As a child, Vasilis wandered the marbled hallways of the Ministry of Agriculture, where his father, Athanassios, introduced Greece to
the fumigants that would improve the country’s crop yield and safety. Years later, after studying agronomy at university and working with respected scientists in the field, Vasilis returned to the family business to work alongside his father. Bringing research and technology together, he synthesized the solution that helped solve the greatest challenge of modern farmers – crop loss control – and began cultivating the vision that is Centaur. Now with children of his own, his work is an extension of his family’s legacy. Adding precision and control to the world’s food supply chains, he hopes to improve global food security and transparency so all families can enjoy the benefits of a healthy and robust diet.
Raised in the rawhide trade, an ancient profession tied closely to Greece’s rural economy, it was generally expected Sotiris would follow suit like the generations before him. But his love for numbers and circuits led him to pursue engineering and a career in semiconductors, growing his design automation software startup to multi-million dollar accounts in Silicon Valley and Japan. Returning to his roots, Centaur allows him to create innovative technology that makes food production safer and ultimately more democratic – proof that creative solutions can help crack tough humanitarian problems. Sotiris has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in semiconductor design. He holds four US patents and has several pending.
A parallel entrepreneur and active inventor, Avi is founder of XponentialWorks™ that helps advance the knowledge of and access to exponential technologies. Between 2003 and 2015, Avi served as 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) President, CEO and Director. Under Avi’s leadership, 3D Systems emerged as a formidable global 3D printing provider with revenue growth exceeding 6-fold and market valuation growing over 12-fold. Previously, Avi held senior executive leadership positions with Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) a leading global provider of food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions. Avi is part of Singularity University’s core faculty, serves as a Trustee of Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian’s Design Museum and is a member of the XPRIZE Innovation Board. His TED talk titled ‘what’s next in 3D printing’ has over 2.4 million viewers. In 2013, Avi was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 business leaders, in 2012 he received the Financial Times Boldness in Business award and in 2011 he was a recipient of the 2011 E&Y Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
- Big Data expert
- Founded Metanautix (acquired by Microsoft)
- Formerly at Facebook, Invisalign & CenterRun
- 16 patents
- Renowned global expert in entomology
- Professor at University of Thessaly
- Advisor to USDA on stored crops protection
- Wireless systems expert
- Advisor to major mobile & wireless companies and organizations
- Formerly at Texas Instruments, Tracor Aerospace & Clemson University
- 20 patents