Our Judging Panel

Dr. Spyros Arsenis

ΝΒG Business Seeds Coordinator, National Bank of Greece


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, and is also the author of 7 books on ICT and the Internet.



Prof. Dr. Philippos Azariadis – Topaloglou, University of the Aegean


Dr. Philip Azariadis is a Professor with the Department of Product & Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean. He holds a Mathematics degree from the Department of Mathematics (1994) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics (1999) of the University of Patras.

Between May 2001 and June 2005, he worked as an R&D coordinator at ELKEDE – Technology & Design Centre. Between July 2005 and December 2010, he was an external collaborator, in ELKEDE, focusing on European R&D projects. During 2011-2012 and 2014 he has served as a Tutor at the Hellenic Open University.

His research activities are focused in the areas of Product Design (Computer-Aided Design, 3D Modelling for engineers), Reverse Engineering, Motion Design, Routing/Scheduling and Computer Graphics. His research work has found industrial applications in the footwear, garment and jewellery industries and has been published in leading scientific journals and conferences. He has been involved as a researcher or scientific coordinator in numerous European or National R&D projects and served as a reviewer in 35 international journals and in several international and national founding organisations.

He has been reviewer and member of the international programme committee of more than 100 international conferences, while he is member of the editorial board of 3 international journals.

Currently, Dr. Azariadis, is Head of the Department of Product & Systems Design Engineering, Director of the M.Sc. Program “Integrated Product Design and Innovation” and Head of the “Integrated Industrial Design Lab” at the University of the Aegean.


Kostis Karatzas, The Greek Foundation


Kostis Karatzas is an entrepreneur and investor. He studied Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, followed by an MSc in Emergent Technologies & Design at the Architectural Association in London, and an MBA at Imperial College Business School. He is the founder of The Modernist Hotel, a real estate investor, board member of IANOS Culture Chain, founder of The Greek Foundation, and actively involved in various other projects in Greece and abroad.


Paul Kidner, The People’s Trust


Paul Kidner is currently the General Manager of The People's Trust, an NGO whose mission is to relieve unemployment in Greece through entrepreneurship.

Previously, Paul launched and managed the Business Coaching Center, which won the Prize for “Youth Entrepreneurship” at the Greek Education Business Awards, as well as creating a pioneering crowd-funding platform for micro-entrepreneurs seeking alternative sources of financing in Greece.

Paul has over 20 years of experience in business development including in the IT, mobile, online media and social sectors working as a consultant and development manager for NGO’s in Greece and abroad. Paul also co-founded a start-up which developed a mobile and digital marketing technology that was shortlisted for investment by Piraeus Capital used as the basis for one of Greece's largest banks in creating its very own digital loyalty platform. He is also a member of the board of the EUobserver, one of the key online news services on the European Union. Paul holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and is also a certified coach and OD consultant, with a focus on executive coaching, organizational and personal development, innovation and social impact.


Prof. Dr. Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business


Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD (2000), MSc (1996) and MPhil (1995) in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor in Economic and Econometric Theory and Applications (with special emphasis on Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece). She is also Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory: ReSEES: Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability at the same University and Chair of the Scientific Board of the International Center for Research on the Economy and the Environment (ICRE8, www.icre8,eu). She is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics (UK) and an affiliated Professor at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center, Greece. Professor Phoebe Koundouri is also the co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network - Greece, which is hosted at ICRE8 and the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Laboratory (PESD, pesd.econ.uoa.gr) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on the Political Economy of Sustainable Development. She has published 15 edited books and monographs, and hundreds of scientific papers. She is a highly cited academic author ranked in the top 1% of all female economists in the world. She is co-editor of the official journal of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, associate editor and editorial board member in 26 academic journals. She was elected Council Member (2012-2015) and Vice President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2014-2015). She is the Vice-Chair of the scientific advisory board of the European Forest Institute. In the past she held fixed-term and tenure track academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Reading, and many visiting positions worldwide. She is an advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, OECD, UN, NATO, WHO, numerous national and international foundations and organizations, as well as governments. Since 1996, she has coordinated hundreds of research projects on natural resources management issues, while together with her team have attracted millions in competitive research funding. She has organized numerous prestigious international conferences and supervised many PhD students. Central to Koundouri’s research is the concept of the ‘total economic value of public goods’ and in particular the value humans derive from natural resources and their ecosystem services. Her main research goal is to refine the theoretical models and empirical methods used in the field of natural resource, ecological & agricultural economics, towards: (a) better understanding of the concept and determinants of the total economic value of ecosystem goods and services, (b) more accurate modelling of this value, (c) more robust estimation of this value, (d) more efficient integration of this value in interdisciplinary resource management and policy-making. Areas of research as per EconLit: Environmental, Natural Resources and Agricultural Economics and Econometrics; Economic Sustainability, Cost-Benefit Analysis and Discounting; Non-market Valuation; Agricultural Economics and Finance; Interdisciplinary Approaches to Natural Resources Management and Policy; Econometric Methods; Philosophy of science. Professor Koundouri and her large interdisciplinary team of researchers has produced research and policy results that have shaped European and International policies with regards to integrated and holistic management of the interaction of nature and people. Over the last two decades, Phoebe Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world, and received scholarships and prizes for academic excellence from various academic institutions and associations. Phoebe Koundouri was born in Cyprus in 1974. She is married to Prof. Nikitas Pittis. They have three daughters, Chrysilia, Billie and Athena, and live (mainly) in Ecali (Kifisia), Athens.


Panos Sakkas & Foteini Setaki, The New Raw


The New Raw is  a creative  practice that  seeks for better ways of applying circular economy concepts that push the boundaries  of technological  and social innovation;  by seeing plastic waste as resource.

The studio's  method of in-situ recycling plastic waste with 3d printing has already been tested: (1)  for marine  plastic pollution;  (2) hyperlocal fabrication on refugee camps; (3) decentralized recycling/production on islands; (4) awareness projects on plastic pollution; (5) urban plastic waste; on different cases and locations over the past two years.

The New Raw was founded in Rotterdam in 2015 by the architects Foteini Setaki and Panos Sakkas.

Foteini and Panos are graduates of the Architectural School of Athens and hold a Master in Science in Building Technology from the Technical University of Delft (TUD).


Costas Voyatzis, yatzer


Costas Voyatzis {Vo-yatzer} is the founder of Yatzer.com, now owned by Yatzerland Ltd and former Curator of the Art Shop at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. Born in Piraeus, Greece, in 1980, he is an international at heart! After dabbling academically in Meteorology at the Physics University of Athens, his passion for design prevailed, and he switched his major to Interior Design. In the search for a career to suit his far-reaching curiosity and thirst for design knowledge, Costas worked with a number of Greece’s leading interior design magazines for seven years and in his role as a stylist and trend forecaster, began developing relationships with many international designers and manufacturers, quickly becoming distinguished and acclaimed for his unique perspective on anything new and innovative. In January 2007, he created Yatzer.com thereby realising his vision of creating a single, high quality source of design information. In April 2011, Costas Voyatzis was named one of the 100 most influential people in the design industry by Architectural Digest.