Prof. Yiannis Bakouros
Head of Materlab



A Chemical Engineer graduated from Aristotle University of Thes-
saloniki in 1981 and received his Ph. D. in Management and
Administration in 1988, from the University of Bradford, in the
UK. He worked as Production Manager, Technical Advisor, Sales
Manager in Industrial and Distribution Enterprises and Consultant
Companies. He has also been a member of the board of Direc-
tors and Technical Advisor of a Textile Company. He has been a
Visitor Associate Professor of the Industrial Management Division
at the Engineering School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
and University of Thessaly in Greece. He was a Key member
of the development team of Thessaloniki Technology Park and
Director of its Vocational Training Center and one of the Founders
of Thessaly Technology Park. He has also served as Chairman
of Eureka National Project Coordinators during the Greek Eureka
Presidency. He was a Coordinator of Regional Innovation Pole of
Western Macedonia and a Former member of the board directors
of Alexandria Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki.

ylb@uowm.gr


Dr. Elpida Samara

She graduated from the department of Mechanical Engineering,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds her PhD with subject
"National Innovation Systems, an innovation model using Sys-
tem Dynamics", at the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Western Macedonia. Furthermore, she is working
as a project manager with the UOWM in many EU projects. She
participated in the organizing committee of the Eureka National
Project Coordinators during the Greek Eureka Presidency. She has
a teaching experience at the University of Western Macedonia
and at the Technological Education Institute of Kozani where she
is working as a Scientific Collaborator with full qualifications since
2004. Her research interests include modelling of innovation
systems and technological innovation, management of innovation
and technology and technology transfer.

esamara@uowm.gr


Paraskevi Gkiourka,

Paraskevi has received her degree in Civil Engineering with a
specialty in public procurement and has postgraduate studies in
Business Administration at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her
PhD research focused on how to nurture organizational innovation
and improve the organizations" potential to innovate. P. Giourka,
since 2007 is working at the University of West Macedonia as a
research associate managing and implementing national and EU
projects of total budget 4.5M Euros. She is currently an associate
fellow in the Doctoral Program of Business Administration (DBA)
at the School of Management in Grenoble (Grenoble Ecole de
Management), France. She has taught the modules of Innovation
and Strategic Management and Governance and Business De-
velopment in EU regions in Nottingham Trent University, UK. She
also taught engineering drawing and surveying at the University
of Leeds, and Forecasting Techniques-Statistics at the School of
Finance in the Technical Educational Institute of West Macedonia,
Greece. Her interests include innovative product development,
innovative marketing, entrepreneurship and its education, innova-
tion management, development of mechanisms to strengthen the
innovativeness of organizations, and global innovation policies.

pgiourka@uowm.gr


Amalia Kouskoura


Amalia Kouskoura is a graduate of the Department of Political Sci-
ence of the Faculty of Law in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
(2006). In 2010 she aquired her master's degree in Political Anal-
ysis in the Department of Political Science. She was a fellow of the
Foundation "Christos Vrakas" throughout her undergraduate studies.


She worked as an external researcher in surveys and participated
in the Scientific Group which performed the planning, the collection
and the analysis of statistical data for the Prefecture of Thessaloniki.
She has been working as a trainee at the Planning Bureau and
European Projects of the municipality of Panorama in Thessaloniki.
Recently she was the Vice Governor for Development, Entrepreneur-
ship and Trade of the Region of Western Macedonia, Greece.


Since 2015 she is a Doctoral Student at the Department of
Mechanical Engineering researching the "modeling of regional
policies with emphasis to less favorable regions".


Anastasios Andronikidis

Anastasios Andronikidis is a Ph.D. candidate in Innovation Man-
agement and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Western Macedonia. He ac-
quired his bachelor's and his master's degree from the Electrical
& Computer Engineering Department at the University of Thessaly.
In his Acceleration Program he thoroughly studied about Manage-
ment of Organizations, Strategic Marketing, Managerial Econom-
ics, and International Human Resources Management.

He was honored with scholarships and awards from the Ministry
of Education (Greece), D.A.A.D. German Academic Exchange
Service (Germany), and the University of Thessaly (Greece).

His quality educational foundation in Computer Science / Electri-
cal Engineering from the University of Thessaly (Greece), and in
Entrepreneurship field from i4G (Greece), as well as his hands-on
research experience, make him a strong researcher.His aspiration
is to work in teams in order to solve a problem, divide work effi-
ciently and support each other in order to achieve the best results.

acanastasios@gmail.com


Pavlos Kilintzis

Pavlos Kilintzis is currently a PhD candidate at the University of
Western Macedonia at the topic of Innovation and Entrepreneur-
ship. He is an Electronic Engineer - member of The Technical
Chamber of Greece (TEE - TCG), having obtained his bachelor
degree in the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK. He
also holds two Master degrees, in Optoelectronic and Commu-
nication Systems (University of Northumbria at Newcastle) and
Master of Business Administration - MBA (Hellenic Open Univer-
sity). He has substantial research experience at both engineer-
ing and business-innovation themes and he has been primarily
30-31 focused on the research combination of engineering/financial/
business triptych. During the last years, he has participated in the
completion of several techno-economic projects as a researcher
and has mainly investigated the financial-innovative aspect of
the proper project design.


pkilintzis@gmail.com


Evangelos Katsaros,

Mr. Evangelos Katsaros, born in 1973, is an experienced
researcher and a PhD candidate at the University of Western
Macedonia at the topic of Emergency Logistics. He is a chem-
ical engineer, graduated from National technical University of
Athens. He has a Master Degree in Methods of Industrial Anal-
ysis and Planning from University of Thessaly. Rich professional
and research experience of more than 20 years. Expert in civil
protection. European Commission evaluator in security and SMEs.
Experienced project manager in research and interregional /
transnational, cross border projects of various topics ranging from
regional innovation strategies and product development to logis-
tics, transport and civil protection. His research interest are mainly
disaster risk reduction, civil protection and emergency logistics.
Member of Greek Technical Chamber of Commerce.


Prof. Katerina Sarri,

is a Professor at the university of Macedonia. She is a grad-
uate of the Economics Department, Faculty of Law and Eco-
nomics of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She has
a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the
University of Birmingham, UK, and PhD from the University of
Macedonia, Department of Applied Informatics.

She has taught courses in Business Administration, Women's
Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Entrepre-
neurship, Financial Management, Human Resources Manage-
ment and Strategic Management, Train the Trainers, and Men-
toring in Greek and foreign educational institutions (universities,
technical colleges) at undergraduate and postgraduate level,
and in legal entities in the private and public sector.

She has also worked as a consultant, evaluator and coordi-
nator of programs (Central Health Council of the National
Welfare Organization, KEK KEPAK & CIS MAKINE, Omnia
Co, ELESA Ltd, RIPE, EQUAL, etc.). She has published articles
in leading Greek and foreign journals on her scientific interests
(Entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship
education, entrepreneurship and innovation, mentoring, busi-
ness administration) and has presented her work at numerous
international conferences.

She is the author of a forthcoming book on Women's En-
trepreneurship in Greece and national coordinator of the
program GUESSS (Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit
Students' Survey) for youth entrepreneurship. She is also
associated editor for the South-Eastern Europe Journal of
Economics (SEEJE) and a reviewer for the International Jour-
nal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJEIM),
published by Inderscience Publishers

ksarri@uowm.gr


Prof. Pantelis Angelidis,

Prof. Pantelis Angelidis is a Prof. on eHealth at UOWM. A Tele-
communications Engineering by education, he has worked as a
technology expert in the areas of IoT and Digital Health for the
past 20 years. He is the founder of three start-ups, an innovative
Digital Health SME, an custom software development house and
an Agri IoT microenterprise. He is actively publishing research
articles and textbooks. He has four patents. Prof. Angelidis was
a visiting professor at MIT Media Lab in 2009-10 and again
in 2015. He is a visiting lecturer at UB Medical School. He
is a Marshall Memorial fellow and an alumni of the Bodosaki
foundation. He is active in turning research results into profitable
businesses focusing on IoT and telecommunication technologies.

 

Lefteris Topaloglou

He is a Research Associate, (MSc, PhD), at the Department of
Planning and Regional Development at the University of Thes-
saly. He is the director of the Regional Association of Local
Governments of Western Macedonia (PED DM) and has been
working as a development consultant for local authorities since
1990. He obtained his Diploma in Political Sciences and
International Studies from Panteion University in Athens in 1988.
Also he received his M.Sc. in 2003, and his Ph.D in 2008 at
the Department of Planning and Regional Development at the
University of Thessaly. His main research interest pertains to the
economic geography of borders and the impacts of integration
on border regions. He currently teaches in the Graduate Pro-
gramme and in Post Graduate Programme, "European Regional
Development Studies". He has been involving in a large number
of research programmes such as RELOCAL (2016-2020), fund-
ed by HORIZON 2020, INACT (2014-2016), funded by IPA
CBC Programme "Greece-Albania 2007-2013", EUROBORDER-
REGIONS (2011-2014), funded by FP7, TERCO (2010-2012),
funded by ESPON, EUDIMENSIONS (2006-2009), funded by
FP6, EXLINEA (2002-20050, funded by FP5.

ltopaloglou@lga.gr

Principal Lecturer Kostas Galanakis,

Principal Lecturer Kostas Galanakis,
is teaching at Nottingham Business School on the following
modules: Innovation Management; New Venture Creation; Inter-
national Value Chains; and, Contemporary Issues in International
Business. The research activities that Kostas has undertaken re-
cently focus on managing Entrepreneurial and Innovation Process.
Especially, the support of young entrepreneurial minds and the
alignment of their ideas with the market needs are on his priorities.
Furthermore, Kostas directs research related to international value
chains, reinforcing the fact that the operations processes are the
ones that deliver value, but also deteriorate value. Therefore, he
prepares practitioners to continuously improve, change and rein-
vent businesses aiming to achieve an optimum performance
Kostas.Galanakis@ntu.ac.ukis teaching at Nottingham Business School
on the followingmodules: Innovation Management; New Venture Creation;
International Value Chains; and, Contemporary Issues in International
Business. The research activities that Kostas has undertaken re-
cently focus on managing Entrepreneurial and Innovation Process.
Especially, the support of young entrepreneurial minds and the
alignment of their ideas with the market needs are on his priorities.
Furthermore, Kostas directs research related to international value
chains, reinforcing the fact that the operations processes are the
ones that deliver value, but also deteriorate value. Therefore, he
prepares practitioners to continuously improve, change and rein-
vent businesses aiming to achieve an optimum performance

Kostas.Galanakis@ntu.ac.uk

 

Assistant Professor Chrysostomos D. Stylios,

at Dep. of Informatics and Telecommunications Technology,
Technological Educational Institute of Epirus (since 2006), is a
collaborative senior researcher at Management of Technology
Research Lab, University of Western Macedonia and a senior
researcher at Sector of Telematics and Applications for Regional
Development, Computer Technology Institute & Press. He was an
external consultant at Patras Science Park for over 7 years. He
was a visitor assistant professor at Computer Science Dep., of
University of Ioannina for 4 years. He received his Ph.D from the
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering University of
Patras in 1999. He received the diploma in Electrical & Com-
puter Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in
1992. He has been Scientific Responsible and project manager
of R&D project for over 4 MEuros. He has published over 100
journal and conference papers, book chapter and technical
reports. His main research interests include: Fuzzy Cognitive
Maps, Soft Computing techniques, Computational Intelligence
Techniques, Evolutionary methods, Neural Networks, Support
Vector Machines, Knowledge Hierarchical Systems and intel-
ligent data fusion; Modeling and Decision Support Systems,
Innovation, Smart Specialization and Regional Development.

stylios@teiep.gr


Maria S. Schina,

is a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering of Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki. After graduation she was involved in
several structural design studies as self-employed or in cooperation
with a design and construction firm. She has also been working
as a scientific researcher at the Universities of Thessaly and West-
ern Macedonia, in a series of projects and studies in the fields of
Regional Development, Innovation, Management of Technology
and Tourism Management. Since 2000 she has been working for
the Urenio Research Unit of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
participating in the implementation and the management of Euro-
pean and National research projects such as: InnoRegio: Dissem-
ination of Innovation and Knowledge Management Techniques,
InVent: Innovative Actions in Thessaly, Istos: Innovative Actions in
the South Aegean, Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) in Southwest
Bulgaria, Medi-Cube: Mediterranean Technology Led Incubator
Co-operation, RIPCM-Business Intelligence, InnoPolis: Innovation
Policy in University City Regions and CrossInnoCut: Innovative
Cost Cutting Technologies for enterprises.

marias@urenio.org


Evi Mattheopoulou,
MBA, BSc in English & American Language & Literature,

She graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and took her
Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Mace-
donia. She took her Doctoral Degree from University of Western
Macedonia in Virtual Management. Experienced executive with
sound knowledge of Project Management within the implementation
framework of transnational EU Programmes, HR Management and
Public Relations. Tutoring as an external expertise in Organisational
Behaviour, Corporate Social responsibility and Corporate Com-
munication at the Technical Educational Institute of Serres, Greece.
Efficiently combining her progressive academic background with
her extensive business career in the private business sector, bearing
a life long tutoring experience at international level. Qualified as a
Career development Facilitator at an international level European
Centre for Credentialing & Education; registered A10 Expert in Cer-
tifying Trainers for Complementary & Supportive Services (National
Accreditation Centre for Vocational Training.

mattheopoulou@euroconsultants.com.gr


Evangelia Matiaki,
MBA, MSc, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering,

graduated from City University of London, UK. She holds an
MSc Degree in Regional Planning and Development from
University of Thessaly, Greece and an MBA in Finance from
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. She currently
works in the area of Management of Innovation and Technology
at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University of
Western Macedonia and in the implementation of INTERREG
IVC European Funded Programs. She has long experience in the
Region of Thessaly as a consultant to the INTERREG III Programs,
implementation of the 3rd ROP 2000- 2006 and has been a
member of the design team of NSRF 2007- 2013 for Region
of Thessaly - Epirus - Sterea Ellada. She has also participated in
numerous conferences as a consultant to the General Secretary
of the Region of Thessaly during period 2005 - 2009.

matiaki@hotmail.com