Dr. Kotsios is an economist. He received his PhD in Industrial Economics from the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Macedonia (2010). Other studies include: a) Bachelor of Arts in Economic and Business Policy (2002), University of Portsmouth (UK), b) Master of Science in Management (2005), University of Teesside (UK) and c) Master in Systematic Philosophy (2011), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been working as a freelance economist since 2006, having provided services to multiple public and private organizations and businesses. He has worked as a lecturer in the Hellenic Open University, in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the TEI of Central Macedonia and the TEI of Thessaly. Since 2015 he has been working in the American Farm School’s Strategic Project Management Office and in Perrotis College. His research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship and economic policy.
Salim is the creator of Source Institute a partner of Startlife, an affiliate of Wageningen University & Research of the Netherlands.
His work includes The Sources, the largest online course for the African continent, where African founders share their most relevant experiences and advice. Salim founded Leancamp, which created the first evolutions of Lean Startup to include Business Models, UX, and Enterprise Lean Startup. And Founder Centric, which developed and delivered startup education for UCL, Oxford University, Seedcamp, Techstars, ClimateKIC, and around 30 more accelerators and universities.