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Pantelis KIPRIANOS - President of HQA
University of Patras

Pantelis S. Kiprianos (1959), is a professor in History of Education and of Political ideas at the University of Patras. He studied History, Political Sciences and Sociology at the Panteion University of Athens and at the Parisian Universities Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales και Paris II, where he received his PhD. His specializes in comparative history and sociology of education and in education policy. Professor Kyprianos is a founding member of the Inter-university Network on Higher Education Policy ( /). He has been member of the committee of many scientific associations, such as AIFREF ( ) and member of the editorial committee of four scientific reviews. He is the author of 7 books and of 95 articles, mostly on various aspects of education, in Greek, English and French. Professor Kyprianos was a chairman of the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Patras, chairman of the Regional Training Centre of Western Greece, member of the council of the Cultural Organization of the municipality of Patras, vice rector of academic affairs of the University of Patras ( dep_rect_academic_kiprianos.pdf ) and national coordinator in the OECD in education matters ( education/education-for-a-bright-future-in-Greece) member of the Scientific Committee of the Greek Ministry of Education on the education of refugees. Since February 2019, he is the President of the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency.

Vasilios TSIANTOS - Vice-President of HQA
Technological Educational Institution of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

Dr Vassilios Tsiantos is a full professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Technological Institute (EMATTECH). He is a mathematician (Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, 1984). He teaches lectures on mathematics (Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Differential Equations, Transforms, Numerical Analysis, Game Theory, Combinatorial Analysis, Stochastic Processes, etc.). His PhD is in the area of numerical methods for ordinary differential equations in micromagnetic simulations (University of Manchester, Department of Computer Science, 2000). He also holds an MSc in Mathematical Modelling (Metropolitan University of Manchester, 1996), and an MPhil in Queueing Networks (University of Bradford, 1997).

He worked as a Research Associate at the Technical University of Vienna under the direction of Josef Fidler from May 2000 to August 2002. From December 2003 to June 2009 he was an Associate Professor in Mathematics at the Department of Sciences of EMATTECH. Since June 2009 he was a full professor at the same Department. In September 2013 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at EMATTECH, due to changes of "Athena" plan. He was the director of the Centre of Technological Research (CTR) of EMATTECH from June 2004 until June 2009. CTR implemented more than 40 projects under his direction, many of them with enterprises, chambers and industry. Moreover, he was also the Head of the Department of Science from September 2011 until April 2013, when he was appointed member of the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency.

He is the author of more than 50 papers in international journals and more than 20 conference papers. He has more than 550 citations. He participates in the editorial board of international journals and in the scientific committee of international conferences. More recently, he was one of the editors of a special issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2014). He also published a book ("Advanced Mathematics for Engineers", in Greek).

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Georgios ZALIDIS - Vice-President of HQA
Georgios ZALIDIS
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

George Zalidis graduated from the Agronomy Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with doctoral studies at the Department of Soil Science and postdoctoral studies in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering Department at the State University of Michigan US.

Currently, he is the Director of both the Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and Geographical Information Systems as well as the Laboratory of Applied Soil Science at the Department of Agriculture of the School of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Ηe is also the Scientific Coordinator of Interbalkan Environment Center (i-BEC) since 2007.

His large administrative experience stems from founding and coordinating the scientific actions of Interbalkan Environment Centre, but also from the participation in scientific positions of responsibility both in Greece and in the E.U. and the US. He has served as, among others, Representative of the E.U. in the Ramsar Convention, National Expert for transboundary water issues and participates in the High Level Working Group of GEO for Earth observation issues, Representative of the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Rural Development and Food at the international Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) of GEO. Professor Zalidis has developed significant partnerships with major research centers in Europe and America and actively participates in relevant scientific networks.

His research focuses on Earth Observation issues in the Societal Benefit Areas of GEO. He has published over 200 research articles (1087 citations, h-Index 19 and i-index 32), with over 100 oral presentations at international conferences, with noted invitations to present, the international conference DGI2017 together with the Secretary General the GEO Ms. Barbara Ryan and the AGU2016 FALL MEETING as guest speaker for SDGs. He has conducted more than 70 research projects. He recently received an Academic Excellency Award as the Professor with most funded projects in Aristotle University in 2016.

Antonios DEMOS - Member
Antonios DEMOS
Athens University of Economics and Business

Antonis Demos is Professor at the department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business, where he was vice-Head of the department (2006-2007) και Head (2013-2017). He studied mathematics at the Mathematics department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1986), Postgraduate Diploma in Economics and Econometrics at Southampton University (1987), MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at the London School of Economics, London University (1989) and Ph.D. in Econometrics and Finance at Birkbeck College, London University (1992). He was a Research Assistant at the Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics (1988-1992), and Researcher at the Capital Markets Group, Banque Paribas, London (1991-93). He was, also, a Teaching Assistant at the Economics Department, London School of Economics (1988-19992) and at Birkbeck College (1989-1992), Lecturer in Econometrics and Finance at the Economics Department, Reading (1992-1994), Assistant Professor of International Finance and Banking, Athens University of Economics and Business (1996-2003), Associate Professor (2003-2013) and since 2013 Professor at the same Department.

He was vice-Director of EUROLAB (1997-2004), Director of the same Lab (2004-2013), responsible for student internship of the Department (2004-2013), and Vice-Director of the MSc in Banking and Finance (2005-2017). Since 2017 he has been an Assessor for the Research Proposals of ESPA.

Evangelos GERASOPOULOS - Member

Dr. Evangelos Gerasopoulos is a Research Director at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). He studied Physics at the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received his MSc in the field of Environmental Physics from the same department. EG received his PhD in the field of Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics. He conducted parallel research within the activities of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics and the Environmental Radioactivity Group at the Physics Department. He worked as Post Doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute (Biogeochemistry Department, Mainz) in the field of Aerosol Science and at the Environmental Chemical Processes Lab of the University of Crete, in the field of aerosol and trace gases monitoring at remote-marine environments.

He was elected as a Senior Researcher at NOA in 2006, and since 2011 he holds the position of Research Director at the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development of NOA.

Apart from his research activities, Dr. Gerasopoulos has indicatively served or serving in the following duties and positions of responsibilities: Member of the Programme Board of the Ιntergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO/UN) (2015 – present), Director of the Greek GEO Office (2014 – present), Member of the Sectorial Scientific Council for the Environment and Energy of the National Council for Research and Technology (2014 – 2016), Member of the Board of the Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency (HQA) (2017-present), President of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development (2014 – 2016), Vice-president of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development (2012 – 2014), Head and Quality Assurance Manager of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry/NOA (2007 – present), Member of the Steering Committee of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (Messenia, Greece) (2010 – present).

He has more than 75 publication in peer reviewed journals and more than 130 publications in conferences, collecting currently about 2260 citations (about 2050 from third parties), h-index 28 (ISI-WoS, October 2017). He has participated in/coordinated more than 30 European and National projects and he is co-Editor in "Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics" journal of EGU/Copernicus (5-y IF: 5.9).

Paraskevi MITLIAGKA - Member
Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences
Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences Paraskevi Mitliagka is Professor in the Department of Agricultural Technology of Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences where she has served as Head Department (2006-2010), Dean (2010-2012) and Vice Rector (2013-2017). She received her BSc from the Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina (1989) and PhD (1997) from University of Ioannina Medical School. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Ioannina Medical School (1997-early 1998), in the Department of NeuroOncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas (1998-2001) Scientific interests: Molecules and mechanisms involved in autoimmune destruction of-β islets of Langerhans, –gene therapy on glioblastoma multiforme, mechanisms of apoptosis, Medicinal plants and their involvement in health and disease, Food industry wastes, Wastewater use in agriculture, studies on its toxicity, Biodegradable materials, Meat quality, Aflatoxin and pesticide residues to food Research outcome: She has published 22 research articles and 57 conference abstracts/papers. Her scientific work was cited more than 700 times with h index=8 and the mean impact factor of her publications is 2,4. Awards: She was awarded with • Second Papastamati Research Award, National Meeting of the Panhellenic Medical Society, 1991 . • Scientific exhibit third award, 5th Greek Meeting on Cancer Markers and targeted therapy, 2004
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

George Papatheodoridis is Professor in Medicine and Gastroenterology at Athens Medical School and Director of the Academic Gastroenterology Department of Laiko Hospital of Athens, Greece. He was trained in Medicine and completed his PhD thesis on "Acute on Chronic Hepatitis B" at the Medical School of Athens University. He was trained in Gastroenterology at Tzaneion Hospital of Piraeus, Greece and had a 2-year research fellowship in Hepatology at the Royal Free Hospital of London, UK.

He served as member of Scientific Committee/Governing Board of EASL and is member of EASL and AASLD. He is vice president (president elect) of Hellenic Association for Study of Liver, general secretary of Hellenic Foundation of Gastroenterology & Nutrition and member of Scientific Committee for Viral Hepatitis of Hellenic Center for Prevention of Diseases. He was general secretary of Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology and Hellenic Association for Study of Liver. His main research interest has been focused on viral hepatitis.

He has (co-)authored >220 papers published in PubMed journals having total IF>1200 and >7000 citations (h-index 45). He was Associate Editor of Liver International and has served as Editorial Board member of other international journals and as reviewer for all gastroenterology/Hepatology journals, many major internal medicine journals (New Engl J Med, Lancet, Ann Intern Med, BMJ etc), ILC/EASL-UEGW abstracts, EU 7th Framework Programme for research and Horizon 2020. He has given >100 lectures, chaired >35 lectures/round tables and presented >220 abstracts in international meetings.

Stylianos STAMATOPOULOS - Member
Democritus University of Thrace

Stelios Stamatopoulos was born on 7.11.1958 in Gargalianoi, Messinia. He attended Law School at the University of Athens and graduated in 1981 with “Excellent”. From 1983 to 2000 he was a reviewer for the legal journal “DIKI”. From 1985 to 1989 he was a stipendiary postgraduate fellow at Law School of the University of Athens, where he received an LL.D award in 1988. In 1990 he was elected as lecturer in civil procedure at Law School, Democritus University of Thrace. He became Assistant Professor in 1994, Associate Professor in 2000 and Full Professor in 2005. He has been teaching Civil Procedure at the National School of Judges since it was established in 1996, and he has been lecturing at the Educational Department of said school in Komotini, since its founding year (2000).

In June 2005 he was elected to serve as Vice-Rector of Democritus University of Thrace for one year and has also been appointed President of the Department of Social Administration by the university Senate, for the same term. In May 2006 he was re-elected at the office of Vice-Rector of Democritus University of Thrace for a four-year term and was also re-appointed President of the Department of Social Administration. In October 2006 he was appointed by the Senate as President of the Department of Public Financial Relations and Development, and in October 2009 he was nominated President of the Department of Political Sciences. In August 2010, following a proposal by the Rectors’ Synod, he was appointed as member of the Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency, and has been holding the position to this day.

He has written monographs, consultations, educational essays, independent articles, numerous commentaries on courts’ rulings, auxiliary books and he has participated in collective interpretations.

He has been a lawyer since 1983 and he has taken part in numerous arbitrations.

Georgios STAMELOS - Member
University of Patras

George Stamelos is a professor the Department of Primary Education at the University of Patras. His research interests focus on Educational Policy, Higher Education Policy, European Education Policy and Teachers Training. His studies were undertaken in Greece (University of Patras) and France (Université de Paris 8). His PhD was concerned with the phenomenon of international students and international mobility.

He has also taught at Panteion, Athens and Peloponnese Universities. Since 2008, he has been a member of the master's program of the Department of Educational Sciences (MERSE) at the University of Rouen (France). He has also taught as a visiting professor at the following universities: Université de Paris 8, Université Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Université de Rouen. In addition, he has taught courses at the following universities: Université de Lille III (France), Universidad Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and Université de Fribourg (Switzerland). He has two PhD candidates under his supervision, in cooperation ("cotutelle") with Université 8 and Université de Rouen (France). He has participated in various thesis presentations in Greece and abroad (Université de Paris 8, Université Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Université de Rouen and Université de Nancy 2). His works have been published in Greek, English, French and Spanish. Overall, he has authored about 160 works (books, chapters in books, articles, conference proceedings, etc.). As far as research activities are concerned, he has participated, and participates still, in Greek and European projects. From 2000 to 2008, he participated in European Union Tuning projects (member of Education group).

Since 2009, he has coordinated the Inter-University Network "Higher Education Policy" ( Within the network he is the editor of the e-journal ACADEMIA ( and administrator of the blog ( 
He is an evaluator in Greece and abroad on various research programs and fellowships and is also an evaluator of some international peer review journals. 
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Panagiotis TSAKLIS - Member
Panagiotis TSAKLIS
University of Thessaly

Dr Panagiotis V. Tsaklis is a full Professor of Biomechanics and Ergonomics, at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Thessaly. He is a Visiting Professor at the 3rd Orthopaedic Clinic of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at the “Papageorgiou” General Hospital.  He serves as a appointed Research associate/Anknuten at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and he's a Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biomechanics of University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. 

Dr Tsaklis, was a full Professor at the Department of Physiotherapy of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH), serving up to 25 years (1994-2019). During his appointment, was the Director of the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Ergonomics at the department of Physiotherapy. He was also, the scientific Director of the Center of Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) of ATEITH (2010-19) and he served as a President of the department of Physiotherapy, the period 2013-15.

 By training, he holds a BSc in Physiotherapy (ATEITH, 1987) and a BSc on Physical Education and Sports Sciences (Democritus Univ of Thrace, 1991). He named a PhD on Exercise Biology, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2001). He was a PostDoctoral researcher (postDoc studies fellowship) at the Karolinska Institutet Sweden, on the field of Biomechanics and Motor Control (2005-2006). He was trained on "Tissue Engineering" at the department HST – Harvard Medical School & MIT (2007). He served as a senior researcher and lecturer at the departments NVS & Public Health Sciences of Karolinska Institutet (2005-2009). He was a appointed Visiting Scientist at the Dept of Mechanical Engineering (Bioengineering) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (ΜΙΤ), on the field of "Tissues and Organs regeneration" (2008-2012) and he’s a member of the Harvard Medical School Post Graduate association.

He presents intensive teaching mobility through the του LLP Erasmus+ , in many European Universities.  Prof Tsaklis has a rich portfolio of publications, also teaching and research, on the field of Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, ergonomics and rehabilitation. He participates as a courses coordinator in 4 M.Sc programs and has supervised many B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD thesis.  He was coordinator and participant in research funding programs from the EU (FP3 – FP7 – INTERREG II – Erasmus+ etc).

Dr Tsaklis has studied and been trained on the design and materialization of curricula for Medical Schools, from the Harvard Medical School and he’s member of the committee for the annual Awards for educational curricula, at the Medical School of Case Western Reserve University, USA since 2009.
He is an EXPERT of the European Committee, for the Horizon 2020 και ERASMUS+ programs and other organizations like the Research Foundation of Cyprus and General Secretary of Research and Technology of Greece


Georgios TSANTOPOULOS - Member
Democritus University of Thrace

Georgios Tsantopoulos was born in 1969 in Messolonghi. He has an undergraduate degree from the Department of Forestry and Natural Environment of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1995). During his undergraduate studies he was a member of the Senate and of the Administrative Council of the University Forest Administration and Management Fund. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Forestry and Natural Environment of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2000.

Since 2001 he has taught in various departments in higher education: Department of Public Relations and Communication of Technological Education Institute of Western Macedonia, Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources of Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Forestry of the Technological Institute of Larissa and Department of Marketing and Operations Management of the University of Macedonia. In March 2003 he was elected lecturer in the Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources of Democritus University of Thrace while in 2010 he was elected Assistant Professor and in 2014 Associate Professor.

His research interests are Forest Applications, Environmental Communication and Public Relations. Since 2006 he teaches in the Post-graduate Program of Studies "Sustainable Management of Environment and Natural Resources" and since 2015 in the Post-graduate Program of Studies "Environmental Education and Communication" of Democritus University of Thrace. He supervises five doctoral dissertations and thirty M.Sc. dissertations from which 20 have been completed. He has participated in several examining committees of doctoral and M.Sc. dissertations. He has written more than 160 papers in international journals, chapters in books, proceedings of international and national conferences etc. He has also participated in 23 research programs financed by the European Union and National Funds.     

Nikolaos TSOUNIS - Member
Nikolaos TSOUNIS
Technological Educational Institution of Western Macedonia
Nicholas Tsounis was born in 1966 in Ioannina. He is Professor of Economics at the Department of International Trade, TEI of Western Macedonia, based in Kastoria since 1997. He has also been teaching at the Hellenic Open University since 2006. He has also taught at the University Manchester, at the Hellenic Air force Academy, at the National School of Public Administration and the University of Macedonia. He has a First Degree in Economics from the Economics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master’s (M.A.(Econ)) and Ph.D. degree in Economics, in International Trade Theory, by the Department of Economics of the University of Manchester, U.K. He is author of more than 30 papers in scientific journals, more than 10 in international conference proceedings and of 2 monographs. His scientific work has collected over 220 citations from other researchers. He has edited 9 collective volumes and has written 3 textbooks. He is a reviewer for many countries' research programs (Russia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Serbia, the Czech Republic and the EU). He has participated in the scientific committee of many scientific conferences and is co-founder and co-chair of the International Conference on Applied Economics (ICOAE). He is an Associate Editor in the International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics and a member of the editorial board in three international scientific journals. He has been a guest editor in the journals: International Journal of Economic Economics and Econometrics, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Open Journal of Applied Sciences and Journal of European Economy. He is also a full member of the Academy of Economic Sciences of Ukraine since 2011. His research interests are in applied economics focusing on International Economics, Economics of Education and Economics of Tourism. He was a member of the examination committee for 3 PhDs at universities abroad and has supervised many masters’ dissertations. He has served as Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs and Deputy President of the Council. He is an academic consultant at the Hellenic NARIC since 2008.
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