Ms Betty Alexandropoulou, Executive Director and Member of the Board, ENTERPRISE GREECE
Ms. Betty Alexandropoulou is the Executive Director of Enterprise Greece and Member of the Board, with comprehensive responsibility for foreign trade. Prior to her current role, she served as Special Advisor to the Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Enterprise Greece. Ms. Alexandropoulou comes with vast experience in senior leadership roles within government as well as private-sector multinational organizations, and several years abroad in countries such as Switzerland, Argentina, and the United States. Formerly a Senior Commercial Advisor for the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Greece, her portfolio included Healthcare and ICT sectors and the SelectUSA global program which facilitates U.S. foreign direct investment. Before that, she had accumulated over 18 years of experience in senior executive positions with blue-chip companies like AT&T and Vodafone. A seasoned professional in managing global projects and teams, she specializes in international market expansion as related to trade promotion and investment attraction, as well as business transformation. Ms. Alexandropoulou holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Economics & French Literature, with honors distinction, from universities in the United States, and a Professional Certified Coach Credential by ICF (International Coach Federation). She has served in business associations such as the Propeller Club and the American Chamber of Commerce and has participated in various conferences and industry forums as a keynote and panel speaker. Ms. Alexandropoulou is multicultural and communicates in several languages - native English and Greek, as well as fluent French and Spanish.
Ms Stella Angelopoulou, Principal, Head of Technology Intelligence & Performance, GRANT THORNTON GREECE
Stella Angelopoulou is Principal, Head of Technology Intelligence & Performance of Grant Thornton in Greece and brings more than 16 years of experience. She holds a BSc. from the Open University of Patras in Science & Technology, a BSc. from the American College of Greece in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from University of Leicester. She has also served as an e-Business Tutor in Carriera Business & Computing School. During the course of her career, Stella Angelopoulou has consulted many organizations, significantly improving their efficiency in project planning and helping them achieve high results. Her expertise lies in developing digital strategies, enhancing business operations using AI, creating actionable insights through data and reinventing productivity with smart automation. She has also driven consumer-centric product & service developments and delivered large-scale projects and transformation initiatives for clients in many industries, including banking, telecommunications, media, energy, Public Sector etc.
Mr Vangelis Apostolakis, Deputy Senior Partner, KPMG in Greece
Vangelis Apostolakis is the Chairman and CEO of KPMG Advisors and the Deputy Senior Partner of KPMG in Greece. He is also the Clients & Markets Head representing KPMG Greece in the global team for developing and implementing the commercial & key accounts strategy in Greece and has recently launched and manages the Family Business Advisory group. Prior to KPMG, he has worked in Greece and abroad at: British Telecom, Ernst & Young, ICAP Hellas. He has advised a plethora of local and international clients primarily in the areas of strategic planning, business processes and systems redesign, restructuring and reorganization, management information systems design, HR systems and policies as well as advising the private client in drafting a family constitution, growth and succession planning strategies. He holds a BsC in OR & Computing and an MSc in Management Science (Leeds Met & Southampton Universities) and is a certified Intelligent Leader coach and a STEP family Business Advisor.
Mr Konstantinos Christodoulou, CEO, PIRAEUS FACTORING S.A.
Konstantinos Christodoulou took over the duties of Chief Executive Officer at Piraeus Factoring SA. as of December 31, 2020. He joined the Piraeus Bank Group in December 2012, has 27 years of experience in the Financial Sector and in multinational companies. Since April 2020, he has been the Senior Director of Retail Sales, while previously he was the Senior Director of the Small Business Segment. He previously held the position of Head of Distribution Channels in GENIKI Bank Societe Generale Group. He has worked in the Eurobank Group and in FMCG such as METAXA IDV and Bacardi Martini as Sales Director. He is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a Master in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Mr Constantinos Constantinidis, CEO, PELOPAC SA / Chairman, AGROTECH EXPORT CLUSTER
Constantinos Constantinidis is the CEO of PELOPAC since 1996. PELOPAC is one of the leading Greek exporters of table olives and other Greek and Mediterranean specialties. The company specializes in developing and producing top quality products for leading brands and retailers worldwide, including the USA, Australia, UK and Europe. PELOPAC has received multiple awards, including “Greek Export Awards” for Top Manufacturing Company (Silver) and Top Exporting Company (Bronze) and “Greek Values Awards” for Outstanding Medium Size Company, Export Excellence and Innovation. PELOPAC’s products have received 27 Great Taste Awards (UK) and have been featured at Innovation Expositions at SIAL and PLMA. Since 1988 he has been involved in new ventures in textiles production, sportswear, garment retail, building materials production and several real estate developments in Greece. He was a founding partner of Mt.Vikos and Big Picture Foods, both food import and marketing companies in the USA. Since 2020 he is the Chairman of the Board of the AgrοTech Export Cluster in Central Macedonia. He is a member of the Agrotechnology Committee of AmCham, the Boards of FIG and SEVE, the Board of Trustees of Anatolia College and the Chair of the Oversight Committee of the American College of Thessaloniki. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BSc (ENG) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Mr Dimitris Dimitriadis, Vice President & Managing Director, HELLAS GOLD
Dimitris graduated from the National Technical University of Athens as Mining Engineer-Metallurgist in 1979. He has been working ever since in the Mining Industry, holding key positions in major companies and participating in significant Mining and Infrastructure projects. He is most familiar with the Kassandra Mines project following more than 20 years in management positions in all critical areas, such as: design, permitting, development, implementation, production, in cooperation with all investors of the project (TVX Hellas, European Goldfields, Eldorado Gold). In early 2016 he has assumed the General Management of “Thracean Gold Mining SA” and “Thrace Minerals SA” and in February 2017 he moved into the role of the Vice President and Managing Director of “Hellas Gold SA”.
Mr Nikos Efthymiadis, Chairman & CEO Thessaloniki Innovation & Technology Center / Chairman REDESTOS Efthymiadis Agrotechnology Group
Education: • Graduate “Anatolia” College, Thessaloniki, 1962. Graduate Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, • Dpt. of Agricultural Sciences, 1967. • Honorary Doctorate, Kingston University, England. Professional career: • Chairman REDESTOS - Efthymiadis Agrotechnology Group, established 1935. A leading business group in Greece and Southeast Europe in the field of Agricultural technology, supplies and services. Social activities: Today: • Chairman & CEO Thessaloniki Innovation & Technology Center – Thess INTEC S.A. • President of the Thessaloniki Technology Park (1994 till today) • Chairman of the Business Information and Clearing Center (BICC) • President of the Association for Democracy in the Balkans. Social activities: In the past: • President of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece • President of the Northern Greece Businessmen’s Cultural Association • Chairman of the STABILITY PACT / Business Advisory Council for Southeast Europe, Brussels • Chairman of the Business and Cultural Development Centre • President of the Hellenic Crop Protection Association • Member by Excellence of the Board of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Contributed to several European think tanks on development and cooperation in Southeast European region. Mr. Efthymiadis is also Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Thessaloniki.
Mr Georgios Filiopoulos, CEO, ENTERPRISE GREECE
Georgios Filiopoulos is the CEO of Enterprise Greece, Greece's national investment and trade promotion agency. Before serving in the public sector, Mr. Filiopoulos worked as a business executive for various companies and organizations in the U.S. and Greece. He received his MBA from HEC Paris, holds an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, an MA in Journalism from the University of Memphis, and a BA in Advertising from Kansas State University.
Mr George Handjinicolaou, Chairman, PIRAEUS BANK
Mr. George Handjinicolaou is Chairman, non-executive member, of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Bank, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX). He is also Chairman of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Mr. Handjinicolaou has also been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Bank Association, the non-profit legal entity that represents Greek and foreign credit institutions operating in Greece. Mr. Handjinicolaou received his PhD in Finance from the graduate school of business at New York University, where he also earned his MBA, and holds a BS degree from the Law School at the University of Athens, Greece. His career in the financial services sector spans over 35 years, the vast majority of which was spent at global financial institutions based in London and New York. Mr. Handjinicolaou held the position of Deputy CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in London for 6 years (2011-16), where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. Previously and for over 25 years, he held senior management positions in the derivatives and fixed income markets at several global financial institutions including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and UBS in London and New York, while he started his career at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Mr. Handjinicolaou has also leadership experience in Greece from his roles as CEO of TBANK and as Vice Chairman of the Greek Capital Market Commission.
Mr George Karagiannopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, EUROBANK FACTORS & Chairman, HELLENIC FACTORS ASSOCIATION
George Karagiannopoulos is the CEO of Eurobank Factors since 2010, having served as General Manager of the same company since 2007. Previously, he held the positions of Regional Director of Commercial Banking and Senior Manager for Large Corporates in Eurobank coming from respective divisions of Societe Generale and Bank of Cyprus. Mr Karagiannopoulos is also the Chairman of the Hellenic Factors Association and the national delegate at the EU Federation for Factoring and Commercial Finance. Finally, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Eurobank Ergasias Leasing since 2017. He is a graduate of City University (now Cass) Business School London (MBA Finance) as well as of the University Jussieu of Paris (Maitrise, Applied Mathematics).
Mr Alexandros Kontopoulos, CEO, NBG Factors S.A.
Alexandros Kontopoulos has a factoring experience of over twenty years. He is founding C.E.O of NBG Factors S.A, a 100% subsidiary of National Bank of Greece, the oldest banking institution in Greece with over 170 years of history. He has served as Head of Factoring Division in Bank of Cyprus (Greece 2002-2008) and Account Manager in ABC Factors (Greece 1997-2002). He is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Factors Association, which he has served as Chairman for two terms (2016-2020) and member since 2009. He is also member of the Economics and Statistics Committee of EUF and a Board Member of NBG Insurance Brokers S.A. He has lectured a number of conferences and authored various articles on Factoring. He holds a Master’s Degree on Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Financial and Banking Management from the University of Piraeus, Greece.
Dr George Konstantopoulos, President, SEVE-GREEK EXPORTS ASSOCIATION
Dr. Georgios Konstantopoulos is President of SEVE - Greek Exporters’ Association, President of Egnatia Odos SA, Vice President of PEMETE - Panhellenic Association of Processing, Standardizing and Exporting Companies of Table Olives and also Shareholder, Member of the Board of Directors and Director of Exports of KONSTANTOPOULOS SA "OLYMP" - Food Industry established in1956. The company processes, standardizes and exports 95% of its sales all over the world, being present in five continets: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It has production facilities in Katerini, Kalamata and Nea Moudania and storage areas in many areas where table olive and extra virgin olive oil are produced in Kalamata. He was Deputy Minister of Health and Social Solidarity, Head of the Interparliamentary Union (IPU), Deputy Chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs and Assistant Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Dr. Konstantopoulos has graduated from the University of Munich "Ludwig - Maximillian Universität München" and studied at the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He speaks German and English
Mr Serko Kougioumtzian, Executive Director Sales & Marketing, ICAP
Serko Kougioumtzian has over 30 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Joined ICAP Group in 1988 and held key positions in the areas of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He is responsible for the implementation of corporate strategy for Credit Risk Services and Marketing Solutions in Greece and abroad, and he successfully established and developed the whole Sales Organization all over Greece. He brought the company to the top position of the Greek market with a share of more than 75%. He developed and maintained all collaborations with international customers and fully involved in the development of the business in the region (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia). He actively participated in signing and maintaining co-operations with Dun & Bradstreet, Kompass, Google. Serko Kougioumtzian holds a MBA in Management, Kingston University, UK and a BSc in Business Administration, Piraeus University, Greece .
Dr Stathis Koutsochinas, President, THESSALONIKI BAR ASSOCIATION
Dr Stathis Koutsochinas was born in Thessaloniki in 1974. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1995. He holds a postgraduate degree, LLM in Commercial Law (University of Kent - UK), while in 2004 he was awarded Doctor of Legal Sciences in the Commercial Law field of the Faculty of Law of Aristotle University, with Distinction. He is author of the book "The protection of the Community trade mark and its limitations", while his articles have been published in Greek and foreign legal journals. Since 1997 he has been a lawyer in Thessaloniki. In 2007 he was promoted to a lawyer at the Supreme Court. In the same year (2007) he has been appointed a legal advisor of the Municipality of Thessaloniki. Following the Bar elections in December 2017, he is currently the President of Thessaloniki Bar Association. He speaks English and French.
Mr Dimitrios Ν. Lakasas, Chairman, OLYMPIA ELECTRONICS AE
Dimitris Lakassas is Chairman on board of directors of Olympia Electronics S.A., the market leader in the Greek electronic safety and security industry and one of the oldest and largest electrical and electronics manufacturers in Europe. The company exports to more than 72 countries worldwide. Parallel to his entrepreneurial activities, Mr. Lakassas is: • Board Member of Greek Exportes Association (SEVE ) since 2006 • Board Member of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) since 2004 • Vice president of Greek International Export Association (SEVE) • Vice president of Panhellenic of Electrical Engineers Manufacturers (Π.Σ.Β.Β.Π.Η.Υ.) • Βoard Member of K.E.Π.Α./ΕΦΕΠΑΕ • Βoard Member of ΕΔΑΠ/ΤΠΘ Α.Ε. • Vice president of Institute of Strategic Development of Pieria (I.Σ.Α.Π.) • Author of “ Anthropos 4.0” publisher Kleidarithmos He has also served as: • Chairman on Greek Exporters Association (SEVE) • Chairman on Alexander Iinnovation Zone (AIZ) • Βoard Member of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SBE) • Vice President of Panhellenic Association of Industrialists Producers of Electrical Materials • Member of General Assembly of Ηellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). In March 2018 Mr. Lakassas received a special award as “Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year” at the International Competition of ERNST & YOUNG. He has participated at numerous congresses, forums worldwide and has published various articles at financial and sectoral magazines. He holds an MBA in Βusiness Administration (University of Sheffield) and a BA in Economics and Marketing (City College - University of Sheffield). He speakes english.
Μr Yiannis Livitsanos, Export Sales Manager, PYRAMIS METALLOURGIA SA
With a breadth of knowledge in international sales, management and business development acquired over the last 20 years, Yiannis currently holds the position of head of Export Sales at Pyramis Metallourgia A.E. and is responsible for a significant proportion of the total annual sales of the group. He has worked closely with leading multinational companies in the kitchen and bathroom industries and has made a valuable contribution to the international expansion of Pyramis with visits to over 60 countries. His background includes an M.B.A. from the University of Sheffield coupled with strong functional experience in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, and sales. Yiannis has a detailed, results-oriented approach with a track record of success and consistent achievement of KPIs.
Mr Othon Manis, Manufacturing Digitization & Data Management Director, TITAN CEMENT COMPANY
Othon Manis is the Manufacturing Digitization & Data Management Director of Group Digital Center of Competence at Titan Cement Company (2020-Present). Prior to that position he was leading the Process Automation activities of Group Engineering & Technology (2009-2020). He started his career path in Titan working in Thessaloniki’s plant (2001-2009) as Automation Engineer. His background is in Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, holding master’s degrees in Automation, Robotics, Engineering Systems and in Wireless Telecommunication Systems. Skilled in Cement, Process & Automation Engineering, Data Management and Manufacturing he is a strong business development professional, focused in Digital Transformation, Data Management, IoT and Industry 4.0. He is also member of the registry trainers of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (E.K.D.D.A) and member of the registry Instructors for Continuing Vocational Training of the National Accreditation Centre (E.KE.PIS).
Mr Panos Menexopoulos, CEO, DRYFO - Menexopoulos Bros S.A
Panos Menexopoulos is the CEO at DRYFO - Menexopoulos Bros S.A since 1988. The industry and its headquarters are located in Kalochori, Thessaloniki and the logistic center of Southern Greece is located in Metamorfosis, Athens. Dryfo is a three generation family business active in trading, processing and packing of Nuts, Dried fruits, Pulses and Spices, importing dry goods from all over the world. The company is exporting to more than 35 countries, having a substantial position in the worldwide nutfruit market. Mr. Menexopoulos over the years has participated as a shareholder in different companies domestically, and abroad. He is actively occupied in organizations such as: General Secretary of the Thessaloniki's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, General Secretary of the Thessaloniki's Traders Union, President of the Northern Greece Nuts Traders Union, Member of the International Nutfruit Organization. Graduated from American College of Thessaloniki - Anatolia in 1978, and studied Economics at Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki.
Mr Ioannis Mikrogiannakis, Founder, MIND ITHACA AGENCY
Ioannis Mikrogiannakis is the founder of Mind Ithaca agency, specializing in digital & business transformation. He co-operates with enterprises, guiding & supporting their people to achieve amazing efficiency and operational results. The “Odyssey Method” and the “Telemachus Workshop” are acknowledged as great labs for understanding and implementing business transformation. They are also considered as rare, inspiring experiences for the participants. The "Ithaca miracle" about public speaking and presentations, is the third part of his “Metamorphosis Trilogy” (Inspire - Organise - Transform). For 25+ years he served the major business software companies (Microsoft, Unisoft, Altec, Softone, SingularLogic) as team and general manager, playing an important role - both to his industry and to enterprise’s computerization. Ηis methods, are still considered as a model for many Greek software vendors and partners. Ioannis has studied Business Management at the Athens University of Economics and speaks English & French. He loves outdoor activities, he is a tournament-level chess player and an enthusiastic public speaker.
Mr George Moschovakis, Group Commercial Director, KLEEMANN SA
Mr George Moschovakis having a career that exceeds 20 years, is an experienced International Commercial Director, accountable for the P&L results of all KLEEMANN subsidiaries with Direct Reports of all the General Managers in 15 different countries. He is responsible for the consolidated profitability of a Multinational Group that employs 1450 people and offers solutions to more than 110 countries in all 5 continents. He is one of the top 6 executives of KLEEMANN’s group leadership team. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors at the second largest manufacturing facility of our Group in Serbia, as well as Kleemann Lift Ro in Romania and KLEEMANN Turkey. Among his main responsibilities is the formation of our Strategy with respect to new investments globally. Mobility is one of his main competences as he is travelling extensively spending more than 40% of his working time on international business trips. He is one of the main spokespersons of the KLEEMANN group with live interviews in BBC World news and BBC Radio. Skilled in International Business Development, Business Strategy, Negotiation, Sales and Operations Management. Professional with two Masters of Science ( MSc) focused in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Business Management from University of Warwick.
Ms Zoe Palatiana, Director of Marketing & International Exports, PALAPLAST SA
Zoe Palatiana is the Director of Marketing & International Exports at Palaplast pipes and fittings company. As a graduate of Marketing Management & Communication in Toulouse, France, she undertook the full management of Marketing actions and activities in their family business, Palaplast. In addition, applying the knowledge she gained in her undergraduate studies in the Department of Organization and Administration of the University of Macedonia, and also through learning three foreign languages - she speakes English, French, Spanish, while currently learning Turkish - she is now responsible for the actual implementation of all decisions, but also for the realization of the international sales strategy, aiming the development of exports and the image of the company. She believes that the application of new ideas, the continuous training, the guidance of the experienced first generation as well as the discussion with both of them and the company executives, are the necessary supplies that will ensure the development and success of Palaplast.
Mr Manos-Nikolaos M. Papadakis, M.Sc, Applications Executive Standards and Solutions Department, GS1 Association - Greece
Manos M. Papadakis is an Applications Executive in the Standards and Solutions Department of GS1 Association Greece. He holds a B.Sc. on Mechanical Engineering from the University of West Attica as well as a M.Sc. on Supply Chain and Logistics Management from the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Piraeus’ Faculty of Maritime and Industrial Sciences. The past 8 years in GS1 Association Greece, he is consulting and coordinating companies from various sectors (Logistics, Healthcare, FMCGs, Retail, Foodservice, Grocery, etc.) on applying the GS1 Global System of Standards, helping them to achieve key operational and strategic milestones. Additionally, he is an active member of various local and international projects and actively involved in the architecture and development of GS1 Association Greece services thus helping the association’ s companies-members engage in innovation and digital transformation. He is a member of various scientific institutes and organizations (TEE, EEL, ΗΜΑ).
Mr Theodoros Papakonstantinou, Partner, DΕLOITTE
Theodoros is a Consulting Partner in the Strategy, Analytics and M&A practice of Deloitte Greece. Based in the office of Thessaloniki, he is responsible for the development of Deloitte’s services in Northern Greece. He possesses more than 20 years of professional experience, with the last 16 in Deloitte. He has extensive expertise in the areas of strategy development, business analysis and planning, financial and operational restructuring, business and operational model optimization and M&A advisory. Theodoros has led a wide range of projects for small and medium companies, large corporations, the public sector and non-profit institutions in a variety of sectors, such as tourism and hospitality, real estate, transportation and logistics, consumer products, agrofood, manufacturing and technology. He holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Informatics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield School of Management, UK and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.
Mr Ioannis Potamitis, Applications Director, PwC Greece
Ioannis is Director at PwC and responsible for the Applications' team since July 2013. He has been involved in the SAP consulting services since 1995. Primarily he worked as SAP consultant in the area of Financials for various projects and he has been involved in various aspects of SAP implementation including project management, business requirements definition, detailed design, prototyping, configuration, system testing, change management, training and Localization of SAP. He has been involved in several SAP implementation projects in a variety of industries, such as Shipping, Financial Services & Banks, Food and Beverage, Detergent Production, Pharmaceutical Industry, Cement & Concrete Production, Defense Industry, Chemical companies, Professional Services, Communication firms, Construction, Tobacco Industry and Publishing. His experience in Project management at SAP ERP projects, regards the areas of financials, controlling/budgeting, project system, procurement, production, sales and MIS. Ioannis is Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) Certified in Project Management- IPMA Level D. He holds MBA from Nottingham Trend University, in Business Administration and B.A from University of Piraeus, Department of Business Administration.
Ms Maria Raikou (Msc), CEO ABC FACTORS, Vice President Hellenic Factors Association
Maria Raikou has a factoring experience of over twenty years. She is C.E.O of ABC FACTORS a 100% subsidiary of ALPHA BANK . Before her employment with ABC FACTORS she worked for five years with BARCLAYS BANK PLC, London(UK) initially in the Private Banking Sector and then in the wholesale Banking sector as Senior Officer of portfolios in the middle sized enterprises as well as the Large Multinational companies areas, while she acquired professional expertise during her Chartered Institute of Bankers training program. She has graduated from the Economics Department of the Law School at the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki and holds a Msc in Money Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham(UK). She served as President of the Board in the period 2009-2011 upon the establishment of the Hellenic Factoring Association and up to date she is Vice President.
Mr Aris Sfakianakis, Greek Regions Manager, DHL EXPRESS HELLAS
Aris Sfakianakis has studied Business Management and holds a MBA from University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. Aris, has been Greek Regions Manager of DHL Express Hellas since 2004. DHL is present in over 220 countries across the globe, making it the most international company in the world. DHL provides solutions for an almost infinite number of logistics needs and is a major provider for e-commerce. In Greece, the company established its presence 43 years ago. Aris has a work record in Media, e-commerce business, the Hellenic Fashion Industry Association (SEPPE) and training institutes. His professional training experience includes a variety of topics in management, Marketing, e-commerce, Sales management and exports’ marketing. Aris has worked in business consulting as a project leader for national projects and as a conductor for business plans, marketing plans and feasibility studies. Since 2014, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Exporters’ Association (SEVE)
Dr Machi Simeonidou, General Manager & Co-Founder, AGROAPPS
Machi Simeonidou is the General Manager and one of the co-founders of AgroApps. She has more than 15 years of experience in business strategy, corporation management and operational improvement. As an Agroeconomist, passionate about agricultural technologies, in 2015, together with a team of experts she co-founded Agroapps, a company dedicated to the provision of sustainable solutions that help modern farming and agriculture. In 2013, she broke into the environmental and agricultural informatics industry. She led business development at DRAXIS Environmental SA by bringing together diverse teams of researchers, programmers, business people and government officials to design and implement successful projects in the fields of environmental technologies and sustainable agriculture. Over the last years, she has managed projects of more than 30 mEUR, developed stellar teams and effective networks in the domains of agrifood and sustainable development.
Mr Konstantinos Skrekas, MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY
Konstantinos Skrekas comes from Megarhi, Trikala. He is married to Eirini Karagouni and has two daughters, Alexandra and Sophia. He holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Technology), and an M.Sc. in Construction Management from the University of Birmingham, UK. After completing his studies, he worked in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector in managerial positions. He is the co-founder of a company operating in the FMCG sector and held the posisition of CEO for 15 years. In the general election of 6 May 2012 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament (MP) for the Constituency of Trikala with the New Democracy Party. He was re-elected on 17th June of the same year. On the 25th of January 2015 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament (MP), receiving the largest number of electoral votes among candidates from all political parties, in the Constituency of Trikala. He was re-elected in the elections on 20th September of the same year. In the general elections on 7th July 2019 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament for the Constituency of Trikala. During his terms of office in the Hellenic Parliament he has been a member of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the Standing Committee on Production and Trade, the Special Permanent Committee on Research and Technology and the Special Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection. He was also Shadow Minister for the Environment and Energy Sector for the New Democracy Party from January 2016 – June 2019. He was appointed Minister of Development and Competitiveness from October 2014 until February 2015. On 9th July 2019 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food, being specifically responsible for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). On 5th January 2021 he was appointed Minister of the Environment and Energy. He speaks English and French.
Mr Yannis Smirlis, Secretary General for International Economic Affairs / Chairman of the Board, Enterprise Greece
Ioannis Smirlis is a political scientist, graduate of the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration with a Postgraduate Diploma in International and European Relations from the University of Athens (EKPA). He represented the Ministry of Interior during the rotating Greek Presidency of the EU in 2013-2014. He was Press and Public Relations Consultant of ODIE SA. in 2009-2010, Adviser to the General Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping in 2007-2009 and Adviser to the General Secretary of S.E.P.E. in 2005-2007. He was elected as the first president from Greece of the Youth Organization of the European People's Party (YEPP) 2007-2009, the largest political Youth Organization in Europe. He served as Secretary of International and EU Relations of Nea Demokratia Party and a Member of the Political Bureau of the European People's Party (Epp) in 2013-2019. During that time, he cultivated personal relationships with major stakeholders in Brussels and other European capitals. He was a European fellow of the German Marshall Foundation of the USA and a member of the EU Youth Assembly for the European Constitution (2003), the Hellenic Society of Political Science (E.E.P.E.) and the Hellenic Society of International Law and International Relations of the Aegean Institute for the Law of the Sea and Navigation. He has been a freelancer since 2009 in activities related to catering, trade and import-export. He speaks English and French.
Mr Gregory Stamatopoulos, Director General, Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO)
Grigoris Stamatopoulos is the Director General of the Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO). He is a graduate of the Saint - Michel Jesuit College in Brussels and holds degrees in Investment & Financial Risk Management (City), Business Administration (Maryland), postgraduate studies in International Business Economics (Anglia) and an MBA (AUEB). He also holds an Executive Management Certificate in Business Strategy in the era of Digital Transformation (MIT). With more than 18 years of experience in the private sector in companies such as EY, PwC, Eurobank, Macoil, etc., he is a co-founder of a start-up company, raising funds from Greek and foreign investors. He has also been a member of Boards of Directors in companies in Greece and abroad. He has many years of experience in finance, financial engineering, restructuring, project finance, mergers & acquisitions and several projects for reorganization and installation of ERP systems. He was included in the list of Fortune magazine "40 under 40" in 2015, 2016 and 2018, he is married and has one child.
Mr Gerasimos Tzeis, Managing Director, ATRADIUS HELLENIC BRANCH
He was born in 1970 in Athens. Ηe studied Mathematics at the University of Ioannina (B.Sc. in Mathematics) and he then completed his post-graduate studies in Actuarial Science at the Cass Business School of London / former City University (Diploma & M.Sc. in Actuarial Science). From 1998 to 2003 he worked in various positions at the Hellenic branch of Gerling Konzern Speziale. In 2004 he took over the position of the Managing Director at the Hellenic branch of Atradius Atradius Crédito y Caución S.A., which he holds until now. Memberships: Member of the CEO Clubs Member of the Association of Chief Executive Officers of Greece Member of the Association of Representatives and Executives of Hellenic Insurance Companies Other professional fora
Mr George Veliziotis, Commercial Director, EULER HERMES HELLAS
George Veliziotis, Commercial Director of Euler Hermes Hellas, a subsidiary of Allianz. An executive with vast experience from highly reputable companies, in the fields of FMCG, Services, Banking and Technology. Held senior positions in different organization functions at Unilever, Citibank, Eurobank, FDH, from marketing and trade marketing to product management and sales, having an excellent record of accomplishment in diverse, complex, highly competitive industries and led several successful innovative projects. Holds an Honors Degree from York University, Canada with a double major in Economics & Philosophy and an MBA from Boston University. Member of ΕΑΣΕ.
Mr Theodoros Yfantidis, Exports Manager, ISOMAT SA
Theodoros Yfantidis holds a mechanical engineering and an MBA degree. He has been part of the ISOMAT Exports team for the last 14 years and he is currently the company’s Exports Manager. During this time, his goal has always been to drive sustainable international growth for the company on a world scale. Based on the ISOMAT values of being customer centric, sharing a passion for quality, and being creative, he makes sure that the Exports Team provides consistently the ISOMAT partners with peace of mind through adaptability, innovation, integrated technical and marketing solutions, and high-quality products.
Mr Christos Constas, Financial Editor
With a twenty-eight-year career in financial journalism, Christos Konstas is currently the financial commentator for Blue Sky TV News Programs. He is also Editor in Chief for all Ethos Media Publications (i.e. www.banks.com.gr , www.nplconfidential.com.gr , www.insuranceworld.gr, XPHMA (The Money) and Insurance World monthly reviews etc) Born in Thessaloniki in December 1961, he went to high school in Michigan USA, as an exchange student. He received his first degree, with excellent mention in Political Science, in 1983, at the Panteion University of Athens. He completed his three-year post-graduate studies in International Relations in 1986, at Peking University in Beijing, PR of China. He specialised in money and capital markets, taking courses and seminars in Athens, Frankfurt and New York. Christos Konstas has worked for numerous newspapers and radio and TV stations (Ependytis, Exousia, Planet 1045, Star TV, MegaTV, Alpha TV, Alter TV). He was honoured with the Botsi Award for promoting Journalism in Greece in 2005. He speaks English, French, and Chinese.
Dr Yannis Hajidimitriou, Professor in International Business and Director of the Master's Program in International Business at the Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Dr. Yannis Hajidimitriou is Professor in International Business and Director of the Master’s Program in International Business. Professor Hajidimitriou served as Rector of the University of Macedonia (September 2010 to August 2014). He has also served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Department of Business Administration, as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Department of Marketing and Operations Management, and as Chairman of the MBA Program. Professor Hajidimitriou is holding a B.A. degree in Economics from Athens Graduate School of Economics and Business, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, USA. His research interests focus on exporting of family SMEs, international partner selection in exporting family SMEs, internationalization of family SMEs, trust in international strategic alliances, knowledge transfer in international joint ventures and critical success factors in exports. Professor Hajidimitriou also worked for the American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), USA, in the Market Analysis and Forecasting Department and served as Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas, USA, and Visiting Lecturer at the Sheffield University Management School, UK. Since July 2000, Professor Hajidimitriou is an honorary member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Exporters Association (ΣEBE – SEVE), representing the University of Macedonia. He is also member of the Administrative Committee of the Business & Exhibition Research and Development Institute (ΔΕΘ) in Thessaloniki and member of the Board of Directors of Alexander Innovation Zone, representing SEVE.
Mr Panayiotis Hassapis, Executive Vice President, SEVE-Greek Exporters Association
Mr. Hassapis is Μanagement Advisor and Executive Vice President of SEVE. He is an alumni of American College of Thessaloniki Anatolia. He studied Economics and Business Administration in France (Rouen & Paris) and holds post graduate degrees in Accounting & Management and Money, Banking & Finance (Southampton University & Birmingham University). He worked as CFO at MEVGAL SA, CFO & Legal Representative at ZANAE SA and as Treasurer at PYRAMIS METALLURGY SA following his short occupation at the banking sector. He has been teaching Financial Management & Banking at CITY COLLEGE (Sheffield University affiliated) in Thessaloniki.
Dr Panayiotis H. Ketikidis, BSc, MSc, PhD, Vice President of Research & Innovation, CITY College, University of York Europe Campus
Professor Panayiotis H. Ketikidis is the Chairman of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) and the Vice President for Research and Innovation of CITY College, University of York Europe Campus. He is the Chairperson of SEVE Digital Transformation Committee (SEVE Digital Ready 4.0 – (2020-present)]. Executive Committee Board Member of EBAN - The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players, (2020-present); Co-founder of HeBAN - Hellenic Business Angels Network (2015-present); Member of the Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee – Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce (2015-present); President and founder of the Triple Helix Association Chapter of Greece (2013-present) and Expert Evaluator for the European Innovation Council (EIC). Prof. Ketikidis is the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development (IJIRD), and Founder of the International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD).
Mr Konstantinos Ouzounis, CEO, ethosGROUP
Konstantinos Ouzounis is the CEO of ethosGROUP, a holding company which controls the ethosMEDIA, ethos EVENTS and ethosBUSINESS divisions. ethosMEDIA is the publisher of the portals banks.com.gr, insuranceworld.gr, virus.com.gr, nplconfidential.com and coffeemag.gr, and of the magazines HRIMA, HRIMA Week, Insurance World and Pharma & Health Business. ethosEVENTS organizes more than 20 conferences and awards, mainly in the insurance, health, exports and coffee industries. ethosBUSINESS is a business development consultancy, offering its services to Greek companies that want to do business in the MENA region. Konstantinos Ouzounis has participated in the BoD of numerous media and new technology companies, the Hellenic Union of Editors of Periodical Press (HUEPP) as well as the Varvakeion Model Experimental High School Alumni Association. He studied Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and at Leicester University (MBA). He has written articles for various financial magazines and newspapers. He represents companies of international acclaim, such as Euromoney Magazine, Euromoney Conferences and Georgeson Shareholders Services.
Ms Maria Samolada, Journalist GRTIMES.gr/REAL Fm
Maria Samolada is journalist and the general manager of the economic and political online newspaper Grtimes.gr, conducting personality interviews on WebTV and writing articles, has a daily newscast on Real Fm 107.1 and is the responsible editor of the revision of the journal of Police alliance of Thessaloniki. She started her career in 2000 and has worked in all types of journalism and media, including Alter Channel, Radio Thessaloniki 94.5, reporting, broadcasting and news releases. Since 2015, Maria Samolada, as a journalist, has been recognising the crucial role that it is necessary to hold anyone who serves journalism, devoting much time and having her experience at the disposal of spreading the innovative programme against bullying, www.LiveWithoutBullying.com, an action that has recently lead her to be honoured with the journalist award of the Botsi Foundation She has been born, lived and worked in Thessaloniki by choice. She is mother of a son and a member of the Union of Daily Newspaper Journalists of Macedonia - Thrace.
Prof. Dimitrios Vlachos, Chairman of the Board of the Greek Association of Supply Chain Management
Dimitrios Vlachos is Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Director of the Laboratory of Statistics and Quantitative Analysis Methods. He has been deputy president of his Department and member of the Senate of Aristotle University. He conducts research and consulting in the fields of supply chain management, logistics, applied operational research, combined transport systems management, business restructuring and strategy development. He has participated in more than 65 research projects (in 20 of them as a principal investigator) activities in the field of Supply Chain Management, and he has co-authored the respective technical reports. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He has participated as a consultant or expert in numerous projects funded by public and private organizations. He is a member of the Institute for Operational Research and Management Science, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Hellenic Operational Research Society (EEEE). He is now President of the Greek Association of Supply Chain Management (EEL) and member of the Management Board since 2007.