Nikos Kakavoulis is a graduate of Athens Medical School and holds an MBA in Media and Marketing from Columbia Business School. He is an internet entrepreneur with many years of experience in publishing and media. Today he is the chief executive of The Greek Fund, a digital media company focused on tourism and lifestyle media. Before that he was the founder and CEO of Daily Secret, publisher of daily email newsletters about city life in 20 countries. Daily Secret was the first Greek startup to complete 3 rounds of fundraising in the US market. Before that he was a senior executive for Liberis Publications and Head of Digital for Conde Nast’s Greece Portfolio (Vogue, Glamour, Conde Nast Traveller). He was worked in senior positions for major media brands like Hearst’s Esquire and Rodale’s Men’s Health. He has deep understanding and experience in digital media – content strategy – brand localization and audience growth as well as in market strategy for the US and Canada and emerging markets. In his last position at Daily Secret he was responsible for product and expansion strategy in more than 27 local markets and 1 million of subscribers.
Alex Glod is a Storyteller and co-founder of Stai Să-ți Povestesc, a Storytelling training company and community of practice based in Bucharest, Romania. He is the author of Be Who? Be Me! and How To Be AWESOME: The Life Manifesto and has travelled all across Europe to harvest stories and ideas worth implementing back home. He advocates for the power of personal stories, more effective methods of education, leadership and marketing through storytelling and a much more positive vision regarding Romania’s future development.
Alexandros Nikou is the Designer – Founder of Beetroot. He studied Graphic Arts and Advertising in Thesssaloniki. In 2000, along with Vaggelis Liakos and Giannis Charalambopoulos he founded the Beetroot Design Group. The Beetroot Design Group consists of a team, which mainly operates in the field of creative designing. Their project list, includes clients from a variety of different countries, and they have taken the initiative to engage several projects, which have several goals, from aiming to raise social awareness, to supporting people and organizations. They have won several honors and awards for their work, including 4 Hellenic Awards of Graphic Arts and Illustration (ΕΒΓΕ-Eλληνικά βραβεία Γραφιστικής και Εικονογράφησης) in 2006,2008, 2010 and 2012, the award of «Design Agency of the year» at the Εuropean Design Awards in 2008, and in 2011 the Red Dot Design Agency Award as the finest agency at visual communication in the world. http://beetroot.gr/
Stavros Tsobanidis is a graduate of the department of Banking and Financial Management of the University of Piraeus.At the age of 21 he has made his first professional steps in several different branches, and is the organizer of several remarkable events and competitions (StartupBus,GetCruiseINN Startup Weekend), aiming to strengthen the young entrepreneurship. Currently, he is preparing his own firm which promotes the usage of a brand new raw material, aiming to tackle social and environmental issues. Stavros believes in the transmission of ideas and the value of the human factor. His talk in the conference aims to motivate the audience to take the decisive step to move from theory to practice and inspire.
Manolis Chlouverakis is the president of KEMEL (Center of Volunteer Managers of Greece). He studied Electrician-Engineer at NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) and Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
For 25 years he worked at JOHNSON & JOHNSON, beginning his career at a JOHNSON & JOHNSON Hellas factory in 1979. From 1989 to 1998 he had the position of Chief Executive at JOHNSON & JOHNSON Hellas, while from 1998 to 2003 he worked in Europe and the USA in several executive positions.
Danae Bezentakou is the Managing Director of ‘Navigator Shipping Consultants LTD.’, of Greek Food Obsessions and President of the mentoring network ‘IforU’ which aims at guiding young women entrepreneurs. Danae represented Greece in the IVLP<> program in the March of 2011, which consisted of 100 women from 92 countries. In 2014 she was chosen to represent Greece in the European Program «40 European Young Leaders under 40». For the years 2015-2020 she has been chosen by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’. She also has a 6 year old daughter.
Christos Chatziioanou is a journalist. He studied Media in the Kapodistrian University of Athens, and ΜΑ International Relations and Contemporary Political Theory in the University of Westminster of London. After returning to Greece he worked at Pegasus Publications. Since 2011, he works at 24MEDIA Publishing Group, the largest online publisher in Greece. He is the Editor of Oneman.gr and assists in the publications of other websites of the Group. Other than journalism, his passions are writing, traveling and cooking.
Tasos has the position of Partner & Business Unit Director at the Department of Social & Content at Socialab, has cooperated with more than 60 global brands and is teaching Media Marketing at ALBA Graduate Business School. In 2008 he entered the field of Digital
Marketing. Since then he was won more than 20 awards for campaigns which he coordinated with his colleagues.
Dr Kostas Danis is a medical epidemiologist and completed his PhD in public health at the University of Athens and is a member of the humanitarian organization of edecins Sans Frontieres. He trained in Greece, Ireland and the UK. Kostas has worked for several years in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and Central America with the humanitarian medical organization Medecins Sans Frontieres and WHO. He has taught in many courses of field epidemiology worldwide. He currently works as the scientific coordinator of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) in Paris.
He is Co-founder, Product Manager and Business Developer in The City Game, a game that crowdsources and gamifies good deeds in the real world. The City Game is part of the Rockstart Smart Energy accelerator in Amsterdam and part of the gi-cluster of Corallia. Prior to that he was the CEO of the previous incarnation of The City Game, which was part of the amazing Startup Chile family. He was responsible for the game design and all business operations. He has also served as the CTO of BetTrade Ltd, an innovative betting company. For the past 7 years he has been dedicated his time in working on interesting projects and initiatives that he and his team take. Finally he was chosen as “Time Person of the Year” in 2006.
Katerina studied Psychology in England. The last four yearsis living in Athens and she is in the second year of the higher professional dance school Aktina.
Sakis was born in 1972 in Germany. Since he was young he was involved in sports such as swimming. At the age of 8, his left leg was amputated. Despite that, he continued to participate in sports and managed to become an athlete of the Paralympic Swimming Team from 1995 to 2001. In 2000 he represented Greece in the Paralympic Games of Sydney, achieving the 12th position at 100m Backstroke. He continued to participate in sports such as sitting volleyball, where he was the Leader of the National Team from 2001 to 2005. He also was an athlete of the Paralympic Sailing Team from 2004 to 2008. Sakis has studied Media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Sports Management in the UTS University of Sydney. Currently he is employed at the Greek Paralympic Committee and has supported the Paralympic Teams in Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Sochi 2014. In 2003, with the assistance of 6 other athletes he organized and utilized the Aigiathlon, an open sea swimming marathon relay race, in which 7 international level Paralympic athletes swam from Sounion to Milos. The race aimed to inform the residents of Europe about the people with disabilities which represent the 10% of the whole population of the European Union.
As co-founder and impact investor of social enterprises such as organization Earth, an environmental NGO, and Aephoria, a sustainable development startup incubator, Petros Kokkalis is a firm believer of the transformation of local communities through mass resource mobilization. He currently serves as Vice President of the Kokkalis Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Southeastern Europe. He also serves as the President of Athens Information Technology, a non-profit technology academic and research institution, and he is on the board of Athens Tech, a private technology, innovation and entrepreneurship college. He frequently serves as judge to Greek and international business and startup competitions, mentors young entrepreneurs and also serves on the Endeavor senior advisor network. Previously, he was the Vice-President and shareholder of Intracom Holdings, one of the largest multinational technology groups in South-Eastern Europe, and the Vice-President and shareholder of Intralot S.A., a gaming technology supplier and lottery licensed operator. He was also the Vice-President of the Greek football club Olympiacos CFP from 1995 to 2008. He is currently running as an independent city council member in Piraeus Municipality responsible for European Affairs.
Sakis is a 34 year old producer, director and host of the TV-Show ‘World Party’. He studied Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is a holder of an MBA with specialization in Business of the Babson College in the USA. Sakis is involved in the Catering industry, as he owns such shops in Thessaloniki. He loves smiling and making others smile aswell.