Event & Award Presenters
Marina Petroleka, Head of Energy & Infrastructure Research at BMI Research (part of Fitch Group) in London.
Her role involves leading BMI's integrated strategic analysis across the Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables and Infrastructure sectors, and leading a team of 18 in-house and in London, New York, South Africa and Singapore. She specializes in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, with expertise on both conventional and unconventional oil & gas sectors and on infrastructure development policy in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She first joined BMI in November 2007 as an Infrastructure Analyst moving up to head the sector service as of August 2011. Ms Petroleka has previous experience at the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Istanbul, the Ministry of Merchant Marine in Athens, and the Office of the Political Advisor to the Commander/ NATO HQ, Brunssum, Netherlands. She has been invited to speak at various industry conferences including the 2014 International Petroleum Week in London where she hosted a roundtable on East Mediterranean Gas; Citigroup's Latin America Financial Professionals Forum in Miami, Dialogue Group's China Infrastructure Briefing; the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Global Markets Conference in London, and was the keynote speaker at the Construction Vision Forum in Seoul in June 2013. She has also featured in various industry and news publications, such as the Infrastructure Journal, the Journal of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Private Equity International, China Daily, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and makes frequent contributions to radio and television programs, including BBC World Service, BBC Radio, CNBC, Financial Times and Monocle Radio. She holds a B.A (Honours) degree in War Studies, and an M.A. (with Merit) in International Security and Development, both from King's College London, as well as a CHE in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is on the Board of Directors of Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) - London Chapter and also a Research Associate at the European Centre For Energy and Research Security (EUCERS), part of King's College London. She is fluent in Greek and English, in addition to a working knowledge of French.
Kostantinos Bikas, Ambassador of Greece in the UK
Mr. Kostantinos Bikas (born in 1955 in Athens) is an ambassador of the Greek Embassy to the UK. He has graduated from Varvakeio Exemplary High School (1967-1973) and in 1978 he graduated in Law with honours (University of Athens). He did post-graduate studies in private shipping law and international law in the University of Hamburg in Germany. In 1983 he joined the Greek Diplomatic Service. From 1988 to 1992 he served as Consul in Vancouver, Canada and then as First Secretary, of the Greek Embassy in Algeria. From 1993 to 1998 he was a spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The next four years, until 2002, he served as Head in the Greek Embassy in Iraq and after three years as Consul General in Boston (USA). From 2005 he was Director of the Private Office of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Karolos Papoulias. In 2009 he became General Director of the Greek National Intelligence Service. In 2012 he became a Minister Plenipotentiary First Class.
Euripides L Evriviades, High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the UK
Euripides L Evriviades is High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as of 04 November 2013. Before assuming this post, he was Deputy Permanent Secretary/Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Jan., 2012–Nov., 2013) serving intermittently as Ag. Permanent Secretary. Prior, he served as Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (Nov., 2008–Jan., 2012), having also chaired its Rapporteur Group on External Relations (2011). Previously, he was Political Director of the Ministry (2006-2008), having concurrent accreditation to the State of Kuwait, pro tem Nicosia. Mr Evriviades was Ambassador to the United States of America and non-resident High Commissioner to Canada, serving concomitantly as: the Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization; the Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States; and Representative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (2003-2006). He also served as Ambassador to the Netherlands (2000-2003) and to Israel (1997-2000). Earlier in his career, he held positions at Cypriot embassies in Bonn, Germany (1986-1988); Moscow, USSR/Russia (1988-1993); and Tripoli, Libya (1995). He started his diplomatic career in 1976 at the Cyprus Consulate General in New York as Vice-Consul (1976-78) and later as Consul (1978-1982). He also held the position of First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations (1980-1982). From 1976 to 1980, he was a member of the Cyprus Delegation to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (4th–10th sessions). He has published articles on the subject, as well as on the Cyprus question; on security issues of the eastern Mediterranean; and on diplomacy. On 20 April 2015 he was voted by his peers in London as Diplomat of Year from Europe, an award of The Diplomat Magazine (est. 1947). On 15 January 2006, he received in Washington, DC, the King Legacy Award for International Service, bestowed upon him by the Committee on the International Salute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Man for All Nations. He was honored in The Hague as the “Ambassador of the Year" by the Stichting Vrienden van Saur ("Friends of Saur") Foundation, a Dutch social and philanthropic society (October 2003). Other decorations include the Great Commander of the Order of the Orthodox Knights of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem, February 2000); and the Order of Merit (First Class) of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bonn, March 1989). High Commissioner Evriviades holds a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA-policy area of concentration: International Affairs and Security) from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1984) which he attended as a Fulbright Fellow. He graduated (cum laude, 1976) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He received a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire (21 May 2005). He was born in Larnaca, Cyprus, on 6 August 1954. He is married to Anastasia Iacovidou-Evriviades, an attorney-at-law. He has an avid interest in the arts, especially music, as well as in antiquities, cartography and motorcycling.
Dr. Yannis Maniatis, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Former Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
Dr. Eng. Yannis Maniatis is a Rural and Surveying Engineer (National Technical University of Athens). He has been an Associate Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 1995, an Associate Professor at University of Piraeus since 2002 and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Economic Geography of University of Bonn (1995). Main academic fields include: Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.), Energy and Transportation Systems and Environmental Monitoring. Mr Maniatis has published more than eighty (80) scientific papers in international congresses and scientific magazines. He has been Scientific Person in charge for twenty five (25) Inquiring Programmes that were financed by the European Union, the Greek State and private enterprises. Dr. Maniatis was elected as a Member of the Greek Parliament for the prefecture of Argolida for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) for the first time in the 2004 elections and re-elected in 2007, 2009, May 2012 and June 2012 elections. On 25th June 2013 he was appointed Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change of Greece
Professor Kevin Featherstone
Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics. He is currently the Head of the European Institute and was long-term Director of the Hellenic Observatory and Co-Chair of LSEE: Research on South-East Europe within the European Institute. He has held visiting positions at the University of Minnesota; New York University; and Harvard University. Before LSE, he held academic posts at the universities of Stirling and Bradford. In 2009-10 he served on an advisory committee to Prime Minister George Papandreou for the reform of the Greek government. He was the first foreign member of the National Council for Research and Technology (ESET) in Greece, serving from 2010-2013. He is Vice-Chair of the Academic Council of 'Atomium Culture', Brussels, a not-for-profit promoting collaboration within the European Research Area. In 2013 he was made ‘Commander: Order of the Phoenix’ by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 2014, the European Parliament selected one of his books (co-authored with Kenneth Dyson) as one of its ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember’.
Michael Tamvakis, Professor of Commodity Economics and Finance, Director MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance, Cass Business School, City University London
Michael trained as an economist at the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece. He then joined the International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance at the (then) City University Business School; first as a student on its MSc programme, and then as a member of its academic staff. He received his PhD from City and is currently Professor of Commodity Economics and Finance at Cass. He lectures in international commodity trade, commodity derivatives, energy economics and shipping economics. His research interests are in the areas of commodity economics, energy derivatives and shipping economics. He has published in academic journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Journal of Alternative Investments, Journal of Derivatives, Logistics and Transportation Review and Maritime Policy and Management. He has contributed in several edited books and is the author of Commodity Trade & Finance, whose second edition was published in March 2015. He is also a regular contributor and commentator on commodity and energy issues to the press, including BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.
Markos Kiosseoglou, co-founder of Reload Greece
Markos Kiosseoglou is a Reloader. He is the co-founder of Reload Greece, a London based educational charity that enables young entrepreneurs create ventures, focused on creating positive socio-economic impact in Greece. Up to date, more than 40 innovative projects have been initiated through Reload Greece. Based in London Business School, Markos and the team are currently expanding Reload Greece at different universities, making it their mission to provide the educational tools that will nurture, inspire and mentor the next generation of Greek entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Reload Greece, Markos worked for big corporates such as Siemens and Expedia as well as inventive startup companies such as CustomMade.com which he helped raise $2.1M from Google Ventures and First Round Capital. Effie holds an MBA degree from Northeastern University and a BSc in Management Sciences from Warwick Business School
Antonis Ntatzopoulos, President, Hellenic Bankers Association
Antonis has over 10 years of investment banking and corporate financing experience. Has focussed mainly on EMEA client coverage across C-Suiteand Treasury departments for capital markets origination in Financial Institutions, Sovereigns, Sovereign Wealth Funds. Currently, in Financial Institutions Loan Markets and Client Management is focussed on UK and European insurers, brokers and Global Asset Managers having financed over 10 transactions in 2015, as well as tasked to help establish a client lifecycle platform for EMEA FI. He has originated and coordinated over EUR50bn of high profile transactions in Debt Capital markets and Loan Markets across Europe. He has devised financing and capital structure plans mainly with the use of bonds, credit and equity-like instruments as well as secured financing (ABS /Covered Bonds). He has been actively participated in restructuring of Greek derivatives and debt exposures, as well as the structuring and unwind of Greek asset backed securities. He is Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association UK, formed in 1994 in order to promote a closer co-operation among Bankers and Financial Professionals, of Hellenic origin. He is also external member of Cass Business School Alumni Board. Antonis holds an MSc in Investment Management from City University Cass Business School and an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Athens University of Economics and Business.
Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, President, Hellenic Academics Association
Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos is the Executive Director of the Research Centre for Energy Management at ESCP Europe Business School where he holds the position of Assistant Professor in Finance and Energy Economics. He is also the Academic Director of the Master in Energy Management. In this function he teaches courses at postgraduate level in “Corporate Finance” , “Futures, Options and Derivatives”, “Real Options for Project Valuation”, and “Energy Risk Management”. Kostas holds a PhD in Finance (Cass Business School, City University London) , where he has been the recipient of the prestigious Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation’s scholarship. He also holds an MBA and MSc in Finance (Northeastern University, Boston, USA) , and a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering and Management (Technical University of Crete, Greece).
Kostas’ current interests include energy-related geopolitical issues, price modelling, financial engineering and the application of operational research tools on risk management and investment techniques in energy, shipping and agricultural commodity markets. His work has been published in international finance- and commodity-related Journals (Journal of Banking and Finance, European Journal of Operational Research, European Journal of Finance, Energy Economics, Energy Journal, Transportation Research: Part E, among others), and has been presented in recognised conferences world-wide. He is the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Financial Engineering and Risk Management, he has edited special issues in recognised journals (Energy Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Computers and Operations Research, IJFERM etc) , acts as a reviewer for a number of academic journals, and has organised numerous international conferences (FEBS 2012, FEBS 2013, 51 st EWGCFM among others).In addition to his academic profile he has an extensive professional experience in the business world. Kostas is an affiliate partner of 3H Partners since July 2013. Kostas has served as an advisor for a number of international clients from the energy, food, manufacturing, web & software, commodity trading and shipping industries. In addition to his consultancy role.
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova, Director, City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC)
Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova (MA Manchester, PhD Aberystwyth) joined City in September 2007. Her main research and teaching interests lie in the area of International Political Economy (IPE), finance and financial crises, globalisation and governance.
Her first monograph, Fragile Finance: Debt, Speculation and Crisis in the Age of Global Credit (2007, Palgrave), develops a Minskyan analysis of financial fragility and crises in the late 1990s. Her second monograph, Financial Alchemy in Crisis: The Great Liquidity Illusion (2010, Pluto) focuses on the elusive concept of 'liquidity' in global finance, and specifically, in the global financial crisis of 2007-2009.
Dr Nesvetailova is currently working on the political economy of financial innovation, liquidity and international financial governance.
Her research interests focus on globalisation, governance and economic policymaking; money, finance and credit in capitalism; Hyman Minsky, Post-Keynesian political economy; heterodox economics and institutionalist political economy; economic history and the evolution of ideas in the IPE area. Dr. Nesvetailova holds the position of the Director of the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) which is London’s hub for expert analysis on politics and economics.
The Centre brings together world-leading expertise from academia, public policy and civil society. It especially seeks to address the rift between academic economics and public policy, which has generated increasing dissatisfaction amongst academics, policymakers and students.
Klisthenis Dimitriadis, Well Engineering Lead at Tullow oil
Born in 1966, graduated from Varvakeion in Athens. Studied Mechanical Engineering in Patras and did his final year project in France as an Erasmus exchange student. Worked as a Design Engineer in the UK where he also earned a PhD in Materials before starting with Shell as a Trainee Well Engineer. Worked for nine years in Operations and R&D in The Netherlands, Oman, and Brunei and in parallel earned an MBA. Moved to Tullow Oil 9 year ago, initially as a Project Manager in South Africa. Later worked as a Transition Manager in Uganda, and as a Chief Well Engineer in the UK. Currently Well Engineering Lead for Non Operated Joint Ventures. Avid guitar player and Panathinaikos fan.
Tina Mavraki, Trustee, Hellenic Hope
Tina is a member of the London team and together with Manos Papatheofanous co-chaired Hellenic Hope’s Board of Trustees during the crucial first years, where she coordinated the overall efforts of Hellenic Hope. Tina has a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Oxford, and a M.Sc. in Finance from London Business School. She has a long career in trading, capital markets and commodities in London and the US. Tina firmly believes in helping others. Besides Hellenic Hope, Tina loves a good laugh with friends, adventure and scuba diving.
Dr Yanos Michopoulos, Founding Partner and Managing Director vennergy partners
Yanos has more than 25 years of international executive experience in Infrastructure, Oil &Gas, Private Equity and Renewables in a variety of senior functional and operational roles. He now leads a network of partners who work with international investors and asset owners, both during the investment phase (e.g. strategy and execution, project deal flow, transaction support, new market entries, purchasing efficiencies, contract negotiations etc.) as well as the operational phase (e.g. active management of portfolio companies, corporate governance, value creation, cost savings, sharing best practices, leadership development / coaching etc.) vennergy partners also work in association with other local, regional and global advisory firms, such as www.ofscap.com, a boutique investment bank offering financial and consulting services to the Energy sector in Americas and world-wide. Yanos is also active in Leadership Development as the founder of a boutique leadership and coaching firm (www.epiphany.enterprises) that works in partnership with the UK’s Institute of Directors, various business schools in the UK, Europe and USA and other specialist learning organisations (e.g. www.theartoflearn.com). Previously, Yanos was Regional VP at Vestas Wind Systems, responsible for Sales and Operations in Greece, Cyprus and Balkan countries (reporting to Madrid). He doubled the business to 1.2 GW and achieved operational excellence in various KPIs (notably Safety, Profitability, Operational Excellence and Customer satisfaction). During his final 18 months at Vestas, Yanos assumed an additional role as VP for Business Development for emerging markets in Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa (based in Hamburg). Yanos, had also set-up a Private Equity fund for Clean Tech investments in South East Europe (€100 million first close, with fund-raising planned for an additional €100 million). Prior to that, Yanos held the role of CEO of TRAINOSE, the only Rail operator in Greece, a state-owned company, currently being privatised. He began his corporate career with Shell International, spending 18 years in various positions at global and regional levels. His last role was Regional General Manager for Shell Marine Products, responsible for Med, Middle East, South Asia and Africa (reporting to Singapore). Annual turnover appox. €1.5 billion, 350 staff members in 26 countries. Yanos studied Physics, first at Athens University, Greece (BSc) and then at Durham University in the UK (PhD). Consequently, his earlier career was as a University Professor in the UK and Austria. He has attended a number of Exec Ed programmes at various business schools, such as IMD (Switzerland), Ashridge and Cranfield (UK)
Alexandros Lagakos, President, Greek Energy Forum
Alex is an Energy & Freight Market Analyst in Thenamaris Ships Management and the Founding Chairman of the Greek Energy Forum. In his current professional role, he is responsible for the analysis of global energy commodities’ markets in support of the chartering strategy for a tanker fleet of 51 vessels.
Ahead of his current post, Alex has held the position of the Senior Gas Analyst in Shell Energy Europe in London. In Shell, he was leading the team for the analysis of gas markets' fundamentals and was the focal point for European gas trading analytics for senior management within the Group. His duties included providing traders with personal price forecasts, trade recommendations and optimisation advice on trading strategies. In the past, he has been a member of the Business Development Team of Shell Energy Europe, focusing on the origination and negotiation of complex energy deals with major international companies. Before joining Shell, Alex worked for Gazprom as a Risk Analyst, involved in risk-due diligence on new market entries and innovative commercial products/structured deals on gas, electricity, carbon permits and biomass. He also possesses consulting experience, having worked in Mott MacDonald within the energy economics and finance team in the UK and having liaised with prestigious customers such as the World Bank and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Alex has addressed a number of international conferences as a guest speaker and has participated in market consultation exercises as a company representative. Since April ’16 he has joined United Nations’ Group of Gas Experts (UNECE) as a representative of the Greek Energy Forum.
He holds an MEng in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc on Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College in London. He is an enthusiastic and active supporter of initiatives that aim at helping Greece accelerate its way towards a better future, as both his earlier political involvement as an elected municipal councilor at the age of 22 and his decision to start the Greek Energy Forum in London hopefully prove in practice
Dr. Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis, Vice President, Greek Energy Forum
Angelos is an economist, with a strong academic background, having graduated from the London School of Economics and the City University of London where he was awarded a PhD for his research on the financialisation of the oil market. After gaining experiences in the consulting, marketing and banking sectors, Angelos started his career in the oil & gas industry as an economist of Pertrobras, focusing on expanding its business activities in the international area. Since then, he joined BP, where he is currently part of the commercial management team of a production facility, overlooking a number of products as well as focusing on management of change and crisis & continuity management. Angelos is a founding member and current Vice Chairman of the Greek Energy Forum, a professional network for Greek energy professionals, while he also holds the position of a Fellow in the CITYPERC Research Center (City Univiresity, London).
Antonis Panagiotopoulos, Senior Associate for Morgan Stanley Capital Investments (MSCI)
Antonis is a Senior Associate for Morgan Stanley Capital Investments (MSCI) and one of the founding members of the Greek Energy Forum.
Currently, Antonis is the Oil and Gas industry Lead for research and valuation of companies in the energy industry. Before his role with MSCI Antonis has worked for Navig8 Europe as a Petroleum and Petrochemicals market analyst and for Mc Graw-Hill financials as a petrochemicals pricing analyst. Antonis also has consulting experience having worked for six years as a senior refining analyst for KBC Advanced technologies in positions in London and in Houston Texas.
Antonis is a regular guest in international conferences and also is developing some lecturing experience in City and Cass Universities in London. Since March 2014 he is also developing some entrepreneurship through owning and co-directing an innovative electrical equipment company in Athens Greece.
He holds and MSc in Energy, trade and Finance from Cass Business School, London and a Bachelor in International Relations and Law from the University of the Aegean.
Through his work and participation with the Greek Energy Forum, Antonis is actively supporting sustainable development in the quite challenging current energy market reality with a special focus in Greece and the new opportunities available for the country.
Kyriakos Mezopoulos, Charterer BP
Kyriakos Mezopoulos has more than 7 years of experience in the oil industry. He is currently a Charterer for BP (LNG/LPG), managing the BP owned fleet and timecharters. In the past he has worked in trading and operations roles for BP in London and Paris.