Jury – local competition

Maya Andreou, Co-founder & CEO, Community Energy River 

Εlectrical Engineer (NTUA), specialising in renewable energy.

I’m interested in the promotion of clean energy transition and tackling energy poverty. I’m working to contribute to a future with better living conditions for people (warm houses with clean air), and a cleaner method of production of energy.

Dr. Spyros Arsenis, coordinator of the NBG Business Seeds program

Dr. Spyros Arsenis is coordinator of the NBG Business Seeds program and the initial coordinator of the act4Greece crowdfunding platform. Member of the advisory boards of Uni.fund, Metavallon, Big Pi and OK!Thess. Also member of the board of Hellenic Society of Environment and Cultural Heritage and member of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. 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, and is also the author of 7 books on ICT and the Internet.

Εva Lianou, General Manager, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

Eva joined the Latsis Family Office in 2004 and currently holds the position of General Manager at the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. She has been a core staff member of the Foundation since its establishment and over the past 12 years has assumed numerous administrative roles, curating a comprehensive grants portfolio across a wide range of thematic strands such as Education, Science, Arts & Culture, Social Welfare and Community Development. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics (MSc in European Politics and Governance), the ALBA Graduate Business School (MSc in Finance) & the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (BA in Communication and Media Studies). Eva has completed numerous workshops and training sessions of the European Venture Philanthropy Association on Social Impact Measurement, Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing.

Ariadne Papagapitos, Co-Founder and Director of New Markets for Localized

Ariadne Papagapitos is Co-Founder and Director of New Markets for Localized, a TalentTech startup dedicated to leveling the playing field for aspiring professionals in emerging markets to access jobs and the knowledge economy. She is also Senior Advisor to the Global Whole Being Fund, which supports forcibly displaced and receiving communities. Prior to that, she was director of the Peacebuilding program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, designing programs and leading grantmaking in a number of complex contexts. She has also worked with a women’s income-generation program with a nongovernmental organization in India; served at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Greece; and was a manager in the Media Villages department of the 2004 Athens Olympic Committee. Ariadne holds an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Classics from Union College.

Nikos Charalambides, Executive Director of Greenpeace in Greece

Studied Physics, Meteorology-Oceanology and General Oceanography in Athens and Paris. Since 1985 actively involved in nature conservation. Joined Greenpeace as ocean ecology campaigner. Later, he became coordinator of the campaigns department. Since 2002, he is the Executive Director of Greenpeace in Greece. Actively following the debate on energy-climate change for more than 20 years, focusing on solutions work. Also working in the direction of Green Development/ Green New Deal, focusing on the need to find solutions that will get us out of the multi crisis (climate, financial and social) while showcasing concrete examples. Focus on identifying synergies between humanitarian and environmental challenges. He has been Board Member in various bodies such as the National Organization for Recycling, the Climate Action Network – Europe and member in various Committees such as the National Committee for Energy Planning. Writer of several books and numerous articles on environmental protection, the role of civil society and NGOs, climate change, corporate responsibility, green development and sustainability.

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