Kostas Latoufis received a BEng and MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Imperial College London (UK) in 2000. Since 2004, he has been working as a researcher in the Electric Power Division of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the area of Distributed Energy Resources, and is currently a PhD student in the Fluids Division of the NTUA School of Mechanical Engineering. He has co-founded the Rural Electrification Research Group (RurERG) of the NTUA, a group which conducts interdisciplinary research with the aim of providing open source technical solutions on small wind and pico-hydro systems for rural energy access. His research interests include off-grid renewable energy systems, axial flux permanent magnet generators, locally manufactured small wind turbines, rural electrification development projects, small wind turbine blade design and science, technology and society (STS) studies. He is an IEEE member, a member of the technical chamber of Greece and a member of the executive board of the Wind Empowerment association, a global network for the promotion of locally manufactured small wind turbines.