Steering Committee (page still in development)
Karolos Papoulias served as the President of Greece from 2005 to 2015.He previously was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and again from 1993 until 1996.
Prokopios Pavlopoulos is a Greek lawyer, university professor and politician who served as President of Greece from 2015 to 2020. He previously was Minister of the Interior from 2004 to 2009.
Lucas Demetrios Papademos
Lucas Demetrios Papademos is a Greek economist, who served as Prime Minister of Greece from November 2011 to May 2012. He previously served as Vice President of the European Central Bank from 2002 to 2010 and Governor of the Bank of Greece from 1994 to 2002. He was a visiting professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a senior fellow at the Center for Financial Studies at the University of Frankfurt
Members of the Steering Committee (alphabetically)
Anastasia Ailamaki is a Professor of Computer and Communication Sciences at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the co-founder of RAW Labs SA, a Swiss company developing real-time analytics infrastructures for heterogeneous big data from multiple sources. She earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She received the 2019 ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations and the 2020 VLDB Women in Database Research Award. She is also the recipient of an ERC Consolidator Award (2013), the Finmeccanica endowed chair from the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon (2007), a European Young Investigator Award from the European Science Foundation (2007), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005), an NSF CAREER award (2002), and ten best-paper awards in database, storage, and computer architecture conferences. She is an ACM fellow, an IEEE fellow, the Laureate for the 2018 Nemitsas Prize in Computer Science, and an elected member of the Swiss, the Belgian, the Greek, and the Cypriot National Research Councils. She is a member of the Academia Europaea and of the World Economic Forum Expert Network.
Othon Anastasakis is the Director of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX); Senior Research Fellow at St Antony’s College; Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations; Affiliate of the Centre for International Studies; Affiliate of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA); former Director of the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford (July 2012-October 2015).
Pavlos Apostolidis is a diplomat. He was Minister of Administrative Reform and E-Government in the Pikrammenos cabinet. He has served as an advisor for the Greek Embassy in Ankara, Ambassador of Greece to Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman, Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus, Director of the Ministry of Bilateral Relations, permanent representative of the Greek government to the European Commission, and director of the national intelligence service EYP.
Vassilis Apostolopoulos is the CEO of Athens Medical Group, a leading health care services group in Greece and Southeastern Europe. He is the President of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE), member of the General Council of the Hellenic Federation of Industries (SEV), member of the Greek Medical Tourism Council (ELITOUR) and member of the Board of Greece – Qatar Business Council. He is a member of the Advisory board of the Hellenic Observatory at London School of Economics, and member of the Board of the Center for International Business and Management (CIBAM) at Cambridge University.
Emilios Avgouleas holds the International Banking Law and Finance Chair at the University of Edinburgh and is the founding director of the Edinburgh LLM in International Banking Law and Finance. He is an expert on financial reform, fintech policy and regulation, banking theory and regulation, capital markets regulation, law and finance, and global economic governance. He serves as a member of the European Securities and Markets Group, the Stakeholder Group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). He is a senior research fellow at Edinburgh University's blockchain lab and serves as a visiting Professor at the School of European Political Economy, Luiss Guido Carli. He is a fellow of the academic board of the European Banking Institute (EBI), the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and the Monetary Comittee of the International Law Association. He conducts research for the World Economic Forum (WEF)/Davos on Systemic Risk, Innovation, and Technology in the context of the Great Reset. He is also acting as a consultant for the European Parliament for the general area of EU financial stability, Bank Resolution, and post-Covid 19 NPLs.
Dimitris Bertsimas is an American applied mathematician, and a professor in the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the founding director of the Masters of Business Analytics at MIT. He is currently the Associate Dean of Business Analytics at MIT's Sloan School Management.In 2005, Bertsimas was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to optimization theory and stochastic systems and innovative applications in financial engineering and transportation. His research interests include optimization, machine learning and applied probability and their applications in health care, finance, operations management and transportation.
Michael Bernitsas is the Mortimer E. Cooley Collegiate Professor of Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan, the director of the Marine Renewable Energy Lab and coordinator of the VIVACE project His expertise pertains to hydrokinetic energy conversion, enhancement of high-damping, high-Reynolds flow induced motion, suppression of vortex induced vibrations, marine riser mechanics, and mooring system dynamics. He is also the founder of the company, Vortex Hydro Energy
Olga Bornozi is the Vice-President and Managing Director of Capital Link based in New York City, USA. She has studied Political and Economic Sciences at the University of Geneva and Political Science and International Studies at the Institute of International Studies (H.E.I.), in Geneva and the Institut d’Etudes Europeennes of Geneva. Besides the Capital Link, she has experience in working with various prominent companies and organizations, such as the Press and Information Desk of the General Consulate of Greece in Geneva, the G.I.E. SA Generale Import-Export SA, the LATSIS family, LAVIPHARM SA in Athens, the Greek representation to the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM in Davos, the Office of the Executive Director of the Organizing Committee of "Athens Olympic Games 2004".
Marios Camhis studied Architecture and continued his studies in London at the Architectural Association (AΑ Dip Plan) and taught at the Planning Department. He obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and continued his research at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked in Athens as: Free-lance urban and regional planner; Scientific advisor at the Ministry of National Economy, responsible for the National Coastal Management Plan, Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Chairman of the Council of Ministers’ Working Group for the Greek Memorandum. He has been a European Commission official and has served as Deputy Head and Head of Cabinet of Commissioner G. Varfis, Head of Unit in DG for Regional Policy responsible for cross-border and urban planning programs, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece, and Advisor at DG Communication. He was EU Fellow at the George Mason University in Washington DC, and an instructor at the University of Thessaly and at the Harokopio University of Athens. Following his retirement from the European Commission, he served as Chairman of the Management Organization Unit of Development Programs, MOU S.A.
Nick (Nicandros) Bouras is a Greek professor (emeritus) of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience King's College London, United Kingdom. His clinical, research and educational contribution has been focused on the social dimension of psychiatry and programmes that promote developments in mental health around the world. In addition, he has been involved with the Hellenic Diaspora. He was the Founding President of the World Hellenic Biomedical Association that was established in London, UK in 1990.
Panos Carvounis has served as the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece. He has also served as Principal Adviser, Director, Deputy Director-General and Director-General at the European Commission Directorate-General Press and Communication, Director for “Small Businesses, Commerce and Distribution, Co-operatives, Mutuals, Associations and Foundations” in Directorate-General for Enterprise Policy of the European Commission, Head of the Unit «Energy Co-operation with non EU countries» in Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission, Assistant to the Director-General for Energy of the European Commission and an Advisor to the French Ministry of Transport.
Angelos Chaniotis is Professor of Ancient History and Classics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His research is dedicated to ancient inscriptions, historical memory, religion, theatricality in public life, emotion, and society in the Hellenistic world and the Roman East. He served as Professor at New York University and the Universities of Heidelberg and Oxford, and he currently is Visiting Professor at the Northeastern Normal University in China. He also served as Vice Rector of the University of Heidelberg and as member of many boards, including the Comitato Nazionale dei Garanti per la Ricerca in Italy and the Research Board of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He currently serves in the Council of Higher Education in Greece. He is corresponding member of the Academies of Athens, Finland, and Heidelberg and member of the Academia Europaea. He is recipient of numerous honorary decrees and awards and has been made Commander of the Order of the Phoenix of the Hellenic Republic.
Nicholas A. Christakis is an American sociologist and physician known for his research on social networks and on the socioeconomic, biosocial, and evolutionary determinants of behavior, health, and longevity. He is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University, where he directs the Human Nature Lab. He is also the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. Christakis has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Christakis has been named to the Time 100, Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.He has also been named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers.
George P. Chrousos
George P. Chrousos is a Greek-American pediatrician, endocrinologist, neurobiologist and one of the world's foremost medical clinical researchers. He serves as Professor of Pediatrics and Endocrinology Emeritus and at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece and as Director of University Research Institute of Maternal And Child Health & Precision Medicine. He currently also holds the UNESCO Chair on Adolescent Health Care. He is one of the 250 most cited scientists internationally (ISI highly cited), included not only in the list of Clinical Medicine, but also in that of Biology and Biochemistry, and is the highest cited clinical pediatrician or endocrinologist in the world. He currently serves in the Council of Higher Education in Greece.
Athena Coustenis is Director of Research with the French Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at Paris Observatory, specializing in Astrophysics and Planetology. She contributes to the development of space missions and analyzes the acquired data to investigate the atmospheres and surfaces of planets, satellites and exoplanets (examples are the Cassini-Huygens mission and the upcoming JUICE and ARIEL missions). She has more extensively studied the large Saturnian moon, Titan and the Galilean satellites. She is currently the Chair of the European Space Agency’s Human spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (ESA-HESAC), of the COSPAR Panel on Planetary Protection and of the Science evaluation committee of the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES-CERES). She is a member of several other international advisory bodies (with NASA, ESA, NASEM, etc). Her production record includes about 260 scientific articles, several books or chapters and more than 700 communications.
Constantinos Daskalakis is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT, working on Computation Theory and its interface with Game Theory, Economics, Probability Theory, Machine Learning and Statistics. His work has resolved long-standing open problems about the computational complexity of Nash equilibrium and multi-item auctions, and it now focuses on high-dimensional statistics and learning from biased, dependent, and strategic data. In 2018 he was honored with the prestigious Nevanlinna Prize by the International Mathematical Union. This prize is presented along with the Fields medal for outstanding contributions to mathematical aspects of information sciences. He has been honored with several other important awards including the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Kalai Prize from the Game Theory Society, the Sloan fellowship in Computer Science, the SIAM outstanding paper prize, the Simons investigator award, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award, and the Bodossaki foundation distinguished young scientists award.
Dimitris Daskalopoulos is the founder and Chairman of DAMMA Holdings SA, a financial services and investment company. He served as the Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) for 8 consecutive years and presently, he is SEV’s Honorary President. Daskalopoulos was the principal owner, Chairman and CEO of Delta Holdings/Vivartia SA, Greece’s largest food conglomerate. He has served as Vice President of the Confederation of European Business (BUSINESSEUROPE). He is the founder of diaNEOsis, a research think tank in Greece, which commissions studies and makes policy proposals on the major social and economic issues in Greece and he has been serving as the organization's chairman since its foundation.
Maria Demertzis is Deputy Director at Bruegel. She has previously worked at the European Commission and the research department of the Dutch Central Bank. She has also held academic positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the USA and the University of Strathclyde in the UK, from where she holds a PhD in economics. She has published extensively in international academic journals and contributed regular policy inputs to both the European Commission's and the Dutch Central Bank's policy outlets.
Konstantinos Drosatos is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He is also a Visiting Professor of the Center for Systems Biomedicine at the UCLA, and external faculty of the University of Crete Medical School (Greece). He is the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Investigator award of the American Heart Association-Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council. He has been a co-founder and served as the president of two scientific networks of Greek biomedical scientists and physicians that live abroad: The Hellenic Bioscientific Association in the USA and the World Hellenic Biomedical Association. Currently, he is the Vice-President of the ARISTEiA-Institute for the Advancement of Research & Education in Arts, Sciences and Technology.
Paraskevas Nikiforos Diamandouros is a regular member of the Academy of Athens and Emeritus Professor of comparative politics at the University of Athens Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He was the first National Ombudsman of Greece from 1998 to 2003 and has been Ombudsman for the European Union from April 2003 to October 2013. He is an expert of state-building, nation-building, democratisation, the relationship between culture and politics, as well as politics and history of Greece and Southern Europe. He has served as the Director of Development at the Athens College, the Program Director for Western Europe and the Near and Middle East at the Social Science Research Council, New York, the president of the Modern Greek Studies Association, the Director of the Greek Institute for International and Strategic Studies, the president of the Greek Political Science Association, the co-chair of the Social Science Research Council's Subcommittee on Southern Europe, the director and chairman of the Greek National Centre for Social Research, and a visiting professor of political science at the Juan March Centre for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Madrid, Spain.
Savas Dimopoulos is a particle physicist at Stanford University. He is well known for his work on constructing theories beyond the Standard Model, which are currently being searched for and tested at particle colliders like LHC at CERN and at experiments all over the world. He proposed a softly broken SU(5) GUT model , which is one of the foundational papers of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM). He also proposed the ADD model of large extra dimensions.
Constantinos Filis is a specialist in Russian and former Soviet space affairs and a strategic planning expert on Greek foreign policy on the broader region of the Black Sea, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He has served as Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at Panteion University’s Institute of International Relations (IIR), and since November 2004 has headed the IIR’s Russia and Eurasia Centre, which in September 2008 was renamed the Centre for Russia, Eurasia & South East Europe. He was elected Senior Associate Member (SAM) at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, and he is an Associate of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX).
Athanassios S. Fokas
Athanassios Spyridon Fokas is a Greek mathematician, with degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Medicine. Since 2002, he is Professor of Nonlinear Mathematical Science in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. He is an expert of symmetries, integrable nonlinear PDEs, Painleve equations and random matrices, models for leukemia and protein folding, electro-magneto-enchephalography, nuclear imaging, and relativistic gravity. Also, he has introduced a new method for solving boundary value problems known as the Fokas method.
Emmanuel Fragkoulis has served as Reader and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Athens. He was elected several times Chairman of the Faculty of Biology. He has served as the Secretary General for Science and Technology at the Ministry for Development and Industry of the Hellenic Republic, President of the National Center of Public Administration and Chairman of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Evangelos Eleftheriou is an electrical engineer. He is an IBM Fellow and responsible for the Cloud and Computing Infrastructure department at the IBM Research – Zurich laboratory in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and is also the group leader for the Memory and Cognitive Technologies group in that department.His research interests include signal processing and coding, solid-state memories and storage, and storage for big data. More recently he has expanded his interests to emerging computing paradigms such as neuromorphic and in-memory computing for AI applications.
Marily Frangista has been the Managing Director of FRANCO COMPANIA NAVIERA S.A. since 1995. Since 2000, she has held non-executive positions on the Board of Directors of various institutional organizations in the Maritime Industry. She also served as an independent non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Greece. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the MALTA INTERNATIONAL SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION (MISA) and presently serves as a Treasurer/ Secretary. Since September 2012, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Endeavor Greece.
Apostolos Gkoutzinis is a partner at Milbank, one of the top law firms in the world. He is based in the London office and runs the firm’s capital markets practice in Europe. He has been the lead lawyer on some of the largest financing transactions in the world for many years. He is also one of the leading lawyers internationally with a focus on Greece, having advised all of the major Greek companies in their investments internationally and most of the foreign investors in their investments in Greece. In 2015, he was voted the best finance lawyer in Europe by an international poll under the aegis of The Lawyer, one of the leading specialist publications of the legal business. He was born in Kavala in 1975 and lives in London with his wife and five children.
Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler is an academic Byzantinologist. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Greece. In the 2008 show Great Greeks, she was named amongst the 100 greatest Greeks of all time. By becoming Deputy Principal and Principal of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, she did not only became the first woman to hold this post in the 700-year history of Sorbonne and the first woman in the world to hold the post of a Principal in a world-renowned University. She was the Rector of the Academy of Paris and Chancellor of the Universities of Paris, the president of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Principal at the University of Europe in Paris, the President of the Ethics Committee of the National Centre of Scientific Research in France, the President of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi in Greece and Honorary President of the International Committee of Byzantine Studies.
Anna Grimani studied journalism in Paris. Her professional career began as an editor at the Greek daily newspaper “Ta Nea” and then she moved to magazines “Ena” , “Ikones” and other publications of the Greek Press. Her interviews presented a deeply timed personalities that influenced the Greek and international world of scientists. She launched at the magazine “K” of the news paper “Kathimerini tis Kyriakis” the column title “Patridognosia” and “Greeks Outside”. Its theme was culture And the interviews of prominent Greek and international personalities of science. She has conducted interviews with more than 450 distinguished Greeks Scientists who excel in academic institutions and research centers abroad. Editorial and presentation of emission “Remarkable Greeks” airing on national television (ERT1) -hourly portraits of leading International Greek scientists abroad, shooting at research and academic areas of action in Europe and the first presentation of these figures in Greek television. She is a member of the Organization Hopegenesis Mentor Committee. She maintains a blog in the Greek version of Huffington Post. She has written four Poetic Collections, the biography of Eleni Glykatzi-Ahrweiler ‘’The 600 Pens and 10 Poemes”.
Michalis Haliassos holds the Chair of Macroeconomics and Finance at Goethe University Frankfurt. He is Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Founding Director of the CEPR Network on Household Finance (2015- ), Research Professor and Executive Board member of the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability, advisor to the European Central Bank on the Eurozone Survey of Household Finances and Consumption since its inception in 2006 and International Research Fellow of NETSPAR. Haliassos' research interests lie in Macroeconomics and Finance with emphasis on household finance, where he has been among the early contributors. He has served as Department Chairman and as Deputy Dean of the Schools of Economics and Business at Goethe University and at the University of Cyprus, and as member of the Senate and of the Council of the University of Cyprus, of the Greek National Council on Research and Technology (ESET) and of the Consultative Working Group of ESMA.
Since 1992, Hercules Haralambides is Professor of Maritime Economics and Logistics, having taught at 9 universities (and in 7 different countries), most prominent of which being Sorbonne University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and National University of Singapore. Currently he is also Distinguished Chair Professor at Dalian Maritime University (China) and Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University (USA). He is the founder of the Erasmus Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) and also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL). He has written and published over 300 scientific papers, books, reports and articles in the wider area of ports, maritime transport and logistics and has consulted governments, international organizations and private companies all over the world including, for a number of years, the European Commission. In the period 2011-2015 Professor Haralambides was President of the Italian port of Brindisi.
Gelina Harlaftis is the Director of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) and Professor of Maritime History in the Department of History of the University of Crete. She was President of the International Maritime Economic History Αssociation, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University, and an Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., International Visiting Scholar in the Business History Program, Harvard Business School. She was also visiting professor in Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Maritime Studies, Greenwich University in London . Her research interests are in maritime history, economic and social history, business history, global history and diaspora history.
Marina Hatsopoulos is a tech entrepreneur who serves as a financial expert on corporate boards, both public and private, from startup through enterprise. As an angel investor and advisor to an array of organizations, including the Cypriot government, she is involved in the emerging startup ecosystems in Greece and Cyprus. She is a published writer of articles, fiction and creative non-fiction, and an expert in topics related to entrepreneurship.
John (Jean) Iliopoulos is a Greek physicist. He is the first person to present the Standard Model of particle physics in a single report. He is best known for his prediction of the charm quark with Sheldon Lee Glashow and Luciano Maiani (the "GIM mechanism"). He demonstrated the cancellation of anomalies in the Standard model and the Fayet-Iliopoulos D-term formula. He is currently an honorary member of Laboratory of theoretical physics of École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He is a pioneer of supersymetry, the hypothetical symmetry that links fermions and bosons.He also studied some aspects of the quantum theory of gravitation as well as the mathematical properties of invariant gauge theories formulated in a non-commutative geometric space.
Ioli Kalavrezou since 1989 is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine art History at the department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, having taught earlier at UCLA and at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She has served as Chair of the department for six years and is also Senior Fellow and Senior Research Associate at Dumbarton Oaks and Trustee at the Cyprus Research Institute.
Vrasidas Karalis teaches Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he holds the Sir Nicholas Laurantos Chair in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He has published extensively on Byzantine historiography, Greek political life, Greek Cinema, European cinema, literary criticism and contemporary political philosophy.
Antonis Kokossis is a Professor of Process Systems Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is the Director of the Industrial Process Systems Engineering (IPSEN), a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, UK, and an Adjunct Research Professor, Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies (ATHENA), Athens, Greece
Associate Professor Theodoros Kofidis is the Head of Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery and Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore. He is also an Associate Professor with the Department of Surgery, at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Kofidis has introduced numerous new technologies in his field of practice regionally, and launched new types of less invasive surgery. He has trained in some of the world’s leading institutions such as the Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, New York, USA), the Texas Heart Institute (Houston, USA), the Hannover Medical School (Germany) and Stanford University Medical School (California, USA).
Elisa E. Konofagou
Elisa Konofagou is a Greek biomedical engineer in the field of medical ultrasound. She is the Robert and Margaret Hariri Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology (Physics) at Columbia University in New York. Konofagou is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She works on developing novel ultrasound techniques for imaging and therapeutics. Her main interests are related to elasticity imaging, including harmonic motion imaging, pulse wave imaging, and electromechanical wave imaging. The clinical foci of the UEIL include breast, ligament, and myocardial elastography, as well as focused ultrasound therapy related to the blood-brain barrier.
Dimitrios Konovessis is an Associate Professor at the Singapore Institute of Technology. He is an expert of ship designing and ship safety, marine systems reliability and maintainability, maritime energy efficiency and management, and systems engineering.
Christina Koulouris is a Professor in Modern and Contemporary History and Rector of Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences (Athens, Greece). From 2013-2017 she was the Dean of the School of Political Sciences and from 2018-2020 Head of the Department of Political Science and History. She studied at the University of Athens (Department of History and Archaeology), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne where she also received her PhD. From 1999-2016, she was the chair of the History Education Committee of the Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) and general coordinator of the Joint History Project (JHP). She was Senior Research Fellow at Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne (2010), Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University (2017) and at the University of Regensburg (2019).
Nikos Konstandaras is columnist for Greece’s Kathimerini newspaper and was the paper’s managing editor from 2004 to 2017. He is also the founding editor of Kathimerini English Edition. He was an op-ed contributor to the New York Times International Edition and has written for several other foreign publications. He also served as a Correspondent for The Associated Press in Athens from 1989 to 1997, covering the broader region. He was born in South Africa and holds a B.A. and M.A. (in Ancient Greek) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Kostas Kostis is professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens and management consultant at Alpha Bank and for many years director of the Economic History Division of the University of Athens. He specializes in economic and social history as well as in business history.
Chryssa Kouveliotou is a Greek astrophysicist. She is a professor at George Washington University and a retired senior technologist in high-energy astrophysics at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Her numerous contributions to the fields of astronomy and astrophysics have expanded scientific understanding of fleeting, transient phenomena in the Milky Way galaxy and throughout the universe. Besides determining the unique properties of the highly energetic emissions from gamma-ray bursts – the brightest and most powerful cosmic events ever documented – Kouveliotou was part of the team which revealed the extragalactic nature of these sources. Her team also made the first confirmed detection of ultra-dense neutron stars called magnetars – the cinders of stars left over after a supernova. She currently serves in the Council of Higher Education in Greece. In 2021 she was awarded the Shaw Prize in Astronomy
Sophia Kounenaki-Efraimoglou is Executive Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Hellenic World and Head of “Hellenic Cosmos” Cultural Centre. She is Elected President of the National Chamber Network of Greek Women Entrepreneurs, as well as Elected Member of the BoD of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the BoD at ALBA Graduate Business School and Member of the General Council of SEV. She is a Board Member of TERNA ENERGY GROUP and Lavipharm S.A. She is Vice President of the BoD of Technopolis – Acropolis SA, Vice President of the BoD of the Greek-Latin American Council, General Secretary of the BoD of the Greek-Asian Business Council, Member of the Non-Executive Directors’ Club and Member of the Business Advisory Council of the MBA International Program of the Athens University of Economics and Business. She is a Member of the BoD of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Maniatakeion Foundation as well as of the diaNEOsis Institute. In 2008, as a member of the BoD of SEV, she initiated and led the developing of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Code and its promotion in Greek enterprises as well as the subsequent establishment of the Greek Corporate Governance Council in 2012, at the 15-member council of which she is currently a member. She was President and CEO of Vivodi Telecom and President of Fortius Finance Securities S.A., companies which she founded. Moreover, for several years, she taught courses at the Department of Accounting, Business Administration and Informatics at the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences.
Nicholas Ktistakis is a group leader at the Signalling Programme of the Babraham Institute of the University of Cambridge since 1996. He studies lipid signalling and autophagy, with special emphasis on pathways regulated by phosphatidic acid and phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate.
Odysseas Kyriakopoulos is currently member of the Board of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research and member of the Board of Lamda Development S.A. Member of the Board of IMERYS Group and of ASK Chemicals GmbH. He has served as chairman of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (2000-2006), vice president of Business Europe (ex UNICE) and of Hellenic Exchanges Holdings S.A., president of the Board of Directors of the Greek National Opera (2006-2009), member of the General Council of the Bank of Greece (2002-2011) and chairman of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (2011 – 2014).
Nikos Kyrpides is a Greek-American bioscientist who has worked on the origins of life, information processing, bioinformatics, microbiology, metagenomics and microbiome data science. He is a senior staff scientist at the Berkeley National Laboratory, head of the Prokaryote Super Program and leads the Microbiome Data Science program at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. He led the development of several pioneering data-management systems in microbial genomics and metagenomics, which are widely used in the scientific community (with several thousand users worldwide). These include systems for data management and curation of genome projects and their associated metadata, such as the Genomes OnLine Database (GOLD), and comparative-genomics systems such as ERGO and the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG). His current research focuses on microbiome research, with an emphasis on microbiome data science.
Irene S. Lemos is a Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. She is a classical archaeologist, specializing in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age of Greece. Her main research interests are the archaeology of Early Greece; state formation from the 12th century BC to the Archaic period; literacy; Late Bronze and Iron Age exchange patterns and connectivity in the Mediterranean. She has published papers, monographs and edited volumes on the archaeology of Early Greece. She is also the director of the excavations and publications of the finds from the site of Lefkandi in Euboea.
Fay Makantasi is the Head of Research at diaNEOsis and an Adj. Assistant Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). She completed her PhD thesis on a game theoretic approach of international trade at AUEB. As a Postdoctoral Fellow she focused on public sector reform in Greece, the country's export performance and the measurement of its human capital. During her studies she awarded grants for excellence and research from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the Bank of Cyprus, the Georgios and Victoria Karelia Foundation, the AUEB, the European Research Funding Program -“Heracleitus II”. She has recently received a research grant from the Hellenic Observatory at LSE. Her research has been published in international journals and she has presented her work in national and international conferences. She has also co-authored and edited socio-economic research about Greece’s exit from the crisis.
Costis Maglaras is dean and the David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London and holds MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining the School in 1998, Costis Maglaras was a research scientist at Canon Research Center America in Palo Alto, working on image processing and machine vision. An expert in operations research, data analytics and quantitative finance, Maglaras has served as chair of the Decision, Risk & Operations Division; as faculty director for the Risk Management course administered through Executive Education; and as a member of the Executive Committee of Columbia University's Data Science Institute. He has received both the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence and the Dean's Award for Teaching Innovation. His research centers on stochastic modeling and data science, with an emphasis on stochastic networks, financial engineering, and quantitative pricing and revenue management. He has advised 20 PhD students, many holding leading positions in academia and in industry. His research has received many research awards, and he has served as department editor on many of the flagship journals of his field. He is a Fellow of INFOMRS and a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. Outside of the Business School, in 2007, Maglaras helped found Mismi Inc., a financial technology firm and broker dealer that introduced quantitative trading algorithms and transaction analytics tools to the equities market. He consults in the finance industry, primarily in equity trading and quantitative asset management.
Alexandra Maniati is the Director of Innovation & Cybersecurity of the European Banking Federation. She leads the EBF work on the digital transformation of financial services. Workstreams under her remit include CBDCs/digital euro, data economy, cloud banking, online platforms, payments, cybersecurity and digital operational resilience. Working closely with bank associations and banks throughout Europe, she is responsible for the EBF digital innovation and cybersecurity strategy, positioning on legislative/regulatory processes, relations with EU institutions, and projects aimed at regulatory harmonization. She is a member of strategic groups of the European Commission, ENISA and Europol EC3. She also represents the EBF in the Digital Transformation WG of the International Banking Federation and in ad hoc projects of the G7 Cyber Expert Group. She is an advocate of empowering bank employees and citizens through awareness on cyber risks and enhancement of digital skills, and the creator of the annual EBF Cybersecurity Conference, and the EBF Digital Thursdays series of online events.
Konstantinos Maniatopoulos is a Business Consultant and in his long professional career has served as Director General of Energy of the European Commission, CEO of Petroleum Companies and Chairman or Member of numerous Boards of Directors of National or Private Organizations and Companies in Greece, of the International Energy Agency (IEA), of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while he was Coordinator of the establishment procedures of the Energy Charter, Member of the Oxford Energy Club, of the “Club de Nice – Énergie et Géopolitique” and Advisor to PPC, DEPA, RAE, Ministry of Energy, etc. He has been professionally active in the fields of energy, business organization and management, investment, international relations.
Andreas Manolikakis is a Lifetime Member and a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio. He is former Chair (2006 - June 2020) of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program at Pace University in New York City, where he is a Clinical Professor of Acting and Directing as well as Director of Directing Department. He has taught master classes in Acting, Directing, and Script Analysis and lectured on The Roots and the Development of the Stanislavski System and the Method, at the Actors Studio, International Theater Festivals, National Drama and Film Schools, Universities, Conservatories, Theater and Cultural Organizations, in the U.S.A. and Europe. He has translated into Greek and published in Athens in 1997 Nikolai Gorchakov’s Russian classic The Vakhtangov School of Stage Art. As a director and as an actor, he has worked in the United States and Europe. Among his highlights are acting On Broadway opposite Sir Derek Jacobi in Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code; directing Porte Close, by N. Darmon, at the National Theatre of East Paris, and Elektra, by Sophocles, at the Actors Studio. He directed and acted in numerous plays for the New Hellenic Stage of New York, which he founded in 1983.
Maria Mavroudi is Professor of History at University of California, Berkeley. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she researches the recycling of the ancient tradition between Byzantium and Islam, Byzantine intellectual history, and the survival and transformation of Byzantine culture after 1453.
Konstantinos "Costas" Meghir is a Greek-British economist. He is an expert in Economics and Econometrics. He was faculty and Head of Department of Economics at University College London. Presently, he is the “Douglas A. Warner III” Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is also a Research Associate of the NBER, a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in the UK, a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Fellow of the European Economic Association and a Fellow of the Society for Labor Economists. He holds affiliations with IZA and the CEPR. He is elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main research interests are in Labor economics, Human Capital, the Economics of the Household and the design of tax and welfare programs. He has been involved in the evaluation of numerous public policy programs in the UK and developing countries, including Colombia, Chile and Senegal. Recently he has been working in the field of child development. He has been involved in designing scalable Early Childhood interventions based on both home visiting and village playgroups in deprived communities.
George Metakides has held senior positions with responsibility for Research &Development policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions. He established and headed the department for Basic Research and International Scientific Relations in Information Technologies at the European Commission from 1988 to 1993. He was the Director of the ESPRIT (European Strategic Program for Information Technologies), from 1993 until 1998, followed by the Information Society Technologies (IST) Program (1998-2002). In 2002 he returned to his professorship at Patras until his retirement in 2012.
He has contributed to the establishment of international institutions (including the launch of the World Wide Web consortium in 1993), has received a number of awards and honorary degrees and is a corresponding member of several National Academies. He is currently visiting professor at the University of Southampton, Adjunct Professor at the European University of Cyprus, President of the Digital Enlightenment Forum, and Advisor to several international organizations. He is involved in the analysis of the economic, political and social impact of digitization , related cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory issues and the promotion of international cooperation towards a digital ecosystem respecting shared human values.
Marily (Maria) Mexi is an international expert on digital work and the platform economy. She currently serves as special advisor to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Based in Geneva, she advises major international organizations, permanent missions and country delegations to the United Nations, as well as employers' and workers' organizations, on future work issues. In this capacity, she has initiated, and currently heading, an international Initiative on Democratizing the Platform Economy, which aims to support governments and stakeholders to strengthen global governance and deepen action-oriented dialogue on the future of the platform economy. This Initiative is hosted at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and it is run by an advisory board composed of experts from UN agencies and the World Economic Forum.
Nikolaos-Georgios K. Nanopoulos is a Chairman-Supervisory Board at EFG Investment & Wealth Solutions Holding AG and the Diorama Investments Sicar S.A.. He is on the Board of Directors at Aegean Airlines SA and Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research. Dr. Nanopoulos was previously employed as a Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director by Eurobank Ergasias Services & Holdings SA and a General Manager by Euromerchant Bank SA. He also served as the vice-chair of the Hellenic Banks Association, as well as on the board of other Greek companies.
Alexander Nehamas is a Greek philosopher. He is a professor of philosophy and comparative literature and the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1990. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Member of the American Philosophical Society (since 2016), the Academy of Athens since 2018. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and literary theory.
Vasilis Ntziachristos is a Greek American biomedical engineer, scientist, and inventor, best known for his development of fundamental and translational research tools for imaging tissues based on fluorescence and optoacoustics. He is a Full Professor C4/W3 of Medicine and Electrical Engineering and holds the Chair of Biological Imaging at the Technical University of Munich. He is also the Director of the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and Director of Bioengineering at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus. He is a founding member and board member of the translational oncology center TranslaTUM and has led developments leading to the foundation of the Munich School of Bioengineering, where he currently serves as the Speaker of the Study Program.
George Pagoulatos has been a member of the ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy) Board of Directors since 2013, Vice-President in 2019, before being appointed Director General of ELIAMEP in November 2019. He is a Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He was Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy at the PM Office under Prime Ministers Lucas Papademos and P. Pikrammenos. Pagoulatos is a member of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre in Brussels. He served as member of the High Council of the European University Institute in Florence, and President of ECSA-Greece. His research and publications focus on the EMU and the EU, Southern European and Greek political economy, economic governance, political economy of banking and finance, political economy of reform.
Evan K. Paleologos is Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, and Director of the Center in Sustainable Built Environment at Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates. He is also a faculty at the Technical University of Crete, Science Advisor to the Minister of Environment, and Deputy Chairman of the Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Co.
Thanos Pallis is Professor of Port Economics & Policy & the scientific coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action on European Port Policy at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport (STT), University of the Aegean, Greece. He is currently the President of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), and has served as secretary general of MedCruise, the association of cruise ports in the Med.
Stratos Papadimitriou is adviser to Captain P.N. Tsakos, founder of the Tsakos Group of Companies. He is Professor at the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies and director of the Transportation Systems Laboratory. His subject areas of expertise are Transportation Systems and Logistics.
Elias Papaioannou is the academic director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development and economics professor at London Business School, focusing on international finance, political economy, applied econometrics, growth, and development. In the academic year 2019/2020, he held the Varian Visiting Professor of Economics at the MIT Department of Economics.
Yiannis Papanicolaou is an economist trained at the National University of Athens (1st class Honors Degree in Economics), the London School of Economics (M.Sc.Econ with Distinction) and the London Graduate School for Business Studies (Senior Executive Program). Since 2004 Mr. Papanicolaou has been employed as an economic advisor in Greece and abroad specializing in strategic planning. He has served as the Director General of the International Center for Black Sea Studies, the Alternate Governor of Greece at the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank.
Prior to this he had a career in government as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Greece, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors to the Ministry of National Economy and Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He started his professional career as a Lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics and at the Queen Mary College (London University). He is also an Honorary Professor of the Kuban State University (Krasnodar – Russia) and Doctor (Honoris Causa) of the State Technical University of Moldova.
Dimitri Papalexopoulos is Chairman of the Group Executive Committee of Titan Cement International (TCI), a cement and building materials producer active since 1902. TCI directly employs about 5,500 people, operates cement plants in 10 countries and is active in many more. Mr. Papalexopoulos is Vice-Chair of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) and chairs the ERT’s Energy Transition & Climate Change Committee. He is Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), and a member of the Board of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (ΙΟΒΕ), the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and of “Endeavor Greece”. He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining TITAN, he was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and Munich.
Spyros Pappas is Attorney at Law, Member of the Athens and Brussels Bars, Founder and Managing Partner of the Law Firm Pappas & Associates, Brussels, Chairman of the Center of Social Responsibility in the Digital Age, and President of the Hellenic Network in Brussels. He was the Director General at the European Commission responsible, first, for Consumer Policy, then, for Information, Communication, Culture and Audio-visual Policy and, finally, for Education and Culture, the Director General and professor of European Law at the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht), the Secretary General of the the National Center for Public Administration and Judge in the Council of State.
Artemis Papathanassiou, is an Attorney at Law and Senior Legal Advisor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Greece. She is specialized (PHD) in Public International Law. As a Legal Advisor at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she specializes and produces legal opinions on issues related to public international law and, in particular, on issues of Greek-Turkish relations, international terrorism, international cultural property law, international space law, as well as on issues related to bilateral interstate relations and to international organizations and institutions. She has participated and participates in a large number of bilateral and multilateral negotiations, representing her country in international and regional organizations and, in particular, the United Nations (Sixth Committee and Plenary of the UN General Assembly), UNESCO, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the Council of Europe, UNIDROIT and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. She is former Chairperson (2011-2012) of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP). She is former Chairperson (2014-2016) of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention). She is the Facilitator/Moderator of the negotiations within the UN General Assembly which led to the elaboration and adoption of General Assembly Resolutions A/RES70/76 and A/RES/73/130 “on the Return or Restitution of Cultural Property to the Countries of Origin.”
Efstratios Patsouris is Emeritus Professor of Pathology, Director and President of the Board of the University Mental Health, Neurosciences and Precision Medicine Research Institute “Costas Stefanis” (UMHRI), University of Athens.
He was vice-chair of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2011-2013), Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Athens (2014-2018).
Anastassios N. Perakis
Anastassios Perakis is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan, where he was a tenured faculty from 1982 to 2020, after graduate studies at MIT from 1977 to 1982. He is the recipient of several major honors and awards, including the Class of 38E Distinguished Service award (1987), the highest award to junior faculty at the College of Engineering at Michigan, Office of Naval Research Distinguished Faculty Fellow, The Boeing Company Welliver Faculty Fellow (one of only 9 US-wide), was elected SNAME Fellow, all in 2003, and Michigan Energy Institute Fellow in 2008. More than half of the 7 PhD students he supervised have also become professors at top Universities world-wide. He is the founder (1982), president and managing director of Prometheus Transport Research, LLC, a high-level Consulting company focusing on Marine and Intermodal Transportation. He is an expert of Probabilistic Modeling and Optimization of Marine Systems, Transportation Optimization, especially. Marine and Intermodal, Reliability and Safety Analysis of systems and structures, Economic Impact of proposed Environmental regulations.
Aristides Patrinos is an expert in synthetic biology, and a former leader of the Human Genome Project. He was the Director of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked on the Human Genome Project. He launched the Genomes to Life Program and created the DOE Joint Genome Institute. At DOE he was also involved in initiating the International Panel on Climate Change and the Global Change Research Program within the Department of Energy. He left the Department of Energy in 2006, and joined Synthetic Genomics Inc. He is considered a leading authority on structural biology, genomics, global environmental change, and nuclear medicine. He currently directs research for Urban Sciences and Progress or the CUSP program, and is also a professor of biological, chemical, and mechanical engineering at New York University. He continues to be involved with Synthetic Genome and their project, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Tsakos Energy and Navigation (TNP).
Anastassis (Tassos) Perrakis
Anastassis Perrakis is a research scientist specializing in structural biology and drug lead development. He is professor of macromolecular structures at the University of Utrecht, and a senior staff scientist and project leader at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). In parallel he has a shared appointment with the Oncode Institute, a virtual organisation aiming to strengthen Oncology research and care. He has an active European profile as the coordinator of EU-wide research infrastructure networks, and is a founding and executive board member of the European research infrastructure consortium on integrative structural biology. He has published in all major scientific journals in biosciences (including Science, Cell, Nature, and others), has numerous collaborative projects with the pharmaceutical industry and smaller biomedicine companies, and has successfully commercialized several of his research results. He frequently participates in the Greek media with articles about research, education, and health issues, and is an active blogger.
George Prevelakis is Professor emeritus at the Sorbonne (Paris 1). He specializes in European, Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Geopolitics, in Diasporas and in Physical Planning. He has occupied teaching and research positions in Paris, Baltimore, Boston and London. During the academic years 2003-2005 he served as the Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at the Fletcher School and during the period 2013-2015 as the Greek Ambassador at the OECD.
George Provopoulos was the Governor of the Bank of Greece from 2008 to 2014, and was a member of the European Central Bank's Governing Council. Prior to his appointment as Central Bank Head, he was a Professor at the University of Athens. Early in his career, he was chairman and CEO at Emporiki Bank, Greece's fifth-largest lender, where he oversaw the bank's acquisition to Credit Agricole in 2006. He later served as CEO at Piraeus Bank.
Vasiliki "Vicky" Pryce is a Greek-born British economist, and former Joint Head of the United Kingdom's Government Economic Service. She served as an economist and then chief economist at Williams & Glyn's Bank (now part of the Royal Bank of Scotland), corporate economist for Exxon Europe and as chief economist at Peat Marwick McLintock and KPMG. She worked for the London Economics consultancy and presently, she is on the advisory board of OMFIF where she is regularly involved in meetings regarding the financial and monetary system.
Antonios Rengakos studied classics at the University of Freiburg. He has taught at the Universities of Vienna (1994-1995), Freiburg (1991-1997). In 1997 he was appointed Professor of Ancient Greek Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in 2011 he became a full member of the Academy of Athens (Chair: Ancient Greek Philology). In 2015 he was elected Honorary Professor of the University of Peloponnese and in 2016 corresponding member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften (Philosophical-Historical Section).
His research interests include Homer, historiography and Hellenistic poetry.
Vassilios T. Rapanos is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Athens. He studied Business Administration at the Athens School of Economics and Business (1975) and holds a Master’s in Economics from Lakehead University, Canada (1977) and a PhD from Queen’s University, Canada. He was Deputy Governor and Governor of the Mortgage Bank (1995-1998), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (1998-2000), Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2000-2004), and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Greece and the Hellenic Bank Association (2009-2012). He has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alpha Bank since May 2014. He is an Ordinary Member of the Academy of Athens since May 2016 (Section of Ethical and Political Sciences, Economic Sciences/Fiscal Theory and Policy)
Christoforos Sardelis is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ethniki Insurance S.A. since 2016. He studied economics at Stockholm University, where he also taught for over a decade.
Then he moved to the Swedish Central Bank (Riksbanken), initially as Head of the Research Department and later as a Senior Monetary Policy Advisor. Between 1992 and 1994 he served as European Commission Advisor on monetary integration issues. At the same time he represented the Swedish Central Bank in the Monetary Committee of the EU and the OECD Economic Policy Committee. In recent years he held executive positions at various investment banks (Handelsbanken, Bank of America and Banca IMI). Between 1999 and 2004 he was the General Director of the Public Debt Management Agency.
Stratos Safioleas is a communication strategy consultant in cities competing for the organization of the Olympic Games. He is also a consultant for social media and media crisis management for companies abroad. He is an expert (MS, PhD) in Technology Strategy and Engineering Management, and in the past, he served as consultant of the World Bank and Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.
Mathios Rigas is a founding shareholder of Energean and has served as the company’s Chairman & CEO. He is a Petroleum Engineer with a combination of oil & gas and investment banking experience. He has also experience in investment banking and private equity investments. In the past, he was Managing Partner of Capital Connect Venture Managers, a Private Equity fund in Greece with investments in innovative enterprises in IT, Healthcare, Waste Management and Food Industries. Also, he was in charge of Piraeus Bank's Shipping Investment Banking division, Vice President of Energy & Project Finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in London, and a consultant in the energy sector.
Orestis Schinas is a Professor of Shipping and Ship Finance at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) and Head of the Maritime Business School which combines all of the shipping-related study undergraduate and postgraduate programs, which he organized there. He has broad experience in the maritime and logistics industry. He has held positions as an advisor and project manager, where he contributed his expertise both to the private sector and to public-sector and international corporations. His activities included large-scale corporate projects such as IPOs, port privatisations and start-up projects as well as numerous research and development projects in the areas of finance, shipping and ports. In particular, he has been involved in research initiatives and projects relating to short-sea shipping as well as the human factor in shipping and ports.
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos has been Chief Executive of the SAIIA’s (South African Institute of International Affairs) since 2005. Her expertise lies in South Africa’s foreign policy, South-South Cooperation, global governance, and the role of emerging powers in Africa. She was previously research director at the South African Institute of Race Relations, editor of the highly acclaimed Race Relations Survey (now the South Africa Survey). She serves on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Regional Organizations, and the WEF Think Tank Leaders Forum. She is the co-chair of the Think 20 Africa Standing Group, one of the task forces of the Think 20, which is one of the engagement groups of the G20. She was recently appointed to serve a two-year term on the United Nations High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs (HLAB-II).
Professor Joseph Sifakis is Emeritus Research Director at Verimag. He has been a full professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for the period 2011-2016. He is the founder of the Verimag laboratory in Grenoble, a leading laboratory in the area of safety critical systems that he directed for 13 years. In 2007, he received the Turing Award, recognized as the "highest distinction in computer science", for his contribution to the theory and application of model checking, the most widely used system verification technique.
Joseph Sifakis is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, a member of the French National Academy of Engineering, a member of Academia Europea, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a Grand Officer of the French National Order of Merit, a Commander of the French Legion of Honor, and a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix. He received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 2012.