Speakers – 2015

We are proud to announce and present the different speakers of Yperia 2015.
Specialized in a different topics, each one of them presents a conference on the main subject of the Convention and related to alternative tourism & cultural heritage management.

All YPERIA 2015 conferences took place at Aegialis Hotel & Spa with free admission.



Sotirios Dimos - Greece

Sotirios Dimos is a founding member of the Social Enterprise: “Paths of Greece” which' objective goal is the emergence and exploitation of hiking trails throughout Greece. He was born in Athens at 23rd of March 1985, where he grew up until the age of 17. In 2002 he moves to Samos Island to study Informatics and Computer Science. In 2008 he gets diploma in Information and Communication Systems Engineering and in 2010 Msc diploma in Information Management (both) from the department of Information and Communication Systems Engeneering of the University of the Aegean. During his studies shows rich interest in politics. He has been a member of the board of directors of the students association and member of an administrative council of the university of the Aegean. From 2011 till present day he lives in Athens, where he is accepted as phd student, in the knowledge field of Algorithmic Game Theory, from the school of Electrical and Computer Engeneering of the National Technical University of Athens. Since 2013 he works on the emergence of networks of hiking trails. Until present day, he has also worked as Special Advisor to the General Secretary of Communications and Advisor on utilization and further development of ERP/CRM software.


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Lonaïs Jaillais - France

Lonaïs Jaillais is a Mountain and Nature Guide. He works throughout Europe and East Africa and in different small ecosystems in Mediterranean, including the Sicilian islands, Corsica and the Aegean islands. He is currently living on Amorgos and is engaged in conservation projects on the island.


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Dr. Theodora Petanidou - Greece

After her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Athens mrs. Petanidou found her niche in pollination ecology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she got her second degree in Biology and PhD in Ecology. Although the Mediterranean is big enough for a lifetime to explore, the New World challenged her research appetite, thus spent some months as a Fulbright scholar at the Arizona State University and later at the Institute of Ecology & Systematics at the University of Havana, Cuba.

Her research interests include pollination ecology, Mediterranean ecogeography, natural resources conservation, and cultural ecology.She adores marginal systems characterized by extreme conditions, and this is the reason she selected Mediterranean ecosystems, islands, xeric expansions and deserts, as well as heat loving animals, like bees, to be her research focus.



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Dimitra Kavvada - Greece

Dimitra Kavvada is working at the Greek State Legal Council as legal plenipotentiary of the State. Her current position is at the Ministry of Environment and regards the representation of the State before the courts on environmental issues. Born in Thessaloniki in 1986. She is PhD candidate in public law and has studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She holds a master in public law. She has worked as attorney at law at “Flogaitis – Siouti” law firm and “Nea Odos Concession company SA” and participated in many legal congresses and seminars. Her main publications are the following: "Public Procurement and European Law of Human Rights" (Legal Journal "Nomiko Vima" (Vol. 57, Issue 9, November 2009), "Planning law and competition law: a new coexistence" (Legal journal "Law and Environment" (No. 1/2010), "Parliamentary immunity and fair trial" ("First joint seminar of Constitutional Law, University of Athens/Thessaloniki", 2010, ed. Sakkoulas), Presentation of a recommendation entitled: “The strategic environmental assessment in Greece according to practice and case-law” (Scientific seminars organized by the State Legal Council in 2013-2014).


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Ivor Ambrose ΕΝΑΤ - England

Ivor Ambrose is an independent consultant and expert in research and project management on accessible tourism for all. He provides consulting services and cooperates with national and regional Destination Management Organisations, tourism operators and public bodies in Europe and overseas. He is a co-founder and Managing Director of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) a non-profit organisation registered in Brussels in 2008. Born in England, Ivor has lived and worked in the UK, Denmark and Belgium and is now resident in Greece. He holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK and a Ph.D. from the Danish Building Research Institute. He has previously worked for the European Commission DG Information Society and DG Research, managing research projects and contributing to European policies and programmes on Information and Communication Technologies and services for persons with disabilities and older people.


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Katerina Papamichail - Greece

Katerina Papamichail is a Greek architect and expert in Universal Design and accessibility of the built environment and accessible tourism. Katerina has worked as an Expert for the European Standardisation Committee (CEN) on ‘Accessibility Requirements for Public Procurement in the Built Environment’. She is co-author of the Greek Accessibility Guidelines and a founding member of ENAT, the European Network for Accessible Tourism. She has participated in numerous Greek, European and International projects in the fields of accessibility of the built environment and accessible tourism over the past 20 years. She has delivered presentations and training programmes on accessibility in many EU countries, as well as in Georgia, Libya, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and at the United Nations in New York. Katerina was formerly the Head of Architectural Studies at the Greek Social Housing Organisation. She worked for the Athens Organising Committee for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games as Section Manager responsible for the accessibility of the Olympic and Paralympic Village.


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Georgia Zouni - Greece

Dr. Georgia Zouni is a lecturer of Tourism Marketing at the following Master Programs of Greek Universities (MBA in Tourism of University of Piraeus, MA in Cultural Management at the Economic University of Athens with the University of Kent, MSc in Tourism Administration at the Greek Open University) as she holds a doctorate (Ph.D) in Tourism Marketing.
Since 2014 she deals with the development of a Distance Educational Program of the Piraeus University in Management and Organisation of Tourism Services, where is also is a Lecturer.
Her initiatives/actions in Tourism briefly are: she is co-founder of OpenTourism, she was Member of the National Committee of Medical Tourism of the Ministry of Health, and is is Academic Officer of the University of Piraeus’ Tourism Summer Schools, in cooperation with three European universities (Spain, Turkey, Slovakia).
Finally, she deals with entrepreneurship, either as co-founder of CVexperts, either teaching in the Master of Rural Entrepreneurship at the Agricultural University of Athens, whether as Head of Academic CoLab Academy of CoLab Workspace, the first carrier collaborative innovation and youth entrepreneurship with many success stories (here where 'born' successful greek ventures such taxibeat, bugsense, openfund).

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Charitina Papatolia - Greece


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