Vassilis Kouroutos

Vassilis, holds a University degree in Biology/ Environmental studies. He brings more than 25 years of environmental management experience, including extensive knowledge in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and ecotourism & field research projects. His background has ranged across educational delivery and planning, business development & management, biodiversity conservation strategies, protected area management, planning of research and education activities, as well as community and private sector engagement. In the NGO/ public sector he has worked as Director of Mom (The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal) and MEDASSET (Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles), Manager of the National Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades, Senior Scientific Officer of the National Park of Zakynthos and Manager/ Senior Scientific Officer of the Protected Area of Lake Pamvotis. As manager of his own ecotourism business he has gained extensive experience in sustainable tourism development and business administration. During his professional life as a Biology scientist, conservationist and environmental manager has coordinated various multimillion EU/international programmes, has conducted numerous biodiversity monitoring surveys, worked with conservation groups, local communities, decision-making bodies and intergovernmental agencies, supervised many volunteer/ student groups, lectured in postgraduate (University of Thessaly) and field training courses, wrote funding proposals and functioned as evaluator/ rapporteur of project proposals submitted to the European Commission Research Executive Agency - REA. He has participated in many environmental documentaries and has written numerous wildlife and conservation articles. He is co-author of the Resource Book for Educators in South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Biospheres Reserves and other Designated Areas", a joint UNESCO and MIO-ECSDE publication. He is an experienced qualified ship captain (Skipper Class A diploma) and he holds lifesaving and fire fighting certificate and a sailing boat offshore yacht master diploma. He is an experienced SCUBA diver with more than fifteen (15) years sailing experience in cruise boats, as well as in private, research, sailing and law enforcement patrol vessels.

Professional Experience/ Accomplishments


Project proposal Evaluator - June 2016
European Commission Research Executive Agency - REA/C/04/
European Commission - REA, COVENT GARDEN - Place Rogier 16 - Brussels

Participated in the evaluation of the proposals submitted in response to the - H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016 call for proposals, issued on the basis of the work programme(s) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions (03/06 - 30/6/2016). Remote and Central (Brussels) evaluation of eight proposals (Environment Panel) and rapporteur in two.

Project proposal Consultant - February 2016 - present
Municipality of Metsovo
Mayor's office, N.X. Averof, 24200, Metsovo

Wrote two project proposals submitted in response to the ADRION & BalkanMed European Territorial Cooperation Programme calls, April 2016.

Manager / Senior Scientific officer / October 2014 - Present
Management Body of Pamvotis Lake
66-68, Marikas Kotopouli str, 45445, Ioannina, Greece

Develops, coordinates, supervises and participates in the conservation, public awareness, volunteer, enforcement activities and research programmes. Coordinates and participates in the Management Body's (MB's) study/research programme entitled "Monitoring of invertebrate, fish, amphibian/reptile and mammal species in the Pamvotis Lake protected area". Prepares funding proposals for volunteer, conservation, public awareness and educational projects. Compiles, evaluates and synthesises background information and development reports regarding MB's related topics and activities. Provides ongoing progress reports of accomplishments to the Board of the Management Body. Prepares and gives presentations at national and international events and other scientific meetings. Develops relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders including local community, government agencies, researchers, educators, and enforcement personnel. Writes press releases, news stories etc. Works with local community, national and international environmental NGOs, governmental authorities, Universities and international organisations.

Founder, Director and Programme Manager/December 2013 – present
GreenTraveller
Marathonos 9, 45500, Katsikas, Ioannina, Greece
Freelance Environmental Consultant in PA Management and Sustainable Development
                       
Programme Manager/ Associate Researcher/ Consultant/ June 2010 – November 2013  
Archipelagos - Institute of Marine Conservation                       
Mesokampos Pithagorio, 83103, Samos, Greece

Participated in the institute’s conservation, public awareness, internship/ placement, volunteer and research programmes. Prepared funding proposals for research, conservation, public awareness and educational projects. Compiled, evaluated and synthesised background information and reports regarding European and National fisheries legislation, marine mammal conservation, field research activities, implementation of European environmental Directives and Fisheries Regulations. Provided scientific advice and expertise on establishment and management of protected areas, marine mammal research and protection, fisheries sustainable development, funding opportunities and proposal development.


National Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades (N.M.P.A.N.S.) / May 2007 – March 2010
Patitiri, 37005 Alonnisos island, Greece                                           
Coordinator/ Manager

Developed, coordinated, supervised and participated in the conservation, public awareness, volunteer, enforcement and research programmes of the Park. Developed standard practices, protocols, data forms and databases for research programmes. Led the implementation of the Park’s Action Plan, through effective staff training and supervision. Prepared funding proposals for research, conservation, public awareness and educational projects. Sought additional public and private funds for the operations and projects of the Park. Compiled, evaluated and synthesised background information and development reports regarding Park related topics and activities. Provided ongoing progress reports of Park accomplishments to the Park’s Management Body. Prepared and gave presentations at national and international Symposia and other scientific meetings. Developed relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders including local community, government agencies, researchers, educators, and enforcement personnel. Facilitated stakeholder and conflict resolution meetings. Participated in the preparation of the Park’s Management Plan. Wrote newsletters, press releases, news stories, etc.  Overall responsibility for computer hardware and maintenance of software and office network. Trained office staff in managing office software programmes (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Photoshop, CorelDraw and Dreamweaver). Updated the organisation’s website. Worked with local community, national and international environmental NGOs, governmental authorities, Universities and international organisations.


MEDASSET / April 2004 – April 2007  
Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles, 1c Licavitou St., 106 74 Athens, Greece
International Environmental Non Governmental Organisation (NGO).
Director

Overall responsibility for office administration and staff management. Coordinated and supervised the scientific, educational and technical work. Identified, designed, developed, reviewed, implemented and monitored strategy and activities. Prepared funding proposals for research, conservation, public awareness and educational projects. Managed research and conservation projects. Reviewed, analysed data and wrote scientific reports/articles. Prepared and gave presentations at national and international Symposia and other scientific meetings. Participated in project team meetings and attended national and international fora. Participated/led field research work. Wrote and edited newsletters, advertisements, brochures, fact sheets, press releases, news stories, etc.  Overall responsibility for computer hardware and the design, creation and maintenance of software and networks. Trained office staff in managing office software programmes (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Photoshop, CorelDraw, ArcGis, and Dreamweaver). Updated the organisation’s websites. Responsible for daily accounting and bookkeeping. Prepared board meetings and AGM (agenda, monthly expenditure statement, editing of minutes etc). Prepared budgets, progress and financial reports. Organised fundraising events. Worked with local communities, national and international environmental NGOs, governmental authorities, Universities and international organisations. Directly supervised all organisation’s staff and its many volunteers.


Religion Science & the Environment/ October 1996 - September 2003 (7 months/pa) and October 2003 - March 2004 (full time)
Skoufa 5-7, 106 74 Athens, Greece

International Symposia carried out under the auspices of His All Holiness The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, focussing on the environmental problems associated with enclosed seas and rivers.
Scientific Advisor, Assistant to the Co-ordinator

Co-developed and co-managed the technical and logistical preparatory work of the International Symposia. Identified, analysed and reviewed scientific regional environmental data and advised on the development of the Symposia Plenary and Workshop Themes. Assisted the preparation of Scientific Committee meetings, local site events, field trips and workshops. Overall responsibility for maintenance of office computer hardware, software and networks. Trained office staff in managing office software programmes (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Photoshop, CorelDraw, and Dreamweaver). Designed and developed the organisation’s databases. Responsible for the update and maintenance of the organisation’s website.


“OCEANIS” Ecotourism Cruises/ 5 months/pa) April 1993 – September 2003
Private Business: (Owner of the 25m ecotourist-research boat "OCEANIS").
Captain, Engineer, Programme Manager, Nature Guide

Directed, developed and managed the ecotourism and nature conservation programmes carried out by the boat, mainly in the area of the National Marine Park of Alonissos N. Sporades (NMPA), Greece. Strategically planned all aspects of the company from site selection and marketing strategy to personnel selection, training and development. Led and guided the tourist groups on nature walks, cultural visits, wildlife watching. Educated visitors and local stakeholders about the principles of sustainable development, through talks and presentations. Developed demonstration activities for the local communities on the implementation and benefits of ecotourism projects. Supervised a crew of 4 every year.


IFAW - International Fund For Animal Welfare / February 1990 – February 1993
87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UD, United Kingdom
Co-ordinator

As Co-ordinator of IFAW’s monk seal programme and Founder and Chief Executive of  the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal (Mom): Designed, developed and implemented several procedures that turned a University student group into a worldwide recognised organisation.  Led the implementation of conservation and research programmes, through effective staff training, supervision, strategic planning and management. Participated in and led field research and public awareness projects. Supervised staff: developing and overseeing workplans, timelines, evaluations, and budgets relating to the goals of the various programmes. Communicated with funders, identified new funding sources, and prepared research, conservation, public awareness and educational funding proposals to secure adequate and timely funding. Reviewed assembled, analysed data and published scientific reports and papers.  Administered the finances of the Society and prepared an annual organisation budget for approval by the Board. Developed public relations with governmental entities, local communities and other organisations. Attended national and international conferences, scientific and public meetings.  Represented the Society outside the organisation, expanding the visibility of its programmes among the scientific community, citizens’ groups, and legislators, regionally, nationally and internationally. Wrote and edited newsletters, advertisements, brochures, fact sheets, press releases, news stories, etc.   


“ARGO” Summer Cafe/ (5 months/pa) May 1984 – October 1988
Private business on Syros island, Greece
Manager 

Developed and managed my own summer cafe (capacity of 480 people).


University of Athens, section of Biology, Dept. of Ecology and Taxonomy  (1980 – 1988)
Researcher

During my academic studies participated in various scientific terrestrial and marine research projects funded by the EU and other international organisations. Co-published reports and scientific papers.


Education

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, 1988

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

PhD candidate at the University of Thessaly, Greece. Theme: “Management of Marine Protected Areas. Conservation of the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) in the Greek Seas”.

IEMA Approved Associate Membership Module certificate in Integrated Environmental Management (certified by IEMA). Bath University, UK, July 2007. (Distance learning course)

Qualifications - Licenses - Memberships

Languages

Greek(mother tongue), English (fluent, University of Michigan Certificate of Proficiency in English, TOEFL iBT (score 112 with max 120, January 2007)

Activities – Skills

  • Founder of the Hellenic Ornithological Society.
  • Advanced computing skills.
  • Former President of the Pan-Hellenic Protected Areas

     Workers’ Union.

  • Experienced underwater cameraman.
  • Experienced photographer.
  • Experienced seal nurse.
  • Experienced Skipper of 82ft Schooner.
  • Experienced speedboat pilot.
  • Maintenance of large wooden boats (engine, painting,

     plumbing, electrics etc.).

  • Experienced Marine mammal (Monk seals, dolphins)

     Observer and Nature Guide.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Seamanship and navigational skills.
  • Good team player.

Expeditions – Field work

Project leader, co-ordinator of various nature conservation projects and participation in many expeditions, since 1979. A brief description follows:

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