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Alexandros-Anastasios Garyfallos


Professor in Internal Medicine - Rheumatology, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki



1981: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, M.D.

1985: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ph.D., Internal Medicine


Positions and Employment

1988-90: Consultant, Greek National Health System, 1st Medical Department of the Central Medical Hospital of Thessaloniki

1990: Lecturer in Internal Medicine, 4th Dept of Internal Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

1994: Research Fellow, Rheumatology Unit of Guy’s Hospital, London

1995: Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, 4th Dept of Internal Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

1996-present: Head of the Rheumatology Unit, 4th Dept of Internal Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2002: Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology, 4th Dept of Internal Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2008: Professor in Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology, 4th Dept of Internal Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2011-2013: Vice President, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2012-present: Chairman, 4th Dept of Internal Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2013-present: President, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Honors and Awards

  • Elected member of the Sanate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for 7 years
  • Elected member of the Disciplinary Board of the Medical Association of Thessaloniki, 2002-2004
  • Member Organizing Committee, 11th Mediterranean Congress of Rheumatology, Crete, September 2005
  • Member Organizing Committee, 26th European Workshop for Rheumatology Research, Crete, February 2006
  • Member of the Committee of the Postgraduate Program in Rheumatology in Greece organized by the 7th Greek Medical Departments, 2007-present
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of more than 15 Greek Congresses


Clinical Research Experience



Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Multicenter study of subcutaneous secukinumab to demonstrate efficacy in the treatment of Achilles tendon intheseitis for up to 1 year in adult patients With active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and axonal spindle arthritis (axSpA) (ACHILLES)




A randomized, double-blind, multicenter study with a test substance to assess the efficacy at week 52 of subcutaneously administered monotherapy Secukinumab compared to subcutaneously administered adalimumab monotherapy in patients with active psoriatic arthritis




Evaluation of Stelara (Ustekinumab) and anti-TNFa agent therapies in patients with psoriatic arthritis in routine clinical practice.




A phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double blind, placebo controlled parallel group study, followed by an active treatment phase to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Apremilast (CC-10004) in the treatment of subjects with active BEHCET'S disease.




Epidemiological characteristics of inflammatory diseases mediated by interleukin-1 and their response to the current medication in Greece (ILIAD)




An adaptive Phase II study to evaluate the efficacy, pharmacodynamics, safety and tolerability of GSK2586184 in patients with mild to moderate systemic lupus erythematosus




An open, prospective, non-interventional, observational study for safety and efficacy of certolizumab pegol in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in daily practice in Greece




A three-year follow-up study of patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who were prescribed HUMIRA, in Greece




The evaluation of the safety of etanercept administrated in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis. An open phase IV trial.





Selected Pub-Med Publications

  1. Predictors and long-term outcome in Greek adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a 17-year continuous follow-up study.

           Dimopoulou D, Trachana M, Pratsidou-Gertsi P, Sidiropoulos P, Kanakoudi-Tsakalidou F, Dimitroulas T, Garyfallos A.

           Rheumatology (Oxford). 2017 Nov 1;56(11):1928-1938. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex265

  1. Autoimmune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Two rare cases associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

           Dimopoulou D, Dimosiari A., Mandala E, Dimitroulas T, Garyfallos A.

           Front Med (Lausanne). 2017 Jul 24;4:89. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2017.00089.eCollection 2017                  

  1. The role of nailfold capillaroscopy in the assessment of internal organ involvement in systemic sclerosis: A critical review

           Soulaidopoulos S, Triantafyllidou E, Garyfallos A, Kitas GD, Dimitroulas T

          Autoimmun Rev. 2017 Aug;16(8):787-795. doi: 10.1016/j.autrev.2017.05.019. Epub 2017 May 30. Review

  1. Functional impairment of systemic scleroderma patients with digital ulcerations: results from the DUO Registry.

          Guillevin L, Hunsche E, Denton CP, Krieg T, Schwierin B, Rosenberg D, Matucci-Cerinic M; DUO Registry Group.

          Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2013 Mar-Apr;31(2 Suppl 76):71-80. Epub 2013 Jul 22.

  1. Investigation of juvenile idiopathic arthritis susceptibility loci: results from a Greek population.

           Dimopoulou DG, Zervou MI, Trachana M, Myrthianou E, Pratsidou-Gertsi P, Kardassis D, Garyfallos A, Goulielmos GN.

           Hum Immunol. 2013 Sep;74(9):1194-8. doi: 10.1016/j.humimm.2013.06.018. Epub 2013 Jun 15.

  1. Micro- and Macrovascular Treatment Targets in Scleroderma Heart Disease.

          Dimitroulas T, Giannakoulas G, Karvounis H, Garyfallos A, Settas L, Kitas GD.

         Curr Pharm Des. 2013 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print]

  1. B-type nariuretic peptide in rheumatic diseases: a cardiac biomarker or a sophisticated acute phase reactant?

          Dimitroulas T, Giannakoulas G, Karvounis H, Garyfallos A, Settas L, Kitas G.

          Autoimmun Rev. 2012 Oct;11(12):837-43. doi:10.1016/j.autrev.2012.02.018. Epub 2012 Feb28. Review

  1. Clinical expression and morbidity of systemic lupus erythematosus during a post-diagnostic 5-year follow-up: a male:female comparison.

           Stefanidou S, Benos A, Galanopoulou V, Chatziyannis I, Kanakoudi F, Aslanidis S, Boura P, Sfetsios T, Settas L, Katsounaros M, 

           Papadopoulou D, Giamalis P, Dombros N, Chatzistilianou M, Garyfallos A.

           Lupus. 2011 Oct;20(10):1090-4. doi: 10.1177/0961203311403640. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

  1. Left atrial volume and N-terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide are associated with elevated pulmonary artery pressure in patients with systemic sclerosis.

           Dimitroulas T, Giannakoulas G, Papadopoulou K, Sfetsios T, Karvounis H, Dimitroula H, Parcharidou D, Koliakos G, Garyfallos A, 

           Styliadis I, Settas L.

          Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Sep;29(9):957-64. doi: 10.1007/s10067-010-1494-3. Epub 2010 Jun 5.

  1. Primary adrenal lymphoma presenting as Addison’s disease. Case report and review of the literature.

           Kita M, Mandala E, Saratzis A, Venzi L, Venizelos I, Keryttopoulos P, Efstathiadou Z, Garyfallos A, Avramides A.

           Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 2008 Jun;116(6):363-5

  1. Brucellar spondylodiscitis: noncontiguous multifocal involvement of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

           Raptopoulou A, Karantanas AH, Poumboulidis K, Grollios G, Raptopoulou-Gigi M, Garyfallos A. Clin Imaging. 2006 May-Jun;30(3):214-7.

  1. Anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy in ankylosing spondylitis. A need for guidelines.

          Kassimos DG, Garyfallos A, Delamere J, Whallett A, Kitas GD. 

          Rheumatology (Oxford). 2003 Mar;42(3):490. No abstract available.

  1. The relative proportions of secreted interleukin-2 and interleukin-10 determine the magnitude of rheumatoid arthritis T-cell proliferation to the recall antigen tuberculin purified protein derivative.

          Corrigall VM, Garyfallos A, Panayi GS.

          Rheumatology (Oxford). 1999 Dec;38(12):1203-7.

  1. The engineered human anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha antibody CDP571 inhibits inflammatory pathways but not T cell activation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

           Choy EH, Rankin EC, Kassimos D, Vetterlein O, Garyfallos A, Ravirajan CT, Sopwith M, Eastell R, Kingsley GH, Isenberg DA,

           Panayi GS.J Rheumatol. 1999 Nov;26(11):2310-7.

  1. Evaluation of the renal mechanisms for urate homeostasis in uremic patients by probenecid and pyrazinamide test.

           Garyfallos A, Magoula I, Tsapas G.

           Nephron. 1987;46(3):273-80.

Georgios Evangelidis

Costas Th. Grammenos

Georgios Evangelidis is a Professor at the Department of Applied Informatics, School of Information Sciences, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He is the Director of the Software and Data Engineering Laboratory of the Department since 2016 and elected member of the Deanship of the School of Information Sciences since 2013.

He holds a BSc in Mathematics (1987, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki), and MSc and PhD in Computer Science (1990 and 1994, Northeastern University, Boston, MA).

His research interests and published work (about 120 papers and book chapters) are in the area of Information Management: Databases, Data Mining, Information Retrieval, Analysis of Bibliographic Databases.

He teaches Databases, Data Mining, Geographic Information Systems, and, Information Retrieval. He has been coordinator and/or participant in more than 20 Greek government and EU funded research and development projects. Personal webpage:

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Dimitris Naziris

Professor of Acting

Born in 1950, Professor Naziris holds a B.A. in Law, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Initially preparing for a career in the diplomatic service, Professor Naziris attended the summer sessions of the Hague School of International Law during the 1970s, while at the same time studying acting at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory, and modern languages at the British Council, the Goethe Institut, the Institut Francais, the Institute for the Study of Balkan Languages (Idryma Meleton Chersonissou tou Aimou) for the Romanian language and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

He joined the State Theatre of Northern Greece in 1973, as a professional actor. He has also been a member of the experimental stage-group ‘Techni’ since 1990, and a regular collaborator of the ‘Municipal and Regional Theatre of Larissa’, as well as the “M. and R. T. of Kozani” with a repertoire of almost 80 performances, mainly by Ibsen, Chekhov and Shakespeare.

He has starred in seventeen cinematic productions (features and short films) and has been a regular radio producer and broadcaster, in the meantime. Dimitris Naziris is also an accomplished translator of Harold Pinter and other 20th century playwrights into Greek. Since 1997, Professor Naziris has taught Acting at the Theatre Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts from 2010 to 2014.

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Stathis Gourgouris


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA 1990. Professor Gourgouris writes and teaches on a variety of subjects that ultimately come together around questions of the poetics and politics of modernity and democracy. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization, and the Institution of Modern Greece (Stanford, 1996); Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford, 2003); Lessons in Secular Criticism (Fordham 2013); and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham, 2010). Outside these projects he has also published numerous articles on Ancient Greek philosophy, political theory, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, and psychoanalysis. He is currently completing work on two other book projects of secular criticism: The Perils of the One and Nothing Sacred.

He writes regularly in internet media (such as The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Al Jazeera, Open Democracy, The Immanent Frame), as well as major Greek newspapers and journals on political and literary matters. A collection of such essays on poetics and politics, written in Greek over a period of 25 years, is forthcoming in 2016 with the title Contingent Disorders. He is also an internationally awarded poet, with four volumes of poetry published in Greek, most recent being Introduction to Physics (Athens, 2005). His work has been translated into French, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, and Hebrew.

Professor Gourgouris has taught Comparative Literature also at Princeton, Yale, UCLA, and the National Technical University in Athens and spent time as Research Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (National Endowment for the Humanities), the International Institute at the University of Michigan, and the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers. He has also served as Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia (2009-2015); President of the Modern Greek Studies Association (2006-2012); and at the Board of Supervisors of the English Institute, Harvard University (2006-2009). In 2015 he was honored with the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award.

An extensive interview covering the whole range of his work can be found in the Los Angeles Review of Books: Part I “Dream Nation and the Phantasm of Europe”; Part II “Poetics and the Political World”.

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Anastasios Xepapadeas


Anastasios Xepapadeas is currently Professor of Economic Theory and Policy and Dean of the School of Economic Sciences of Athens University of Economics and Business. Previously he served as Chairman of the Department of International and European Economic Studies at the same University. He is past president of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He holds an MA and a PhD in Economics from the Economics Department of the University of Manchester and a BA from the Economics Department of Athens University.

He has taught at the graduate and PhD programs of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, University of Helsinki, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, Fontazionne ENI (FEEM), International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

He was editor of Environment and Development Economics from 2005-2014 and is now a member of the editorial board. He is a member of the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Resource Economics and associate editor of Studies in Non Linear Dynamics and Econometrics; he has served as co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and associate editor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Water Resources Research. He has published more than one hundred and twenty papers in leading journals including the American Economic Review; European Economic Review; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Journal of Mathematical Economics; Journal of Public Economics; Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Science, Water Resources Research and written or edited eight books. According to Google Scholar his current citations (April 2016) are 4415 and his h-index is h=34.

He has participated as coordinator or lead researcher in more than 25 research programs funded by the EU, the Greek government, or private sources in the area of environmental and resource economics. His current research interests include Environmental Policy and Resource Management; Cost Benefit Analysis; Economics of Climate Change; Biodiversity Management; Spatiotemporal Analysis in Economics; Environment and Growth; Evolutionary Approaches to Policy Design; and Uncertainty and Robust Control.

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Daniel Giamouridis

Daniel Giamouridis

Daniel Giamouridis is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Athens University of Economics and Business.  He is also affiliated as a Visiting/Associate member of staff with Cass Business School (City University), Lancaster University Management School (Lancaster University) and EDHEC-Risk Institute (EDHEC Business School).  Daniel Giamouridis conducts research in quantitative asset management which has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals.  His research has also received grants from professional organizations such as Amundi and the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE UK) as well as from academic institutions such as CAREFIN-Bocconi and AUEB. Daniel Giamouridis has worked closely with institutional investors, investments banks and asset management organizations both in Europe and in the United States in areas covering quantitative equity research, hedge fund replication, pension asset management, and derivatives valuation. Daniel Giamouridis graduated from the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens and holds a PhD in Finance from Cass Business School.

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Stella Drougou

Stella Drougou is a Professor (ab 2012 Emeritus Professor) of Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. Her main fields of scientific work include Ancient Greek pottery (specializing in Hellenistic pottery), vase painting, ancient religion, everyday life, topography. She has been a member of the Vergina Excavation team (AUTH) since 1976 and was Director for the period 1992-2002. She has been currently Director of the Polyneri-Grevena Excavation since 1995.

Author of nine monographs and more than hundred publications in Greek and international journals. Member of research teams and committees of Greek and international Congresses.


Publications include:

  1. Das antike Theater von Vergina AM 112, 1997, 281-305.
  2. Krieg und Frieden im Athen des spaeten 5.Jht . v.Chr. AM 115 ,2000, 147-216.
  3. Vergina, The ancient city of Aigai. Brill’s Companion to Ancient Macedon (Leiden 2011).
  4. Der attische Psykter (Wuerzburg 1976) 1-132.
  5. Βεργίνα. Τα πήλινα αγγεία της Μεγάλης Τούμπας (Αθήνα 2005) 1-204.


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Miltiadis Hatzopoulos

Dr Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos


National Hellenic Research Foundation (N.H.R.F.)
Institute for Greek and Roman Antiquity (K.E.R.A.)
48 Vassileos Constantinou Ave., Athens 11635, Greece
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M. B. Hatzopoulos was born in Athens in 1944. He graduated from Athens College in 1962, read Economics for two years at the Law Faculty of the University of Paris, graduated from the Classics Department of the Sorbonne in 1967, studied Mycenaean Philology and Greek Society and Religion at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris), obtained his PhD from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1971 and his Habilitation from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne in 1988. He has worked as a high school teacher of French, Latin and Greek in France (1967-1970), as editor and editor-in-chief at Ekdotike Athenon in Greece (1971-1979) and as a Greek History professor at the University of Paris X, Nanterre. Since 1979 he has been a researcher at K.E.R.A., which he directed from 1992 to 2011. M. B. Hatzopoulos is a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres), of the Athens Archaeological Society, the German Archaeological Institute, etc. He has lectured and carried out research extensively in Europe and North America. He was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Academy of Athens for his work.


Research interests
History, institutions, epigraphy, topography, religion, linguistics of Macedonia and of adjacent areas (Epirus, Thessaly, Thrace). The interaction of past and present in modern Cyprus.


Major ongoing projects

  • Ancient Macedonia/Corpus of the inscriptions of the Third Meris (the area between Mt Bermion and the Axios river).
  • Changing views of the past in the troubled years of the Republic of Cyprus (1960-1974).



  • Ὁ Ἑλληνισμὸς τῆς Σικελίας κατὰ τὴν Ρωαιοκρατία: 264-44 π.Χ. (Athens 1976).
  • Les milliaires de la Voie Egnatienne entre Héraclée des Lyncestes et Thessalonique (Athens 1985) [with Loukretia Gounaropoulou].
  • Two Studies in Macedonian Topography (Athens 1987) [with Louisa Loukopoulou].
  • Une donation du roi Lysimaque (Athens 1988).
  • Actes de vente de la Chalcidique centrale (Athens 1988).
  • Morrylos cité de la Crestonie (Athens 1989) [with Louisa Loukopoulou].
  • Actes de vente d’Amphipolis (Athens 1991).
  • Recherches sur les marches orientales des Téménides I-II (Athens 1992-1996) [with Louisa Loukopoulou].
  • La loi gymnasiarchique de Béroia (Athens 1993) [with Ph. Gauthier].
  • Cultes et rites de passage en Macédoine (Athens 1994).
  • Macedonian Institutions under the Kings I-II (Athens 1996).
  • Ἐπιγραφὲς Κάτω Μακεδονίας. Ἐπιγραφὲς Βεροίας (Athens 1998) [with Loukretia Gounaropoulou].
  • Inscriptions du sanctuaire de la Mère des Dieux Autochtone de Leukopétra (Macédoine) (Athens 2000 [with Ph. Petsas, Loukretia Gounaropoulou and P. Paschidis].
  • L’organisation de l’armée macédonienne sous les Antigonides (Athens 2001).
  • La Macédoine : Géographie historique, langue, cultes et croyances, institutions (Paris 2006).


Collective volumes edited

  • Philip of Macedon (London 1981) [with Louisa Loukopoulou, also published in Greek (Athens 1980), in French (Paris and Fribourg 1982) and in German (Bergisch Gladbach 1982)].
  • Macedonia from Philip II to the Roman Conquest (Princeton, N.J. 1993)[with R. Ginouvès, also published in Greek (Athens 1993) and in French (Paris 1993).
  • Rois, cités, nécropoles : institutions, rites et monuments en Macédoine (Athens 2004) [with Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets].
  • Φωνῆς χαρακτὴρ ἐθνικός. Actes du Ve Congrès International de Dialectologie Grecque (Athens 2007) [with Vassiliki Psilakakou].


Selected articles of the last five years

  • Quaestiones macedonicae: lois, décrets et épistates dans les cités macédoniennes”, ΤΕΚΜΗΡΙΑ 8 (2003/2004) 27-60.
  • “De vie à trépas : rites de passge, lamelles dionysiaques et tombes macédoniennes”, Rois, cités, nécropoles : institutions, rites et monuments en Macédoine (Athens 2004) [with Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets] 131-41.
  • “Perception of the self and the other: the case of Macedonia”, Ancient Macedonia VII (Thessalonike 2007) 51-66.
  • “La position dialectale du macédonien à la lumière des découvertes épigraphiques récentes”, Die altgriechischen Dialekte : Wesen un Werden (Innsbruck 2007) 157-76.
  • “Retour à la vallée du Strymon”, Thrakika zetemata (Athens 2008) 13-54.
  • “The Burial of the Dead (at Vergina) or the Unending Controversy on the Identity of the Occupants of Tomb II”, ΤΕΚΜΗΡΙΑ 9 (2008) 91-118.


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Dimitris Katsantonis

Dimitris Katsantonis
Managing Director
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Born in 1962, studied physics in the School of Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

  • Manager of Radio Egnatia (1990-1994)
  • Chairman of the Governing Board of ERT3 (1998-2001)
  • General Manager of ERT3 (2201-2004)

From 2004-2009 he was Northern Greece Manager for the market research and polling company METRON ANALYSIS.

He writes articles for local and national papers (Eleftheroptypia, Angelioforos).

In March 2009, he founded the company to the point to provide market research and public opinion polling services, as well as data analysis, strategic design and communication consultancy services, aimed particularly at the Northern Greek market.

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George Venieris


Professor of Accounting at the Accounting and Finance Department of the Athens University of Economics and Business. Studied Economic and Business Sciences at the Athens University of Economics and Business (1970). Carried out postgraduate studies at the Department of Accounting of Birmingham University in England where he obtained his Master of Commerce (1971) and his Doctorate (Ph. D., 1975) Degrees. During his studies, he was awarded a number of grants and other distinctions. Worked as Research Associate at the University of Birmingham (1973-1974). Elected Special Scientist in Accounting (1977), Associate Professor of Accounting (1982) and Professor of Accounting (since 1991) at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Visiting Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada (1988). Served as Dean of the Business Administration Department of the Athens University of Economics and Business and as Member of the Senate of the same University (1985-1987 and 1998-1999). Responsible for the Accounting Applications Laboratory of the Accounting and Finance Department of the University (since 2000). Elected as Vice Rector of the Athens University of Economics and Business and Member of the Senate (1998-2001). Elected as Rector of the Athens University of Economics and Business (2001-2007). Elected as Dean of the Accounting and Finance Department of the Athens University of Economics and Business (2007 to 2009).

Also worked as Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance for the reorganisation of the Public Sector Accounting System. Head for Accounting and Costing issues in the Team of Experts that had been appointed by the National Telecommunications Commission of Greece (NTC) to examine and provide recommendations regarding costing of interconnection and interconnection charges for the telecommunications networks in Greece. Has published a considerable number of monographs and articles in Greek and International Scientific Journals and has made presentations at several International Scientific Conferences. Author of three books on Cost and Management Accounting. Worked as financial and management consultant with a large number of Greek commercial and industrial companies. Was auditor of the Bank of Greece and member of the Books and Accounts Committee at the Ministry of Finance. Was the Chairman of the Committee that revised the Books and Documents Code for taxation purposes (1990–1991). Has been instructor at a large number of seminars. Member of the Executive Committee and President of the European Accounting Association and Scientific Coordinator of the programme of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in Greece. Has been project leader in many European Union and Greek research projects. Has issued a number of Opinions for disputes at the Greek Courts of Justice.

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Michael Tamvakis

Michael Tamvakis, BSc Econ (Athens), MSc (City), PhD (City)
Professor of Commodity Economics and Finance
Director, MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance
Cass Business School, City University London Visiting Professor, HEC, University of Geneva

Professor Tamvakis 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, 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 and visiting professor at the HEC (Business School) of the University of Geneva. 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, the second edition of which is currently forthcoming.

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.

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Stelios Mallikourtis

Stelios MallikourtisBorn in Athens in 1945.

He graduated from the Law School of the Athens University and joined the Greek Foreign Service.

He served in Western Europe (Belgium, Germany, Ireland), the Balkans (Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania) and the Middle East (Kuwait).

Married, with two children.


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Basil C. Gounaris

Basil C. GounarisBasil C. Gounaris is Professor of Modern History at the Department of History & Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has studied Modern History in Thessaloniki (BA 1983 & MA 1985) and in St Antony's College, Oxford University (D.Phil 1988) on the 'Ismene Fitch' Scholarship (British Council of Athens). From 1990 to 2001 and since 2005 he has been the Director of the Centre for Macedonian History & Documentation in Thessaloniki. From 2000 to 2005 he taught Social and Economic History as Associate Professor at the Department for Balkan Studies (University of Western Macedonia, Florina). In 2009-10 he was visiting Professor at King’s College, University of London.

Gounaris is the author of Steam over Macedonia: Socio-Economic Change and the Railway Factor, 1870-1912 (East European Monographs, 1993); Family, Economy, and Urban Society in Bitola, 1897-1911 (Stachy, 2000 in Greek); Social and other Aspects of Anticommunism in Macedonia during the Greek Civil War (Paratiritis, 2002 in Greek); The Balkans of the Hellenes, from Enlightenment to World War I (Epikentro, 2007 in Greek). He was honoured twice with the Athens Academy award for his books.

He is also the editor and co-author of Identities in Macedonia (Papazisis, 1997 in Greek); The Toll of Blood in Thessaloniki during the German Occupation: Military Command, Resistance, and Survival (Paratiritis, 2001 in Greek), Refugees in the Balkans: Memory and Integration (Patakis, 2004 in Greek), Irregular Warfare: Macedonia, Civil War, Cyprus (Patakis, 2010) and of four volumes with documents on the Greek Struggle for Macedonia (1903-1908).

His 'English' articles have appeared in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Balkan Studies, Review, Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, European History Quarterly, East European Quarterly, Etudes balkaniques, European Review of History, Journal of Southeast European & Black Sea Studies, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Journal of European Economic History, Balkanologie, The Historical Review, and in several edited volumes (among them three published by the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College).

Ηe is co-editor of the Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and of Clio [in Greek]

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Athanassios Kaissis

Prof. Dr. em. Athanassios Kaissis

Athanassios Kaissis

Athanassios Kaissis is Professor emeritus at the Law Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Member of the Governing Board of the International Hellenic University.

He is the Scientific Director of the “LLM in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Mediation, Arbitration & Energy Law”, of the “Master in Art, Law and Economy” and of the “MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy”.

He is international arbitrator and practicing litigator and legal advisor.

He studied Law at the Law Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He carried out his postgraduate studies in Heidelberg-Germany (1973-1978), from where he also obtained his Doctoral Degree.

He is Corresponding Fellow of the Institute for Foreign Law, International Law, Comparative Law, Conflicts of Law and International Business Law at University of Heidelberg.

He is Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Supply Corporation – Thessaloniki (EPA Thessaloniki AG).

He is Chairman of the South Eastern European Energy Forum – Thessaloniki.

He is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL), the German-Greek Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

In 2015 he was elected as an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law which resides in Hague.

He is a member of the Scientific Councils of the Institute for Law and Art (Institut für Kunst und Recht) in Heidelberg and of the Foundation of Professor Elias Krispis and Dr. Anastasia Krispi - Samara for International Legal Studies.

He was Former:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Industrial Property Organization (Patent Office)
  • Chairman and member of the Advisory Board of the European Patent Academy
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Sugar Industry
  • Director of the Centre of International and European Economic Law
  • Alternate member of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority
  • Member of the National Ethics Committee.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German-speaking jurists of Northern Greece

Professor Dr. em. Athanassios Kaissis has been decorated with the First Class Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany.

On 17 March 2012 and on the occasion of his 65th birthday, in recognition of his work and contribution in the international arena, the international scientific community dedicated, at an official ceremony in Munich, an honorary volume of essays with contributions by 70 scientists from 14 jurisdictions (U.S.A., China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Brazil, etc.). The honorary volume which is dedicated to Prof. Kaissis has the title "Recht ohne Grenzen. Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Kaissis zum 65. Geburtstag" ("Law without frontiers"), published by Selier European Law Publishers (2012).

Dimitrios Pandermalis

Professor Emeritus Dimitrios Pandermalis was born in Thessaloniki in 1940. He studied history and archaeology and subsequently German language and literature at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. He then did post-graduate studies at Freiburg, Germany where he received a doctorate in 1968. The following year, by decision of the Philosophical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he was appointed Assistant (Epimeletes) at the Museum of Casts. He was later elected Assistant Professor and in 1979, Professor of Classical Archaeology. He has taught at the University of Thessaloniki since 1969. His lectures encompass most branches of classical archaeology: architecture, sculpture, painting, epigraphy and public and private life in antiquity. He has organized many archaeological tours for students both in Greece and abroad and lectured at more than eighty universities and museums around the world.

Since 1973 he has been Director of the University Archaeological Excavations at Dion. Since 1996 he has been carrying out programs at Dion to convert the excavated area into an extensive archaeological park.

Dimitrios Pandermalis has served as President of the History and Archaeological Department and Dean of the Philosophical School of the University of Thessaloniki. He was the President of the State Theatre of Northern Greece and is a member of the Archaeological Society of Athens and the German Archaeological Institute of Berlin. He is the Honorary President of the Executive Committee of the International Foundation of Alexander the Great and of the Tellogleion Art Foundation. In 1997 during the period Thessaloniki was cultural capital of Europe, he was curator of the exhibition 'Alexander the Great and the East' at the Small Palace and in 2004 was curator for the exhibition 'Alexander the Great: Treasures from an Epic Era of Hellenism' in New York for the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

From September 1996 to March 2000 he served as Country Member of the Greek Parliament and in 1999 was elected President of the Permanent Inter-Party Committee of the Parliament for Greeks Abroad. In May 2000 the Hellenic Council of Ministers unanimously elected him President of the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum and in June 2009 he was appointed President of the Acropolis Museum.

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Nikolaos Bakatselos

bakatselosNikolaos Bakatselos is a Member of the Board of Directors and Assistant Managing Director of Northern Greece Publishing SA and a Member of the Board of Directors of "Delfini" and "Delfini II" Shipping & Tourism Enterprises SA.

He is the Managing Director of Pyramis Metallourgia SA, Managing Director of Pyramis Deutschland GmbH and Member of the Board of Directors of Pyramis Polska sp zoo.

He was the Managing Director of Imperium AEEX and a Member of the Board of Directors of Egnatia Securities SA. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Northern Greece Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

Nikolaos Bakatselos holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Reading, a PCE in Economics from Birkbeck College and an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from City University Business School.

He is married with one daughter.

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Nicolas Moussiopoulos

Nicolas Moussiopoulos is Vice President of the Governing Board.

MoussiopoulosNicolas Moussiopoulos was born in Athens in 1956. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, from where he also obtained his Doctoral Degree. After receiving his lecture qualification (“Habilitation”) in Engineering Thermodynamics in 1988, he was appointed Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki. Since 1990 he is also the Head of this University’s Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering. Professor Moussiopoulos is also a Honorary Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (formerly University of Karlsruhe).

In the periods 1997-1999 and 2003-2007 Professor Moussiopoulos chaired Αristotle University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. From September 2006 until August 2010 he was the Dean of the University’s School of Engineering. Since 2002 he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In the same year he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Professor Moussiopoulos received several awards and prizes, among them the Heinrich Hertz Award in 1990.

Professor Moussiopoulos is the author of more than 400 scientific publications, including more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 26 books. His research work addresses several issues in the broad field of energy and the environment. In the last twenty years Professor Moussiopoulos participated in numerous competitive, mostly EU funded research projects with a total budget exceeding 20 million €. Moreover, for more than 15 years Professor Moussiopoulos co-ordinated several tasks of the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change, within the work programme of the European Environment Agency. In the same period, he has been involved in several large environmental impact assessment studies, largely related to air pollution. He has consulted several Greek Ministers and has represented Greece in numerous international committees and bodies. At present he is the Greek representative in the Programme Committee “Regions of Knowledge, Research Potential and Coherent Development of Policies”.

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Costas Th. Grammenos CBE, DSc

Costas Grammenos is President of the Governing Board.


Costas Th. GrammenosHe founded the International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance in 1983 in the CASS Business School of City University, London (renamed The Costas Grammenos International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance in April 2007). He has been head of the Centre since its inception and responsibile for its design. Until 1997, he was also Director of the world class MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance, introduced in 1984; and the MSc in Logistics, Trade and Finance, introduced in September 1997, while the MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance was introduced in 2003. More than 2000 students, from 85 countries, have graduated over this period, and many of them currently hold leading positions in international banking, shipping, trade and manufacturing sectors. In addition, the Centre undertakes research in Shipping Finance, Maritime List Management, Logistics and Commodity Trade and Finance. It has also created a platform for international dialogue.

Professor C. Th. Grammenos was born in Athens in 1944. He has a BA in Economics (Panteion, Athens), MSc in Financial Economics (Bangor, Wales) and a DSc in Shipping Finance (City, London). He started his career in the National Bank of Greece in 1962 and was financial shipping expert at the Bank's head office in Athens from 1973-1974. He was Independent Researcher and Advisor from 1977 until 1982. He joined City University in 1982 as Visiting Professor and became Professor of Shipping, Trade and Finance in 1986. He has been Pro Vice-Chancellor since 1998, was Acting Dean in 2000 and Deputy Dean (Undergraduate) since 2002. He teaches Shipping Investment and Finance where, in 1977, he introduced credit analysis and policy of bank shipping finance which, since then, has been applied by most international banks. He wrote the well-known seminal monograph on the subject 'Bank Finance for Ship Purchase' (1978) and has written many studies and articles. He is the editor of the major academic publication 'The Handbook of Maritime Economics and Business' (2002), LLP, where 50 leading academics from 30 universities in 19 countries contributed 39 chapters. He has given papers and lectures in various parts of the world.

He created - through his published research - 'Shipping Finance' as a new academic discipline, which is acclaimed as a "significant contribution to knowledge in Shipping, Trade and Finance" and he introduced, through the MScs, a new approach in international business, "the spherical approach". He was made OBE in 1994, for his work in international shipping and finance, and was 1998 Seatrade Personality of the Year. He is Member of the Board of Directors of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (1995), Member of the American Bureau of Shipping (1996), FRSA (1996), Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Maritime Economics (1999), Founder and Chairman of the City of London Biennial Meetings (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005), a Founding Trustee of the Institute of Marine Engineers Memorial Fund (2000), Freeman of the City of London (2000), Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights (2002), Fellow of Chartered Institute of Bankers (2004). He is Visiting Professor at the University of Antwerp (2000), and was President of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) (1998-2002), non executive member of the Board, Marfin Investment Group (MIG) (2007).

In January 2009, Professor Grammenos was recognised for his prominent role in making London the World’s leading centre for teaching and research in the world of shipping, trade and finance with the award of a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honours list.

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