Speakers

Michael Styllas

Geology Researcher – Mountaineer
Flat roads and straight lines, hide the beauty of life

Bio

Michael Styllas was attracted to the mountains from a very young age. This, gradually led him to fall in love with the science of Geology. He received his BSc degree in Geology in 1998 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to continue his studies in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences of Oregon State University (USA), where he received his Master’s in Science (MSc) degree in Oceanography – Marine Geology. During his PhD he received an EU sponsored Marie Curie Early Stag.e Researcher Fellowship, where he was specialized in the field of Paleoclimatology in Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research of the University of Bergen, in Norway. He received his PhD diploma in Geology – Sedimentology in 2009 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Since 2006 he works as an external geologist for GEOSERVICE Ltd, with which has realized numerous geophysical, geotechnical and geoarchaeological projects, and has participated in four EU-funded projects that mainly deal with sustainability and reuse methods and technologies of water resources through the artificial recharge of aquifers. Between 2015-2017 and as an independent researcher he studied the evolution of glaciers and the climate on Mount Olympus in Greece, during a project funded by John S. Latsis foundation in cooperation with researchers from the French National research institute CEREGE (Centre de Recherche et d’Enseignement de Géosciences de l’Environnement).

In addition to his academic activities, since 2004 he has been managing the alpine refuge Christos Kakkalos on Mount Olympus and has climbed extensively on the mountains of Greece, as well as on the peaks of the Alps, Norway, Russia and North America. He has participated in 10 expeditions in the Andes and the Himalaya and was a member of the first successful Greek expedition that stood on the summit of Mount Everest.

Lianou Chalvatzis Architects

Architects
Architecture is a journey to solve each time a new exciting enigma of space, beauty and experiences.

Bio

Natassa Lianou and Ermis Chalvatzis are directors of Lianou Chalvatzis Architects (LC-A), based in London. Through their practice they promote their vision about “Smart Design Elegance” as they call their philosophy and design process. They design efficient architectural solutions to real-world problems, which respond and adapt to the current socio-economic environment of each place, time and constrains, connecting people and enabling social interaction. Efficiency, economy, sustainability, materiality and high-aesthetics are the key parameters in their design process. The practice’s work focuses οn commercial building projects, hotels, residential masterplans, and infrastructure schemes as well as high profile smaller scale designs, aiming to bring meaningful design to the everyday lives of a broader audience.

Prior to establishing their firm, they gained rich experience through their trajectory at Zaha Hadid Architects as Senior Architects. Currently, Natassa & Ermis design, lead and deliver some of the most prominent, cutting edge, sustainable buildings in Greek Real Estate market, maintaining always an international outlook, attracting global attention.

Ioanna Theodorou

Social Enterpreneur – Founder of Campfire Innovation
The best way is always through

Bio

Ioanna uses the startup mentality to reimagine how social impact can be achieved.

In 2015, she became involved in the refugee crisis in Greece as a volunteer aid coordinator. She then launched Campfire Innovation, an organisation building an ecosystem to develop more innovative solutions for refugee aid, from the grassroots up.

Ioanna became a WEF Global Shaper in 2016. She was also a founding member of Reload Greece in 2012-2015. She lived across Europe and the Middle East and holds degrees in History of Art (University College London) and a MA in International Cultural Policy & Management (University of Warwick).

Themis Sapsis

Associate Professor of Mech. Engineering at MIT
Everything is logic, dreaming is the rest

Bio

Dr. Sapsis is the Doherty Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he has been a faculty since 2013. He received a diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Before becoming a faculty at MIT he was appointed as Research Scientist at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

His research interests focus on the understanding of chaotic and turbulent dynamical systems by means of probabilistic methods. He is particularly interested on the prediction and quantification of extreme event phenomena in complex systems. He has received three Young Investigator Awards from Naval-, Army- and Air-Force- Research Offices, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences.

Aimilios Chalamandaris

Co-founder and CEO of Innoetics
Hard work and love for what you are doing, always leads to success.

Bio

Dr. Aimilios Chalamandaris is a co-founder and CEO of Innoetics. He holds a BA and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the NTUA, as well as a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Digital Signal Processing from the Imperial College of London. He has authored more than 30 original scientific papers, and is one of the founding members of the team, which developed one of the world’s leading synthetic speech technologies.

From 2008 until today, as CEO of the company, he has led to the establishment of Innoetics as one of the most important companies of synthetic speech internationally, culminating in its acquisition by Samsung Electronics in 2017.

Dionysis Zindros

PhD student in cryptography and blockchains
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Bio

Dionysis is a PhD student in cryptography and blockchain technologies at the University of Athens, working under professor Aggelos Kiayias. He is a security and software engineer by training. His professional experience includes working for DeviantArt in Los Angeles, the Incident Response Development team at Google in Zurich where he developed open source incident response tools, and the Product Security team of Twitter in San Francisco where he helped shape the next version of the Content Security Policy W3C standard. He has founded several start-ups in various fields from social networking to video game development.

Dionysis holds an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens with a major in Computer Science. He works for IOHK as a research fellow through a long-term collaboration between IOHK and the Blockchain Technology Lab at the University of Athens.

His research interests include blockchain foundations, provable security of the permissionless consensus layer, decentralized trust, and compression security. He has published and presented at world-class conferences such as Black Hat, Financial Crypto, Real World Crypt and FOSDEM. He is the co-founder of OpenBazaar, the first cryptocurrency-based anonymous decentralized marketplace. Some of his important contributions to the field include Rupture, a compression attack framework; and Trust is Risk, the first Sybil-resilient decentralized trust network.

Romy Lorenz

Cognitive Neuroscientist
Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness, the ruler of movement. ~ Lao Tzu

Bio

Romy Lorenz is a cognitive neuroscientist with a multidisciplinary background in psychology and biomedical engineering. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Lab (C3NL) at Imperial College London. In September this year, she will take up her 4-year long Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with John Duncan at Cambridge University (UK) and Russ Poldrack at Stanford University (US). Her research interest lies in developing brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and artificial intelligence (AI) using different neuroimaging techniques and by applying machine learning. Rather than looking at BCIs through the lens of assistive technology though, she is passionate about using BCIs as a new experimental paradigm in cognitive neuroscience. She received her PhD from Imperial College London in June 2017, under the supervision of Robert Leech. For her PhD, she has developed an "AI neuroscientist" – a novel BCI for optimizing experimental design by combining real-time fMRI with Bayesian optimization. Alongside her research, she is working as a co-director for AXNS, a curatorial collective interested in the intersection between neuroscience and art.

Dimitra Galani

Artist
God does not play dice with the universe. ~Albert Einstein

Bio

In her distinguished 40-year career Dimitra Galani has made a great contribution to Greek music and culture. She is an exceptional artist, a serious and dignified presence in our country’s music scene. Her enduring cross-generational appeal is based on her unique voice, inherent musicality, powerful stage presence and peerless ability to interpret material by top Greek composers and lyricists, such as Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Loizos, a.o.

In her continuing thirst for information and keen interest for everything new, she tries to keep abreast of current musical trends in Greece and elsewhere. During her long career she has occasionally taken the role of the producer, introducing several young songwriters to the public. Additionally, she has written songs for other singers, as well as music for film, television and the theatre, and won multiple awards in music contests and annual festivals.

Caroline Bos

Principal Urban Planner – Co-founder of UNStudio
The key to future-proofing our cities does not lie in big data itself, but in the people who generate this data in the first place.

Bio

Caroline Bos studied History of Art at Birkbeck College of the University of London and Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht. In 1988 she co-founded Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau with the architect Ben van Berkel, extending her theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture.

In 1998 Caroline Bos co-founded UNStudio (United Net). UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Realized projects include the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands.

Caroline Bos has taught as a guest lecturer at Princeton University, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Vassilis Charalabidis

Founding member, Manager and Artistic Director of BIOS
Creativity is about allowing yourself to make mistakes ; art is about knowing which one of them to keep

Bio

Vassilis Haralambidis is founding member, manager and artistic director of BIOS non-profit organization. Bios today operates via 3 separate venues, all located in the center of Athens. The first one is Bios pireos84 (a cultural center for performing arts and cross media), then there is Romantso (the first Greek Creative and cultural Industries Hub) and finally Latraac (a social garden and sports venue). Since founding BIOS in 2001, he has been curating numerous events and performances concerning urban culture, new media and various expressions of contemporary artistic creativity.

As a designer, he has received numerous Greek and European awards and distinctions. He has devoted himself to pioneering a creative based approach to new and social entrepreneurship, best practices and policy, with his main focus currently being social inclusion and regeneration through the creative and cultural industries sector.

Vassilios Makios

General Director at Corallia – Professor Emeritus at University of Patras
Come to us with the joy of creation...

Talk • Open Innovation

Bio

Vassilios Makios received his Electrical Engineering degree from the Technical University in Munich, and the Ph.D from the Max Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics and the Technical University in Munich. He was Research Associate in the Max Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics in Munich, where he was associated with microwave interaction studies on plasmas. He served as a professor in the Department of Electronics, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. From 1977 he is an honorary research professor of Carleton University. From 1977 he was a professor of Engineering in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Patras. He has published over 150 papers and numerous patents. He has received the silver medal and the golden medal of the German Electrical Engineering Society (VDE) and has also received the IEEE 2000 Chester Sall Award for the 2nd place Transaction Award Paper.

He is a senior member of the IEEE, member of the Canadian Association of Physicists, the German Physical Society and the VDE, Professional Engineer of the Province of Ontario and the Greek Technical Chamber. He has served as President of the Research Center Athena. In 2006, he co-founded the Hellenic Technology Clusters Initiative-Corallia, and is up to date the Head of the Unit. He plays an instrumental role in the design and implementation of interventions introduced by Corallia with a vision “to sustain a Greek environment with the right framework conditions to allow sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship to flourish again” and ultimate goal “to establish the brand Innovation Designed in Greece”.

Hosted by

Ira Katsouda

Stand-up comedian

Bio

Ira Katsouda is a stand up comedy special with performances all over Greece.

In 2017, her solo stand-up performance "Gluten Free" received great reviews and was sold out in Athens and Thessaloniki. In 2014-15, she collaborated with Andreas Paspatis. Together, they presented the first stand up comedy battle in Greece. Ιn 2016, they organized and presented their first live stand-up comedy talk show "The Comedians". She has participated in Stand Up for U 2016, which was broadcast by ALPHA. Additionally, she has presented her work in TEDx events, while she was one of the two hosts of the opening ceremony of the 20th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. She also organizes Open Mic nights.

She has worked as an actor and copywriter for advertisements. She has studied Economics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, classical music, dance and acting.