Coordinating Team


Xavier Munoz

Legal Administrator

Xavier is a corporate/commercial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. He advises in many areas covered by the firm and is specialized in projects relating to telecommunications, technology, internet, media, entertainment and intellectual property. He also advises many associations and foundations.

After studying in Spain and the USA (junior year), he worked at leading law firms in Spain (Garrigues), Paris (DSParis) and London (Steptoe & Johnson). He is a lecturer at the LLM of ISDE Institute, speaks regularly at international technology conferences, and has published the book “Manual de Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones” and many press articles. He is also Patron and Secretary of the CTecno Foundation. Xavier speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

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Emanuele Sessa

Coordinator

Emanuele Sessa is a Junior Researcher holding a master in International Development Studies with honours from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His thesis analysed the role of private consultants in the European Neighbourhood Policy in light of the existing and forthcoming challenges the European Union faces in the political and economic relations with its Eastern neighbours. He had previously obtained a double bachelor in Economics and Geography from the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne and completed a high-level training course on geo-statistics organised by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). His essay on the spread of horizontal information fluxes and related changes in the choice architecture of economic agents was singled out as one of the top contributions in the French contest “Inventez 2020”, promoted in the frame of the 2013 Economics Meeting of Aix-en-Provence, which he attended as guest.

Emanuele started his professional career in development cooperation assisting the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) in the implementation of the 2011 Population and Housing Census, acquiring substantial knowledge in cartographic tools and geographic information systems. He then worked as Junior Analyst for DevStat – a statistical consulting company providing technical assistance to national statistical institutes and supranational organisations – supporting senior consultants in the management and implementation of international projects and engaging in the development of business opportunities. He recently acted as Field Assistant for projects supporting the Ukrainian Government in the preparation of its regional development policy and the Moldovan National Bureau of Statistics in the production and dissemination of regional statistics.

Passionate about geography and advocate of multidisciplinary research, Emanuele’s interests range from spatial and development economics to political geography and anthropology, including information and behavioural science. He travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean basin – with a special focus on the Balkans – and is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish.

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Nektar Baziotis

IT and AI Officer

Nektar is a serial Founder and Entrepreneur, with more than 20 years experience in International Business Development,  IT Project Management, IT Business Consulting and E-Learning. Successfully delivered IT products and services for the UN, European Commission, European Parliament, organizations and private held companies in several countries. With formal education in Maths (AUTH), International Business (Penn) & MBA (Sheffield).

Started his career in 1998 and promoted after internship to team leader, with a lengthy experience in Project Management and Business Consulting in the area of IT, web and apps. Co-Founder of Apogee Information Systems in 2005 with main focus of websites, custom web applications and e-learning. He has managed and successfully delivered to various institutes and organizations, several projects and products in the EU countries and the USA, for public and private sector partners and clients. Previously, he has been director, team leader and project manager in international companies as well as for EU’s governmental agencies. Strong communicator and dealing successfully with challenges.

Researching cutting edge technologies and methods on E-Learning, AI and VR. As a leading technological breakthrough, managed a team to create Icarus an AI E-Learning platform combining knowledge management, machine learning and profile cognitive understanding. For the next phase he has deployed a strategy for combining e-Learning and VR, which will be used in vocational education and training.

Specialties:

  • Project management and Team coordination on web projects including e-shops, portals, social networks, web 2.0, e-learning, e-branding, VR and AR Systems, mobile apps
  • Business Development
  • Business Consultant
  • Virtual Reality Project Manager
  • Technology Strategist
  • Information Systems & Database expert
  • E-learning Expert
  • Human Resources Management
  • Crisis Management
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George Christopoulos

Communications Officer

George Christopoulos specializes in intelligence and communications strategy. He holds the position Communications Officer at the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), an independent think tank and forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in the south and east Mediterranean, and at the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES), an EU co-funded project which aims to provide a renewed vision for socio-economic development in the Mediterranean region. George also serves as marketing consultant of Apogee Information Systems, an innovative IT company specializing in Content Management Systems, e-learning Applications and Human Resources Management.

Previous to that, George worked as a senior consultant in geostrategic intelligence, communication, and crisis management. He was responsible for threat-monitoring, corporate intelligence, competition monitoring, public opinion and health issues monitor, political trends and actors monitor, general communications and positioning strategy for large corporations and organizations. He has participated to EU IT projects such as the OpenTEA e-learning platform, the European Observatory for Sustainable Agriculture – OPERA and WP7 NOMAD – Policy Formulation and Validation through non-moderated crowdsourcing. He has also worked in the energy sector, specializing in business intelligence and marketing of renewable energy projects, and as Marketing Manager in the IT sector, specializing in Document and Knowledge Management. George studied Marketing at the University of Bath.

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