Main staff and management
Christina Kakderi is actually Chairman and CEO of INTELSPACE. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia, Greece, a MSc from the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, and a PhD on innovation systems analysis from the Faculty of Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has received a three-year fellowship from the State Scholarship Foundation and a fellowship from the Research Committee of AUTH; she has also attended a number of extended training courses at the DIMETIC (Strasbourg, Maastricht and Pecs) on innovation networks, policies and methodologies, and at the Spatial Econometrics Advanced Institute (in Rome) on spatial econometrics.
Isidoros Passas holds a Bachelor of Engineering in computer systems from the School of Engineering of University of Sussex in U.K. and a MBA from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. His scientific interests are in the application of information technology in business processes of SMEs, business and cluster intelligence, innovation measurement and benchmarking, web 2.0 new product development, and website assessment. Isidoros has been a member of INTELSPACE Management Board till June 2014.
Alexandros Komninos graduated from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialization area Electronic and Information Systems, School of Engineering of Democritus University of Thrace. His master thesis was about an entity-based search algorithm and the corresponding web-based ranking application. His research interests are in the field of artificial intelligence, intelligent environments, machine2machine communication, and deep learning. In parallel to the work at INTELSPACE he is preparing an Engineering Doctorate at the Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK.
Maria Schoina is a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After graduation she has been working as a scientific researcher at the Universities of Thessaly and Western Macedonia, in a series of projects and studies in the fields of Regional Development, Innovation, Management of Technology and Tourism Development. Since 2000 she has been working at URENIO Research of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and since 2009 at INTELSPACE, participating in the implementation and management of projects in the field of innovation policy, commercialisation of technology and intelligent transportation systems.
Margarita Angelidou is an urban development engineer (BSc, MSc) with a PhD in Smart Cities. She is a senior research officer with skills in research projects management and implementation, as well as writing project proposals. Since 2005 she has worked in business and academia in European and national research projects related with urban, socio-economic, technological/digital growth. Her research interests revolve around digital platforms for addressing urban problems, urban and social innovation and the knowledge society.
Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos received a Master in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1992 and he has been working as a multimedia and web developer since 1993. He has an extensive experience with all parts of a Website building process and state-of-the-art technologies: Information Architecture, Web Design, Content Creation, Content Management Systems, Web 2.0 applications, and Usability Evaluation. He received a PhD from the Department of Urban and Regional Development and Planning, School of Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a thesis on digital cities.
Elena Sefertzi received a Master in Sociology from the University of Sorbonne and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris. She has taught in the Department of Economic Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1985-89) and in the Technical University of Crete (1990-98). She has a rich professional experience in the management of innovation, technology transfer, and regional innovation strategies. Elena served as CEO of INTELSPACE till June 2014. Actually she is an associate professor at the Department of Spatial Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University.
Nicos Komninos is co-founder of INTELSPACE and currently a professor of ‘Urban Development and Innovation Policy’ at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a Master’s Degree of Architect-Engineer from the Aristotle University and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. His research interests are on ‘innovation ecosystems’ and ‘intelligent cities’ (virtual innovation environments, user-driven innovation, intelligent clusters and districts, strategies and governance, intelligent city ontologies, open source applications).