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Gregory Kotsikaris

A self-made entrepreneur, Gregory is a ret. Major who honed his leadership skills for more than 10 years in the Hellenic Armed Forces. Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, he returned to Greece during his Abitur year to join the prestigious Hellenic Military Academy where he majored in Computer Science. Gregory’s focus was in computer-aided logistics and support and during his last few years in the military, he was leading the Hellenic Army’s Material Control Center where he was overseeing procurements worth hundreds of millions of euros. In 2002 he founded IKH, a software house with an initial focus on e-learning. A couple of pivots and countless pitches later, IKH has grown into a multimillion euro organization with offices in four countries offering all-encompassing solutions for governments and industry. Gregory, a self-disciplinarian with a high level of technical literacy, steered IKH to a dominant position in the region and, after a recent round of mergers and acquisitions, has become the Chairman of the Board of the combined IKH group. He holds an MSc in Computer Science, Computer & Information Systems from the Athens University of Economics & Business. In his free time and when parental responsibilities allow, he enjoys swimming and playing tennis.

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Panagiotis "Panos" Chatzakos

Panos is CEO of IKH and the founder of Innora, which merged with IKH in late 2016 to form its Industrial Internet & Robotics core. In 2008 he and a small group of recent NTUA graduates began building robots in the garage of his suburban home in Athens. Over the following years he singlehandedly built Innora; an engineering high-end consultancy that designs and builds tailored automation solutions for SMEs. His team has built and participated in numerous EU funded R&D schemes and has also conducted tech due-diligence at the request of local venture capital firms. Panos has been actively involved in the local start-up scene mentoring young entrepreneurs and in some cases acquiring stakes in promising ventures. He received his Dipl.-Ing, MSc, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He also holds an MA (Hons) in Finance from the ALBA graduate business school. Panos is the main author or co-author of more than 30 research papers in the field of design and control and the recipient of numerous awards in robotics. What characterizes Panos as a leader is his innate ability to lure, develop, and keep talented individuals. In his sparse free time, he is leading IKH’s 5x5 co-ed soccer team. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has done pro-bono work in designing and delivering programs for socially disadvantaged persons. 

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George T. Barton

Since 1988 George has worked primarily in the areas of ICT and digital content services, as well as in social media and online communications. With a professional background in technology transfer, innovation and R&D policy, he has worked closely with the private and public sector across Europe. His long career embodies a strong belief in personal evolution and change. In the UK George worked as a European business programmes expert with the regional government of north-east Scotland and then with a consultancy firm specialising in the transfer of technologies between Britain and Scandinavia. In 1995 he joined the consulting branch of a global powerhouse in Luxembourg as a project manager and he progressed quickly into senior delivery management, with responsibility for projects running in the tens of millions of euro. Prior to joining IKH, he was Strategy Cell leader at Tipik Communications Agency, while in parallel he was running consulting business he founded in 2015. Previously, and until December 2014, as Country Manager of Intrasoft International, he was responsible for the company’s headquarters operations in Luxembourg, while he also managed its information and communication services to EU Institutions. George does not cut corners; he is a perfectionist. He graduated with a BA in Political Science and Economics from Dalhousie University in Canada, and received his postgraduate degree in Business Organisation and Management from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. He enjoys good old Rock’n Roll music.

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Katerina Fotopoulou

Katerina is a company woman and she makes sure we have enough fuel to make our vision a reality. She joined IKH from its very beginnings and has steadily risen through its ranks. Over the past decade she has worn multiple hats; started out as an external consultant, hired into the pre-sales department, promoted to project manager, and ended coordinating the financial aspects of R&D and EU projects. Katerina grew into the CFO position naturally, since she fully commands the financial strengths and weaknesses of our organization. She received her BA in Management of Science & Technology and her MA in Applied Economics from the Athens University of Economics & Business. When she is not looking over spreadsheets, she is an avid ballroom dancer.

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