Archives: Speakers

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Michail Chatzipanos

Michail Chatzipanos is the Director of the Transmission New Projects Department of IPTO. Mr. Chatzipanos started his career in IBM in 2007, as an Onassis Foundation scholar holding a diploma with honours in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA degree from Athens University of Economics and Business. In IBM, he worked as a business consultant through various industries within the Global Business Services Department, joining various Greek and international projects.

In 2011, he joined IPTO where he went through various roles within the Transmission New Project Department. Since 2016, he has been in charge of the Cable transmission lines sub-section  Since March 2018, as  head of Transmission Lines Studies section, he also acted as a project manager of the Crete-Peloponnese interconnection and the Cyclades Interconnection (Phase D) projects. Since 2021, he has been in charge of the Project Management and Technical Infrastructure branch.

He is PMP certified and an active member of CIGRE. He has taken part in study committees and working groups and has published relevant papers mainly focusing on the knowledge area of Insulated Power Cables and Interconnections. He speaks fluently 6 languages.

George Psyrris

George Psyrris is the Director of Grid Telecom, a subsidiary of the IPTO Group since 2019. During his many years at the OTE Group, he has been the Director of Product Marketing (2010-2016)

Mr. Psyrris has significant experience in the wholesale telecommunications market, having under his supervision the management of infrastructure projects for the provision of services to telecommunications providers (2006-2010). He has also been a lecturer at the Hellenic Society of Business Administration as well as in a variety of educational institutions in thematic subjects related to Management, Sales, Marketing etc. He is a graduate of the Kapodistrian University of Athens (Economics) and holds an MBA from the University of Wales.

Leonidas Antoniou

Leonidas is a Research and Innovation Policy Expert with an educational background in architecture, urban and regional development, and planning.

He is currently working as a Research Associate at the HERACLITUS Research Centre of the Cyprus University of Technology.


He has served for 20 years as a Director at the Research and Innovation Foundation of Cyprus with the responsibility of designing the national R&I Programmes’ Framework and the Smart Specialisation Strategy of the country.


At the European level, he has acquired a deep knowledge of the R&I Policy, Programmes, and Partnerships landscape. Among others, he has been the Chair of the High-Level Group for Joint Programming and a member of the ERAC Steering Board, the H2020 and HE Strategic Configuration PC, the Ad-hoc Committee for European Partnerships, and the ERA-LEARN Advisory Board. He also served as the national coordinator for H2020, COST, and EURAXESS, the Director of the EEN-Cy network and a member of the GB of more than 20 JPIs, the ESF, the AAL and ERANET networks. Among others he served as a Governing Board member of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change.


In addition, he has accumulated experience in impact assessment of European R&I policies and partnerships as chairman/member of Expert Groups.

Chris Basinski 

Chris is a Principal Energy Economist in EBRD’s Climate Strategy & Delivery (CSD) team. Since joining the Bank in 2015, he has covered the Central and South-eastern Europe region, where he has worked on transactions and led policy dialogue efforts to scale up clean energy investments. Before joining the Bank, he worked in consulting, where he specialised in energy market modelling. Chris has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and holds the GARP Energy Risk Practitioner (ERP) qualification. Since 2016 he has been a regular guest lecturer on energy market reform and decarbonisation at the Joint Vienna Institute (JVI).


John Feddersen

John Feddersen is the Founder and CEO of Aurora Energy Research.

Since beginning his business career with Deutsche Bank he has advised a number of major government and private sector clients – previously working with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Australia and South-East Asia.

John is a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. His commentary and analysis is regularly featured in international press and he has contributed papers for various academic journals.

He holds a first-class degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Melbourne, and MPhil and DPhil degrees in Economics, awarded with the George Webb Medley Prize, from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Julian Popov

Julian Popov is Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, Chairman of the Building Performance Institute Europe and Former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria. He was the good will Bulgarian Ambassador for energy and climate policy and energy security adviser to the President of Bulgaria. Julian is member of the European Council of Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board of Climate KIC and the boards of several other energy and climate related organisations. He is the founding Vice Chancellor and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University and cofounder of the Tunisian School of Politics. Julian was voted as one of the 40 most influential voices on European energy policies (N24) and also as one of the 40 most influential voices in the European energy efficiency policies (N25) by EurActiv. His articles on European and energy policy have been published by Financial Times, Project Syndicate, NS Energy Monitor, The Independent, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, EurActive and others. He is author of two books and co-author of the books The European Supergrid and Energy and Climate Diplomacy. He lives in London with his family.

Nikos Pasadakis

Nikos Pasadakis is the Director of the Institute of GeoEnergy (IG) of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH/IG) and Professor at the School of Mineral Resources Engineering of the Technical University of Crete (TUC/MRED).

He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering, on Chemical Technology of petroleum and natural gas and a PhD in Chemistry, from the Department of Organic Chemical Technology of the Technical University of Lvov, former USSR.

Prof. Pasadakis’ research work focuses on (1) instrumental analysis and characterization of conventional and unconventional fossil fuels, (2) chemometrics, data analysis and modelling of composition and properties of fossil fuels, and (3) petroleum geochemistry, applications in exploration, production and the environmental impact of fossil fuels exploitation.

He has published one book “Petroleum Geochemistry”, 60 papers in peer-reviewed international and 70 papers in refereed conferences.

Alexandra Sdoukou

Alexandra Sdoukou is a lawyer, permanent employee at the Management Organisation Unit of Development Programmes (MOU S.A.) under the Ministry of Economy and Development. Since 2004, she is working as legal advisor in the public administration in various positions at the Ministries of Economy, Development and Environment, Energy & Climate Change.

She has been specialised as energy policymaker, working with all Energy Ministers from 2007 to 2015. From 2012 to 2015, she was Head of Cabinet at the Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, competent to develop policy formulation, implementation and monitoring on a wide range of energy and environmental projects.

From October 2017, she was Advisor to the President of Nea Dimokratia on energy and natural resources.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Democritus University of Thrace, a Master’s Degree LLM in European Commercial Law from the University of Bristol U.K., and a M.Sc. in International & Economic studies from the Athens University of Economics & Business.

Athanasios Stubos

Dr Athanasios Stubos is the Director of the Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety, at the National Research Center Demokritos, Athens, Greece. He has studied Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and holds MSc and doctoral degrees in Fluid Dynamics from the Von Karman Institute, Belgium. His main research interests include Hydrogen Technologies, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Energy Processes and Environmental Impacts. He has acted as project coordinator for various European and National R&D projects, and performed industrial R&D in USA and Europe. At present he is the Greek delegate in the States Representatives Group of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the EC.

Nora Gourdoupi

Nora Gourdoupi holds a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Patras specializing in the synthesis and characterization of polymers for fuel cell applications. She joined  Advent Technologies in 2006 as a Senior Scientist and is co inventor in 18 patents. Being part of a fast-growing Small Medium Enterprise from its foundation,  Nora  has been involved in several key business processes including materials R&D as well as project managment. She currently holds the position of SVP, Corporate Business Development of the Greek branch overseeing daily operations while  being also engaged in product development, government projects and technical sales. She enjoys using her science knowledge to understand the business and technical issues customers are facing and  offer appropriate solutions.

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