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     Date Submitted:03-10-2012
     Last Modified:03-10-2012 (09:33)
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     Current job:CEO
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, Business Services
     KeywordsBusiness development - Sales, M&A, Project Management
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    Brief Resume

    Dr. S. has over 20 years of industry experience working at IIS-EOSAT Inc., Space Imaging LLC (a Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and E-Systems Company) and Definiens AG (founded by Prof. G. Bining, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1986) in business development, sales et marketing including project management. His project management experience focuses on Offsets/Subcontracts for large scale systems for earth observation ground stations, geospatial intelligence, GIS and telematics, telecommunications, security, situation awareness and decision support systems. He has been also involved in various R&D projects funded by various Directorates of European Commission such as DG-XI, DG-XII and DG-XIII, ACTS, ESPRIT covering subjects such as software design and image processing/GIS for environmental liability and security issue.

     

    In all professional job positions, Dr. S. has created a new incremental revenue stream and expanded each technology he was involved. His international background and natural leadership is amplifying his strong negotiation skill and complex service selling experience. Dr. S. has an active NATO C-M (2002) 49 clearance and he is operating under FCPA/ITAR compliance.

     

    Dr S. managed all high-tech companies for Demco having an annual order intake of over $80M. Leveraging a broad business and technical background, his principal contribution has been in supporting solutions for Greek and international customers for wireless broadband networks based on terrestrial and satellite platform systems. He was also managing companies in the fields of geospatial intelligence, space based FMV and mobile broadband services for maritime and aviation business.

     

    Dr. S. received his Bachelors & Masters Degree in Land Reclamation and Water Resource Engineering from Athens University, Masters Degree in Remote Sensing and GIS from Imperial College and UCL London and his PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Athens. He currently resides in Athens Greece with his wife and family.

     Specialties: Business development - Sales, M&A, Project Management    

     

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    D E T A I L S

    Education

    §            Universityof Athens, Athens, Greece

    Ph.D

    §     Remote Sensing and Spatial Decision Support Systems for Open Cast Nickel Mine Restoration

    §            ImperialCollege, UCL, London/UK

    Master of Science & College Diploma

    §     Remote Sensing and GIS

    §            Universityof Athens, Athens/Greece

    Master of Science

    §     Land Reclamation and Water Resources Engineering

    §            Universityof Athens, Athens/Greece

    Bachelor of Science

    §     Land Reclamation and Water Resources Engineering

     

    Professional experience

    2012 –                        Five Continents International                     Athens

    Managing Director

    §            Managing Director of 5CI Greece. Business development and strategic business arrangement for Skybox Imaging Skysat network, the first space based Full Motion Video (FMV). Special projects development.

    §            2009 -2011            ZOElectronic Ltd                                     Athens

    Chief Executive Officer

    §     Chief Executive Officer of Zolectronic Ltd. Business development and sales of high end products related to homeland security and geospatial intelligence and Renewable Energy Projects (mainly PV). Special services to non military security, environmental liability, geomatics and info-mobility. Offset/subcontract programs implementation, RFIs/RFPs.

    §            2006 -2008            Cosmoline S.A/KB Impuls            Athens/Skopje

    Chief Executive Officer

    §     Chief Executive Officer of Cosmoline and its 4 subsidiaries all belonging to Dimitris Contominas - DEMCO group. Cosmoline S.A (WIMAX based telecommunication applications), KB Impuls Hellas S.A, (a 100% subsidiary in Satellite Communication services/applications), Com-ToNET S.A, Athens (a 100% subsidiary), NETFON Doo Skopje (a 100% subsidiary in telecommunication applications).  Designing, planning, implementing and supervising the Greek and FYROM WIMAX networks. The role was also to investigate the optimum performance of those companies to integrate relative activities, redirecting similar tasks and propose plans for merge and acquisition especially in the Balkan area.

     

    §            2003 -2005            Space Imaging                   Athens/Thornton, US

    Strategic Programs Manager – Business Development

    §     Marketing and Business Development/Consulting. Promotion of Space Imaging/Lockheed Martin fixed and mobile Earth Surveillance Ground Stations for National Defence and Civil Protection Agencies. Application areas: Homeland Security, Security, Cadastry, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, C4I systems. FMS/Offset programs implementation.

    §            2000 - 2002           DEFINIENS AG                        Munich/Germany

    Director of Sales and Marketing – Business Development

    §     Transforming thoughts and ideas of the think-tank Group leaded by Professor Dr. Gerd Bining (Nobel Laureate in Physics 1986) into tangible stand-alone products. eCognition: Object Oriented Image Analysis. Feature Extraction – Military Intelligence/Knowledge Rule Base. Directing the Product Marketing, Response to Requests for Proposals and Invitation To Tenders, Business Development, Domestic (Europe) and International Sales (Americas, South East Asia, Middle East and South Africa), Customers served: Lockheed Martin Fire Control & Missiles, Dallas, USGS, Oak Ridge National Lab, NGA, UGGS, USDA, Mitsubishi Space, EADS-Infoterra Friedrischafen, DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, NRSA, PETROBRAS, RESTEC, etc.

    §            1997 - 1999           Space Imaging Europe                Denver- Athens

    Vice President of Sales and Marketing- Business Development

    §     Establishing the high-resolution Geospatial Image Intelligence Company in Europe. IKONOS-2 one–meter satellite products, g/s and double head g/s. Support the Business Development Group and Directing Product Marketing, Response to Requests for Proposals and Invitation To Tenders, Distribution Channel Management, Key Accounts Management, Domestic and International Sales (Europe, Middle East, North Africa). Customers served. IAEA Vienna, MoDs and Intelligence Agencies, NATO, Western European Union, European Commission, DERA,  UNHCRC etc. Highlight the instrument to support of CFSP and ESDP Policies.

    §            1995 - 1997           IIS/EOSAT                                 Athens/Greece

    Director of the Geospatial Image Intelligence dpt

    §     Sales of Earth Observation products (Landsat, ERS, IRS,  KVR, KFA) and services and applications

    §     Sales of Image Processing/GIS COTS based applications

    §     R&D Projects implementation

    §            1992 - 1995           IIS/EOSAT                                  Athens/Greece

    Head of the Remote Sensing/Image Photointerpretation dpt

    §     Sales of EOSAT/LANDSAT products and services and applications

    §     R&D Projects implementation

     

     

    Professional Project Experience

    Preo

    Project manager in programs funded by European Commission for homeland security, telecoms, environmental liability, Commission’s external affairs, risk management, early warning etc:

     

    §     Sustainable management of water resources in Thesalia Basin. Project XM ΕΟΧ(El0050), code 4012. (2010).

    §     HYDROSENSE. Innovativeprecisiontechnologiesforoptimizedirrigationandintegratedcropmanagementinawater-limitedagrosystemLIFE08 ENV/GR/000570 HydroSense(2009).

    §     Forest Fuel Mapping using high spatial resolution satellite remote sensing data and GIS technologiesCode 03ΕΔ760. HellenicMinistryofDevelopment,General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT).Area8, Measure8.3.1. Space Technologies, Environmentaldata processing, Telecommunications and Materials. (2007).

    §     DisasterManagementGISwithemphasisonculturalsites. NOE-OCR, InterregIIICEuropeanCommission(2006).

    §     WIMAX network designing and planning for the FYROM Territory. Macedonian Agency for Electronic Communications. (2007).

    §     WIMAX network designing and planning for the Greek Territory. Greek National Regulatory Authority for telecommunications and postal services (EETT). (2006)

    §     EnvironmentalFriendly UrbanBuildings.Archimedes-IIProject, EPEAEK-II Program. Hellenic Ministry of Education, European Commission, European Social Fund (2005).

    §     Les sources et quantités de noyaux glacogènes de l'origine bactérienne dans l'atmosphère et leur rôle dans les processus atmosphériques.France – Grèce. Projets communs de  recherche et de technologie.République Hellénique, Ministère Du Développement, Secrétariat Général a la Recherche et a la Technologie (2005).

    §     FIREMENTOR. Forest Fires Decision Support System. General Secretariat for Research & Technology. Hellenic Ministry of Development (GSRT). Area 4, Measure 4.5. Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (2004)

    §     AEGEAN. Development of operational system and methodologies for defining the environmentally, legitimately and socio-economically optimal tanker routing through the Aegean Sea for Caspian oil retransportation to the Mediterranean. General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT). Hellenic Ministry of Development. Area 4, Measure 4.5 Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (2003)

    §     RAMFLOOD, Decision Support system for Risk Assessment and Management of Floods, Project number: IST-2001-37581, IST Programme, EU-DG-XII, 5FMP. (2003)

    §     Innovative Management of near urban fringe areas affected by forest fires. EEC. LIFE PROGRAMME (2002).

    §     STRYPLYM project - Floods Forecasting and Warning Decision Support System. European Commission, Interreg II program (1999).

    §     APERTURE project - Implementation of Geospatial Image Intelligence for the European Environmental legislation. European Commission, DG-XII. (1997).

    §     ASTERISMOS project - Surface Mining Decision Support System. European Commission, DG-XII.(1996).

    §     Best-GIS Project - Development of methodologies regarding the best practice of GIS. European CommissionDG-XIII. (1996).

    §     PENELOPE project - Pan European internet/web based legislation intelligence network. European Commission, DG-XIII.(1995).

    §     FIRES project - Forest Image processing supported by Expert System. European Commission DG-XII. (1994).

    §     AIRMAPS project - Airborne Retrieval and Mapping system. European Commission, DG-XIII. (1993).

    §     MEDORA project - Semi- Automated Mapping of Mediterranean Rural Areas. European Commission, DG-XIII.(1993).

    §     MEDSPA project - Small Islands Coastal Geospatial database development. European Commission, DG-XI. (1992).

    §     Demarrage Project - Multimedia Educational Applications for Remote Sensing, GIS Risk Assessment and Geography. European CommissionCOMET-II. (1992).

    Patents and publications

    Author of various scientific papers and articles for Image Intelligence and Decision Support Systems. Developer of the DEMARRAGE multimedia stand-alone Remote Sensing Tutor.

    Additional professional activities

    ·         Twenty years of experience in Image Intelligence and Decision Support Systems & Applications including participation in European Commission and National funded projects. Experience in managing large-scale remote sensing/GIS projects, image processing, Internet based GIS, Geoinformatics.

    ·         Experience in realizing Earth Observation data and IP/GIS systems market surveys on behalf of European Union and Space Companies.

    ·         PCI Geomatica experienced IP/GIS user, M/S office, Adobe Photoshop etc.

    ·         Invited lecturer at Joint Research Center, Eurocourses, Ispra. European Commission.

    Professional memberships

    Member of Remote Sensing Society UK, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - ASPRS, Soil Society Athens, Land Reclamation - Engineering Society Athens.

    Languages

    English, Greek, German.

    Extracurricular activities

    Military Services: 3rd Helicopter Battalion, Hellenic Army.

    References

    Available upon request from DEMCO, Definiens AG Munich, Lockheed Martin Int’l, German Aerospace Center – DLR, US Embassy Athens.

    Interests and activities

    Flying, Soccer, touring and 4X4 touring, hiking.

    Awards received

    NATO scholarship and Hellenic National University Award – IKY.



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