Mentorship

Dr. Georgios Georgiadis | Founder and Managing Director at Excelix

Georgios is the Founder and Managing Director of Excelix, a boutique consulting firm specializing in business transformation, innovation strategy & strategic partnerships. Excelix operates at the interface between business and engineering to provide tailor-made, feasible and scalable solutions that enable sustainable growth. During his previous occupation at Volkswagen Group for 8 years Georgios has managed numerous strategic and organizational projects and participated as project manager in the development of different vehicles. In parallel with his team leading functions, he focused on implementing innovative technological concepts and developing them into marketable products, aiming at overcoming different challenges that arise in the era of electromobility, digital innovation and technology disruption. Committed to the cause of building bridges between industry and academia and motivating the younger generations, he is lecturing at the TU Dortmund University, where he received his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering.

 


Dr. Nektarios Michail | Economist, Cyprus University of Technology

Nektarios has been involved in a variety of roles throughout his professional career in the financial services sector, ranging from research positions to front line analyst and trading roles, in regulators, brokers, and investment funds, allowing him to obtain a hands-on experience with global markets. He has also been academically active, holding an adjunct lecturer position at the Cyprus University of Technology since 2016, with a focus on innovation and startup valuations. Nektarios’ experience and abilities, combining academic vigor with professional practice, focus on the financial side of startups, assisting them to realistically assess their potential market and customers, as well as setting clear and attainable targets, including how to properly create and implement their business strategy and how to optimize pricing. As a result, startups can crystallize their ideas and reach their full potential faster and more efficiently. Nektarios holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the Cyprus University of Technology, with his research appearing in both the press and various scientific journals.

 


Andrey Kostyuk | Co-founder, AAlchemy Ventures Limited

Andrey is an entrepreneur, a start-up mentor and angel investor with over 25 years of experience. He served as a Board Member and Chairman of Advisory Board in several private merchant banks in Russia, and managed real estate investment fund since 2007. Gradually, his focus shifted to real estate and venture capital investments. He is the founder and CEO of Taurus Aurum Global Property Fund Limited and co-founder of AAlchemy Ventures, a deep mentoring & business acceleration program supported by Deloitte Cyprus and focused on Russian/CIS scale-ups engaged in b2b/b2b2c services, whose ambition is to go global and start doing business in EU. He is also an expert for EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument) at EASME of European Commission, a mentor for ESADE BAN and GU’s McDonough Scool of Business alumni ambassador.

 


Natasa Christou | Founder of Tellalis.com

Dr. Natasa is a woman with vision to empower people to unleash their full potential and find the unicorn power within. She brings a unique blend of strengths such as entrepreneurial spirit, academic knowledge, design creativity and those are the tools she uses to build bridges among people, with one goal: to create impactful new businesses that transform our world through the use of cutting-edge technologies and human collaborative intelligence. She has worked continuously to support hundreds of people across multiple sectors in both university and industry zones. Natasa, has received her bachelor and master degree in architecture from the University of Westminster in London as well as a doctorate degree from the University of Cyprus. Design thinking is her major teaching method to empower people explore the mechanics of idea execution. She is best known for creating tellalis.com, an award-winning online community platform, dedicated to activate local creative-makers towards accessing more opportunities. She is an active member of the Cypriot start-up ecosystem and recently been nominated as woman of the year in innovation.

 


Shahar Burg | Founder and CPO at Pipo

Shahar is a second-time entrepreneur, highly experienced in building successful products.
Her first start-up was Quando, the first beauty and fitness marketplace & booking app in Tel Aviv for which Shahar raised strategic funds ($1.3m) from Angel Investors. Quando was acqui-hired by Wix.com where Shahar became Head of Product, and together with the most talented people in the field, built the Wix mobile app – a powerful and robust mobile operating system for small business owners to create, manage and market their business from their smartphone.

 


Yiannis Ioannides | Director at Deloitte

Yiannis is leading Deloitte’s Hacking Services. He is a business professional providing hacking services including infrastructure, web application, physical and social engineering assessments to clients locally and overseas. Yiannis is an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Network+, Certified Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP) and Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA). Yiannis is active in the information security community with presentations at Blackhat USA, Blackhat Europe, bSides Athens, SECURE Poland and multiple ISACA conferences. Yiannis is also the developer of the WarBerryPi which was presented at Blackhat USA / EU and voted at #4 best tool of 2016 by ToolsWatch.

 


Loizos Michael | Assistant Professor, Open University of Cyprus

Loizos Michael (http://cognition.ouc.ac.cy/loizos) is an Assistant Professor at Open University of Cyprus, where he founded and directs the Computational Cognition Lab. He was educated at University of Cyprus, where he received a B.Sc. in Computer Science with a minor degree in Mathematics, and at Harvard University, where he received an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008. His research focuses on the development of computational models for cognitive processes associated with individual or collective intelligence, with special interest on the interaction between computational learning theory, logic-based knowledge representation, and commonsense reasoning.

 


George Manganaris | Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology

George Manganaris is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science at Cyprus University of Technology. He is responsible of the CUT Fruit Sciences/Posharvest Group, which is currently comprised of three PhD students and a significant number of undergraduate students. His main scientific interests includes the quality evaluation/phytochemical profile of fleshy fruits with the use of physiological, biochemical and molecular approaches, the elucidation of fruit ripening syndrome with emphasis in the development of physiological disorders and overall the postharvest maintenance of fresh produce.

 


Dr Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades | Research Fellow, Cyprus University of Technology

Dr Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades is Theramir’s co-founder and a research fellow at Cyprus University of Technology. She received her PhD from the School of Medicine at King’s College London. She also holds MSc degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc in Microbiology) and University of Kent (MSc by Research in Biochemistry). Her areas of interest include Cancer and Cardio personalized nanotherapeutics, molecular diagnostics and drug pre-clinical development. Dr Prokopi’s vision focuses in the development and rise of a new category of researcher, the “entrepreneurial academic”.

 


Anastasia Constantinou | Head of the Innovation Management Unit at the Research Support Office, University of Cyprus 

Dr Anastasia Constantinou is the head of the Innovation Management Unit at the Research Support Service of the University of Cyprus, dealing with the management of the Intellectual Property Rights of the University research results and the technology and knowledge transfer of the exploitable research results and knowhow of the University. She is also involved in the activities of the Centre for Entrepreneurship of the University of Cyprus. Anastasia combines academic, industrial, business and consulting background in the fields of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Research for more than 25 years having lived and worked in three countries, UK, Greece and Cyprus. She actively supports the development of start-ups in Cyprus, having played a key role in the design and development of the IDEA Programme created by CIIM and the Bank of Cyprus and in the design and coordination of the IDEA programme structured Accelerator training. She has taught academic and practical courses on entrepreneurship and Innovation, business model and business plan formulation and regularly provides mentoring to Cyprus based start-ups and spin-offs. She has played an instrumental role in the creation of two academic spin-offs in Greece and in the patenting of technologies and in negotiating licensing agreements for the exploitation of research results from Universities and research institutions in Greece and in Cyprus. She is also the main inventor of an international industrial patent. Anastasia holds a BSc in Metallurgy from the University of Manchester, UK, an MSc in Materials Research and a PhD in Materials Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK and an MBA (Entrepreneurship) from CIIM, Cyprus.

 


Ioannis Kourouklidis | Head of Artificial Intelligence at Impact Tech LTD

Ioannis Kourouklides (www.kourouklides.com) is a graduate of Imperial College London with a MEng (Hons) & ACGI in Electronic and Information Engineering. He specialized in Artificial Intelligence, Optimization, Signal Procssing and Image Procssing. He graduated in 2014 with First Class Honors and his dissertation involved application of Computer Vision and Machine Learning applications in Robotics. In 2016, he joined theData Science and Networks Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology. He is also a Co-Founder and sits at the Board of Trustees at the Limassol Hackerspace. Ioannis has also been a mentor at the First Open Data Hackathon, which was part of the EU-funded project by the Government of Cyprus for releasing its data to the public and he leads the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Team at Impact Tech Ltd.

 


Valentinos Evripidou | Cofounder and CEO of Pixel Actions

Valentinos Evripidou is the Cofounder and CEO of Pixel Actions, a boutique digital web agency based in Limassol and the Cofounder of Politica.io, a multi-segment platform for political analysis, real time reporting and visualisations. Prior to founding Pixel Actions, Valentinos has worked as a Research Assistant in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London and as a Software Engineer in various organisations. He holds a BSc in Informatics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and an MSc in Software Engineering from Imperial College London. He is an Executive board member of the Cypriot Enterprise Link and part of the organising team of hack{cyprus}.

 


Kyriakos Toumbas| Cofounder and CTO of Pixel Actions

Kyriakos Toumbas is the co-founder and CTO at Pixel Actions, a boutique web development agency and the co-founder of Politica.io, a multi-segment platform for political analysis, real time reporting and visualisations. He is a hardcore Software Engineer with an extensive experience in Web Technologies. After graduating from the National Technology Insitute of Athens and the Hunan University in China, he has worked in various Technology Positions around the world. A NTUA alumni, a hackathon veteran and a fencer Kyriakos is also a member of the of the hack{cyprus} organising committee.

 


George K Georgiou | Co-Founder at NOVATEX SOLUTIONS LTD, Head of Scientific Committee at Cyprus Robotex Challenge

George is a mechatronics engineer (mechanical + electrical) with a passion for computing (ICT) and robotics. George has extensive experience in the fields of sensors, data acquisition, automation, automated image processing and robotics! HE is also a Co-founder and secretary of the Cyprus Association of Research and Innovation Enterprises, coordinator of the European Robotics week in Cyprus and has also been involved in numerous FP7, Horizon 2020 and other research projects and proposals.

 


Lea Carmel Goren, PhD | Co-Founder at Hub Voltage

Dr. Lea Carmel Goren, a co-founder of HubVoltage and an investment banker and business development expert specializing in energy, environment and industry. In parallel to her boutique consultancy firm activities, Lea co-founded Melodea Ltd and served as the company’s first CEO. Lea is a board member of Arma Ferrea. She previously served as CEO of the alternative energy startup, Algae Natural Products. Before that, she served as a project manager at OMRI labs. Lea holds a PhD from the Hebrew University, Israel.

 


Osnat Amir-Assaraf | Co-Founder at Hub Voltage

Dr. Osnat Amir-Assaraf, a co-founder of HubVoltage, for the past 20 years, has been a leading figure in the high-tech world holding senior positions in business development and operations. Osnat founded and managed Kodak Co-Working space, a program that creates relationships with partners in the Israeli startup ecosystem community, with the goal of expanding company portfolios to create a potential synergy between Kodak and entrepreneurs. Osnat holds a B.A. in Humanities from the Tel Aviv University.

 


Dr. Sotiris Petrakides | PhD. Mechanical Engineering / Researcher at MAR.IN.E.M.

Dr. Sotiris Petrakides is a Loughborough University mechanical engineer graduate that holds a PhD in the field of advanced natural gas combustion in internal combustion engines with top-rated scientific publications. He is a special scientist in the Cyprus University of Technology, an experienced researcher in the Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean and the founder and CEO of InoMob; a company actively engaged in low carbon propulsion technologies.