George Kinigalakis

George Kinigalakis(GK) was born in 1944 in Piraeus, Greece, and obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Athens in 1967. During his student years in Athens he made several visits to Sweden and he came in contact with the University of Lund and worked as a trainee on major paper industries in Sweden.

Since 1968, GK is a permanent resident of Sweden where during the first years he devoted to research studies in mathematics, theoretical physics and quantum chemistry at the University of Lund and University of Uppsala. As a young scientist from Greece where the environmental issues were low valued at that time, became GK deeply fascinated by the values prevailing in the Swedish society focusing on the human values, as they are represented by Humaniora in Uppsala and the respect to the environment.

GK made supplementary studies and conducted applied R&D in environmental science, industrial safety, waste treatment, material recycling, renewable energy, production of non-fossil fuels, etc and created an international network of experts participating also in various environmental activities for dissemination of knowledge in Sweden and internationally. Aiming to create opportunities to contribute in practice to environmental protection, decided GK in 1994, to found, together with Doc Anders Lindvall, Prof Ulf Lindh and Prof Olle Selinus, the R&D company Medimetal Ltd (MM) in Uppsala.

The clear objective of MM was to develop and introduce innovative methods for environmental protection and the main subject of the company has been research on the effects of heavy metals on humans and the environment including the pollution of sea and sediment under the overall scientific disciplines of Metal Biology and Medical Geology. The methods we have developed are about diagnostics, medical treatment and prevention of health impacts caused by occupational exposure and industrial activity, as well as environmental and climate impact.

In the field of industrial safety, GK has expert knowledge in risk assessment regarding occupational accidents and occupational diseases in industrial sectors, where major risks may occur, and large amounts of toxic substances are handled, such as dismantling and recycling of ships. GK has through Medimetal Ltd participated in two multinational EU programs, such as the EU FP6 “Shipdismantl” 2004-2008 and EU FP7 “DIVEST” 2008-2011, which have resulted at developing a model for sustainable recycling of ships.

Since environmental pollution issues are often directly related to waste management, has GK and his team devoted much of their applied research to innovative recycling methods, aimed at zero emission technologies, leading to disappearing of the landfills and eliminating of the waste incineration. The proposed applications and models are based on recycling methods using residues from the industry and shipping activities as well as municipality waste, MSW, for production of commercial products according to the principle of trach-to-cash.

Due of the alarming development of marine pollution and the scaring threat caused by ocean plastics, as it has been noted by international organizations recently, an important priority of GK and his colleagues is to develop a floating system for sampling and recycling the plastics that pollute the seas and convert them into commercial fuel implementing the innovative Swestep method.

GK is nowadays strongly committed to the global climate change problem by being member of various non-profit organizations such as Climate Action, CEEII, etc. GK along with the group of researchers who own and operate the Medimetal Ltd and CEEII are currently motivated and  inspired to contribute to a long-term reduction of climate change, the housekeeping of natural resources and the overall reduction of using fossil fuels being in compliance with the EU directive on Circular Economy to create a non-fossil society.

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GEORGE GEROULIS Lt General ret, Head of Strategic Development

 GEORGE GEROULIS Lt General ret.:

He graduated from Hellenic Air Force Academy in 1980 and served in the Air Force as an officer and fighter pilot – pilots’ instructor and academic instructor for 35 years. Throughout his career, he served in all authorized command echelons as staff officer, team leader, section chief, department director, fighter Sq. and wing commander and in higher echelons of Air Force Staff, Joint Staff and NATO.

His professional knowledge (MA, MSc, MPhil, PhD in the strategic and technical & EW fields), his involvement in research Institutes, Military and Technical Universities and his long participation in NATO (national representative) in strategic, defense planning, EW etc. consist an added value in his military scientific knowledge and academic experience.  Today he is working as technical manager and consultant in green technology’s projects in the private sector and as technical Consultant and instructor in HAI S.A. He is member of AIAAA, IISS/London, AOC, Hellenic Air Academy, Academy of Strategic Analyses, and other organizations.

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Christos Drakopoulos

Christos has had a distinguished career in banking, having spent 23 years with Citigroup in diverse leadership roles and now he is also in the board of directors in a Swedish Institute and in a Swedish Company.

He was responsible for and led the divestiture of a portfolio of non-core business and assets.

He received the “Retail Banker of the Year” Award by Citigroup Retail Banker Greece, which recognizes excellence and leadership in retail banking.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business administration from University of Macedonia and an MBA in Economic Theory and Policy.

He is also the CEO of Medimetal Ltd, an R&D company founded in 1994 in Uppsala, Sweden, which operates in the fields of environmental protection, climate, recycling, metal impact, ocean plastics, etc, in close collaboration with the University and research institutions in Uppsala and the Royal Technical University of Stockholm, KTH.

He is also a member in various cultural associations and his vision is to support innovation in the areas of economic development, education, healthcare, human rights, arts and urban development.

CEO, Chairman & co-founder

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Eleni Soura

Eleni Soura is a management executive having worked in different industries multinational companies for almost 25 years, such as Johnson &son, Roche, Allergan and Citibank int plc. Her career started from HRD working in various roles and later in 2000,  joined distribution management of financial sector working in brand new roles  for the Greek Market on that time. She aquired and developed with success  strong managerial skills such as staff selection,  people coaching and development,   crisis management,  and sales management.

Training & Development Manager

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Mariza Kareli

Mariza is the co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of the institute. Mariza’s senior positions have varied among companies – ranging from consumer marketing, banking, business services, technology and executive management .She worked in private banking sector for more than 25 years and she filled every banking role including commercial and real estate lending. She is also a member of various philanthropic organizations, from which she is fighting for international peace and global poverty.
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