Athanasios_Potsis_150x150 Dr. Thanasis Potsis

  President of the Hellenic Association of Space Industry, Member of the si-Cluster Steering Board, Senior Manager

  EFA Group, EPICOS Company


Short Bio

Athanasios Potsis was born at Mainz – Germany, on 1974.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He also holds a Diploma in Electrical & Computer Technology from the University of Patras- Polytechnic School.

He was presented with fellowships throughout his diploma studies by the Greek Ministry of Education. He was also awarded with a scholarship from the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company – EADS for his main Ph.D research. He was awarded by the Technical Chamber of Greece for excellent scientific achievements.

He has published over 16 papers and articles in Conference Proceedings with evaluation process and International Journals, 5 scientific reports and holds a patent at radar signal processing. He is a Member and a scientific paper reviewer of IEEE, as well as of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Dr. Potsis has worked at German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Institute of Radar Systems, from 1998 to 2001 as a Member of Scientific Staff in the Digital Signal Processing Department and he was involved in the fields of Radar electronics, Radar signal processing and Electronic Warfare Systems.

He has worked at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company – EADS from 2001 to 2003 as external technical consultant and he was involved in several defense related programs.

He has worked for INTRACOM Defense Electronics from September of 2003 up to September of 2006 as Product Marketing Engineer and he was responsible for new products development as well as for international cooperation in the field of electronics and sensors.

Since September 2006, Dr. Potsis holds the position of Director- Offsets & Industrial Cooperation, in the Aerospace Ventures Group where he is responsible for the development of new business opportunities for Industrial cooperation through indirect offsets in Global scale. Since 2006 Dr. Potsis is providing consulting services to several Governments all over the world (including: Greece, Finland, Portugal, Israel & Indonesia) supporting local Aerospace & Defence Industry to utilize offset market.

Since 2006 Dr. Potsis is responsible for the Industrial Cooperation program in Israel under a consulting contract with the Israeli Ministry of Economy (Industrial Cooperation Authority - ICA) supporting local Israeli Aerospace & Defence industry to find new markets in Global scale.

Since 2008 he is the President of the Hellenic Industrial Space Association supporting local space industry to develop new cooperation and gain markets all over the world. Dr. Potsis was participating in the core of the team developed the first industrial space cluster in Greece (called “Si-Cluster”) and since 2013 he is a member of the board of the Si-cluster.

Since 2006 he gives lectures at the Hellenic Air Force School of war as well as to the Supreme National School of War. Lectures include technologies and systems for strategic and tactical reconnaissance as well as lectures related to the Hellenic Defence Industry.

Graduate of EU European Defense Agency SERA-27 (EU Armament Expert) IHEDN.

Presentation Title: Hellenic Space Industry, going through a technology maturity level with great future growth potentials


Space is a leading strategic global market encompassing very high technical and economic risks; it requires substantial investment and a great effort especially from the new countries entering this sector, which justifies the important role played by public authorities and governments. The growth and evolution of the global economy has pushed an ever increasing number of countries and organizations to invest in space capabilities and infrastructures while also recognizing the geo-political aspects of space as well. In this context, the optimal allocation of resources, maintenance of transparency and rationalization of expenditure, as a whole, plays an important role in technological development and competitiveness.The space sector is a driving force for broader and stronger international partnerships that lead to growth, employment and competitiveness in many sectors of the economy. This is a “market” of $90 billion worldwide, which in recent years is growing at about 7% per annum. In this environment, Hellenic Space Industry successfully utilized the decision of the Greek Government to join European Space Agency back in 2005 as well as a number of additional European Union and National (mainly defense and security led) space programs in order to develop a strong industrial base. Currently and almost after a decade of activities on space products and services, Hellenic Space Industry is entering into a maturity level where local companies and research institutes are equally participating on European and International space technology and reteach consortiums while in parallel a small but with high growth potential number of Greek industries are widely recognized as “technology leaders” on specific space technological areas.Already develop strong international collaboration bonds with world leaders on space technologies like Airbus, Thales, Rafael, Sitael and Lockheed Martin, provide the necessary base to further enhance the cooperation including new space technologies and products.    Today, Hellenic Space Industry can provide space proven products, services and engineering capabilities technological areas like sensors, on board software, flying hardware, MEMS technologies, composite materials and remote sensing applications.

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