Dr Alexander Artikis is an Assistant Professor of Maritime Informatics at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree on Autonomous Systems from Imperial College London. His scientific interests focus on Artificial Intelligence and Complex Event Recognition. He has been teaching various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, such as Maritime Information Systems, Game Theory, Statistics, Quantitative Techniques and Maritime Informatics. He has more than 100 publications in top journals and conferences, such as the Artificial Intelligence journal, the ACM Transactions on Computational Logic, the ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, and the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technologies. According to google scholar, his h-index is 30.
Maria Boile is Professor of “Port and Inland Terminal Policy and Management”, Director of the MSc in Shipping and Director of the Quantitative Analysis in Shipping Laboratory at the University of Piraeus. She is the Coordinator of the European Waterborne Technology Platform, which is managing the private side of the Co-Programmed Partnership on Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport in the framework of Horizon Europe. She is heading the Research Sector on Transport Economics and Environment, Maritime and Air Transport, at the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). She is an affiliated faculty with the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University, US. She has served as Research Director at CERTH/HIT, in the field of “Analysis and Operations of Freight Transport, Logistics Systems and Applications of ICT”; Associate Professor of Transportation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Rutgers University, U.S.; co-Director of the Freight and Maritime Program (FMP) at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT); Academic Fellow of the Center for Supply Chain Management of the Rutgers School of Business; and Assistant Professor of Transportation at Lafayette College.
She has authored and co-authored over 170 technical articles,12 book chapters and two books. Her teaching and research work has received several awards, including a Best Paper Award (2000), a Transportation Engineering Education Award (2009), an Award for Excellence as a Distinguished Educator (2006-2007) and the prestigious Partnerships for Innovation award, through the National Science Foundation, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships.
Dr. Stefanos CHATZINIKOLAOU Manager, Global Marine Training, RINA
Stefanos Chatzinikolaou is Assistant Professor in the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus, Greece. He is a graduate of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he also concluded his PhD studies. He has served the maritime industry from managing positions in research, consulting engineering, and professional maritime training. He has a background of sixteen years in academic, EU funded, and industrial research projects. His main fields of work and interest are ship energy efficiency and environmental performance, sustainable maritime transport, maritime safety, and human factors.
Dr. Maria Karakasnaki is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Maritime Studies. She holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance from Athens University of Economics and Business, a MSc in Maritime Studies and a Ph.D. in Maritime Studies (specialization in Management and Quality) from the Department of Maritime Studies of University of Piraeus, Greece. Her research interests include the topics of management and quality, quality management systems and human resource management.
Dr. Ioannis N. Lagoudis joint the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus in December 2018. Prior to this appointment he served as faculty at the Department of Shipping Trade and Transport at the University of the Aegean and at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation part of MIT Global SCALE Network. He is Fulbright research scholar at the MIT – Center for Transportation and Logistics, where he is affiliated today. He has also been active in industry advising multinational companies and Government agencies in Asia, U.S.A. and Europe on maritime and supply chain related issues. Among the companies he has worked with are CSX, Starbucks, Petronas, Ralph Lauren and Johor Port Authority. His research interests lie in the areas of strategic management, maritime logistics, supply chain management and decision-making. He has published several papers in conferences and academic journals.
Dr. Vasilios-Christos Naoum is an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Department of Maritime Studies at the University of Piraeus. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Department of Business Administration of the University of Piraeus, a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Accounting and Finance, a Ph.D. and a Post-Doc in Accounting from the Athens University of Economics and Business (Department of Accounting and Finance). He is a Visiting Professor at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has extensive experience in teaching management accounting, financial accounting, and financial statement analysis at undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional levels.
His research interests lie in the fields of Financial Accounting (Cash flows, Persistence, Earnings Management), Management Accounting (Cost Behaviour), and Intangibles (Intellectual Capital, Organization Capital). His research work has been published in several ranked reputable international journals including Management Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, International Journal of Finance and Economics, Journal of Applied Accounting Research, Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting, Journal of Intellectual Capital, and has been presented in several international conferences.
He is a co-author in a book in Greek and author of several chapters in international books. He has participated in several consulting projects in the private sector and he has been a member of the research team in national-funded research projects and a European Union-funded project (FASTER). He was awarded “Best Contribution to The Intangibles and Intellectual Capital Theory And Practice Award” by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and two scholarships by the European Accounting Association.
Dr. Naoum is a member of the European Accounting Association and the Hellenic Finance and Accounting Association.
Angelos Pantouvakis was born in Athens Greece and studied Civil and Transport Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, (M.. Eng.) He continued his studies at the Nottingham Business School, UK, M.B.A. (Masters in Business Administration) and he did his Ph.D. at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in Modeling and Measuring Quality aspects on companies’ performance.
He spends more than twenty-five years in all levels of managerial positions –from plant supervisor to CEO and Chairman of the BoD- at the professional arena in Greece and abroad in Leading consulting firms (Delloitte, HAY), Banking (ALFA Bank, NATWEST), Pharmaceutical and Food Industries (VETERIN, Karamolegos), Health Care sector and Maritime Sector.
He is at the present Chairman of The European Institute of Shipping and Transport, Chairman of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists, acting director and member of the Board in several corporations in the maritime cluster and an active academic in the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies where he teaches Marketing and Quality of services.
He has extensive experience on managing, consulting and advising profit, non-for profit and governmental agencies (Stock Exchange Listed Corporations, Ministries and Governments) in Service Quality and ISO/ISM issues, Business Process re-engineering, innovative methods of managing people, marketing orientation and optimal sizing etc.
He has published in the field of services marketing in many outlets such as Managing Service Quality, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Journal of Targeting, Measurement and Analysis for Marketing, Maritime Policy and Management, International Journal for Shipping and Transport Logistics etc.
He has been awarded the Best Commented paper award from EMERALD LITERATI twice at 2010 (MSQ) and 2014 (TQM) whereas two of his articles have been announced as among the most influential work presented in The Learning Organization Journal (2013) and Managing Service Quality Journal (2013)
Dr. Stratos Papadimitriou is a professor of Transport Systems at University of Piraeus. Dr Papadimitriou is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens International Airport. He has served as Managing Director of the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) from 1997 to 2002 and as President of the Hellenic Investment Center (2002-2004). During his five-year mandate at OASA, public transport companies under the umbrella of OASA were reorganized and restructured as part of a large investment project. At the same time, a variety of innovative programs were introduced, which modernized public transport in Greater Athens. He has served as a consultant to the Transport Ministers and the European Union, has acted as a consultant in various businesses and has been involved in the management of the various transport and logistics research projects. He has written over 50 scientific articles on transport design and Operational Research while his academic activity has enjoyed a very large number of citations (h index 19).
Dr. Dionysios Polemis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Liverpool, U.K, a postgraduate degree in Banking Finance from Bangor University of Wales, UK and the BSc in Business Economics from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He has several years of experience as a financial and investment consultant for technology and shipping corporations. Meanwhile, Dr Polemis has participated in various national and international academic research programs and has published in prestigious international journals such as Tourism Management, Managerial Finance, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Applied Business Research and Maritime Economics and Logictics.
Dr. Ioannis Theotokas is Professor at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean. He teaches courses on Management of Shipping Companies, Human Resources Management and Corporate Strategy. From April 2015 to February 2017 he had served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy of Greece. He has been the director of the Research in Shipping and Ports Laboratory of the University of the Aegean from 2009 to 2015.He has a background of economics and has specialized in Shipping Management. He received his PhD from the University of Piraeus (1997). His research interests lie in the fields of Management, Human Resource Management and Strategic Management applied to shipping business. He has participated as scientific coordinator or as principal researcher in research projects related to employment, entrepreneurship, strategy and competitiveness in shipping, to maritime training and e-learning, to image of shipping and in consultancy studies funded/commissioned by European Commission, Niarchos Foundation, Greek Ministry of Economic Development, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises S.A., Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation, Maritime Museum of Kardamila, Helenic Historical and Literary Archive, Academy of Athens (KNOWME, CAPTAINS, MELES, INNOSUTRA, RURAL eGOV, SLIM-VRT). Ioannis Theotokas is the author of six books (with five as coauthor) published in Greece and the UK and of 42 papers published in international journals (which include Maritime Policy and Management, Marine Policy, Business History, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Corporate Governance) and in edited books. He has presented over 50 papers at international scientific conferences. He is member of International Association of Maritime Economics and of European Academy of Management and member of the Board of the Association of Greek Maritime Economists.
Ο κ. Αναστάσιος Τσελεπίδης είναι Βιολόγος Ωκεανογράφος και από το 2006 Καθηγητής στο Τμήμα Ναυτιλιακών Σπουδών του Παν/μίου Πειραιώς με γνωστικό αντικείμενο «Θαλάσσια Περιβάλλον». Απετέλεσε ένα από τα ιδρυτικά μέλη του Ινστιτούτου Θαλάσσιας Βιολογίας Κρήτης (ΙΘΑΒΙΚ, 1987-2003) το οποίο μετεξελίχθηκε (2003) στο ΕΛΚΕΘΕ Κρήτης. Υπήρξε Κύριος Ερευνητής και Δ/ντής Ερευνών των ιδρυμάτων αυτών από το 1992-2006. Υπήρξε πρόεδρος του Επιστημονικού Συμβουλίου του ΙΘΑΒΙΚ (1998-2003) την περίοδο της μεγάλης αναπτυξιακής του πορείας (κατασκευή νέων ερευνητικών εγκαταστάσεων στην πρώην Αμερικανική βάση Γουβών, στις οποίες συμπεριλαμβάνεται και το μεγαλύτερο ενυδρείο της χώρας «Θαλασσόκοσμος» κλπ.). Υπήρξε εκπρόσωπος της Ελλάδος στην επιτροπή MAST (Marine Science and Technology) των Μεσογειακών Επικεντρωμένων Προγραμμάτων (Mediterranean Targeted Projects-MTP, 1993-1997) και αξιολογητής των ανταγωνιστικών προγραμμάτων της ΕΕ (από το 1993). Υπήρξε επίσης μέλος του ΔΣ του Κέντρου Ερευνών του Παν/μίου Πειραιώς (2014-2017), μέλος της ΜΟΔΙΠ του ίδιου Παν/μίου (2013-2017), και πρόεδρος της επιτροπής αγοράς και εγκατάστασης μεγάλου ερευνητικού εξοπλισμού (2014-2018). Από το 2018 έως το 2021 διεύθυνε το αγγλόφωνο μεταπτυχιακό πρόγραμμα σπουδών “MSc in Shipping Management” του Τμήματος Ναυτιλιακών Σπουδών του Παν/μίου Πειραιώς. Έχει υπάρξει υπεύθυνος 65 μεταπτυχιακών διατριβών και 7 διδακτορικών. Τα τελευταία 36 χρόνια έχει δουλέψει (στις περισσότερες των περιπτώσεων ως συντονιστής ή κύριος εταίρος) σε πληθώρα ερευνητικών προγραμμάτων (CINCS, SEEPS, MATER, ALIPOR, DESEAS, CYCLOPS, ADIOS, BIODEEP, ESONET, ANREC, HERMES, ESONET-NoE, EMSO-Hellas, HERMIONE, REDECO, AegeanMartech etc.), τα περισσότερα των οποίων χρηματοδοτήθηκαν από την ΕΕ, με συνολική εισροή κεφαλαίων στην Ελλάδα άνω των 7.5 εκατομμυρίων ευρώ. Τα κύρια ερευνητικά του ενδιαφέροντα έχουν σχέση με την έρευνα των βαθιών θαλασσών, την παραγωγικότητα των θαλάσσιων οικοσυστημάτων, την επίπτωση που έχουν οι ατμοσφαιρικές εισροές στο θαλάσσιο οικοσύστημα, τις επιπτώσεις της κλιματικής αλλαγής στα θαλάσσια οικοσυστήματα, την ανάπτυξη τεχνολογίας βενθικών ακάτων για την διαχρονική παρακολούθηση των βαθιών οικοσυστημάτων, την αλληλεπίδραση πελάγους-βένθους, την δομή των βενθικών βιοκοινοτήτων και την μικροβιακή ποικιλότητα που αυτά φέρουν, και την θαλάσσια διακυβέρνηση και μπλε ανάπτυξη. Έχει συνολικά δημοσιεύσει περισσότερες από 220 εργασίες σε περιοδικά και βιβλία, εκ των οποίων 83 σε διεθνή περιοδικά (3 σε Science, Nature, TREE) με δείκτη βαρύτητας (συνολικές αναφορές Google Scholar >5200 με συντελεστή Η’ 41, Scopus ID 55903129100 & ORCID no. 0000-0002-7880-9091). Είναι ή έχει υπάρξει μέλος σημαντικών επιστημονικών και συμβουλευτικών επιτροπών (ASLO, CIESM, MAST-COM, ECOPS/ESF, EMODNET, CoML etc.). Έχει δουλέψει στις περισσότερες θάλασσες του πλανήτη (συμπεριλαμβανομένης της Αρκτικής) με πληθώρα ερευνητικών σκαφών και έχει υπάρξει αρχηγός πολλών και σημαντικών ωκεανογραφικών αποστολών. Κατέχει το πανελλήνιο ρεκόρ βαθύτερης κατάδυσης με βαθυσκάφος (4120 μ στον Ειρηνικό, με το Β/Σ ALVIN), και θεωρείται από πολλούς συναδέλφους του ως ένας από τους πρωτοπόρους της έρευνας των βαθιών θαλασσών στην Α. Μεσόγειο.
Ενδεικτικές εργασίες των τελευταίων ετών.
Dr. Andreas G. Koutoupis, Associate Professor of Financial Accounting & Chairman of the BoD of KnR Governance, Risk & Internal Audit Services SA
Αssociate professor of Financial Accounting University of Thessaly
Dr. Andreas Koutoupis is an Associate Professor of Financial Accounting and Auditing in the University of Thessaly (Accounting and Finance department). He has been awarded a BSc in Public Administration with a distinction (Panteion University, Athens, Greece), an MSc in Internal Auditing and Management (Cass Business School, City University, London-UK) and a PhD in Corporate Governance and Internal Controls with a distinction (Panteion University, Athens, Greece). He is a Chartered Internal Auditor (CMIIA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA), Certified in Control Self Assessment (CCSA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Certified Controls Specialist (CCS). Andreas Koutoupis is an Internal Quality Assessment validator of the International Institute of Internal Auditors. He holds an ‘A’ class Greek Accounting & Tax License by the Economic Chamber of Greece.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of KnR Governance, Risk, Compliance & Internal Audit Services SA. Before establishing KnR he served as a Director, Head of Mazars, Athens – Greece Governance, Risk & Internal Audit Services for 10 years, as well as he served as a Senior Manager within the Internal Audit Services department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Athens – Greece responsible for the Financial Services (mainly banking) Internal Audit Assurance & Consulting Services for another ten years. He has been involved in Governance, Risk & Internal Audit related assignments in more than 200 organizations and enterprises the last 21 years in all industries (Banking, Manufacturing, Retail, Insurance, Services, publicly listed enterprises, etc.) in 19 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Turkey, FYROM, Great Britain, Ukraine, Poland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Slovenia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone & Guinea). Andreas Koutoupis is an Independent – Non Executive Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Greek publicly listed firms Loulis Mills S.A. and Livanis S.A., Chairman of the Audit Committee of IASO Hospital, Lanakam SA, Vioter SA, AEGEK Construction S.A. and the Cooperative Insurance Company of Northern Greece Public Coaches, as well as member in several Greek Public Hospital Audit Committees according to the Greek Law 4025 / 2011.
A story telling Bio:
‘Leading through Vision. Inspiring through Actions’
Dimitrios Mattheou is the CEO | Managing Director of Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd & Aegean Bulk Co Inc, the Chairman of the Green Award Foundation since 2012, as well as the President of AHEPA Maritime Chapter HJ – 45 St’ Nicholas. He is highly recognized for his contribution as an active member of International Organizations. In particular, he is Vice Chairman of the Hellenic Mediterranean Panel in INTERTANKO, Executive Committee Member in Norwegian Hull Club, INTERCARGO and HELMEPA. Dimitrios is an inspiring Leader, committed to his job tasks, innovative in his roles and loyal to the corporate spirit. His management style is extremely accessible and he is a very hands-on executive officer with a ‘can do’ attitude that arouses inspiration and motivation in demanding and crucial working environments. Through his actions he has earned the respect of the maritime community and has been awarded three times as a Best Manager and as an Exceptional Personality (Best Manager award / Efkranti Awards, Personality award / GREEN4SEA Awards, Personal award / Masters & Mates Union of Greek Merchant Marine).
Mattheou Dimitrios, contributes greatly to the qualitative evolution of the market and the general business community through his speeches and presentations at conferences, forums, and international events. He inspires and guides, orientates and aims towards perfection, consistency, reliability and incident-free performance. By drawing special attention to the constant and continuous effort for the improvement of an organization’s ability to exceed its corporate goals and to achieve Safety and Environmental Excellence, he emphasizes to the optimum utilization of its resources and maximum profits, as well as to honoring of all longterm commitments made to customers.
Managing Director & Chief Sustainability Officer
Stavros Meidanis, with over 24 years experience in shipping industry, first joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRS) 1999 and worked as a Marine Surveyor and Quality Lead Auditor. In 2006, he was appointed Marine Client Manager for Lloyd’s Register. From November 2008, he was promoted to Global Manager/ Principal Surveyor for Marine Management and Safety Systems for Lloyd’s Register Group. He was also responsible for the implementation of LR’s Group Strategy regarding Marine Management Systems in the Supply Chain across the world.
From August 2013, he joined the leading shipping company Capital Ship Management Corp, taking the position of DPA/CSO and Safety & Quality Manager. He had the responsibility of Safety & Operational performance -focusing on safety, environmental and energy – of Capital Ship Management fleet –total of 70 vessels, including Oil/ Chemical Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Containers.
From January 2021, Stavros was appointed Managing Director of Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp, as well as Chief Sustainability Officer of Capital Maritime (Capital Group).
Stavros has an extended experience on several business segments such as Tankers, LNG and Dry (both Bulk Carriers and Containers). Ha has published a plethora of technical papers and studies in shipping industry. He is holding degrees in Marine Engineering, Economics and Business Administration. He has successfully completed several Executive Business & Technical degrees from well reputed institutions like LSE and MIT, participating in several working groups studies. Stavros, has being Clinical Professor/ Guest Lecturer in several Academic Institutions.
Mr Pachoulis has studied Shipping in Greece and in the United Kingdom. He specialized in the areas of shipbroking and shipmanagement for over 41 years. He was elected President of Hellenic Shipbrokers Association from 2005 till 2013. He has served as a member of the judging panel for the LLOYD’S LIST GREEK SHIPPING AWARDS, 2006/2009/2011. Mr Pachoulis has been awarded several times , namely: on behalf of Greek Shipping in Eisbeinessen 2005 , on behalf of HSA with Lloyds List Greek Shipping Award 2009 and Shipbroker of the Year 2013. Finally, he is a regular member of the Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration.
Mr Nick Pentheroudakis is the Managing Director of the shipbroking firm Cosmos Shipping Co S.A. He was the former Chairman of the Hellenic Federation of Shipbrokers and Agents and he is a member of the board of directors of the Piraeus Association of Maritime Arbitration, among many other maritime organizations. He started his career in Merchant ships as Deck Officer where he was awarded Master’s Certificate class “C” and continued his education in Shipping in the United Kingdom. Mr Pentheroudakis was a Co-establisher of “OVERSEAS AGENCY LTD” Shipbrokers, Piraeus (1970/1977), Taught Shipping English in a Maritime College in Greece (1972/1974) and acted as Sole Maritime Arbitrator (1999). Moreover, he was a co-establisher of the Practical Shipping Seminars organized by the “Hellenic Shipbrokers Association” since 1999 and certified “APPOINTED PRINCIPAL LECTURER” and of the consequent “SHIPBROKING GNOSIS CERTIFICATE” of the H.S.A and Examiner. Following his presidency of the “H.S.A.” he became Honorary President of the “HSA”.
Captain George Tsouris is currently Operations Manager and Deputy DPA-CSO of Blue Planet Shipping Ltd and President of Chios Marine Club, Piraeus. He has served as a Deck Officer for several years after finishing his studies at the Merchant Marine Academy of Oinoussae. Capt. Tsouris has an extensive experience as Operations Manager and DPA-CSO in known and well respected shipping companies and has served as a secretary of the Pan-Hellenic Masters and Mates Union (2008- 2015). Capt Tsouris has also been guest lecturer in academic institutions teaching mainly “Shipping Operations ”.
Simon started his career at a ship-owning company in Liverpool. He became a Ship Sale & Purchase broker, also in Liverpool, in 1993 before moving to London in 1997. In 2008 he moved to Greece to open and run HSBC Shipping Services Ltd in Piraeus. Despite moving back to London at the end of 2012, he returned to Greece in 2013 to open a new Sale & Purchase joint venture in Piraeus with Ursa Shipbrokers, reaffirming his longstanding commitment to the Greek shipping industry.
He is committed to education and training in shipping, being a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 1995 and a Felow since 2009. He teaches regularly at the Greek branch of the Institute in Piraeus. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Piraeus, Athens University of Economics and Business, Alba and other Universities and Educational Institutions both in Greece and abroad, as well as BIMCO and other professional bodies.
Thanasis Karlis is an Adjunct Professor of the University of Tasmania-Australia where he served as Head of the Ports and Shipping Department. He is currently Sector Head for Car and Container Terminals and Logistics at the Marketing Department of Piraeus Port Authority SA. Before his current position, he held the Management positions of the departments of Marketing, Strategic Planning and Public Relations at the Port of Piraeus Authority SA. He has published in journals and conferences on maritime and port economics and policy. He holds a PhD from the University of Piraeus, Maritime Studies and an MSc from Cardiff University in International Trade.
General Manager of Epsilon Hellas
Dr. Poulis is the General Manager of Epsilon Hellas, one of the leading professional services firms in Crew Management and Advanced Maritime Training with offices and training centers in nine countries.
He is also the Director of the MBA in Shipping & Logistics offered by Middlesex University in collaboration with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.
As far as his institutional role in shipping is concerned, Dr. Poulis currently serves as an elected Director in the Executive Committee of the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), the world’s only international organization dedicated to maritime industrial relations. In the past, he has also been the Chairman of IMEC’s Recruitment & Training Committee (in which he still sits as an active member) as well as the Chairman of the 2019 IMEC Conference.
Before joining shipping as a full-time executive, Dr. Poulis has held academic posts at Manchester Business School, the University of Essex, National University of Ireland, ESCP Europe, and Queen Mary, University of London teaching and leading modules or programs at Doctoral, MBA, MSc and UG levels. He has published his research work in world-leading, “Financial Times 50” journals (e.g., the Academy of Management Review and Organization Studies) as well as in the shipping trade press on a number of issues ranging from the strategic organization of multinational enterprises up to regulatory developments in maritime employment.
As far as his institutional role in academia is concerned, Dr. Poulis has served as Track Chair in the European Academy of Management (Dynamic Capabilities Track) and in the British Academy of Management (Strategy Track) and regularly acts as a reviewer and evaluator for Universities and higher education regulatory authorities, conferences (e.g. AIB), academies (e.g. British Academy of Management), publishing houses (e.g. Oxford University Press) or journals (e.g. Journal of World Business).
He has studied in the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece), the University of Antwerp (Belgium), and UMIST (UK) and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester (Manchester Business School, UK).
Katerina Stathopoulou, MICS Executive Director Investments & Finance Ltd (www.investmentsandfinance.com) (https://gr.linkedin.com/in/kstathopoulou) Katerina has a total working experience of 39 years of which 36 years have been in managerial positions in the fields of Shipping Banking and Finance. Katerina holds the position of Executive Director with Investments & Finance Ltd. The company is a financial consultancy firm dedicated in providing financial and investment banking advisory services to shipping and corporate clients. Katerina’s career started in shipping in 1985 as Assistant CFO for Athenian Sea Carriers, one of the traditional and prestigious Greek shipping Groups, and continued into Banking in 1992 as Head of Shipping Finance for two Greek private Banks, responsible for setting up and developing their shipping loan portfolios. She was also a Credit Committee member of these banks. Katerina holds the position of Governor of The International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus. She has also held the position of Executive Committee Member of WISTA International (2012-2018). She is a Jury Expert with the European Commission on Blue Economy, an active member of WISTA Hellas, member of the Greek Shipping Bankers Association, Advisory Board member of Blue Growth, Advisory Board member of the Young Executive Shipping Forum team, Mentor to university graduates looking to develop their talents by pursuing a career in Shipping. Katerina is also a Lecturer on Shipping Finance at the Greek Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and DNVGL Trainer. Last but not least she is the proud single mother of 2 talented young ladies, age 24 and26.
Dr Nikos Kagkarakis is a Senior Relationship Manager in the Ship Finance Division of National Bank of Greece S.A., having as main role the management of a portfolio of shipping client relationships. He is also a visiting lecturer in various academic institutions, teaching ship finance-related modules.
Dr Kagkarakis holds a PhD in Maritime Economics from the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus, an MSc in Shipping from the same University and a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is also a CFA charterholder and an active member of the CFA Institute and the Hellenic CFA Society.
Stavros Sfyris holds an LL.M. in Maritime Law, from the University of Southampton, (1991) and an LL.B. from the Law Faculty of the University of Athens (1988). He enrolled the course of the European M.B.A. in Finance of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et Management and successfully attended accounting and financing modules in New York College in Athens (1999). He also holds a certificate in Compliance in the Monetary System from the Laboratory for Investment Applications of the University of Athens (2015) and successfully attended seminars regarding the legal environment following the EU General Data Protection Regulation in TUV Austria (2017) and in Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens (2018). He speaks English and French, his native language being Greek.
Mr. Sfyris is a member of the Piraeus Bar Association since 1989. He initially worked in a law firm based in Piraeus, mainly dealing with corporate and maritime law issues and ships’ sale, purchase and finance cases. Since 1994 he is operating his private law office in Piraeus, practicing business and maritime law. In 2000 he joined an Insurance Company in Athens as Training Manager, undertaking and conducting lectures on technical issues of life and general insurance products, as well as seminars on risk management, sales promotion and compliance issue, addressed to insurance agents and brokers. In 2005 he was employed by an Insurance Broker’s firm in Athens and from 2009 and up-to-date he is working as Legal Consultant and Compliance Officer of an Insurance Company in Nea Smyrni, mainly dealing with commercial and insurance law cases and compliance issues.
Mr. Sfyris worked as business law lecturer at New York College in Athens and at IEK Peroulas in Kifissia and as marine insurance law lecturer in the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in Piraeus and he organised and delivered maritime law tailor-made seminars in mayor shipping companies in Athens and Piraeus. From 1995 he is lecturing maritime law, marine insurance and ship’s sale and purchase modules in undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Shipping and Transport Department of the Business College of Athens.