VENLYS Maritime Specialisation Services has put together a group of experts with significant theoretical and practical expertise with regards to the Maritime and the Oil & Gas industries. The members of the team are capable to support all services and training modules provided by VENLYS; the ultimate goal remains the strengthening of our clients, through the mapping and benchmarking of the Safety Culture/Climate of the company (both for shore and onboard personnel) and the proposal of specific implementation measures and strategies for the upgrading of the company to the next Safety level. 

VENLYS Maritime Specialisation Services meets the set goals by employing highly trained and strongly motivated people and by developing long term or ad hoc scientific partnerships for the successful conclusion of its tasks and projects. The team of VELNYS and its partners comprise a group of engineers, researchers and maritime professionals capable to address and confront all problems at hand.

Experts on Resilience Practises and

Human Factors


Katerina Skourtanioti

Managing Director

Katerina began as a Strategic Communication expert in the Maritime and Oil and Gas industries. She is a graduated from AUEB, Greece
and she continued her studies abroad. Holds an MBA and a master in HRM. As a strategic business consultant, she has many years of experience in the maritime industry with special focus on Human Element and safety culture strategies.  Katerina is committed to the implementation of safety intelligence in the maritime industry and the enhancement of the safety concept.

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Georgios Lykos

Head of Trainers

Georgios is an engineer officer (Lieutenant Commander) of the Hellenic Navy (HN). He is  a PhD scholar in the Laboratory for Maritime Transport at the School of Naval Arc. and Marine Eng. of the NTUA. George’s expertise include efficiency in marine safety and security; human reliability; marine casualty investigation; naval design; resilience engineering; and many more.He holds a Master’s degree in Science in HRM and a Master in Science in “Nautical and Sea Technology and Science” (NTUA)


Konstantinos Louzis

Consultant, R&D Department

He has a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Eng from the NTUA. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at NTUA. His expertise is in the scientific areas of risk analysis/assessment and marine safety. He has worked in various EC funded research projects related to topics such as the study of human and organizational factors and risk in the field of maritime safety.His main role is coordinating and conducting projects on safety culture assessment and behavioural-based crew assessment


Antonis Tsagkaropoulos

Soft Skills Expert

Antonis is a deck officer (Lieutenant Commander) of the Hellenic Navy. He has received training by the Royal Navy (UK) as a Navigation officers instructor. He has also participated in numerous NATO exercises and operations. Additionally, he has extensive teaching experience in regards to most kinds of navigational related subject courses  as an external trainer. He has immense knowledge on all safety related subjects, as well as the subject of human factor and the non-technic skills.


Alexandros Koimtzoglou

Research and Project Manager

Alexandros holds a Master on Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the NTUA, Greece. He also holds a MBA in Shipping from the ALBA Graduate Business School. Furthermore, his is a PhD candidate in the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at NTUA. His expertise, is in maritime safety; risk analysis/assessment and risk engineering; resilience engineering; salvage engineering (e.g., wreck removal studies)


Susanne Shreeck

 Representative Northern Europe

Susanne is an Engineer, Business Coach and a Consultant in Hamburg. She holds a Master of Civil engineering from the Leibniz University in Hanover, specialized in waterways and coastal engineering. She also holds a Master of Mediation from the FernUniversität Hagen. She had worked for more than 10 years with DNV GL SE, as Director Competence and Learning. She started her business career at the Institute of Ship Operation, Sea Transportand Simulation (ISSUS) as project manager.

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Alexandros Michelis

Research and Training

Alexandros is an officer (engineer) in the HN. In 2009, he completed his 3-year graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was awarded a Naval Engineer’s Degree and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering. In 2008, he attended the DM Consulting Dry Dock Training Course in Boston, USA. In 2010, he was awarded a certification of Coating Inspector Level 2 from NACE (Houston-TX, USA), and in 2011 he received the diploma of International Welding Engineer from SLV Duisburg in Germany. He is currently working as a researcher and trainer of VENLYS, and as an external trainer of DNVGL. He is teaching courses related to maritime regulations, safety, and security. Lastly, Alexandros is a research engineer at the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the NTUA


Ashraf El Sherbniny

Representative Middle East & Gulf

M. Sc. Naval Architect and Marine Engineer QHSSE and Training Consultant

Ashraf has more than 38 years of Experience in Classification Societies, Maritime Conventions & Regulations, Ships’ Safety & Security, Management Systems Audits & Certification, Crew Competence & Performance Evaluation, Providing Training & Programs’ Development, Ships/ Offshore New Building & Repairs