Our management team includes accomplished entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and specialists in the healthcare and luxury goods industries.
Pavlo Protopapa - Chairman & CEO
Pavlo Protopapa is the Chairman & CEO of SpaceCode. Prior to founding SpaceCode in 2005, Pavlo was the Chief Financial Officer of the Steinmetz Diamond Group (1998-2012), one the world's largest diamond companies, and represented it on the board of Sotheby's Diamonds Holdings. Pavlo serves as a non-executive director of Socure Inc., the industry leader in real-time online identity verification solutions, and MidatechPharma PLC, a global leader in the design, synthesis and manufacture of nanomedicines. Pavlo studied economics, accounting and commercial law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed his articles at KPMG in 1993. Holder of a 6th degree black belt in the Japan Karate Association (JKA), Pavlo became the first non-Japanese men's world champion at the 1994 JKA world championships in Philadelphia, USA.
Catherine Grebert - Finance Director
Originally from Australia, Cathy graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science from Sydney University, a postgraduate diploma in Public Health from Curtin University, and an MBA from the University of New England, Australia. Cathy has had a successful career across multiple industries in Asia, Europe and Australia, with a focus on healthcare and the diamond industry. In healthcare, she was involved with client care as well as service development, research development and total quality management. Prior to joining SpaceCode, Cathy worked for 10 years at one of the world's leading diamond groups where she oversaw the global compliance program and financial accounts.
George Marakis - Global Sales Director
George leads SpaceCode's sales teams throughout the world's diamond capitals, namely New York, Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Surat, Hong Kong, and Southern Africa. He is responsible for pioneering and implementing SpaceCode's RFID inventory management solution throughout the diamond industry, achieving market adoption by the world's largest manufacturers and sales offices and elevating SpaceCode into the global leader in RFID systems for the diamond industry.
Based out of India since 2011, George has worked closely in the field with leading diamond cutting and polishing factories and with SpaceCode's R&D team in Paris, and has developed a broad product portfolio tailored to meet industry requirements. George studied electrical engineering at WITS in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Senthilkumar Rathinam - Head of India Operations
Senthil is responsible for SpaceCode's RFID inventory management solution in Mumbai and Surat. Senthil is an IT specialist and has led multiple software projects. His experience abroad includes six years in Chicago as a project manager handling different clients to provide enterprise solutions. Prior to joining SpaceCode, he led teams at Infosys delivering Microsoft cloud-based solutions.
Senthil obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from Bharathiyar University in 2004.
Eric Gout - Vice President Technology
A specialist engineer in microelectronics, Eric has extensive experience in custom analog and digital ID design and development, including bipolar, CMOS, BiCMOS, and ASIC processes, as well as ROM and EEPROM memory programs.
He led the successful development of SpaceCode's advanced semiconductor technology over a period of 10 years, its integration into RFID tag designs, and the building and deployment of custom applications for the company's target industries.
Christophe Raoult - Vice President Engineering
Christophe's expertise is in electronics and electromagnetics, with specific experience in telecommunications, high-frequency signals and antennas, and algorithm, hardware, and antenna components of Radio Frequency systems.
For the past 10 years he has led the successful development and completion of SpaceCode's core hardware and software technology and its integration into customers' Enterprise Resource Systems.
Christophe studied ENSEA electronics and computer science in Paris.