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Mr Fotis Kouvelis, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy

He was born in Volos. He studied Law, Economics and Political studies at the University of Athens. He was President of Athens Bar Association. He is member of both Hellenic Constitutional Experts Union and Hellenic Criminal Bar Association, honorary member of the Non-governmental Organization «SOS Racism» while during the time period 1991-1994, he was also President of Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims. He was member of «Lambrakis Democratic Youth» and «Regas Pheraios » Association. He was also a founding member of Communist Party of Greece (interior) serving on its Executive Office and Central Committee. He was a founding member of the «Greek Left » political party, and was elected its Secretary. During his term office it was decided its inclusion in the «Left and Progress Coalition» political party in which he was a member of the Executive Committee, Standing Committee   as well as its Secretary. He was elected as a Member of the Parliament  with the political party of  «Coalition of Left and Progress »  in the parliamentary elections of  1989, 1990, 1996, 2004,2007 και 2009  while after the parliamentary elections of  2009 he was appointed as SYRIZA Parliamentary Representative. In 2010 he founded the political party of «Democratic Left-DIMAR» and was elected its President by its first Congress. At the end of 2015 and after his leaving from the political party of «Democratic Left-DIMAR» he founded, along with other former members of Democratic Left, the political party of « European Left   Unified Movement-ΕΚΙΕΑ ». He served as Minister of Justice in 1989 Cabinet in which the political party of «Coalition of Left and Progress» participated and Deputy Minister of National Defense in 2018 Cabinet. Since 29thAugust 2018 he is Minister of Maritime and Insular Policy. He is married to Fotini Palla and father of two daughters.

Dr Georgia Ayfantopoulou, Research Director & Deputy Director, Institute of Transport (HIT) of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

Dr. Georgia Ayfantopoulou is Research Director & Deputy Director of the Institute of Transport (HIT) of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). She is the Managing Director of the Thessaloniki Technology Park Management & Development Corporation S.A (TTP). She holds:  a Civil Engineer degree of the National Technical University of Athens, with specialization in Transport Engineering, Maitrise Informatic of University of PARIS VII, DEA Transport of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausees and Engineering PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Professional and research experience in the fields of: transport systems design, application of new technologies for intelligent transport systems, smart mobility solutions and logistics. Participation and coordination of many research projects and studies. Member of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum of DG-MOVE.

Mr Thanos Tantanozis, Commercial manager of transaction banking for Northern Greece, EUROBANK

Mr Tantnozis has been working in the Greek Banking Sector since 1989. He started his banking career in the Trade Transactions department of Ergasias Bank, at Leontos Sofou Branch in Thessaloniki, and continued as head of Eurobank’s Trade Finance - Northern Greece. From 2010 until now he works as Commercial Manager of Global Transaction Banking, having the responsibility for the services development of Cash Management, Trade finance and Factoring for Northern Greece.

Mr Anastasios Ntougas, Treasurer, Thessaloniki Bar Association

Mr Ntougas graduated from the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2009, he is a lawyer in Thessaloniki since 2011, today he is an appellate attorney and has a good knowledge of English and Italian. He is specialized in banking and financial law. He is a legal advisor to a well-known banking group. He teaches at Vocational Training Centers legal issues, business management and entrepreneurship. He has a profound impact on economic and social issues concerning Greek society and vulnerable social groups. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Thessaloniki Bar Association, since January 2018 and holds the position of the Treasurer. He is also the Chairman of the Public Relations and Social Awareness Committee of the Thessaloniki Bar Association.

Mr Yiannis Sanidiotis, Group General Manager, Kleemann Group

Mr Yiannis Sanidiotis graduated in 1991 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a Mechanical Engineer. He also holds an MBA in ICBS. He started his career as soon as he graduated. He joined Kleemann Group in 2005 as deputy plants director and cabins plant manager. In 2017, he was appointed Group General Manager, a position he holds to this day.

Mr George Kastellanos, Executive Director, Hellenic Ports Association-ELIME

George Kastellanos the Executive Director of ELIME (Hellenic Ports Association) was born and raised in Piraeus. He holds a BA in Business Management from the University of Piraeus and an Msc in Maritime Management from the University of Wales. His long standing experience in Maritime Affairs spreads across most sectors of the industry. George Kastellanos has held key positions in Shipping Companies dealing with Ships and Ports Operations, Dry Cargo Chartering and in Bunkers and lubricants trading. He has acted as Consultant for the management, re-structuring and Operations of ports in Cyprus, Syria, Egypt and Greece. Following a national competition by ICAP Hellas, he was appointed the Executive Director of ELIME in 2003, when the head office was in Thessaloniki and then moved to Piraeus. He is member of the Economic Chamber of Greece and Greek ports representative in ESPO (European Seaports Organization).

Mr Nikos Lygeros, Advisor in strategy

Born 1968 in Greece raised in Lyon France, Nikos Lygeros is a mathematician, linguistics expert, writer, poet, artist, play director, music composer, involved in smart education, history, music, theater archeology, philosophy, energy, management, innovation. He is known for his high intelligence and exceptional giftedness and recognized for the actualization of his work which to date consists of over 43,500 writings and research papers, over 30 world records in number theory, in combinatorics and in algebra, over 2,600 of lectures, seminars over 1,700 interviews, more than 5,900 pieces of artwork and designs, more than 60 books, more than 180 music compositions. As a Master in strategy through geostrategy, topostrategy and chronostrategy he provides on an international level advisory work on crimes against Humanity, advocating for Human Rights and the Rights of the Indigenous people and enhancing the establishment of the Rights of Humanity. He is fluent in French, Greek and English. His official website is: His official channel is:

Mr Vangelis Asvestas, Distribution Account Manager / Cloud & IoT Lead, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, CISCO

Vangelis is working for Cisco since 2005. Having experience in various sales roles and a solid technical background, Vangelis is currently holding the Distribution Account Manager position and is also the Cloud & IoT Lead for Greece, Cyprus and Malta building and enabling an Ecosystem of partners selling complete IoT and Cloud solutions. In the past, Vangelis has worked as a Channel Account Manager & Territory Business Manager at Cisco, and also as Technical Consultant at Hewlett Packard, Informatics & M. Papasavas AEVE. Vangelis holds a Computer Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from the TEI of Piraeus and an MBA from Hellenic American University.

Mr Andreas Schinas, Manager Sales & Handling Greece, Cyprus Albania, Kosovo, Lufthansa Cargo AG

Starting his career in the airfreight industry back in 1994 in Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport, is currently Country Manager of Lufthansa Cargo AG managing the sales and handling tasks in Greece, Cyprus, Albania and Kosovo.  Multi-lingual and with experience of managing people and operations over multiple sites, different culture and knowledge, integrator of Austrian Airlines cargo department in Lufthansa Cargo organization for SE Europe.

Mr Nicolas A. Vernicos, Shipowner, Honorary President & Member of the Board, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Hellas)

Hon President & Member of the Board, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Hellas) • Vice Chair Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, China, • Member of the Board of Directors (BOD): - Hellenic Chamber of Shipping - Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry With over 30 years cumulative experience in the management of the biggest Greek public companies, he has served among others in the BOD of: Public Power Corporation, Olympic Airways, National Bank of Greece (France) S.A., Hellenic Shipyards etc. • President of the VERNICOS MARITIME group of companies founded in Constantinople in the 19th century for Tugs & Salvage • Vice President VERNICOS YACHTS S.A. • Vice President EUROCORP Financial Services SA, Athens In parallel to his business activities, ΝΑV is very active in the sectors of culture and environment. In addition of having served to the BOD of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens,, he has been a Member of BOD of: - European Cultural Center of Delphi - Elliniki Etairia, Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage - The Association for the Creation of a New Building for the National Opera and “Maria Callas” Academy - CEREC, Comite pour le Rapprochement de l’Economie et de la Culture, Brussels - Founding Chairman of the Kastela Centre of Contemporary Art in Piraeus, The Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce honored NAV as the “2019 Person of the Year” on its 70th Anniversary Gala, held in NY, March 2019. Nicolas A. Vernicos born in Athens in 1945 originates from the island of Sifnos in the Cyclades of the Aegean sea. Married with Barbara Vernicos, they have 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters. He has a M.Sc. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics (ASOEE).

Mr Vassilios Ch. Kampakis, President, Shipping Agents Association of Thessaloniki

Born in Thessaloniki, refugee origin from both parents. Although he did not study in the Maritime field, at a random visit to a shipping agency of that time in the early 1970s, he was tremendously impressed by the way of work and the particular subject. He used every acquaintance and ability to get involved into this business and he made it in the end. Starting out of course as an employee for many years, he managed to set up his own shipping agency, representing vessels, cruise ships and cargo. Further on there was more growth that forced him to engage in logistics, storage, rail transport, handling, loading and servicing of cargo on board vessels. There has been an international recognition of these efforts. The group consists of employees and laborers of 75 people with the ability to offer vertical services to the representing of ships and the handling, loading and forwarding of cargoes. He has been elected President of the Federation of Shipping Agents of Greece and of the Shipping Agents Association of Thessaloniki for many years. He is optimistic and he is struggling for the extroversion of the port and Thessaloniki in general because he believes it can not be second in turn but first in Greece and the East Mediterranean sea. Besides, his profession is based on extroversion.

Dr Ioannis Kaplanis, General Manager, Ηellenic Industrial Property Organisation - OBI

Dr. Kaplanis was appointed as Director General of the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation in 2015. He is an economist with degrees from London School of Economics (Ph.D., BSc) and University of Manchester (MSc). Before joining OBI, he worked as an Economist at the OECD for three years. In the past, Dr. Kaplanis worked for years in academia (London School of Economics; Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain), and in the Economic Team of the Mayor of London. He has extensive experience advising national and regional governments on public governance and development policies in order to promote sustainable, inclusive and innovative cities and regions (China, Chile, Mexico, Greece, UK). Dr. Kaplanis is a Research Associate on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Athens University of Economics and Business, as well as the University of Piraeus, and he is also a member of the Committee of Experts on Minimum Wage for Greece.

Dr George Konstantopoulos, President, Greek Exporters Association - SEVE

Dr. Georgios Konstantopoulos is President of SEVE - Greek Exporters Association, 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 Nikitas Kladakis, Information Security Director, Netbull

Mr. Kladakis holds a Bachelor in Department of Electronic and has certifications in IBM Security Systems Sales Professional v3, IBM Security QRadar v7.0 MR4 Fundamentals, IBM InfoSphere Guardium Solution Sales Professional v1, IBM InfoSphere Guardium, IBM InfoSphere Guardium Technical Mastery, MacAfee Certified Product Specialist - ePO and the Checkpoint -CCSA, CCSE. It has a lot of experience over twenty five (25) consecutive years as a security officer in projects of private and public sector on the Security of Information Systems.

Mr Theodore E. Veniamis, Union of the Greek Shipowners, President & Managing Director, Golden Union Shipping Co. SA

Mr. Theodore Veniamis was born in Vrontados Chios in 1950. In March 1974 he graduated from the University of Athens (School of Business and Economics) obtaining the extended title/specialization in Economics and Law. Since 1977, he is the founding director of Golden Union Shipping Co. S.A., a dry cargo Ship Management - Operating company of which he is the President/CEO. Golden Union currently operates 44 dry bulk carriers of about 5.6 million dwt, with another 1 vessel on order. He is the head of Golden Union Group, which in addition is actively involved in a growing number of shipping and non-shipping related activities. Since 2009, Mr. Veniamis is the President of the Union of the Greek Shipowners and an elected member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee since 1987. As a recognised leader in the shipping industry, he has often been active in a number of international and national associations and committees. Currently, Mr. Veniamis is President of Otesat Maritel (Telecommunications services provider) and he is also the Honorary Chairman of the DNV GL Hellenic Committee, Chairman of the Hellenic Advisory Committee of Lloyds Register, Member of the Greek National Committee of ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) as well as Member of the Hellenic Committee of RINA (Italian Class Society).

Mr George Xiradakis, President, International Propeller Club of the United States, Founder, Managing Director, XRTC Business Consultants

Mr. George Xiradakis was born in Athens in 1964 and grew up in Volos. He graduated from the Aspropyrgos School of Merchant Marine and after a five-year assignment on Greek ships as a Merchant Marine Officer, he continued his studies in Great Britain by obtaining a Diploma in Commercial Operations from City of London Polytechnic and MSc in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales. He served as Senior Manager in the French bank Credit Lyonnais both in Athens and Paris. In 1999 he founded XRTC Business Consultants, which acts as a commercial representative of foreign banks (Credit Lyonnais, Natexis Banque Populaires, Natixis) and institutions in Greek Shipping Market. Since 2010 XRTC has been an advisor of China Development Bank, while Mr. Xiradakis has been appointed as a member of the Bank's specialized advisory board. Mr. Xiradakis is President of the International Propeller Club of the United States - International Port of Piraeus, Vice President of the Hellenic Chinese Chamber, General Secretary of the Association of Banking and Financial Executives of Hellenic Shipping, VicePresident of the Greek-Chinese Association, member of the Mediterranean Committee of the China Classification Society (CCS), member of HELMEPA, Piraeus Shipping Club etc.  He is also a BoD member of Paragon Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: PRGN). In May 2019 he participated in the European elections as a candidate for MEPs.

Mr Grigoris Zarotiadis, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Grigoris Zarotiadis was born on the 23rd of February 1972 in Thessaloniki. He studied economics in Johannes Kepler University of Linz – Austria. During his PhD he spent a year in UMIST (University of Manchester – Institute for Science and Technology). Currently, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is the President of the Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region - ASECU. His research covers the fields of international economics, economic development and economic growth, having a plentiful record of international academic publications and relevant citations. Since 2000, he serves as an Independent, Non - Executive Member of the Board of DROMEAS S.A.

Mr Elias Hajiefremidis, President Worldwide Industrial & Marine Association WIMA, General Manager, HAJIEFREMIDIS S.A

Mr. Elias Hajiefremidis BSc, General Manager of HAJIEFREMIDIS S.A., is a 1996 graduate of Plymouth University U.K. with a degree in Shipping Business and Law. Upon graduation Elias joined the family business, HAJIEFREMIDIS S.A., which was established in 1959 by his father, Apostolos, and remains one of the oldest and most respected Shipping Agencies in Piraeus. Starting out as Head of Operations, Elias gradually gained the required experience to reach the position of General Manager which he holds until today.

Mr George Maronidis, Lawyer LL.M- Managing Partner, Maronidis & Associates Law Firm

George Maronidis is the founder and managing partner of “Maronidis & Associates Law Firm” admitted to practice before the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Greece. He studied law at the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace (LL.B) and holds an LL.M Postgraduate Degree in maritime & combined transport law from the University of Southampton. He also holds an Erasmus Diploma in English Law from the University of Essex. His focus is mainly on shipping law, transportation law, commercial law, company law, export law and logistics. He has established a reputation in litigation and legal counseling in his work, advising and representing domestic and international clients in relation to shipping and trading matters, investments, mergers, commercial negotiations. Over the last 23 years “Maronidis & Associates Law Firm” with offices in Piraeus & Thessaloniki provides high quality legal consulting, arbitration, mediation and litigation services in a wide range of issues, given that the Firm diligently supports its domestic and international clientele in the most effective and profitable ways, through its pragmatic and business-focused approach. The Firm’s clients range from reputable commercial companies & shipowners to Port Operators, forwarders and traders, from commercial joint ventures and shipping companies to import-export enterprises, maritime associations and unions, from blue chip companies to small businesses and private individuals. Furthermore, the Firm represents before the Greek Government, Transporter, Shipping Agent, Forwarder and Professional Associations, Organizations, Unions all over Greece and participates in major relevant Conferences.

Dr George Sarantavgas, Director of Standards and Solutions, GS1 Association Greece

Dr. George Sarantavgas, is the Director of Standards and Solutions at GS1 Association Greece. He holds a B.Eng(Hons) on Electronics & Computer Engineering and an M.Sc on Digital Communications. In 2004 the Royal Academy of Engineering of Great Britain awarded him a scholarship to begin his Ph.D studies on Electrical and Electronics Engineering for medical applications at Cranfield University and graduated in 2009. He worked in multinational companies in the High Technology industry in Europe and Greece and he has participated in projects developing hardware and software, collaborating with companies such as Samsung, Thales, BAE, GE, Carl Zeiss, Philips etc. From 2012 to 2014 he served as an advisor to the Greek Ministry of Health for sectors like technology, information systems and strategic management. He has also served as a substitute member at the Board of Directors of Sotiria General Hospital from 2013 to 2014. From 2014 he worked as a senior auditor in ISO Quality Management Systems in the healthcare sector and also as a CE auditor for medical devices and software. Dr. George Sarantavgas is a member of scientific organisations and institutes (ΙΕΕΕ, ΙΕΤ, ΕΕL, TEE).

Mr Ilias G. Bissias, Director, Naftika Chronika magazine

Ilias G. Bissias is the Director of the acclaimed Greek Shipping Magazine Naftika Chronika (published since 1931) and the educational platform He is currently also the Press Officer of SuperEco Tankers and Bulkers Management, as well as the Director of Strategy for the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers and Exporters (HEMEXPO). Since 2002 Mr. Bissias has regularly lectured on the areas of international maritime policy, strategic management in shipping, corporate communications and contemporary maritime history. Since 2014 he is part time and adjunct lecturer at the ALBA Graduate Business School. In the past he has also worked for the European Commission (1999-2002) and was a legal correspondent for Greece in the areas of air transport law and policy. Mr. Bissias holds a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Law from the University of London. In 2009 he was invited by the US State Department to visit the US on the IV Leadership Program (IVLP).

Mrs Eleni Stathatou, President, Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO)

Eleni Stathatou holds, a master’s degree in Marketing Management & Communication with New Technologies from the Athens University of Economics & Business, a master’s degree in Tourism Marketing and Management from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, a bachelor's degree, in Philosophy from the National & Kapodistrian University of Economics. She also holds International Certification (ICC), e-learning and professional certifications from Hellenic Bank Association (HBA) and other recognized organizations. With 36 years of distinguished performance in the National Bank of Greece, 26 of which in senior positions, she worked in the field of credit operations, foreign operations (imports and exports), transactions and deposits in euro and foreign currency and the last 5 in the position of Deputy Director in the International Trade Division of the Bank for the centralized management of documentary credits, documentary collections, or clear collections and international trade (e.g. forfeiting). She has extensive experience as a seminar speaker since 1988 (in the National Bank and in private institutions), specialized in issues of international trade, operations in euro and foreign currency (trading, deposits). She speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Dr Maria Boile, Associate Professor of “Port and Inland Terminal Policy and Management” and Director of the MSc program in Shipping at the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies

Dr. Maria Boile is Associate Professor of “Port and Inland Terminal Policy and Management” and Director of the MSc program in Shipping at the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies, Head of Unit on Transport Economics and Environment, Maritime and Air Transport, at the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), and Affiliated Faculty member at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers University. She has a diploma in Civil (Transportation) Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University, US, and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, US. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of passenger and freight intermodal transport system modeling, freight and maritime logistics, port and inland terminal operations and management. She has participated in over 70 sponsored research projects in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, leading over half of them. She has authored and co-authored over 170 technical articles and 12 book chapters. Her teaching and research work has received prestigious awards. She has worked as a consultant in numerous transport and logistics projects.

Mrs Danae Bezantakou, CEO, Navigator Shipping Consultants

Danae Bezantakou is CEO of Navigator Shipping Consultants, shareholder of KEFI S.A. and MATILDA HOTEL in Zakynthos Island. She is also President of iforU-Greek Mentoring Network, which empowers women’s entrepreneurship through mentoring & networking and Concept Founder of YES FORUM - the leading platform of open dialogue in the Greek Shipping and Sea Tourism Industries among principals, executives and university students, recent graduates and young executives. Danae represented Greece twice in International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) “Women in Leadership” organized by Hilary Clinton, in March 2011 & “On Demand Opportunity: Alumni Association Development” in December 2017. She has been nominated to be one of the European Young Leaders (2014), her name was included in the "Purpose Economy Europe 100 List 2014", as well as in the 40under40 list of Fortune Greece. She is founding member and the 1st President of the Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association of State Department Programs during the period 2015-2018. Danae was appointed as Young Global Leader from World Economic Forum for the years 2015-2020, holds Global Dignity's Greek Country Chair and has been nominated to join the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. Her dedication to the growth of Entrepreneurship made her to be named as a Role Model in the campaign #Makingithappen organized by the U.S. Embassy to Greece. She regularly participates as a speaker, judge or mentor in competitions, school and university lectures and events related to entrepreneurship. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey. She has a 10 year old daughter.

Mr Sotirios Theofanis, President & CEO, Thessaloniki Port Authority SA

Sotirios (Sotiris) Theofanis is currently the Chairman of the BoD and Chief Executive Officer of the privatized Thessaloniki Port Authority SA and Member of the BoD of the South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT) Ltd. An internationally acknowledged expert, academic and manager in the fields of freight transportation; logistics; and ports. Former Expert; Head of Unit; and acting Director for Ports with the Ministry of Merchant Marine, Greece (1985-1999). Former Chief Executive Officer of Thessaloniki Port Authority SA, Greece (1999-2002) and Chairman of the BoD and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Piraeus Port Authority SA, Greece (2002-2004), he led the efforts for the restructuring and listing of the two port companies in the Athens Stock Exchange. Former Director, Freight and Maritime Program (FMP) and Director of Strategic Planning (2006-2012) at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA, he is currently Fellow and Visiting Professor with the same University. He is also Senior Visiting Lecturer with Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel, Chairman of the National Port Training Institute and member of the ESPO (European Sea Ports Organization) Executive Committee, where he has been selected as the Port Professional of the Month in April 2019.

Dr Antonis Kalis, Head of R&D activities, SignalGeneriX Ltd

Dr. Antonis Kalis is working with SignalGeneriX Ltd, as head of its R&D activities. He has previously been employed as an adjunct professor in Carnegie Mellon University, an Associate Professor in Athens Information Technology, and a visiting scientist in the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya. He has numerous journal and conference publications, IEEE tutorials and invited talks (e.g. in Bell Labs, Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Trento, University of Piraeus, etc.), a US patent, a Marconi paper award nomination, and the 2000 Chester Sall Memorial award of the Consumer Electronics Society. From May 2012 to November 2018 he has served as the technical director of Lynceus and Lynceus2Market, two EU projects on large passenger ship safety, coordinating research, development, manufacturing and integration activities, and acting as the projects’ spokesman in several occasions, including a Euronews Futuris documentary and a TEDx invited talk. The system developed through these projects was awarded the prestigious Lloyd’s List Global Innovation Award in 2014 and is in operation in one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships since May 2018.

Mr Roberto Karahannas, General Manager Domestic & International Retail HELPE & Chief Executive Officer EKO SA

An economist specialized in Finance and Accounting. A Fulbright scholar, he studied in the United States and holds a post graduate degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. He is a member of ΦΒΚ (Phi Beta Kappa), ΒΓΣ (Beta Gamma Sigma) and ΒΑΨ (Beta Alpha Psi) honorary societies. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) with extensive experience in management positions in several sectors of the economy such as financial information, maritime and energy. His professional career begins in 1992 working in Cyprus as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). In 1995 he moves to Greece as an Area Finance Manager for Dow Jones Telerate, where he also held the position of the President of the Board of Directors.  In 2001 and for the next 5 years, he works in the marine sector for Royal Olympic Cruises and Capital Maritime & Trading. Since 2006 he works for the Hellenic Petroleum Group, originally as the Group Controller, later as the Finance General Director of EKO ABEE, and the Retail Finance Manager.  Today he is the General Manager of Domestic and International Retail for the Hellenic Petroleum Group, Chief Executive Officer for Hellenic Fuels and Lubricants and Chairman at the Hellenic Petroleum Marketing Companies Association (SEEPE).He participates actively on several BoD’s of Hellenic Petroleum companies in Greece and abroad as well as on a number of group committees regarding investments, credit assessment and remuneration.

Mr Vassilis Kechagias, Cofounder & CEO, SUPERALLOYS Company

Vasileios Kechagias, Mechanical & Materials Engineer with MSc and PhD in Materials Technology from Aristotle University, cofounder and CEO of SUPERALLOYS Company, was born in Thessaloniki in 29-7-1971. He is specialized for many years in the field of large-scale industrial maintenance projects and machine elements manufacturing, using advanced materials and processes for Marine Cement, Power Generation, Oil and Defense Industry. Due to his particular expertise and know-how in the urgent Mechanical Maintenance sector, he developed a strong extroverted activity with special technical projects and direct export of mechanical products, to the wider Balkan region, Europe, America, Middle East and Asia. He is also participating and managing R&D programs in advanced materials and processes, in cooperation with research teams of universities. He is member in the board of directors of SEVE, in the board of directors, in the Chamber of Small & Medium sized Industries of Thessaloniki while in the period 2013-2016 he was member in the board of directors in Alexander Innovation Zone.

Mr Kostis Achladitis, Managing Director, Golden Cargo

Being already 40 years in shipping industry. Since 1977 working in Golden Union Shipping Group. In 1984 was appointed as Purchasing Manager. In 1989 was appointed to set up and develop Golden Cargo as Managing Director. Jan 2018 elected 2nd Vice President at Piraeus Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Propeller Club member and Chios Marine Club board member. Born and raised in Vrontados- Chios. Graduate the City of London Polytechnic (London University). Holds a BSc in Maritime Economics and MSc in Logistics.

Dr George D. Pateras, President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Chairman, Contships Management Inc

George D. Pateras, born in London, UK and the father of 3 adult children, is the Deputy Chairman, Contships Management Inc. and since 2016 the Chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping. He studied Engineering and Economics and holds a BSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, MS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT and a  PhD from Plymouth University. He is a Board member of the Hellenic War Risks Association and the Bahamas Shipowners Association, Chairman of the Hellenic Shipping War Risks Insurance S.A., Vice Chairman, NATO, PBOS now TG(OS) (2000-) and permanent advisor (AMSCC) of the Hellenic Ministry of Defense. Dr. Pateras has also served as the Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association (20112015) and as a Board member of the Hellenic Seamen’s Pension Fund (1984-1993), Olympic Aviation (1991-1993), the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (1986-2015), the Union of Greek Shipowners (1983-2004), HELMEPA (1996-1998), the BSA representative on International Chamber of Shipping (2011-2015) and Managing Director of Aegeus Shipping S.A. (1981-2018)

Mrs Helen Polychronopoulou, President Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters – HEMEXPO, Executive Vice President of Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) SA & Business Development Manager of ERMA FIRST ESK ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS SA

Helen Polychronopoulou, is currently the Executive Vice President of Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) SA and the Business Development Manager of ERMA FIRST ESK ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS SA, designing and producing the ERMA FIRST ballast water treatment systems. She is also the co-founder and co-owner of HELENGI ENGINEERING Ltd, with expertise in a range of applications for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Moreover, she is a member of the Board of Directors of GLOBAL NAVIGATION SOLUTIONS GREECE. She has studied chemistry and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of environmental protection, marine equipment, shipping and ship parts industry. She has been the Director of the Research and Development department of EPE SA, where she has developed innovative equipment for the management and treatment of liquid waste and potable water. Then, she moved to the Business Development department where she successfully undertook projects for the expansion of the company in new markets, by introducing new products and services. Currently, she is involved in expanding the new markets being the President of the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters – HEMEXPO. She is also a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), member of the Mediterranean Committee of China Classification Society (CCS) and member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (HIMT). Helen has recently been honored as the “Greek Pioneer Entrepreneur of the year 2015”, awarded by Ernst & Young. Finally, she has been a member of the Greek IMO Delegation at MEPC and D&E sub-committees, the Vice President of the Association of Environmental Protection Companies in Greece (PASEPPE) and the national representative for the European Business Environment Awards.

Capt. Dimitrios Mattheou, CEO, Arcadia Shipmanagement & Aegean Bulk, Chairman, Green Award Foundation

Dimitrios Mattheou ( is the CEO of Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd & Aegean Bulk Co Inc, highly recognized for his contribution as an active member of International Organizations. In particular, he is the Chairman of the Green Award Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Hellenic Mediterranean Panel in INTERTANKO, Governor of the International Propeller Club of the United States, and Executive Committee Member in Norwegian Hull Club, INTERCARGO, HELMEPA and ALBA Graduate Business School. Dimitrios is an inspiring Leader, committed to his job tasks, innovative in his roles and loyal to the corporate spirit. Through his actions he has earned the respect of the maritime community and has been awarded three times as a Best Manager and as a Significant Personality.(Exceptional Personality of Shipping Award / Vaporia Marine Awards 2018, Best Manager award / Efkranti Awards, Personality award / GREEN4SEA Awards, Personal award / Masters & Mates Union of Greek Merchant Marine). As an experienced sailor, he has never neglected the new generation of the seafarers. Therefore, he provides frequent Industry-based tuitions for Post-graduate students as a guest Lecturer at various Academic Institutions for Maritime studies, such as the Piraeus Maritime University, the ALBA Graduate Business School and the Metropolitan College. Inspirational personal quote: ‘Leading through Vision. Inspiring through Actions’.

Mr Panayiotis Hassapis, Executive Vice President, Greek Exporters Association - SEVE

Mr. Hassapis is Financial 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.

Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis, Vice Principal for Research, Innovation and External Relations of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College and Chairman of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC)

Professor Ketikidis is the Vice Principal for Research, Innovation and External Relations of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College and Chairman of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) and has over 30 years of experience in management, education, innovation, research, and competitive research funding with various networks established as a result of this experience. He is invited regularly as Keynote speaker in several national and international business and academic conferences. Prof. Ketikidis is Emeritus Member of the Exporters’ Association of Northern Greece Management Board (SEVE) 2006-present); the President and founder of the Triple Helix Association Chapter of Greece (established in 2013); Member of the Board of the Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki [(AZK) 2013-present] and Co-Founder of the Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN). 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 Athanassios Daflos, Head of i-Services, Global Transaction Banking, Eurobank

Athanassios serves as Head of i-Services at Eurobank Global Transaction Banking Sector. He has served as Chief Information Officer and member of the Eurobank Factors SA Executive Committee. Before joining Eurobank S.A. (2004), he has served as Technology Consultant at Scientific Institutions and as Chief Information Officer at financial & technology companies. He holds a degree in Physics along with an MSc in Information Technology from the University of Athens, and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics & Business. He has been engaged in several scientific projects in the areas ofTechnology at the University of Athens.

Mr Nikos Ypofantis, Journalist, SKAI Medai Group

Nikos Ypofantis works fors SKAI TV, radio SKAI 100,3, as well as for, and . He is the presenter of Ready Business programme at SKAI television, and he also broadcasts on the radio of SKAI 100.3. He specialises in the sectors of business, energy, trade, innovation, technology and the "real" economy. He works as a communications consultant to energy companies, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurship and the Athens Business Chamber and he is Pr Specialist in expense Reduction is a cost management services company VERALLIS. He has studied communication, media and advertising. He speaks Spanish and English, as well as Greek.

Prof. Dimitrios Vlachos, Director of the Laboratory of Statistics and Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LASCM) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece

Prof. Dimitrios Vlachos is the Director of the Laboratory of Statistics and Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LASCM) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece. 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 60 research projects (in 15 of them as a principal investigator) 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 President of the Greek Association of Supply Chain Management (EELBE).

Mr Konstantinos Ouzounis, General Manager of Ethos Media S.A

Konstantinos Ouzounis is the General Manager of Ethos Media S.A., publisher of portal, HRIMA magazine, HRIMA Week online newspaper, Insurance World magazine, portal, , Pharma & Health Business (Ph.B) magazine, portal, aλive newspaper, as well as organizer of Ethos Events & Ethos Awards. 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 Proxy Solicitation.

Dr Yannis Hajidimitriou, Professor in International Business and Chairman of the Department of Business Administration at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr. Yannis Hajidimitriou is Professor in International Business and Chairman of the Department of Business Administration at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is also Director of the Masters Program in International Business. Professor Hajidimitriou served as Rector of the University of Macedonia (September 2010 to August 2014). He also served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the MBA Program, and as Chairman of the Department of Marketing and Operations Management. Professor Hajidimitriou is holding a B.A. degree in Economics from Athens Graduate School of Economics and Business Sciences, and an 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 critical success factors for exporting, strategies of international expansion and international strategic alliances. 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.

Mr Frank Zervos, Sales Consulting Director in Oracle Hellas

Frank Zervos is Sales Consulting Director in Oracle Hellas. He has over 25 years experience in Oracle Technology and IT and has held several managerial positions in both sales and service delivery. He has managed several sales consulting teams in Greece and South Eastern Europe over the last decade and worked with several customers from various industry sectors and countries, orchestrating the presales and bid management teams to propose technology solutions that meet customers’ business needs and generate business value. He is currently managing the Cloud Platform Solution Engineers team for Central Europe, driving the Oracle Cloud Platform Services portfolio and supporting Cloud Platform sales. He holds a BSc in Mathematics with specialization in Applied Mathematics and Information Technology.

Mr Makis Tzeis, Managing Director, Atradius Crédito y Caución S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros (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 Credit Insurance N.V., which he holds until now. Memberships: Member of the Association of Chief Executive Officers of Greece Member of the Association of Representatives and Executives of Hellenic Insurance Companies Member of the CEO Clubs Other professional fora

Mr Aris Sfakianakis, Greek Regions Manager, DHL Express Hellas

Aris Sfakianakis has studied Business Management and he 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 shipping and maritime industry.  In Greece, the company established its presence 40 years ago. He 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 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)

Mrs. Vasiliki Paraskeva, microSTARS Credit Officer, KEPA

Mrs. Vasiliki Paraskeva is an economist, graduate of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Sciences, by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with significant experience in the Greek banking sector upon issues related to finance, deposits, customer service, credit, recently microcredit as well. Being KEPA’s executive, she acted as an evaluator of investments projects that were under CSF II and NSFR 2007-2013, by the Department for managing co-financed by EU programs, while from the beginning of 2016 as a Credit Officer by "microSTARS" Business Development Services Center in Thessaloniki.

Mr Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, EY Greece

Panos Papazoglou is the Managing Partner in Greece since July 2010. Effective January 2011 he also holds the role of the CSE South Cluster Leader, effective January 2015 the role of Central & Southeast Europe Markets Leader and effective July 2018 the role of the Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and Central Asia Markets Leader. He has served as Head of Assurance in Ernst & Young Romania for two years and focused on the energy and technology sectors. He has also served as CMP and Head of Assurance in Bulgaria for three years. Panos Papazoglou joined Ernst & Young in 1988 and is based in the Athens office. He is a Qualified Accountant in Greece and Romania. He is a member of the BoD of American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, member of the BoD of the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research and also member at the CEO Clubs and Endeavor.

Mr Theodoros Papakonstantinou, Principal, Head of Advisory Services in Thessaloniki, Deloitte

Theodoros is a Principal in the Strategy & Operations (S&O) Consulting practice of Deloitte Greece. He serves as the advisory services leader of Deloitte’s office in Thessaloniki and leads Deloitte’s Digital Strategy & Transformation market offering in Greece. He possesses more than 14 years of consulting experience, with extensive expertise in the areas of strategy development (incl. digital and marketing strategies), business analysis and planning, M&A advisory, and financial and operational restructuring. Theodoros has led a wide range of projects primarily for small and medium companies in a variety of sectors, such as consumer products, agrofood, travel and hospitality, manufacturing, real estate and construction, technology. He holds a Bachelor 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.

Mrs Dimitra Papandreou, Principal Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Dimitra Papandreou is Principal Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). She joined EBRD in the beginning of 2018 and she is leading the ‘Advice for Small Businesses Programme’ in Greece, which aims at supporting small and medium enterprises grow by connecting them with local consultants and international advisors. Dimitra has 15 years of professional experience in the provision of advisory services to businesses and organisations in various industries on business strategy and operations. In the past she has worked as a management consultant for Deloitte and Planet SA in Greece. Dimitra holds a BSc in Financial and Banking Management from the University of Piraeus and an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath (UK).

Mr Paris Panagiotidis, CEO LineGroup & Global Service Partner Alibaba

Paris Panagiotidis is an economist with a Master’s degree in Strategic Product Design. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Chinese Chamber of Commerce and founder of six successful companies operating in various sectors such as energy, construction, yachting and consulting services. The Group of companies (Line Stoves, Stand Line , Euphoria Yachting, Yacht A yachting, Mr.Buy και Line Group), have a multinational presence and operates in four continents and more than 30 countries. Line Group, was selected by Alibaba Group, the Chinese giant of eCommerce, as the Global Service Partner of in Greece. Mr. Panagiotidis and his associates consult businesses of all sizes to expand their exporting activity worldwide. He has been collaborating with some of the biggest Greek manufacturers while he has helped many SME’s to build their success stories and transform to major export units in a very short time. He is distinguished for the innovative and tailor made services he has designed for Line Group, while he is the certified Lecturer of for Europe.

Mr Lefteris Ntouanoglou, Cofounder & CEO at Schoox Inc.

Lefteris Ntouanoglou is the main founder and CEO of Schoox Inc., an Austin based company, originated from Greece, which developed Schoox, a disruptive Learning and Talent Development Platform. In a crowded market with over 500 competitors Schoox stood out in just a few years to become one of the fastest growing Talent Development Systems with over 1,000 customers and 5M employees. During his PhD he developed computer algorithms for fast computation of holographic patterns and graduated with Honor. In 1998 he was praised with the Award of Innovation from the Association of Holographic Techniques. A high skilled engineer and a visionary entrepreneur who raised $6.5M funds so far from US based investors and built one of the most successful Greek startup companies. Lefteris was born and grew up in Germany and speaks fluent Greek, German and English. He resides in Greece with his wife and his two children.

Mr Grigoris Moutafis, President & General Manager,Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO)

Grigoris Moutafis, President & General Manager,Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO), is a graduate of the Department of Financial, Statistics & Insurance Studies, University of Piraeus and holder of the executive diploma of the Annual Course for Insurance Executives, Greek Institute for Insurance Education (EIAS). He has also attended a great number of seminars, related to the Financial, Insurance and Management issues. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of AIGAION INSURANCE S.A. With over 24 years working experience in the Insurance Industry, he had worked as Finance & Administration Manager for reputable companies such as AIGAION INSURANCE S.A, MAPFRE ASSISTENCIA CO S.A. as well as in BRITISH PROVIDENCE and INCHCAPE GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY (TOYOTA HELLAS Group of Companies). He is Member of the Greek Economical Chamber and the Association of Representatives & Executives of Insurance Companies. Since August 2017, Mr. Moutafis is the President & General Manager of Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO)

Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Opposition Leader & President of Nea Demokratia

Kyriakos Mitsotakis was born in Athens in March 1968. He graduated Salutatorian from Athens College in 1986. Kyriakos obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies, summa cum laude, from Harvard University in 1990. During his studies at Harvard, he was awarded the Hoopes & Tocqueville prizes. Kyriakos also earned an MA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Kyriakos worked in London as a financial analyst with Chase Investment Bank and as a consultant with McKinsey and Company. In 1997, he returned to Greece where he joined Alpha Ventures as a senior investment officer. In 1999, Kyriakos joined the National Bank of Greece as CEO of NBG Venture Capital. In January 2003, he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow. In April 2003, Kyriakos resigned from NBG Venture Capital in order to pursue a career in politics. He was elected to Parliament with Nea Demokratia in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2015. Until June 2012, Kyriakos was the shadow-minister for the environment and climate change for Nea Demokratia. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Hellenic Parliament. Kyriakos served as Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance from June 2013 until January 2015. From February 2015 until November of the same year, he was the first-in-order Parliamentary Representative of Nea Demokratia in Parliament. Kyriakos Mitsotakis was elected president of Nea Demokratia on January 10th, 2016.

Mr Panagiotis Milis, Head of Operations, DK Consultants

Mr Panagiotis Milis has excellent analytical skills and proven ability in the development of innovative strategies by taking business decisions in real time. He has graduated from the Economic University of Athens with specialization in Marketing and has gained deep knowledge in the computer science as well. During his career he has worked in senior and top management positions in Greece and abroad, by implementing totally successful penetration and positioning strategies that have led to high market shares for the companies he worked for. As an expert in Marketing and computer science he is developing the evolution of the theory of Marketing from the 4Ps to the 4Is (Imagination, Innovation, Integration, Inner Play, IT). As the Head of a small group, he managed to place his team at the top two positions in the list for the 10 best paid apps of all time in the Greek Apple App Store. He is married with 2 children and works at DK Consultants, as the Head of Operations & Development Director.

Mr Yiannis Mikrogiannakis, Board Advisor at SoftOne Technologies S.A

He is Board Advisor at SoftOne Technologies S.A., also founder of a consulting agency. For 25+ years he served most of the major Greek software vendors (Unisoft, Altec, SingularLogic and SoftOne), playing a leading role in all of them: he has been in charge of sales, marketing, customer services, product development and quality assurance departments as well as large units in GM level positions in Greece and abroad. He has worked in the design, marketing & service of numerous ERP, CRM, Accounting, HR & Payroll software products and he has cooperated with hundreds of enterprises in the field of manufacturing, distribution, retail and services. He has supervised large teams, complex IT projects, as well as packaged solutions for mass SME market. His standardization methods are considered a model for many Greek software vendors & partners. He has studied Business Management at the Athens University of Economics and speaks English & French.

Mr Chris N. Konstas, Financial editor for “FILELEFTHEROS” (“Liberal”) daily  and  financial commentator in television and radio stations

With a twenty-seven-year career in financial journalism, Christos Konstas is currently  financial editor for “FILELEFTHEROS” (“Liberal”) daily  and  financial commentator in television and radio stations. He is also  Editor in Chief for and  Content Manager for Ethos Media Publications. He has worked as Editor in Chief for the Paraskinio newspaper and also is currently a columnist for the Sunday newspaper Vradyni. • Born in Thessaloniki in December 1961, he attended last year of 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, in Peking China at Beijing University of the People’s Republic of China. He specialised in money and capital markets, taking seminars in Athens, Frankfurt and New York. Christos Konstas has worked for numerous newspapers and radio and TV stations (Ependytis, Exousia, Planet 1045, Star, Mega, Alpha, Alter, Thema Radio 104,6, Action 24 tv). He was honored with the Botsi Award for promoting journalism in Greece in 2005. He speaks English, French, and Chinese.

Mr Tassos Konstantelos, Business Development Manager of Frontline Insurance Brokers

Tassos Konstantelos is the business development manager of Frontline Insurance Brokers. Following his studies in the UK, he has worked as an insurance broker with a very wide spectrum of businesses, from services to heavy manufacturing companies in all lines of insurance. He has a passion for the insurance industry and technologies so with the cybercrime insurance he combines both. He has been dealing with the Cyber risks for 6 years now, both in Greece and abroad and he believes in the merit of this type of insurance especially now that the threats are still mostly underrated. He uses a risk management approach in order to identify threats and provide solutions, safekeeping the insured companies.

Mr Apostolos Kenanidis, President of Hellenic Federation of Road Transport (OFAE)

Having started his career as an electrical engineer in one of the leading group of companies in Greece, Mr Kenanidis very soon got deeply involved into politics both on a regional and a national level. At the same time he started his own business as an international road transport operator. As soon as he recognized the challenges and the opportunities there are in this sector, he took advantage of his experience in politics and got personally involved in the Hellenic Federation of Road Transport (OFAE), where he serves as a President during the last ten years. Being a leader and a visionary, Mr Kenanidis is working hard for the development of the Greek road transport sector.

Mr Dimitris Gkikas, Digital Marketing & Artificial Intelligence Researcher in the Department of Business Administration of Food & Agricultural Enterprises at University of Patras

Dimitris Gkikas is a Digital Marketing & Artificial Intelligence Researcher in the Department of Business Administration of Food & Agricultural Enterprises at University of Patras where he is conducting consumer behavior analysis based on Artificial Intelligence. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Informatics Engineering. His Master’s degree focused on Artificial Intelligence & Robotics. He is working as a Digital Account Manager at Oweb Digital Experience focusing on delivering solutions for startups and medium corporations. He is also an IT lecturer at Department of Business Administration at TEI of Western Greece teaching IT courses. Led by the passion for technology he is constantly following any upcoming digital marketing trends which affect organic or paid results on search engines and social media. Data Mining, Machine Learning, SEO and PPC are some of his areas of expertise. He has been participating in several international competitions and research programs like HFRI, Horizon, European Capital of Culture etc.

Mr George Daniolos, Managing Director of HERON Group

George Daniolos is the Managing Director of HERON Group of companies (Heron I & II) since 2017 and is also the Managing Director of ENGIE Hellas S.A. since 2006. Mr. Daniolos prior to his engagement with ENGIE was employed by VODAFONE in various positions in Greece and abroad for more than 10 years. George Daniolos has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras and an MSc in Management Science from the University of Warwick. He is married, father of two children and speaks Greek, English and German.

Mr Dimitris Christou, Director Market Development at the Organisation GS1 Association Greece

Dimitris Christou, is coming from the market, with high involvement in commercial activities, both private and as a manager in sales, over the last 25 years. Born in Athens in 1966, is a graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of TEI Patras. From 01.05.2015 until today, holds the position of Director Market Development at the Organisation GS1 Association Greece. He speaks English and German and is married with three children.

Mr Nikolaos Botinis, Regional Sales Manager Enterprise, Commercial & Partners Greece, Cyprus, Malta Cisco

Nikos has more than 19 years’ experience in the local IT channel industry. He is now responsible for sales in Enterprise, Commercial (Mid & SMB) business sector and managing the relationship of Cisco Systems with the Cisco Partners in Greece, Cyprus & Malta. Nikos, joined Cisco in 1999 as a reseller account manager. Prior to his current position he has held various other roles within Cisco, including Distribution Account Manager, Partner Account Manager and Area Manager. Prior to joining Cisco he has worked for Unicom, InfoQuest and Altec in several positions responsible for sales goals. He was honored as "Channel Account Manager of the year for Greece" in 1999 and also "Cisco Channel Account manager of the year for EMEA" in 2003. He has also played a key role in ensuring continuous business growth, profitability and increase market penetration through direct coverage and network of Channels. Nikos has studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and graduated from the Post Graduate in Business Administration programme of the Hellenic Management Association (EFQM, EFDM). He has also attended several specialized seminars on management process, finance, negotiations and marketing business methodologies.

Mr Leonidas Babanis, Founder and CEO of NORTH EVENTS

Leonidas Babanis has been active in the promotion of the Greek tourism industry as well as the Greek products sectors for a long period, over which he gained substantial experience and know-how in a highly competitive international arena. Following his studies in Canada for Mechanical Engineer at the Concordia University he returned to Greece in 1986 in order to found one of the pioneering software houses in Central Greece, LOGISMIKO, while a few years later, in 1990 he took over as Commercial Director in one the country's fastest growing website houses, HELLAS NET. His successful course over a span of 5 years, led him to FORTHNET - again from the position of Commercial Director. In year 2001 he joins the Vardinoyannis Group of Companies and leads in the newly founded company CHOOSE MEDIA as General Director - with a core objective for the promotion of Greece in major international markets abroad. Since 2007 Leonidas Babanis is Founder and CEO of NORTH EVENTS, as visioner of the only large scaled national exhibitions for Greece in important markets such as the USA, Scandinavia, Poland, and more upcoming, novel markets."

Mr Elias Athanasiou, CEO of Enterprise Greece

Elias Athanasiou was appointed CEO of Enterprise Greece in May 2017. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the private sector in various industries. During his professional career he has worked for major corporations and has been involved in complex international transactions, mergers & acquisitions, fund raising through local and international capital markets (equity, straight & convertible bonds), business development and exports internationally, spanning through all continents. He holds a B.Sc. in Marketing from ULV California, an M.Sc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and the international professional investment accreditation, CFA.

Mr Anastasios Katsiris, Management Consultant for COFACE in Greece

Anastasios Katsiris is currently Management Consultant for COFACE in Greece having more than 30 years’ experience in the field of Insurance and has been Director of the Credit Insurance division of ETHINIKI ASFALISTIKI for 20 years. He has also been member of the Board of directors of companies in various industries and has lectured in many seminars. He is a graduate of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Economics and has followed Training courses Greece and Abroad in Insurance, Reinsurance, Auditing, Risk Analysis and Finance. He is married with two children.

Mr Andreas Spyridis, Founder and Managing Director of iTrust

Andreas Spyridis is the founder and Managing Director of iTrust; an award-winning performance marketing agency. What started as a one-man-show during his studies at the Technical University of Berlin, begun taking shape in 2006, in Thessaloniki. He built iTrust on a simple premise; “Anything can be done, if you get the strategy right.” He turned an ambitious vision into an energetic, data-driven marketing agency with a hand-picked roster of Greek and international clients. Today, he consults with clients, and brings insights & fresh ideas to conferences across Greece. Thanks to his business acumen, iTrust has become a key player in Digital, forming partnerships with the likes of Google, Facebook and Searchmetrics and executing successful strategies for its international clients.


Dimitris Lakassas is Vice President and CEO 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 has served as: • President of the BoD of Greek Exporters Association (SEVE) • President of the BoD of Thessaloniki Innovation Zone (Alexander Innovation Zone) • Member of the BoD of Federation of Industries of 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).

Mr Dimitris Karavasilis, International Strategy Consultant, founder and CEO of the DK Consultants firm

Dimitris Karavasilis is an International Strategy Consultant, founder and CEO of the DK Consultants firm, which operates in the field of Business Consulting specializing in the areas of International Marketing and Strategic Development of International Activity and CEO of the IDEA MONKEYS marketing and creative agency based in New York and London. He has studied Business Administration and International Marketing at University of Sheffield. He has been participating as an invited speaker in many local and international conferences concerning export trade and International Marketing and he has also attended several specialized seminars internationally in marketing, export and sales.  He is a member of the Administrative Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Greek International Business Association (SEVE) and an Executive Consultant on international trade issues at the American - Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in Athens. He has also participated in the core team of the Dutch experts of Task Force, contributing in establishing the Trade and Promotion Roadmap as the key source for reforming the Greek Export Strategy; he is also a member of the Hellenic Institute of Marketing and active member of International Organizations. Prior to the foundation of the Business Consulting firm «DK Consultants» he had been working as a senior executive in industrial and commercial enterprises in Greece and abroad (SATO, Toshiba, Sunair, Premierotel, Pointgroup, Axon Inc., D&B group). Since 1999 he has been assisting significant Greek and foreign firms by providing them with consulting services, and by designing and applying internationally orientated marketing and sales strategies.