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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Haridimos Spinthakis

Haridimos Spinthakis: Business Development, Yoleni’s

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Haridimos was born and raised in the island of Crete, graduated from Harokopio University Athens and majored in traditional food products marketing, while at HAW Hamburg. His research focuses on the fields of cuisine – culture, as well as in food and destination marketing.

Coming from a diverse background of consulting work experience and sales, Haridimos has been active in projects related to regional development and business growth, while being involved in the startup community as well as in youth entrepreneurship both on Greek and European Union level (Jade – European Confederation of Junior Enterprises). Other activities include directing local network-building and communities, and events highlighting new ideas and entrepreneurship.

Haridimos joined Yoleni’s in 2014 and since then he is leading the B2B department and performs on multiple add-value projects (business planning, concept and branding, US market initiatives, among others). Yoleni’s is the leading Greek online delicatessen shop in the European and the US markets. Yoleni’s team selects the best, authentic products from all over Greece, and ships them worldwide: via www.yolenis.com, as special gift baskets (corporate gifts) as well as physical stores (first of which is launched in downtown Athens by October 2016).

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Meet Our Speakers: Alexandros Angelopoulos

Alexandros AngelopoulosAlexandros Ν. Angelopoulos was born in Athens in 1972. He studied Business Management (Boston University 1995) and successfully completed his post-graduate studies in International management at Boston College (1998). He is Graduate of the PDP program of New York Cornell University, (2008)
Professional Career.
Currently holding the position of the CEO of the Aldemar Group, Alexandros Angelopoulos has been active in the family business, as Executive Director since 1995, working hard towards ideas and policies that open up new horizons in the Greek hotel business and place Tourism at the core of Greek economic activity.

He is joining CruiseInn Tourism & Gastronomy as a distinct business executive.

Active Positions
2015 – Vice President of the Greek Eurasian Business Council.
2013- Μember of the Business Advisory Board of the BCA College.
2012 – Secretary of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association
2011 – Member of the Board of Directors of SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises)
2010 – Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Environmental Policy Committee of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.
2010 – Honorary Consulate of Ukraine for Peloponnese
2010 – 14 Member of the Board of Directors of Greek-Russian Chamber of Commerce
2004 – 07  Chairperson of the Task Force on Ideas and Action (SID of SETE)

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Meet Our Speakers: Aris Papagrigoriou

Aris Papagrigoriou, Head of Product, Intale

Aris is a multi disciplinary User Experience, Interaction and Interface Designer based in Athens. He holds an MSc in Information System Management from University of Greenwich.

He has both a technical and a creative background and has over 6 years hands-on experience in the UX and UI field. His contribution on all projects he has undertaken spans the entire spectrum of product design, from strategic conceptualisation to front-end coding.

He joined Intale in early 2013 and is currently part of the management team as Head of Product. He is leading Intale’s core product, Intale Point, which is a feature packed POS and Cloud Management Platform focused on the FMCG Retail Market.”

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Walk the Plank with Alexis Economou

Alexis Economou, Director Hotel Operation & Passenger Services, Celestyal Cruises

Cruise and Ferry Industry professional with extensive knowledge and world-wide travel on
the Passenger Maritime Operations.
Born and raised in Patras, Greece. Educated at the London School of Foreign Trade: Morley
Westminster College, London, England, U.K. with HND in “Commerce and Shipping”.

Celestyal Cruises (current position)
Director of Hotel Operation and Passenger Service at Celestyal Cruises with a fleet of 3 vessels presently operating in the Aegean Islands, Caribbean and Cuban markets. Celestyal Cruises offers Authentic Cruise Experience on any destination that her vessels operate in. Providing a holistic cultural immersion with 3 – 4 day cruises.

Attica Group
As Director of Quality Assurance and Passenger Services Alexis Economou was part of the
initial team for the nativity and formation of Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries which
were founded by Pericles Panagopoulos and Alexander Panagopoulos and grew all over
Europe up to 26 ferries in operation. Today Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries are
members of Attica Group and operate modern, fast, cruise-class car-passenger ferries
internationally and within Europe.

Royal Cruise Lines
The professional foundation of Alexis Economou comes from over 10 years work experience
with Royal Cruise Line with Operational Headquarters in Piraeus, Greece and with Sales and
Marketing in San Francisco, California. Director of Operations for three luxury vessels cruising world-wide. Overall responsibility on the vessels Hotel Operations, Shore Excursions and Air Sea Programs for tightly-controlled itineraries (normally of 12 days’ duration) concentrating on a high standard and quality and uniqueness especially for the upscale American market.

Dolphin Cruise Lines

The initial professional footsteps of Alexis Economou were with Dolphin Cruises Line based
out of Miami and London. His work with Dolphin Cruise Lines took him through many
Caribbean ports of call as the Company focused on 3 to 4 day cruises offering alternative
destinations in the Caribbean. During his 5 years presence in Miami he worked also for
Holland America Line & Premiere Cruise Line.

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Walk the Plank with Stefanos Katsimpas

Stefanos Katsimpas, Associate at Venture Friends

Stefanos is an Associate at VentureFriends. He has startup experience and great startup advising experience with marketing and product development. Over the last years, he has been actively involved in several early stage startups.

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Meet Our Speakers: Ioanna Angelidaki

Ioanna Angelidaki, Marketing Manager at InstaShop

Ioanna is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Manager of InstaShop, a grocery shopping application operating in the United Arab Emirates, scoring high in the local Food and Drink iTunes category while also being nominated by Forbes Middle East as one of the 2016 most promising startups in the region. She is experienced in online marketing and works remotely from Greece.

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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Vasilis Kalidis

Vasilis Kalidis, Owner at Uberness

Vassilis Kallidis was born in 1975 in Thessaloniki. He grew up in a family that loved to eat food, a fact that made him decide he wanted to be a cook. He finally became one graduating from the State Cooking School in 1988. Afterwards, he moved in Paris and, instead of working in a kitchen, he started travelling around the world, tasting different cuisines and knowing new tastes. In 2005, he returned to Athens and founded the restaurant Aneton in Marousi. Since 2008, he has been presenting cooking programs in television and he is also the writer of a cook book and two city guides for Athens. Later on, he founded the restaurant Uberness in the Athens Grocery Market and continued travelling. He loves Asia and New York, he adores airplanes and hotels. Trips are the source of his inspiration.

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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Leonidas Kanellopoulos

Leonidas Kanellopoulos, Co-founder & CEO at SimpleApps

Leonidas Kanellopoulos is co-founder and CEO at SimpleApps. He combines a strong engineering background and a 10 year experience in web design with his love in mobile app development. During his undergraduate studies we co-founded a tech startup company in web design and while being a postgraduate student he co-founded SimpleApps, a tech startup company. SimpleApps develops tourismart, an all in one mobile and IoT solution for hotels – awarded in more than eight youth entrepreneurship and innovation contests globally. In SimpleApps he is leading the strategy of the company, whereas he is the lead developer. He is a graduate of Computer Science Department and holds an MSc in Mobile Computing from University of Hertfordshire (UH), UK.

Quote: Quit talking and start doing. Ideas are for discussions. Implementation changes the world.

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Meet Our On-Board Mentors: Magy Kontou

Magy Kontou, Co-founder & Head of Operations at SimpleApps

Magy Kontou, 24, is the co-Founder and Head of Operations at SimpleApps. She combines a strong engineering background, with her love for UI/UX design and her passion for mobile technologies. During her postgraduate studies she co-founded SimpleApps, a tech startup company. SimpleApps develops tourismart, an all in one mobile and IoT solution for hotels – awarded in many youth entrepreneurship and innovation contests globally. In SimpleApps she oversees all the creative output of the company across different digital channels. She is also a member of the gi-Cluster Governance Council, the biggest gaming cluster in Greece. She is a graduate of Computer Science Department and holds an MSc in Mobile Computing from University of Hertfordshire (UH), UK.

Quote: Sometimes the fear of failure stands as a better motivation than the hope of gain, it makes you work harder; always be ethical, kind and helpful.


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Meet Our Speakers: Thanos Zelkas

Thanos Zelkas, Founder of Thaza

Thanos is the founder and one of the proprietors of Thaza, a web development, promotion, digital design and innovation company.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, as well as a Master’s degree in Electronics and Radioelectronics, both from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He speaks English and Italian.
Thanos has worked as a web developer and a technical manager in the private sector. He has also served as a Communications Advisor at the Ministry of Health from 2007 to 2009.
At Thaza, he is responsible of the Web and Innovation departments, through which TIP (Touch Info Point) arose, a product about which he is going to speak during CruiseInn’s visit at Rhodes.

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CruiseInn CrewMeet Our Speakers: Thanos Zelkas