The 2nd Athens Investment Forum 2019 was concluded with great success
The Conference was organized by the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) and Vertical Solutions SA, in cooperation with the Hellenic Institute of Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development and the World Energy Council Greece
Γεννήθηκε στις 6 Νοεμβρίου του 1972, στην Αθήνα. Είναι απόφοιτος του Τμήματος Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας της Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής Αθηνών. Από το 1993 και μετά το θάνατο των γονέων του, αναλαμβάνει τη διεύθυνση των εκδόσεων «ΓΕΩΡΓΙΑΔΗΣ-ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ ΤΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΩΝ». Το 1994 ίδρυσε το Κέντρο Ελευθέρων Σπουδών «ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΑΓΩΓΗ».
Στις 22 Ιουνίου 2009 παντρεύτηκε την Ευγενία Μανωλίδου, με την οποία έχουν αποκτήσει δύο γιους, τον Αθανάσιο-Περσέα (2005) και τον Αναστάσιο-Αλκαίο (2014).
Από τον Δεκέμβριο του 2003 έως τον Αύγουστο του 2007 υπήρξε Εκπρόσωπος Τύπου του ΛΑ.Ο.Σ. Στις Εθνικές Εκλογές του 2007, κατέλαβε την πρώτη θέση στην Β’ εκλογική περιφέρεια των Αθηνών. Στις Εθνικές Εκλογές του 2009 επανεκλέγεται στην Β’ Αθηνών με τον ΛΑ.Ο.Σ.
Στις 11 Νοεμβρίου 2011 τοποθετήθηκε Υφυπουργός Ανάπτυξης με αρμοδιότητα την ναυτιλία και την αλιεία στην Κυβέρνηση του κ. Λουκά Παπαδήμου. Στις 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 παραιτήθηκε από το κυβερνητικό του αξίωμα και στις 17 Φεβρουαρίου προσχώρησε στη Νέα Δημοκρατία, έχοντας παραιτηθεί από τη βουλευτική του έδρα.
Στις Εθνικές Εκλογές του Ιουνίου 2012 εξελέγη βουλευτής με τη Νέα Δημοκρατία στην Β΄ περιφέρεια Αθηνών. Στις 25 Ιουνίου 2013 τοποθετήθηκε Υπουργός Υγείας στην Κυβέρνηση του κ. Αντώνη Σαμαρά και περίπου έναν χρόνο μετά, κοινοβουλευτικός εκπρόσωπος της ΝΔ.
Στις Εθνικές Εκλογές της 25ης Ιανουαρίου 2015 εξελέγη βουλευτής της Νέας Δημοκρατίας στην Β΄ περιφέρεια Αθηνών, με 73,959 ψήφους. Στις Εθνικές Εκλογές της 20ης Σεπτεμβρίου 2015 εξελέγη βουλευτής με τη Νέα Δημοκρατία στην Β΄ περιφέρεια Αθηνών.
Στις 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015, ο Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης ανακοίνωσε την υποψηφιότητα του για την Προεδρία της Νέας Δημοκρατίας. Στις 22 Δεκεμβρίου πραγματοποιήθηκε ο πρώτος γύρος των εσωκομματικών εκλογών, στον οποίο ο Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης συγκέντρωσε 46.065 ψήφους που αναλογεί στο 11,4%.
Στις 18 Ιανουαρίου 2016, με απόφαση του Προέδρου της Νέας Δημοκρατίας κ. Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη, ορίστηκε ένας εκ των δύο Αντιπροέδρων της Νέας Δημοκρατίας με αντικείμενο τον έλεγχο του κοινοβουλευτικού έργου.
Στις 9 Ιουλίου 2019, ο Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης ορκίστηκε Υπουργός Ανάπτυξης και Επενδύσεων στην Κυβέρνηση του Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη.
Γεννήθηκε στο Ρέθυμνο Κρήτης, το 1965. Σπούδασε στη Νομική Σχολή του Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών και στη συνέχεια έκανε μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στην Πολιτική Επικοινωνία στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Κεντ.
Ξένες γλώσσες: Αγγλική, Γαλλική.
Από το 2007 έως σήμερα είναι μέλος του Εθνικού Κοινοβουλίου, εκλεγμένος στη Β’ εκλογική περιφέρεια Αθηνών με τη Νέα Δημοκρατία.
Πολιτικές / Κοινωνικές Δραστηριότητες:
Από τον Ιούνιο του 2012 μέχρι τον Ιούνιο του 2013 ήταν Υπουργός Ανάπτυξης, Ανταγωνιστικότητας, Υποδομών, Μεταφορών και Δικτύων. Από τον Ιούνιο του 2013 μέχρι τον Ιούνιο του 2014 ήταν Υπουργός Ανάπτυξης και Ανταγωνιστικότητας.
Την περίοδο 2007-2009 διετέλεσε Υπουργός Μεταφορών και Επικοινωνιών και Υπουργός Ανάπτυξης.
Από το 1994 έως το 2007 εκλέγονταν ανελλιπώς ευρωβουλευτής με τη Νέα Δημοκρατία. Κατά τη διάρκεια της θητείας του στο Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο διετέλεσε Πρόεδρος της Επιτροπής Μεταφορών και Περιφερειακής Πολιτικής για δυόμισι χρόνια και Κοινοβουλευτικός Εκπρόσωπος του Ευρωπαϊκού Λαϊκού Κόμματος για τα ίδια θέματα.
Έχει διατελέσει Γραμματέας της ΔΑΠ – ΝΔΦΚ και Πρόεδρος της ΟΝΝΕΔ.
Kyriakos Pierrakakis is the Minister of State and Digital Governance in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He is a Greek computer and political scientist and politician. In 2007 he earned a Master in Public Policy from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and in 2009 he earned a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Athens University of Economics and Business. He served as Director of Research at Dianeosis, an independent non-profit think tank. He produced an array of research papers with a strong focus on economic growth and understanding the prevailing perceptions and beliefs among Greeks.
He has also worked on technology policy for various research institutes in Greece and abroad and headed Youth Foundation as president. He was born on 1983 in Athens. He is married with three children.
He speaks English and French.
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks
Γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα στις 12/12/1974. Έχει καταγωγή από τις Σέρρες. Είναι παντρεμένος με τη Μιράντα Μιχαλοπούλου-Καραμανλή με την οποία έχουν τρία παιδιά, την Αναΐς-Νίκη, την Άρια και τον Αχιλλέα.
Οικονομολόγος – Σύμβουλος Επιχειρήσεων.
Σπούδασε Ιστορία και Οικονομικά στο Hamilton College της Νέας Υόρκης και, στη συνέχεια, αποφοίτησε από τη σχολή μεταπτυχιακών σπουδών Διεθνών Σχέσεων Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy του Tufts University στη Βοστόνη.
Εξελέγη πρώτος βουλευτής του Ν. Σερρών στις εκλογές του 2015, όταν διεκδίκησε για πρώτη φορά το σταυρό των συμπολιτών του, κι επανεξελέγη – πάλι πρώτος – στις εκλογές της 7ης Ιουλίου 2019.
Στο ψηφοδέλτιο της Νέας Δημοκρατίας στο Ν. Σερρών συμμετείχε συμβολικά και στις εκλογές του Ιουνίου 2012, στη μη εκλόγιμη τελευταία τιμητική θέση.
Την περίοδο Ιανουάριος 2016 – Ιούνιος 2019 διετέλεσε Τομεάρχης Υποδομών και Μεταφορών της Νέας Δημοκρατίας.
Στις 9 Ιουλίου 2019 ορκίστηκε Υπουργός Υποδομών και Μεταφορών.
Πολιτικές / Κοινωνικές Δραστηριότητες:
Υπηρέτησε, ως έφεδρος αξιωματικός στα τεθωρακισμένα, στρατιωτική θητεία 24 μηνών πολλοί εκ των οποίων στην 25η Ταξιαρχία Τεθωρακισμένων Ξάνθης. Αποστρατεύθηκε με το βαθμό του ανθυπολοχαγού.
Πριν ασχοληθεί με την πολιτική, ανέπτυξε έντονη επαγγελματική δραστηριότητα:
Από το 2002 ως το 2004 εργάστηκε στην ελβετική τράπεζα επενδύσεων UBS Warburg στο Λονδίνο.
Τα τελευταία δέκα χρόνια, και μέχρι την εκλογή του, εργαζόταν ως διευθυντικό στέλεχος σε ποντοπόρο ναυτιλιακή επιχείρηση με έδρα τον Πειραιά.
Είναι μέλος του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου και υπεύθυνος Διεθνών Σχέσεων του Ιδρύματος «Κωνσταντίνος Γ. Καραμανλής».
Παράλληλα, είναι μέλος του Διεθνούς Συμβουλίου των Επιτρόπων της Σχολής Fletcher.
Dr Lazarakou is the Chair of the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission (HCMC). She has a Doctorate in Law (JSD) from New York University School of Law, New York, U.S.A. and her Doctoral thesis was on “Greek privatizations in International Perspective”. She also has an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law and Bachelor in Law from the Athens University, School of Law. She is a lawyer admitted at both the Athens Bar and the New York Bar Association with expertise on capital markets, M&As, privatizations, corporate and commercial law and other similar issues. She has worked for more than 20 years as a Partner at several law firms and for more than 10 years she was heading the relevant Banking, Capital Markets and Finance Department of such Firms. From September 2012 until December 2015 she was also a First Vice-Chair of the HCMC and an alternate member of BoS.
Aziz is the founder of Brook Lane Capital, a real estate and credit focused investment firm with strong presence in Greece. Before setting up Brook Lane Capital, he was a partner at Spinnaker Capital in London where, for 10 years, he led more than $2Bn transactions covering structured credit, high yield, distressed debt, restructurings, special situation liquid equities and sovereign special sits. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in London where he was part of the Mergers and Acquisitions execution team and then the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team working on transactions in the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany. In 2005, he was part of building the Morgan Stanley Principal Investments team in Europe, a proprietary special situations fund with $4Βn of on-balance sheet capital. He graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris with a Grande Ecole Diploma. Prior to that, he received a law degree from Saint Joseph University and a BS in Business Accounting from the Lebanese American University in Beirut
Dr Tasos Anastasatos is Group Chief Economist of Eurobank, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Hellenic Bank Association, and Research Associate of the University of Piraeus. Previously, he has served as Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Finance and Chairman of the Council of Economic Experts (SOE), EuroWorking Group Member for Greece; Visiting Member of Staff, Athens University of Economics & Business; Economist, Bank of Greece; Lecturer, Loughborough University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, an M.Sc. (Warwick) in Economics and Finance and a B.Sc. in International and European Economic Studies from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Dr. Anastasatos has published extensively in market research publications, academic journals and the media in the areas of macroeconomics, financial economics and the Greek economy; he has co-authored three books.
Nicola Battilana is the new Chief Executive Officer of DESFA, the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator.
Born near Genoa, Italy, in 1967, he graduated – after college in Nautical School – in Electrical Engineering at Genoa University.
After a few collaborations within the university and a period in the Italian Navy, he joined Snam in 1995, where he worked for 3 years in the technical area.
After a diversified professional path in the operations area, that led him through LNG terminal and gas network maintenance to pipeline construction, with several assignments of increasing responsibility, he was appointed in 2009 Network Development VP and in 2010 Network Dispatching and Balancing VP.
In 2013 he started up as SVP of the Technical Division, with the aim of promoting operational excellence and granting technical support in the then starting foreign asset acquisition process.
In October 2015, he was appointed CEO of TAG Gmbh, the Austrian company owned by Snam (85%) and Gas Connect Austria (15%) that owns and operates the Trans Austria Pipeline, the strategic transit infrastructure transporting ca. 40% of the Italian annual natural gas demand through Austria.
Before his new assignment as CEO of DESFA, he was managing, since September 2018, Snam’s activities in Greece and the Balkans, including the opening of a representative office in Athens.
Christos Vinis was born and raised in Ioannina. He is a Civil and Environmental Engineer at Democritus University. He has been working as a freelancer since 2007 and from 2010 until recently he has been CEO – Manager of a construction company.
He has participated – as a researcher and engineer – in a number of studies covering the full spectrum of Technical Projects with specialisation in Environmental Impact Studies. He also participated in a large number of projects and constructions, either as a supervising engineer or in the preparation of measurements and certifications, providing integrated project management services for Private and Public Entities (preparation, submission, implementation and monitoring) that are included and funded by European and National Programs.
He is a member of the Board of Directors (BoD) of the Technical Chamber of Greece, while he has been a member of the BoD of the Hellenic Society of Civil Engineers (treasurer, secretary), as well as a full member of the Technical Board of ERGOSE. He was still a member of the BoD of Building Infrastructures (KTYP) with the responsibility for dealing with natural disasters and pre-earthquake inspection of school buildings, as well as a member of the BoD of the Youth Institute of the General Secretariat for Youth with a view to developing the Institute’s policies.
Yiannis ‘s work experience expands from top managerial role (CEO) and board membership (Chairman of the BoD) in one of the largest electric utility companies (ADMIE) to several managerial roles in Multinational and Greek companies ((Shell, Petros Petropoulos). Also, through his career and academic background, he has focused and developed in-depth knowledge and expertise in the energy industry.
In June 2013, he was appointed as CEO and Chairman of the Board of ADMIE (IPTO) in order to drive the Ownership Unbundling and Privatization project.
Before his assignment to ADMIE and he worked for more than 27 year for Oil companies, in several roles in Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement.
Between Jan 2010 – June 2013, served as Shell Marine Supply Chain and Supply & Logistics manager for Shell BU in Petros Petropoulos AEBE (successor of Shell Lubricants business of Shell Hellas).
From March of 1986 to Dec of 2010 he worked for Shell companies (Shell Hellas, Shell International Petroleum Company, Shell Europe Oil Products), in different managerial roles in the areas of Contracting and Procurement , Supply Chain, Production Operations, HSSE and Quality (assurance and Control).
He was member of the Greek National Energy Committee, Member of ENTSO-e General Assembly and MED-TSO GA. Before these memberships he was member of the National Committee for Logistics and Supply Chain.
Yiannis holds a Bachelor degree in Petroleum Chemistry and he has also a MSc in Sustainable Development.
Nikolaos Kouretas was born in Athens in 1972. He graduated from the Technical University of Budapest School of Architecture in 1995 and completed his postgraduate studies in 1995 in the Design of Public Buildings for People with Special Needs.
He established his Architectural office in 1997. His firm has completed several designs and has supervised residences, office buildings, sports facilities and hotels. Among his notable cooperations these with the office of Alexander Samaras in 1997-2004 and Michael Graves in 1999-2000 stand out.
He was a Managing Director of the Public Enterprise for the Construction of Nursing facilities (DEPANOM SA), a member of the Board of Directors of OASA, Executive Vice President of ERGOSE SA
He studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Sussex and has obtained a MSc. postgraduate degree in Project Management from the University of Birmingham. He has also obtained an MSc. in International Trade, Transport and Finance from City University in the United Kingdom. He has worked as engineer at Rockwell Golde and has a long experience in business and investment banking, covering both the markets of Greece and of South-Eastern Europe, in organizations such as EFG Telesis Finance and HSBC Bank plc. From 2006, among
others, he served as the head of the department of Mergers & Acquisitions of HSBC Bank plc for Greece and Cyprus, with emphasis in privatizations. Since October 2017, he is the CEO of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.
Konstantinos Makedos is the Vice President of Attica Bank and President of the Engineers and Public Works Contractors Fund (TMEDE) since its establishment on 1/1/2017. During his term of office, TMEDE has become a full member of the European Association of Guarantee Institutions (AECM). In 2016, he served as President of TSMEDE and Vice President of ETAA (09/02/2016 to 31/12/2016).
For several years, he had been a member of the Administration Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), having the responsibility for Finance and Insurance – Actuarial matters of the Chamber. Mr. Makedos is a civil engineer, freelancer, designer of public works, shareholder and Managing Director of CONCEPT CONSULTING ENGINEERS CONSULTANTS S.A.
Member of Professional Economic and Social Institutions / Organizations
◦ Member of the Strategic Planning & Communication, IT, Remuneration, Monitoring of Subsidiaries Entities, Corporate Governance & Nominations Committees of ATTICA BANK S.A. (2016-2017)
◦ Head of the Actuarial Observatory of TEE (2010-2016)
◦ Member of the Advisory Committee for Studies (GEM) of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Network (2008-2011)
◦ Substitute BoD member of the Institute of Technical Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (ITSAK) (2005-2009)
◦ Secretary General of the BoD of S.ME.D.E.KE.M (2005-2009)
◦ BoD Member of TSMEDE (2006-2008)
◦ Elected member of the Pan-Hellenic Delegation of TEE (1990-1994, 2003- 2014)
Manos Manousakis is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO or ADMIE) since June 2017. In 2019, he was elected Member of the Board of Directors of the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E).
Previously, Mr. Manousakis was the CEO of OTE Rural North and South, having held various positions of responsibility in the Greek Telecommunications Company, where he played an instrumental role in the design of cutting-edge telecommunication services. He was appointed Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Economy (2015), as well as a Director at Black Sea Trade and Development Bank for the same period.
Mr Manousakis holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He has also academic experience having been a lecturer at the University of Piraeus. His career combines business development leadership and complex project management with country strategic planning.
He is a civil engineer with long experience in large projects. Former major shareholder of subsidiary ETETH SA, in which he holds the position of President of the Board and Managing Director since 1978. Born in Salonica, he has Greek citizenship
Christos Balaskas joined Eldorado on October 9, 2017 as VP and General Manager, Greece.
Prior to joining Eldorado, Christos was the General Manager of the Athens Natural Gas Supply & Distribution Company, a position he held since 2009. Christos has over 25 years of experience in the Downstream Oil & Gas sector mostly with the Royal Dutch Shell Group of companies and BG Group where he held various managerial positions in Greece and in the UK.
Christos is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer by training from the National Technical University of Athens. He also holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham and an MBA in Engineering Management from Cass Business School, City, University of London.
Mr. Konstantinos Xifaras is the Chief Executive Officer of Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) SA.
He is a graduate of the Department of Production Engineering and Management of the Technical University of Crete (TUC) and is specialized in Operational Research. He has been a Research Associate to the Cognitive Ergonomics and Industrial Safety Laboratory (2003-2007) and to the Management Systems Laboratory of the TUC (2001-2003).
Mr. Xifaras has extended experience as a researcher and business consultant and in leadership positions in both private and public sector organizations. He has served as Special Advisor to the Leadership of the Ministries of Development (2005-2006) and the Environment, Energy and Climate Change (2013). He has also served as Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, competent for the management of the implementation and the funds absorption of NSRF 2007-2013, as well as, the design of the new Programming Period 2014-2020.
Later that year, he was appointed CEO of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator, DESFA SA. Under his leadership, DESFA has demonstrated significant achievements in the fields of economic efficiency, while achieving the implementation of a series of projects for the development and upgrading of the Natural Gas Transmission Network and the LNG facility in Revithoussa.
Mr. Xifaras is the Alternate General Secretary of the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Secretary of the Greece National Committee in the World Energy Council (WEC), as well as the Greek National Representative in the WEC. He has also served as Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Production Engineering and Management.
George Perdikaris is a senior executive at GEK TERNA Group and a member of the Group’s BoD since 2016.
As of 2012, he is also the Vice Chairman of TERNA ENERGY where he had held the position of the Chairman from 1999 to 2012.
Moreover, Mr. Perdikaris has served as the Executive Director of TERNA S.A. (2017-2019), the General Technical Manager (2017 -2019) as well as member of TERNA’S BoD from 2010 to 2019.
He was born in Lefkada in 1959 and he holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
He began his professional career in 1985 as an engineer at E.T.K.A. (now TERNA ENERGY S.A.) while he has also worked as construction manager as well as the Project Director in significant infrastructure and building projects.
George Peristeris is the Chairman and CEO of GEK TERNA Group of Companies, one of the leading business groups in Greece with operations also in Central and Southeast Europe, the USA and the Middle East.
He is also the Chairman of TERNA ENERGY, a pioneer player in the development of the RES Industry in Europe, with a strong portfolio of technologies and geographical exposure across Europe and the USA.
Born in Athens, Greece in 1957, he received his degree in Civil Engineering in 1980 from the National Technical University of Athens.
His professional involvement with TERNA S.A. began in 1981.
From 1982 through 1984 Mr. Peristeris was the Construction Director of major construction projects. In 1984 he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TERNA S.A.
Major achievements through his career include:
• In 1993 TERNA S.A. IPO in the Athens Stock Exchange.
• In 1997 he founded TERNA ENERGY S.A. to enter the renewable energy production sector. TERNA ENERGY is since a leading company in RES in SE Europe. IPO in Athens Stock Exchange 2007.
• In 1999 GEK and TERNA consolidated, forming GEK TERNA Group.
• In 2000 he was elected President of the Hellenic Association of Renewable Energy Producers.
• In 2002 he became Chairman of GEK TERNA S.A.
• In 2003 HERON THERMOELECTRIC S.A. was established to become the first privately owned Greek thermoelectric plant, which was followed by the establishment of HERON II.
Mr. Rigas is a founding shareholder of Energean. He is a Petroleum Engineer with a combination of oil & gas and investment banking experience.
Prior to setting up Energean, Mr. Rigas spent 18 years in investment banking and has experience in Private Equity investments in oil & gas, project finance and shipping. Between 2001 and 2007 Mr. Rigas set up, and became the Managing Partner of, Capital Connect Venture Partners, a Greek investment fund. From 1999 until 2001, Mr. Rigas managed Piraeus Bank’s Shipping Investment Banking division.
As Vice President of Shipping, Energy & Project Finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in London (1993-1999), Mr. Rigas arranged financing in excess of US$5 billion, mainly in the oil & gas sector.
He holds a Degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc / DIC Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.
Chief Executive Officer of Hellenic Petroleum since August 2019 and a member of its Board of Directors as a representative of POIH. Mr. A. Shiamishis holds an Economics degree from the University of Essex and is a fellow member (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ΙCAEW). He began his career in 1989 with KPMG in London, specializing in the banking sector and large multinational Groups before joining DIAGEO in 1993, to assume senior Greek and European positions in Finance and Business development. During 2000-2002 he worked as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Restructuring Officer and General Manager in a high-tech ASE listed Group and in 2003 he joined PETROLA HELLAS as Chief Financial Officer. Following the completion of the legal and operational integration of PETROLA HELLAS with HELLENIC PETROLEUM, he assumed the position of the Group CFO in 2005 and became a member of the Group Executive Committee. In 2012 he assumed the responsibility for International subsidiaries and in 2014 he was appointed Deputy CEO of the Group. He is a member in various ICAEW specialized faculties, the Board of Corporate Governance of the AMHEC and the Economic Chamber of Greece.
Mr. Sifnaios graduated from the school of Mathematics and Applied Sciences of the University of Athens having completed a special program on studies, methods and applications of Linear Programming and Network Flows. He went on to work as a research and faculty assistant at Columbia University, New York, U.S. where he received a Master of Science (MSc) in Operational Research and Applied Business Administration.
Mr. Sifnaios started his professional career at Mobil Oil Hellas in 1987 as a Strategic Planning analyst. He continued in a number of positions within Sales and Marketing reaching the post of Sales Manager for South & Western Greece.
He was the transferred to Mobil Oil International in London and Madrid where he assumed posts in supply and trading.
In 1997 he moved to BP International, based in Brussels to work on the European restructuring of the company.
He returned in Greece as General Commercial Sales Manager for BP Greece (2000 – 2002) to then once more resume his international career within BP’s European supply chain till 2007.
As of June 2007, he works in Copelouzos Group initially as New Projects Manager and currently as Group Energy Director in the sector of Oil and Gas. He also manages the Alexandroupolis LNG Terminal Project, under development by Gastrade.
Mr. Sifnaios was born in Athens in 1960 and originates from the island of Lesvos.
He speaks English, French and Spanish.
Intrakat CEO since 2003, he also served as CEO of INTRAMET until it merged with INTRAKAT in 2005 and as a Non-Executive member of the BoD of the INTRALOT GROUP from 2008 until 2019. In 2010 he was appointed CEO of KEKROPS SA and in 2019 Vice Chairman of the BoD of ATHENS RESORT CASINO HOLDINGS SA and REGENCY CASINO MONT PARNES SA. Mr Souretis currently holds senior executive positions in a number of INTRACOM HOLDINGS Group subsidiaries. From 1997 to 2003 he held various managerial positions at ELLINIKI TEHNODOMIKI-TEV.
Holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Thessaloniki, a MSc from the City University of London and an International MBA degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Theodore E. Tryfon was born in Mytilini – Lesvos. He graduated from Athens College, Greece. He then studied in the UK, where he got a BSc and an MBA degree.
From 1990 to 1992 he worked in Henkel Hellas, Tryfon – Kastrinis S.A., a family owned business which was then bought by Henkel Germany.
In 1992 he joined Elpen Co. Inc. one of the leading Pharmaceutical Industries in Greece. The Elpen Group of Companies had a turnover of 200.000.000€ in 2018 with more than 1000 employees in Greece and abroad and exports in more than 40 countries. Elpen has a subsidiary in Germany, Elpen GmbH, since 2014. Mr. Tryfon is Co/CEO of the Elpen Group and President of the Panhellenic Union of Pharmaceutical Industries (PEF). He is also a member of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) and at the same year he became Member of the Board of Medicines for Europe, the Biosimilar & Value Added Medicines Association (EGA).
Orestis Tsakalotos is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Qualco Group.
He is responsible for the Group’s strategy, including major initiatives, investments, and partnerships.
Qualco Group is a leader in financial technology and portfolio management, covering all aspects of the credit lifecycle with more than 17 years’ proven experience. The Group has financial technology and credit servicing arms that deliver financial portfolio management and end-to-end credit servicing solutions.
Alexander Zinell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fraport Greece on July 1, 2016. Prior to this assignment, Alexander Zinell was in charge of Global Investments and Management at Fraport, where he developed the portfolio of the group’s international airport investments. He chaired the supervisory boards of Fraport affiliates in Turkey, Russia and Bulgaria. Between 2004 and 2009 Alexander Zinell was General Manager of Antalya Airport.
Alexander Zinell holds degrees in business administration from the University of Cologne and HEC in Paris.
Nicholas Papapolitis is the Managing Partner of Papapolitis & Papapolitis. Nicholas is a member of the Board of Directors of the American-Hellenic nChamber of Commerce (“AmCham”).
He is the Chair of the Investment and Finance Committee of the AmCham. He is the Chair of the Corporate Ambassador Program of The Hellenic Initiative (“THI”) and a member of the New Leaders Steering Committee of THI.
Nicholas was also a member of the Board of Directors of NBG Pangaea REIC and the Intralot Group. He is consistently recognized as a “leading individual” in the Greek legal market by international legal directories and widely recognized as an expert in foreign
He started his career at the international law firm Skadden Arps in New York having graduated LL.B (Hons) from University College of London and LL.M (Merit) from the University of London (Queen Mary College).
Karolos Hanikian is a Supreme Court Attorney-At-Law at the Athens Bar Association since 1993 and the founder and Managing Partner of Hanikian Law Firm (HLF) since 2008. He has an extensive experience and expertise in the field of Civil Law, commercial and banking law, Properties Management, Law Enforcement Procedures and Debt Recovery Management.
GASTRADE S.A. is a Greek utility company which develops, exploits, operates and manages natural gas systems in a safe, reliable and financially sound manner.
It is the first enterprise operating in Greece that has received a license for an Independent Natural Gas System from the Ministry of Environment and Energy.
GASTRADE is developing in the sea area of Alexandroupolis an offshore floating unit for the reception, storage and re-gasification of LNG which will secure new natural gas quantities for the supply of the Greek and the regional SE European markets, offering new sources and routes of natural gas supply, promoting competition to the benefit of the end consumers, enhancing the security of supply in Greece and the Balkan markets, improving the reliability and flexibility of the Greek National Natural Gas Transmission System and of the regional and trans-European gas networks and contributing to the achievement of the environmental targets of Greece.
Commercial operations of Alexandroupolis INGS are expected to commence in 2022.
For more information visit the official website of the company: www.gastrade.gr
Qualco Group is a leader in financial technology and portfolio management, covering all aspects of the credit lifecycle with more than 17 years’ proven experience. The Group has financial technology and credit servicing arms that deliver financial portfolio management and end-to-end credit servicing solutions.
Qualco, the financial technology arm of the group, provides expert portfolio management tools, enabling organizations world-wide to adapt swiftly to local market and industry conditions and maximize their performance in recoveries.
QQuant Master Servicer is the leading Greek independent NPL servicer. Licensed by the Bank of Greece, QQuant offers underwriting advisory services/transaction handling and end-to-end loan servicing to Greek banks, institutional funds and alternative asset managers, covering the whole spectrum of non-performing asset classes.
Qualco UK is an established provider of recovery solutions to international banks, and the energy/utility and telecommunication industries.
The Group is headquartered in Athens, with presence in the UK, France, Cyprus, and Brazil, and serves over 70 clients in more than 30 countries in Europe and beyond. Qualco Group enjoys a strategic partnership with global investment manager PIMCO.
OTE Group is the largest technology company in Greece. It is one of the top three listed companies with respect to capitalization, in the Athens Stock Exchange and is also listed in the London Stock Exchange. Deutsche Telekom holds 46% of OTE’s share capital and the Greek State holds 5.7%. OTE Group employs approximately 13,000 people in Greece and approximately 20,000 people in total.
OTE Group offers the full range of telecommunications services: from fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband services, to pay television and integrated ICT solutions. In addition to its core telecommunications activities, the Group in Greece is also involved in maritime communications and real-estate. Abroad, the Group operates in the telecommunications market of Romania, where it offers fixed-line and mobile communications, as well as television services.
COSMOTE is the unified commercial brand for all the products and services of the Group and its key message is “a better world, for all”. Its mission is to bring technological capabilities to all, so that everyone can live and enjoy at the fullest all possibilities offered now, while also building on them for a better tomorrow.
GEK TERNA Group is one of the leading business Groups in Greece with operations also in Central and Southeast Europe, the USA and the Middle East.
The Group’s expertise spans from infrastructure, energy production from thermal and Renewable Energy sources and supply, concessions, waste management and mining activities to real estate development & management.
With a total number of 5,000 employees around the world, the Group has invested more than €2.5 billion in the last years.
The current construction backlog of the Group settles at the high level of € 1.8 billion, while the total capacity of the energy plants that the Group owns or participates exceeds 2,000 MW.
GEK TERNA (www.gekterna.com) is listed in the Athens Stock Exchange (FTSE / Athex Large Cap).
The Eurobank Group is a dynamic banking group active in six countries, with total assets of €62.4 billion and 13,762 employees. Established in 1990, the Group expanded through organic growth to become a leading force in the Greek banking sector.
With a total network of 727 branches in Greece and abroad, the Group offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services to its retail and corporate customers.
In Greece, Eurobank is one of the four systemic banks. With two distinct retail branch networks, the Eurobank Network and the New TT Branch Network, as well as specialised business centres, a private banking network and award-winning electronic service channels, the Group’s philosophy focuses on high quality services to its customers.
The Group also holds a strategic position in retail and business banking in Bulgaria and Serbia, and offers distinguished Wealth Management services in Cyprus, Luxembourg and London.
Fraport Greece was created in 2015 and is responsible for maintaining, operating, managing, upgrading and developing 14 regional airports in Greece over a period of 40 years. The operational transfer of the airports took place on April 11th, 2017.
Fraport Greece is responsible for operating the Aktion, Chania, Corfu, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos , Mytilini, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki and Zakynthos.
The shareholders of Fraport Greece are Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the Copelouzos Group and Marguerite the 2020 European Fund.
The mission of Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO or ADMIE), the Greek TSO, is to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted electricity supply nationwide, fulfilling all quality, safety and efficiency criteria. IPTO guarantees equal and non-discriminatory access to the System for all users and performs its duties as Transmission System Operation in the most efficient manner with optimal utilization of all available resources, contributing to national development, serving the public interest and creating value for all our stakeholders. IPTO is planning and implementing major grid infrastructure projects of a total value of EUR 5 billion as part of its Ten-Year Development Plan, interconnecting the islands with the mainland of Greece.
Founded in 1998, HELLENIC PETROLEUM is one of the leading energy groups in South East Europe, with activities spanning across the energy value chain and presence in six countries.
Refining is the Group’s core business. It owns three of the four refineries in Greece, with a 65% share of the Greek wholesale oil products market.
The Group is the domestic ground fuels marketing leader through its subsidiary EKO S.A., with a retail network of 1,700 petrol stations throughout Greece as well as LPG, industrial, aviation, marine fuels, and lubricants businesses.
HELLENIC PETROLEUM is a leading player in SE European markets through its network of over 300 petrol stations in Cyprus, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia, and is also active in the oil and gas exploration and production, in the petrochemicals sector, in the power generation and the natural gas and in the renewable energy sources.
CHOOSE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS PARTNER is an integrated communications and consulting agency that responds to the needs of its clients’ areas of expertise and at the same time it utilizes and highlights their potential to the full through:
Strategic Planning & Research Services
Development of Integrated Communication Plans
Creative and Content Production for all media, off and on line
Digital Marketing Services (SEM, Google Ads, Social Media Marketing, Community MGMT)
Choose is distinguished by the excellent knowledge of the business environment, the ability to identify opportunities that meet complex communication goals, to successfully meet challenges, to create networks of high scientific expertise, in order to act as a valuable consultant in the fields of Communication, Media, Marketing, Advertising and Business Development.
Market and Consumer Research & Analysis, Trends Monitoring
Brand Strategy and Development
Social Media Marketing
Digital Transformation and Growth
Choose has an excellent in-house team of experienced partners in the field of Advertising and Communication and a Creative department comprising of individuals with years of experience in advertising agencies. Special emphasis has been given in the team responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of Communication Strategy and the creation of native content.
At the same time, it has created a network of specialized partners / specialists providing targeted analysis in specific areas of interest.
The Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA)
The Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA), founded in 2007, is the owner of the National Natural Gas System (NNGS), consisted of the National Natural Gas Transmission System and the LNG Terminal of Revithoussa, having the full and exclusive right on the operation, management, utilization and development of the NNGS and its interconnections.
In 2018, the ownership of the operator changes by the acquisition of the 66% of DESFA by the Senfluga consortium, backed up by leading European TSOs. DESFA becomes a strategic player in SE Europe, standing out among the Top of Europe in the energy sector.
DESFA aims to serve its Users with safety, reliability and efficiency, offering to major market players’ services regulated by RAE, as well as non-regulated ones. Possessing extensive experience as a gas infrastructure operator and being manned with highly skilled personnel, DESFA is a reliable partner in the ongoing international energy projects in Southeastern Europe.
OPAP is the leading gaming company in Greece and one of the most renowned in its industry worldwide. The company holds a leading position in terms of embedding the global Responsible Gaming principles in its operations.
The vision for 2020 is to establish OPAP as a world-class gaming entertainment company. Long-term strategic priorities focusing on customers, people, network, products and digital-technology capabilities have been established and placed at the center of actions towards the realization of the vision.
Moreover, OPAP holds a prominent position among corporate social champions in Greece. Through its extensive Corporate Responsibility program, which focuses on Health, Sports and Employment, the company supports Greek society in practice.
Piraeus Bank plays a systemic role in the Greek banking market in terms of total assets amounting to €59.2 billion as at 30 June 2019, deposits (29.0% market share) and loans and advances to customers at amortized cost (28,9% market share, with 32,0% in business lending).
Piraeus Bank has a dominant position in the SME market, as approximately 80% of the Medium and Small Enterprises in Greece are customers of the Bank. Piraeus Bank’s domestic loan book consists of corporate (61.7%), mortgage (28.5%) and consumer, personal & other loans (9.8%).
Piraeus Bank, in the context of its business planning, is concentrating on all potential and opportunities for recovery. At the same time, it remains committed in supporting the Greek economy by disbursing new financing of approximately € 3.1 billion in 2018, and further raising the target for 2019 to € 4 billion of new loans.
DEPA –the company that pioneered natural gas in Greece, making a significant investment in the energy industry
Having marked a long presence in the Greek market, DEPA has established itself as a cutting-edge and competitive group of companies and ensured a dynamic presence in the energy industry, also making a substantial contribution to the growth of the Greek economy, environmental protection and improvement of the quality of life in local communities.
By continuously expanding the natural gas pipelines and establishing new Natural Gas Supply Companies (EPAs), DEPA Group brings natural gas to more and more regions across the country.
Having landed long-term natural gas supply contracts (by way of pipelines, and LNG), DEPA upholds supply sufficiency and assurance for the country and, at the same time, it takes on significant initiatives so as to enable Greece to play a leading role as a hub of natural gas transit towards Europe from countries with rich natural gas deposits.
ATTIKO METRO S.A. is a Greek state-owned company with an extensive experience in the Strategic Planning, Feasibilities Studies, Funding, Design, Tendering, Construction and Project Management of Urban Transport Infrastructure projects such as the Metro and Tram. Attiko Metro provides services to public and private entities in Greece and abroad.
The areas of Attiko Metro’s expertise cover:
Strategic Planning & Feasibility Studies
Cost estimation & Financing
Funding Requests & Funding Structuring
Contracts Structuring & Preparation
Engineering & Architecture
Project & Construction Management
Commitments & Procedures
Urban Redevelopment & Environmental Management
Testing and Commissioning
ENERGEAN OIL AND GAS
Energean (LSE:ENOG, FTSE 250, TASE:אנאג, TA-35) is a London-based independent E&P company focused on developing resources in the Mediterranean, where it operates assets that have been producing hydrocarbons with an excellent HSE track record for 38 years.
The Company recently agreed to acquire Edison E&P and the transaction is expected to have been completed in Q4 2019.
Energean currently holds 17 licences across the Eastern Mediterranean with a balanced mix of producing, development and exploration assets delivering near and long term value creation. Including Edison E&P, the company will be operating in 9 countries, holding a gas – weighted (80%) portfolio with 110 licences, 639 mmboe 2P reserves and 73 kboed production.
Energean is committed to sustainable development, and strives to meet United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals through its day-to-day operations and a wide range of CSR initiatives.
AXIA Ventures Group Ltd
AXIA Ventures Group Ltd (“AXIA”), member of AXIA FINANCIAL GROUP, is a leading regional privately-owned investment banking group providing financial advisory services and capital market-related services to corporate and institutional clients. AXIA also has presence in the US through its subsidiary, AXIA Capital Markets LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA specializing mainly in the shipping and transportation industries. With considerable experience in executing large transactions while at the same time rising to the challenge of helping smaller clients optimize their growth and business strategy; AXIA has presence in Nicosia (Headquarters), Athens (Branch), Lisbon (Branch), New York (subsidiary), Milan (representative office) and London (representative office).
With headquarters in Greece and a significant international presence, the Intrakat Group is a leading player in the country’s construction sector engaged in infrastructure development, commercial and industrial construction and steel structure manufacturing, as well as telecommunications, renewable energy, environmental management and real estate development projects for the public and private sectors.
A key member of Intracom Holdings, a leading Group of multinational high-tech companies, Intrakat undertakes complex large-scale construction projects in Greece and abroad, leveraging a network of highly specialized subsidiaries in Greece and the Balkans.
Attica Bank S.A. was established in 1925. It is a dynamic financial services company, boasting a network of 55 branches in the main cities of Greece.
Ιt offers a full range of banking and investment products and services as well as deposits, insurance products, mutual funds and brokerage services, for individuals, small & medium enterprises and large companies. Attica Bank is constantly being modernized with the new generation of digital services, named “attica Digital”, providing the highest level of services and facilitate the everyday banking transactions.
The Bank’s shareholder structure is the following: EFKA holds 46.16% of the Bank’s ordinary shares, TMEDE holds 32.50% and TAPILTAT (Fund for Mutual Assistance of the Employees of Ioniki – Laiki Bank and Other Banks) 2.83% of the Bank’s ordinary shares. Other shareholders hold the remaining 18.51% of the Bank’s share capital.
HILL INTERNATIONAL is an international construction consulting firm that provides program and project management, procurement, construction management and supervision of works, cost engineering and estimating, quality assurance, inspection, scheduling, risk management, technical assistance, claims avoidance and a wide range of consulting/advisory services to clients involved in preparation and implementation of major construction projects worldwide.
Through our experience and expertise, Hill offers several advantages to our clients. Hill brings an in-depth view of the risks projects are likely to encounter in addition to regional focus, with a detailed understanding of the conditions, nuances, risks and opportunities likely to influence your project.
Motor Oil plays a leading role in the sector of crude oil refining of petroleum products in Greece, as well as the greater eastern Mediterranean region, supplying its customers with a wide range of high-quality products.
The Refinery with its ancillary plants and fuel distribution facilities forms the largest privately-owned industrial complex in Greece, and is considered one of the most modern refineries in Europe.
It has the capacity to process various types of crude oil and manufactures a wide range of oil products. It supplies commercial oil companies in Greece, but the bulk of its production is sold abroad. Moreover, it is the only refinery that produces base oils in Greece.
LAMDA Development S.A
LAMDA Development S.A., listed on the main market of the Athens Exchange, is a holding company specializing in the development, investment and management of real estate.
The company is the leader in the Retail Real Estate sector in Greece with successful diversification in the office and residential sectors.
The company’s development portfolio includes: three commercial and leisure centers, The Mall Athens and Golden Hall in Athens and Mediterranean Cosmos in Thessaloniki (total GLA 147.000 sq.m.), office buildings, innovative residential complexes and Flisvos Marina in Faliro.
In November 2014, LAMDA Development group signed the contract with HRADF for the acquisition of the shares of the “Hellinikon SA”. The Investment will transform the plot of the former Hellinikon Airport into the largest privately funded investment ever in Greece.
The company has a top reputation as member of the Latsis Group.
Hellas Gold S.A. is a gold, silver, lead and zinc mining company headquartered in Athens, Greece. Since 2004, Hellas Gold operates the “Kassandra Mines” assets at N.E. Halkidiki, under the strictest EU safety and environmental standards and regulations. The Kassandra Mines consist of the operating mines at Mavres Petres-Stratoni and Olympias, and the Skouries project.
Evolving a mining history of 25 centuries, Hellas Gold invests in the development of sustainable mining in the region, contributing to the local economic growth and prosperity with investments of more than $1 billion, the employment of 1,600 people, the active support to the local suppliers, and important investments to local community initiatives and projects.
Since 2012, Hellas Gold operates as a subsidiary of the Canadian-based Eldorado Gold Corporation, which has over 25 years of experience in exploration, construction and operation of mines around the world.
The PanHellenic Union of Pharmaceutical Industries
The Pan-Hellenic Union of Pharmaceutical Industries (PEF) represents the collective domestic pharmaceutical production in Greece, mainly branded generics and numbers 28 state-of-the-art production units. Each production site is fully operational and strictly meets the high quality of EMA and FDA standards.
PEF recognizes the importance of the healthcare sector in tackling the social consequences of the economic crisis and stresses that the Greek Pharmaceutical Industry is in an area that can not only generate significant job opportunities for years to come but can ensure a stable supply of pharmaceutical products to the Greek Market.
A total number of 44 Member Companies comprise the pharmaceutical association. PEF members are recognized as leading manufacturers and service providers in Europe as well as globally, exporting to over 80 countries worldwide.
Aim and Objective
PEF’s was established to contribute to the formation of a functioning Greek pharmaceutical market and promote its growth internationally. Our mission is to assist the development of pharmaceutical science for the benefit of patient care and ensure the supply of the Greek pharmaceutical market with medicinal products of excellent quality at reasonable cost. PEF further aims to increase awareness of domestically products generic pharmaceuticals and has allocated significant resources to this end through commercial investments and strategic marketing actions.
TEKAL S.A. is a Greek corporation that operates and specializes in the in the civil engineering, building, mechanical and services sectors throughout the country. It was founded in February 1990, as a result of personal and cooperative business activities of its shareholders, dating back to 1980. Over the past two decades the corporation delivers projects of high quality by implementing innovating business practices, offering in this way services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its customers. TEKAL’s expertise in marine construction as well as in specialized construction projects has given the corporation the opportunity to contribute to the construction of better infrastructure for the country and ultimately to the economic growth of Greece itself.
TEKAL S.A. is a dynamically developing corporation being in a state of expanding its business in the broader
region of the Balkans and of South Europe.
At PwC Greece, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 250,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. We have premises in Athens and Thessaloniki and more than 1,000 employees.
Our teams consist of internationally renowned consultants, with deep knowledge of each industry and years of professional experience. They combine a wide range of skills in strategy, processes, finance, human resources, risk management and technology.
We invest time in understanding the activity and challenges our customers face. We leverage our knowledge of both local and international markets and reevaluate traditional practices, aiming at designing and implementing an effective strategy that responds to specific market needs and trends, building trusting relationships.
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