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Providing high quality learning, coaching and HR Services, our Startup & New Business clients are armored with essential leadership skills and HR tools that will embolden them to effectively drive their venture to success by leveraging the most of their human treasure in a challenging business world.

We are a team of experienced Professionals in HR, Personal Development, & Coaching, dedicated to upgrade the Greek Startup Ecosystem and to bring closer the Corporate Market with Startup mindset.

Meet our Team!

Dimitris Papadimitriou

Managing Partner - Certified Leadership Consultant
& Coach

20 years of experience in Learning & Development. Helping others develop themselves and dare to…dare, was always my favorite challenge! I enjoy my job as much as any of my hobbies! I am an international certified Trainer and Coach and a certified Assessor, also a public speaker about innovation management. I started my career as a Credit Manager and very soon I took over the corporate training of major Financial Organizations. I gained an important experience as the founder of The Startup Elevator initiative, which equips exclusively the Founder Teams of startups with Leadership skills in order to face the real corporate market.

I also admire young entrepreneurs that are trying to thrive. I participate in many Greek incubators and accelerators, as a Mentor providing The Startup Elevator’s learning activities.

As a Keynote Speaker I have introduced the ACE© model on Personal Branding and the Butterfly Effect in Pitching and Presentations©.

I am an experienced user of innovation and creativity tools such as Design Thinking, Service Design, 6 Thinking Hats, Worldcafe. All these tools are magically related with Leadership and Communication and without doubt, Creativity Skills.

Katerina Triviza

Advisory Board - Corporate Business Development Director-Systemic Mentor

Katerina is a Corporate Program Director of Thrive Global Greece, Systemic Mentor and Mediator in the Workplace.

During her 40 years of experience, she was a Founding Executive of Eurobank Bank, holding the positions of CEO in Eurobank Business Services SA, Marketing Director of Retail Banking and Director of Human Resources, while previously, for 10 years, she worked in the office of International Agreements of the Council of Ministers of the European Union. In addition to her professional activity for a number of years she has been a member of professional organizations, such as the CEO Clubs Greece as Executive Vice President, EASE, EIMAD, TIGE, SDADE. He has two sons, enjoys walks on Mount Hymettus and reads historical and philosophical books.

John Kollas

Advisory Board
Corporate Group
HR Executive

Throughout his 30-year professional career, he has gained broad and diverse experience in HR Management, having covered senior positions in multinational organizations in the IT (Compaq/Hewlett Packard), Banking (EFG Eurobank) and Heavy Industry (TITAN Cement, BP) sectors. Besides his long professional experience in the field of HR, John has working experience in IT and marketing roles. Since 2003 he has worked for TITAN Cement Group, holding the position of Executive Director, Group HR since 2008. He was a member of the Group Executive Committee and the Group Sustainability Committee.
Firm advocate of the principle that people and working environments that support and inspire self-awareness, self-development and productivity are the most important competitive advantage for any organization.

John holds a BSc in Business Administration from the American College of Greece – Deree, and an MSc in Systems Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has been trained by CIPD on mentoring skills and speaks English and French.

He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Human Resource Management of the Greek Management Association and as member of the Insurance, Social Security and Labor Matters Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

Natasa Havani

Learning Development Lead-Solution Focused Coach Senior Coach

Natasa is an active HR professional with over 18 years of experience in the field. She has worked in service sectors such as telecommunications, reinsurance, banking services related to the management of non-performing portfolios.

Her extensive experience covers the fields of training & development, attracting & developing talents, organizational transformation, executive & team coaching, design & execution of HR strategies such as people development & design of leadership competencies frameworks, succession planning, performance management & talent reviews processes, employer branding, as well as overall HR management roles.

She holds a diploma in business administration and an MBA with desertion in HRM (Nottingham Trend University, UK), accredited certification in coaching by International Coaching Federation and postDpl (level 7) in training & development of adults (TQUK, certificate number: 55413). She believes that a healthy corporate culture leads to a great customer experience.

Vassia Varsaki

Corporate HR Director Senior Coach - Head of Mentors Alumni

Working for and with people for over 18 years, Vassia cares to understand other people’s perspectives, feelings way of thinking. It brings her joy to work with people and make an effort to offer them the support they need to begin their personal development journey, also with people that have the courage to develop and grow. Development establishes the sense of having our own voice. This is the reason that led her almost 20 years ago in HR career and certainly, this is the same reason that led her today to corporate coaching. What matters to her is to honour the choice to live by the values and beliefs that resonate deeply with who we are.

As an HR Professional, she holds an extensive background offering 18 years’ experience in HR management and generalist affairs, progressive experience in Human Resources within reputable institutions, proven ability to work with senior management teams to integrate human resource function within the overall business operating strategy, expertise in Learning & Development, and ability to provide corporate coaching (ACCC/EMCC)

Theopoula Panou

Senior HR Generalist
Senior Coach

Theopoula Panou is a Senior HR Generalist with a focus on Solution Focused Coaching and based on her tools, she seeks to contribute to the development of the coachee’s skills (whether it concerns staff or team skill sets). She deals with the whole cycle of HR, having a special interest in Talent Management, Engagement, Retention of Talent & Business Coaching.
Finally, she is an accredited Coach from the International Coaching Federation and holds an MSc in HRM from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Evgenia Gouvatsou

People and Organizational Development Facilitator (Coaching | Training | HR Consulting) ACC, ICF

Eugenia is a Human Resources Development Consultant & Personal Development Consultant with 22 years of professional experience in Human Resources Management positions in multinational companies.

During her career, she focused on Staff Development & Training, Talent Development, Staff Selection, etc.
She worked in a well-known company for the Training of Business Executives in the design & implementation of training programs & emphasis on large-scale programs, change of work culture & attitudes.

Her priority is to support companies to achieve high returns through their human resources, creating for employees the appropriate environment for development & personal integration & achievement of their personal goals. Through this process, it develops itself! Her vision is to push people to “discover” their potential & “recognize” their best selves by contributing to living a happy & meaningful life.

Certified Coach-International Coaching Federation (ICF) -ACC. It draws energy from nature & running while it has a special passion for cultivating & strengthening the development mentality in children!

Gilles Gambade

Advisory Board, Business Mentor, Executive & Team Coach,
Coach Supervisor

18 years experience in coaching, over 30 senior leadership teams and 350 top executives coached during the last 11 years representing +3000 hours of coaching. All market sectors in Europe, Africa and Middle East.

My coaching approach is eclectic as it draws on a number of sources of inspiration including Systemic theory, Cognitive Behavioral Psychology, Solution-Focused Coaching, Co-Active Coaching, Gestalt and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. I am constantly in a learning and reflection process to integrate new dimensions in my coaching practice that will take me to new insight on my coaching practice and personal life.

I develop certified coaching/mentoring training programs for professional coaches (EQA accredited at practitioner level by EMCC) as well as coaching/mentoring skills training programs for executives (EQA accredited at foundation level by EMCC) that are delivered as external or internal training programs . I support as well organisations in developing tailor-made coaching & mentoring programs.

As part of my pro-bono activities, I am a member of the Mentoring Faculty of Mowgli Foundation (UK) and mentors start-up entrepreneurs in the Middle-East (Syria & Egypt), and I support Coaching programs for various non-profit organisations (Ye Community, Save The Children, USAID, My Job Glasses)

I am the President of the Hellenic Coaching Association (HCA/EMCC) in Greece and I am active in the development and promotion of professional standards in coaching/mentoring at international level, including coaching supervision.

Spyros Kottoris

Learning & Development Strategist & Innovator | Certified (ICF) Coach

Spyros has more than 15 years’ experience in the Learning & Development Industry as an international bilingual L&D Professional, Consultant and Executive Coach, having created training solutions for the needs of very demanding projects in 9 countries and 13 business industries.

He is specialized in Soft Skills training (Communication, Feedback, Leadership, Time Management, Innovation, Analytical Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion, Team Building, Resilience, Mindfulness, Coaching & Mentoring Skills). He also delivers courses on Management, Finance & Budgeting, Sustainable Business Planning and Entrepreneurship, using blended interactive learning methods.

As a Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation (ICF) he has extensive experience in coaching High-Level Executives, supporting them to improve their self-awareness, recognize their values and develop skills that will lead them to personal and professional success, achieving personal and corporate goals.

His academic background includes an MBA from the University of Kentucky, USA, a master’s degree in Adult Education (MEd) from the Open University of Greece and an Advanced Diploma in Personal and Executive Coaching from Kingstown College (ICF and EMCC certified). His certifications and publications reinforce and enhance his scientific and professional track record.

‘He believes that making L&D matter is not just about impactful interventions; it’s about supporting the development of great people, creating DEI and innovative environments, and a great place to work and grow.’

Padelis Spartalis

Digital Marketing Coordinator & Project Manager of Startup Pathways & Co-founder of Business Undercover

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