Prof. Panayiotis H. Ketikidis, co-founder of the Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN), Chairman of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) and the Vice Principal for Research, Innovation and External Relations of CITY College, an international faculty of the University of Sheffield, has been appointed as High Commissioner for Greece. High Commissioner Ketikidis represents Greece in the Global Startup Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Professor Panayiotis Ketikidis is the co-founder of the Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN), Chairman of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) and the Vice Principal for Research, Innovation and External Relations of CITY College, an international faculty of the University of Sheffield. He has over 30 years of experience in management, education, innovation, research, and competitive research funding, with several networks established as aresult of this experience. He is regularly invited as a keynote speaker to national and international business and academic conferences. Prof. Ketikidis is the president and founder of the Triple Helix Association Chapter of Greece, established in 2013; a member of the Board of the Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki [(AZK) 2013-present]; a member of the Board at Technopolis – Thessaloniki ICT Business Park (2010-present); emeritus member of the Exporters’ Association of Northern Greece Management Board [(SEVE) 2006-present); and member of the Administration Board – Centre for the support of female employment and entrepreneurship [ERGANI (2006- 2016)]. For many years, he was also an expert reviewer of DG XIII (Telecommunications, Information Industries, and Innovation) for the European Commission and has also been involved in many European Information Technology projects funded by the European Commission (1992-present). Prof. Ketikidis is the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development (IJIRD), European Editor of the International Journal of Enterprise Network Management (IJENM) and founder of the International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Regional Development (ICEIRD).
Maria P. Hala, Chief Executive Officer of the Hala Partners, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Hala represents Greece in the Global Woman Leaders Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Maria Hala is an investment professional and an angel investor. She has concentrated on the expansion of the Greek entrepreneurial ecosystem and the establishment of the local angel investment community. Maria provides mentoring and coaching on ventures at seed and start-up stage while she helps them find sources of financing. She is focused on four industries, namely medtech, agritech, fintech and tourismtech. Maria started her professional career in the finance sector, where she initially gained her experience and her profound knowledge of the international capital markets through asset management positions that focused on equity fund management and portfolio allocation. As a Hellenic Capital Market Commission-Certified Fund Manager, she has spent 17 years as a member of Alpha Asset Management A.E.D.A.K., a subsidiary of Alpha Bank. Maria is an active member of EBAN and of the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, where she has served as a judge at their annual StartSmart competition. She is also a member of the Hellenic Spanish Chamber of Commerce.