FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Dimitrios is a partner in a law firm in Boston and an international consulting group based in Istanbul Turkey. He practices primarily in the areas of real estate transactions, civil litigation in both state and federal, trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. Worked on various high profile cases providing litigation intelligence gathering, corporate investigations, asset recovery, due diligence and global business intelligence through Boston, New York, London, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.
He has represented the interests of a remarkable cross section of leading regional, national, and international corporations, insurance companies, governments and large banking institutions in complex international matters, including a Stock Exchange of a European Union country on Regulation S and the benefits of becoming a "Designated Offshore Securities Market" in the U.S.A. Also, he worked with banks in the U.K. and Switzerland, many large foreign corporations and U.S. security companies, including one with a significant presence in Iraq. He was a consultant to U.S. security firms on projects including the 2004 Olympic Games and a bid with the U.S. State Department.
He served as an expert on several cases, including a case for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston and a large U.K. banking institution, where he testified in the Supreme Court of Judicature, Queens Bench Division of London, U.K. Handled sovereign immunity matters under the Vienna Convention on Consular Affairs and is the author of many articles, including issues of international corporate corruption. He worked on cases such as the multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit In re: Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, the case of Wallis ex rel. Wallis v. Princess Cruises, Inc., 306 F.3d 827 (9th Cir. 2002) and for the Adelphia Special Committee: SEC v. Adelphia Communications Corporation et al.
He is an arbitrator in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna and also the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot and frequently judges the MIT Enterprise Forum Competition in Athens, Greece. He has a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and is now the coach of the BU Law School team in the Vis Competition.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Andreas earned his MSci in Physics and Cosmology at Imperial College London and his PhD in Physics and Biophysics at Texas A&M University. He is currently a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms where he leads the Label Free Research Group that operates in blissful ignorance of any boundaries between physics, biology, materials and information sciences. From inexpensive photosynthetic solar panels to quantum effects in molecular biology and from cytoskeletal memory encoding, machine olfaction to bioenergy harvesting, his research and the resulting technologies are used by industry and government, exhibited at the Boston Museum of Science and Designer’s Open Exhibition and have been globally covered by CNN, BBC, NYT, Discovery Channel, Wired, New Scientist, Nature and Science.
WILLIAM ZUCKER, ESQ.
Partner at McCarter & English, Boston, MA
William has served in a number of special capacities including being a special assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to investigate the construction and design issues arising from the construction of the Central Artery/Tunnel known as the Big Dig. He has litigated a number of leading cases in the areas of construction, foreign sovereign immunity, securities and issues concerning shareholder demand and the role of independent counsel, the investigation of the largest corporate fraud prior to Enron and the representation of the bankruptcy trustee in obtaining the return of key assets and more recently the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Starting in 1998, William has led teams of intellectual property lawyers who partnered with various information technology service partners to develop wrap around solutions for technology and outsourcing problems. This representation has included all aspects of technology licensing, vendor relationships, protection of intellectual property and outsourcing. William's outsourcing work stemmed in part from his acting for a series of clients in mergers and acquisition transactions and led to his becoming a senior risk and outsourcing advisor for the Cutter Consortium. More recently, because of his work in international arbitration, William was asked to chair the committee of the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolutions developing the new Global Accelerated Rules for Commercial Arbitration. Those rules have been published and are finding support in the business community. William has also tried cases in the areas of intellectual property (i.e. trade secret, computer security and internet matters, patent, trademark, copyright), product liability, construction and a wide variety of business disputes and torts involving, for example, fiduciary obligations, securities, partnerships and joint venture disagreements, real estate disputes, employment and non-competition disputes. William is a co-author in the Computer Security Handbook published by John Wiley and advises clients on the issues surrounding data security and identity theft. He has written the chapter on business litigation for the guide for Massachusetts lawyers published by MCLE. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator. He is on the arbitration panels for the American Arbitration Association, the International Center for Dispute Resolution and the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution. He has lectured on trial practice and has received recognition for his trial practice record in Martindale-Hubbell and in Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2004-2017, both within Massachusetts and on a national basis. He is also listed in the 2013-2018 issues of The Best Lawyers in America. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. William formerly chaired the Technology and Litigation Groups at Gadsby Hannah LLP before joining McCarter & English LLP.
Michail is a Research Scientist and the Director of Computing at MIT's Media Lab. He was a member of the core technical and design team for the “One Laptop Per Child” initiative which created OLPC's pioneering, award-winning "XO" laptop. He has been involved with startups in many diverse capacities: cofounder, advisor, director, investor, consultant. Over the years, he has advised governments around technology policy issues and provided expert opinion in technical matters to top-level officials. He has implemented broadband access networks using cutting-edge technologies including one of the earliest ADSL testbeds and various wireless technologies. Michail has been a frequent keynote speaker in international conferences and has been engaged in many civic activities
Professor of Law
University of Ottawa Law School
Anthony Daimsis has been teaching at the University of Ottawa since 2003. He is the current Director of the National Program, a program that leads to a dual JD/LL.L degree. He is also the Director of the common law's mooting program. Prof. Daimsis teaches Contracts and Torts law, International Sales law, International Commercial Arbitration, ADR and legal writing. He also supervises the common law Jessup, Vis and FDI moot teams and serves as the faculty's moot program director. He has advised South Asian countries in the area of Foreign investment and investment treaties. Prof. Daimsis is called to the Ontario Bar (Barrister and Solicitor). He has recently joined Littleton Chambers (London, England) as an associate door tenant. He works with the National Judicial Institute, a not-for-profit institution committed to building better justice through leadership in the education of judges in Canada and internationally. Before teaching at the university, he worked at an international law firm located in Austria, as an associate. His work focused on foreign investment disputes, telecommunications and underground resources, in addition to a number of international commercial contract and construction disputes resolved under the auspices of the World Bank (ICSID) and various international commercial arbitration institutions. As a leading authority in his field, Prof. Daimsis is frequently approached to serve as an arbitrator in domestic and international commercial disputes and is a sought after speaker on the topics of international arbitration and international sales law, most recently travelling to Myanmar to advise its government entities on investment into Myanmar. He is on the ICDR panel of international arbitrators. He is co-authoring the forthcoming International Commercial Arbitration and NAFTA Ch 11 Disputes from a Canadian Perspective. He is a contributing author for Dispute Resolution: Readings and Case Studies, 4th Edition, as well as International Business Transactions: Standard Forms and Documents and has edited a number of Business Law books used in business schools and MBA programs throughout North America. In 2008 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Center for International Legal Studies for his contributions to its scholarly activities and publications and in 2011 was awarded the National Capital Award for teaching. Prof. Daimsis is the lead instructor for the Professional Certificate in International Arbitration. This certificate aims to introduce senior lawyers to the world of International Arbitration, by covering the process from start to finish. Prof. Daimsis has recently delivered keynote addresses and lectures in cities, including London, New York, Naypyidaw, Stockholm, Tehran, to name only a few.
DR. SIMON KLOPSCHINSKI
Simon is an attorney-at-law at the German law firm Rospatt Osten Pross in Düsseldorf, which specializes in intellectual property law. His practice comprises of all areas of intellectual property law, especially patent litigation, trade mark, unfair trade, and copyright. His technical expertise encompasses pharmaceuticals, genetics, chemistry, medical devices, engineering, software, and electrical engineering. Simon has published on intellectual property law, international investment law, and financial innovation. Simon studied law at the Universities of Konstanz and Cardiff (1998-2004). After the second bar exam (2006) Simon became a scholarship holder and later on a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich (2006-2009). He wrote his PhD thesis on “The Protection of Intellectual Property Rights under International Investment Agreements” under the supervision of Professor Dr. Dres. h.c. Joseph Straus. The thesis was awarded with the Award of the Law Faculty of the Ludwig Maximilian University (2011) as well as the Max Planck Society’s Otto Hahn Medal for Junior Scientists (2012). Before joining Rospatt Osten Pross in 2013 Simon practiced as an attorney-at-law at a Munich patent attorney firm (2009-2013).
Erotokritos is a Senior Research Scientist (2010-now) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Associate Professor of Physics (2006-2010) at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Physics, 1996 (conferred; completed in 1995) at California Institute of Technology. His Thesis was on the “Search for GUT Magnetic Monopoles with the MACRO Detector”. His adviser was Prof. Barry Barish. He received his M.S. in Physics, 1990 from the California Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Physics, 1988, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His Research Interests include Gravitational-wave astrophysics, multi-wavelength observations, particle astrophysics, cosmic ray physics, grid computation. He is currently working on projects at the LIGO Laboratory at MIT, LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the MACRO aficionados.
Hyejin believes that authentic Design Thinking can change the world, applied for both tangible products and intangible service systems. With this vision she founded THE MEME in 2006. The firm helps companies generate and design new product and service strategies by conducting rigorous qualitative research. As founder and thought leader Hyejin has over 20 years of professional and academic experience in various design disciplines. She provides an expert’s design perspective to clients across a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, healthcare, robotics and many start-ups. Prior to founding THE MEME, she worked for Samsung and other innovation-centric firms, developing design strategy at the intersection of emerging technology and customer experience. A frequent invited speaker and lecturer she has a special interest in design leadership, innovation, interaction with technology and user experience. Her recent speaking engagements include Harvard Kennedy School, School of Engineer and Applied Science at Harvard University. She also taught at Startup Alliance and Seoul National University. He was appointed as a Global Leader Mentor of Korean Innovation Center from Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. Previously, Hyejin was a visiting professor in Seoul National University’s Design Department. Hyejin earned a BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts) degree in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Design at Seoul National University and a MDes (Master in Design Studies) at the Graduate School of Design from Harvard University.
KSENIA KOROTEEVA, ESQ.
Ksenia Koroteeva is a specialist at the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) specializing in International Economic Law. Ksenia is actively involved in various moot competitions (FDI, FIAMC, Jessup, Vis Moot, ICC Mediation) in different capacities: as a participant, coach or arbitrator. Ksenia speaks English (fluent), French (advanced) and Portuguese (basic).
DR. BETTINA NEMETH
Bettina is a partner in the international consulting group Lexmetis based in Istanbul and Boston and has a Doctorate of Laws degree from Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law (“ELTE”), the top ranked law school in Hungary. She briefly worked for a non-profit company in Gyor, Hungary, representing consumers who obtained high interest mortgages and dealt with work outs of loans under default. She did her practice period at the Office of the Chief Prosecutor in Gyor, evaluating misdemeanor cases, preparing the required information for the filing of indictments. She also interned for a criminal defense lawyer in Gyor, Hungary in 2014. She was an arbitrator for Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot in 2016 and assisted in the administration of Vis Pre-moot competition in Budapest for a couple of years. Her professional interests include, human rights and the migration crisis affecting the European Union and Turkey, with an emphasis on discrimination and the protection of migrant children and women. She advocates streamlined asylum processes and educational and job opportunities for displaced people and is a strong supporter of a common European Union policy dealing with the migration crisis. See her article at http://www.jurist.org/hotline/2017/04/Bettina-Nemeth-hungary-refugee-crisis.php She speaks fluent Hungarian, English and some German.
Kostas joined Mullenlowe US in 2000, as SVP, CTO, providing strategic oversight of all information technology activities. He brings 30 years of experience in the field of information technology and has a diverse background in both information technology and software development. At Mullenlowe US, he oversees all information services and technology, as well as supports all client technology needs. Kostas has helped Mullenlowe US grow from a traditional advertising company to one of the top technology savvy advertising companies in the US. Previously, Kostas was Directory of Software Development for Splash Technology. At Splash, he oversaw all activities in their northeast development office, managed all OEM relationships, QA, and research development for the E-series product line. Prior to Splash, Kostas co-founded Gailainks. The company developed network management tools and provided systems integration, network analysis and other IT consulting services to small and medium sized companies.
Kostas is a professor at the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University and the founder of the 尚想实验室. Previously, he was an associate professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2003-2011) and assistant professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (1995-2003). He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, a Masters from Ohio State University, and a polytechnic diploma from the Aristotle University. His areas of concentration are algorithmic design and AI. He is author of numerous academic papers and the sole author of four books: Permutation Design (Routledge: 2014), Algorithms for Visual Design (Wiley: 2009), Algorithmic Architecture (Architectural Press: 2006), and Expressive Form (Spon:2003). Between 2011-2017 he launched and ran a startup company called Organic Parking, Inc. that dealt with parking optimization through the use of smart phones.
ALDEN M. RICHARDS
Alden currently serves as a visiting lecturer and instructor in entrepreneurship for Brown University's Business, Entrepreneurship and Organization(BEO) concentration as well as the university’s graduate Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship(PRIME). Additionally, he teaches an intensive course in entrepreneurship within the Brown Summer Program and, in this role, has instructed hundreds of high school students from more than 30 countries. He is also a lecturer in the history of the Space-Age and Space/Satellite Commerce at Yale University and has been a special advisor to the Entrepreneurship Institute at Yale. Throughout his career, Alden has lectured and mentored students at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including Yale, Brown, the Institute of air and space Law at McGill University, the University of Chicago, Princeton, Harvard and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. A graduate of both Yale University and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Business School, Alden has worked within Fortune 100 companies and has been both a founder and advisor to more than 50 startups in the United States and abroad—particularly in the satellite and launch vehicle industries. Startups he has been involved in include the Pan-American satellite Corporation (sold to Hughes/General Motors for more than $3 billion), Space Machine Advisors, Inc. (which averaged $135 million in annual revenues with only five full-time employees) and Siren Marine, Inc., which provided the first multifunction, real-time remote monitoring of private boats and commercial vessels in the United States. He has worked in and advised startups in many business areas, including the aerospace, transportation, marine technology and fashion industries. He has also mentored over 100 student-led startups including HMSolution, ParkLoco, Finnest, BreadBox and DoorBell. In his own business career, Alden has generated more than $1 billion in revenue and has conducted business in 44 countries. He continues to lecture in both the future of space development, entrepreneurship and the process of innovation throughout the world. Alden lives in Boston Massachusetts where, despite his busy schedule, he spends time with his six children biking, mountaineering and skiing.
DR. JEREMY KEPNER
Jeremy is a MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow. He founded the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center and pioneered the establishment of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. He has developed novel big data and parallel computing software used by thousands of scientists and engineers worldwide. He has led several embedded computing efforts, which earned him a 2011 R&D 100 Award. Jeremy has chaired SIAM Data Mining, the IEEE Big Data conference, and the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing conference. He is the author of two bestselling books, Parallel MATLAB for Multicore and Multinode Computers and Graph Algorithms in the Language of Linear Algebra. His peer-reviewed publications include works on abstract algebra, astronomy, astrophysics, cloud computing, cybersecurity, data mining, databases, graph algorithms, health sciences, plasma physics, signal processing, and 3D visualization. In 2014, he received Lincoln Laboratory's Technical Excellence Award. Jeremy holds a BA degree in astrophysics from Pomona College and a PhD degree in astrophysics from Princeton University.
DR. VIJAY GADEPALLY
Vijay is a member of the technical staff in the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He pursues research in the areas of big data, databases, machine learning, high-performance computing, and privacy-preserving technologies. Vijay previously worked as a postgraduate intern with the Raytheon Company, a visiting scholar with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a student intern at the Indian Institute of Technology. He has authored or coauthored more than 50 publications and presentations and serves as a member of numerous technical and organizational committees. Vijay holds MSc and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from The Ohio State University, where he received an Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2012. His academic research focused on the estimation of driver behavior for autonomous vehicle applications and on high-performance computing. At Ohio State, he held concurrent appointments within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Ohio Supercomputer Center. He also holds a BTech degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.
Peter is the Deputy Manager of the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center. His focus is on systems architecture and execution of the LLSC vision. He leads LLSC's award-wining operations team. Peter has overseen the growth of LLSC computing capabilities from a small of number computers to the largest number of computers in the region spread across several world-class data centers. Peter joined the Laboratory in 2004 and has been involved in many mission areas including Advanced Networks, Embedded Systems, Cyber Security, and High Performance Computing. He has co-authored over a dozen peer reviewed papers on supercomputing and big data systems.
A serial inventor, investor and entrepreneur with a deep background in process automation, Geoffrey is on a mission to fix what is broken and build what does not exist. As co-founder of Penniman Kellogg, a revolutionary way to tackle repetitive high-volume tasks wrought throughout the healthcare industry, Geoffrey has developed a team focused on transforming healthcare and eliminating the administrative burdens through the use of automation. Geoffrey has become a specialist on financial management and maximizing efficiency through technological innovation in a number of industries throughout his career. Geoffrey holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business & World Trade.
John is a partner at TwinFocus Capital and serves as the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and General Counsel. John has been with the Firm since January of 2007, six months after the launch. In this role, he maintains a close working relationship with TwinFocus clients to help them design and implement their family office strategies. He also leads research efforts to develop new and creative asset allocation policies, oversees due diligence for manager search and selection, and writes thought leadership commentary on global macroeconomic topics. With a keen interest on the formation and structuring of alternative investment funds and the analysis of complex tax aspects of alternative investments, John has pioneered studies on how to make hedge fund investing more tax efficient from an income and wealth transfer tax perspective. He is especially active on behalf of global and offshore clients, developing strategies to overcome cross-border tax, legal, and regulatory challenges and ensure inter-generational succession. John leads TwinFocus’ efforts in formulating a multi-disciplinary approach to seamlessly integrating tax planning with investment management. He has spearheaded the firm’s industry-leading total balance sheet approach and Hub & Spoke Model for representing high net worth families with their income, gift and multi-generational planning initiatives. He has also represented and assisted numerous executives and small enterprises with addressing tax, cross-border intellectual property, real estate and other regulatory challenges. John holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a licensed member of the Massachusetts Bar, the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston University where he returned to earn his Juris Doctor degree and his Master of Laws degree in Taxation. Prior to joining TwinFocus, John was a financial consultant with A.G. Edwards and worked as an independent analyst and private investor. He also was a practicing attorney in the greater Boston area, specializing in taxation, corporate law and estate/multi-generational planning, and has assisted as legal advisor and investment counselor in the start-up of several family-owned businesses.
DR. TAMAS BULANYI
Senior Legal Counsel at MOL Group, Hungary
Tamás received his law degree in Eötvös Lóránt University, Budapest, Hungary in 1999. He also obtained a post graduate degree in economics in Covinus University, Budapest, Hungary in 2003. Tamás began his professional career in 1999 as an Associate in the Legal Department of Siemens, Hungary handling corporate and commercial matters, focusing on the Hungarian telecommunication and IT markets. After being admitted to the Budapest Bar Association in 2004, Tamás was associated with several Hungarian law firms handling commercial, corporate, real estate and project financing matters as well as public procurement tenders. He took part in due diligence investigations both for the private and the public sector. He also represented clients in civil law matters before the Hungarian courts.
In 2009, Tamás joined MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc., Hungary’s leading petroleum industry enterprise that has a presence in more than 40 countries and with significant market share in the wholesale and the retail markets of refined petroleum products in the East-European region. Having spent three years in corporate finance, Tamás currently supports MOL’s Hungarian wholesale and retail commercial operations as a senior legal counsel. Since 2015, he is in charge of the Office of the Counsel General of MOL Petrochemicals Co. Ltd., the Group market leader petrochemical enterprise.
Associate at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
George specializes in the representation of start-up and emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles, with a focus on venture capital financing of equity and debt securities, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He represents a wide variety of private and publicly held companies from the biotechnology, internet, energy, automobile, software, telecommunications, life science and entertainment industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms and institutional investors. While attending law school, George served as Executive Editor of the Washington University Law Review and completed a judicial externship with The Honorable Kim McClane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, George was a corporate and securities associate in the Houston office of DLA Piper LLP (US). https://www.gunder.com/george-pothoulakis/
James is an associate with Caza Saikaley LLP, an Ottawa, Ontario-based litigation and arbitration boutique law firm. His litigation and arbitration (domestic and international) practice focuses primarily on commercial, intellectual property, technology and administrative law matters. He has published various pieces on trademarks, copyright, domain name dispute resolution and international arbitration. James earned his LL.L. (civil law), J.D. (common law) and LL.M. (technology law) from the University of Ottawa. His LL.M. research and writing focused on the implications of 3D printing technology on Canadian trademark law. During his LL.M., James represented the University of Ottawa at the 22nd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which he and his team won. He has been coaching the team ever since alongside Professor Anthony Daimsis and sits as an arbitrator at the Vis Moot in Vienna. James served as judicial law clerk to the Honourable Justice Richard Boivin of the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal. He also sits on the editorial board of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review. James practices bilingually (English and French)
Justin is a Venture Architect at Animal Ventures where he designs, manages and deploys internal and client-facing products from ideation to implementation. Justin’s practice areas are in intelligent systems, human integrated IoT, Digital Assets, and Distributed Ledger Technologies such as Blockchains. Prior to joining Animal Ventures, Justin spent much of his time working as a Sports performance specialist and group fitness instructor independently and at Equinox Holdings Limited. His work with exercise science technologies led him down the path of exploring how society will be impacted in the future by the convergence of biology and technology such as wearable and implantable devices.
TASSOS REPAKIS, ESQ.
Head of Legal & Compliance
Tassos is a transactional generalist, having advised clients internationally in numerous commercial transactions, ranging from simple business contracts to complex multimillion syndicated loans and security offerings. He also has particular experience in regulatory compliance by building KYC due diligence processes and supervising internal AML & Anti-Bribery procedures.
Firm believer in the value of innovation and technology, Tassos placed himself early in the epicentre of developments on digital assets and their regulation, thus having first-hand experience on the disruptive potential of DLT technology in transactions. He is currently the Head of Legal & Compliance at CoinSchedule, the global leader on data and information around digital assets and blockchain-related projects. At CoinSchedule he oversees the legal function of the company, monitors compliance with applicable regulatory frameworks and acts as the company’s liaison with regulators.
Tassos is also Of Counsel at Andersen Tax & Legal, advising on technology transactions, FinTech solutions and blockchain. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, in Athens, Greece, and is also registered as a European Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England.