BCC Team

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Marie Halaka

Program Supervisor

Marie Halaka
With a wide range of professional experience, Marie Halaka holds the position of Director of Fundraising / Strategic Development CSR at PRAKSIS NGO. With a view to implementing humanitarian projects, she builds excellent partnerships with institutions, but at the same time with international companies, thus bridging and creating synergies that incorporate innovative practices and ensure co-ordination between the partners. Mari Halaka was born in Panama in 1966 and speaks French, English, Spanish and Greek. She is a mother of two sons. She holds a Baccalaureat (Lettres et Philosophie) and has done studies in Business Administration and Marketing. In the past, she negotiated and won commercial contracts for energy imports. She has served as Commercial Director for 12 years (ABEPE SA, NEOSET SA), developing strategic partnerships in Greece and abroad (Steelcase Inc.), with a strong commercial expansion. She participated in the exhibition "Advertising and Media, New-Biz Forum '99" and managed the Mgate International Sports Summit before the 2004 Olympic Games. The Business Coaching Center combines her previous professional experience with the new challenges of supporting vulnerable populations embraced by PRAKSIS.
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Katerina Paraschou

Program Manager

Katerina Paraschou
Katerina Paraschou has been involved in the coordination of entrepreneurial and employability projects in recent years, and has successfully collaborated with several institutional and private sector organizations. Among other things, she has been a coordinator of the "Epixeiro Koinonika", "Mellon Skills Accelerator" and "PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center" programs. She has extensive experience in the field of communication and content creation, but also in business since she counts more than 15 years of active journalism in financial and international reporting, in collaboration with reliable printed and electronic media, with interviews of important businessmen and bankers, with analyses on issues of international economy and specialization in European Union issues. She is also the founder of the informative site for family and child, LetsFamily.gr, with entertainment tools for preschool children, children's radio and more. She graduated from Ziridis School "Lyceum Athina" and has studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
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Myrto Raftopoulou

Supervisor Business Coach

Myrto Raftopoulou
Dr. Myrto Raftopoulou is the Certified Corporate Coach and Editor in Chief of EMCC's International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring. Apart from a founding member, she has also been an elected member of the Board of Directors of Hellenic League Coaching (HCA / EMCC Greece) since 2012 as Vice President for Standards & Ethics. She has been a certified coach and trainer in NLP (ITA Certified NLP Trainer) for ten years and has worked with business executives as a business coach or facilitator in Leadership, Teamwork and Communication seminars / workshops. During the period 2006-2011 she was the Director and Chief Editor of the shipping magazine "Efoplistis". She also holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from UCL (UK) and has been a neurobiology researcher at the New York University Medical Center.
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Vasilis Kasimatis

Business Consultant

Vasilis Kasimatis
Vassilis Kasimatis is a Business Consultant, Certified Adult Instructor & Coach, who holds a Professional MBA (ALBA) and a Bachelor in Informatics (W.I.U.). He has extensive domestic and international experience in the commercial sector, coming from almost two decades of tenure in the IDEAL GROUP and COSMOTE, in senior management positions with excellent results. Since 2012, he has been active as a freelancer, thus contributing to the development and optimization of the results of companies, independent of size. He collaborates with FHW GSEVEE in business consulting projects as a Scientific Associate, with the NGO PRAKSIS, as Business Consultant in the BCC program and with EVEA as a certified mentor in the international program “Early Warning Europe”. At the same time, he is a co-founder and COO of Inagros IKE, a startup company that operates in precision farming systems and applications He has been the exclusive development partner in Greece of the company Artemat Italy, which is active in the field of Business Games and Personnel Assessment (Soft & Hard skills), as well as Biziga India, a fast growing company in the field of Leadership Simulation Games (over 10,000 users in more than 30 countries). In the field of education, as a speaker, he has trained a number of executives (more than 3,700 people) in Greece and abroad (Singapore, Cyprus) coming from various fields and market sectors, such as: Telecommunications (OTE-COSMOTE GROUP, FORTHNET-NOVA, WIND), Call Centers (CQS), FMCG (San Miguel Corporation, Carrefour Marinopoulos, Lidl Hellas), Pharmaceutical Industries (Menarini), Insurance (Interamerican, INTERNATIONAL UNION), Building Materials (Lafarge Holcim), Fertilizers (Fertilizers) etc. mainly in the fields of Sales, Leadership, Customer Experience, Team Management & Development, Crisis Management, Effective Communication & Cooperation, Health & Safety, Effective Negotiation and Stress Management.
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Nikos Giannitakis

Business Coach

Nikos Giannitakis
Nikos Giannitakis is a certified Coach and Counselor of Mental Health. He began his studies at the Department of Industrial Management and Technology at Piraeus University. He subsequently completed the postgraduate program "Technoeconomic Systems" of the National Metsovio Technical University of Athens and the postgraduate program "Mental Health Promotion - Prevention of Psychiatric Disorders" at the Athens School of Medicine, while at the same time, attending the Psychology Program of the Guglielmo Marconi University in Rome. He worked as a Project Manager in private companies as well as in departments of the Ministry of Education and as self-employed. Today, he is working with the PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center as a Business Coach, with IEPAS as a Business Seminar lecturer and with other vocational orientation and career guidance institutions. He is a member of the Hellenic Society of Counseling and (ELESY), the Institute for Vocational Orientation and Career (IEPAS) and the Hellenic Association of Counseling (Ε.Ε.Σ.).
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Konstantinos Zombos

Business Consultant

Konstantinos Zombos
Konstantinos Zombos is the founder and managing partner of ADD ADVANTAGE, a consultancy company in the fields of Accounting Support and European Programs. He holds a M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Regional Development and is a graduate of the Department of Business Administration and Management of the Athens University of Economics and Business (ASOEE). He was a Management Consultant in Odikes Voithies AE [Road Transport Assistance SA] with participation in the preparation of the Operational Program for the years 2015-2017 and in the formulation and implementation of the company's budget. He served as Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Galatsi from 2007-2014 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the ΜΟΔ Α.Ε. (Organization and Management Unit of the Community Support Framework). He is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece and founder of the Volunteer Ecological Group “Geitones” [Neighbors.]
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Vassiliki Mouhou

Office & Operations Manager

Vassiliki Mouhou
Vassiliki Mouhou studied Shipping at the English College SBE, holds a BSc in Shipping & Transport Management and has worked in multinational companies (Regus, The meeco Group) in Operations and Sales Management departments. With a gradual development in Regus, with expertise in staffing facilitation, she was promoted to the post of Business Center Manager at the Athens office. Vassiliki works at PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center as Assistant of Communication and Administration at the Business Center of PRAKSIS BCC and is in charge of its internal and external communication.
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Kostas Michalopoulos

Business Consultant

Kostas Michalopoulos
Costas Michalopoulos is the founder and CEO of Novogrowth, which specializes in eBusiness Consulting and Growth Marketing. At the same time, he is active in the field of Start-ups as an entrepreneur but also as a consultant. Prior to founding Novogrowth, he was involved in imports and representations of foreign companies in the field of parapharmaceutical and cosmetic products. He was also the founder and CEO of Meliory.gr and co-founder and CEO of the Belgian company The Original Products.
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Kimon Rousodimos

Training Manager

Kimon Rousodimos
Kimon Rousodimos studied Business Administration at Deree College in Greece and specialized in Marketing Management. Subsequently he continued his postgraduate studies in the field of Teaching and holds a postgraduate Diploma in Teaching from the Royal Society of Arts in the UK . He went on to specialize in Teaching Individuals with Learning Difficulties at the National Kapodistrian University of Greece. His experience comes from both the corporate world and the education sector. He initially worked in H / R and marketing departments of various companies in Greece. He then founded and managed a language center for thirty-three years, where he served as a Head and teacher trainer. He also worked as a consultant in the corporate sector in start-ups and in businesses in operation. Today he is the training manager of PRAKSIS BCC.
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Panagiotis Markandonatos

Business Consultant

Panagiotis Markandonatos
Panagiotis Markantonatos is the Development Manager at SaintStartup and throughout his professional and academic career he has been a Strategic Manager and Project Manager in a number of disciplines. Either by developing startup incubators and managing the European Project Innovative Actions for the region of Attica, the development of communication strategies, the coordination of ministries or the research and development alongside university professors and scientists from big blues, he has always been a person who understands people, problems, timelines, and budgets as holistic systems. He has lectured at both pre and postgraduate level in the fields of political economy, marketing strategy, media management, pitching and job development. As a marketing mentor in incubators and accelerators (eg. ΘΕΑ \ ΕΒΕΑ, Praksis BCC, etc.), Panagiotis uses his educational and professional experience to help in the development of new enterprises. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Innovation Management (DEA) from the University of Strasbourg, BSc in Economics from the University of Economics and Business EKΠΑ, and came first in completing his studies at the National School of Public Administration (2011). He speaks English, French and Spanish.