Our Team

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Andreas Stefanidis

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.

Areas of Expertise: Management Accounting, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Certified Trainer of Adults of non-formal Education

Alessandro Carbone

Over 25 years of international experience in training adults and young people, in facilitating groups, in  consulting working teams, supporting entrepreneurship. With a relevant social work background (on an academic and professional level) and with tourism expertise (via business action), he’s a free-lancer active in European project consulting, design, management, and evaluation. Born in Germany, raised in his home  country Italy, living in Greece, he speaks all the correlated languages, plus English of course!

Areas of Expertise: Training and education, Social work, Project Management

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Aliki Anagnosti

Aliki Anagnosti is a professional translator and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Translation Studies from the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece, and a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies and Business from the University of Edinburgh. She has been working as a Project Manager for the Academy of Entrepreneurship since 2015 coordinating, among others, the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme which provides new entrepreneurs with the essential tools to start their own business by learning from experienced entrepreneurs based in other participating European countries. Aliki has a perfect understanding of the field of entrepreneurship as she has been managing her own company offering translation services in Greece and abroad since 2011. She is also a member of the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs (OESYNE) and of the Educational Association of Athens “HFAISTOS”.  She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Areas of Expertise: Translation, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Mobility 

Vasiliki Axaopoulou

After years of studies, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences, and a Master’s degree in International and European Economics. In addition to these studies, I have a diploma in translation as I have always been fascinated and intrigued by the process of creating an entirely new text just by changing the language of the original text.

Being part of AKEP helps me gain valuable knowledge and experience regarding European projects and Project Management, and it also allows me to put into practice skills that I have obtained throughout the years.

Areas of Expertise: Creation of Syllabus, Research reporting

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Kalliopi Christopoulou

Ms. Kalliopi Christopoulou holds a BSc in Sociology and a MSc in Human Resources Management. She currently works as a Senior
Project Manager at AKEP and has a more than ten years’ experience in managing EU funded research projects working for research centers,
universities, and agencies in Greece and abroad in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Workplace Innovation and Creative Learning Environments. Finally, she has been national representative in the European Workplace Innovation network promoting the network’s aims in Greek public and private organizations as well as academia.

Areas of expertise: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Change management


Anastasia Zafeiropoulou

After graduating from the Public Administration Department of Panteion University of Athens, I was always curious about international projects. Having a professional experience as an Office Manager, I started working at the Academy of Entrepreneurship as an EU Projects Communication Assistant to gain a better insight into EU projects. In my role as a Junior Project Manager I am working towards the successful implementation of the projects. I am very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with people from an international background and have a positive impact.

I love travelling and getting to know different cultures from around the world!

Areas of Expertise: Administration, Communications, Project Management

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Anastasios Giannaros

Anastasios is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics at the University of Patras.
He holds an MSc degree in Data Driven Computing and Decision Making, jointly offered by the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics and the Department of Mathematics of the same university.

Anastasios firmly believes in the value of EU-funded projects as an effective means to experiment with and realize the European Union’s objectives, further contributing to the advancement of technology, society, and economic growth across the region.

Possessing strong programming expertise, Anastasios actively participates in national, European, and international Research & Development projects, with a primary focus on blockchain, digitization of cultural heritage content and web applications.

Anastasios’ research interests center on leveraging blockchain technologies in novel ways to benefit society. He has (co-)authored several papers on platforms encompassing recommendation systems, blockchain technologies, and e-learning web applications.

Areas of Expertise: Front & Back End Web Development, Research, Cultural Heritage Digitization

Paraskevi Papa

After completing my studies in Ηistory and Αrchaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, I focused my training on the fast-growing field of digital marketing in order to develop my creative skills.

Being an Junior Communication & Marketing Manager at AKEP, broadens my horizons regarding EU projects dissemination and communication techniques and helps me learn how EU projects operate, a valuable experience regarding my goals and interests. This role gives me also the chance to practice my creative skills as a part of an inspiring team.

Areas of Expertise: History, Digital marketing, Projects Dissemination, Communications 

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Ioannis Bethanis

John is an environmental engineer. He holds two master’s degrees, one in waste management and a second in climate change management and circular economy. He is a PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with a major in soil science and agricultural engineering.
His research interests include the study of emerging contaminants, their effects on agricultural soils and crops, and the remediation of contaminated soils, for which he has constant scientific publications. He is a certified trainer in formal secondary education and non-formal adult education. He has worked in various positions both in the private and public sectors, while he has also been involved in EU-funded projects’ management and implementation through a collaboration with the University of Thessaly’s Center for International Education. He currently works at the Academy of Entrepreneurship on EU-funded projects’ management and implementation in the context of supporting sustainable development through environmental protection and people’s continuous education and upskilling.

Areas of Expertise: Environmental & sustainability issues, Scientific research, Project management, Education

Advisory Board Members

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Vasileios Tiliakos

Vasileios Tiliakos studied Social Work in Democritus University of Thrace and later he acquired his master’s specialization qualification as a social pedagogue. He started his first steps into Social Work by being responsible for founding and managing University Experimental Social Services in Municipalities of Thrace which could not offer social support to their citizens. He turned to Social Psychiatry, believing in the idea of De-institutionalization and the integration of people with chronic mental health disorders to the broader community. He was deeply involved to the affair of the education of the children of the Muslim minority of Thrace via the Education of Muslim Children Programme and for a lot of years he was managing with his wife, Maria Panou, a Social Education Centre for children, adolescents and adults in Komotini. He was the first social pedagogue who worked at a Second-Chance School and the first social pedagogue in Greece who was running privately a Social Education Centre for families and children.

On 2013 he had an offer from UK to be responsible for the training of all residential staff in the child protection department of a county council and to implement Social Pedagogy within its services, an academic discipline which had just arrived in the UK. In parallel, he was a fostering panel member for a private fostering agency, as an expert in social pedagogy and child upbringing. He acquired two vocational training degrees in Management and Leadership. After 3 and a half years he moved to the training of social workers and foster carers in child protection of a different county council. From the beginning of the refugee crisis Vasileios took action in creating awareness and sensitization teams in United Kingdom and in 2016 he was asked to return to Greece and take over on behalf of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) the management of the first safe zone for unaccompanied children in Alexandria, in the mainland of Greece. Gradually, he took over as a manager of all the child protection services of IRC in Greece. He was also the senior area manager of all the operations of IRC in North Greece. On February 2018, he was the co-founder of Athirma, a non-profit civic organization with a focus on improving the lives of children and their families whereas he continues training people, creating training material and facilitating integration projects for youth.

Areas of Expertise: Social Pedagogy, Youth Work

Kleonike Yannakopoulou

I am a mother of five, a Clinical Psychologist, Social Entrepreneur, adult trainer and strong believer of lifelong learning.

I received my bachelor degree in Psychology (major Social and Clinical Psychology) in 2002, by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece and completed my postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management in 2008, by University of Surrey – UK. In 2019 I completed the postgraduate international program on “Global Mental Health Policy”, organized by the NOVA Medical School of Lisbon – Portugal and WHO and the Global Institute for Mental Health.

I have uninterrupted professional activity since 2001, first as a working counselor, and also as Job Promotion Officer and Responsible for socially vulnerable groups in Lifelong Learning Center SYNERGY.

At the age of 28, I funded ANIMA nonprofit ngo, a not for profit non-governmental organization that has been an active member of the mental health field since 2005, operating a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Unit and providing several services for people who face challenges in life and/or psychosocial difficulties.

In 2011, ANIMA’ management was awarded by the National Network for Workplace Health Promotion (NNWHP) for its important commitment in Health Management and particularly in Mental Health Management in the Workplace, in the context of the European campaign “Work in Harmony with Life”, the only ngo until today receiving such an award on a managerial level.

The Social Cooperative, funded in 2013 on my own initiative, operates since 2015 AnimaCare Store, a store with handmade gifts and craft, whose profits are meant for supporting the service “Accompaniment in times of crisis”, destined to help people with radical experiences and/or during a mental health crisis.

During my professional life I have organized typical and non-typical trainings for adults in the fields of mental health, social entrepreneurship, social economy, intra-corporate communication and – last but not least – managing challenges in the workplace.

Thus, I have so far gained great experience in creating, co-coordinating and managing groups, organizing activities, developing new services, as well as conflict/crisis management, complex problem solving and mediation.

Areas of Expertise: Leadership, Decision Making, Problem Solving

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