Investment in human capital, a priority for business development

inspired by Papastratos

Success and growth come only through the proper selection, training, and continuous development of human resources that is the cornerstone of every success story.

What are the characteristics of an employer who cares and takes care of his people?

Gerasimos Kontogouris, Directo of People & Culture, Papastratos
Katerina Daskalaki, Industrial Relations, Employment, and Labor Market, S.E.V.
Tasos Stalikas, Professor of Positive and Counseling Psychology, Deputy President, Panteion University
Michalis Galanakis, Ph.D., PostDoc

Elena Papadimitriou, journalist

Investment in human capital, a priority for business development
inspired by Papastratos

Infrastructure, innovation, sustainability, and investment may be high on the agenda of the world's biggest businesses. However, it is the realization that success and growth come only through the proper selection, training, and continuous development of human resources that is the cornerstone of every success story.

  • What are the characteristics of an employer who cares and takes care of his people?
  • What information do employees look for most in company profiles?
  • With what practices do companies manage to create an "ideal work environment"?
  • What is the profile of the ideal employees that Papastratos is looking for?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing employees and employers in the post-Covid era?
  • For what reasons should a young person seek employment in Papastratos? What are the motivations for such a choice?
  • In what ways has Papastratos managed to attract human resources and be proud of it?
  • In what specific ways does Papastratos invest in human capital, and how is this implemented?
  • What are the specific skills (soft skills) that are mandatory?
  • How are talents and abilities highlighted and rewarded?
  • How can an employer cultivate the employee's love, devotion, and respect for their work environment?
Gerasimos Kontogouris
Director of People & Culture, Papastratos

Gerasimos Kontogouris is the People and Culture Operations and Labor Relations Director at Papastratos. He previously held the role of Head of Talent and Organization Development for Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovenia. Until 2019 he was Manager of People & Culture Commercial at Philip Morris Germany based in Munich; he comes from the commercial sector with experience in sales, as he was Head of Commercial Deployment in the Austrian organization based in Vienna in 2015. Earlier, he worked in multinational consumer goods companies such as Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, and Cadbury. He is a graduate of the Maritime Department of the University of Piraeus, holder of an M.B.A. from A.S.O.E.E., and a graduate of the German School of Thessaloniki with Austrian origins.

Anastasios Stalikas
Professor of Positive and Counseling Psychology, Panteion University

Anastasios Stalikas is Professor of Psychology at Panteion University and has taught at numerous universities in Greece and abroad. He is President of the Hellenic Society of Positive Psychology, a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer, business consultant and coach.
His research goal is to study the way in which people "flourish" mentally through the application of the strong points of their character, the experience of positive emotions, the finding of meaning in life and the development of their psychological resilience. In addition, his research interests focus on the fields of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy, the construction of psychometric tools and research methodology. He has written 10 books, more than 60 chapters in books and 200 articles and contributions to the international scientific community.

Michalis Galanakis
Phd, PostDoc in Organizational Psychology

Dr. Michalis Galanakis was born in Athens in 1977.
He completed his BA studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy & Psychology with a major in Psychology, in 1999. He holds a Master's Degree (MSc) in Organisational Psychology from Panteion University (2003). In 2009 he became Doctor of Organisational Psychology at Panteion University of Political & Social Sciences. In 2019 he completed his Postdoctoral Thesis on Positive Leadership.
His research interests include psychological well-being, positive emotions, work stress, team effectiveness, motivation, job satisfaction and work behavior.
He has given 55 lectures at international and Greek psychology conferences and has published 61 original scientific papers (articles) in international scientific journals. He has participated as a lead researcher in 7 international research projects. He teaches courses in Psychology, Organizational Psychology and Management at Panteion University, at the University of Thessaly, the University of West Attica, the Hellenic Open University, the Medical School of Athens, the National School of Public Administration and at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education.
He is vice president of the Hellenic Society of Positive Psychology (EETHEPSY).
According to Google Scholar, his h Index is 20 and his i-10 Index is 15. His scientific work has more than 1000 references. 
He has served as Group Human Resources Manager at Greek listed companies on the ASE in the field of Logistics, Pharmaceuticals and Wholesale.
In 2012 he was awarded as HR Manager of the year by KPMG, for the initiatives of his department for the construction and implementation of an innovative evaluation system.
He is considered an expert in occupational psychology, staff selection and mobilization.He currently holds the position of Special Scientific Personnel specializing in Management and Personnel Psychology at the National Center for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA), with parallel duties as Head of the Department of Cognitive Human Rights and Social Policy.
At the same time, he has extensive experience in the field of business, being actively involved in the Greek market since 2001 in the field of technology and in the field of food industry.   

Katerina Daskalaki
Industrial Relations, Employment and Labor Market, SEV

Since 2003, she has worked at the SEV association of businesses and industries in the Employment and Labor Market Sector. Since 2018, she has been a Senior Advisor of Labor Relations. She is responsible for the issues of industrial relations, labor legislation, social dialogue, social security, and health and safety at work. She also handles the collective negotiations of the SEV's sectoral and homo-occupational labor contracts (on a bilateral level and in the procedures of the OMED). In addition, she participates in negotiating the National General Collective Labor Agreement.
Furthermore, she represents SEV in European organizations (BUSINESSEUROPE, Advisory Committee for Health and Safety at Work of the European Commission) and national organizations and committees of the Ministry of Labour, the Region of Attica, etc. Furthermore, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in Dublin (Eurofound). Moreover, he participates as a SEV representative in the annual International Conference of the International Labor Organization in Geneva (ILO) and the industrial relations committees of the International Organization of Employers (International Organization of Employers).

Elena Papadimitriou

Elena Papadimitriou was born and raised in Thessaloniki. She studied Journalism and Mass Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, including a semester of studies in The Hague under the European Erasmus program. She completed her postgraduate studies in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Athens. She has been working in the press and electronic media since her student years. From 2003 to 2006 she worked as an editor of free and cultural reporting in the newspaper CITYPRESS. During the period 2006 - 2014 she was a member of the journalism team of the morning news program of MEGA, writing at the same time as contributor for five years in In July 2014, she started working in SKAI television and radio, covering international reporting in the main newscast and presenting news bulletins and shows. She has covered important events of European and international affairs in recent years, sometimes with long television broadcasts, in journalistic missions to places like Moscow, Turkey, Italy and Belgium. Maintaining to this day the longing for major festivals and concerts, she has traveled to dozens of European cities for cultural events, writing articles in a number of media. She speaks English, French and Italian.