Risk Management, Clearing & Risk Management, Business Products Development, Market Operation, Project Manager of the OASIS project (central trading system for stocks, bonds and derivatives), Head of Financial and Capital Markets Dept. and was responsible for the provision of Consulting Services in Capital Markets in the region.

He began his professional career in 1989 in the computer industry, working in development projects at the Computer Technology Institute (CTI, Academic R&D Institute), at InfoQuest as Product Manager and at the Rainbow Group of Companies (Apple Computers) as Business Manager.

He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and of the INSEAD Alumni Association. He sat on the Boards of Directors of private and state owned companies, was a member of the Board of students’ society of the Computer Engineering Dept., member of the Scientific Committee of Greek Computer Engineers and members of Hellenic Volunteer Managers Center (KEMEL).

Mr. Lamprou was born in 1966. He holds a degree (with distinction) from the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics of the University of Patras. He is a graduate of the International Executive Program (Fontainebleau & Singapore) of the INSEAD Business School and speaks Greek (native) and English (fluently). He is married and has one daughter and one son.



Socrates Lazaridis, CEO, ATHEX. Socrates Lazaridis is CEO of the Athens Exchange Group. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Stock Markets Steering Committee, member of the Board of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, Chairman of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council and Member of the Board of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

He joined the Athens Exchange Group in 1994 and held several positions at the Central Securities Depository, the "Systems Development and Support of Capital Market" (ASYK SA) and the Athens Exchange, while he served as member of the Board at Athens Derivatives Exchange and the Athens Derivatives Exchange Clearing House.

He was also member of the Board of the LinkUp Markets and of the Federation of the European Securities Exchanges (FESE).

Born in Athens in 1962, he studied Economics at the Department of Economics in Athens University and continued his studies for an MSc (Econ) at Queen Mary College of London. In 1987 he founded "Effect Ltd", which specialized in software development for the capital markets industry.



Ehud Levy, General Partner at Canaan Partners Israel, holds a BSc in Computer Engineering (with honors) from the Technion and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York. Ehud gained more than two decades of expertise in the high-tech industry as an entrepreneur, investor and operator. Prior to co-founding Canaan Partners Israel, he was a Managing Partner at Vertex VC. Among other successful investments, Ehud was the first to lead the investment and to identify Waze (acquired by Google for over $1 Billion) as a bright star from its start. Previously, Ehud served as Chairman and CEO of Ki-Bi Mobile Technologies. He led the business to its commercial success, an IPO in London, and eventual acquisition. Earlier, he served as COO and CFO of Telegate, where he was responsible for a restructuring plan leading to the acquisition of the company for over US$400 million. Prior to Telegate, Ehud was a private equity investor and investment banker in New York and Tel Aviv, serving on the boards of directors of several technology companies.



George Mavridis, Member of the Investment Committee in South-Bridge Europe Mezzanine, holds an MBA in Finance from Athens University of Economics and a BA in Business Administration from Aristotles University of Thessaloniki.

George has 17 years of experience in the fields of financial advisory, investment banking and private equity. George is currently a member of the investment committee of SouthBridge Europe Mezzanine, an investment fund that supports Lower-Mid market companies with a solid track record and a robust strategic plan for expansion, committed and experienced entrepreneurs, in Greece and the region, to achieve sustainable growth and long-term value.

Prior to SouthBridge, George has held senior management positions in EFG Telesis and EFG Eurobank. He has structured and executed a large number of M&A transactions and advisory projects across a variety of sectors. He also has significant experience in operating, organizational and financial restructurings.



Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO of Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting (1996), an LLB in Law (1996) and a BA in Economics (with Honors) from Tel Aviv University. In 1996 she was member of the Israeli Bar Association (Advocate). As of 2011, Karin Mayer Rubinstein has been serving as the CEO of the IATI (Israel Advanced Technology Industries). IATI is Israel’s largest umbrella organization for the high tech and life science industries ( which represents over 600 members from every level and aspect of the industry: R&D centers of multi-national companies, local and international venture capital funds, Entrepreneurs, start-ups, incubators, accelerators, private investors, tech transfer companies and service providers. In early 2008 she joined Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office (HFN), Israel’s largest law firm, as the Head of Business Development & Marketing Department. Prior to this, for 9 years she served as a Senior Partner at Efrati Galili & Co. One of the premier commercial law firms in Israel.

Karin was nominated, twice in a row, as one of the "Top 100 Influential Young Business Persons" (2009, 2010) in Israel by Forbes Magazine, as well as one of the "Top 40 Leading Young Business Persons" (2006) in Israel by the leading Israeli business newspaper "The Marker".

Karin is regularly invited to sit as jury member in leading technology competitions and awards world-wide. In the last couple of years Karin was a judge in the Startup Battle Korea, Women. Innovation. Technology Israel, 2015, HackGenY (Hacking Generation Y) 2015 contest, Impact Investing Israel 2015, the IATI, Mastercard & Citi Tech Award for Fintech companies, EcoMotion Contest and more. Karin has been involved in initiating and managing a few world unique hackathon contests with local MNCs R&D centers.

Karin is a Director in the Israel-America Chamber Of Commerce. She is a Member of the Advisory Board of She Codes, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. In addition, she is a Member of the advisory Board of Hamitham Accelerator of the Academic College of Tel Aviv as well as a Mentor of EchoMotion Accelerator, a global community focused on innovative smart transportation technology.



Costas Meimetis, Founder & CEO, Antcor S.A. Costas Meimetis is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience in growing technology companies from the ground up.

In 2004 he co-founded Antcor and has served as CEO of the company where he spearheaded company’s strategic direction and business development. Over his tenure at Antcor he cultivated strong relationships with partners/customers while he successfully managed fund raising from VCs and Strategic Investors.

In 2014 he drove the acquisition of Antcor by u-blox, a globally leading Swiss technology company with presence in 15 countries on 4 continents.

Prior to founding Antcor in 2004, Mr. Meimetis held senior engineering positions in Bytemobile and ATMEL.

He also serves as President of Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association with a mission to establish the Greek microelectronic industry as a dynamic partner within the global high-tech market.

Mr. Meimetis holds a bachelor degree in Physics and MSc in Embedded Systems.



Dr. Angela Michalopoulou Head of Investment Promotion Unit at Enterprise Greece (Former Invest in Greece Agency) is a chemical Engineer and holds a PHD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras and an MBA from the Athens Lab for Business Administration. Dr Michalopoulou has twenty-five years of experience working with international companies in several sectors such as technology, pharmaceuticals, logistics, energy and tourism. Before joining Enterprise Greece she was Head of Unit at the Managing Authority of the Greek Information Society Program and prior to that position she was coordinator of the SMEs support and Technology Transfer Network at the Federation of Greek Industries.

Dr. Michalopoulou during her 18 years at Enterprise Greece has been dealing with research and analysis, with project evaluation, match making activities and investment promotion. She organized the Front Office of the organization one of the best globally according to World Bank (2012) and the Investment Promotion Unit of Enterprise Greece launching numerous outreach activities in BRICS. USA and EU. She leads a team of 10 Investment Executives and represents Enterprise Greece in several governmental committees and working groups.



Georgia Mourla, Director of Listings Division of the Athens Exchange Group since May 2011, holds a Bachelor of Science - Chemistry (upper second, with Honours) from King’s College, London University.

Prior to that, she spent over 25 years working in professional services firms in Greece and the UK, reaching the level of Partner in the Management Consulting Services Division at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Partner - Head of Management Consulting services at Planet Ernst & Young in Athens. Her specialization is in strategic change and the restructuring of large companies and groups in the private and public sector.

Georgia is a Licensed Chartered accountant in both the UK and Greece (Member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and of the Body of Auditors and Accountants of Greece).



Dr Cornelius Mueller, research director at Invest Europe (formerly European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, EVCA), holds a PhD from Durham University (UK). He joined Invest Europe in 2011. As research director he is responsible for coordinating the collection, audit and communication of pan-European private equity industry statistics. Cornelius liaises with private equity professionals, policy makers, data suppliers and academics in order to improve the availability and accessibility of private equity data in Europe.

During his PhD he investigated venture capital financing and performance of university spin-outs and has also previously worked as research associate at the university’s Policy Research Group analysing business performance and economic impact. He has extensive academic expertise and operational experience in managing international research teams and projects for data collection and analysis of Private Equity and Venture Capital activity.



Virginia Murray, partner at the international Project & Structured Finance Group and head of the Greek law corporate, projects and finance practice of the Greek office. Virginia graduated from Cambridge in 1989 and practised as a barrister in London for five years before moving to Athens and qualifying as a Greek lawyer in 1998. She joined Watson Farley & Williams in 2007 after ten years at a major Greek commercial law firm and specialises in acquisitions and financing in the infrastructure and energy sector, as well as real estate, corporate M&A, insurance and finance deals in Greece for Greek and foreign investors and banks. She is described in the two largest global legal reviews as 'extremely capable when it comes to drafting complex structures' and 'widely admired for her transactional expertise, especially on cross-border mandates'. Virginia is fluent in Greek and in 2012 was named "Best Lawyer's 2012 Athens Energy Lawyer of the Year".



Georgios Nikolakopoulos is a Candidate Chartered Accountant and a Partner in the Transactional Advisory Services of Grant Thornton Greece, where he has been occupied since 2002. He holds an ΜΑ in Banking & Finance from University of Wales (2001-2002) and a Degree in Economic Sciences, from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1994-1999).

Samples of his work include conduct of Economic & Statutory Audit, Administrative Audit, Internal Audit Manuals, Consolidated Financial Statements, Due Diligence, Valuations for M&A purposes, Mergers Cost Allocation, preparation of the Report on Listing on Athens Stock Exchange Alternative Market, Organization Charts, Financial Analysis.

During his employment with Grant Thornton Greece, he has obtained experience in various business sectors, such as: Banks, Food & Beverage, Airlines companies, Construction, Logistics, Renewable Sources of Energy and Healthcare.

He is a Member of the Institute of Certified Accountants in Greece and a Member of the Economic Chamber of Greece.



George Papadakis, Associate, Investment Banking, NBG Securities. George Papadakis has several years of experience in consulting, private equity and investment banking. Fields of expertise include M&A, investment analysis and valuation, transaction structuring, fund raising and privatizations with a focus on real estate and hospitality. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the NBG Business Seeds programme. George holds an MSc in Financial Engineering from Athens University of Economics and Business and an MBA from INSEAD.



Giannis Papadopoulos, Chairman of Hellenic Venture Capital Association, Co-founder and CEO of Attica Ventures, he holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from Cass Business School, City University (London).

Attica Ventures is a venture capital management company based in Athens, Greece - since 2003. Attica Ventures has € 65 million under management (Zaitech Fund I and Zaitech Fund II). Attica Ventures has invested in 12 Greek SME’s, that achieved substantial and constant growth rates and have received several business awards, leading to the creation of more than 800 new work positions. Attica Ventures has successfully completed five divestments so far with remarkable IRR, while other four of the investee companies are listed in the Athens Stock Exchange. Additionally, Attica Ventures was honored by the Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry with the ACCI award for its contribution to employment growth in 2011.

Giannis has served as an executive on the BoD of various public institutions, asset management companies, public listed companies and venture backed enterprises (ETEAN-Hellenic Fund for Entrepreneurship and Development, Public Power Corporation – the largest Greek company, Hellenic Tourism Development Co. the leading Greek real estate asset manager, ISAP, mastihashop, Doppler, Foodlink etc.).

He has also served as Coordinator for Innovation Policy at the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness (2013-2014), and member of the Executive Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece (the largest scientific association in Greece 2001-2013). Giannis is currently President of the Hellenic Venture Capital Association (HVCA) and member of the Business Advisory Council of the International MBA – Athens University of Economics and Business.



Eleni Pappa, Investor Relations Manager of Sarantis Group for the last ten years, has a total of 15 years’ experience within the financial sector.

Prior to joining Sarantis Group, she worked for 5 years in London within the Investment Banking of The ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND and the Portfolio Management department of ABN AMRO BANK N.V.

Eleni is a graduate of the Mathematics Department of the University of Athens and holds an M.Sc. degree on Mathematical Trading & Finance from Cass University Business School in London. She also holds an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a Diploma on International Financial Reporting Standards (certified by AIA).

She was awarded a distinction for her M.Sc. degree as well as prizes from I.K.Y. (Institution of State Scholarships) during her B.Sc. studies in Mathematics.



Dr Marina Perraki, partner at Tsibanoulis & Partners and head of the Intellectual Property team of the firm, holds an LL.M. in International Commercial Law with distinction and a Ph.D. on Trade Marks and Unfair competition law from the Queen Mary, University of London. She is practising intellectual property law for more than 17 years. She joined the firm in December 2000 and became a partner in 2007. Before joining the firm she practiced intellectual property law with a major Athens law office and completed an internship with the Greek Council of State. She undertook an internship with the European Commission in Brussels (DGX) in 1998 and completed a diploma on European Law at the European University Institute in Florence in 1999.

In 2011 she taught intellectual property law at the ALBA Graduate Business School and she is currently teaching commercial mediation at the Panteion University of Athens to post-graduate students. Marina has extensive expertise in the area of intellectual property and unfair competition law, where she is practicing in prosecution and litigation, as well as regularly publishing articles and commentaries in Greek and English. She has participated in numerous conferences and events relating to intellectual property.



Mary Psyllaki, Head of research at NBG Securities, holds an M.Sc. in Operational Research from Lancaster University (UK) and a B.Sc. in Economic Science from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). Mary has over 14 years of work experience of which 12 years in sell-side equity research, specializing in the Greek consumer goods and services sector.Mary joined NBG Securities in 2013 as Senior Equity Analyst.

Her prior experience includes sell-side equity analysis at Credit Agricole Cheuvreux and P&K Securities, investment strategy at F&S and financial analysis at Makro Cash & Carry Hellas.



Jose Romano, Head of the Istanbul Venture Capital Initiative and responsible for EIF’s Turkish operations, is a graduate (First Class Honours) in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London and holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA ("la Caixa Scholar") from London Business School. Mr. Romano is both an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and a Kauffman Fellow. Prior to EIF, Mr. Romano was a Manager at the Emerging Markets Group of Deloitte & Touche where his main responsibility was co-managing a EUR 25m fund. He also led several investment advisory projects, principally in Nigeria, the Middle East and Latin America. Before he worked at private equity adviser Actis, and as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Romano started his career working as an economist in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Namibia.



Andreas K. Santis, Managing Director - Office Head for Greece and Western Balkans, joined NCH in June 2014. Mr. Santis is responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and for expanding and developing the real estate sector of NCH in the region. Mr. Santis is a Fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the UK. He holds a BA degree in Accounting and has worked in the profession for 6 years with PWC with a focus on taxation and business consultancy matters. Since 2001 Mr. Santis has been actively involved in the real estate business and in the development of small to large scale projects in countries like Greece, UAE, Bulgaria and Cyprus.



Machi Simeonidou leads business development in DRAXIS by bringing together diverse teams of researchers, business people and government officials to design and implement successful projects in the fields of environmental technologies and sustainable agriculture. After obtaining her PhD in Agroeconomy from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she got involved in building the organics ecosystem in Northern Greece, acting as the founding director of the Organic Products Cluster. During this period she managed a broad portfolio of European projects and established a strong brand name for the Cluster and its members in international markets. Then she was appointed as special advisor to the CEO of MEVGAL, the largest dairy company of Northern Greece, responsible for the delivery of large scale internal and external projects. Over the last 12 years she has managed projects of 20 mEUR and developed stellar teams and effective networks in the domains of agrifood and sustainable development.



Christos Staikos, Chairman of Enterprise Greece, assumed his duties in April 2015. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Chemistry, with a specialisation in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Technology. He holds an MSc in "Chemistry and Environmental Technology" from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Sciences, Department of Chemistry.

He worked as a researcher and participated in various projects on environmental management issues (climate change, waste management, water resources management). He has conducted studies on environmental management and on sustainable development issues for the private and public sector. He worked at the European Parliament, at the European group GUE/NGL during the period 2014-2015. Mr. Staikos writes articles on his area of expertise and a wide range of other issues in the press.



George Stathakis, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic, studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business and received a PhD in Economics from Newcastle University, U.K. He was a visiting professor at the Centre of European Studies, Harvard University, as well as at the Centre for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, City University of New York. His research focused mainly on economic history, economic development and economic theory. He has published widely on these fields and some of his major works include the book To dogma Truman kai to shedio Marshall. I Istoria tis Amerikanikis Voithias stin Ellada [The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. The History of American Aid to Greece] (Vivliorama, Athens 2004), Atelesforos Eksyghronismos [Unfruitful Modernization] (Vivliorama, Athens 2007) and two volumes as co-author, Economic Development and Social Change: Historical Roots and Modern Perspectives (Routledge, London 2006) and The Reform of CAP and Rural Development in Southern Europe (Ashgate, Aldershot 2003).

In 1989 he was a member of the Council of Economic Experts formed by the Ministry of Economy of the Hellenic Republic. Since 1988 he has been teaching Economics at the University of Crete. He was elected President of the Department of Economic Sciences at said University during the period 2000-2004 and later on, in 2011-2012, he served as Vice-Rector. His political engagement grew stronger over the years at both local and national level. He was elected MP for the first time in the national elections of 2012 and sat on the Parliamentary Committee on state-owned enterprises, banks, public utility enterprises and social security agencies. In the national elections of January 2015, he was re-elected MP representing his home region of Chania and was appointed Minister for National Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime Affairs and Tourism. After the national elections of September 2015 he was re-elected MP and he is re-appointed Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic.



Nandini Sukumar, Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global industry trade group that advocates on behalf of public markets. Sukumar joined WFE after a 14-year career at Bloomberg News where, from 2000, she created, established and grew its coverage of exchanges, market structure and the UK financial services regulator. WFE represents more than 120 exchanges and clearing houses globally, educating stakeholders on the vital role played by exchanges in the real economy.



Constantin Synadinos, Head of Lending Operations in Greece and Cyprus, Central and South-East Europe Department, at European Investment Bank, is a commercial engineer, has graduated Ecole de Commerce SOLVAY (Solvay Business School), and holds a degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles (1981). Mr. Synadinos was an assistant professor in Brussels School (1981-82) and a venture capital consultant in Brussels (1982-83). He began as a loan officer at European Investment Bank at the Department based in Rome (1983-91) and he continued as senior loan officer, at the Eastern Europe Department, Division of Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Romania & Slovakia (1991-95). From 1995 to 1999 he was initially a senior loan officer and then Deputy Head of the Division of Denmark & Sweden. As of 01/01/2000 he became Head of Division and from 2000-03 he was Head of the Division of France-Entreprises. From march of 2004 to March of 2011 he was Head of the new Division established to develop EIB’s activities in the EU’s Eastern Neighbours / Partners, which gradually grew to include Russia, Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus), Southern Caucasus and Central Asia. From March of 2011 to March of 2015 he was Head of the Division responsible for Lending Operations in Greece, at South-East Europe Department and since March 2015 he was Head of the Division which is responsible for Lending Operations in Greece and Cyprus, at Central and South-East Europe Department.



Dr. Vassili N. Takas, President of Thermi Ventures S.A., Thermi S.A., Thermi Energy S.A., Thermi Renewables S.A., Βiotex S.A., Indeco S.A., Polygon S.A. and Frenco S.A., holds a Ph.D from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a Master of Science in Engineering (MS), a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BS).

His business interests are in Venture Capital, Industry, Renewable Energy Sources, Real Estate and Financial Services. He is the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of South Africa in Thessaloniki and he is the Vice President of the Greek-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is President of honor and former President of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (F.I.N.G). Also former President of the Hellenic Venture Capital Association (HVCA). He has been vice President of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), as well as of the Greek International Business Association (SEVE), the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (ΙΟΒΕ) and of the Hellenic Management Association of Northern Greece (ΗΜΑ). He is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.



Spyros Trachanis, Managing Partner at Odyssey Venture Partners, holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras and an MBA from Insead. Spyros has been working as a Venture Capital professional for over 15 years focusing on early stage tech investment in Greece. Prior to joining Odyssey Venture Partner, he was a co-founder and investment director of early stage tech funds NBGI Ventures and Oxygen Capital. He also worked as an Investment Manager with Greek private equity firm Global Finance. Spyros has also served as investment committee member in Turkish private equity company Turkven, Athens based incubator iVen and on the board of the Hellenic VC Association.



Ion Tsakonas, CEO of Piraeus Capital Management, holds an MBA in Finance and Real Estate Wharton School of Business ,University of Pennsylvania (2004-06) and an MSc in Engineering Economics and Management from University of Oxford (1995-99). Ion is an experienced financier with investment experience in sectors such as technology, media, telecoms, education, and sustainable development.

Ion assumed the leadership of the Piraeus Venture Capital business in January 2015. He has been in asset management since 2006 as an investment analyst and has managed capital since 2009 in public and private investments across geographies and sectors. He worked in New York for Octavian Advisors (a Reservoir Capital seeded hedge fund) from 2006 to 2009, focusing on illiquid investments and special situations. At Octavian he initiated investments producing >25% IRR in South East Europe. Before Octavian, Ion was with Deutsche Bank and with Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette’s technology corporate finance divisions in London. After work, Ion may be found training for a marathon in the streets of Athens or sailing in the Faliron bay.



Dimitra Tsampourianou, Head of the New Listings Department of Athens Stock Exchange since 2008, is a graduate of the Economics Science Department of the Macedonia University and she is also qualified as an assistant Chartered Accountant (SOEL). She joined Athens Stock Exchange in 2002.

Prior to that, she worked for 6 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Audit & Assurance Division and for 4 years at other financial firms in Greece.

She has extensive experience in Greek Capital Market legislation, new listings (IPOs / SPOs / M&A), and listed companies’ ongoing obligations.



Dr. Georgios Tzamtzis, technology transfer and innovation management consultant at PRAXI Network and the Horizon 2020 NCP for SMEs in Greece, holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece, and a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of Durham, UK. George has experience in Innovation, IPR issues and International cooperation in Science. He is currently the coordinator of the INCONTACT 2020 project the official support Network for international NCPs. Prior to joining PRAXI Network he was the Scientific Coordinator and project manager for renewable energy projects at the Cyprus Institute (Cyprus) and the Institute for Accelerating Systems and Applications (Greece). George has also held positions as head of communications, and senior administrator. He has a number of publications in the fields of mathematical physics and solar energy.



Xenofon Voudouroglou, partner of 7L Capital Partners, holds a B.Sc. from the University of Glasgow and a M.Sc. from the University of Michigan and has completed executive training courses at the London Business School.

Mr Voudouroglou has been involved in the PE and VC industry in SE Europe since 1995.

He teaches the course Doing Business in the Balkans and Black Sea Region at the International MBA of Athens University of Economics and Business.



Andreas Zombanakis, Chairman and CEO of TANEO, has a BA from Harvard, a Masters in Architecture from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Wharton. He has over 25 years of experience in Investment Banking and Private Equity. He began his career at Bankers Trust in London where he was Managing Director of the LBO group, was responsible for the Bank's credit exposures in continental Europe and part of the team that created Credit Derivatives. Following the Bank's acquisition by Deutsche Bank he was a founding partner of DB Capital Partners, Deutsche’s Private Equity division with over $10bn under management. In Greece he co-founded Vector Partners a corporate finance adviser and the Enexon Group of Companies, a leading developer of solar plants. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of TANEO, the Hellenic Republic's New Economy Fund of Funds, in 2014.