Meet the team - Speakers, Mentors, Judges, Tech Support

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Our Mentors

Epaminondas Christophilopoulos​

Epaminondas is Head of the Foresight & Tools Unit in the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece.

He has a background in Physics, Environmental Studies, International Relations and Foresight. He has initially worked in the field of technology transfer and research commercialization, before setting up a new activity related to international research co-operation. Since then, he has coordinated several projects in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Gulf peninsula, and Central America, while he has extensively worked in China for over 10 years.

Since 2010, he draws particular focus on future studies and foresight and set up the Foresight Unit in FORTH/PRAXI. He is a certified Future Strategist, member of the World Future Society (WFS), Vice-Chair of the Foresight Europe Network (FEN) and Co-Chair of the Greek Node of the Millennium Project. His current research interests include the use of gamification methods in foresight, the future of tech/work and futures literacy.

 

Agathoklis Dimitrakos

Agathoklis, Geologist (School of Geology, AUTH 2006), MSc in Environmental Geography (School of Geology, Department of Physical and Environmental Geography, AUTH 2009) works in DRAXIS Environmental Technologies and ARGROAPPS PC, as a Remote Sensing & GIS expert, for the development of environmental and agrometeorological applications. His keen scientific research interests are on the fields of Spatial Data Management, Geostatistical Analysis and Mapping, Satellite Image Analysis and Soil Spectroscopy. He has 10 years of experience participating in various research projects, dealing with geodata management and satellite image processing for soil and water quality parameter mapping, combined with in situ field work techniques implementation.

Stylianos Kotsopoulos

Stylianos is a Remote sensing and numerical modelling expert with over 13 years of experience on the development and adaptation of intelligent decision support systems in agricultural and weather forecasting applications. He received his B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering from the School of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 2005, while he received his M.Sc. in Agricultural engineering and Water Resources Management in 2008 from the same school. He also received in 2019 an MSc. in Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Environment from the School of Geology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has more than 40 peer review papers in international conferences and scientific journals and more than 12 years of experience in the implementation of National and European environmental and agricultural projects.

Emmanouel Lekakis

Emmanouel holds a PhD, an MSc and a BSc title relevant to Agricultural Engineering, Soil and Irrigation Water Management, Environmental Hydraulics, Salinity, Irrigation Water and Soil Quality. His scientific activities cover subjects such as environmental-ecological modelling, soil-water chemistry, soil and water quality, remote sensing for agriculture and earth observation applications. He has a vast experience in the development and implementation of mathematical models and applications for the description of physical processes occurring in natural and agricultural ecosystems. He has also developed an Irrigation Water Advisory Application for more than 35 irrigated crops, during his Post-Doc research. He works as a farm management systems expert in the scientific department of AgroApps P.C. He is responsible for the scientific research and earth observation data incorporation for the development and improvement of the company’s FMIS applications.

Gregory Mygdakos

Gregory has more than ten years’ experience in external consultancy services to a number of EU and Non-EU based companies, in the fields of: innovation diffusion and adoption, business needs and requirements, enterprise development plans and on market strategy development. Additionally, he has been involved in several National and European collaborative projects through bilateral agreements as well as through participation in European funded projects in developing new precision agriculture products and services based on Earth Observation Data. He holds an Honours Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) on New Principles of Business Administration and Management and an MSc on Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises.

 

Dimitris Ntepos

Hey I’m Dimitris. I make sure production aligns on business missions so that projects stay on a successful delivery path. In the meantime, I love devoting time and energy to the local tech community.

Pantelis Pekakis

Pantelis is Environmental Engineer with an MSc in Energy Systems. He has more than ten years of experience in consulting, environmental & energy technologies and environmental informatics. His consulting expertise includes drafting and monitoring of Environmental Assessment and Management services (EIA, SEA, DDR, LCA, Industrial Risk Management) for public and private sector, innovation projects and policy making purposes. His engagement in various European and National projects covering fields such as: environmental management, energy, environmental policy, climate change and e-government, provided him with a range of both technical and managerial skills.

 

Panagiota Syropoulou

Panagiota is Physicist with MSc in Environmental Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with expertise in air quality monitoring and management of environmental hazards. She is responsible for the design, business development and marketing of commercial applications focused on air quality information (e.g. Envi4All). Specifically, she has expertise in air quality monitoring through official air quality monitoring stations, low-cost citizen science sensors, Earth Observation, and other innovative techniques, while she is also working on air quality modeling and forecasting with state-of-the-art models developed by DRAXIS. She is experienced in air quality data analysis, evaluation of air pollution impacts on human health, and provision of policy recommendation on emission reduction and air pollution management.

 

Irene Zyrichidou

Irene obtained her diploma in Physics in 2004 and her PhD in the field of Satellite Remote Sensing of atmospheric species in 2013 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). From 2013 – 2018 she had been working as an environmental Postdoc researcher in the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics (LAP)-AUTH. She has more than 10 years of experience on research in Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry. She is highly qualified in satellite atmospheric observations diffusion, greatly experienced in the analysis, inter-comparison and validation of satellite observations of a wide range of atmospheric variables in order to attribute the sources of trace gases from space. She has scientific involvement in many European and National research projects related with atmospheric chemistry, air quality and climate and a proven publication track record with more than 220 citations. She has more than 30 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings and more than 25 participations in international conferences. She is also an active reviewer in 8 scientific Journals. (h-index = 10, source: Scopus). From 2018 she works in DRAXIS Environmental Technologies S.A. as Senior Environmental Consultant – Scientific Project Manager.

Our Tech Support

Apostolos Agrafiotis

Apostolos is a fully-qualified Software Engineer with experience in researching, designing & developing of large scale ICT systems, specialized in Remote Sensing and Web GIS Applications.

He is the Technical Leader of the Draxis development team and is expert in undertaking the entire production cycle of web application development process.

 

Athanasios Fotis

Athanasios is a skilled software engineer with more than 10 years of experience in computer science. He is an expert in designing, implementing and deploying application interfaces and web services as well as supervising ICT projects of different scale and complexity. He is also experienced in application interfaces and web services and always aims for the best deliverable outcome. His moto is “better software for a better world”.

Petros Gasteratos

Petros is an IT professional with a degree in Computer Science from the Ionian University. He has worked on various projects as a software developer the past years, including web platforms and mobile applications. Currently he is working on environmental web platforms and applications managing data such as sensor data, scientific model data, meteorological data and satellite data.

Our Judges

Christos Bacharakis

Christos is an open-source engineer, supporting communities, companies, and organizations around the world for adopting and using open practices. At Mozilla, he is a member of the Open Innovation team, that helps Mozilla’s product and technology teams move more intentionally towards open methods across all phases of the lifecycle to gain long-term competitive advantage. He is also an aviation geek, coffee lover, and a no-pro basketball player.

 

Stavros Tekes

Stavros is a Technical Leader with more than 15 years of experience working with diverse companies, both Startups and Corporations. He is co-owner and CTO of DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL SA, a company active in the environmental informatics field, as well as a co-founder and CTO of Agroapps PC, a company based in Greece, dedicated to providing sustainable ICT solutions that help modern farming and agriculture. He holds an Electronic and ICT engineering degree and an MSc in Advanced Informatics while he has wealth of experience in software engineering, web/mobile development, ICT integration projects, and teaching-training activities under his belt.

During all these years he has participated as a technical coordinator in more than 10 international R&D projects aiming to create ICT solutions both for the agricultural and the environmental sectors. Possessing excellent knowledge of system architecture, data modelling techniques and software development environments, Stavros is a strong thought leader with a proven track-record in recognizing critical issues and risks and taking proper proactive actions. Passionate about technology, he has a strong interest in following up the trends in application development and always happy to be challenged by the next big ICT project.

 

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