“We are a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and community energy enthusiasts”
Miriam Rodriguez Ruiz | president
Miriam Rodriguez-Ruiz is an Industrial Engineer with studies at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Miriam lives in Greece since 1997 and is a member of the Greek Technical Chamber since 1999. She works in the Energy Sector since 1997 and having worked for CRES (Centre of Renewables Energy Sources), for NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) and for other companies in the private sector.
In 1999 she joined Gamesa Group as Business Director and in 2000 constituted the company Gamesa Energy in Greece.
In 2007 Miriam became Wind Business Development Director in Rokas Renewables, an Iberdrola company.
She is a member of the Hellenic Wind Association since 2000 and an active Board member since 2007.
Since 2010 she has been involved in the foundation of the Spanish-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and since 2011 she is an active member of its Board.
Miriam is Spanish and mother of three children.
Lefteris Karoutsos BSc | IT manager
Lefteris holds a BSc on Information Technology from the University of Hertfordshire. He has been working in the private sector for 12 years in different areas from construction sites to web design.
In 2014 he decided to move to the remote island of Ikaria to be involved with his three passions- bees, wine and web design.
His restless spirit lead him to imagine a better future and join ELECTRA ENERGY Having seen the perfect society of the bees he puts his strength towards the development of the cooperative sector in Greece.
Ignatio Navaro BSc, MSc | CEO
Ignacio holds a Master on Renewable Energy and Bio-energy and an BSc on Forestry Engineering in the Polytechnic School of Huelva (Spain) . He came in Greece in 2012 as an inter student for the AUA (Agricultural University of Athens) and started his own freelance business activity importing industrial biomass equipment in Greece, Ireland and Morocco. During 2012 and 2013 he obtained a solid technical background on combustion and gasification technologies by integrating them in several Greek industries and also developed a background on the optimization of supply chains and costs assessments related to commodities and bio-industries
Since 2014, he specialized on EU funds and RE policy and started to collaborate with multiple Universities, public administrations and relevant stakeholders in Greece and Spain (Municipality of Vitoria Gasteiz), participating as a consultant in several projects related to the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable transport and energy planning in Mediterranean islands
He is co-founder of Electra and actual CEO. His vision is oriented to develop an effective energy transition model capable of boosting the Greek green economy towards the leadership of communities and social entrepreneurs
Victoria Ziridou holds a BSc in Planning and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly in Volos and a MSc in International and European Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business. She is a member of Greek Technical Chamber since 2004 and works in Energy Sector since 2005.
She has been a member of several research programs and studies in the Laboratory for Evaluation of Development Policies and Programs in the Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly.
In 2005 she has started working in Terna Energy and in 2007 she joined the Wind Business Development Department in Rokas Renewables, an Iberdrola Company.
As she has always been energy and environmentally conscious and believes in a more sustainable future in Greece, she is really excited to join a cooperative such as Electra Energy.
Anna Lamaj BSc, MSc | Training and Education
Anna Lamaj holds a BSc on Economics and Regional Development and an MSc on Energy and Environmental Management.
Since 2003, she has been working in Panteion University in research on sustainable urban development in the SDMed International Association and in the organization of relevant seminars and conferences.
Since 2013, she also works for the scientific and organizational support of the Laboratory of Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development of the Department of Economics and Regional Development at Panteion University. The laboratory is also the ESPON Contact Point in Greece and is directed by Dr Stella Kyvelou, Assistant Professor at the same University Department.
Today, as Project Coordinator of ARCHELON’s largest field project, her main duties include Project Management, Conservation, Environmental Policy, Public Awareness and Training, Logistics and Coordination of a team of field leaders and a 150 volunteers/interns.
Anna followed an internship in the Economic Chamber of Greece and an Erasmus programme in Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti in Business Administration.
ELECTRA ENERGY Cooperative is her new passion.
Dimitris Kitsikopoulos BSc, MSc | vice president
Dimitris holds a Bachelor on Electrical Engineering and an MSc on Information Technology for Manufacturing (ITM). He has been working in the private sector with construction and commercial companies for 9 years before he decided to quit in 2009 to travel around the globe for a year.
Since 2010 he is active in community projects, social innovation initiatives and working with several organizations and NGOs on the development of the cooperative sector in Greece.
His passion to contribute on the development of community energy in Greece led him to co-found ELECTRA ENERGY cooperative.
Dimitris is also an enthusiastic organic farmer!
Manos Kosmas holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales, Cardiff and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Systems Technology from Loughborough University(CREST).
He is in the energy sector since 2006 having worked for major energy companies in Greece such as ITA SA, Protergia (a Mytilineos company) and till recently he was a Wind Projects Development Coordinator in Rokas Renewables, an Iberdrola company.
He has more than 8 years experience in search and rescue (SAR) and he is a BLS/AED instructor for ERC.
Manos is a father and a runner.
Christos Iordanidis BSc | Technical support
“Holds a BSc on Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens and two years of practice at NSCR “Demokritos” as an associated researcher. He was part of the university ‘s environmental team, with actions inside and outside of university, such as planting and reforestation. He holds a solid background and adequate knowledge in the field of Renewable Energy Sources.
He has attend twice to a monthly summer school at research center ‘‘NSCR Demokritos’’, with subjects as Energy & Environment & Safety, Life Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Moreover, he took part at public consultation, where 100 citizens from each European Country voted about the climate change at “WWViews for Climate and Energy” and their results were taken into consideration at Paris Climate Change Conference –November 2015 (COP 21).
He also carries an extensive experience in solidarity economy movements as a practitioner and activist.
His passion for sustainability and cooperative way of thinking lead him to the foundation of the first energy cooperative in Greece, Electra Energy Coop.
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