He holds a PhD in Clusters in Traditional Sectors of the Economy from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is a Dipl. Mining Engineer of Athens Technical University. He has long experience with Cross-border and interregional cooperation projects (FP7, H2020, Interreg, Med, Black Sea, etc), among which he has been the Project Manager of the Regional Innovation Strategy Projects (RIS and RIS+) and the “Knowledge clusters” Innovative Actions Program of Western Macedonia, coordinator of the Regional Innovation Pole and the Regional Innovation Office of Western Macedonia, national Coordinator of the Strategic Med project “PROFORBIOMED”, external expert on innovation issues of FOROPA South East Europe project, etc. He coordinated several foresight exercises and has cooperated with a large number of SMEs (feasibility studies, project proposals and implementation, etc). He is currently the national member of the European Bioeconomy Panel of the European Commission (DG RTD).