Archives: Speakers

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Panos Kefalas

Panos Kefalas leads Aurora’s research activities for South Eastern Europe. While at Aurora, Panos initially gained experience on the GB market where he led analyses of net-zero modelling for the UK government in several instances but also the development of global renewable outlooks for large investment banks. Since September 2020, he has focused all of his attention in South Eastern European markets having been the key figure for extending Aurora’s modelling capabilities to the region.

Before joining Aurora, Panos was part of Sweco UK as a grid services engineer specialising in grid connection applications for battery storage assets and EV charging infrastructure.

He holds a MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Power Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology.

Efthimios Tartaras

Efthimios holds a BS in Geology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and MS and PhD degrees in Geophysics from the University of Utah, with a specialization in 3D geophysical modelling and inversion. He has conducted research in advanced imaging and inversion algorithms for subsurface characterization and has worked on the modelling and interpretation of surface, borehole and airborne geophysical data for hydrocarbon, mineral and geothermal exploration. He has held various senior management and business development positions in the Oilfield Services industry, where he managed large multi-disciplinary teams working on G&G data integration and was responsible for global sales and marketing of multi-physics services, including software, data acquisition, processing and interpretation. He has recently returned to Greece to manage HHRM’s Geoscience department and to provide management consultancy services in the fields of hydrocarbon exploration and new energy projects.

Adamantios Mitsotakis

Dr.Adamantios(Adamis) Mitsotakis is a Research associate at CERTH/CPERI since 2014. He is political scientist (Panteios Univ. of Athens) with Phd in History of International Relations  (Greek-Israeli Relations- Univ. Nanterre-X, Paris). He has long experience in International business &communication, European programs in transport (LNG marine), energy (CCUS) and vocational training (Marco Polo program). He has also expertise in organization, operation and installation facilities in measurement of air pollutants. He has participated in several National and European projects for promotion of LNG marine, District heating Natural Gas and LPG, development of action plans in measurement of air pollutants in Greek Ports and abroad, logistics of CNG in transport of Heavy Vehicles and logistics of LNG in Greek Islands for transport &energy plants. He is also involved in planning of projects related to Green Hydrogen.19 publications in scientific journals and conferences, participation in several workshops and seminars.

Philipp Kunze

Philipp is Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Projects Greece. In his position he drives project development in Greece.

Prior to this Philipp was Head of Segment Support Projects for hybrid projects and energy storage across the global organisation of BayWa r.e. and the Co-Founder and CEO of OneShore Energy, a company which focused on PV diesel hybrid systems for islands and off-grid large scale power plants.

Earlier he was an initial team member of NexTracker and drove European Sales for the company and served as Managing Director and Director, European Sales for Solaria Germany GmbH in Berlin. He was also worked as a consultant at Invest in Germany based in Palo Alto, CA and Berlin and as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group in Munich. He also gained initial experience in banking in the M&A division of UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) in London, and at HypoVereinsbank (now Unicredit), a retail and investment bank in Munich.

Philipp founded and chaired the task force for cleantech start-ups of the Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network (BEN) and founded the Clean Technology Industry Group for the German American Business Association (GABA) in Northern California. He was a member of the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII).

Philipp studied at the London School of Economics and at Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) in Barcelona and holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from the London School of Economics and a CEMS-Master degree in Management.

Stella Kyvelou

Dr. Stella Kyvelou is the MSP focal point for the Eastern Mediterranean (MSP Assistance mechanism, European MSP Platform). She is Professor and Head of the Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies at the Department of Economic and Regional Development of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Architect-Engineer and Planner, she specialises in European environmental policy, local development and Maritime Spatial Planning, carrying out research and teaching of MSP at Panteion University.Her research activities include European territorial development and cohesion and served as Director of the ESPON2013 National Contact Point (2008-2015) providing, in parallel, consultancy to the Greek Ministry of Development. She has been involved as expert in several MSP projects, namely SUPREME, IMP facility for the Med, MUSES, IMP facility for the Black Sea etc. and as coordinator in ESPONTrain (LP), ESPON-INTERSTRAT, ESPON-USESPON, and ESPON-on-the-Road. Currently she is PI of the HER-SEA research project “Developing an Observation Network for Maritime Cultural Heritage (MCH/UCH) in Greece”. Her research interests are focusing on blue economy, MSP, tourism and heritage, incorporation of MCH/UCH in MSP, land-sea interaction, sustainable urban development and sustainable construction, inclusive growth, geography and geopolitics. She is author of several books and articles, columnist in electronic media and key-note speaker in numerous international meetings and conferences. She has served as Deputy Head the Dpt of Economic and Regional development of Panteion University (2018-2020) and was Special Adviser to the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy on issues related to insular policies, MSP and conservation of the marine environment (2018-2019).Stella has a great number of publications in scientific journals, international conferences and scientific books, among them a collective Handbook entitled “Maritime Spatial issues: maritime dimension of territorial cohesion, MSP, sustainable blue growth” (ed.KRITIKI, 2016). She teaches at International Master and PhD programmes. In 2011, she was awarded by the French government «Chevalier à l’ordre de Palmes Académiques». Currently, Stella was nominated as member of the National (Greek) Council of Spatial Planning ( 2022-2025).

Theocharis Tsoutsos

Theocharis Tsoutsos is Professor at the School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece. Since 2005 he is Founder and Director, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Lab (ReSEL). He has been Director Graduate Programme “Environmental Engineering” (2014-2018) and Coordinator of the TUC-Energy Group (2013-2017).
Since 1999 he has been adjunct Associate Professor in Technical University of Crete), Heriot-Watt, University of Western Attica, Kingston University, UK Open University, Greek Open University. During the period 1992-2005 he became head, of the Development Dept in the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Saving (CRES).

He has studied Chemical Engineering (National Technical University of Athens – NTUA,1984); Economist (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens – NKUA-, Law School,1990) and got his PhD from National Technical University of Athens (1990)

He is actually Member of the Management Council (RMEI -réseau méditerranéen des ecoles d’ingénieurs et de management, 2018-) and of Steering Committee RHC (European Technology Platform – Renewable Heating -Cooling, 2018-)

Professor Tsoutsos has coordinated more than 40 research projects on Sustainable Development, Energy and Mobility and participated in more than 100 totally funded by FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020, IEE, THERMIE, MED, INTERREG, COST, Jean Monnet.
He is author of more than 100 publications in international scientific peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters, 200 conference. He has achieved 6,200 citations (Scholar) with h-factor:34 (Scopus) and 40 (Scholar).  He is Member of the Editorial Board in the following scientific peer-review journals: Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier); Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects (Taylor-Francis); Energies (mdpi); Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (mdpi); AIMS Energy; Current Sust./Ren.  Energy Reports (SpringerNature); Inventions (mdpi); Green Energy and Sustainability (Pivot Science Publication Corp)

George Kasapidis

George Kasapidis was born in Kozani in 1971. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, with specialization in Crop Production from the School of Geotechnical Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc in Agriculture with specialization in Agricultural Economy from the School of Geotechnical Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

He is the Regional Governor of Western Macedonia, since September 1st 2019.He is an alternate member of the European Committee of the Regions and Chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Association of Greek Regions.

From 2004 to 2019 he was a Member of the Greek Parliament, elected by the people of the Prefecture of Kozani, with the New Democracy Party.

In 2003 he was elected with the majority of votes as a member of the Regional Council of Kozani.

He was a founding member of the Aristotle University Graduate Students’ Association in 1999. He joined the Agricultural Association of Kozani in 2000 and Consumer Protection Centre of Kozani in 2002. In 2002, he started working as a self -employed agronomist and producer of aromatic and medicinal plants and essential oils.

In 2004 he introduced to Greece and piloted the first plantation of roses and lavender in the prefecture of Kozani. He founded the Cooperative of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants of Voio. He twice served as the Head of Rural Development Policy Division of the New Democracy party. He has been married since 2015 with Katerina Diou, an employee of the Rural Economy Department of the Region of Western Macedonia

George Kremlis

Principal Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister on energy, climate, environment and circular economy issues.
– Τhe previous (two times) and current Chair of the Bureau of the Espoo Convention. He was elected as Chair of the MOPs in 2019 and of the MOPs in December 2020 and re-elected Chair for the period 2021-2023.
– Chairman of the Greek Initiative – Flexible Mechanism – at UN level on protecting cultural and natural heritage from climate change impacts.
 – Member of the Board of the European Public Law Organisation and Honorary Chair of its Circular economy and climate Institute.
– Μember of the environmental and social advisory council of the EBRD.
– Honorary Director of the European Commission (EC) and has been in this capacity Active Senior responsible for circular economy in the islands.

Panagiotis Papastamatiou

Papastamatiou is Director of ENTEKA Group where he directs the development and financial sectors of the Group. Moreover, he is Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association, ELETAEN. He has a vast experience in energy projects development in Greece and in Balkans with special focus and deep knowledge in wind energy. In the past he worked as advisor for the Hellenic Ministry of Development as well as for other public and private corporations. He holds Diploma in Electrical Engineering from NTU of Athens with PhD in Operational Research and Energy Policy & Planning and postgraduate lessons in Economics and Management in Athens University of Economics and Business. He is elected member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Association of RES Electricity Producers, GAREP.

Fokion Tasoulas

Fokion Tasoulas has worked for Titan Cement Group since 1989 and has held a number of technical, managerial and executive positions. He has been a member of the Group Executive Committee since 2017 and, as of October 2020, he holds the position of Group Innovation and Technology Director, leading Digital Transformation projects with a focus on Assets’ optimization and Reliability improvements with AI and big data analytics.

Prior to his current role, he served as Group Engineering and Technology Director for eight years. He has also covered various roles within the Group including, among others, Regional Director for Egypt, Albania and Kosovo, with P&L responsibilities for those countries, and Vice President, Cement and Aggregates Operations in the Florida Business Unit of Titan America. While in Titan America, he was responsible for the cement and aggregates operations at the Pennsuco plant in Medley, Florida, and had technical oversight of the Roanoke cement plant in Roanoke, Virginia.

Fokion Tasoulas earned his Master’s degree in Mining and Metallurgy, Engineering, from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.

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