SEE Masters of Ceremony
Yorgo Intziadis is one of the most recognizable faces of the Greek short-term rental industry with a deep knowledge of the operation of platforms and their technical procedures.
Being a property manager himself, he has advised and helped many hosts to find solutions to their problems and questions. An active administrator on Airbnb-Greece, Greek Hosts is always willing to give his valuable advice whenever needed.
Dimitris Makalias was born in Athens in 1981. He graduated from the Drama School of the State Theatre of Northern Greece and the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He is involved in acting, presentation, dubbing, and comic improvisation.
In the theatre, he has worked with the National Theatre, the State Theatre of Northern Greece, the Epidaurus Festival, with several theatres around Greece, and many private theatres.
On the cinema side, he has participated in several feature and short films and on television in many fiction series and live broadcasts.
Dimitris is the master of the ceremony of the new project (ONE MORE THING) that will be presented at the ShortStay Conference on February 19.
President SODIA Association & Airbnb Community Leader of Central Greece
Theodora Dimas is the president of the Sharing Economy Association (SODIA) since 2017. She is an Airbnb Community Leader in central Greece, where she tries to coordinate and organize all the property managers in the region.
She has completed her studies in Translation in Economics and Management at ATEI Epirus. She then graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the Department of Italian Philology, where he completed his Master's degree in Applied Linguistics at the same time.
In recent years, she has been active in short-term rentals with her own properties in the Volos and Chalkida areas.
She has created a seminar on short-term rentals which she teaches online at Ist College. Through the SODIA association, she tries to promote and consolidate the idea of the sharing economy through publications, articles, participation in conferences, and interviews on TV networks.
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President of the Department of Tourism Management of the University of West Attica
Dr. Aristides Papagrigoriou is the President of the Department of Tourism Management of the University of West Attica with the subject "Entrepreneurship and Innovation with emphasis on the Eco-Innovation Activity of Hotel Enterprises". Professor-consultant in the Postgraduate (Tourism Business Administration) and Undergraduate (Tourism Management) Program of the Hellenic Open University (Hellenic Open University).
Director of the Postgraduate Programmes "Hotel Management" and "Advanced Management Systems" of the University of West Attica.
In 2007 he obtained a Master's Degree (MSc) in Project Management from the City University of Seattle. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Home Economics and Ecology, Harokopio University on "The Contribution of Innovation to Entrepreneurship through the Adoption of Sustainable Development Methods: The Case of Green Key Certified Hotel Enterprises" (2015).
His scientific and research work includes publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as publications in international and national peer-reviewed conferences. His research interests fall within the broader field of tourism management as well as entrepreneurship and innovation.
SEE Keynote Speakers
Enterprise Account Executive @Transparent Intelligence
Tom is responsible for the European enterprise market at Transparent, a short-term rental data, and analytics company that helps vacation rental managers, tourism organizations, investors and more understand the market and make data-driven decisions, with industry-leading insights.
He has been part of the industry for over 5 years now and is passionate about helping people succeed in this highly competitive market by empowering its players with powerful and actionable insights into their markets.
Key Data - Vice President of Business Development, EMEA
Sally Henry has been in the short-term rental industry for over 20 years. Previously as Sales Director for Awaze UK, Sally has recently joined Key Data as Vice President of Business Development, EMEA to expand their international business.
Snr Director, Partner Success Vacation Rentals, EMEA, Expedia Group
Co-founder & CEO, Hosthub
Alexander Caravitis is the co-founder and CEO of the largest Greek Channel Manager and PMS for the vacation-rental industry with customers in 87 countries.
Since 1995 he has worked as a web designer, web developer, project manager and team leader, SEO/SEM specialist, and social media manager before moving on to C-level positions in large Tech corporations in Greece. He recently left a Managing Partner position in one of the most successful Fintech startups in Greece to start Hosthub (formerly Syncbnb) with his buddy Petros Ziogas.
Last but not least, he is a vacation rental owner himself.
Wolf Worster is a senior consultant with 18+ years of experience in the global luxury vacation rental industry, his credentials include:
- Board member of the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA)
- Founder of Wölf Worster Villas - a boutique luxury villa rental agency with a focus on the UHNW Global Market, which it redeveloped and sold as Volta Villas.
He has a wealth of experience in luxury private accommodation and an international portfolio supporting clients around the world including politicians, leaders, businesses, and celebrities for
increasing their weekly revenue by over 150% to:
• Los Angeles • Vancouver • Hawaii • St. Barts •London • Palm Springs • Miami • Punta Mita • Malibu • Mallorca • Umbria
Territory Manager for Italy and South East Europe - Airbnb
I'm Antonio Laveneziana, 37 years old.
I graduated in Engineering back in 2010 and after an experience in the fashion industry, I joined Airbnb in 2012 as the business analyst for Italy.
Then I moved to operations and in 2016 I became the Territory Manager for Italy and South East Europe.
Market Manager for Greece, Cyprus, and Malta - Airbnb
I am Elena Vourli, I graduated in Business with a finance pathway. Worked in the Tourism industry for the past 20 years, for big Tour operators/OTAs that provided hotels and apartments.
I joined Airbnb on the 21st of February 2022 and I am currently the Market Manager for Greece, Cyprus, and Malta
President of Pomida
Stratos I. Paradias is an Attorney at the Supreme Court of Athens, President of the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), and the Panhellenic Federation of Property Owners (POMIDA).
Graduate of the School of Law and the School of Political Science and Public Law of the University of Athens.
Specialty: Property Law, Commercial Leases, Real Estate Taxation, International Protection of the right of residence.
Founder (1983) and President (constantly repeated since 1996) of the Panhellenic Federation of Property Owners (POMIDA).
President (2005) of the International Union of Property Owners - UIPI (founded in Paris in 1923), re-elected for a new four-year term in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Member of the Commercial Leases Committee of the Ministry of Justice (1984-1991) and the Codification Committee of the Commercial Leases legislation (p.d. 34/1995).
Promoter of legislation to free commercial and residential leases from rent restrictions (1989-1994).
Member of the Committees on the Reform of the Real Property Taxation Legislation (1997, 2002) and the Secondary Committee for the Determination of Objective Values of the Ministry of Finance.
Member of the National Anti-Tax Evasion Council of the Ministry of Economy (2007) and the Objective Values Committee of the Ministry of Finance (2016).
Avantio - Sales Area Director, South Mediterranean Counties
Oreste Fischetti, Italian but with a Greek name, is Avantio’s Area Sales Director for the South Mediterranean countries and has been working in the vacation rental sector for more than 9 years.
During this time he helped many Property Managers to improve their organizations with one of the best All-in-one technology in the sector.
His motto: “Technology is the key to grow in this sector”
Team Lead Business Development (Iberia & Greece), Holidu
Javier Cedeño-Barreiro holds a BA in Business Administration and Management from Tecnologico de Monterrey and an MA in International/Global Studies from Freiburg, Cape Town, and Chulalongkorn Universities.
He is the Team Lead Business Development in Iberia and Greece, at Holidu - a fast-growing online travel agency.
Carlos Perez-Lanzac has +20 years of international experience in the hospitality industry, in hotels and apartments. He is the founder of Vitur Summit, the largest conference at European level for STR & Serviced Apartments, the founding president of AVVAPro (the Andalusian STR Association) with +95 thousand STR in the region; and the founder of the Boutique Short-Term Rental Apartments management company, Caleta Homes.
Carlos is also a member of the Board of Directors of FEVITUR (Spanish Federation of STR and Serviced Apartment Associations), a member of the Steering Committee of the European Holiday Homes Association (EHHA), a member of the Tourism Council of the Andalusian Chambers of Commerce (CEA), the Business Association of Southern Spain (CESUR) and the Costa del Sol Tourism Forum.
He has a degree in Tourism Business Administration from University College Birmingham, a Diploma in Tourism from the University of Seville - EUSA, and has obtained his International MBA from IE Business School.
He describes himself as passionate about the hospitality industry and his country.
General Manager, Sigma Security
Panagiotis Kampisioulis is the General Manager at Sigma Security, one of the largest security companies operating in Greece.
Panagiotis holds a Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of Piraeus.
His professional career began in 2002 at Siemens gradually taking on important positions of responsibility, then he took over as Sales Manager at the company B. KAUKAS S.A., while at WATT+VOLT he held the position of Head of Operations. Finally, he took on the position of Enterprise IoT Solutions Manager at SingularLogic.
Lawyer specialising in commercial and criminal law
Manos Technitis is a lawyer specializing in commercial and criminal law, Lt. Dr. D. of the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Lecturer at Metropolitan College.
He lives and works in Rhodes. Active citizen of the world through Digital Nomads Observatory, proud family man, and happy father, with a wonderful kid.
Customer experience specialist at WelcomeHost
Aggeliki Lomi is a customer experience specialist at WelcomeHost. She specializes in collecting, monitoring, and analyzing customer feedback and experience about the company's services, and suggestions for their improvement.
She holds Bachelor's degree in Greek language and literature and an Executive diploma in Marketing & Sales Management.
Airbnb Community Leader
I am Theofanis Timiadis. I am a young and ambitious person who, despite my studies in embryology and healthcare administration, chose to follow the path of hospitality with the help of Airbnb.
It all started when I secretly rented out my parents' house and welcomed my first guests. Since that day I have always strived to ensure excellent 5-star accommodation for my hundreds of guests!
Now my goal is to help streamline and inform many hosts and owners in the short-term rental industry so that we can all offer excellent service to our guests!
General Manager - CEO CreteVillas4u
Manos Dafermos' studies at the Rhodes School of Tourism prepared him for his career in the luxury travel industry. Today he is the owner and CEO of a hotel and the websites CreteVillas4U and Villas4U with 400 and 1000 villas respectively.
As Crete & Aegean islands Airbnb community leader and thanks to his more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he is well aware that hospitality is more than just managing a property: it is the ability to treat your accommodation guests as guests and not as strangers.
Konstantinos Kiamos is an entrepreneur with a strong engineering background and long experience in Real Estate.
Konstantinos is the founder and CEO of UPSTREET, a leading vacation rental operator in Athens Greece.
He has 20 years of experience in the construction, management, and design of civil and building projects as well as in business development.
He is also a member of the Short-Term Accommodation Managers Association (STAMA) of Greece and the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA).
Sales Manager - Tasteat
Anastasia has 24 years of experience in retail & B2B sales in a large multinational company in the technology and telecommunications sector, having held the positions of Sales Consultant, Store Manager, Account Manager, and Senior Account Manager, before moving to positions of responsibility as Sales Supervisor & SalesSection Manager.
In addition, he was also involved as a Customer Experience Ambassador for the same group, designing products and services to ensure an exceptional customer experience.
She has participated in a European project to create a Sales Force Automation platform as a subject-matter expert (SME) and as FSIGN in 4 European technology & rescue research projects under HORIZON 2020.
Spyropoulos Law Firm Senior Partner
Dr. Fotis Spyropoulos is a lawyer - economist, specializing in commercial and criminal law, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of West Attica (PADA), lecturer at PADA and EAP.
He maintains his own firm under the name Spyropoulos Law Firm Senior Partner.
Co-founder & CEO, Tourmie
Stelios Christakis is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tourmie, the first Guest Experience App in Greece, which have received important awards and distinctions, such as the 2nd place in the 3rd cycle of CapsuleT’s Accelerator and the #GetEnvolved Award of Envolve Award Greece 2021.
He has a degree in Finance & Insurance from the Department of Financial Accounting of the TEI of Crete and he holds a master’s degree in financial banking from the Business School of the University of Portsmouth (UK). In addition, he has presented and co-authored several academic papers at national and international conferences.
Furthermore, Stelios is the Co-Founder of the property management company “The Central Boutique apartments” based in Heraklion, Crete, member of the Short-Term Accommodation Managers Association “STAMA Greece” and the Non-profit Organisation “Bizrupt”, while he is an active mentor in various startups. In the past, he has worked for “Vodafone Hellas” and “Xerox Hellas” as a Sales Manager.
CEO Aegean Vacation Rentals & Founder Stay In Kalymnos
Manolis Kazavoulis was born and raised in Kalymnos. He studied Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and holds an MBA, specializing in Human Resources Management, and a degree in Tourism Management from the National Academy of Tourism.
He has many years of work experience in 4 & 5 star hotels. He was the Reservations Manager of Thomas Cook UK & Central Europe for Kos, Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, and Paros Naxos.
He is a certified Customer Service Trainer, musician, and founder of the short-term rental company Aegean Vacation Rentals and the Stay In Kalymnos portal.
He is currently working with Jet2 Holidays, the No.1 tour operator in Greece and the second largest in the UK as the booking manager for Kos and Kalymnos.
He is also a member of the Short-Term Accommodation Managers Association (STAMA Greece).
CEO Villa Rentals
Jason Anastasinis, a graduate of Cass Business School in London, is the Founder and CEO of TravelStaytion, a company that has been a vacation rental company that is revolutionizing the market in the short-term rental market, offering high-quality accommodation stays to travelers.
With more than 85,000 professionally managed properties in more than 700 destinations, TravelStaytion aims to become the largest provider of professional vacation rentals with a unified system of standards and technology systems.
Accounting & Payroll Supervisor KRS
Spiros Raikos is a member of the Board of Directors, and head of the accounting and payroll teams at KRS Financial Control S.A. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Piraeus and a Class A accountant's license.
He has extensive experience in tax and labor issues as well as in setting up branches of foreign companies and Startups in Greece.
Solutions Consultant - Price Labs
Marie Fages has been working in the Hospitality and Vacation Industry for several years, with experience in various markets such as UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain and has had the chance to work with a diversity of products (independent properties, hotel chains, economy, budget, midscale and upscale and boutique hotels and hostels as well as apartments, apart-hotels, resorts) giving her a wide vision of the industry and the ability to recommend what works best for each product.
Now based out of Barcelona, Marie is currently a Solutions Consultant at PriceLabs, a dynamic pricing solution helping thousands of property managers or property owners achieve the best results possible and optimizing their revenue.
Airbnb Community Leader Central Macedonia
Dimitris Karagounis started dealing with short-term rentals in 2016 in Thessaloniki.
Now as Airbnb Community Leader of the Hosts of Central Macedonia and Co-Host in more than 80 properties, he aims at the rapid and smooth development of the official Community in Northern Greece.
His aim is to rally the Airbnb Community and to soon become a useful communication & assistance tool for every Airbnb Host.
CEO Rentals United
James has over 20 years of experience within the travel industry specifically within the vacation rental sector. A serial entrepreneur, James first entered the VR market as a co-founder of a leading global listing website.
A keen interest in technology led him into travel tech where he co-founded Rentals United, a leading channel manager for the vacation rental sector.
James is a big advocate of using technology to make the complex more simple. Now residing in Barcelona, a European hub for many leading tech and vacation rental companies.
Group Product Manager - Info Quest Technologies
George Vikelis is a graduate of the Department of Applied Mathematics & Physical Sciences of NTUA and holds an MBA.
Since 2015 he has been working at Info Quest Technologies, having managed major product categories and actively participated in the launch of new projects in the Greek market
He was born in Atalanti Lokris. He lives and works as a photographer in Heraklion, Crete, and is married with one child.
He is the official ambassador photographer of the company Ricoh Imaging (Pentax), in Greece and Cyprus.
He studied light at the Athens Art studio & photography courses at Orama, while he attended specialization courses with renowned photographers in their genre, such as Marios Theologis, Stylianos Papardelas, Andrew Billington, Loukas Vassilikos, Maros Kouri, etc. as well as interior design courses.
He works with well-known property management companies as an architectural photographer, such as The central boutique apartments, Luxury villas on Crete, etc.
He has had four solo exhibitions and participated in seven group exhibitions.
His photos have been awarded in Greece and abroad.
After many years of volunteer photography in Greece and abroad, he founded the pan-Hellenic volunteer group Photoaid with the aim of covering actions (individual-collective) focused on helping fellow human beings (2016-2019).
Lecturer in photography workshops.
Speaker at events related to photography in Greece and abroad.
He is also active in photojournalism and cinema photography, specializing in Architecture & social photography.
Participates in volunteer actions related to photography.
CEO and co-founder - Your. Rentals
I'm co-founder and CEO at Your.Rentals - a short term rental management platform. At Your.Rentals we put the power of big tech into the hands of private and small business short-term rental hosts.
Our platform and services combine everything hosts need to manage their marketing, bookings, operations, and payments in one place. No stress, less manual work, no hassle. Our goal is to let our hosts and property managers focus on growing their businesses.
I have an MBA from Melbourne Business School. While I'm comfortable with business strategy, planning, budgeting, product, and marketing, my passion lies in building and developing amazing teams.
I was born and grew up in Australia, and since have adopted Sweden as my home and Ukraine into my family.
Specialities: Entrepreneurship, coach, mentor, product leadership, commercialisation.
General Manager of Phaedrus Living
Mr. Yiannis Kotzias is the General Manager of Phaedrus Living, a short-term rental management company based in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and the UK.
Mr. Kotzias has a vast hospitality background both within management and operational services but also consulting services in the sector of 4 & 5-star luxury hotels.
Born and raised in Athens and now currently living in both Cyprus and Greece, Mr. Kotzias is now aiming to redefine the short-term rental sector via Phaedrus Living while increasing the value and returns of residential assets. This is achieved by improving living spaces through modern and energy-efficient design while accelerating hospitality standards through personalized guest services and digital innovation.
Airbnb Community Leader in Athens, Attica region & the Ionian Islands
Stratos Zafiriadis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sharing Economy Association (SODIA) since 2017. He has been actively involved in short-term rentals since 2013 starting with a 22 sqm studio between Derigny and Filis street.
Although he is a graduate of TEFAA with a specialization in "Sports, Tourism and Environment'' of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holder of two Masters in 'Specialist in Tourism, Tourism, and Environment'' of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and two Masters in 'Specialist in Tourism and Environment' of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Hospitality is his passion!
In 2015 he created the Airbnb Greece - Greek Hosts group with the aim to create an active and active community of hosts around short-term rentals.
Since 2022 he is an Airbnb Community Leader in Athens & the Attica region and the Ionian Islands, where his goal is to build a community with local hosts by making them more connected and successful.
He is also an Airbnb Ambassador (ask a superhost) providing guidance and tools to staff and helping new hosts get started in the short-term rental business.
He is active in short-term rentals with his own properties in the Athens area and Zante but also as a co-host managing other properties and always aiming for sustainable tourism and to show what Greek hospitality means!
For everything else just find him and ask him! With a smile, he will be happy to hear your story!
Jounralist - News 24/7
Vicky Vamiedaki is a journalist of tourism and travel reporting for more than 25 years.
With her studies in tourism, she has worked in large tourism companies in the tourism industry.
She also collaborated with large-scale organizations, doing research, reporting, and special features in newspapers, magazines, television, and radio.
Among them, are the newspaper Nauteboriki, Antenna Group, Alpha TV, Deimos Edotiki, and Prime Media.
Today Vicky covers tourism and travel reporting for NEWS 24/7 of 24 Media.