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Vasilis Theoharakis is an Associate Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship at ALBA, Greece and the Academic Director of its M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the management team of the PJ Tech Catalyst fund, a venture capital fund that invests in seed stage start-up companies. He is an advisor at Aquanetix LTD, a UK company that develops cloud based SaaS applications for the aquaculture industry, and co-founder of NanoPhos S.A, a successful nanotechnology company. He holds a B.Eng. (honours) from the State University of New York at StonyBrook, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. (with distinction) from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Warwick. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Aston University and Golden Gate University.
Vasilis has spent several years in Silicon Valley at senior level marketing positions with high-tech startups and companies such as 3Com. He started his career as a research engineer with an expertise in optoelectronics at IBM’s prestigious T.J. Watson Research Center where he won the Research Division’s Award. Vasilis’ academic research focuses on strategic marketing, new product development and entrepreneurship. He was chairman and is currently board member of the European Business Plan of the Year Competition (EBPYC) Foundation. His student teams have won the EBPYC three times and he holds the best overall record in Europe as a coach at the competition.
His has published in leading academic journals such as International Journal of Research in Marketing, Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Marketing Letters, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Review of Marketing Science, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Communications of the ACM, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Operations Management, The American Statistician, Journal of the European Economics Association and IEEE Network. He is among the most downloaded authors worldwide on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).
Vasilis has extensive experience consulting national and international firms and is actively involved in executive education.