Vasileios Bontzorlos- Forester (B.Sc.) -Ecology & Wildlife Management (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Mr Vasileios Bontzorlos graduated in 2002 from the Department of Forestry and Natural Environment of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, during which he chose -early on- the direction of Wildlife Ecology and Management. He continued his post-graduate studies in the Iberian Peninsula, at the Faculty of Biology in the University of Salamanca
Under the direction of Jose Salvador Peris Alvarez in the Animal Ecology Department, he won 2 research grants from 2003 to 2009, he gained a Master Degree in «Management and Conservation of Natural Resources», and he successfully defended his Ph.D. in the trophic ecology of the Barn owl (Tyto alba) in agricultural ecosystems of Thessaly.
His research interests include wildlife management and conservation, biodiversity conservation, population ecology, multivariate data analysis and mathematical ecology. He has achieved more than 50 publications in scientific congresses, conferences, peer review journals, book chapters.
Within 20 years of work experience, Mr Vasileios Bontzorlos has realized post-doctoral research both for Hellenic Institutes (ELGO DEMETER, AUTH, TEI Kavala) and EU and international research centers (Jena University Germany, iDiv-sDiv Leipzig Germany, Lausanne University Switzerland, GLOW USA) in respect to wildlife ecology and biology as well as on the effect of CAP on biodiversity.
He has also developed 15-years’ experience in implementing and managing national and EU projects for the conservation and management of biodiversity. He has cooperated with Management Bodies (Mesologgi, Olympus, Ainos, Dadia), with environmental consulting companies (Yloriki, Technoomoiostasi, LKN, NCC), and with NGOs (Greenpeace, Pelargos, ΑΝΙΜΑ, ΕΟΠ). He assumed a managerial role in the national projects of “Epopteia” for biodiversity monitoring in 2012-2015, and he has coordinated a large number of Special Ecological Assessments in Greece. Finally, through a long-term cooperation with the Green Fund he holds vast experience in consulting, redacting, implementing, and managing EU LIFE Projects (LIFE CAPACITY, LIFE EL-BIOS).
Why join TYTO?
I have been working since 2000 with the ecology and management of wildlife in agricultural ecosystems, which are exploited, shaped, and managed by man. Nevertheless, agricultural ecosystems remain ecosystems. They contain life, organisms, processes, shape dynamics, interact with biodiversity.
Ioannis Livas - Fundraising Expert
Mr Ioannis Livas has worked as part of major organizations in the ecosystem of non-profit Civil Societies in Greece, for more than 20 years. He began as an activist and later he started working as a Fundraising Expert for Greenpeace Greece in 2001, where he devoted a total of 17 consecutive years in Greenpeace Greece, focusing on the Fundraising mission. Just a few of the projects which he led and implemented in Greenpeace Greece are: Plant the Solution GP in respect to the substitution of genetically modified imported soya with Greek leguminous plants, and the Girls’ Roof GP which promoted energy autonomy through renewable energy sources in the organization Shelter for Abused Girls in Palaio Faliro, Athens.
During the last 3 years he has been working in organizations at the Humanitarian Sector. He started from “MSF” (Médecins sans frontières) where he exclusively organized the platform Crowdfunding Platform MSF, and he continues today to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR – the UN Refugee Agency), where he is currently working as a Fundraising Expert and organizes the complex scheme Donor Development UNHCR.
Mr. Livas has exercised different roles throughout these years and has led, implemented and completed numerous demanding projects, and thus he has gained a holistic experience on what Fundraising actually means, as well as a profound practical knowledge on the thorough management of an organization in the Civil Society Space in Greece. This is the vast and valuable experience he brings in TYTO.
Why join TYTO?
For years now I have watched the biodiversity in our country suffer, a trend of continuous decline of our natural environment. I try to keep an eye out for new efforts that buck this trend and get involved where I can. This particular proposal is a very well thought out effort, by excellent scientists as well as friends. And I'm proud to be a part of it.
Theoharis Petropoulos - Accounting, Finance & Economics (B.Sc., MA)
Mr Theocharis Petropoulos, studied in the United States of America at the City University of New York where he acquired his Bachelor Degree (B.Sc) in 2006, majoring in Accounting with minors in Economics and Finance. In 2008, he completed his Master’s Degree at the same university majoring in Accounting.
During the last 12 years, he has worked as Financial and Economics Consultant for some of the most established firms and brands in the retail and real estate sector in Greece, serving through upper and top management positions. In the retail sector he worked in the companies Lidl Hellas and AB Vassilopoulos as Store Manager for over 4 years. He also worked as Sales Manager and Network Development Manager at Pink Woman and Omorfia Cosmetics companies, while for the last 4 years he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Zafido Holding Hellas, a prestigious agency active in the field of construction and real estate industry. He currently leads the Financial management of Remarc International company as Director of Finance.
Mr. Petropoulos brings in TYTO, his broad experience in Financial Management and Accounting, as well as his mentoring in the economic development of the organization.
Why join TYTO?
It is now a global imperative that economic development be pursued within a framework of understanding the availability of our natural resources. Taking theory into practice, sustainability indices (Sustainability Indexes / ESGs: Environmental – Social – Governance) are already integrated in international stock markets, while Greece has already done so since August 2021. As a professional in the sector, I am particularly happy to be part of a such a close scientific team that proposes substantial and implementable solutions for the benefit of the country's vital agricultural sector. The economy also has its own green values.
Konstantinos Vlachopoulos - Environmental Scientist (B.Sc.) - Agricultural Environment Management (M.Sc.)
Mr. Konstantinos Vlachopoulos studied in the in the Department of Environment, University of Aegean, where he acquired his Bachelor Degree (B.Sc) in 2012. He has also earned a Master Degree on Sustainable Agricultural Production and Environmental Management, at the Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, in the University of Thessaly.
He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Thessaly, implementing doctoral research upon "Lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) ecology and climate change effects". His research interests focus on: Wildlife ecology, avifauna monitoring and recording with novel technological methods, population ecology, spatial analysis, mathematical ecology, migration patterns and movement ecology. He has experience in the realization of European and national projects in respect to nature and biodiversity management and conservation, whereas he has 14 publications in total in national/international conferences and peer review journals.
Mr. Vlachopoulos brings in TYTO his experience with wildlife field work, the redaction of proposals and implementation of projects for nature protection and biodiversity conservation and management, as well as his scientific background in the field of research and management of our natural resources.
Why join TYTO?
I am proud to collaborate with seven other scientists in TYTO offering sustainable solutions/options for the Greek countryside, the farmer and Greek agricultural products. In order for agriculture to have a sustainable future, it is now absolutely clear that it must be developed with respect for the natural environment, the flora and fauna that make it up. Furthermore, if agricultural practices become more biodiversity-friendly, the agricultural product will also become more consumer-friendly as its quality is upgraded and thus the health of all of us is protected. The road is long but the choice is there. And that's why we work tirelessly.
Konstantinos Dipsanas - Agronomist (B.Sc.) -Landscape Architect (M.A.)
Mr. Konstantinos Dipsanas graduated in 2001 from the Department of Agronomy in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (B.Sc.), with a Degree in Hydraulics, Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering. He continued in Leeds Metropolitan University of the United Kingdom, where he obtained his Master (M.A.) in Landscape Architecture in 2005.
During the last 15 years, he has implemented various Landscape Architecture projects, he developed cooperation with the Ionian University as an Agronomist Consultant in EU projects, ha also redacted as a Landscape Architect on feasibility studies for two Museums in Ioannina and Lakonia, he teached both in Averofio Farming School of Larisa as well as in Thessalikon Institute for Professional Training, whereas from 2015 to 2021 he worked as an Agronomist for Aiforiki S.A. supervising the implementation of CSF Sustainable Farming Practices Protocol within the prefecture of Larissa
He has also broad experience and an extensive portfolio of Landscape Architecture projects which include designing and/or supervising more than 30 built projects that vary from small play-areas to complex housing schemes and recreation areas, during his employment by Kirklees Metropolitan Council as a Landscape Architect.
Mr. Dipsanas brings in TYTO his scientific background in respect to agricultural management, land uses in agriculture and the science of Agronomy, as well as his scientific approach as an architect in shaping landscape.
Why join TYTO?
Coming from a farming family and being a farmer myself, there was always a side of me that wanted to be active in the natural environment. Through the occupation with Agriculture came the realization that the unreasonable exploitation of the natural environment by man for the purpose of temporary profit is a tactic that the modern professional farmer is mistakenly introduced to, not knowing that in reality the opposite is to his benefit: the harmonious coexistence with nature. And as a Landscape Architect, however, I believe in the protection, but I also have the ability to identify the perspectives and opportunities for improvement, of the natural environment, including the rural one. It's all a matter of choices and if we as THIS can help by making available those choices that protect the natural environment then I want to be a part of that valuable solution.
Afroditi Bontzorlou - Communication Expert (B.Sc., M.A.)
Mrs. Afroditi Bontzorlou, graduated in 2004 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Journalism and Mass Media (B.A.). She implemented her post-graduate studies in Goldsmiths College at the University of London, UK, where she acquired her Master (M.A.) in “Transnational Communications & Global Media” in 2005, focusing on "Globalization and Risk Control, Theory in Communication Crisis Management and Media Globalization".
She is certified from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in “Marketing and Communication Management” since 2012. She has more than 15 years of experience in the private sector in planning and implementing communication strategies: She has worked as a Communication Expert in established companies and agencies, such as Metron Analysis, Regency Entertainment, V+O Communication, Center for Sustainability and Excellence. She has also worked for the ΝΕΟΝ Organization for Culture and Development, Mr D. Daskalopoulos, as Project Coordinator & Corporate Affairs Manager, and she has also worked as a Communication Consultant for the Agricultural Cooperation ThesGi and for the Municipality of Larisa. She held the position of Corporate Communication Director at Socialdoo Communications Agency with a client portfolio that included: important national Institutions such as EYDAP and the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations, business leaders such as Masoutis, Vikos and DELTA, and also NGOs such as Special Olympics Hellas.
Mrs. Bontzorlou, has structured a 360 degree approach and experience in developing and implementing communication strategies and she brings on-board TYTO all the necessary skills and knowledge for shaping the organization’s positioning and communication.
Why join TYTO?
" Every important change, in order to be perceived and integrated into the automated functions of society and the economy, must be communicated widely, comprehensibly and coordinated. Through TYTO we propose solutions to substantially modify and reshape the management of our natural resources, the operation of agriculture and the protection of biodiversity. This is precisely why this effort becomes even more complex but also absolutely necessary if we want to change our course towards tomorrow in time. I am very proud that through my experience in the field of communication, I am called to highlight the valuable work of seven scientists who firmly believe that the future is in our hands. "
Stamatina Liarmakopoulou - Biologist (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
Mrs. Stamatina Liarmakopoulou studied in the Department of Biology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she graduated in 2001 (B.Sc.). She entered the sector of Embryology by completing successfully post-graduate studies in the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, where she obtained her M.Sc. in Clinical Embryology in 2004.
During the last 17 years she has worked in the most prestigious private clinics of Assisted Reproduction in Greece, obtaining broad laboratory, research and managerial experience. She began her career as a trainee clinical embryologist in Maternity Clinic IASO until 2003, she continued as a clinical embryologist in DIAGNOSI IVF until 2010, then she worked as a Senior Clinical Embryologist in EMBRYO A.R.T. where she also worked as Lab Manager, and she continued in AKESO-EMBRYO A.R.T. She recently works as Senior Clinical Embryologist in the Medical Unit of Assisted Reproduction (M.U.A.R.) MITERA IVF of the “Ygeia” Medical Group.
She has also served as responsible for ISO certification process. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Medicine in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Parallel to her professional career as clinical embryologist, she has volunteered through the years in various environmental programmes and biodiversity projects.
Mrs. Liarmakopoulou brings In TYTO her high managerial skills in team management, multiple projects organization, adhering to strict deadlines, and handling detailed protocols both in the field and in the laboratory.
Why join TYTO?
" My love for biology as well as my 20 years of research and laboratory work trying to decode it, have cultivated my absolute respect for the harmonious functioning of nature. Man's inordinate intervention in the natural environment gradually created my need to contribute to changing the way we operate and think. That is why I am very happy to have joined forces with the TYTO scientific team. I firmly believe that together we can co-shape a sustainable future-legacy for the next generations. And change starts with each of us. "
Sotirios Terzopoulos - Tutor - Mathematician (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
Mr Sotirios Terzopoulos is a Mathematician who graduated from the School of Sciences, Department of Mathematics in the University of Ioannina at 2010. He attended a post-graduate program at the University of Thessaly, Department of Business Administration and obtained his Master’s Degree in the field of “Flexible Management Methods”.
He is an active member of the educational community of Larissa and generally in Thessaly. Mr Terzopoulos co-founded the Private Tutoring School “Theory & Practice” in 2013, in 2014 he founded the Private Tutoring School “Symmetry”, and since 2019 he is the co-owner of the Private Tutoring Schools “Protypo” located in Larissa. He engages in local government issues, and focuses on promoting environmental issues in the public discourse; since 2018 and until 2023 he serves as vice president in the Larisa branch of the Hellenic Mathematic Association, and since 2019 he is a member of the board of the Municipal Charitable Association of Larisa (DIKEL).
Mr. Terzopoulos brings in TYTO his vast experience in the educational sector, the contact with the youth, his mathematic analysis and a bridge with all local bodies and organizations, public and private.
Why join TYTO?
" Having been born and raised in Thessaly, I observe every day the essential role that agriculture plays both in the economic life of the place, but also in the burden on our natural environment. The path towards a more sustainable future is one-way, the need to change the way we operate today as units and as a society towards our natural environment is imperative. The education of young people plays a decisive role in this change. It is our responsibility to prepare the conscious citizens of tomorrow. That is why I am particularly happy that from the position of an educator, I am joining forces with the excellent team of scientists at TYTO, trying to create a better tomorrow for our children. "
"TYTO" also has an extensive network of external partners for the implementation of its goals and work.