Nikos was born and raised in Edessa. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering in 1997 and received his MSc in ‘’Management of Production Systems’’ in 2002 from the same faculty and the School of Mechanical Engineering.
After his first graduation he served the Greek army and started his professional career in Thessaloniki Technology Park, being responsible for planning, implementing, and managing several technology transfer and innovation projects focusing in the areas of knowledge management and creativity support (1999-2009). Thessaloniki Technology Park team developed and managed the 1st business incubator in Thessaloniki’s ecosystem.
From 2010 to 2023, Nikos Katsiadakis continued his career in the local innovation ecosystem working in the liaison and technology transfer unit of the Center for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), one of the biggest public research centers in Greece. His main duties were to offer liaison, networking, innovation, and IP support services with the overall aim to support a more effective technology transfer and more influential innovation. Working for CERTH, he participated in several innovation projects studying issues such as innovation ecosystems, clusters, regional innovation policy, science communication. He has supported as organizer and as a speaker many training seminars, workshops, B2B sessions, innovation events and conferences.
Nikos is passionate about all forms of innovation and very curious to investigate the role of human mind and knowledge dynamics in the eternal process of innovation particularly in large contexts such as parks, districts, and regions. He is an amateur beekeeper exercising nomadic beekeeping and (hopefully) a good father of little George.