Meet the speakers of the

14th SAFETY GALA virtual workshop 2022

Safe business in a challenging environment: a time for a shared vision

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Adrian Ispasoiu
President, Romanian Health and Safety Association

President of the Romanian Association for Occupational Safety and Health (ARSSM)

Project manager: National Campaign for Safety and Road Safety
Lecturer in occupational safety and health training: professional risk assessors (240 hours), specialist and inspector for Safety and Health at Work (84 hours)
Lecturer in occupational safety and health training: Temporary and mobile construction site coordinator
Lecturer in Continuing Vocational Training in Health and Safety at Work: Risk control in temporary and mobile construction sites.
HAZOP – HAZID Course - 2 Days, development course support, lecturer, software application development: HAZOP Manager
FMEA - LOPA Course - 2 Days, development course support, lecturer, software application development FMEA Manager
MERP Course - 2 Days, development course support, lecturer, software application development MERP Manager
Ergonomic Risk Assessment Course. Ergonomic Risk Assessment Methods: QEC, REBA, RULA. Lecturer. Development course support and software application development: QEC-Manager
Psychosocial Risk Assessment Course. Methods of assessing psychosocial risks. Lecturer. Development course support and software application development: Stres Manager
Coordinate temporary and mobile construction sites. Site Coordinator

Alessandro Fanfoni
OH&S Specialist, SNAM HSEQ Dept.
Snam S.p.a

Alessandro Fanfoni joined Stogit (a subsidiary of Snam and the leading European player in gas storage) in 2015, initially being responsible for the waste management during the decomissioning phase of the old Bordolano Gas Storage Facility and subsequently as HSE Supervisor of the construction and commissioning phases for the New Bordolano Gas Storage Facility.

He joined since August 2020 Snam Corporate HSEQ Department, as OH&S Specialist providing support and coordination to all subsidiaries of SNAM.

Among the others he is in charge of the management of the GNL ITALIA’S Risk Assessment Document, of the training management process and providing QHSE support for National and International Business Development Projects.

He is one of the Team Leaders of the Lean Project for the optimization of Permit To Work System for Snam and its Italian subsidiaries.

Alexandros Spyridonis
Project HSE Manager
Webuild SpA

Alexandros Spyridonis is a civil engineer with MBA in HSE Leadership.
He is working in construction industry as HSE professional from 2001.
Currently, he is working for Webuild as project HSE manager in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Andrea Romeo
Head of Environment and Audit HSEQ, SNAM
Snam Spa

Andrea graduated with a BSc in chemical Engineering and a MSc in Process Safety Engineering, both at Politecnico di Milano.

Along his career Andrea has covered different role at primary Companies and Institutions (eni, Politecnico di Milano, RCS mediagroup, Snam) with experiences ranging from the field of HSE Training, Environment pollutants dispersion modelling, OHS Management systems and Lean Six Sigma applied to staff processes reengineering.

On January 2021 after completing as an expat the set-up of Albania Gas Service Company HSE Management system, he moved back to Snam where is currently in charge as Head of the Environment and HSEQ Audit Function at Snam and as Responsible of the Snam Competence Centre for Safety in the workplaces.

Anca Tudor
HSSE advisor

HSSE Advisor
OMV Petrom - Petrobrazi Refinery
13 years experience in HSSE area
33 years experience in refinery
Bachelor of Science in Oil Technology and Petrochemistry
NEBOSH qualifications

Angelos Liapis
Konnektable Technologies Ltd.

Dr. Liapis is currently the CEO of Konnekt-able Technologies Ltd. and Manager of EU Research & Innovation Development at the Decision Support Systems Laboratory of the National Technical University of Athens.

He has worked as an R&D Director, senior R&D manager, active researcher and ICT specialist with experience in implementing and managing EC funded ICT projects (H2020, FP7, FP6, PSP-ICT, ENPI).

His areas of interest and expertise include: Innovation Management, BigData, CSCW, Semantics, Web 2.0, eGovernment, eHealth, Crisis Management, Cloud Computing and Enterprise Interoperability. He has strong skills in project and quality management activities, business process analysis, preparation and maintenance of project quality plans, quality reporting, responsibility of the deliverables, preparation of project reports and coordination of consortia.

He has excellent knowledge of project management methodologies and tools.
Since 2004, he has worked in several relevant posts in both academia and industry, and in 2009 he was honoured with the position of associate professor / senior research fellow from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dr. Aggelos Liapis – was a Marie Currie PostDoc on the three dimensional anatomical human research and training network, holds a PhD in Computer Mediated Collaborative Design Environments from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, two Masters Degrees from the Universities of Sunderland and Hull in Network Systems and Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments, respectively, and a Bachelor’s degree in Software Development from Lincoln University in Hull.

Beyond his academic and industrial duties Dr. Liapis has authored several papers, journals, and books in the areas of CSCW, Collaborative Design, Semantics, etc.

Anyfantis Ioannis
Project Manager

Ioannis is Project Manager at EU-OSHA, working on a variety of OSH projects.
He holds significant experience as a consultant in the private sector, while he has also worked as scientific collaborator and research fellow at the University of Thessaly Greece and the European University Cyprus, teaching Occupational Safety and Health, Risk Management etc.

His research work has been published in scientific journals and presented in conferences.
In the past, he worked for several years as Health and Safety Inspector, for the Greek National Labour Inspectorate, conducting on-site inspections and accident investigations across different economic sectors.

He holds strong knowledge of National legislation, policy and European Directives on OSH while he has been the Greek representative to a number of SLIC (Senior Labour Inspector Committee of European Commission) Working Groups.

Asterios Lialios
HSE Manager
HELPE Aspropyrgos Industrial Complex

Asterios Lialios studied Chemical Engineering at NTUA and Business Administration at ALBA. He started his career at the Petrola refinery in 2000 and moved to ELPE in 2004, where he worked in the departments of Process Engineering, Production and Oil Movement.

He has been working in Health & Safety since 2012 while today he is the Director of Health, Safety, Fire Safety and Environment of the Elefsina Industrial Complex of HELPE.

Christina Alexandropoulou Alexander
Director of Security
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel

Christina Alexandropoulou is a driving force in Security, Safety, Risk & Compliance. She has been an influential voice in the Greek national media, identified as a top Woman in Security in Greece in the March 2020 Security Manager Magazine, was awarded by GDS Group as the GOLD Security Leader of the Year - Europe for 2021 and recognised recently in London as the #1 position of the IFSEC Security End User “Top Influencer in Security & Fire” for 2021.

As Vice Chair for the ASIS International Aegean Chapter, Steering Committee Member for OSAC in Greece, Member of the European Fire Safety Community and Working Group member for the project to develop a Fire Safety Rating Scheme for Buildings, Leader of the 1st Lean In Circle for Women In Security in Greece, Mentor for ASIS Women in Security (WIS) and WIS country leader, nominated for the 2021 GIWA in Hospitality (Greek International Women Award) and winner of the 2020 Gold Security Excellence Award in Greece, Christina is widely respected in the industry and her insights shape debate about Security issues.

She deploys 20 years’ industry experience encompassing security, fire safety, loss prevention, crisis management, senior management and leadership in corporate institutions and has participated in over 50 panels in the past year, acting as a Mentor for young female professionals.

In February 2022, she joined prominent Hospitality leaders at Expo 2020 Dubai for the first ever Global Tourism Resilience Day which was launched by the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC).

Currently, Christina is the Director of Security for Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel in Greece and is actively engaged with the security industry while being a volunteer for many organizations focusing on recycling, stray animal welfare, cancer research and works closely with the UNESCO Southern Suburbs Chapter & SOS Children’s Villages in Greece.

She is well respected for Visionary Leadership in hybrid corporate risk, health, safety & security strategies and regularly presents at security conferences, focusing on sustainable security solutions – protecting people, planet and profit.

Cleo Varianou-Mikellidou
Research fellow, CERIDES European University Cyprus
Center of Excellence in Risk & Decision Sciences, European University Cyprus

Dr Cleo Varianou-Mikellidou, PhD in Occupational Safety & Health, MSc in Safety, Health and Environment and BSc in Physics.

Her research interests focus on the risks from age-related changes and the application of the occupational health and safety management systems, ergonomics, teleworking, well-being.

She is currently a Research Fellow at CERIDES of European University Cyprus.

Cleo is also a Health and Safety Consultant since 2009. She has extensive experience in training, advising and consulting companies on how to maintain a safe and healthy working environment applying risk assessments, how to adhere to Health and Safety legislation, and how to gain certification according to the International standards ISO 9001, ISO 45001, EMAS, and ISO 14001.

Cleo has experience in risk assessment and is a licensed risk assessor from the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance.

She has also been involved in several European (H2020, DG Echo) and local projects related to OSH.

Ehi Iden
Chief Executive Officer
Occupational Health and Safety Managers Nigeria

Ehi Iden is an Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing Practitioner in Nigeria.

He is a Doctoral Fellow working within the space of Workplace Health and Wellness Promotion as a study area.

He is the CEO Occupational Health and Safety Managers and President, OSHAfrica.

Emmanouil I. Daftsis
Chemist, Health, Safety and Training Manager
Eldorado Gold Corp

I was born in 1975 in Thessaloniki.
I studied Chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I received my MSc in Teaching Chemistry and New Educational Technologies at the same institution (1998-2001). During the same period I worked as a researcher at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of AUTh. and Graz University of Technology for the development of new materials in supercapacitors and catalytic converters. I completed my PhD in 2007 in Analytical Chemistry on the development of analytical methods for the determination of heavy and toxic metals in human fluids.

I have published 29 articles in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. I have over 20 years of experience in analytical chemistry and research.

I have worked for more than 15 years in various positions, most recently that of Manager of Health, Safety and Training, in a mining company, while I were Manager of the Quality Control Laboratory, Sealed Radioactive Sources Safety Officer, representative of the company in Scientific committee for monitoring of environmental terms.

I also have more than 20 years of educational experience at all levels of education.
In addition to supporting day-to-day productive processes for the Health, Safety and Training of workers, I supports the solution of various chemical problems in mining production processes, environmental protection and legislation.
I have participated in a number of research projects.

Eng. Dejana Ilieva
Health and Safety Expert

I'm a safety engineer with almost 15 years of experience in the health and safety (H&S) field. My areas of expertise include H&S auditing, occupational H&S risk assessment, assessment of compliance with legal requirements and ergonomic assessments.

I have additional experience in the development of industry specific H&S legal registers and checklists and corporate H&S training.

I have worked with clients in very many sectors including: pharmaceutical, chemical and oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, among others.

I started the project Zbut.Eu with the idea to provide enhanced health and safety information together with a pragmatic approach in developing solutions, which enables employers and organizations to maintain the health, safety and welfare of all employees.
Today, Zbut.Eu helps hundreds of companies and safety professionals meet their goal of safer, more productive workplaces.

Ethem Ozen
Hs Lead
Chipita S.A

Production & Quality Engineer with 5 years of experience in Food Production Industry.

Graduated in Food Engineering from the Gaziantep Üniversitesi.

Certified in Occupational Health and Safety C, TSE EN ISO 9001 and TSE EN ISO/IEC 17025.

Interested with paragliding. Has two cats :)

Evangelos Pyknis
EMEA Projects HSE Lead

Evangelos has a total 25 yrs of professional experience, in which he dealt amongst other subject matter areas with Operations & Logistics Safety, Social Responsibility Reporting, Contractor Mgt, Auditing and Behavioral Based Safety.

He holds a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from NTUA Athens, Greece and MSc Environmental Technology from Manchester University – UK.

A senior professional, Evangelos started his career as a Mgt Consultant for various assignments in Greece, relevant to Integrated QHSE Mgt systems and Business Process Re-engineering.

His journey into Operations and further development in HSE discipline started in 2002, when he joined Shell Oil company. He then moved through Oil & Gas Downstream Business (Supply Chain, Petrochemicals & Construction projects) leading HSE assignments and teams in international environments and matrix organisations in Europe and Middle East.

In 2018 he joined Food Industry and Cargill company in Europe, serving since then the role of Capital Projects / Mergers & Acquisitions HSE Lead for EMEA region and strategically aiming Safety Excellence in all dimensions of engineering projects lifespan.

Florin Vlad
Technical Counsellor

Mechanical Engineer specialized in oil & gas facilities construction, onshore and offshore.

Involved in construction management and HSE management in projects in Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

Involved in implementation of digitization and digitalization of business management and HSE management.

Georgios Florides
Safety Officer
Electricity Authority Of Cyprus

Georgios Florides studied Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH-Aachen in Germany and received his Master Degree as “Diplom Ingenieur” with specialization in Energy Technology.

He has also followed a Postgraduate study in Energy and Environmental Management at the Technical University of Berlin and in 2013 he obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cyprus.

Georgios Florides has an experience as Project and Maintenance Engineer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Vassilikos Cement Works Ltd. and since 1993 holds the position of the Health and Safety Officer at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus.

He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Cyprus and Charter Member of IOSH.

He is a former President (2015-2021) of the Cyprus Safety and Health Association and currently a member of this Professional body, sharing his expertise with the new Board Members.

George Kazantzopoulos
Environment Manager
Olympia Odos S.A.

George KAZANTZOPOULOS is an international expert in sustainability and environmental responsibility involved in strategic corporate environmental assessments, EIAs, emissions calculation and offsetting, climate change analysis, CSR strategy and programs development for the public and private sector.

He served for 7 years as the Director of the Environment Department of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee.

In November 2005, he established “GLOBAL CHALLENGES” a pioneer company in the fields of sustainability and environmental responsibility involved in strategic corporate environmental assessments, sustainability and environmental systems development and management, emissions offsetting, and climate change analysis, renewable energy projects development.

Since 2008, he is serving as the Environment Manager for OLYMPIA ODOS S.A.
He is heading the civic not for profit organization INSTITUTE TEAM FOR THE WORLD which is active in the fields of sustainable sports and upcycling.

Georgios Maragkos
Safety Manager
Costa Navarino

Giorgos Maragkos is a Chemical Engineering NTUA graduate (1995), with a postgraduate degree in Environmental Physics from UOA (MSc, 1999) and a TEE member since 1995.

Has 25 years of professional experience in Occupational and Industrial risk prevention and environmental management.
Worked in various positions of responsibility in large multinational groups (Heracles Group & VIOHALCO). He served as Environmental Compliance and Health & Safety Coordinator for Heracles Group (1999-2006), Safety Officer and Health and Safety Coordinator at Heracles Cement Plant in Chalkida (2006-2009) and Director for 5 years (2012-2017) at LAVA Mining and Quarrying S.A. (Heracles Group of Companies) where he led the company's dynamic growth through a substantial increase in exports and optimized production and supply chain Operations.

He has also acted as Environment, Health & Safety and Management Systems Manager at ANAMET S.A. recycling company, member of VIOHALCO Group (2017-2019) and Occupational & Industrial Studies Manager at Ergonomia EXYPP (2019-2021).

In the area of occupational risk safety, he led and participated in innovative projects on Safe Behavior (BBS), corporate Safety Culture development and Safety Leadership based on the Zero Harm Vision principles.

He currently serves as Health & Safety Manager for Costa Navarino hospitality and F&B activities in Messenia, Greece.

Dr George Panopoulos

Dr. Georgios D. Panopoulos, CEO, MANAGEMENT FORCE Group, is one of the pioneers in the Safety Business in Southeast Europe. Georgios has a reach and deep 32-year experience in Safety Management, possesses a superior academic background with a PhD in The Economic Aspects of Safety accompanied by a Degree in Civil Engineering with a Master Thesis in Health and Safety in the construction sector.

He has served in key safety positions for major organisations and infrastructural projects. In 1999 he founded MANAGEMENT FORCE, a safety company, which today accounts an experience of projects in 24 countries around the globe. Innovator and pioneer himself, has developed the auditing methodology “+2/-2”, Contractor’s HS effective management policy and program, visualised a number of safety software solutions and co-developed with Prodromos Papavasileiou the methodology Involvement for Continuous Safety Improvement (ICSI). He is a frequent invited lecturer to the National Technical University of Athens and the Democritus University of Thrace.

Since 1999, Georgios leads MANAGEMENT FORCE Group, EHSS Engineers and Consultants, a leading EHSS provider in Southeastern Europe, following a sustainable development with emphasis on the quality of the services, innovation and the working environment, into becoming a Consultant of Choice and an Employer of Choice.

George Savva
Manager in the Climate Change and Sustainable Services
EY Cyprus

George is a Manager in the Climate Change and Sustainable Services team of EY Cyprus.
His main focus is Sustainability and he has been assigned to manage several projects concerning ESG Strategy, Non-Financial Reporting, Decarbonization transformation, designing of Health & Safety, Quality & Environmental Systems.

Before joining EY, he held senior positions in various companies and he was leading the HSQE Departments.

He holds an MBA from the University of Cyprus, an MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment from the University of Southampton, and a BSc in Marine Science from the University of Aegean.

He is certified with NEBOSH and he is an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor.
He was a BoD member of the “Cyprus Safety and Health Association” and participated in the founding team of the “CSR Cyprus” Association.

Gianluca Capodimonte
Head of Environmental and Occupational Sustainability

I have spent the last 15 years in EHS working for Philip Morris International.

From factory responsibility to corporate roles in the areas of Environment, Health and Safety, always with the same idea in mind: prevent injuries and protect the environment, making EHS a joyful experience because it is simply about life.

All the programs we developed in the last 10 years at Corporate or Regional Level have the same characteristics: they are people centric and work to create engagement, not just to fulfil a legal obligation.

Every day I continue this fantastic journey because I am sure that a better world comes through EHS functions too.

Helena Athoussaki
Head Of Esg, Sustainability And Climate Change
Motor Oil Group

Helena is the head of ESG, Sustainability and Climate Change at Motor Oil Group. She is presented by many years of experience in ESG and Sustainability across sectors including Shipping and Energy.

During her carrier, Helena established and grew ESG related LoS and consultancy companies. She held Sustainability leadership positions globally and served in several executive roles at International corporations.

Helena worked closely with many Industries and the Public Sector undertaking strategic assignments related to Sustainable Strategies, Sustainable Finance and ESG integration.

She has completed a full time MBA at ALBA, MA at Middlesex and Executive programmes at Oxford Said Business School and London Business School.

Ioannis Aspitakis
General Manager
Ioannis V. Aspitakis

Ioannis Aspirtakis is Mechanical Engineer with MSc in Occupational Health & Safety Management.

He works in this field for more than 20 years focusing in Risk Management and OHS consulting.

His area of expertise also includes carrying out risk audits and establishes risk mitigation strategies.

Last 15 years, he is General Manager in ErgoProlipsis LTD.

Ioannis Dokas
Associate professor
Democritus University of Thrace

Ioannis is an Associate Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of the Democritus University of Thrace in Systems Safety Engineering.

He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the MANAGEMENT FORCE Group.

He worked for 8 years in leading German and Irish research institutions, and up to date is the principal investigator of research projects with a total budget of approximate a 4million Euros.

Jose de la Torre
Senior Manager Qhse, Land Management And Permiting in Trans Adriact Pipeline

QHSE professional with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of industries including consulting, pharma and Oil & Gas, with organizational design and implementation of QHSE Management functions in an international environment (Spain, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Greece, Albania, Italy and Switzerland).

Jose has been also member of international working groups in areas related to HSE and Sustainability like MARCOGAZ and European Standardization Committee (CEN) covering different roles as Secretary of Standing Committee Gas Infrastructure, Chairman of WG Health and Safety, Member of Standing Committee Sustainability and WG Transmission Pipelines.

Konstantinos Papakostas
QHS Manager
Olympia Odos SA

Diploma In Mechanical and Aeranautics Engineering, 2005, University of Patras - Master in Business Administration, Hellenic Open University, 2021 - Since 2014 QHS Manager of Olympia Odos SA - 2006 - 2014 Safety Engineer, Safety Training, Quality-H&S-Environment Management Systems, Internal Audits, Risk Assessment, Measurements of hazardous agents, Incident Investigations.

Louise Hosking,
President of IOSH

Louise Hosking became IOSH President in November 2021 with a theme of “People, Sustainability and Putting Heart into Health & Safety.

Her focus is around harnessing the power of modern leadership skills to focus on what good looks like and creating inclusive, psychologically safe organisations.

Louise is a first career Health & Safety Professional with more than 30yrs within the profession having worked across a number of sectors.

She actively supports organisations to integrate Health & Safety as an enabler for their success. Louise is a passionate Inclusion champion both within IOSH and outside of it.
She is a co-founder of the OneWISH coalition: Women & Inclusion in Safety & Health.

This is bringing networks together from around the world to encourage diversity of thought and to help with developing creative professionals’ representative of the modern world of work.

Ms Maria Alexiou
Environmental, Social and Governance Advisor
TITAN Cement International

Maria Alexiou studied Law in Athens, Greece and specialized in human rights and civil liberties in international and European law in Leicester University, U.K. She is member of the Athens Law Bar and Chair of the Board of Directors of CSR Hellas, a non- profit-making business association representing 140 companies (2012,, as well as member of the Board of Directors of CSR Europe (2018,
She serves as Environmental, Social and Governance Advisor of TITAN Cement International (2020, at Group and regional level supporting management in embedding sustainability and social responsibility in strategy and decision-making, while she has served TITAN Group as a CSR Director since 2003.
She also sits at the Advisory Board of HIGGS (2017, supporting programs to empower civil society and social entrepreneurs in Greece.
Since 1996, Maria has worked with different sectors and multinational companies like NIKE and TITAN Cement International to form and implement collaborative initiatives leading to new integrated management practice and standards to monitor and assess both the impacts and the performance outcomes related to sustainability and inclusion in the short and the long term. She bears a vast experience regarding corporate sustainability and responsibility, as well as the trends and priorities in different regions and countries working for almost thirty years with for business and stakeholders both internal and external.
As a corporate expert, Maria is responsible to support the development of corporate standards to set targets and assess performance in an integrated and holistic approach, moving from the triple bottom line to sustainable and inclusive growth. Joining various Task Forces and Working Groups with UN Global Compact, for the development of reporting principles and the criteria of Communication on Progress, with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for the development of Guidance regarding “labor rights” and “decent wage”, as well as the translation of the Glossary in Greek, with WBCSD and the Cement Sustainability Initiative for the “Social Capital Protocol” and the Guidelines for Sustainability in the Supply Chain of the Cement and Construction materials industry she also curries significant experience regarding the legal and operational challenges of the transition to new business models.
As an active member of the CSR Europe community, Maria has worked among else for the foundation of local business networks focusing on sustainability and social responsibility in Greece, but also in other countries Cyprus, Bulgaria, N. Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania, for the European Business Alliance for CSR (2007 – 2009), the European Pact for Youth (2015 – 2018) and the adoption by the Greek EU Presidency in 2014 of the EU NFRD in 2014 and the transposition of the directive in national laws.

Maria Liontaki
Tourism and Hospitality, Lead Auditor

Mrs Maria Liontaki is a Chemical Engineer. She is currently Product Manager for Tourism & Hospitality and Lead Auditor for ISO Management Systems in TUV Hellas, the biggest Certification Body in Greece. She has a great experience in the fields of Food Safety, Environment, Quality and Sustainability especially in the tourism sector.

She has worked as Quality Manager for a Greek Hotel Chain where she was responsible for planning and supervising implementation and auditing for all Management Systems in Hotels.

Moreover she was an external partner at ESYD (Hellenic Accreditation Body) where she was an Assessor for Food Safety Management Systems for the largest Certification Bodies in Greece and abroad in a wide range of clients (catering, hotels, packaging materials, food & vegetables packaging etc).

Michail Chalaris
Assistant Professor, IHU, retired Major General HFC
International Hellenic University

Michail Chalaris is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, International Hellenic University(IHU) and Professor in MSc “Analysis and Management of Manmade and Natural Disasters" in the course Technological disaster and environmental emergencies since 2015 and in MSc Oil and Gas Technology in the course Hazard Identification & Risk Management since 2018.

He is Research Director on Risk, Hazards, Crises, and Safety of Hephaestus Advanced research Laboratory of School of Science, IHU.

He has been an adjunct professor at the Hellenic Fire Academy (1999 – 2021) and at Military Nursing Academy(SAN) (2017 – 2021). Prof. Chalaris is a Retd Major General with 25-year at the fire service.

He is a program committee member of several international conferences. He has organized/coordinated or participated as a keynote and invited lecturer on several advanced training courses and advanced research workshops. He also managed/participated in several multi-year projects related to the area of his expertise.

Prof. Chalaris is a Chemist(NKUA) with an M.A. in Applied Strategy & International Security from the University of Plymouth.

He has further been awarded a PhD by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Furthermore, he received a 2nd B.Sc. from the Fire Officers Faculty of Hellenic Fire Academy, and he is a graduate of Hellenic National Defence College and of School of Further Education & Professional Training of Hellenic Fire Academy.

Michele Dinelli
Pre-Accession Network Manager - EU OSHA

Michele Dinelli is working at EU OSHA since 2020 as Pre-Accession Network Manager.
He is responsible for the implementation of the IPA project, whose aim is to enhance the inclusion of IPA beneficiaries into the network of the EU agency, through knowledge sharing and information exchange events.

Dr Mikela Chatzimichailidou
Global Research Lead
Arup University

Mikela is the Global Research Lead at Arup.
She has been creating a new Research team, responsible for Arup's multi-million pound Research fund, and is also working on developing strategic partnerships between Arup/industry, academia and policy.

Mikela has a PhD in Socio-Technical Systems Safety and Human Cognition, a MSc in Civil Systems Engineering and a MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

She has previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London and WSP where she worked on major projects.

Nektarios Karanikas
Assoc Professor in Health, Safety & Environment
Queensland University Of Technology

Nektarios Karanikas is an Associate Professor in the Health, Safety and Environment discipline of the School of Public Health and Social Work at QUT.

Nektarios has more than 20 years of industry experience and holds professional qualifications in OHS, human factors, project management and engineering.

He has been a member of various national and international associations and has (co)authored book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers focusing on safety/risk management and human factors.

Nektarios has presented his work at more than 80 events, and he actively volunteers in a wide range of scientific and professional activities.

Nilza da Silva
Strategic Planning and Business Development Director

Nilza da Silva is the Strategic Planning and Business Development Director of MANAGEMENT FORCE Group.

She joined MANAGEMENT FORCE in 2018 as a member of the Oil and Gas team. She was Immediately assigned to major oil and gas projects, mostly involved in Emergency Response Plans during commissioning an operation phase.

She started her professional career in Petroleum engineering working for Chevron overseas at Offshore Angola.

She has graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM), in Sofia, Bulgaria, majoring in the Technology of organic synthesis and fuels. She is an MBA holder from Leicester University.
Also, holder of an MSc in Oil and Gas Technology from the International Hellenic University (Master’s thesis in the implementation of the Offshore Safety Directive in Southeast Europe).

She is NEBOSH HSE Certified in Process Safety Management and Risktec - TÜV Rheinland certified in Risk & Safety Management.

Olga Bogdanova
PhD in Engineering, GradIOSH, Chairperson of the Board
The European Society of Occupational Safety & Health - ESOSH

Olga Bogdanova (Ukraine), PhD in Engineering,
GradIOSH, founder and Chairperson of the Board at ESOSH - the European Society of Occupational Safety & Health with 2000 participants from 12 countries,
Vision Zero Trainer,
Head of OHS&E at Smart Energy Group,
OHS&E practitioner for 15 years in manufacturing and oil & gas industries;
Metinvest Polytechnic University Lecturer;
XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work Speaker - 2021

Osiris Alejandro Valdez Banda
Professor of Marine Technology
Aalto University

Osiris Valdez Banda is Assistant Professor of Marine Technology (Research Group on Safe and Efficient Marine Systems) at Aalto University.

His research focuses on the analysis of marine risks and safety systems engineering with applications in the concepts of smart shipping and ship winter navigation.

His work focuses on the development of methods, processes and tools for modelling and analysing the risks, safety and efficiency of the entire maritime ecosystem with focus on guiding the ship design processes and the management of maritime traffic operations.

Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos
PhD, Sustainability Professor & Seneca College

Panos is a sustainability researcher and consultant with 15+ years of experience in coaching organizations to assess and integrate sustainability.

As principal and founder of the boutique consulting Close the Loop, Panos has advised companies from the financial, agricultural, real estate, construction and retail sectors on sustainability strategy, climate change, life cycle assessment and business modelling.
He has also provided training on these topics to professionals and students in Canada, Europe and Asia. Panos studied Environmental Engineering and holds a PhD in Corporate Sustainability from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland).

He has authored academic papers on sustainable business design and developed an online tool to help businesses choose effective sustainability certifications (ecolabels) for their products and services.

Panos is a professor and coordinator of the Sustainable Business Management program of Seneca College and teaches sustainability and business design at the University of Toronto and OCAD University.

Paolo Zambianchi
HSE Culture, Projects and Training Coordinator
Webuild S.p.a.

As HSE Culture, Projects and Training Coordinator in Webuild, he is in charge of new projects in terms of HSE, including innovation and new technologies, developing HSE culture and coordinate HSE training activities.

The most important activities are focused on company safety leadership development program called Safety Builders, acting as Coordinator and Senior Facilitator of the Program.

All the activities he makes in Webuild are focused on the same clear direction: reaching Zero Accidents or, better, let his colleagues go back home healthier than they came to work, gets the maximum benefit from their work, taking care of environment.

This is the Vision he had in the last 23 years of experience in construction, oil & gas and industry sector, acting during these years as a trainer, safety officer and safety specialist.
For this reason he experienced different way like writing (he is a book and article writer and cowriter), taking part in Committees (italian working at height UNI standards and italian training guidelines), promoting Healthy and Safe way of living (as an Ambassador of an italian safety cultural movement and as a self development trainer).

Peter Wagner
Senior Expert for Fire Risk Evaluation,
Head of Centre of Fire Statistics
CTIF Center For Fire Statistics

1982-2022 Berlin Fire Brigade,
Fire and Safety Engineer,
Doctor of Technical Sciences,
Member of the German Fire Protection Association (since 1991),
CTIF Statistics (since 1995)

Serafeim Ioannidis

Serafeim Ioannidis, Director of Health & Safety, Physical Safety, Environment and Quality at DESFA, has over 28 years of experience in Safety / Quality / Environment in the Oil and Gas sector both in the construction and operation and maintenance of the network and in the development and implementation of Management Systems.

National Accreditation System Assessor, level II inspector for UT / RT / MP / LP / VT and ISO 9001 / OHSAS 1800 / ISO 14000 / etc. As manager of the Natural Gas sector he has participated in various European programs (NaturalHy, RESPECT, Zonesec etc.) and committees (Biogas, laboratory recognition of gas, liquid and solid fuels etc.).

Member of the Steering committee of European benchmarking of Natural Gas Companies of Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals and Transmission Systems. Responsible for ETS, ISPS Code, RCA, ERP-BCP, CMS, TPM etc.

Stavroula Charalabidou
Phd Candidate
Democritus University Of Thrace

Charalampidou Stavroula is a PhD candidate in the Civil Engineering department of the Democritus University of Thrace, specializing in System Safety.

Steryios Naris
Mechanical Engineer
Hellenic Institute For Occupational Health And Safety (ELINYAE), Head of Volos Branch

Dr. Steryios Naris has a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1998), as well as M.Sc. (2003) and Ph.D. (2005) from the University of Thessaly.

He has served as a visiting Assistant Professor in the University of Thessaly.

From 2006, he is a staff member of ELINYAE (head of Volos branch of the Institute).

His research interests include micro and nanoscale transport phenomena, vacuum systems, turbomachinery and occupational health and safety.

He is an author or co-author of 26 papers in per reviewed journal and more than 40 conference papers with over 950 citations.

Svana Helen Björnsdóttir
Electrical Engineer, Visiting Researcher and Doctoral Candidate
Reykjavik University

Mrs. Svana Helen Björnsdóttir is a PhD candidate in Systems Engineering at Reykjavik University in Iceland.
She holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.
She is an IRCA Certified Lead Auditor of ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management Systems.

Mrs. Björnsdóttir is the founder STIKI - Information Security in 1992 and worked there as a CEO until merger with Klappir Green Solutions in 2019.

She worked as a managing director at KGS until April 2020 when she joined Reykjavik University. During her career, Mrs. Björnsdóttir has also served on the boards of numerous companies and institutions.

She was the chairman of the Federation of Iceland Industries, a board member of the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise, chairman of the Association of Start-up Companies in Iceland, board member of Landsnet - the Iceland National Grid, member of the Reykjavik University Council, board member of the Data Protection Authorities in Iceland, and a board member of HAGAR, a leading retailer in the Icelandic market.

Mrs. Björnsdóttir is now the president of the Association of Charted Engineers in Iceland, Deputy Chairman of SL General Pension Fund and a member of the Icelandic Science and Technology Council.

Tassos Hadjitheodoru
Strategic Business Partner
Onoma Technologies

Senior consultant and entrepreneur in the ICT sector. Founder of ONOMA SA (1992) & ONOMA TECHNOLOGIES PC (2017).

University degree in Economics (NKUA). Post graduate degrees in International Trade of Technology and Services (MSc), European Administration (MA) & Business Administration (MBA) in France (Strasbourg).

International working experience, at all levels and continents (Europe – West Africa). With a demonstrated history of working in the telecoms / information technology / new tech industries.

Perfect command of English - French - German – Greek languages. Technologies Experience and Know-how: Full ICT, telecom (fixed – mobile), VoIP, wireless networks, satellite, data networks, cloud-based solutions, and IT security literate.

Having completed complex and demanding turn-key projects for the account of multinational companies in the ICT sector, in Africa.

Education addict, with continuous training and follow - up in the above disciplines. "Γηράσκω αεί διδασκόμενος" = I grow older, and I keep on learning.
Athletic type / Long Distance Runner - DSA Running team member (since 2014).
Healthy living style disciple.
Supporting and Investing in Green, Intelligent Cities and Artificial Intelligence Solutions.
Discovering the new Metaverse horizons.
Living between France and Greece.
Always ready for new challenges.

Valter Stanciulescu - Goran
HSE Engineer

Area of expertise:
Occupational Health and Safety and Environment - oil & gas and renewable;

Professional distinctions and recognition:
IOSH Graduate Member, NEBOSH IGC & IOGC Certificate;

Education and professional background:
MSC Environmental Sciences

Vasil Petkovski
Health and Safety Manager
TITAN Bulgaria

Over 15 years experience in high risk industry - construction, production, mining, utility companies.

Implementing work permit for high risk activities and application for support, report and monitoring of activities and health safety.

Yiannis Kontoulis
President of the Board
ELIPYKA, Hellenic Institute Of Fire Protection Association Of Structures

Dr. Yiannis Kontoulis, MBA, is president of the Hellenic Institute for the Fire Protection of Structures (ELIPYKA) and General Manager of Knauf Insulation (Greece, Cyprus and Malta).

Experienced in material technology and the insulation product sector, he has worked in industrial minerals, as well as in specialized products and ceramics in the industry and at Imperial College, London, where he also completed his PhD.

He has served as president of the Greek Ceramic Society.
He is member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Association of Insulation Companies (PSEM) and founding member of the Sustainability Building Council Greece (SBC Greece).

He represents ELIPYKA in the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations Europe

Yordan Tashev
H&S Consultant; Commercial Director
Bulgarian Association Labor Health and Safety; Olymp Safety Equipment Ltd

Mr. Yordan Tashev is Health and Safety Consultant at Bulgarian Association Labor Health and Safety and Commercial Director at Olymp Safety Equipment Ltd.

He has participated in numerous health and safety projects in different areas of industry and business including HS educational and training programs and materials development and implementation.




Д-р Инж.Деяна Илиева е експерт в областта на здравословни и безопасни условия на труд с над 15 годишен опит. Инженер-химик с магистърска степен “Безопасност на производствата” и доктор по Ергономия и промишлен дизайн.

Тя предава своя опит в обучения и участва в одити на системи за управление на здраве и безопасност при работа, корпоративни и дю дилиджънс одити.

Създател е на най-големия български сайт за безопасност и здраве при работа, в който споделя своите знания – Otgovori.Info.

Health and Safety Manager
TITAN Bulgaria

Васил Петковски е електроинженер, магистърска степен в ТЕХНИЧЕСКИ УНИВЕРСИТЕТ – СОФИЯ, Електрически мрежи и инсталации; Безопасност при работа; Опазване на околната среда, електроинженер, бакалавърска степен ТЕХНИЧЕСКИ УНИВЕРСИТЕТ – СОФИЯ, Енергетика; Електроснабдяване; Електрическо оборудване; Управление и проектиране на електрическа мрежа, Автоматизация на производството; Безопасност при работа; Защита на околната среда.

Той има много добър бекграунд, отличен опит, много постижения в областта на здравеопазването и безопасността, различни сертификати, участия в международни обучения и богат трудов опит в различни международни компании. В момента инж.

Васил Петковски работи като мениджър Здраве и безопасност в ТИТАН ЦИМЕНТ БЪЛГАРИЯ Златна панега цимент.

Evelina Todorova-Kostadinova
General Manager's Chief Assistant

2021 - present Master’s student in Industrial Safety at the “CHMTU” University, Sofia
2005 – 2007 Master of International Political Relations and Security, St.Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia
Bachelor of Science, Specialization - Comparative Political Science and Foreign Policy, St.Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia

2007 Intern at the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria
2019 – 2020 Theory and practice, completed course in the field of management in the Hospitality Industry
Completed course for managing and solving national, regional, ethnic, religious and international conflicts;
Participation in national and international conferences, organization of various seminars and events;
Foreign languages - English, German, Turkish, Russian



Борил Ташев е основател и настоящ президент на компания „Олимп – Предпазни екипировки“, която вече трийсет години е сред водещите производители и доставчици на предпазни средства у нас, както и представител на утвърдени марки в бранша.

От маски и ръкавици, през работни облекла, обувки, каски, сбруи и защитни колани за височинна дейност в каталога му фигурират близо пет хиляди артикула, създадени с мисълта да съхранят здравето на хората в различни условия и ситуации. „Визията, на която се дължи успехът ни, е усещането за социална значимост на безопасността не само в индустрията, а и за спасяване и само-спасяване на населението в градска среда.

Философията, която изповядва, оформена още със самото създаване на бизнеса му през 1991г., а именно - преди всичко изпълняване на мисия за култура, знания, умения за безопасен труд и живот. не само професионална екипировка, но и да обучава клиентите си в правилното є използване и смисъла от нея.

Тогава се ражда и мотото на компанията – „Предвидливост днес, сигурност – утре!“, което тя защитава с патент.


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