MBA University of Strathclyde, UK
M.Ed. Lesley University, USA
B.Sc. The American College of Greece, Greece
Sotiris Karagiannis has over 28 years of experience as a corporate trainer and consultant in soft skills areas, such as leadership, culture change, motivation and engagement. He managed the Greek franchise of the globally recognized Dale Carnegie Training firm and is certified to deliver the Daniel Pink Motivation 3.0 engagement workshop. His clients are some of the biggest in pharma (Bayer, Johnson&Johnson, Astra Zeneca, Novartis, etc.), FMCG (Coca-Cola, Danone), luxury (Swarovski), Telcom (Ericsson), IT (Oracle, HP), commodities (3M). He has worked as a strategy consultant for the analysis of the current situation of firms and the development of a strategic plan to help the firms sustain competitive advantage while containing costs.
M.D. University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
For over fifteen years, Carlos has been coaching internationally supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike. He has been working with Optimum Talent since 2013 as an executive coach, facilitator, and is certified in Optimum Talent’s SuccessFinder Career System. Carlos has expertise in NeuroManagement, and NeuroMarketing. He draws on his skills as a medical doctor plus his twenty years of experience as executive in the pharmaceutical industry to deliver insights to both organizations and executives about neuroscience and leadership.
H.E.C., Haute Ecole ‘Groupe ICHEC – ISC Saint-Louis – ISFSC’, Bruxelles
President of Varley & C°, Monaco and of Somodi, Monaco.
Claude Varley has worked in senior level positions in Europe in Finance and non-Finance related roles such as, American-Standard/Ideal-Standard – Internal Auditor (New York and Paris), then Assistant to the European Sales Manager (Brussels), then Assistant to the Vice-President Control and Finance Europe (Brussels); American Hospital Supply Corporation – International Auditor (Evanston, Ill.), then President of AHS Benelux (Brussels), then Vice-President Control and Finance Europe (Paris); Morgan & Partners (Executive Search Consultants) – Senior Partner (Monaco); Société de Boissons Gazeuses de la Côte d’Azur (Cagnes-sur-Mer), Sud-Boissons (Toulouse), Somodi (Monaco) – (Coca-Cola Bottling Group) – President (10 years).
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Teaching & Learning in Higher & Professional Education) ‘Distinction’ University of Bolton, UK
MBA (Banking & Finance) ‘Honours’ University of New York in Prague, Czech Republic
Graduate Certificate (Management of Information Systems), Curtin University, Australia
Kevan Lyons is an adjunct lecturer at UNYP. He is a qualified Management Accountant with over 18 years’ experience working in multinational corporations and is currently Deputy Financial Controller – International at CDK Global, based in the new Business Service Centre in Prague.
Kevan previously worked in various financial controlling roles over a 10-year career in DPDHL Group in Prague. He has worked in all areas of finance – including financial accounting, joint venture accounting and management accounting & reporting – in industries as varied as information technology, tertiary education, media sales (radio), oil & gas, and utilities.
Following the completion of his MBA in 2011, Kevan joined the Business Administration faculty, teaching the ACCA accredited Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting courses in the BBA program. He also teaches Financial Management & Decision Making in the University of Bolton MSc International Management program and Financial Strategy in the UNYP MBA program.
AVT Business School (Copenhagen, Denmark), Executive MBA program
Belarusian Economic State University, Master’s degree in Marketing
Ludmila Lytkina has over 20 years of experience as a Marketing Director in FMCG, retail, technology and services. As an independent marketing and brand management consultant, she has developed brand strategies for top companies in these industries (LG, Danone, Erste Bank, MegaSport, Ferrero, etc.). She has also worked as business developer in Ukraine and Belarus for local and international clients like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Osram, Samsung, Nokia, etc.
Ludmila, who has innate ability to motivate people for ambitious targets, is results-oriented, analytical, positive, cooperative and creative person, speaks fluent English, native Russian, passive German, also established her own Brand Management school in Belarus training entrepreneurs in Brand Management strategies for their products and services.
PhD. University of Wroclaw, Major of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management
Master’s degree. University of Wrocław, Major of Environmental Protection
Master’s degree. University of Wrocław, Institute of Geography and Regional Development
I have connected my professional life with the University. Since 2017, I have been the Vice-Rector for Research and International Cooperation at the University of Business in Wroclaw. I effectively, with devotion and commitment, manage the International Relations Office, Project Office, Career Office, Science Department, Library and the Sustainable Development Council.
I am associated with tourism and sustainable development through education, experience and passion. At the University of Wroclaw, I have obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences in the field of Regional Geography and Tourism. I have also developed my education abroad. I have completed the Washington Professional Development Program at the American University in Washington (D.C.) in the USA and Edgware College in London, UK.
I am the author and co-author of over 50 scientific publications, mainly in international journals; lecturer and a speaker at domestic and foreign universities in the field of tourism and sustainable development with several years of experience; participant of research and teaching internships and a speaker at conferences in over 20 countries worldwide. In recent years, I have coordinated over a dozen scientific and research projects, several of them in international teams. I am also a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education “Leaders in university management” and a laureate of both, the Municipal Support Program for Partnership in Higher Education and Science and the MOZART Economic Activity Sector.
I also work for local and national NGOs, I am a co-founder and board member of the Naooka Association and the Polish Tourism Association.
Ph.D. University College London, UK
MBA Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA
M.Eng. University of Patras, Greece
Dr. Andreas Antonopoulos is the Rector of UNYP and teaches Entrepreneurship in its MBA Programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from University College London, UK, where he has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor since 1998. Dr. Antonopoulos also earned an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and a D.Eng from the University of Patras, Greece. He has published numerous business and academic papers, and is a frequent speaker at major conferences and industry events. Dr. Antonopoulos has a 20-year career balancing an academic, industry and entrepreneurial background. He was Co-founder and Managing Partner of Working Knowledge, a leading telecoms advisory firm and has also spent 5 years teaching Telecom Business & Entrepreneurship, serving as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Technology Management Department, as well as holding the position of Graduate Programs Director, at the CEU Business School of Central European University. He has held a variety of senior and middle management appointments in leading telecom sector companies such as RHK, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks and British Telecom, serving in a number of countries worldwide.
Dr. Antonopoulos also co-founded and sits on the board of directors of Marathon Invest, an investment fund focusing in the CEE markets and of Viva Credit, an online financial services firm. He has had a total of six start-up engagements since 2001. Having worked and lived in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Spain, the UK and the US, and speaking six languages, Dr. Antonopoulos brings substantial international and multicultural experience to UNYP.
Ph.D. University of Arkansas, USA
CFA Chartered Financial Analyst Institute
M.A. University of Arkansas, USA
Piotr Wojtowicz has extensive experience in Operations Management, currently working as Global Head of Process Architecture and Quality for DHL. He has assumed various leading roles as Senior Consultant in IT and ERP Systems helping companies apply the latest technology to provide state-of-the-art services to their clients.
Christine Hilary Grant
University of Bolton Doctor of Education Student (Submission May 2019)
Liverpool Hope University PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Manchester Metropolitan University MSc Tourism Management (Distinction)
Chris Grant qualified as an accountant (ACMA) after completing her degree in Economics at the University of Stirling (1988). Having worked first for Ford Motor Co, she moved to British Telecom where she held a number of positions in financial and commercial management, in particular in specific financial and reporting requirements associated with regulated industries and national security. During this time, she took her MA in Canadian and North American Studies at Birkbeck, University of London (MA, 1998).
Chris joined the University of Bolton in 2011 as a Lecturer within the Off-Campus Division teaching a range of business modules at overseas partners. Since 2015, Chris has been Academic Coordinator for the Off-Campus Division with specific responsibility for partner set-up and development. She manages the university’s partners in Czechia and Greece, and retains some teaching responsibilities.
She is in the final stages of writing up her doctorate, which looks at the ethical understanding of postgraduate business students in Malawi and Zambia and the way this influences their research.
Masters degree from the California State University in Instructional Technology and Multimedia
Undergraduate degree from the California State University in Liberal Arts
George is an entrepreneur, consultant and professor at the University of Colorado and is no stranger to Slovenia and Slovenia’s companies. He started his career at Apple Inc. But found his passion in entrepreneurship and start-ups. His career is full of experience from both sides of the spectrum, corporations as well as small companies and start-ups. He has firsthand experience of top managerial positions, he took the responsibility of being Managing Vice President of Gardner Inc., as well as starting and managing start-ups. Elevation of his experience is lecturing and passing on his knowledge to younger generations, as a professor at the University of Colorado.
He is sharing his knowledge and experience with joy and devotion which brought him to Slovenia many times and gave him the opportunity to collaborate with Slovenian government. Born teacher and lecturer remarkably like to work with young, encouraging entrepreneurship and creativity in them. His fundamental message to young people is not to be afraid of failure, because it’s an inevitable part of success, even more, he calls failure: practice.