Putting the Skills in Action

University of the Aegean

Dr. Stelios Gialis

is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece, since 2014. He has studied Rural and Surveying Engineering and received his Ph.D. in Economic Geography and Regional Development in 2004. Between 2012 and 2015 he was jointly affiliated with the University of Georgia (UGA), US and the Hellenic Open University, Greece, doing post-doctoral research. He has published in many academic journals including Geoforum, European Urban and Regional Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Economic and Industrial Democracy etc. His research interests include Labour and Geography, the spatial divisions of flexible/ atypical/ informal employment, Urban restructuring and labor markets. He acts as the Project Manager and Principal Investigator of YOUTHShare

Dr. Athanasios Kizos

is Professor of Rural Geography in the Department of Geography. He has 20 years of professional experience in agricultural systems and rural development. He comes from an agricultural sciences bachelor degree and holds a PhD on Environmental Policy and Planning. He has published on agricultural landscape change and farming systems, islands and insularity, analysis of cultural landscape change, ecosystem services assessment, temperate and Mediterranean agroforestry systems, and human-environment relations.

Dr. Theodoros Iosifides

is Professor of Social Science Methods at the University of the Aegean, Greece. He studied Sociology and Regional Development at Panteion University of Athens and holds a D. Phil in Human Geography from the University of Sussex, UK. He has written expensively journal papers, books and book chapters on migration and social science methodology, epistemology and qualitative methods. He participated in several international research projects and his areas of interests include migration studies, qualitative methods and social science epistemology/methodology.

Dr. Sofia Karampela

Sofia Karampela is Economist-Regionalist, MSc in Tourism Planning, Management and Policy, PhD in Geography. She teaches in Agricultural University of Athens, she has also worked in the private sector as business consultant, producing financial and regional studies, as well as a researcher in the implementation of projects co-funded by the European Union. Her research interests are focused on local and regional development of islands, networks, tourism planning and sustainability.

Dr. Michalis Poulimas

Michalis A. Poulimas studied Sociology at the University of the Aegean and the University of Nanterre (Paris X). He received a PhD for his research on “New-marxist approaches of class structure: The new middle class and the social subject in E.O.Wright” during which he was awarded a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY). Since December 2016, he is a post-doctoral researcher at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the field of “social determinants of health”. He teaches the courses: “Special Topics in the Social Stratification of Greece”, “Class Structure of Contemporary Societies” and “Sociology of Health and Illness” at the University of the Aegean.


Dr Karolos Iosif Kavoulakos

holding a Ph.D. degree in Political Sociology, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  He has participated in several research projects (research areas: social solidarity economy, civil society, social movements, urban sociology, gender policy). He has recently conducted surveys and researches on contemporary alternative economic and political spaces and social economy in Greece.  His research interests include urban sociology and politics, social policy, social movements, civil society, and NGO’s. Dr Kavoulakos has a considerable experience in research design and implementation of both qualitative and quantitative as well as comparative methods of social research. He is currently writing articles on social economy and social movements in Greece. He is member of the board of the Greek Political Science Association. He is author of many articles in scientific books and reviews.

Ms. Effie Emmanouil

Effie Emmanouil has a diploma in civil engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, her post graduate studies include a MSc in Engineering Project Management from the Hellenic Open University, a MSc in Human Geography – Development and Planning of the Space from the University of the Aegean (is to be completed in June 2019) and she is a PhD candidate in Economic and Labour Geography at the University of the Aegean. She has worked as a freelancer civil engineer and as a partner or employee in consultant and construction firms in Thessaloniki and Mytilene, undertaking hydraulic, road engineering and building construction projects. She is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE-TCG).

Ms. Athina Avagianou

Athina Avagianou studied Architecture in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She is MSc graduate of Geo-Informatics, with specialization in Human Geography–Development and Planning of the Space, at the University of the Aegean (will be completed in June 2019) and she is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at the University of the Aegean. She has been running a technical office as a freelance architect in Mytilene for eight years, dealing with architectural and interior design projects and supervision on construction sites.

Ms. Eirini Mprezetou

Eirini Mprezetou studied Environmental Sciences in the University of the Aegean. She has a long standing experience on financial and administrative management of various projects. In particular, she administers all stages of reporting and documentation of various projects and applies general management principles to financial resources of the projects.

Mr. Ioannis Dimou

Mr. Gavriil Hiotelis

Dr. Ioannis Papageorgiou

Ioannis V. Papageorgiou graduated from the Law School of Athens. After an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh, he received a PhD from the same institution in Political Sociology and State Theory. His publications regard the political dimension of social phenomena in micro- (‘The police and the far right in Greece: a case study of police voting behaviour in Athens’ [Crime Law and Social Change. 2016. 66:4]) and macro- level (‘Economic crisis and integration: Deconstructing social borders in Rhodes island’ [Social and Education History. 2017. 6:2]). He had been research associate of the Department of Primary Education of the University of the Aegean and tutor of the course State, Institutions Education and Political Socialisation of the Youth in the same department. Since 2013 he is research coordinator at Rhodes Centre for Historical and Social Research

Neapolis University Pafos

Dr. Ioannis Pissurios

Dr Ioannis Pissourios is a Lecturer at the Neapolis University Pafos. He studied Architecture and then pursued postgraduate studies in Geography and Cartography. He also holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, while from 2010 to 2011 he pursued Post-Doctoral Research, both of which were funded, the first by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece and the second by the AUTh Research Committee. His research interests focus on the survey methodology of urban space, as well as on the analysis and planning of urban space with the use of indicators. He has written over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes, published by Elsevier, Springer and Taylor & Francis among others.

Dr. Natia Anastasi

Dr Natia R. Anastasi received a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Yale University. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison on environmental chemistry she returned to Cyprus where she has been working in local industry. Since June 2014 she is Director of Research at Neapolis University, Pafos, responsible for the management and scientific implementation of projects including Horizon 2020, FP7 and Erasmus+. Dr Anastasi’s research interests are on Waste Management and Sustainability as well as Science Communication, Citizen science, and gender and STEM careers. Dr Anastasi has numerous publications in scientific journals, has served on committees as scientific expert both in Cyprus and overseas.

Catholic University of Murcia

Mr. ABAD, Andrés


International Project Manager by UCAM in OPRI. Fields of expertise: ERASMUS+, Youth, Gender Equality, Employment, European Union.

Mr. HEISER, David C.

Responsible for financial and administrative management of EU projects at the International Project Office (OPRI) in the UCAM.

Dr. CARRILLO, Carmen María

PhD in Neuromarketing. Responsible for the UCC+I (Unit for Scientific Culture and Innovation)

Dr. MUÑOZ, Práxedes

Professor in the Degree in Primary Education of the UCAM.Degree in Philosophy and Letters. Specialty Geography.


Deputy Director of the Degree in Business Administration and Management. Professor in the Degree in Business Administration and Management.


Grade in Mathematics. Master in Change Dinamycs in Modern Advanced Societies. Degree in Sociology. Degree inin Political Science and Administration


Degree in Computer Engineering, Doctor in Computer Engineering

Sistema Turismo

Mr. Francesco Di Bello

Graduate of Political Science from the University of Salerno, he has developed a professional pathway dealing with planning and management of European funding in education and training. Co-founder of Sistema Turismo and Head of European Projects, for over 20 years he has gained a deep knowledge of the institutional and social context of reference, regarding particularly European policies, as well as the ability to build project paths across the different plans (local, national and EU) and focused on specific sector and target; he is well skilled in monitoring, detection, analysis of the results of work supply / job matching, labour market and training; in definition of educational tools and methodologies; supporting in reporting on the implemented projects.

Mrs. Antonella Ielpo

Born in 1990, she studied Business and Administration at the University of Basilicata. Since 2015, she works with Sistema Turismo with responsibilities on management and the administrative-financial monitoring of projects financed by various programmes. Specifically, she manages the whole phase of reporting and documentation of various projects in progress, verifying their progress and interfacing with the project managers and with the administrative office.

Mrs. Anna Carla Ronchi

She is a graduate of Modern Literature with a Masters’ degree in History. Anna Carla has been working at Sistema Turismo for about 10 years with a long experience in the area of designing and planning projects especially in the framework of Leonardo and Erasmus programme with expertise in monitoring, research, training and organizational coordination. She has also extensive experience in producing materials and drafting reports on various themes and projects in an array of different thematic areas. Being passionate about classical culture and storytelling, she is involved in content strategy and communication area.

Mrs. Maria Pina Triunfo

She is consultant, trainer and an avid for foreign international affairs. The focus of her work in Sistema Turismo relates with management of EU funded projects. For over 14 years, she has developed multiple skills in different sectors that converge in training and development of educational and training projects. She is experienced in in-depth research, planning and reporting, budgeting, training development and implementing projects and enjoys the intercultural relations build within EU funded projects that lead to transfer of knowledge, new ideas and best practices built. She has a degree in International Affairs from IUO – Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples and a Post-degree in Planning and Budgeting of European Project from AICCRE.

Mrs. Alfredina Villani

She has been working with Sistema Turismo since 2004. She has previous experience in the training sector, dealing with the promotion and educational coordination of post-diploma and post-graduate training courses. Since 2007 she gained experience in organizing traineeships, setting up networks of companies to host European interns, screening of CVs of young interns and matching between CV and company in the framework of LLP Erasmus area. Since 2016, she is the scientific coordinator of the Observatory of Training in Transnational Mobility. She studies Sociology, Economics and Labor, at the University of Salerno to offer a useful and functional as well as conscious perspective of operation in the world of education and to be increasingly “culturally and professionally equipped” to face the growing developments in the labor market.

Network for Employment and Social Care

Mrs. Nektaria Marava

is an Economist and Regionalist, holds a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Studies from Birmingham University (1998). As a public awareness expert, she has been co-organising or organised several international, national and local communication events in Greece. From 2014 -up to today, she has also been working with NESC in relation to its European projects and activities. As a certified instructor has participated in a series of advisory or learning activities held by a number of key institutes (National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA), Greek Lifelong Learning Centres, Cyprus International Institute of Management etc.). She is also part-time teacher at the apprenticeship Schools of the Hellenic Manpower Employment Organisation – OAED) aiming mostly to NEETs population. As a researcher, she has participated in a number of research projects and has published her work in national and international conferences, journals and books.

Mr. Stelios Kaznesis

He holds a degree in Sociology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and has more than 15 years of experience in designing and implementing national and community initiatives in the fields of vocational training and Human Resource development, entrepreneurship and social economy promotion, social inclusion of vulnerable groups and promotion of equal opportunities. He is a certified trainer on vocational guidance from the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).

Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology LTD

Mrs. Theognosia Petrou

Theognosia Petrou is a Project Manager and Researcher at CARDET. Theognosia holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Cyprus and a Graduate Diploma in Social Anthropology from Auckland University in New Zealand. She has obtained her Master Degree in Teaching English to people of Other Languages (TESOL) with Applied Linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire in Cyprus. Theognosia has an extended experience in coordinating and implementing European projects. She manages several projects related to a variety of topics, such as social inclusion, migration, youth, and empowerment of youth NEETs, education and learning. Additionally, Theognosia has facilitated a number of seminars and got involved with topics in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), sexual harassment, volunteering, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and youth work.

Mr. Marios Pitsillides

Marios Pitsillides (Administration) has a long standing experience in the fields of management and finance administration. He holds a BA in Business Administration – Concentration in Management Information Systems and an MBA in Global Leadership – Concentration in Organizational Leadership. In the last 5 years Marios Pitsillides financially managed more than 30 EU funded projects, including programs such as ERAMSUS+, EuropeAid, Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, Lifelong Learning programs.

GAL La Cittadella del Sapere srl

Dr. Nicola Timpone

Graduated in legal sciences. I’ve been working for several years as manager of Confartigianato Sud- Occidentale, a regional federation of SMEs, and Lucana Film Commission, the public agency in charge of movie productions policies in Basilicata Region . After these work experiences, I’ve been engaged by the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere on behalf of which I’ve been leading the design and implementation of the Local Development Strategies 2007/2013 and 2014/2020, ensuring a strong cooperation with the local, national and European stakeholders.

Dr. Nicola Vita

Graduated in economics. I’ve been working for several years with several important companies in the field of consulting services to:
– PAs (European Structural and Investment Funds – ESF, ERDF and EARDF);
-SMEs and farms (business development, internationalization and fundraising).
In the meantime, I worked on transnational cooperation and research projects in the field of SMEs competitiveness, ICT, smart cities, green economy, social and work inclusion. Since 2011 I’m PM of the cooperation projects of the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere.

Dr. Anna Maria Gentile

Graduated in economics. I’ve been working for more than 20 years in the sector of consulting services to the Public Administrations in the field of ESI funds, as manager and coordinator of working groups including more than 50 persons. Over time i acquired strong skills especially in the field of SMEs and agri-farms competitiveness, by supporting several italian Managing Authorities in programming and implementing complex investment measures co-financed by EARDF and ESF. Since 2010 I’m project and financial manager of the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere.

Dr. Vincenzo Carnevale

Degree in sociology. Art director and graphic designer. Very determined and ambitious, over years I have been working throughout Italy in the field of graphic design and advertising on behalf of relevant companies and several national and regional institutions, gaining an important background of skills that I now provide to the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere.

Educational association for integration and equality

Mr. Jose Angel Fernandez Barqueros 

 Graduated in Industrial Engineering in which field gained valuable work experience. Since 2013 he is president of the Association for Integration and Equality managing the Erasmus+ projects as well as leading the training courses for entrepreneurs and business owners. Since 2014 he is evaluator and assessor of Erasmus+ projects for the national Spanish agency. He has also significant experience as ICT teacher offering courses in new technologies since 2004.

Mrs. Angeles Vidal Carbonell

Graduate in Administration and Business Management. She has long professional experience as accountant specialised in financial management of state funded projects. Until 2012 she has been coordinating a Training Centre responsible for its management and planning as well as for teaching courses related to accounting, human resources and management. Since 2011 she is owner and manager of Training Centre responsible, amongst else for the collaborations with public and private universities and other educational organisation. Since 2013 she is treasurer of the Association for Integration and Equality.

Social Cooperatives’ Network of Central Macedonia

Cyprus Authority for Cooperative Societies

Mr. Marinos Aniftos

Marinos Aniftos received his BBA in Accounting with honors and his MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA. After completing his studies, Marinos worked in USA and Cyprus as Financial Officer in various organisations.  He also taught undergraduate and graduate business and accounting courses at various academic institutions. In 2004, he joined the Governmental Authority for Cooperative Societies in Cyprus. He also received professional training as national expert in the European Commission, providing technical assistance to the Republic of Cyprus. Currently, he holds the position of Officer A’ and he is responsible for drafting and promoting the Authority’s strategic action plan regarding the modernization of the cooperative sector in Cyprus. He is also responsible for European and international affairs, research, studies and publications.

Territorial Association Communita Montana Alto Bassento

Dr. Coronato Rocco

Graduated in legal sciences. I’m the manager of Comunità Montana Alto Basento (CMAB), local public authority in Basilicata Region, which is responsible of the implementation of local development strategies and projects. CMAB plays a key role in the frame of the local district, given that it works as public procurer on behalf of almost 30 associated municipalities and public bodies. Over time I’ve been working as PM on several European Projects in the field of tourism, culture, art, energy, smart cities and green public procurement.

Dr. Vincenzina Gilio

I’m the financial and administrative officer of Comunità Montana Alto Basento. I have been working for several years as responsible person in charge of the administrative and financial implementation of very complex local development project implemented by CMAB. Over time i acquired strong skill in the field of ESI funds, public procurement and EU project management.

Dr. Eugenia Pezzano

Graduated in Political Sciences. I attended a master’s degree in Job Creation organized by the SDA Management School of the University of Bocconi of Milan. I had gained a twenty years professional experience in the field of SME consulting and specialist assistance to Public Administrations, especially in assistance in public procurement procedures: for 10 years now, I’m specialized in implementation and monitoring of programs and projects co-financed by EU Funds, especially ESF and EAFRD. I’m the assistant project manager of the YOUTHShare project.

Dr. Constantino Kounas

After finishing high school, i graduated in Economics and Business at the University of Perugia. I spent one year at the Athens University of Economics and Business via the Erasmus programme. I obtained the professional qualification as “Expert Advisor on Facilitated Business Loans”. My main field is territorial cooperation and I work on transnational projects all over the Europe. I have over 15 years of work in the submission, management and reporting of projects in several programmes, among which MED, ADRION, Erasmus +, Greece – Italy, POSDRU, POCU, SEE, ENI CBC MED, COSME, JUSTICE, MED IPA, and more. I’m the assistant financial manager of the YOUTHShare project.

Fafo, Institute for Labour and Social Research

Dr. Anne Hege Strand

Has since 2012 been working as a researcher at Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bergen, Norway in comparative welfare state research. Her research interests include work- and social policies, labour market inclusion and work-life balance and gender studies. Strand has long experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, including different forms of evaluations. Strand has previously worked as a social researcher for government departments in London, UK between 2001–2004 for the Inland Revenue and Department for Education and Skills; and in Oslo, Norway between 2015–2017 for Ministry of Children and Equality. Strand acts as an expert partner for the YOUTHShare project.