George Iliopoulos, President of the Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association.
He has studied Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Computational Fluid Mechanics and Master in Business Administration and he is English speaking fluently. Today he is a Consultant Engineer in International and National SWM Projects and Energy Efficiency and he holds accreditation in Chemical Engineering and Energy Studies at EPTA SA Engineering and Consulting Firm.
He has extensive experience 12-15 yrs in Administration of Project Teams in the private sector and Social Institutions. He has been General Manager of a Multinational Company and President / Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Chem. Engineers and the Technical Chamber of Greece respectively.
Michalis Geranis was born in 1965 in Asvestochori. He was actively involved with the local government in 1998 when he was elected first in votes as Municipal Councilor of the former Municipality of Chortiatis and in 1999 he was elected President of the Municipal Council. In the municipal elections of 2002 he was elected Mayor of the Kapodistrian Municipality of Chortiatis, renewing his term in the next municipal elections of 2006.
In the municipal elections of 2010 he was elected first in votes Municipal Councilor, as also was the case in the municipal elections of 2014. Both in the first term from January 2011 and in the second since September 2014 he was elected President of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Pylea – Chortiatis.
In February 2013 he was elected President of the Association of Local Government Organizations of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki and in April 2013 he was elected the first President of the New Regional Association of Solid Waste Management Bodies (FODSA) of Central Macedonia. He was also elected in the same position in December 2014.
Nicolas Moussiopoulos is since 1989 a Full Professor and Laboratory Head at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTh). He is also a Honorary Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In the period 1982-1989 he taught at the Universities of Kassel and Karlsruhe. He conducts research work in the broad field of energy and the environment, participating in numerous competitive projects with a total budget exceeding 20 million €. He supervised 42 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers in six countries. He is the author of more than 220 papers in peer-reviewed journals (Google Scholar: ~ 9500 citations, h-index: 50).
Professor Moussiopoulos held various top-level positions in University administration (three terms School Chairman, 2006-2010 Dean of AUTh’s Faculty of Engineering and 2010-2016 Vice President of the International Hellenic University). He served as a Scientific Council member of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (2018-2021). Among other prizes, Professor Moussiopoulos received the Heinrich Hertz Award and was honored with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 2002, he is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
He is Senior Researcher, with PhD in waste management. He works as Laboratory-Teaching Staff in the Unit of Environmental Science & Technology (www.uest.gr) of the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. He has actively participated in more than 65 projects in many countries. He has long teaching experience and considerable international experience as senior researcher and project manager. He has cooperated with the European Commission directly, as he acted as TAIEX expert (institutional building) in many countries. He has long training activity in the field of environment in different countries and has been working for the Hellenic Open University as Collaborating Teaching Staff in the field of solid waste for eight years. He has already published a high number of articles in journals and conferences, he has served as Guest Editor in several Special Issues, while he has had the key role in the organisation of a large number of international conferences. Indicatively, he is the Head of the Organising Committee and key member of the Scientific Committee for the successful series of conferences on Sustainable Solid Waste Management.
Chemical Engineer N.T.U.A.
Charalampos Nikoloudakis was born in 1984, comes from Archanes, Heraklion, Crete.
He has studied Chemical Engineering in Athens (NTUA), with a postgraduate (Master of Science) degree in “Waste Management”.
His field of activity is focused in Crete since 2010 on environmental protection projects of the wider public sector, with experience in the design, construction and operation of Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plants (MSW) and Wastewater Treatment Plants, specialized in the application of innovative treatment technologies with main focus on the reuse and utilization of waste, practically aiming at the transition to the circular economy.
He has a contractor degree in “Water – Wastewater – Solid & Gas Waste – Cleaning & Treatment projects”
Since 2019 he belongs to the executive staff of the company “Thalis Environmental Services SA” in Heraklion, Crete, Director of Installation & Maintenance Department.
He is also Head of “Sustainability, Environment & Energy” Permanent Committee, of the Technical Chamber of Greece / Department of Eastern Crete since 2020 and member of the Technical Chamber of Greece / Department of Eastern Crete Delegation since 2016.
He is elected as α member of the Board of the Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA) for the 1st time, representing the Hellenic Association of Chemical Engineers.
Mr. Symeon Georgiadis is a graduate of the School of Chemistry of the Athens National University. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Master of Business Adiminstration) from the University of South Carolina (U.S.A.) and the Technical School of Economy and Technology Pforzheim (Germany).
His experience in the field of waste management and environmental protection commences in year 1999 and continues until today.
He is currently working as Executive Director of POLYECO S.A. a waste management service provider with worldwide presence. During the course of his career Mr. Georgiadis has undertaken, as Project Director, the management of pioneering decontamination and restoration projects of old plants and industrial sites and he has coordinated the implementation of several innovative investments in the fields of environmental chemistry and technology.
He is fluent in English and German.
In October 2021 he was elected for the first time in the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA)
Mr. Spiros Kouloumoundras, a Mechanical Engineer of the University of Patras with a postgraduate (M.Sc.) degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in Great Britain, currently holds the position of Project Manager for PPP Waste Treatment Projects of TERNA ENERGY S.A.
He possesses more than 20 years of experience in environmental projects, both from different positions of responsibility (Development Manager, Operations Manager, Project Manager, etc.) as well as in diversified technologies (municipal waste recycling units, landfill biogas plants, electricity generation from renewable sources, incineration of medical waste, etc.), while at the same time he is experienced in the whole range of project development (design, licensing, financing, construction and operation).
He has been a member of the Board of the Hellenic Association of Renewable Energy Producers from Renewable Energy Sources (ESIAPE), while he has previously been a member of the Editorial Committee of the Hellenic Association of Mechanical – Electrical Engineers for 20 years.
It is the first time that he is elected as a member of the Board of EEDSA.
Elena Barogianni is a graduate of the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master of Laws in the field of Environmental Law of the same school. She is a qualified lawyer, member of the Athens Bar Association, since 2017, specializing in Environmental, Waste Management, Public Procurement and Energy Law. She has been a legal advisor to the General Secretary for Investments and PPPs but also an advisor to the Hellenic Ministries of Development and Investments, Environment and Energy and Finance and to public companies in the field of Energy (HHRM SA, DEPA International Works SA).
Panagiotis Papadeas is a Chemical Engineer (National Technical University of Athens) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Athens University of Economics and Business. He currently holds the position of the Environmental and Quality Director, Greece of TITAN Cement Co. S.A.
He has 21 years of experience in the industry, 16 of which in various positions in the fields of production, environment, and quality both at the plants and at the headquarters of TITAN Cement Co. He represents the Greek cement industry in working groups of the European Cement Association (CEMBUREAU) since 2016.
Alternate & Exec. Board Members
Lampros (Labros) Bouklis (1966), is a Physics graduate of the University of Patras specialized in Geophysics at the University of Vienna (1990). He holds two Masters degrees in: “Business strategy and environmental management” (University of Bradford, 1996) & “Sustainability Leadership” (University of Cambridge, 2017); he is also completing a doctorate research at RWTH Aachen (solid waste mgt. and circular economy).
He has been active as a sustainability consultant since 1997, having personally designed, completed and invoiced, more than 250 projects in almost the entire spectrum of the private sector of the economy. In addition, he has trained hundreds of employees and executives of private companies.
In 2000 he was one of the first Greek environmental auditors in accredited Certification Bodies.
He was the first Greek participant as Liaison member in “ISO Technical Committee 207 – Environmental Management” (2003 Indonesia, 2004 Argentina). He is a Member of the Board, since 2006, of the International Network for Environmental Management, based in Hamburg.
In 2015 (photo) he was distinguished, in an international competition organized by VEOLIA, as one of the six best innovative proposals for broader solid waste management. The subject of his personal scientific proposal “optimum resource collection” was the use of IT in solid waste collection based on circular economy principles (March 2015, Resource – Ecobuild, ExCel center , London https://www.veolia.co.uk/press-releases/veolia-announces-resource-innovation-den-finalists ).
Constantinos Psomopoulos holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NTUA and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NTUA. Since 2018 he is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of University of West Attica, Director of the Research Laboratory of High Voltages and Energy Systems. From 2007 to 2018 he was a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the former TEI of Piraeus, where he also served as Assoc. President of the Department. He is Vice President of the Hellenic Waste to Energy Council (WTERT Greece), a member of the Global WTERT Council and a Researcher at the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University of New York. As an engineer he has worked in the period 1998-2010 in various energy and waste management projects in Greece, the Balkans, Cyprus and the MENA countries. Since 2007 he has been a member of the EU Scientific Committees in the field of eco-design of energy using/ related products and has participated in the publication of numerous studies on the adoption of EU EcoDesign regulations. His published research work in international scientific journals and international conferences exceed 200 articles and participates in the editorial boards of many international journals in the fields of energy and environment.
HSWMA Scientific & Techical Council
He graduated from the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens in 1976 and obtained his Ph.D in 1983. He became Teaching Assistant in 1979 and then promoted to Lecturer (1985), Assistant Professor (1988), Associate Professor (1992) and Professor (1996) at the same School.
He has been Vice-Rector and Rector of the University, as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA where he became adjunct Professor in 1994. Treasurer and Secretary General of the Hellenic Polymer Society, Chairman of the Greek Association of Chemical Engineers, Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, member of the General Assembly of the Technical Chamber of Greece and Chairman of the ETAT S.A.. Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (2010-2011). He has been Chairman of the Board of HSWMA (2012-17) and currently he is the President of the Hellenic Polytechnic Association.
His research activities are focused on the topics of materials processing and more specifically, on the recycling and solid waste management, including both urban and industrial waste. He has published more than 200 publications including books, monographs, papers in international scientific journals and conference presentations and lectures.
Anastasia Arfanakou is a Chemical Engineer (NTUA) and has been working for over 25 years in the field of waste management at the Ministry of Environment and Energy. She is the head of the Waste Management Department, while from 2015 to 2020 she was an ordinary member of the Management Board the Hellenic Recycling Αgency (EOAN). Αmong other things, she has been involved in the drafting of waste management legislation in the framework of incorporation of the four directives for waste of the circular economy package of measures.
From 2015 til today, she teaches the course of Solid Waste Management and Waste Recycling at the University of West Attica, in the Postgraduate Program “Applied Environmental Protection Policies and Techniques”.
Katia Lazaridi is a Professor and President of the Department of Geography at Harokopio University, where she teaches environmental management. She has studied physics at the University of Athens and received M.Sc. in the Environmental Pollution Control and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, from the University of Leeds (UK). She has been the President of the Hellenic Recycling Agency.
She is involved in the field of environmental management and technology with emphasis on solid waste management, olive waste treatment, industrial ecology, environmental safety and environmental decision support systems (EDSS).
Vassilis Liogas is a B.Sc. Mechanical Engineer (AUTh), holder of a postgraduate degree in Spatial Planning, Urban Planning & Regional Development and also holder of a postgraduate degree in Environmental Engineering & Science, in the field of waste management and water resources.
He is currently a Member of the ENV.E.2 Sector of the EU Directorate-General for the Environment and a PhD candidate in NTUA in the subject of Circular Economy.
Until 2020 he has worked as: Special collaborator-advisor to the Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, on issues of environmental policy and environmental projects, especially on waste management and circular economy. Special collaborator-consultant of the Secretary General Secretary General of Natural Environment & Water, in matters of circular economy such as the legislation on Disposable Plastics. He was essentially involved in the new institutional framework for waste management and its implementation. Coordinator of an inter-ministerial Project Management Team for the planning, elaboration and implementation of the National Strategy and the Business Action Plan for Circular Economy.Representative at an international Partnership of the Urban Agenda for Circular Economy and at many Technical Committees of experts. Executive of the Management Organization Unit of Development Programs (MOU SA) of the Ministry of Economy and Development. Member of the Board of the Hellenic Recycling Agency. Μember of the Municipal Council of Kavala (from 2002 to 2014).
Maria Loizidou is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.
She is involved in the field of Solid and Liquid Waste Management for more than 40 years. She has successfully implemented more than 200 research projects as a scientific coordinator. She has more than 700 publications in international scientific journals and international conferences. She has organized numerous international scientific conferences of environmental theme and is the publisher of international scientific journals.
She has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Cyprus University of Technology (2003 – 2012), Dean of the Polytechnic School, as well as President of the Environmental Department, which she formed from zero basis. She has, for many years, been a member of the Thematic Center for Waste and Material Flow of the European Environment Agency based in Copenhagen. She was the scientific director of the European LIFE SOL-BRINE program entitled: ‘Development of an innovative desalination brine treatment system using renewable energy sources’, which was selected as the best (1st Green Award) in the environmental module by the LIFE projects prepared on 25 years 1992 – 2017.
Αmbassadors of HSWMA positions
Mr. Alexandros Katsiamboulas, Chemical Engineer, NTUA with MSc in Environmental Technologies at UK UMIST and Business Administration Studies at ALBA, is currently the Group ESG Performance Director, at TITAN CEMENT GROUP.
With 24 years of experience in the cement industry, he has assumed responsibilities in the fields of environment, health & safety, production and quality. He represents TITAN CEMENT in Working Groups relevant to climate change and the environment, in national, European and international organizations such as the Hellenic Cement Industries Association, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, and Business Council for Sustainable Development, CEMBUREAU and GCCA.
He has been President of the Board of HSWMA (Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association) 2018-2021 after he served for 4 years as Vice President accelerating the shift to a circular economy in Greece and the implementation of state of the art technologies for waste management.
Antonis Mavropoulos is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Management from IESE Business School.
He has been President of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) from 2008-2020 and is the CEO and Founder of D-Waste.
He systematically co-operate with the UN, the World Bank and other International development mechanisms. In recent years he has traveled globaly as a guest speaker and devoted much of his research to climate change and the challenges of carbon sequestration, globalization, and the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on solid waste management and recycling.
He has been the President of EEDSA from 2006 to 2008.
Andreas Efthimiou, Mayor of the Municipality of Moschato – Tavros, was born in 1958. He is a graduate of Physics at the University of Athens with postgraduate studies in telecommunications and automation. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens with a postgraduate degree in “Environment and Development” from the NTUA. He has worked in the private sector as a professor and in the Civil Aviation Service.
In his course as a Municipal Councilor he has been elected President of the Municipal Council and has served the Municipality from the position of Deputy Mayor for the Environment and as Chairman of the Municipal Committee.
In the Municipal elections of 2010, he was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Moschato-Tavros. He was re-elected Mayor in May 2014 and in May 2019 for the third time.
He has been a member of the Board of EEDSA in the period 2015-2017.
Statute Consultation Committee
Antonis Papadakis was born in Athens. He is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the direction of Energy Electrical Engineer. Since 2007 he is a stakeholder and General Manager of the Greek company ARVIS SOLAR Ltd, which is active in the study and construction of electricity generation projects from renewable sources.He is active in the field of environmental protection since 1994, collaborating with construction and research firms, as a research associate and mainly as project manager for complex industrial projects of environmental protection, such as sewage treatment plants, drinking water treatment plants, municipal waste treatment plants, etc.
He is an elected member of the Management Board and General Secretary of the Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA), Vice President of the Greek Association of Environmental Protection Companies (PASEPPE), National Coordinator of the European Business Awards for the Environment – EBAE) of the European Commission Directorate-General for Environment and member of the Scientific Working Group of the Waste to Energy Research Council (“SYNERGIA”), Greek branch of the Global Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council of Earth Engineering Center- Columbia University (WTERT).