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the mindpark neurons / exceptional minds globally recognized for their respective expertise

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Dr Yiannis Kalogerakis / Anthropocentic Corporate Trainer


Dr. Kalogerakis was born in Crete in 1957. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. & Ph.D. from Strathclyde University, Scotland. Since 1982 has worked in a number of managerial positions for national & multinational companies in the UK, the M.East, Greece and Cyprus.

As a frequent keynote speaker in various national and international conferences and as a visiting Professor to various British & Greek Universities, he has given numerous lectures and seminars internationally emphasizing the anthropocentric approach to sustainable corporate development. Since 1993 he has lectured regularly at the Hellenic Management Association on People skills, empowerment, motivation and personal skills development…

Peter Economides / Global Brand Strategist

Peter Economides is a global brand strategist, based in Athens.

Owner and founder of Felix BNI, Peter is a former Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Client Services at global advertising agency McCann Erickson Worldwide and Head of Global Clients at TBWA\Worldwide.

He has managed and grown leading ad agencies in South Africa, Hong Kong, Greece, Mexico and the United States.  At McCann Erickson Worldwide he was responsible for the global management of the $1.8 billion Coca-Cola advertising account.At TBWA\Worldwide he was responsible for the overall global management of the “Think Different” campaign following the return of Steve Jobs to Apple.

Felix BNI clients have included Audi, Heineken Breweries, Coca-Cola, the International Olympic Committee, Affidea Medical Group, Seychelles Tourism, superyacht builder Oceanco and many others….

Professor Jeff French / Global Thought Leader-Behavioral Influence

Professor Jeff French

Professor Jeff French is a global thought leader in the fields of behavioral influence, Social Marketing, social communication and program planning and evaluation.

Jeff has published over 90 academic papers and five books and numerous guides and tool kits on these subjects. Jeff is a visiting Professor at Brighton University and a Fellow at Kings College London University and teaches at four other universities on a regular basis. Previously Director of Policy and Communication at the UK Health Development Agency and a senior civil servant in the UK Department of Health. In 2004 Jeff led the UK government review of Social Marketing and set up the National Social Marketing Centre in 2005. In 2009 Jeff became the CEO of Strategic Social Marketing Ltd…

Steve Vranakis / Global Creative Director

Steve is an award winning creative who has worked on the launch of the iPhone and Amazon in the UK with NASA (Space Lab), The United Nations, UNICEF and headed up the Creative Lab at Google in EMEA for 8 years.

Most recently he was appointed as the Chief Creative Officer for Greece to help develop a new country narrative as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Some of his projects include: a machine learning musical instrument called the NSynth Super, Assembly of Youth, an installation giving youth a voice at the United Nations, Inside Abbey Road – a virtual tour of the iconic music studios, Project Jacquard – an interactive wearables fabric and Chrome Web Lab, an installation connected live to the internet from the Science Museum in London.

You can view some of those projects here:

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Tom Katsioulas / Technology Executive and Marketing Leader

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Thanassis (Tom) Katsioulas is a technology executive, currently leading the market development and ecosystem strategy for Secure Internet of Things in a Fortune 50 company.

Tom has several years of experience in Semiconductors, Electronic Design Automation, Embedded Systems, Enterprise Software and IoT applications.

He has held senior executive, management, consulting, marketing and engineering positions in large companies and startups including, Runtime Design Automation, several Greek Technology Startups, Forte Design Automation, AmmoCore Technology, Synopsys Corporation, Cadence Design Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation….

Dr Nikos Panayiotou / Ass. Proffesor AUTH / DCN HUB Greece

Dr. Nikos Panagiotou is Associate Professor and Google Research Scholar at the School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication at Aristotle University.

He has been a Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK, Socrates Scholar at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), Scholar of the State of Luxembourg, RCAP Scholar from APU University Japan, and Scholar to Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is engaged in research work, including the Digital News Initiative, funded by Google.

He is the initiator and organizer of the Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy.

Dimitris Karakoulas / Leadership Expert

Dimitris Karakoulas is an executive in Automotive industry currently leading operations in Nairobi, Kenya for Bentley motors, a high end luxury car manufacturer.

Dimitris is a Top Achiever with several years of experience in the automotive industry and having held senior executive and management positions in some of the worlds most popular car brands (Porsche, Rolls Royce, GM, BMW, Audi, WV, Fiat, Renault and Ford).

Additionally Dimitris was for 11 years senior lecturer in MBA for Kingston University of London in Greece and for Hellenic Management Association. Dimitris is a certified PMP and holds an Msc in Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki an MBA from Kingston University of London.


Nick Godbehere / Behavioral Insights Expert

CMRS MSc Psychological Research Methods & Statistics Head of Behavioural Insight

Nick Godbehere

Nick is a Market Research and Behaviour Change professional with a background in Psychology and Human Behaviour. He is a UK Market Research Society Certified Member with over 20 years’ experience as a research-practitioner using qualitative and quantitative data collection, insight and psychology to inform behaviour and organisational change strategies, communications, policy design and areas such as concept and product design…

Michael Van den berg / Digital Intrapreneur

Digital Intrapreneur. Mobile marketing expert. 
Founder Digital Masters Akademy, intrapreneur and CEO of Appsolute Value, a startup disrupting the consulting industry and working with premium North-American brands, retailers and global banks to become digital and mobile-first.
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Thedore Spiliotis / Founder Athonian Management


Thodoris Spiliotis is an Electrical Engineer with postgraduate studies in Telematics (Middlesex University) and Business Administration (MBA, Kingston University).

He has over 15 years of experience in the area of technology, possessing executive positions in top companies in the areas of R&D, Marketing and Sales.

In 2014 he founded his own tech startup working in the field of measuring customer experience through an innovative tablet app called e-survey which numbers thousand of corporate subscribers in Greece and internationally.

In 2015 he created a second innovative applications of real time human resource management called e-staff which has been very successful across a number of international markets….

Anastasios Tzikas / President TIF-HELEXPO/TECHNOPOLIS ICT PARK

Born in Thessaloniki, Anastasios is an Electrical Engineer graduate from the Polytechnic School of Aristoteleio University. Today he is the President of the Federeation of Hellenic Information Technology & Communications Enterprises (SEPE), President of the High Technology Business Park “Tehchnopolis Thessaloniki” and President of the Board of the International Trade Center of Thessaloniki “HELEXPO”…

Anastasios Tzikas

Avinash Ananda / Leadership & Hapiness Guru

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Founder Global Academy of Meta-Mind Management (GAMMA)

Avinash Ananda is the Founder Director of Global Academy of Meta Mind Management (GAMMA), a behavioral training organization that is dedicated to the research and teaching of the relationship between happiness, leadership, human potential optimization and productivity. He is also the co-creator of the Applied Behavioral Science of Meta Mind Management, also called the new science of 360 degrees happiness through Human Energy Alignment.

Avinash is the Chairman of The International Institute of Personality Development (IIPD) focused on training the youth to develop the knowledge, mind sets and skill-sets to achieve success in life. As Dean of Management Institute of Behavioral Sciences (MIBS), Avinash heads a team of senior faculty which conducts Signature Experiential Certification Courses and Customized Training Packages on all aspects of behavioral training/coaching for over 200 organizations.

Dr Fotis Filippopoulos / EAA award-winning corporate innovation specialist

Dr Fotis Filippopoulos is an international corporate innovation specialist and researcher awarded with the Mark of Excellence for the Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence at the 2017 European Association Awards (EAA), in Brussels.

Through a diverse international project portfolio in 11 countries, he has helped organisations across industries, to generate the intelligence necessary to grow their businesses in the face of changing markets, technologies, and consumer demand.

He often gives talks and presentations in companies, professional groups, and in international forums and summits around the world, like in Rio De Janeiro (CIBP), Quebec City (ISC), Lucerne(IGT-ICCS), Vienna (WCUC),  London (TCL/HQ) and in iconic venues including the European Parliament in Brussels, the MIT Museum in Boston, the Montabaur Castle in Frankfurt and the Memorial JK in Brasilia.

Dr Fotis Filippopoulos

Founder of Curious, Inc.

Tolis Aivalis / Business Strategist

Apostolis Aivalis

Tolis Aivalis is the CEO of KNOWCRUNCH.COM an international training organization and the Managing Partner at AIVAL.COM a business strategy consulting firm. He has hands-on operating experience on consumer & enterprise internet, social media, gaming, music, advertising, technology, media and mobile since 1996 as an executive, mentor and serial entrepreneur…

Maria Bozoglou / Founder & CEO ITALY LINES

Maria Bozoglou was born in Thessaloniki in 1961. After school she went to Italy to stat her graduate stidies, however, in 1984 she quit her Major in order to return to Greece, give birth and become a mother.

Despite being a single mother, in 1991 and after 7 years of managing experience in the Italy-Greece international transports business, she creates her own startup, ITALY LINES, a company that enters the market as a total logistics provider. Her ability to manage people and be very client orientated leads ITALY LINES to grow and invest quickly and efficiently in 2 logistics depots in Athens and Thessaloniki as well as enhancing the company’s clientele with leading companies in Greece and abroad. Since 2015, ITALY LINES is a public company.

Maria Bozoglou

Athanasios Raptis / CEO Greek Yellow Pages


Mr. Athanasios Raptis is the C.E.O. of Greek Yellow Pages a member of Star Investments one of the leading Mass Media and Technology Groups in Greece, controlling a TV station (STAR Channel), Radio Stations (Dromos FM, Diesi FM), the Greek Yellow Pages, etc.

He joined Greek Yellow Pages in 2010 initially as Area Manager North Greece and very quickly promoted to Deputy Sales Director, Sales Director and finally CEO in September of 2017.

From 2005 to 2010 he was the Sales & Marketing Director of HELEXPO, the Hellenic Organization of International Trade Fairs, Exhibitions Congresses and Events. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Marketing Director of Sarah Lawrence. Before 2003, he was Sales Manager South Greece for LogicDIS a software technology company and Product Manager for ELGEKA operating in the food sector.

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Petros Soukoulias / Innovation and Technology Expert

Petros Soukoulias is a graduate of the Military School “Evelpidon”, of the programming department of ELKEPA and has an MSc in Computer Science of the University of Essex, England.

During the decade 1987-97 he had a wide participation on the development and implementation of national and multinational information technology projects in the arm and on 1992 he suggests the operational use of information technology. The period 1992-95 he becomes a national representative of Greece on NATO in Computer Science issues (WG-29). On 1997 he retires from army with the degree of brigadier.

Mr Soukoulias is a cofounder of Prisma Electronics S.A., where he served as a General Manager from 1997 to 2011, with significant involvement on developmentally and research national and international projects, on Electronics and Computer Science….


Chriostodoulos Topsidis / Entrepreneur- Presdent or Regional Chambers E.M. Thrace


Christodoulos Topsidis is an entrepreneur with individual activity and participation as a shareholder in other branches and companies in Greece and abroad. His business activities are in areas such as construction, entertainment, foodservice, truism, trade, services and energy.

From 2011 he is a president of Evros Chamber, where he upgraded the strategic direction of the institution, the efficiency of the services and integrated new rewarding services. In his active service he included strategies of sustainable income for the institution by using the infrastructures of the Evros Chamber Development Company, where he also serves as a president.

Apart his business activities, Christodoulos takes part in the formation of local development strategies, having institutional capacity on important bodies of local society…

Vasilis Dasteridis / CEO Dasteri S.A.

Γεννήθηκε το 1974 στην Αλεξανδρούπολη και είναι απόφοιτος του τμήματος Ηλεκτρολόγων Μηχανικών και Μηχανικών Ηλεκτρονικών Υπολογιστών της Πολυτεχνικής σχολής του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστήμιου Θεσσαλονίκης. Ειδικές Γνώσεις: Επικεφαλής του τμήματος R&D της εταιρίας με μεγάλη Εξειδίκευση μετά από σειρά εκπαιδεύσεων και μεγάλης εμπειρίας στο 3D design και Optical Design φωτιστικών σωμάτων οχημάτων και εσωτερικών-εξωτερικών χώρων.

Είναι μέτοχος και Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος στην εταιρεία «ΝΙΚ. ΔΑΣΤΕΡΙΔΗΣ Α.Β.Ε.Ε» που ιδρύθηκε το 1976 από τον πατέρα του Νικόλαο Δαστερίδη και η οποία δραστηριοποιείται στον κλάδο της αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίας με κύριο αντικείμενο τα φωτιστικά σώματα οχημάτων με εξαγωγές σε 52 χώρες έχοντας συνεργασίες με μερικές από τις πιο δημοφιλής εταιρίες παγκοσμίως και αποτελεί μια από τις πρώτες εταιρείες που στράφηκε στην τεχνολογία LED.


Harry Kalliaras / Advisor to the Mayor at City of Trikala/ Strategic and Business Planning

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Harry Kalliaras, was born on 13thof September 1972 in Trikala, where he grew up. He graduated from the Faculty of Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Geology, focused in Engineering Geology.

Since 2000 he has worked with local and regional development agencies (PINDOS K.S.S., KENAKAP sa, ANDIA, e-Trikala sa) in the planning & implementation of inter-local, inter-regional and transnational cooperation projects and 2016 began his collaboration with the Municipality of Trikala as Advisor to the Mayor in operational and strategic planning. At the same time, since 2009 he has been business engaged in the wood industry, as a partner in one of the most modern wood processing plants in the Balkan region, PINDOS XYLON Co.

Panagiotis Kollas

Founder UNISCRAP PBC (Delaware, United States)

Panagiotis Kollas / Founder UNOSCRAP PBC (Delaware, U.S.A.)


Panagiotis Kollas is a new entrepreneur and a Scholar of the program SELECT USA  of the United States, through his participation to the Global Investment  Summit of USA in 2015. Since then, he has founded the Global Corporation UNISCRAP PBC, a Public Benefit Corporation in the field of Environment.

As a Public Benefit Company, aims in the creation of Social, Environmental and Economic Impact, through innovation, Research & Development and growth in the USA, in matters of Resource Management. It is active in the United States and south-east Europe, with purpose to become a Global Company for young people, wherever they are in a united world without boundaries.