The ASSET external Advisory Board has been setup in order to support the consortium:

  • in strengthening the link between universities and industries;
  • in strengthening the collaboration with other EU funded projects in the framework of the BRIDGE and the ETIP-SNET initiatives;
  • in enhancing the overall impact of the ASSET project, acting as a multiplier network;
  • in monitoring and checking that the developed educational programs appropriately tackle the main needs and challenges;
  • in guaranteeing that the ASSET activities and services are of good quality and of benefit for the society as well as the industrial community.

The Advisory Board is constituted by 4 experts, who were selected in respect of their interdisciplinary profiles and their acknowledged professional reputation.

They are representatives of the different ASSET stakeholder categories, specialized in different disciplines and well-involved in international initiatives.

Ms. Natalie Samovich

Natalie is heading Research and Innovation projects at Enercoutim based in Lisbon, within digitalisation in energy domain, green hydrogen and DER RES at Solar Demonstration platform and Solar Lab projects´. The Solar Demonstration Platform was co-founded in 2011 and established an innovative shared renewable infrastructures awards nominated model.  Natalie Chairs Working group on Smart Energy at the Alliance of IoT Innovation (AIOTI), member of SB and contributes her expertise within ETIP-SNET WG 1 on Smart Grids as a co-chair. She is developing spin-off ventures in digitalisation of energy and distributed renewable energy production projects. Natalie holds MBA from U of Rochester, Simon school and U of Bern; MSEng in Sustainable Energy Systems from MIT Portugal Program (IST/MIT). Her research interested are related to digitalisation in energy, interoperability and the related business models in the energy sector, renewable energy systems, Internet of Things impact on energy systems and the related socio-economic impact issues within smart grids. She co-authored several papers on semantic interoperability and the related business models in the energy sector, based on projects within HORISON 2020 program and beyond

Natalie Samovich

Mr. Giorgio Osti

Giorgio Osti is a sociologist of the environment and the territory at the University of Padova, after working for a long period at the University of Trieste. He studied the social aspects of the energy transition process from its beginning and he focused his research on the relation between energy and marginal areas. He published for Routledge the book "Storage and Scarcity. New Practices for Food, Energy and Water” (2016).

Giorgio Osti

Mr. Alessandro Sapio

Degree in International Economics at Parthenope University of Naples, PhD in Economics and Management at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa.

Full Professor of Economic Policy at Parthenope University of Naples, where he coordinates the PhD programme in Economics, Management and Accounting. Research interests: the economic impact of renewable energy sources, through econometric models and agent-based integrated assessment models; industry dynamics and firm growth. His teaching duties include courses on Green and Circular Economy at master level.

His publication record includes more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, an edited Handbook of Energy Economics and Policy (Elsevier) and a book on spatial resilience to climate and environmental shocks (Springer).

Alessandro Sapio

Mr. Theofanis Orphanoudakis

Dr. Theofanis G. Orphanoudakis received his Dipl-Ing. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications in 1998, both from the National Technical University of Athens. Since 2013 he has been with the Department of Sciences & Technology of the Hellenic Open University, currently at the rank of associate professor and director of the Digital Systems and Media Computing Lab (DSMC, and the Educational Content, Methodology and Technology Laboratory (e-CoMeT) Laboratory (, an independent unit of HOU. From 1999-2005 he led R&D activities in the area of broadband networking components as a Technical Manager of Ellemedia Technologies. From 2005 to 2013, he was a Research & Teaching Associate (adjunct assistant professor) at the Department of Telecommunications Science and Technology, University of Peloponnese. From 1996 to 1999, he was a research associate at the Telecommunications Laboratory of the NTUA. He has participated in several EU and national research programs projects both as a senior researcher and as a project coordinator in the areas of ICT, embedded systems and broadband access and optical networks. His research interests include embedded smart systems and services, IoT, edge cloud computing, converged wireless/wired access network architectures, shared broadband systems, traffic engineering, resource management, switching, scheduling, design & implementation of high-speed networking systems and network processor architectures. He has over 120 publications in international journals and conferences in the above-mentioned areas. Dr. Orphanoudakis is a member of the IEEE and the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Theofanis Orphanoudakis