Achilleas Raptis is a PhD Candidate at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. Also holds a position of Research Associate and Development Assistant in the Forecasting & Strategy Unit supervised by Prof. Assimakopoulos Vasileios. His research interests are big data analysis, time series forecasting and business forecasting information systems. Achilleas has provided knowledge transfer and consultancy in Energy & Automation Companies, Retail Sector, Health Sector and Utility Companies. Except from that, he is an expert in software analysis, system design and development of integrated forecasting support systems. He has participated as member in several National and European-funded projects.
Thomas Alexopoulos is a Research and Teaching Associate at the Department of Economics, University of Peloponnese. His scientific fields are Energy Finance, Energy Economics, Applied Econometrics and Environmental Economics. His academic work has been awarded and published in several Journals and Conferences. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an M.Sc. in Energy from the Heriot-Watt University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Peloponnese. Prior to his academic career, he had worked as an electrical engineer in the private sector.
Sama Alhajri is as from September 2014 a PhD student in Bangor Business School on "The impact of project practices on the performance of public and non-profit organisations" and Research Assistant in forLAB . She has earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from Qatar University in 2009 and working since then as the Head of Research Department in The Childhood Cultural Centre in Qatar where she is responsible of running projects and conducting research related to children cultural issues and concerns.
Ilias is an active military officer and instructor holding a Master's’ Degree in techno-economic systems and a B.A. in Military, Diplomatic and Law studies, from the Hellenic Military Academy. He is a certified Project & Risk Management Professional (PMP ® & RMP®) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP®) on MS Project 2013. Recently, Ilias is engaged, as a PhD Candidate, in research concerning the enhancement of methods and applications in Judgmental Forecasting. His Workshop Training Specialties include: Project & Risk Management, Applied Project Management through the use of MS Project 2013, Leadership, Emotional intelligence and body language, Coaching Techniques and procedures, Operational planning.
Christina J. Phillips holds a Joint Honours degree in Mathematics and Physical Oceanography from Bangor University and a Diploma in Physics from the Open University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Bangor Business School on "Lean, Efficient and Sustainable Operations in the Healthcare industries" through a joint industrial placement+studentship scheme funded by the College of Business,Law, Education and Social Sciences in Bangor University and Siemens Healthcare & Diagnostics Ltd.(supervised by Prof. Nikolopoulos and Dr Karami). Chrisitna is based in the Siemens Healthcare diagnostic Products Ltd. factory in Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales
Lazaros Rizopoulos is an active military officer and army aviator flight instructor. Lazaros most recently is engaged with the University of Peloponnese as a "PhD Candidate, in research concerning Defence Economics". He also holds a “MSc Degree in Sustainable Development Strategies”, from International Hellenic University. In 2001, he attended the Hellenic Military Academy graduating with distinction , holding a “Bachelor Degree in Military Science”. Following advanced civilian and military schooling, his ongoing interest in international collaboration resulted in pursuing a “Bachelor Degree in International and European Studies”, graduating with distinction from University of Macedonia. Now he serves as a Staff Officer and Consultant to the Military Office of the President of the Hellenic Republic.
Waleed Saud A Alghassab is as from September 2015 a PhD student in Bangor Business School on "Oil Dependency Risk, Diversification Strategy and Economic Development: the case of Saudi Arabia". He holds a Diploma in Business Administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and a BA in Management and an MBA from the Univesity of New Brunswick in Canada (supervised by Prof. Nikolopoulos and Dr Karami).
He works as Management Consultant in the private sector. He holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Management from the University of Essex, UK and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Patras, Greece. Since 2014, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Finance at the University of Peloponnese, Department of Economics, Greece and his supervisor is Professor Dimitrios Thomakos, Head of the Department. His research interests are Empirical Corporate Finance with focus on Corporate Bonds and their Effect on Employment, Empirical Corporate Governance and specially CEO Compensation, Financial Management and the Lead-Lag Relationship of Financial Derivatives. He teaches Financial Management and Econometrics (Eviews) as a Teaching Assistant (T.A.).
Dr Grigoris Spirakis, (PhD and Master in Public Administration - UoP, Greece) after successfully finished his PhD entitled “Modelling and Forecasting the Impact of e-Government in public administration and tax agencies in Greece” in the Department of Economics at the University of Peloponnese, is now pursuing a post-doc in the same department on the "Tax-reform in Greece: Actions, Impact, Benefits, Proposals and the way Forward!". He is working for the Ministry of finance and Economics in Greece in the Tax Revenue Agencies for over 18 years. He is a regular co-researcher for forTANK and forLAB mostly known for his work on the impact of electronic government on governance and democracy.
Andreas Tsalas is PhD Candidate and Research & Teaching Associate at the Department of Economics of the University of Peloponnese. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Athens, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University of Bangor and an Executive MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business. His main research area is accounting and finance. He now works as a Senior Analyst at the Consignment Deposits and Loans Fund in Athens and is also responsible for the implementation of a financing agreement between the EIB and the CDLF. He has also worked as an Expert and Key Account Manager at the Division of Listed Securities of the Hellenic Exchanges.
He is a graduate of the Hellenic Military Academy. He received his training in Greece and in the US and has served in Army Aviation Units and at the Army Aviation Directorate as a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, as a staff officer and as a teacher in Tactics. He served as the Hellenic National Defense Ministry representative at NHIndustries in France. He graduated from the Supreme Joint War College at the top of his class and he has a Master 2 in Comparative Military History and Geostrategy from the University of Marseille. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics of University of Peloponnese in the field of Geoeconomics. He speaks and writes English, French and German.
Rafael has 10 years of experience in the capital market which include: trading, research, money management, programming, etc. His experience has been concentrated in quantitative analysis and asset pricing. Rafael's quantitative strategies has been issued in Israeli financial vehicles such as MTF and ETN with AUM of USD40 million approximately. In addition, he established both Israeli and Singaporean hedge funds based on global quantitative strategies. Rafael holds first degree in economic & accounting, second in finance MBA and nowadays he is Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics, University of Peloponnese, Greece.