Alexandros Kourntziadis was born on March 12th, 1997 in Thessaloniki. He was introduced to music, and especially to violin, at the age of five. He managed to get accepted to the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki at the age of eleven. During his studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, he advances fast and even manages to take the position of the first violin (concertino) in the symphonic orchestra, while he gets distinguished in various musical competitions. Recently, he participated at the television show "Greece got talent" and managed to pass to the semi-finals. His repertoire includes more than classical music, and his musical compositions are a great success.
Armina is a serial entrepreneur and multi-passionate life-long learner. She has 15 years of experience as a trainer and consultant. She designs learning experiences and consults on projects that empower people to become the best versions of themselves. Transformation starts with an intention and a vision, but it becomes real when people change behaviors and attitudes. This is where products and tools, as part of a system of experiences, come in very handy. Armina is a strong promoter of taking action and the "DARE DO Planner" is the latest tool she created to help out on the transformation journey. She likes to say that life's more meaningful in 3D: Dream. Dare. Do.
Human Resources Manager
Christina Rotsou was born in Athens in 1978. She studied Business Administration, while working as a secretary for the Director of Deree-American College of Greece. She, later, continued her studies in Scotland, at the University of Stirling, where she acquired her postgraduate degree in Human Resource Development. Over the past eleven years she has worked in the field of human resources management. She is distinguished by her passion for her work and her contribution in a world where everyone will be productive. From her very first steps in the business world, she took over the position of Human Resources Manager, which she held in her former collaborations. At the moment, she works at KSY Juice Blends UK Ltd, where she holds the role of Head of Human Resources.
DaDaDolls is the first local experimental pole dance group set up by professional performer & choreographer Vivian Gougoulia in 2015. The team is experimenting with the limits of art & movement, highlighting a strong avant garde & dance-theatrical character. The name of DaDaDolls stems from Dadaism movement and the initials Da.rk, Da.ring, Do.minant & envisions a different aesthetics, an "anti-art".
Former Greek professional basketball player
Dimitris Karatzoulidis was born and raised in Thessaloniki. He studied Economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and from 1971 to 1985 he was a key member of the basketball team of Herakles in Thessaloniki. In 1979 he won the gold medal in the Balkan and Mediterranean basketball tournaments and six years later he got transferred to PAOK Thessaloniki, where he participated in all the finals of the national basketball cup. Since 1997 he has been organizing summer camps for children (boys and girls) between the ages 8-18 years old. He is working in supporting young athletes who want to receive sports scholarships and study in the United States.
Evlampia Tsireli is an educator and author, and in parallel teaches creative writing and editing. Her poems and short stories have been distinguished both in Greece and abroad. The source of her inspiration is mainly her dreams as well as the observation of the past and the present. Since 2014, she teaches creative writing & editing at the Imaginarium Writing Workshop which she created. She is a PhD candidate in Biblical Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and her studies focus on Literature of the Fiction, exploring its relationship with Myth. She specializes in legends and mythical symbols of ancient Mesopotamia.
Giannis Petrou was born in Lagadas, Thessaloniki in 1996. He began rowing at the age of 12. Very soon he discovered his love for the rowing sport and at the same time managed to join the competitive track. In 2012, in the Balkan Championship (children’s category), he won first place and the gold medal while in 2013 he won 3rd place (quadruple teen category) and in 2014 he won the gold medal this time in double teen category. The next two years were decisive for his subsequent racing, as he became a member of the Greek National Team, winning the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship (double young men category) and in 2016 he participated in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro occupying the 6th position in the final quadruple men. Since 2016, he’s been an undergraduate at the Psychology Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Georgios Pavlidis was born and raised in Thessaloniki. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology of the University of Manchester, England. He has been known, for inventions of new technologies and methods, and from his youth has lead 20 major research programs in England, Greece and the United States. He has been a professor of Psychology and Learning Difficulties for 44 years in Departments of Psychology, Education and Medicine in England, the United States and Greece. Furthermore, he is the founder and director of 33 Dyslexia Centers “Pavlidis Method” in Greece. His biography is amongst other things in encyclopaedias with the most distinguished personalities around the world such as "Who is Who in the World", "Who is Who in America", "Who is Who in Science and Technology".
Social Media Manager
Giorgos Xanthakis started his professional career from the "online gaming" world in 2005 and for 3½ years he worked in the marketing department of e-Global & Battlenet and World Cyber Games. Then, he switched to communication and specifically to MSPS, working mostly with multinational consumer product accounts. From 2013 until 2015, he was the Group Account Director of Proximity ZZ.Dot managing a wide range of automotive & telecommunication customers. Today, he is a member of Coca-Cola Company's Communications & Interaction Center (CIC) and works with Coca-Cola Hellas S.A. as Social Media Manager.
Ioannis Ofakoglou is Managing Director of RISTART, a marketing agency that provides full branding, marketing and design services. He participates as a speaker at conferences and in-house workshops, while he teaches marketing courses in the MBA of EEDE.
Dr. Katerina Loukaki was born in Athens where she currently works as a veterinarian. She is a graduate of the Veterinary School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she completed her studies in 1980. After graduation, she created a first pet care clinic in a suburb of Athens and had the honor of being elected President of the Greek Veterinary Society. From 2007 to 2011 she completed her doctoral dissertation at the Medical School of the University of Athens, focusing her research on "Therapeutic contribution of pets to children with chronic problems and healthy children, with a rabbit as a pet.” This research was the first doctoral thesis in this field, both in Greece and abroad. At TEDxAUTH 2018, she will share her experience on alternative medical treatments for cancer patients.
Kings Do not Care, also known as KDC, was created in Thessaloniki in 2016. They are a hip-hop dance group. The creator and choreographer of the group is Panagiotis Kalantidis, who got into the dance culture really early with various kinds of dance from folk dance to latin, but his love for hip-hop music and culture was the one that won him over. In the Kings Don’t Care team, apart from Panagiotis Kalantidis, are also involved: Sofia Karvounidou, Andriana Mastrosavva, Giouli Goga, Maria Katsoufi, Vassiliki Mandatsi, Marina Antona and Paraskevi Argyrou. The group has made numerous appearances in several video projects as well as many events in the city of Thessaloniki such as "In10nsive Master Camp 2018", "Good Vybez Party" (weekly party taking place at Uberdooze) and All style battle held in January 2017 and February 2018 at 8ball.
Michail Charalampidis was raised in Lagkadas, Thessaloniki. During his early years he studied film and theater in USA. His collaboration with Academy Award-winner Douglas Trumbull was a turning point for him, while later on he became a member of the visual effects team of the well-known series "Game of Thrones". Nowadays he works as a director at Baby Blue, the production company owned by Sakis Tanimanidis. He also works on a new Greek series, a feature film and an international documentary. In fact, his latest short film, "The Memories of a Doll", which won several awards, has traveled to film festivals around the world.
Created from words, Rene Styliara, 23 years old, is a writer living in Athens. Her first book was published in 2013 titled "Discrete", while in recent years she is very active in the Social Media world gaining more than 68,000 followers. Her favorite writer is Ernest Hemingway, and the phrase that characterizes her the most says: "There is another world, but it is in this one," Paul Elyar. In TEDxAUTH she will talk about the importance to keep in touch with our emotions through appropriate words, how to communicate our emotions, and for the value of discovering who you really are.
Spyros Bakas was born and raised in a Roma family, at Dendropotamos, Thessaloniki. Since the beginning of the local organization “Faros tou Kosmou”, Spyros was one of its main supporters and participants. This initiative is something which he defends with extreme determination and love. In “Faros tou Kosmou” he started as a member of the Robotic Competition team and later became its coach. One of the greatest achievements of the group was the distinction in the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE 2016 in Pan-Hellenic Educational Robotics Competition, where they managed to win the first prize in the "Project" category, on the main "RESEARCH" category. In fact, he had the pleasure of traveling twice in the final global robotics competition held in USA, where he was ranked 15th. His interests do not stop there. Spyros has participated in UN's first human rights stimulation and was the representative of “Faros tou Kosmou” at the National Reconstruction Center Meeting and the Ministry of Citizen Protection.
Stella Kasdagli started her career as a translator, though she became a journalist. She completed her studies in French literature and Media theory in London, and then worked for several years as editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. Now she divides her time between writing and designing and implementing activities to empower women and gender equality. She is the co-founder of Women on Top for women's empowerment and equal opportunities at work, as well as of the online Bookworm book club, and delivers blogging and social media seminars to teenagers and adults. She has written 7 books for adults, adolescents and children (“Κοιλίτσα.com”, “I just wanted to fit” and the whole series of Princess Athena). She raises up her two daughters in Athens.
Οleksandr Ponomarov was born in Ukraine and has been living in Athens for the past eleven years. He is a student at the School of Dentistry in Athens, and an amateur dancer. He prefers dedicating his spare time in photography and videos, in which he takes snapshots of his travels. His engagement with dancing began after accidentally, watching some Youtube videos. He has his own Youtube channel, where he uploads his own videos. His favorite dancing genre is popping, with elements of waving and robot dance. He has participated in "So You Think You Can Dance", and has managed to enter the eight finalists.