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Vasilis Vassalos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Between 1999 and 2003 he was an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the NYU Stern School of Business. He has been working on the challenges of online processing of data from autonomous sources since 1996. He has published more than 35 research papers in international conferences and journals, holds 2 US patents for work on information integration, and regularly serves on the program committees of the major conferences in databases. He was a co-founder and CTO of Enosys Software, a pioneering data integration company that raised more than $10 million in VC funding and was acquired by BEA Systems (now Oracle Corp). He has led a number of publicly-funded research projects in the areas of online distributed information processing. Ηe was a Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellow in 2007-2008 visiting UCSD.
Dimitrios Athanasiadis, 31, is a graduate from the Physics Department of the University of Athens (2001) with a PhD in Radioastronomy from the University of Manchester (2004).
During his studies in the UK he has worked on reviews, data analysis using programming techniques, scientific observation, participating in various working groups, writing and presenting scientific publications, teaching to undergraduates and so on. He was also charged with responsibilities over the security and representation of undergraduate students, helping with the operation and management of the student campus.
In Greece he contributed with various articles in youth press, an activity which he pursued for 2.5 years. From 2005 to 2007 he was employed in the National Observatory of Athens as a researcher, a position which included data analysis, compiling results and presenting them to the scientific team, participating in competitions and so on. In 2006 he participated with a 5-strong team in the Innovation 2006 competition held by Otenet, where he took 4th place among 2700 submissions. His role included providing the original concept, writing a large part of the business plan and doing the final presentation before the judges. He has also contributed in various blogs since 2004 (terrainnova.org, opencoffee.gr) and is an avid observer of all start-up and technology-related news he can get his eyes on. He also recently participated in various projects (websource.it, howsocial.ru, greekstart-ups.com etc), while co-organising the Open Coffee Athens events.
He now works as a freelancing consultant for a number of startups and heads the PR efforts of Megaventory.com.
Tasso (Tassos) Argyros is the CTO and co-founder of Aster Data Systems, where he is responsible for all product and engineering operations of the company. Tasso was recently recognized as one of BusinessWeek's Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs for 2009 and was an SAP fellow at the Stanford Computer Science department. While at Stanford, Tasso was pursuing a Ph.D. in the Distributed Systems Group with a focus on designing cluster architectures for fast, parallel data processing using large farms of commodity servers. He holds an MsC in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Diploma in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Athens.
Alexey is hi-tech business professional and entrepreneur, with 15+ years of experience in Internet and telecom sectors. During his carrier he held positions ranging from technical to sales & business development, in both corporate and start-up environments. He is a cofounder and CEO of YouScan, leading social media monitoring tool in CIS region. Prior to YouScan, Alexey served as Business Development Director of Yandex Ukraine, Enterprise Channel Sales Lead in Alcatel-Lucent Ukraine, and consultant in Nortel. He's also a cofounder of Contactis, Kiev-based outsourcing contact center. Alexey holds Executive MBA degree from Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (kmbs).
Alexey’s specialties are Internet & communication technologies, business development, strategic marketing, startup management, SaaS.
Leda Karabela’s role is to ensure that priorities are effectively carried out via mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations with industrial/institutional partners.
She is a marketing, fundraising and communication professional with over 25 years of global executive experience. Having worked on academic /private partnerships projects at Stanford Business School, she has developed critical programs , maintaining growth-focused relationships between faculty, corporations and foundations to support ongoing research, and match talent needs with educational programming. She has organized and executed a multi-million dollar capital campaign, addressing stakeholder engagement, donor cultivation and stewardship accountability. She has also directed the Stanford Computer Industry Project, a corporate membership program for a university-wide research effort that positively impacted fundraising and institutional growth for years.
She is also the founder of Yhesitate, a company based on strategic communications, branding, leadership principles, solution-based methodologies, conflict resolution and cultivation of stakeholder alliances. She is part of the coaching team at SupporTED program and offers her support to the TED Fellows program designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers. Coaching/mentoring startup companies is one of her passion points and ways of giving back to the communities in which she conducts business.
Leda has earned an LL.B. in Jurisprudence from Aristotelian University Law School (Greece), an MSc in Communication from Boston University and an Executive Coaching Graduate degree from University of Texas, Dallas School of Management. She is a Certified Coach with more than 1000 hours of client coaching experience. In addition to Stanford University, she has also worked with both physical and virtual teams in multiple countries for Fortune 50 companies such as BP and Microsoft, and has lived in Boston, San Francisco, London, Athens and Dubai.
Apostolos Apostolakis, 35, has received his diploma in Civil Engineering from National Technical University of Athens in 1996.
In 1998 he cofounded with 2 friends e-shop.gr where he was involved until 2000, when he went to New York to get his MBA from Columbia University. In 2002 after graduation, he joined Boston Consulting Group where he worked as a consultant until 2004. During his time with BCG he was involved with projects in consumer and corporate banking as well as heavy industrial operations. At some of his main projects he analyzed and improved credit processes for banks as well as helped formulate and implement revenue and cost allocation models between business units.
In 2004 he rejoined e-shop.gr as a general manager where he serves until today. In 2009 e-shop.gr is the largest technology e-tailer in Greece and Cyprus, having 70 outlets in both countries, employing more than 500 people and expecting revenue for 2009 of 130 million euros. In the first years at e-shop.gr he was involved with all aspects of a growing company and since 2008, with the company having matured, he is mainly involved with the marketing and the financial management of the company. Apostolos is also a member of the board and shareholder at weddingmall a company founded in 2009 aiming to facilitate the wedding registry process for newly weds.
In 2012 Apostolos has co-founded DoctorAnytime a doctor appointment service and became an investor in the Openfund II.