Who we are

Andreas Stefanidis – Co-founder and President

President of the non-profit, historical Educational Association of Athens “Hfaistos” and the non-profit organization ACADEMY of ENTREPRENEURSHIP which I co-founded. I hold a degree in Business Administration with Major in Management Accounting and Minor in Economics from the State University of New York at New Paltz (1994), having graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. I have also been certified as a trainer of adult non-formal education by the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP). I started my professional career teaching Management Accounting and Financial Accounting in New York College where I taught from 1995 until 2009. I also taught at the University of New York Tirana in Albania for 4 years. From 2004 to 2013, and taught Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting & Business Decision Support Systems courses as visiting lecturer at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 1999, I started my own company offering training seminars for Management Accounting. In 2001, I founded the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs and I am currently serving as Honorary President. In 2014 I became the Head of Aephoria.net, an incubator of new business concepts and the host organization of the Bluegrowth initiative in cooperation with the Municipality of Piraeus, where new and innovative and sustainable business ideas related relevant to sea and aquatic resources are supported. In 2008, I introduced the institution of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Greece, with the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs being the host organization.

Dr. Thomais Roussou – English Language Specialist 

CaptureDr. Thomais Roussou is a multi-lingual University Professor with decades of teaching and administrative experience. She builds excellent relationship with faculty, staff and students to create the best possible learning environment. As a principal, turned her school into the #1 in the region for academics. Creates customized courses to differentiate her program from all others.

Dr. Roussou holds a Ph.D : in English Literature, (1988 Wayne State University – Detroit, MI, USA) Area of Specialization: 19th Century American Literature. Dissertation Title : “The Status of the Artist in Hawthorne’s novels. She also has a M.A :in Classical studies, (Greek and Latin with emphasis in Greek) (1977Wayne State University – Detroit, MI, USA). Her B.A :in Languages (Greek and English Languages and Literatures) (1972 National and Capodistrian University of Athens – Athens, Greece).

Dr. Roussou has had years of teaching experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Wayne State University (1975-1985) having taught Greek Tragedy, Mythology and Etymology as well as Essay writing, Composition, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Remedial English.. Later on as Lecturer/Director-of the Modern Greek Studies Program Wayne State University – Detroit, MI. taught all levels of Modern Greek and expanded the program with the addition of Greek Literature courses.

Back in Greece in 1990 she worked from September 1990 to September 1993 for New York College – Athens -Greece which operated in Greece as a branch of The State University of New York / New Paltz.. There she established and, directed the English Program and taught some of the courses ( English as a Second Language (ESL) (beginning-intermediate-advanced); Freshman Composition I and II Designed and taught new course: “Myth Symbol and Fable in Literature”)

In September 1993 she entered the public sector and until January 2003 she taught English at the 2nd Intercultural Junior High at Elliniko (–Athens-Greece. ) In January 2003 she was elected Principal at the 2nd Junior high of Argyroupoli –( Athens – Greece) . In that position which she held until January 2014 she revolutionized the school and turned it into a top ranked school in the region. She handled all administrative tasks, and improved overall function of the school . She also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and filled in for other teachers of any subject as needed.

During the years of service in the various positions Dr. Roussou was invited as lecturer in several occasions, participated in Conference presentations both in Greece and Europe. She also participated and attended European Programs (Comenius-Arion) She specializes in training teachers, management and leadership and organizational techniques.

She is fluent in English and Greek, has good knowledge of French and is proficient in IT. 

Alessandro Carbone – Social Innovation Director

Master’s in Divinity (Rome, 1987) and in Social Work (Chicago, 1992)(Milan 1997). He has performed his professional practice as a Sociology professor on an academic level, later on as a coordinator of residential services for foster care in Milan. Since 1992 he has operated as adult trainer, consultant, supervisor and researcher in the social field for public authorities and private companies, for the health sector as well as for the social service sector in Italy and abroad. In 1997 he has been involved, as professional social worker, in EU programs and since then he started working on EU funded projects. After having completed related studies at the Venice International University, he works as project designer, consultant, manager, and evaluator of different European financing programs.

In recent years, thanks to EU funding, he has developed interest and expertise in the area of tourism which led hit to be, among other, administrator of a UK tour operator. He’s been educated as Destination Manager in the field and has been delivering training, supporting new trends of the market along with the use of social media in the travelling business.

Born in Germany, raised in his home country Italy, married in Greece, he speaks Italian, German, English, and Greek.

Theodore Alexiou – Co-founder and General Secretary

Theodore_AlexiouTheodore is one of the pioneers of the idea of Youth Entrepreneurship in Greece. He is the founder of the first Association of Young Entrepreneurs in 1996 and continues until today to provide assistance to Young Entrepreneurs as a business consultant, as a Mentor and as a trainer.

He is the author of two books on EU procedures (Procedures of EU – Eurasia Editions) and psychology and marketing (Are You Serious? – Plethora Editions).He has won the international award “Most Innovative People – Inspiring Ideas” in 2008 in Dubai. He is a Tech. Civil Engineer with postgraduate studies in Marketing and Management and a Master in Adult Education.

Evangelos Achillopoulos – Policy Member

Evangelos-AchillopoulosEvangelos is excited to innovate and pursue unique solutions to challenging problems, an avid business philosopher, inventor, serial entrepreneur, IP specialist and industrial design engineer focused on ergonomics and product marketing. He likes to provoke with innovation and out of the box thinking. He has more than 25 years experience in innovation, R&D, marketing and product development on all aspects of Software, Electronic and Mechanical engineering.

Entrepreneur and Innovator since the age of 17, he has been designing and building products that he markets and sells. From VHF marine antenna systems, renewable energy data logging telemetry systems, industrial freezer automation mass production electronics, news broadcasting specialized effects units, radio station ads/jingles play-out servers to sophisticated ERP Software systems for TV station wide, management and play-out.

He is a Pioneer in TV studio tapeless technology with international patents and intellectual property license agreements around the world. In his entrepreneurial life he has had more than four full business lifecycles, with second round investments, exits and failures. He is an experienced innovator eager to create value and bring radical changes.

He studied Electrical Engineering at the Technological Institute of Crete and he is married with three children, living in Athens, Greece.

Aliki Anagnosti – Partnerships Director

IMG_54521Aliki has a keen interest in entrepreneurship and she is co-founder of Yourtranslator.gr. She aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs in Greece pursue their dreams through the right resources and networks. She holds a Masters degree in Chinese Studies and Business from the University of Edinburgh and she is highly involved in the international startup scene being Greece’s Regional Manager for the World Startup Report initiative, and the Local Ambassador and Organizer in Greece for the Hello Tomorrow competition for tech-science startups. As a professional translator and interpreter, she speaks English, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Anestis Anastasiou – Training expert 

 anastasiou1Anestis (born 14.07.1972) has studied initially Mechanical Engineering in London (University College London) getting his BEng and continued with a Masters in Energy Utilisation and Management (City University). He afterwards studied Business Administration and got a Masters in International Management (Kings College London & London School of Economics). His professional experience does include working for an important Tour Operator in the UK, as well as working for various International Companies at a series of managerial positions.

In addition he obtained a series of other professional qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching (giving him the right to teach at a university level), Proficiency in Hospitality Management from Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne. He is Certified Hospitality Trainer at the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Certified Performance Consultant from World Training Conference (Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2008). His teaching and corporate training experience exceeds 5500 hours and specializes in: customer service and sales techniques, management and leadership, professional development programs, as well as train the trainer. He has been a lecturer for over a decade at various private colleges in Greece in business & management modules, in cooperation with reputable Universities abroad, in both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Since 2009, he has been teaching at University of Macedonia and International Hellenic University.

In 2001 he founded and since then runs “AA&Partners” (www.training.gr), a corporate training and human resources services provider. Mainly focusing towards the hospitality, leisure and retail industry, AA&Partners holds an ISO 9001, a unique certification for a company in the field in Greece! He is currently President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Northern Greece and Chief Promoter of Entrepreneurs Commons – Thessaloniki Chapter.

He is fluent in Greek, English and German, has basic knowledge of French and Spanish and is a proficient IT and modern communication technologies user. He is highly mobile, likes international travelling and has an extensive experience in various business sectors. 

Iraklis Stratigis – Website I.T. Expert
Iraklis was born in Athens in October 1992. He is currently studying profile1Computer Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus. He has worked on various projects, especially in the field of website design and maintenance.

As a self directed person, he strives for the best possible results in everything he does. In order to stay at the cutting edge of web development and design, he is continually evaluating and upgrading his skills.


Aspa Lekka – Marketing Specialist

Aspa-LekkaAspa Lekka is the Director of Partner Management at Delivery Hero, a online food delivery group, operating in 40 countries. She is overlooking all restaurant related processes. Prior to that she was Managing Director of foodpanda in Malaysia,Singapore and interim General manager in Russia. In the past Aspa has worked extensively in the field of analytics for marketing and operations and is the founder and Director of “Chez Alexandre” boutique hotel in Greece. Aspa holds a degree in Mathematics from University of Ioannina in Greece and a PhD in the field of Education Technology from the same university. At AKEP Aspa supports with projects to boost Youth Entrepreneurship.