Echoes Experts

2022 Experts

2022 participants will be announced 1 month before the festival.

2021 Experts

Eleni Atsikbasis

Eleni is a producer with wide ranging experience in feature and documentary film production. She was in Australia before moving to Athens where she founded indie company Phos in 2000. Eleni has worked with filmmakers, broadcasters (incl. BBC, HBO, PBS and History Channel) and partner companies from more than 15 countries. She is a graduate of EAVE and Discovery Campus Masterschool. In 2009 Eleni founded Birds Bay, a boutique holiday destination accommodation on the island of Lesvos.

Andreas Chatzidakis

Andreas Chatzidakis received his PhD from Nottingham Business School in 2007, focusing on consumer accounts and justifications for not supporting the Fair Trade movement. Since then he has been more broadly interested on the intersection of consumption with ethics and politics, working on projects such as consumer-oriented activism in post 2008 Athens and the role of care and relationality in everyday consumption. His work also explores identity-based and spatial politics in contemporary consumer culture, drawing on disciplines such as human geography and psychoanalysis. He is co-editor of Marketing Theory, senior editor of CITY, and member of the editorial board of Journal of Macromarketing and the newly formed Journal of Consumer Ethics. He has co-edited a book entitled Ethics and Morality in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Prof Deirdre Shaw and Dr Michal Carrington) and just finished co-authoring a book entitled Contemporary Issues in Marketing (with Prof Liz Parsons and Prof Pauline Maclaran). He is currently co-organising an ESRC sponsored seminar series on Consumer Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Sian Kevill

Sian Kevill has had a prestigious career as a topflight journalist and Editor first at the BBC where she was headed BBC2’s late night current affairs show, Newsnight - the first woman to do so - and then CEO of the BBC’s renowned international news channel, BBC World News. During her BBC career, Sian has overseen programmes and documentaries that have won awards from BAFTA, RTS, Monte Carlo, ATA as well as a personal award from Women in Television and Film for her services to UK current affairs. During her tenure as CEO of BBC World News, she led a team that delivered a profit for the BBC’s commercial news offering for the first time. She went on to work with partner Sarah Macdonald, co-founding MAKE Waves, an independent specialising in investigative films and international content which has worked with BBC, C4, C5, HBO, A&E, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera. Sian is an Executive Producer on MAKE Waves’ most recent Feature Documentary, The Great Green Wall and continues to work on the film’s outreach programme as well as on the business strategy for the company’s latest TV and film projects.

Elena Lamprou

As the lead of Impact Hub Athens’s “Impact Making Unit” Elena Lamprou is responsible for the overall design and delivery of a wide array of awareness, capacity building, incubation and acceleration programmes run by Impact Hub in Athens. Over the past 5 years she has been designing, organizing and implementing educational programmes in schools and universities along with social entrepreneurs and positive-impact-driven individuals and organizations, helping them master techniques and gain experience in building impact-driven communities. In this practice she often works with insights from the grassroots and working with programs themselves from the moment they are conceived till the moment of evaluation.

Sophie Lamprou

Sophie is the co-founder of Impact Hub Athens, part of the world’s first global network for the promotion, support, interconnection and empowerment of social entrepreneurs and innovators. A community of people who take sustainable and responsible initiatives to contribute to addressing social challenges.
Since 2010 and for three full years was a member of the hosting team in Impact Hub Madrid, where she learned in-practice the processes of community building, design thinking and participatory leadership. At the same time, she was an active member of the Creative Society advisory team to support and empower businesses through creative problem-solving processes. There, Sophie was also responsible for the project “Are you ready for us?”, A global survey of conditions that accelerate the entrepreneurship of young people. She often collaborates with the IE Business School in Madrid, where she delivers courses on social entrepreneurship at the MBA & IMBA. She is a graduate of the Department of Administrative Science & Technology, and a member of AIESEC. Helping found El Sistema Greece is one of her most recent accomplishments.

Sarah MacDonald

Sarah Macdonald is a New Zealand born BAFTA-winning Director and Filmmaker. She spent 10 years working for both the BBC and Channel 4 creating major investigative documentaries that had significant social impact. She made four films on child abuse, particularly focusing on the Catholic Church and clerical child abuse that prompted the first ever sacking of a Bishop by the Vatican. The films lead to a Government inquiry, two major books and three men being jailed. Sarah went undercover into Burma and again in China for a film about North Korean dissidents fleeing the secretive state. She made an explosive expose on the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme, and directed a film on Al Qaeda for the BBC, securing the first interviews with the Bali bombers. She went undercover twice onto the island of Nauru where the Australian Government had detained refugees in camps, and again in Mexico to expose sham cancer clinics…The Cancer Sell. Sarah brings journalistic and creative strength to MAKE Waves, the company she co-founded with Sian Kevill in 2012.

Poppy Mason-Watts

As a company director on the management board for WaterBear, Poppy co-run the business day to day while overseeing community growth across the business — which includes but is not limited to the overarching WaterBear brand, marketing and PR strategy, spanning digital, influencer, paid, social, customer marketing, corp comms, direct to consumer, events, brand ambassadors and more.

Dimitra Papageorgaki

With an academic background in International & European Economic Studies and a 20-years work experience in major commercial enterprises, Dimitra decided to make a shift in her career and give her energy and expertise to something more meaningful and purpose-driven. And this is when she met Dimitris & Sarah and was immersed in the philanthropy world.

Dimitra, in collaboration with Helidoni’s key grantees & partners, is actively involved in the design and execution of the funded projects. The interaction and communication with the members of the Greek Civil Society is on the top of her priorities.

Sam Sutaria

Sam is the Head of Strategy and one of the founding team of WaterBear: the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Sam leads the commercial strategy and business development of the network and production studio, and in just the last year has spearheaded partnerships with the New York Times, UN Foundation, Natura &Co, Nikon Europe, MAVA Foundation, Jack Wolfskin and more. Sam is also the host of WaterBear’s talk show: “The Bear Hug” and oversees the nonprofit arm of the group: the Resilient Foundation. Prior to WaterBear, Sam led the The European Nature Trust (TENT), produced at Nice and Serious and trained with the BBC Natural History Unit. He is also the Founder of social enterprise DrawFor, and a Trustee of the Barnes Film Festival and the Hartswood Trust.

2019 Experts

John Rhee

Mr. Rhee is leader in global sustainability.
He is  founding partner of Stratis Impact which makes large scale Sustainable Investments. His philanthropic roles include CFO for Nobel Sustainability Trust and Investment Committee Member for Barbra Bush Foundation.   
Previously John was Executive Director for Softbank Alternative Investment and Venture Fund.
Prior to these, John was an attorney with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York and clerked for the White House Legal Counsel’s Office under President Clinton. 
John is a graduate of the Yale Law School JD program and of the Cornell Undergraduate program at the School of Arts and Sciences.

Maria Salomidi

Dr. Maria Salomidi is a Marine Ecology Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece. She studied Environmental Sciences at the University of the Aegean, putting an early focus on marine ecology. In 2002 she was awarded a PhD scholarship from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and the University of the Aegean to study hard-bottom phytobenthic communities as indicators of environmental quality. She was the first to develop a fast, ecologically sound and non-destructive (photographic) sampling approach for the Rapid Assessment of the Coastal Ecological Status (RACES methodology), especially designed to meet the demands put forward by the European Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC).
During her 20 years working experience in HCMR, she has participated in numerous national and international research projects at various stages of implementation (coordination, field trip organization, onboard and underwater sampling surveys, data processing and reporting) in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Red Sea. She has authored or co-authored over 30 scientific articles, 6 book chapters, and, together with Yiannis Issaris, marine scientist and distinguished photographer, “Benthos & Pelagos” (2012), a colourful science-based introduction to the Life of the Greek Seas. She has a long-time experience in communicating marine ecology across all education levels and the public, through lectures, presentations, social media & press articles, and documentaries.
Maria is a founding member and an officer of the HCMR Scientific Diving Team, a founding member and member of the board of the “Theraic Sea” Initiative for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in Santorini Island, and a founding member of the “Tethys” Hellenic Association of Recreational Scubadiving. Since early 2019, she is Secretary to the board of directors of the Management Body of the Cyclades Protected Areas. Her main research interests lie in the fields of marine ecology and biodiversity, ecosystem health and quality, habitat mapping and assessment, scientific diving, underwater visual survey techniques, ecosystem-based conservation and adaptation, marine protected areas, ecosystem services, and coastal sustainability. She is a strong advocate of bottom-up, participatory processes for managing coastal fisheries.

Pedro Moura Costa

Dr Pedro Moura Costa is the director and founder of BVRio - Rio de Janeiro’s Environmental Exchange (www.bvrio.org), an organization aimed at promoting market mechanisms to facilitate compliance with environmental laws. Among other sectors, BVRio has developed a tradeable credit system to incentivize the collection and recycling of waste in Brazil.
This system then led to the creation of the 3R Initiative (www.3r-initiative.org), an international alliance to promote the recycling of waste plastics, with the involvement of large consumer goods companies such as Danone, Nestle, Tetrapak, Veolia and NGOs Verra and Conservation International.
Formerly, Pedro was the founder and President of EcoSecurities Group Plc, the world leader in carbon trading and clean energy investment, listed in the London Stock Exchange and reaching a market cap of over USD 1 billion.
Dr Moura Costa is an Honorary Research Associate of the Smith School at Oxford University and has published over 100 articles and books on greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon trading including as a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that were recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Talia Woodin

I am studying Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. However am deferring a year in order to pursue my photography career and continue with my role as national media & messaging coordinator, within Extinction Rebellion, full time. Not only are environmentalism, visual arts and communication all great passions of mine but I now have the honour of practising them all on a daily basis.

G Erlendsson

G is the Founder & CEO of ENSO, a UK based company that is developing sustainable tyres for electric vehicles. G has more than a decade of hands on experience with start-ups, venture capital and private equity having structured and negotiated major successful transactions across Europe. 
Everyone calls him G as his first name is entirely unpronounceable. 

Evgenia Tsianou

Evgenia is an enthusiastic self-employed env. engineer who always seeks for meaningful collaborations in sustainability & circular economy context. A project planner who deploys a holistic approach based on climate science background. An implementer who often works as a troubleshooter.
She has pursued internships and worked in Tunisia, Greece, Germany and Switzerland. She is especially interested in topics related to community supported agriculture, society’s vulnerability to climate change, natural disasters and the manner in which society can confront or adapt to these occurrences.
She enjoys coordinating projects, facilitating research and closing the communication gap between researchers and the community. At alchemia-nova, she works on the AGROMINE and HYDROUSA projects.

Elena Symeonidou

Computing engineer, cinematographer, media producer, she discovered permaculture 10 years ago and has not turned back since. She has been working as a permaculture designer and farmer for the last ten years. Currently she is the environmental manager at the Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros.

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara is a marine conservation ecologist with a PhD in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (1985).
He founded in 1986 the Tethys Research Institute in Milano, where he spearheaded the creation of the world’s first high-seas marine protected area, the Pelagos Sanctuary, established in 1999 by a treaty amongst Italy, France and Monaco.
He has served from 1999-2004 as the Italian Commissioner at the International Whaling Commission, and from 2002-2010 as Chair of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS.
He has taught science and policy of the conservation of marine biodiversity at the University Statale of Milan from 2007 to 2016. Currently he is the CoP-appointed Scientific Councillor for Aquatic Mammals at the UN Convention on Migratory Species (since 2014); Co-Chair of the IUCN Task Force on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (since 2013); and Deputy Chair, IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group (since 1997). For more details: www.disciara.org.

Tracey Carpenter

Tracey Carpenter is a leader and strategist of campaigns and initiatives delivering climate action and environmental restoration in Australia, the Pacific and globally.
The pristine waters and shores of the Pacific are threatened by oil and armaments lying in over 3000 rusting WWII shipwrecks. Major Projects Foundation is bringing together scientists, engineers, marine archaeologists, Pacific island communities and interested parties to research and act on the threat of oil release from World War II shipwrecks in the Pacific.
MPF are currently preparing the MV Ocean Recovery ( former NZ naval vessel) to conduct its first research and trial dives along the east coast of Australia. The project has the support of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle and is seeking partners committed to protecting the ocean environment and to the people’s of the many Pacific nations who are reliant on the health of these waters.
Tracey has many years experience in environmental leadership through projects ranging from the Icewalk Expedition to the North Pole, Timor Leste carbon offset tree planting to the establishment of Wind and Solar Farms developments in rural NSW. Tracey is working with MPF to seek partners and supporters of the Ocean Recovery Project

Penny Apostolaki

Dr Penny Apostolaki is an independent sustainability advisor with experience in environmental policy, ocean sustainability, and green finance.
She has headed research and policy teams, served as strategy lead focusing on business sustainability and natural capital for the UK Government and worked as consultant for international organisations. Her interests cover responsible investing, the sustainable development goals, and risk-based management of resources.
In her current assignment, she is leading development of technical criteria for identification of green investments.

Hara Xirou

Hara is an expert researcher and policy developer, with over 14 years experience in delivering EU, national and regional projects on resource efficiency and sustainability. She has regularly engaged with EU key decision makers in the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, industry associations, consultancies and NGOs in the past nine years in Brussels.
She recently led the work, as a country analyst, for two countries (Greece, Cyprus) under the ‘Early Warning System’ project for Member States at risk of missing the 2020 target of 50% preparation for re-use / recycling for municipal waste. Hara is now residing in Athens leading the ‘Clean Blue Paros’ project founded and developed by Common Seas.
Hara’s experience is key to integrating policy changes recommended by Plastic Drawdown and the Clean Blue Alliance island demonstration initiatives. Hara previously worked with Tetra Pak International and the Association of Cities and Regions Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+). She holds an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from Imperial College and is a LEAD Fellow of the LEAD International Network.

Fanglu Wang

Fanglu Wang is CITIC Capital’s Senior Managing Director and Managing Partner of CITIC Capital Silk Road Fund. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of CITIC Kazyna Investment Fund I. He has over 25 years of experience in capital markets, corporate finance, financial engineering and risk management. He has led several major capital raising transactions for the China Ministry of Finance and other major corporations.
Mr. Wang was the former Head of Product Marketing and Sales for China at HSBC, a Director in Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch Asia, a Vice President at Citibank Hong Kong and an Executive Director at Sakura Global Capital.
Mr. Wang received an M.A. in Statistics from the University of Chicago, a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai.