The People’s Trust provides micro-funding to new and existing businesses. Our organization is registered as a Not-for-Profit Civil Partnership (A.M.K.E.) with the following Board of Directors:
Errikos Arones is a real estate entrepreneur. He has served as the CEO of the Arones family office since 1998, focusing primarily on real estate and venture capital investments. He holds a B.Sc. in Management from the University of Indianapolis and an Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP) in Real Estate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Errikos served on the Executive Committee of the real estate non-profit organization “ULI” (Urban Land Institute) in Greece & in Cyprus and is the founder of “Intelligence Squared Greece”, the country's premier forum for debate and intelligent discussion.
John Dryllerakis is the Managing Senior Partner in Dryllerakis & Associates, a firm specializing in Corporate Law, M&A, Tax Law, Competition Law and Arbitration, with extensive experience in investment incentives and privatizations. He has served as General Counsel and General Tax Counsel for the Exxon affiliates in Greece (1967- 1984) and subsequently for Shell Hellas(1984- 1996). He was a member of their Board of Directors and Management teams.
John has also served as Chairman for the Hellenic Association of Law Firms and as a Board member for the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council.
He is the author of several books and articles and is a frequent lecturer on Tax Law, Corporate and Competition Law and Investment Incentives.
Dr Angeliki Kosmopoulou is a communications consultant. She holds a B.A. in History and Archaeology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Αthens, a PhD in Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA and an MBA from Leicester University, in the UK. Following a career in archaeology and cultural management (Foundation of the Hellenic World, Athens Concert Hall), she established “Logos Associates”, a boutique communications agency focusing on copywriting and consulting. She has worked for a broad clientele including multinational companies, small businesses, public and private organizations, politicians, artists and scholars. She has served as a special advisor to the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament and to the Minister of Culture.
Evi Lazou is Chairman of the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, a private, independent grant-making foundation, working to make a positive difference for people and for nature in Greece and across the Hellenic world. The A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation operates entrepreneurially, building and implementing programmes as well as making grants in support of its mission.
Evi is a founding partner and board member of The People's Trust, an organisation that provides business development services and micro-funding to start-ups and small, existing businesses in Greece. She is also one of the founding partners of Greenwood Place, a community of strategic philanthropists.
Evi has broad experience and has worked in marketing and operations, including as Executive Vice President Marketing for Hyatt Regency Hotels and Tourism Hellas S.A.
She holds a BA Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Organizational Behavior and French Civilisation from Brown University, Providence, RI and studied interior design at The New School, Parsons School of Design in New York. Originally from Greece, she currently lives in London with her partner and young son.
Chloe Laskaridis holds a B.A. in History and International Relations from the University of Reading, in the UK. She also holds a post-graduate degree in War Studies from King’s College, London and a post-graduate degree in Human Resource Management (MSc) from the London School of Economics.
She has served as the Director of Corporate Development at Lampsa Hellenic Hotels SA since 2008.
Paul Fletcher has a wealth of experience in financial services, in the emerging markets, and most recently in the private equity industry. He was the Senior Partner of Actis, the leading pan emerging markets investor, having previously led CDC, the UK development finance institution. He led the groundbreaking privatization of CDC to create a mainstream, purpose driven private equity firm.
He is Chairman of Teach for All, the global education movement, Chairman of LeadersQuest, and on a number of nonprofit and advisory boards including Crisis Action, Systemiq, and GIC. He is a regular teacher at London School of Economics. He is a Director of Greenwood Place, as well as an active member of the Advisory Board. Paul began his career as a trader at Cargill in Minneapolis, and subsequently held various positions at Bankers Trust, SBCI and Citibank where he worked for 12 years in Japan, USA, and Kenya. He studied Geography at Oxford University.
Nikolaus Hutter is an investment executive and entrepreneur with close to 15 years international experience. He initiated the first capacity building program for social entrepreneurs in Europe together with Social Impact International and Impact HUB Vienna.
As Managing Director of Toniic Europe, Hutter leads the European Operations of a global impact investor network. He doubled European membership in the first year and established a network of local partners across five key geographies. Toniic, is an action-oriented international impact investor network whose members promote a sustainable global economy by investing in social entrepreneurs, enterprises, and funds seeking to change the world for the better. Hutter is also the Co-Founder and a Senior Advisor to the Investment Ready Program in Vienna, where he initiated and conceptualized a first-of-its-kind program for social enterprise in Europe. Prior, he was Strategy Advisor and Vice President of Operations for Organica Water in Budapest Hungary.
Other executive positions were held with Venture Capital firms like 3TS Capital Partners of Vienna and Helenski and Gamma Capital Partners in Vienna. Hutter also serves on the board and as an advisor to several organizations in the social entrepreneurship and impact investment space, including the Investment Committee of Eastern Europe focused impact investor Angello Capital and social VC fund ennovent, and as an Associate of the global Impact HUB Network. He also lectures on social enterprise at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Hutter received his MA in Business and Languages from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Thomas Joel Miller is a former American diplomat and three-time U.S. Ambassador who served from 2010 until 2018 as President/CEO of International Executive Service Corps (IESC). IESC is a 50-year-old non-profit started by David Rockefeller and other prominent American businesspeople focusing on creating prosperity and stability through private enterprise; it has worked in over 130 countries.
Dr. Miller earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1969. He proceeded to acquire an MA in Asian Studies, an MA in Political Science, and received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1975. He served in several positions worldwide since joining the United States Foreign Service in 1976, including Director of the Office of Israel and Arab-Israel Affairs and Director of the Office of North African Affairs as well as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Chief of Staff to the President's Middle East Envoy, and office director in the Office of Counterterrorism. His foreign postings in his 29-year State Department career include: Thailand, Greece (three times) and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
On August 3, 2001, Miller was appointed by President George W. Bush to be Ambassador to Greece. He took up the position on October 8, 2001, and held it until he left the post on December 23, 2004. He earlier was appointed by President Clinton to two Senate-confirmable positions: Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina (1999-2001) and Special Cyprus Coordinator at the rank of Ambassador (1997–99).
Miller was formally the Chief Executive Officer of Plan International, a $750 million United Kingdom based NGO that works to improve the living conditions of children in over 50 developing countries. On May 11, 2009 Ambassador Miller succeeded William H. Luers as President of the United Nations Association.
Access to financing for a new business and business development services. We are here to provide entrepreneurs with the tools and skills they need to realize their goals.
Dimitris Kouletsis holds a B.A.Sc in Economics from the American College of Greece. He has extensive experience of the Banking Sector as he has worked for Piraeus Bank for more than 15 years, holding positions in both consumer and corporate credit, as well as in internal audit. Dimitris has also offered his services as a volunteer in several NGO’s such as Action Aid, Organization Earth and the Green Project. He has been working as a Development Officer since 2016.
Ioannis Kourtidis holds a BA in Shipping, Trade and Transport from the University of the Aegean as well as an MBA specialized in Accounting and Auditing. He has worked as a business consultant for the implementation of subsidized businesses development programs. Furthermore, he has worked for more than a decade in the sales sector of both Greek and multinational companies and has significant experience in B2B and B2C sales.
Thanos Kampylis holds a law degree (Law School of Athens) and an LLM in Media Law (Paul Cezanne University, Aix-en-Provence). He worked as a Lawyer but his enthusiasm for journalism led him in working for 8 years as a journalist in television and internet (Mega Channle, HuffPost Greece, etc.). For the past 2 years he became fond of Digital Marketing, working for PeopleCert as a Marketing & Communications Associate. From July 2019 he joined the team of The People’s Trust as a Communications Manager.
Argyro Stamataki has worked in the advertising sector for large agencies such as Leon & Partners and Olympic DDB, starting as an Administration Assistant and continuing as an Account Executive. She knows the operational demands of an organization, both in the administrative and communication fields. Argyro is also a movie columnist, from time to time, for the online magazine “fragilemag.gr".
Mentors of The People's Trust are professionals from different sectors with extensive experience in their fields. They voluntarily provide personalised consulting services and guidance to the entrepreneurs we support, in order to successfully implement their business plans.
Dr. Spyros Arsenis is coordinator of the NBG Business Seeds program and the initial coordinator of the act4Greece crowdfunding platform. He is an Electrical Engineer with 25 years of professional multi-sector, multi-discipline experience in Greece and abroad on international telecom projects, business banking and innovation. He is also the author of 7 books on ICT and the Internet.
Sevasti Amanatidou, Ph.D, is a lawyer specialized in EU Competition Law. She holds a special legal advisor post with the Greek Competition Authority since 2005. She is an instructor / evaluator at the Institute of Training of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in the subject of EU law. She has worked for five years for the European Parliament, focusing on issues of the Committees on Energy, Research and Industry, Environment and Consumer Protection. She holds a Ph.D on Competition Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also holds an M.A. in EU Law from the European University Institute and an M.A. in Public International Law and Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Konstantina Dalla has been a lawyer since 2001 and an accredited mediator since 2015. She owns a law office in Thessaloniki, specializing in Commercial, Tax, Banking and Property Law. She also has served as a legal counsel for the Municipality of Neapoli – Sykies in Thessaloniki, as well as for Piraeus and Emporiki Bank. Konstantina holds an MS in Public Law with specialization in tax law and has attended numerous seminars on banking and family mediation.
Sotiris Danezis is a journalist, Head of the International News Department (OPEN TV) and collaborates as communications consultant and audiovisual producer with greek and foreign companies and NGOs. As a documentary producer and war correspondent he has worked in more than 80 countries around the world and is famous for creating two of the most popular Greek tv documentary series in Mega Channel: “War Zone” and “Horizontas”. He has received numerous awards as a journalist, such as the the “Athanasios Botsis Foundation Award” - the highest distinction in the field of journalism in Greece. He teaches the techniques of journalistic reporting, interview and television production in IEK AKMI. His passion is photography.
Sophie Deloudi studied Fashion Design at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan. She returned to Greece and started her professional career in the fashion industry taking on the styling of the fashion editorials for “Tahidromos” magazine. She then moved into the field of home furniture and decorative objects, where she created a successful business. During her 20 years of work in this sector, Sophie developed partnerships with the leading design companies in the world and a deep knowledge of retail trade, import requirements as well as product production and presentation. In 2014, she decided to combine her extensive entrepreneurial experience with her love for fashion and created her own swimwear collection. Today, her collections are available at over 50 points of sale in Greece and have already been established in foreign markets such as Spain, France, Switzerland and Lebanon.
He was born in Larissa, Greece, and grew up in the small town of Stylida. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, as well as a PhD in Algorithmic Complexity and Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in the IT sector, in companies such as INTRASOFT INTL, ORACLE and VELTI. He is currently Professional Services and PMO Group Director for the PRINTEC Group of Companies, responsible for the development and delivery of software and services for POS terminals, as well as for ATM machines. His team also delivers solutions and third-party software to Banks and Financial Institutions. Based in Athens, Greece, he travels frequently abroad. He is married and has two children. He is an amateur medium-distance runner. Apart from running, he loves scuba diving and aviation.
Christos Dovletoglou holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and Boston University School of Management. During his 15-year career with Canon Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), he held several senior management positions in national & regional sales organization, representative office and global accounts level. Christos has a global multi-site experience in B2B and B2C sectors as well as in enterprise services, consumer tech, direct and partner sales, across 30 countries, among other roles, including that of Management Consultant to well-known companies, Christos engineered and delivered growth for Canon as General Manager/Country Director at Canon Greece, EMEA SMB Channel Manager, Sales Manager, Enterprise Direct Sales at Canon UK, Regional Sales Director, Enterprise Partner Channel at Canon CEE and EMEA Enterprise Alliances Director for Global Accounts. Christos mentors startups and companies and relishes opportunities to enable them to deliver a sound strategy and execution for growth.
Giannis was born in Thessaloniki and from an early age had an aptitude for sketch and art illustration. In 1996 he completed his studies in Graphic Design, and in the same year he published his first comic book titled "Pericles the Magnificent", an award-winning edition that earned him a scholarship at DC Comics in New York.He also attended marketing & visual communication courses at the Marketing Department of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and at the Greek Graphic Designers’ Association. Giannis was a creative director in major advertising agencies and creative offices in Thessaloniki, while his work has won awards and distinctions both in Greece and abroad. Today, he continues working in the field of design and advertising, with collaborations that go beyond national borders. His work has been awarded at the ERMIS and EVGE Awards while he is a member of the executive committee and head of the visual communication department of TEDx Thessaloniki. Giannis is the founder of the "To Name But A Few" and co-founder of the Kemosabe Design Studio, specialized in corporate branding and visual communication for companies abroad.
George Efstratiadis is the Managing Director of Idator SA, a family business working on water-related products for the last 50 years. After graduation as an Accountant, he started developing the family business together with Xylem Inc, a water business conglomerate and ITT Corp spin-off. During the last years, together with him management team, he has evolved on Μ&A’s, market expansions and product introductions, either as a partner or produced by his own team. Today, besides running the family business he is actively supporting the Greek startup ecosystem as a mentor or as an angel investor in several incubators, accelerators and startups like Teastock, an algorithmic trading company. He is a father of three, lives in both Athens and Patras and spends his free time either reading non-fiction books or developing new ideas.
Stella Kasdagli is the co-founder of Women On Top, a non-profit organisation in Athens, Greece, working for the professional empowerment of women and for equality in the public sphere. She is also a writer, translator and youth/women facilitator. As the Director of Strategy of Women On Top, she designs and implements initiatives aiming to shift the barriers that women still face in their quest for equal representation in the workplace. She is also the co-founder of the Bookworm online book club and of the Mentorkids mentoring network, which offers professional orientation mentoring to 15 to 18-year olds. She has been facilitating workshops around body image, social activation and the creative use of digital media for teens. She has studied French Literature in Athens, Greece, and Media Studies in London, and has worked for 10+ years as a women’s magazine and online editor. She has published two books, a memoir for young mothers, a YA novel on eating disorders and the Princess Athena series for the empowerment of girls, women and teens.
She lives in Athens with her husband and two daughters.
Yannis Couletsis is the director and exclusive portfolio manager of Credence Capital Management, a hedge fund business founded in 2005 managing client portfolios in the space of financial derivatives. Prior to dealing in third party funds, Yannis traded proprietary capital in major commercial banks for over twenty years. He is a member of Harvard’s "Program on Negotiation", a consortium of Harvard University, MIT, and Tufts University that serves as an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and mediation. Yannis’ mission includes nurturing the next generation of businessmen to become more effective negotiators and providing advice for dispute resolution, deal-making, crisis negotiation and bargaining.
Thanos Leontaris is a lawyer in Thessaloniki, specialized in GDPR, Blockchain/Cryptocurrencies, Intellectual Property Rights and Startups. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he is a postgraduate student of International Law at the same university. Thanos is also a scientific associate at the University of Nicosia in the MSc program in Digital Currencies and a Certified Data Protection Officer - Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Prior to founding his law firm, he worked for the legal advisor office at the Headquarters for NATO’s Land Forces in Smyrna and at a law firm in Thessaloniki.
Theo brings over 20 years of work experience in the fields of Telecommunication and Information Technology, having worked for multinational corporations, as well as, small and medium enterprises in Greece and the UK. His area of expertise spanned the full life cycle of technology products, from their original conception to contract signing, assuming all relevant positions (Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Product Manager, Key Account Manager). In Sales, he has worked for 12 years leading cross-functional virtual teams and having a solid track record. In early 2018 Theo founded Lead Across and has been offering Executive Coaching services to corporate professionals and private clients since. At the same time, Theo cooperates with DOOR Training & Consulting and BrainUp as a Corporate Trainer, facilitating trainings on leadership & management, sales excellence and personal effectiveness. Theo is married, father of one, a sports fan and technology enthusiast.
Stavros Broustas is a lawyer (Broustas Law Firm and Associates - www.broustas.gr), specializing in the Law of New Technologies, Commercial and Civil Law and with extensive experience as a legal adviser to private companies. The past years he has also been practicing the art of entrepreneurship by participating in a variety of business entities (ICT, Tourism, etc.). He is a father of two and when he is not playing basketball, it is because he is watching basketball.
Dallas has a 15+ year experience in building successful Web Applications. She runs a Web Development & Digital Marketing Agency in Greece called 9AM Labs. She is also the founder of Appocalypsis. A SaaS platform offering over 300 widget templates which can help companies communicate messages to their visitors, and generate more leads. During her free time, she teaches about Digital Marketing and Conversion Rate Optimisation. She loves building prototypes of her ideas after work hours. She holds a Bachelors in Interactive Multimedia Communications, an MSc in E-commerce and also an MBA (Masters in Business Administration). Back in 2009 she built Startup.gr, a website to promote Entrepreneurship in Greece by offering free advertising (in the form of interviews) to Startups.
Fedon Papapavlou holds a BA in Business Administration from The American College of Greece and a MA in Human Resources Management from Middlesex Unoversity London accredited by the CIPD. His carrer path is based on creating innovation and research mainly in the insuretech industry as well as the creation of insurance products in collaboration with overseas insurers. He cofounded Script Insurance Software as well as Southeastern Insurance Brokers and Merimna Claims Management International. He has been working extensively with programming teams as well as leading administrative teams and sales teams mainly for B2B products and services.
Dimitra has more than 15 years of experience in business consulting and project management in a variety of industries and sectors. She has worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and Egon Zehnder. She has also lived and worked in multiple countries around SE Asia and Africa, for water and sanitation projects funded by the Gates Foundation and IFC/ World Bank. In 2015, Dimitra joined as the Program Director the newly formed Athens Partnership, an independent non-profit organization that runs innovative public programs inside and outside of Athens, establishing a cooperation between the local government and the private sector. For the past three years, Dimitra was responsible for the portfolio of the programs of the organization. This portfolio included 14 major projects, a total budget of ~€12M, 30+ members of staff, and more than 280 partnerships, contributing to the tremendous success of the organization. Dimitra is a certified executive coach and organization development consultant and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Anthony Pefanis holds a Bsc in Management & Organisational Behaviour, from the American College of Greece. He has extensive financial and commercial experience of the retail and wholesale clothing sector holding managerial positions for more than 20 years, both in Greece and abroad. Anthony has a long professional experience in managing department stores, exports, retail chains and wholesale. Today, he is the owner of Devergo Hellas and the Commercial Director of Sportcafe.
Working many years in marketing and client service for advertising companies as an Account Director, George Pournaras has extensive experience in Communication and Branding Management for Greek and international brands including L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson, Henkel etc. George is also the founder and creator of "Yoko", a sushi casual restaurant which has won the GOLD ERMIS AWARDS 2016 in the Greek Design category. He has also founded Warehouse Advertising agency, which undertakes above and below the line communication. George has offered his services both as a mentor and a judge at L’Oreal's competition for new talent and creative minds in marketing and business strategy. He holds a university degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Marketing. He speaks English and French, lives in Athens, though he considers himself “a citizen of the world”.
Alvertos Revach was born in Athens in 1972. He attended the Moraitis School throughout his school years and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, with honors, in 1994. Between 1997 and 2015 he worked as Commercial Director for his family’s company, Amvyx S.A., the largest fully Greek owned alcoholic beverages distribution and marketing company, which in 2017 celebrated its centennial. Since 2016 he has been active in the Investments field, as Investments Director based in Luxembourg.
Dimitris is a Physicist with post-graduate studies in Astrophysics at the University of Athens. His first job was with “Computer Software/Chip”, a leading IT magazine throughout the 90’s. A flair for communication and writing combined with the mindset of a scientist made him an ideal candidate for IBM Hellas’ Corporate Communication Department, where indeed he was hired in 1993. He served the “Big Blue” for 6 years, rising to become its Director of Communication and Head of the Press Office for Greece. In 1999, he left for pastures further afield: he was selected to set-up and head the new interactive marketing initiative at Bold Ogilvy, Ogilvy Interactive. Dimitris later became the Managing Director of OgilvyOne and in 2005 left the Ogilvy Group for Communication Effect, the Edelman affiliate in Greece. Three years later, it was time to join Marina at Out of the Box, becoming a partner and bringing his corporate & digital expertise to the table. Dimitris serves on the board of the PR Sector of EDEE (Hellenic Association of Advertising and Communication Agencies) and represents Greece at ICCO (International Communication Consultancies Organization).
Elias Sideris is a lawyer based in Athens. He holds a degree in Law from the Democritus University of Thrace, as well as an LLM in Private Law from the same university. From 2012 to 2014 Elias was an elected Board Member of the Association of Trainees and New Lawyers of Athens. He specializes in Criminal Tax and Corporate Law. He is a member of the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association and of the Alien and Immigration Law Association. He is a regular contributor of several national Media on legal, social and political issues and is the author of the book “The political history of Kozani”.
Eva Stavrinaki has a long professional experience in the financing and support of start-ups. Through her experience and research, she believes that emotional intelligence is a key success factor in entrepreneurship. She is the Co-founder of Human Breeze (e-learning and training) and LifeLab (wellness) as well as a Certified EQ Assessor and Business Consultant. She strongly believes in education and for this reason she teaches business to teenagers. She has more than 15 years experience in advertising and financial engineering tools. She studied Statistics and Actuarial Science and holds a Masters in Marketing. She speaks fluently Greek, English and French.
Spiros Stefanou is a creative professional with a varied set of skills and a developed communicative competence. He specializes in interpersonal communication skills, sales effectiveness, negotiation skills, effective customer service, coaching skills and leadership. His vast experience and knowledge of adult education has been gained by training over 6,000 executives from different industries and companies. Spiros has developed and applied training programs for OTE Group (Leadership training), Eurobank (Behavioral styles and customized tele sales training), Astra Zeneca (customization of a sales approach and sales Coaching training program), TOYOTA (customized sales, customer service and tele sales training programs) and others.
Myladie Stoumbou is Director of Cloud Productivity Sales for Germany & Central and Eastern Europe at Microsoft. She leads a diverse multi-national team responsible for driving digital transformation initiatives for Germany and CEE enterprise markets. She studied Computer Engineering and Informatics at the Polytechnic School of the University of Patras in Greece and holds a post-graduate title in Economics and Management from Athens Information Technology. She joined Microsoft in 2011 as Enterprise Solution Sales Manager, aiming to promote and sell Microsoft solutions to enterprise customers in various industries. After three years she was assigned the role of Director of Technology, with the responsibility of promoting cutting-edge technology adoption in the local ecosystems of students, developers, startups and ISVs. Before Microsoft, she worked in various technology companies (SingularLogic, Velti, Intracom), mostly in sales and business development positions in Greece and in the SEE region. She is a member of the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE),
Charlotte Stratos, is employed, since May 2008, by Morgan Stanley, as a senior advisor to the Bank’s Investment Banking Division. From 1987 to 2007, Ms. Stratos served as Managing Director and Head of Global Greek Shipping for Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank of the Credit Agricole Group. From 1976 to 1987, Ms. Stratos served in various roles with Bankers Trust Company, including, advisor to the Shipping Department and Vice President of Greek Shipping finance. Currently serves as an independent director for Costamare Inc., a containership company listed in the NY Stock Exchange, as independent director on the board of Okeanis Eco Tankers, a company listed in the Mercur Market of Oslo, as director of Gyroscopic Fund (a fund of hedge funds), from 2006 until 2008, board member of Emporiki Bank.
Betty Tsakarestou, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor & Head of Advertising and Public Relations Lab Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University. Branding Officer & European Liaison for International Communication Division at The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She is co-initiator of Connecting Cities. Her work is focusing on strategic branding and public relations, on mobile, on entrepreneurial Journalism and media innovation, on corporate social responsibility, on social innovation ventures, on branding with a keen interest in cities as platforms for co-creation, on social media and digital innovation, on mobile and sharing economy collaborative consumption.
Nektarios Hatzakis studied Business Administration and Management at the University of Piraeus and holds a Master's degree in Human Resources Management. He has also attended INSEAD’s executive course for General Managers. Nektarios has worked in major companies such as BP, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson and was an instructor to new General Managers for JnJ’s EMEA in Turkey. He is also a Mentor regarding Women’s Entrepreneurship. Today, Nektarios is the owner and General Manager of Biorecycling Ltd.
Panos has managed individuals and groups in both academic and industrial settings to achieve world-class performance. He is inclined to start from scratch and build something purposeful with limited resources. His work has been recognized globally and he has been the recipient of several international awards and prizes. He holds a PhD in Engineering, a MSc in Finance and a PgD in Coaching. He is currently the Regional Manager for TWI Ltd, overseeing their European funding activities.
Giannis Chatzibeis is an experienced marketing and fundraising professional with a demonstrated history of delivering results in the marketing and sports industry. He has worked to develop comprehensive marketing and sponsoring programmes for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Symmetria Medical Centre and, most recently, for the Hellenic Paralympic Committee, where he now works as a Marketing and Sponsoring Advisor. Giannis is also the founder of the crowdfunding platform www.giveandfund.com through which he channels his personal passion and motto
Matthew has over 18 years of strategy, planning, consulting, and entrepreneurial experience having worked across the globe and in a variety of sectors including the automotive, aerospace, telecommunications and IT spaces. He is currently the head of Strategic Planning at JWT Athens, where he is responsible for all aspects of the strategy formulation process from insight generation to concept creation, as well as for driving the digital transformation agenda for JWT’s leading clients and internally. Prior to his role at JWT, he was a business and strategic consultant for A.T. Kearney and a Principal at Rawlings Consultants, where he advised senior executives at Ericsson Telecommunications in Europe, North & South America and assisted operators to enhance the economic value of the firm through strategic initiatives in the consumer and enterprise space. Matthew has also advised tech funds as well as start-up companies on issues related to business planning, marketing strategy, acquisitions and restructuring, as well as providing business skills and presentation training. Matthew holds a Joint Honours Bachelors in Economics and French from the University of Kent, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the University of Grenoble (France). He currently lives in Athens.
Brian Karey is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Simply Burgers, a leading restaurant chain in Athens founded in 2003, which redefined the burger and food-delivery categories in the Greek food-service market. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Brian spent a decade employed as an engineering project manager and investment banker. He has received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California. Originally of Greek descent, Brian moved to Greece in 2003; he is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship and is involved in several start-ups in various stages of development.
David has over 35 years of international experience across both the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. His first 21 years with Procter & Gamble saw him in senior marketing posts in Austria followed by Germany before he headed up the Thai subsidiary in Bangkok and, 2 years later, South Asia as Vice President India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, operating out of Bombay. A four-year stint followed in London as Vice President, Global Hair Care Strategy and New Business Development, responsible for brands such as Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Rejoice/Wash & Go. Since leaving P&G, David has spent 15 years consulting established companies in strategy and marketing and investing in and leading smaller businesses in the educational, sports and security sectors, the latter resulting in a successful London stock market flotation. David holds an MA (1st class) in Economics from Edinburgh University, speaks English, Greek and German and currently resides in Athens.
The People's Trust's partners are professionals in different industries with multiple years of experience in their fields. They provide consulting services and guidance to the entrepreneurs we support.