Meet our Member: Georgios Giannakopoulos
by Tribes Inspiring Workplaces, on 5 Jun 2020
For this week we interviewed an inspiring member who is really an international business nomad. Georgios lives now in the Netherlands for almost ten years. He really likes the Netherlands and feel completely at home. His adventure all started in the southern part of Europe; Greece, he is born and raised in the city of Athens. He came to the Netherlands because his family is living here to. Before he went to the city of The Hague he studied, worked, and lived in the United Kingdom for almost ten years. Georgios favourite coworking place is Tribes location The Hague. The members known Georgios as a friendly, intelligent, and considerate person.Every morning Georgios start with his favourite cup of coffee at Tribes and before he opens his laptop, he always greets everyone that he knows. A small introduction about Georgios; he is very good in numbers and that is why he studied a Master of science in Communication Engineering at the Plymouth University in the UK. He successfully completed this study and then he has worked and gained experience via numerous blue-chip international companies like Huawei, Vodafone, KPN and including European Patent Office (EPO). He has worked mostly as a consultant in the telecommunications sector. To do this role Georgios is very driven in what he is doing, you need to be a confident communicator and possess excellent attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills.
His role as a Senior Network Engineer, he has a professional experience and specific knowledge in wireless network engineering, (e.g. Wi-Fi, satellite and antennas) and fixed networks (e.g., routers, firewalls, switches, access points (AP) and data centers). He is mainly responsible for designing and implementing the company’s network infrastructure, resolving advanced support issues, and managing the junior Network Engineering staff. Think of implementing, maintaining, supporting, developing and, in some cases, designing communication networks within an organization or between organizations. These data networks can include local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), intranets and extranets.
In addition to working, Georgios also enjoys voluntary work. He likes to meet new people, and he really enjoys interacting with people from different cultures, mentalities, and lifestyles. For the last three years he is working also in a volunteering organization in The Hague called AfroEuro. In this organization he is helping children to support them with homework in the Mathematics and IT.
What inspired you to become a successful engineer?
Since my childhood I was fascinated by machines. I spent a lot of time playing with LEGO and other mechanical toys, as well as building "electronic circuits" and other "inventions". I wanted to know how everything work (on the other hand my parents were kind of unhappy of that sometimes, because every new toy that my parents gave me. I just disassembled the toy again, trying to "improve" or fix it). It continued when I have become older. I was building computers and trying to "upgrade" or fix them. Simply, all my hobbies were somehow connected with electronics and technology. So, when I finished high school, the technology sector was a natural choice for me. I was pretty sure that telecommunications engineering was the most suitable choice for me. And is not still so, I am passionate about what I study and do, and I love my field. It allows me to satisfy my needs, like creativity, make something new and think up new solutions...
Why did you choose Tribes?
Georgios discovered Tribes in October 2019, a very good friend of him received some package and at Tribes you have a delivery service point from DHL. When they arrived, he just asked at the reception what this place was and few days later Georgios bought a day pass to found out if this coworking space is something for him. From that day he never left Tribes The Hague and now it becomes his permanent workplace.
I live in The Hague (Den Haag), and I was looking somewhere close to my house. Also, I was looking for a nice and quiet place. For me it is important that I can focus and concentrate on my work and on my Personal Development. Before I have worked at The Hague Central library (next to Tribes location The Hague), but that does not meet my expectations. It was a crowded location where a lot of people walk in and out, which making it for me very difficult to focus and concentrate. Also, it was difficult to meet new people.
What was your first impression of Tribes?
I like the vibe of Tribes it gives me a lot of positive energy! It is not like any traditional workspace environment; Tribes has a nice professional look where you can receive clients when you have an appointment. I like the colours and furniture as well that gives it a nice ambiance. Tribes has a beautiful interior you see everywhere beautiful pictures of the Maori Tribe. Also, the chairs are very comfortable and that is certainly important to me if you use them a lot.
Another point which worth mentioned to say is that, I really like the staff of Tribes team The Hague. I would like to say to Victor, Kelly and Rafael; that they are very nice and helpful.
Besides, in times of the corona crisis, Tribes remained open and that enhance me to go on a daily basis and for now, currently i am working on my Personal Development Plan on network and cloud solutions and i am preparing for the Staatsexamen the Dutch language (NT2).