OUR TEAM

Meet Our Amazing Team
Project Director, IDI

KONRAD NIERUBIEC

Prince 2 Certified Project Director;
Extensive experience in managing and supervising of multi-million EU funded projects in Developing Countries;
In-depth knowledge and experience of EU programmes, Project Cycle Management, PRAG and General Conditions’ rules and procedures;
In charge of IDI’s EU funded project in Bosnia and Herzegovina ‘Capacity Building in European Research and Technology Development Programmes and Initiatives’ (2013–2014);
Implemented also two large EU funded projects in the Balkans: €3.4m “Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion in Serbia” and €2.1m “Supporting SMEs to become more competitive in the EU market in Albania”.

Deputy Project Director, IDI

YASEMIN ERDAL

On-site Deputy Project Director and Representative of IDI’s Liaison Office;
Over 10 years of professional experience in Technopark Management, Technology Transfer, Innovation Management, Proposal Evaluation, Entrepreneurship Support and Cluster Management;
Worked for 7 years in one of the largest technoparks in Turkey – Technopark of Bilkent University and as an Innovation Expert in Kayseri Erciyes Technopark;
Since 2014 has been acting as an External Evaluator for H2020 SME Instrument Programme and for H2020 Fast Track to Innovation Programme.

Team Leader

DR ALEKSANDER BAKOWSKI

Over 25 years of practical experience in the EU Research & Technology Development Programmes, Technology Transfer and Innovation Policy;
Over 13 years of hands-on working experience as a National Contact Point in Poland for the EU RTD Programmes and acted as a FP 5, 6 and 7 Coordinator for Thematic Priorities within the NCP Poland;
Designed and delivered multiple workshops and awareness raising events to large number of participants from various research organisations and SMEs;
Team Leader of €3.5m EU funded project in Ukraine ‘Joint Support Office for Ukraine’s integration into the European Research Area’; Extended knowledge of EU procedures, manuals, guidelines and Project Cycle Management.

IPR, Legal & Financial Expert

ODYSSEAS SPYROGLOU

Over 12 years of experience in designing, tendering, implementing and monitoring projects related to Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI): FP7, INTERREG, MED, LIFE+, CIP ICT PSP and Structural Funds);
Extensive experience in implementation of financial and administrative rules as a Financial & Administrative Officer in a number of projects under the FP7 & Horizon 2020· 15 years of experience in design and delivery of training, mentoring and coaching support to researchers on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial & Legal Issues of FP7/H2020 projects;
Proven track in building international consortia & preparing successful proposals in consortia led by partners from Associated Countries Experience in entrepreneurship and SME management. Setting up new companies in Greece, Israel, Bulgaria, UK. Preparation of legal documents, mentoring shareholders, drafting agreements, business & financial plans.

SME Expert

PHILIP SOWDEN

More than 35 years of experience in manufacturing consultancy, R&D and SME innovation programmes. This involved establishing the need for and designing SME innovation programmes in conjunction with public bodies, managing programmes and later stage evaluation of economic impacts. Managed 14 major national and international SME innovation support programmes for clients which include national governments, United Nations, World Bank and the European Commission. EC innovation consultancy projects in the region include developing a national industrial modernisation programme for Egypt, a support programme for innovative SMEs in the automotive sector in Jordan, and innovation programmes in Kuwait and Cyprus. Was also a key expert and deputy Team Leader in the preceding ‘Turkey in FP7’ programme, so is well used to working with innovative businesses and organisations in Turkey. Closely involved in the various SME innovation programmes and projects in Frameworks 4, 5, 6 and 7, along with the current Horizon 2020. Developed a mentoring support programme for the EC to assist SMEs with commercialisation aspects of their Horizon 2020 projects.

Training Coordinator

GRIGORIS CHATZIKOSTAS

Grigoris Chatzikostas is a Senior Expert in EU funding, managing multi-national and cross-sectoral consortia, developing proposals for EU funding and coordinating large-scale projects that promote tech-enabled entrepreneurship. In the past 15 years he has managed projects exceeding the total value of 100 mEUR. He participated in the founding team of BioSense Institute, assuming the position of Head of Business Development Department and bringing the Institute in the 1st position in Serbia in attracting H2020 funds. Furthermore, he designed and delivered programs supporting more than 170 startups and SMEs with pre-seed funding of 15.3 mEUR and business support services. As an engaging public speaker and trainer, he makes complex subjects related to EU funding and technologies accessible and easy to understand. He has long term experience in the design and delivery of training, coaching, mentoring and supporting  services to researchers and innovation actors on issues related to proposal writing for EU funding opportunities, project management of EU funded projects, IPR management and entrepreneurship, in countries such as Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Tunisia, Poland etc. He also offers mentoring and strategic consulting to a small number of carefully selected companies that are aligned with his interests. Grigoris holds a Bachelor in Accounting and Finance from University of Macedonia, Greece and a Masters in Finance from University of Essex, UK.