Προσκεκλημενοι Ομιλητες


Κωνσταντίνος Αλεξόπουλος,
Chief of Transport Facilitation and Economics Section, United Nations ECE Sustainable Transport Divisιon Palais des Nations, Geneva

CEO at EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, Head of Unit at Fraunhofer Institute of Material Flow and Logistics IML, Managing Director Industrial Data Space Association

Ο Κωνσταντίνος Αλεξόπουλος εργάζεται ως Επικεφαλής Τομέα του ΟΗΕ, Διευθυντής αναπτυξιακών έργων του ΟΗΕ για υποδομές, συνδυασμένες μεταφορές και Logistics και διαπραγματευτής του Οργανισμού σε θέματα ανάπτυξης διεθνών διαδρόμων συνδυασμένης μεταφοράς και διεθνής σύμβασης για τις σιδηροδρομικές μεταφορές.

Έχει εργαστεί ως σύμβουλος Κυβερνήσεων σε αναπτυξιακά θέματα με έργα για τον Economic Cooperation Organization (Τεχεράνη, Ιράν, έργα για την Κεντρική Ασία), την Islamic Development Bank (Τζέντα, Σαουδική Αραβία, έργα για την Αφρική, Μέση Ανατολή, Άπω Ανατολή), ΝΑΤΟ (Βρυξέλες, Βέλγιο, εμπειρογνώμων για το Αφγανιστάν, Πακιστάν) κ.ά. Έχει βραβευτεί από τους Υπουργούς Μεταφορών της Τουρκίας, Ιραν και Πακιστάν γιατί ήταν ο υπεύθυνος έργου και διαπραγματευτής μεταξύ των τριών αυτών χωρών για το πρώτο τρένο που ένωσε και πέρασε από αυτές τις τρεις χώρες το 2010.

Υπήρξε Γενικός Διευθυντής της QLOGISTICS 3PL Ltd, Γενικός Διευθυντής της PROCOM Freight Village και Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος της ELOGISTICS S.A. Το 2007 εκλέχτηκε Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Logistics ενώ το 2009 συνέγραψε το Μαστερ Πλαν της Ελλάδας για τις Εμπορευματικές Μεταφορές και τα Logistics το οποίο αποτέλεσε τη βάση του νόμου 4302/2014 του Ελληνικού Κράτους για την εφοδιαστική αλυσίδα.

Έχει συμμετάσχει ως κύριος Ομιλητής σε δεκάδες διεθνή Συνέδρια, Ημερίδες και Διακυβερνητικές Συσκέψεις, ενώ έχει γράψει δεκάδες άρθρα για την ανάπτυξη που οι εμπορευματικές μεταφορές και τα Logistics επιφέρουν σε μια χώρα.



LUISA CECILIA VELARDI is Civil Engineer specialized in Transport at the Politecnico of Milan.

She is currently member of the Board of Directors of the Agency for Local Transport in Bergamo, and external expert for the European Commission. She also collaborates with the Bicocca University of Milan for the Master in Local Transport.

During the first ten years of her career, she was engaged in Transport Planning, at the beginning as consultant and then as staff of the Research Department of ATM, the Urban Transport Company of Milan.

In 1991 she joined Ferrovie dello Stato, the Italian State Railway Company, where she worked for more than 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility. She was engaged in operations (Director of Regional Operation in the Centre-North Italy), as well as in strategy (Director of Strategy of Trenitalia, the Train Operator of FS), in various locations all over Italy (Milan, Rome, Florence, Naples, etc.).

She was also engaged in several daughters companies of FS: President of Artesia (FS-SNCF company for international passenger services Italy -France), President of Tilo (FS-SBB company for regional services Switzerland - Italy), President of SITA (one of the main bus companies of Italy), member of the Board of Directors of Cisalpino (SBB-FS company for international passenger services Italy - Switzerland). She was member of several commission in UIC (Union International Chemin de Fer, Paris), and in ERRAC (European Railway research Advisory Council, Brussels).
1995-1996 in the frame of a collaboration between FS and ATAC (Urban Transport Company of Rome) she was Director of Strategy of the latter.

For two years at the beginning of the millennium, she left FS to join the World Bank (Washington DC), where she was Senior Transport Specialist in the East Europe and Central Asia Region, and in the Africa Region.

In 2011-2013 she was appointed Director of Operations of Netinera (Berlin), German Regional Railway Company owned by FS, where she was also member of the board of Directors of OHE and Regentalbahn.

In 2016-2017 she was Director of the Agency for Local Transport in Como, Varese, and Lecco.

She is member of CIFI (Association of Italian Railway Engineers) and of AIDIA (Italian Association of Women Engineers).

Thorsten Huelsmann

Thorsten Huelsmann

CEO at EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, Head of Unit at Fraunhofer Institute of Material Flow and Logistics IML, Managing Director Industrial Data Space Association

Thorsten holds a Master in Economic Geography, Organisation Studies and Communication Sciences from University of Bonn and Bologna.

From 2000 - 2003 Thorsten worked as Research Fellow at the Universities of Bonn and Bristol within a research project on regional innovation development. From 2003 - 2010 he worked as Project Manager and Deputy Head of Unit at the Economic Development Agency Dortmund and was responsible for acquisition campaigns in ICT, MEMS and logistics industries in South-Korea, Singapore and Turkey.

In 2010 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH. In 2016 he was additionally appointed as Head of Unit Strategic Initiatives at Fraunhofer IML and in 2018 as Managing Director of Industrial Data Space Association.

Thorsten focuses his work on the management and coordination of innovation networks, initiatives and clusters. He uses stakeholder engagement and qualitative research methods as well as strategic foresight tools.

Thorsten held several appointments like representative of EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr within the task force Logistics and Mobility within the Climate Protection Plan NRW, 2012-2013; Member of the Advisory Board, International Leadership Programme Central Asia, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ, 2011 – 2013; Invited expert on regional development and innovation management, Project GREEN-AgriChains, FRP 7 EU, Regional Potential Program, 2013-2016; Member of the High Level Advisory Group, Project TransformingTransport, H2020, 2017-2020; Multiplication & Certification Manager, Project BOOST 4.0 Big Data Value Spaces for Competitiveness of European Connected Smart Factories 4.0, H2020, among others.



Dr. Menexia Tsoubeli joined the Campbell Soup Company in June 1999. During this time, she has held several positions of increasing responsibility. She is currently the Vice President - R&D Campbell Fresh, an entrepreneurial organization within a high growth area.

Menexia earned her Ph.D. in Food Science and a M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Menexia started her career as a Research Scientist working for the US Army Natick Labs, in Natick, Massachusetts.

During her 20+ years of progressive leadership in Research and Development, Menexia brings diverse experience across Iconic Consumer Brands, Innovation, Productivity, Entrepreneurial businesses as well as Acquisition Integration.

Menexia is successful in developing strategic alliances and partnerships to identify market opportunities and has built critical technical capability through Innovation Ecosystems to accelerate Innovation across multiple categories. Menexia has a strong record in formulating strategies that extract value from science to capture consumer differentiation in the market place and to drive sustainable revenue growth.

She has experience with Supply Chain Innovation Networks and has pioneered the utilization of consumer Co-Design methods to maximize market success. In addition, Menexia has provided technical guidance to food Start-ups and has supported Accelerator efforts.

Menexia is passionate in developing people and has been an advocate for advancing women in technical fields. She has served as the Chair of the Women of Campbell R&D, the Chair of the STEM Innovation Taskforce (Washington, DC) and she is a Strategic Advisor for the STEM Connector (Washington, DC).

She has been a founding member of the Cold Pressure Council, a member of the American Institute of Food Technologists since 1989 and is on the External Advisory Board for the Chemical Engineering Department for Rutgers University.