HCAP Webcast 07: Discovering and funding innovation

09jul5:00 pm6:00 pmHCAP Webcast 07: Discovering and funding innovation

Event Details

The link of the event can be found here.

Thursday July 09, 2020

17:00 – 18:00 (Greece)

Discovering and funding innovation

Discussion about how innovation can be discovered and funded in order to help State owned enterprises improve the efficiency of their operations and the quality of their services



Stefanos Giourelis

Moderator: Stefanos Giourelis, Executive Director, HCAP

Stefanos Giourelis is Executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations SA (HCAP).

Mr. Giourelis studied at the National Technical University of Athens from where he obtained a degree in Mining Engineering & Metallurgy. He has worked for the past 25 years in Information Technology sector and in various projects (data centers, business continuity, hybrid and public Cloud, disaster sites, etc) in private and public sector in Greece and abroad. He worked for 19 years at Hewlett Packard for Greece, Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa based initially in Athens and afterwards in Dubai, 4 of which as a General Manager (Greece) and 8 of which as Managing Director in Greece, Africa region and GRAF (Greece & Africa) region.


Angelos Amditis Speaker: Angelos Admitis, Research Director, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, NTUA

Dr. Angelos J. Amditis is Research Director in the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems and member of its Board of Directors. He is the Vice President and one of the founding members of ITS Hellas. He was one of the initiators of the EuroVR Association and has also served as President from September 2010 till March 2016. In June 2018 he became the ERTICO Chairman, while he has been a member of the ERTICO Supervisory Board since 2013.  He is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA). He is the National Representative on CCAM and C-ITS for Greece.

He is a  Member of the Executive Group of ALICE, co-Chairing the Systems & Technologies for Interconnected Logistics and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP S.A.). He is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Hellenic Port Community System (HPCS) of the Piraeus Container Terminal S.A. (PCT) and a Member of the Innovation Platform of the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations S.A. (HCAP).He is participating or has participated to the INATBA, eMI³, MaaS Alliance DTLF, GEAR2030, TM2.0 Platform (Steering Body member), Trilateral WG on Automation, euRobotics, SENSORIS, WssTP, UITP, AIOTI and many other EC Groups and Platforms.

Dr. Amditis is the writer of several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and numerous conference papers. His current research interests in the fields of ITS include Automated Transport Systems, Cooperative Systems, Electromobility, Smart Mobility both for people and cargo (ITS for Logistics), co-operative systems, sensor and information fusion, data management/aggregation, communication technologies, highly and fully automated driving and embedded systems, vehicle to grid connectivity and charging optimisation strategies, control algorithms, human machine interaction and FOTs. He is also quite active on Internet related research (IoT, Cloud services etc.) and in the fields of Sensors for monitoring purposes, Telematics, Telecommunications Systems, EMC/EMI, Electromagnetic sensors, cyber security and crisis management. He has participated in a large number of research projects, being the scientific responsible of more than 150 projects in the last 20 years. Currently he is the co-ordinator of the following projects: Cityscape (newly accepted), eCharge4Drivers (newly accepted), DIONEHYPERIONCyber-MARCOREALISICT4CARTRESIST and ELVITEN.

Marco Veremis Speaker: Marco Veremis, Partner, Big-Pi

Marco was born in Athens, in 1973. He holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MPhil from Oxford University. Marco started his career in 1996, as a marketing strategist with Omnicom, WPP and IPG, where he developed global communication strategies for brands such as Nestlé, Smithkline Beecham, Johnson & Johnson and Sony Electronics.

In 2002, he returned to Greece and, along with Alex Vratskides, co-founded Upstream. Since then, Upstream has evolved into a leading global technology company within the field of mobile commerce, conducting business in over 45 markets. Marco served as Upstream’s CEO until June 2017, and today is its Executive Chairman of the Board, whilst also a partner at BigPi Venture Capital.

Marco is an active angel investor and member of the board in technology companies such as PersadoWorkable and Hellas Direct.

In parallel, Marco is the President of SEN/Junior Achievement Greece and a Board member of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (ΙΟΒΕ), of Endeavor and of the research and policy institute diaNEOsis. Marco has been awarded with the EY Greek “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, in 2013.

Evangelos Karkaletsis Speaker: Evangelos Karkaletsis, Director of the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications (IIΤ), NCSR Demokritos

Director of the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications (IIΤ) at NCSR Demokritos and Member of the National Council for Research and Innovation (ESETEK). My research interests are in the areas of content analysis, big data management, knowledge representation, human-machine interaction. Head of the Software & Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL) at IIT, from 2004 to 2019. Coordinator, scientific and technical manager of many European and national projects and organiser of numerous international conferences, workshops and summer schools. Having been responsible for the Institute’s educational activities for more than 10 years, I initiated the joint PhD scholarship program with several Universities abroad, launched the new MSc in Data Science and MSc in Artificial Intelligence programs for NCSR Demokritos, and set up the new educational program for primary and secondary schools



Dimitris Plexousakis Speaker: Dimitris Plexousakis, Professor, University of Crete

Dimitris Plexousakis is the Director of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS), FORTH, Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of FORTH and Professor of Data and Knowledge Base Systems at the University of Crete, Department of Computer Science. Since 2012, he is the Head of the Information Systems Laboratory of FORTH-ICS. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Kansas State University (1995-1997) and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida (1997-1998).  He was appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Crete in 2000, Associate Professor in 2004 and Full Professor in 2007. He held appointments as Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna and the Universite de Paris – Sud, Orsay.

He served as Chair of the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete (2006-2010), Head of the University of Crete Data Processing Laboratory and Computing Center (2009-2012) and President of the Scientific Council of the National Documentation Center, Hellenic Foundation for Research (2014-2017). He is a member of the Board of ERCIM (European Research Consortium on Informatics and Mathematics) chairing the Science Task Group. He is a member of ACM, AAAI and the Hellenic Society on Artificial Intelligence.

His research interests are in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Conceptual Modeling, Data and Knowledge Base Management Systems, Knowledge Management on the Semantic Web and in Smart Environments, Web-based Information Systems, applications of AI in Cognitive and Social Robotics and formal specification and reasoning methods in service-based systems.

He is the coordinator of the horizontal cross-laboratory Data Science Programme of ICS. He has more than 200 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and has received more than 7030 citations with h-index=40 and i10-index 104. He has coordinated and participated in several European and National research projects. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the FET Coordination Actions “Beyond the Horizon” and “Interlink” that contributed to the formation of the FET Proactive Work Programme in FP7. He serves as the Database Area Editor of the Journal of Web Semantics (Elsevier). He participates regularly in programme committees of major international conferences and has chaired committees of various international conferences. He teaches under- and post-graduate courses at the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of Crete. He has supervised 8 completed Ph.D theses (5 in progress), more than 70 completed M.Sc theses (3 in progress) and more than 100 undergraduate diploma theses (several in progress).

He served as the Vice Chair of the National Sectoral Scientific Council on Mathematics and Information Sciences of the National Research and Innovation Council and National Representative in the preparatory actions for the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking on High-Performance Computing. As of April 2020, he is the National Representative on the ESFRI Strategic Group on Data, Computing and Digital Research Infrastructures. He is a member of the Board of the STEP-C (Science and Technology Park of Crete) Management Company and the Board of OramaVR, a spin-off company of the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH.

Speaker: Katerina Pramatari, Partner, UniFund

Katerina Pramatari is founding partner at Uni.Fund, a Greek VC fund of €30M in the tech-transfer and innovation window of Equifund that invests in start-ups and spin-offs at pre-seed and seed stage, supporting the growth of new ventures and leveraging the hidden potential that exists in the Greek Universities, R&D and Tech Space.

Katerina has extensive entrepreneurial experience and has been the founder of two technology start-ups. She also serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and is among the top European experts/academics in the fields of Internet-of-Things (IoT), retail and business analytics.

She is a key founder of ACEin, a leading University accelerator that has been awarded for bridging the corporate world with University start-ups. Over the last years she has supported more than 200 teams in the setup of their own ventures and has been among the initiators and supporters of various activities fostering youth entrepreneurship.

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