The team

Prof. Yiannis Bakouros

Prof. Yiannis Bakouros is Professor at the University of Western Macedonia, and President of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he began his academic career in 2003. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a Chemical Engineer, in 1981 and took his PhD in the field of Technological Management in 1988 from the University of Bradford, UK. He worked as production and sales manager in industrial, commercial and consultancy enterprises.  He also served as a member of the board of directors and as technical advisor to big textile manufacturing companies. He was director in the development of Thessaloniki Technology Park (TTP) and the establishment of its Training Centre, with emphasis to the education of engineers in methodologies and mechanisms for transfer of technology. He heavily contributed to the creation of European and Greek technological networks, to the promotion of innovation and diffusion of technology in the area of SE Europe. He was the first representative of TTP in the Greek Innovation Relay Center, to which he was one of the founders. He also served as a chairman in the 32 European National Coordinators of EYREKA initiative, during the Greek Presidency. He was visitor professor at the Industrial Administration Sector, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and assistant professor at University of Thessaly.

He has long experience in the growth of innovation management tools, business support, entrepreneurship and promotion of innovation, through the execution of a long series of Research and Development Projects as a Coordinator or Researcher. These projects were drawn and executed in Greece, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, mainly focused on his main research activities, Management of Technology, Regional Growth, Clusters, Regional Strategies of Innovation, National Innovation Policies, Development of Science and Technology Parks, Innovation Poles, Networks of Management of Information, Reliability, Maintenance, Industrial Safety. He also was head manager and coordinator of projects such as Regional Innovation Strategies, Regional Innovation Strategies Plus and Innovative Actions of Thessaly. He has published a great number of articles and a number of books in all the above mentioned fields. His latest books with the titles: “Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from Theory to Practice” and «Reliability and Maintenance of Technological Systems» were published in 2010.

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Prof. Elias G. Carayannis is Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as co-Founder and co-Director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and  Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, European Union Research  Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Carayannis' teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic Government-University-Industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development. 

Dr. Carayannis has several publications in both academic and practitioner journals, including IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Research Policy, Journal of R&D Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Technology Management, Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Engineering Management Journal, Journal of Growth and Change, Review of Regional Studies, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Le Progres Technique, and Focus on Change Management. He has also published more than twenty books to date on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with Springer, CRC Press, Praeger/Greenwood, Palgrave/MacMillan and Edward Elgar, and has several more projects under contract. 
He is Editor-in-Chief of the Edward Elgar Book Series on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; the Springer Book Series on Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management; the Palgrave MacMillan Book Series on Democracy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Growth (DIE4Growth), the Springer Book Series on Arts, Research, Innovation and Society (ARIS), the Springer Journal of the Knowledge Economy; the Springer Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Systems View Across Time and Space and the IGI International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development; Associate Editor of the International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development and on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals.  
He has consulted for a wide variety technology-driven organizations in both government and the private sector, including the World Bank, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Agency for International Development, IKED, the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program, the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM), the USN CNO Office, Sandia National Laboratories' New Technological Ventures Initiative, the General Electric Corporate Training & Development Center, Cowen & Co, First Albany International, Entreprises Importfab, and others. 
He is fluent in English, French, German, Greek, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. 
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Prof. Katerina Sarri

Prof. Katerina Sarri is a graduate of the Economics Department, Faculty of Law and Economics 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, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Human Resources Management and Strategic Management, Train the Trainers, and Mentoring 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 coordinator 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, business administration) and has presented her work at numerous international conferences. She is the author of a forthcoming book on Women's Entrepreneurship 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 Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJEIM), published by Inderscience Publishers.

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Paraskevi Giourka

Paraskevi Giourka, PhD, MBA, MSc, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, 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 Development 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, innovation management, development of mechanisms to strengthen the innovativeness of organizations, and global innovation policies.

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Elpida Samara

Elpida Samara, PhD, Mechanical Engineer graduated Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a PhD on “National Innovation Systems, an Innovation Model using System Dynamics”, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia (UOWM). She is working as a project manager with the UOWM in many EU projects, such as Virtual Technopolis (3rd R.O.P. West Macedonia), IKTIMED (MED), Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (ERDF), Innovation Pole of WM (ERDF), SMART+ (INTERREG IVC). She participated in the organizing committee of the Eureka National Project Coordinators during the Greek Eureka Presidency. She has a teaching experience at the Technological Education Institute of Kozani where she is working as a Scientific Collaborator in the departments of Business Administration, Mechanical Engineers and Industrial Planning since 2004. Her research interests include modelling of innovation systems and technological innovation, innovation and technology management, technology transfer.

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Evangelia Matiaki

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.  

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Kostas Galanakis

Principal Lecturer Kostas Galanakis, is teaching at Nottingham Business School on the following modules: Innovation Management; New Venture Creation; International Value Chains; and, Contemporary Issues in International Business. The research activities that Kostas has undertaken recently 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 reinvent businesses aiming to achieve an optimum performance.

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Assistant Professor Chrysostomos D. Stylios

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 & Computer 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 intelligent data fusion; Modeling and Decision Support Systems, Innovation, Smart Specialization and Regional Development.

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Lecturer Sofoklis Makridis

Lecturer Sofoklis Makridis is a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Macedonia in Kozani, Greece. He is a physicist while he received his M.Sc. in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2004 in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering (Magnetic Materials). His Postdoc research has been accomplished on Materials for Hydrogen Storage by having a fellowship from the State Scholarships Foundation. Since 2004, he gives lectures in the UOWM by covering physics, materials for hydrogen technologies and energy. He is currently an Associate Editor in Central European Journal of Physics, Editor in Central European Journal of Chemistry regarding Solid State Chemistry-Hydrogen Technologies and a Member of the IEEE Magnetics Society. He is collaborating with the MEANDER Group and the Environmental Technology Laboratory. He has more than 40 publications in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He has been involved in at least 10 research programs, in many of which as a principal investigator in his field. He has 8 invited lectures in Research Centers and Universities and 3 invited lectures in conferences abroad in the last 5 years. His curriculum vitae has been cited in Marquis Who's Who in the World (2010) and selected as one of the leading achievers from around the globe. Since 2011, he is in the Management Committee of the Cost actions related to his fields of expertise by representing the Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology. Recently, he participated as a guest editor in the topical issue 'Materials for Hydrogen Technologies' of CEJC.

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Sotiris Zygiaris

Sotiris Zygiaris, Ph.D, MSc, BSc, holds his Ph.D. from Aristotle University in the area of the analysis of innovation ecosystems. He has also a BSc and MSc for Lamar University USA in Computer Science and Management respectively. His research interests are focused on smart planning and new business models for smart cities. For the past twelve years his work as research manager for innovation and regional development projects across Europe. Some indicative fields of his work are regional development policies, smart specialization, research valorisation, innovation management, cluster development and sustainable planning. He is a European Commission International Expert for DG Research and DG Enterprise and Industry in Innovation Policy matters. He is a Visiting Professor at University of Peloponnese in Innovation management and technology uptake.

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Maria S.Schina

Maria S.Schina, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, 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 Western 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 European and National research projects such as: InnoRegio: Dissemination 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.

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Evi Mattheopoulou

Evi Mattheopoulou, MBA, BSc in English & American Language & Literature, graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and took her Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Macedonia. 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 Communication 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 Certifying Trainers for Complementary & Supportive Services (National Accreditation Centre for Vocational Training/EKEPIS: 4567/16.10.2006).                                

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Maria Kotsopoulou

Maria Kotsopoulou, MSc, BSc Telematics and Management, is a graduate of the Department of Telematics and Management of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece. She holds a MSc degree in Computer Science. During the period 2007-2008 she was working at the Prefecture of Kozani as administrative support at research programs of NSRF 2007-2013. She works for the University of Western Macedonia as administrative support to the EU funded programs: EFFMIS (NTERREG IVC), IKTIMED (Med),  MOKE  Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (ERDF), Innovation Coupons for SME's (General Secretary of Research & Technology- Ministry of Development), Entrepreneurial Diversity (INTERREG IVC).

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Despina Anastasopoulos

Despina Anastasopoulos, Junior researcher at the Laboratory of Knowledge and Intelligent Computing of T.E.I. of Epirus, is a graduate of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications Technology.  Currently, she is a  and she is collaborating at issues of smart specialization and Innovation with research at Management of Technology Research Lab, University of Western Macedonia. She has 5 years’ experience in implementing EU projects regarding innovation and entrepreneurship as she has participated as a researcher in many Regional Development projects: Mini-Europe –Interreg IVC, IKTIMED-Med programme, INNOVA & INNOVA –NET –Interreg Gr-It, Metagnosis-Regional Innovation Pole of Western Greece. Her research interests include ontology, semantic networks, and decision support systems, ICT tools to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the SMEs and she is currently working in innovative policies for sustainable development such as smart specialization, pre-commercial procurement and clusters.

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Evangelia Zikou, is a Researcher - Ph.D Candidate in Entrepreneurship - Regional Development, at the University of Macedonia. Her master is in Balkaniologia and Economics and is graduate of the University of Western Macedonia, Department of Balkan Studies. Her research interests are in the area of entrepreneurship, women's entrepreneurship and regional development and has participated with publications in international conferences, such as EBEEC Conference 2012, ASECU Youth Conference 2011, EBEEC Conference 2011, EBES Conference 2010.

In 2012, she participated in book of Sarri, K., and Trixopoulou, A., "Female Entrepreneurship: An approach of the Greek reality", Rosil, while in 2010 write with Mr. Varsakeli N, and Mr. Koutsouliano Chr. a book entitled "Local Government and Entrepreneurship: Policies for Entrepreneurship development" and 2007 participated in the writing of a Business Guide for FYROM with Aristotle University of Macedonia.

Furthermore, she is certified mentor and belongs to the Register of "ERGANI" and as a part of Ph.D teaches courses for Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Business Economics and International Business.  

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