Board of Directors
Vasilis Gregoriou Ph.D. / Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman of the Board
Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou has been Chairman and CEO of Advent Technologies Holdings Inc. since inception. Dr. Gregoriou co-founded Advent in 2012. In addition, Dr. Gregoriou is an internationally known scientist with research and/or managerial positions in both the U.S. (Northeastern, MIT, Polaroid, Princeton) and Greece (NHRF, FORTH) over his 30 year career so far in the technology sector.
His research activity extends over a wide area of subjects in the renewable energy space that include the areas of flexible photovoltaics based on organic semiconductors, optically active materials based on conjugated oligomers and polymer nanocomposites. His published work as co-author includes three books and more than 100 scientific papers. He is also co-inventor of 15 patents. Dr. Gregoriou has more than 25 years of experience in the U.S. market. He has extensive experience in the technical development of new products and in the management of such activities. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Duke University and he has attended the MBA program at Northeastern University. He was also a NRSA award recipient at Princeton University. He also served as President of Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) in 2001. Dr. Gregoriou is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors following the Business Combination due to his extensive scientific, managerial and industry experience.
Emory De Castro Ph.D./ Chief Technology Officer & Executive Board Member
Emory De Castro has been Advent’s Chief Technology Officer since 2013. Dr. De Castro is responsible for the overall technical, manufacturing and product development for Advent Technologies. Prior to joining Advent, Dr. De Castro was a Vice President, Business Management and the site manager for BASF Fuel Cell Inc. in Somerset NJ. At BASF Dr. De Castro led marketing and sales, business development, quality and R&D direction all cumulating in nearly a four-fold increase in revenues. As the Executive Vice President at the E-TEK Division, De Nora North America he managed operations, created a global brand, and expanded the organization’s fuel cell component business in Asia and Europe. Dr. De Castro has over 20 patent applications spanning fuel cell materials and catalysts, electrochemical technology, sensors, and a beer bottle cap that extends shelf life. He is the recipient of the 2013 Department of Energy Award for Manufacturing R&D in lowering the cost of gas diffusion electrodes and the 2005 ECS New Technology Award given to E-TEK Division, for introducing and commercializing a new electrolysis technology. Emory De Castro received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati and a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University.
Nora Gourdoupi Ph.D. / SVP, Corporate Business Development, Advent Technologies SA
Nora Gourdoupi holds a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Patras specializing in the synthesis and characterization of polymers for fuel cell applications. She joined Advent Technologies in 2012 as a Senior Scientist and is co inventor in 18 patents. Being part of a fast-growing Small Medium Enterprise from its foundation, Nora has been involved in several key business processes including materials R&D as well as project managment. She currently holds the position of SVP, Corporate Business Development of the Greek branch overseeing daily operations while being also engaged in product development, government projects and technical sales. She enjoys using her science knowledge to understand the business and technical issues customers are facing and offer appropriate solutions.
Anggelos Skutaris / Non-Executive Board Member
Anggelos Skutaris has a BSc in Economics from Arizona State University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has more than 30 years of international experience in banking, finance, management, treasury, and investments. Currently, Mr. Skutaris is the Chief Investment Officer of Al Khor Holding, a Qatar-based single family office with world-wide investments in real estate, hospitality, energy and manufacturing. Most recently, in his capacity as a member of the Incorporation Committee and Chief Investment Officer for Power Bank, a newly established Qatar-based financial institution with a mission to provide Islamic financing to the global energy sector, he was instrumental in developing the bank’s financial and operating models and obtaining a conditional licence from the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory authority. In addition, as an independent consultant, he has worked on a number of cross-border M&A and venture capital transactions. Key positions he held in the past include: Chief Investment Officer (Janus Continental Group), Head of Treasury Operations & Transformation (Qatar Airways), Managing Partner (New Symbol Global Advisors), Chief Executive Officer (Piraeus Capital Management), Founder & CEO (OliveTree Management Associates), Group Treasurer (Titan Cement), Head of Equity Financing (Calyon Securities) and Director of Equity Financing (Credit Suisse). Mr. Skutaris is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors following the Business Combination due to his extensive business development and financial experience.
Lawrence Epstein / Non-Executive Board Member
Lawrence Epstein has over two decades of experience in commercial real estate transactions, driving over one billion dollars in transactional value since 2016. Since October 2021, he has been a Senior Managing Director for Savills. Savills is an international leader in promoting sustainability in building operations and design, offering expertise to its worldwide real estate clients in sustainable design, energy infrastructure, strategic advisory, impact assessment, and reporting, offsets and environmental land management and general operational sustainability support. The company was founded in the UK in 1855 and is one of the world’s leading brokerage firms. Savills’ experience and expertise spans the globe, with offices across Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. Mr. Epstein focuses exclusively on representing tenants in both the U.S. and international markets. Previously, from May 2016 to September 2021, he was a principal at Avison Young, a commercial real estate company. He is a graduate of Bates College, where he received a BA in History. Mr. Epstein is a member of the Commercial Brokers Association, the Direct Federal Credit Union Board and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. His volunteer efforts include Call2Talk, a mental health services hotline. Mr. Epstein is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors due to his business experience in the international commercial real estate industry.
Wayne Threatt / Non-Executive Board Member
Wayne Threatt has extensive experience in financing — from angel startups to venture capital investments and initial public offerings. He has negotiated and designed all manner of financings, acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic alliances, and has conducted nine-figure private placement financings. Mr. Threatt is currently the Managing Principal at WBT Strategy Consulting, where he has worked since 2001. He was formerly a principal at SPC Capital Management, a diversified private equity fund with more than of $100 million under management. He has years of general management, marketing, and business development experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments, in industries spanning from technology to branded consumer goods. Mr. Threatt was previously the CEO of Androx Corporation and EMUMAIL, VP of Marketing and Sales at Scientific Computing Associates, VP of Corporate Development at Cambridge SoundWorks, and VP and General Manager at Sapphire Audio. He has been a consultant providing strategic capital and operational insight for high-tech industries such as energy, biotechnology, information technology, and photonics. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Threatt’s volunteer commitments include serving as a board member to Synergy Services, an organization dedicated to helping families in crisis.
Von McConnell / Non-Executive Board Member
Von McConnell has nearly four decades of experience in leading technology firms, including Sprint Corporation (now T-Mobile). His positions included serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Operations for Sprint’s 4G business unit and he also served as Sprint’s Executive Director of Advanced Labs & Innovation, where he was responsible for research and development, systems and network design, engineering, product evaluation, customer trials, and quality certification for all wireless systems and products. Mr. McConnell is currently the founder and president of the TM Group, a successful technology consulting firm which has been engaged in venture capital acquisitions, 5G network rollouts, Division 1 university artificial intelligence programs, and other cutting edge technological commitments. He has served as a director of incubator level and growth stage tech companies and served as a director of a non-profit economic development entity. Mr. McConnell is responsible for dozens of patent innovations. Mr. McConnell has been an advisor and mentor to numerous companies affiliated with the SparkLabKC incubator and served on the Board of Advisors for the Business IT School at the University of Missouri, where he was also an Adjunct Professor. Mr. McConnell holds an executive MBA from AJI Network and a Masters in Telecommunications from George Washington University. He also holds a bachelors degree in economics from Emory & Henry College and is a graduate of economic modeling at George Mason University. Mr. McConnell is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors due to his business experience in the technology sector and his expertise within the field.
Board of Advisors
Sanjeev Mukerjee Ph.D. / Chairman of the Advisory Board
Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Northeastern University); where he has been since September of 1998. He also heads the newly created center for Renewable Energy Technology at Northeastern University and its subset the Laboratory for Electrochemical Advanced Power (LEAP). His research on charge transfer dynamics at both two and three dimensional electrochemical interfaces encompasses materials development, in situ synchrotron spectroscopy and electro-analytical methods. In addition, new computational initiatives are in progress involving both molecular modeling and simulation of multiple electron scattering in the context of in situ synchrotron XANES method. Peer reviewed publication currently number 106, with an H-factor of 45. The current projects in the group include materials development for new electrocatalysts, polymer electrolyte membranes and high energy density (and capacity) cathode materials for aqueous and non-aqueous storage cells. Fundamental understanding of structure property relationships are in concert with applications. In this context two startup companies which the group helped found, Encite Corp, Burlington, MA and Protonex Corp., Westboro, MA are notable. In addition partnership with De Nora, and BASF, Proton Onsite, Ford Motor Co., Advent North America and Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation (Canada) are ongoing for developing a number of fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies. Federal funding comes from the Army Research Office, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Institute of Technology-Advanced Technology Program.