Dr. Athanasios Ziliaskopoulos received his diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, his MSc in Industrial Engineering and his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. From 1996 to 2004, he was the Louis Berger Professor of Transport Systems at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL USA. Dr. Ziliaskopoulos is a Professor of Production and Logistics at the University of Thessaly since 2004; between 2010 and2015 he was the Chairman and CEO of TRAINOSE, S.A and the Chairman of the Greek National Logistics Committee. While at TRAINOSE S.A., he managed to restructure the company rendering it profitable in 2012 despite the annual loss of 240 million euro generated since 2009. Furthermore, in 2013 he was instrumental in initiating the railway container services from the Port of Piraeus to Central Europe. He is an expert on issues of infrastructure with the Asian Development Bank and has participated in various infrastructure and PPP initiatives in Asia. As Chairman of the National Logistics Committee, in 2014 he initiated the development of the Law 4302/2014 regulating logistics issues. In 2020 he was appointed Chairman of the Greek National Council for Logistics aiming to promote Greece as a transit hub.
Dimitris Politis is a graduate of the American College of Greece and holds an MBA in International Business & Export Management from City University Business School in London, as well as various professional certifications. Since 1993, he has held positions of responsibility at international financial organizations. He began his career at HSBC Bank PLC, initially in Athens and then in London, in the Sector of Investment Banking, covering Greece and the wider region of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. He returned to Athens in 2001 as head of Credit Commercial de France, and in 2003 he returned the HSBC Bank plc Greece as Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking. From 2012 to September 2020, he worked at Credit Suisse AG, based in Zurich, as head of Wealth Management-UHNWI for Greece and Cyprus while in October 2020 he took on the same role at EFG Bank AG, based in Zurich. Mr. Politis is highly experienced in attracting and managing investments in strategic sectors of the economy and has close professional relationships with international institutional and private investors.
Panagiotis Stampoulidis is a graduate of the Higher Technological Education Centre of Western Macedonia and holds an MBA from the University of Wales in the UK. With a successful 15-year career in administration, he is an experienced executive in the running of private and public organizations. He has experience in the sectors of development plan design, restructuring, and execution of public contracts, and he has managed a variety of technical and financial projects, as well as projects for restructuring and streamlining of corporate procedures. During his career, he has gained significant experience interacting with Institutional Committees and serving on decision-making bodies. He started his career as an executive in the food sector. He then served as CEO of the Central Markets and Fishery Organizations (CMFO SA), responsible for the Central Markets of Athens and Patras and the 11 Fish Markets throughout Greece. In 2013, he created the innovative Retail Consumers Wing at Renti and he prepared two PPP projects during his time as CEO. From the period 2019-2021, he was the Secretary General for Commerce and Consumer Protection, implementing dozens of reforms in the functioning of the market, consumer protection, and implementation of public contracts worth over €100 million.
Ms. Niki Fotiou is a first-generation Greek born in Cape Town, South Africa where she graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor degree of Commerce in Accounting & Information Systems (1991), equivalent to that awarded by the Athens University of Economics and Business. She is now based in Athens, Greece and is an FCCA Chartered Certified Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a member of The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece (SOEL). She is well regarded as an accomplished professional working with skill and competence mainly in Auditing Services and Shipping Companies. Her knowledge and expertise allow her to efficiently and effectively perform financial and business planning and reporting, including tax compliance, budgeting, accounting, internal auditing, capital market transactions and corporate governance as required for firms involved in an international business environment and major Stock Exchange Markets (e.g. NASDAQ, OSLO Bors, Athens Stock Exchange). Ms. Fotiou has held positions where she was responsible for the reporting to stakeholders for companies and corporations with multimillion turnovers. She has been a key member of projects rewriting corporate finance policies, determining financial objectives and designing and implementing systems, policies and internal control procedures to facilitate internal financial controls and analysis for the various companies. She started her career with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) Greece (1993-1994) and she then moved to Deloitte Greece (1995-2005), where she reached the position of Senior Audit Manager. Subsequently, she was offered positions of responsibility regarding accounting and auditing for companies traded in International Stock Markets. In summary, she served as Group Corporate Auditor in Hyatt International Tourism Hellas S.A. (listed on Athens Stock Exchange) of the “Laskaridis” group of companies (2005-2006). Later she joined the “Economou” group of companies, where she evolved up to the Board of DryShips Inc. (listed on NASDAQ) as Senior Vice President for Financial Reporting & Accounting and up to the Board of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (listed on NASDAQ and OSLO BORS) as Vice President for Finance & Accounting (2006-2017). Her next business step was with the “Papadakis” group of companies as Finance and Accounts Manager of Kassian Maritime Ltd. (2018-2020). In 2020, Ms. Fotiou was appointed Finance and Accounts Manager of NGM Energy S.A. at the “Moundreas” group of Companies (2020-2023). Additionally, she was the Financial Reporting Consultant of Avenir LNG Ltd (2021-2022). In March 2023, she started working at Heidmar Inc as Chief Financial Officer. She was recently selected to join, on a part time basis, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF). She has served as a member of the Board of several international companies.
Ms. Kremmida brings extensive international experience as a legal advisor to institutional, state, and private entities, offering consulting services in project management and financing, public tenders, contract negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions. With a background in senior management positions, she possesses international expertise. She specializes in Competition Law and cross-border business issues and currently serves as Director & Associate General Counsel WW Channels & Ecosystem at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Ms. Kremmida holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1990) and a Master (DEA) of Law of International and European Community Financial Relations from the University Paris Nanterre (1993). She is a member of the IPR Committee of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized in the Legal 500 Powerlist.
Andreas Stavropoulos graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the same university. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating at the top of that year’s class. Since 1999, he has been active as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, California, USA, and has sat on Boards and Committees of a number of tech companies active in the software, semi-conductor, energy technology and computational biotechnology sectors. In this role, he has gained experience in weighing and responding to business risks, managing fixed and intellectual property, appointing and evaluating technical and business personnel, and attracting additional investors. Mr. Stavropoulos advanced his investment career at DFJ, where he was hired as an Associate in 1999, taking over as Director in 2000 and Managing Director in 2002, and in 2014 he took on complete management of the company with two other partners. DFJ was recently renamed Threshold Ventures and is one of the most successful venture capital companies, with investments in companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, Skype, Baidu and hundreds of others during the 35 years of its operation. Before DFJ, he was a business consultant at the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Co. from 1997 to 1999, having previously worked as a financial advisor at Cornerstone Research in Boston from 1992 to 1995. Mr Stavropoulos also serves on the Boards of non-profit organizations, such as Endeavor Greece, the Alumni Board of Harvard Business School and the Advisory Cabinet of the Dean of the Harvard School of Engineering.
Stefanos Giourelis holds a degree in Mining Engineering & Metallurgy from the National Technical University of Athens. He has worked for the past 25 years in the Information Technology sector, mainly in international sales and management positions. He worked for 19 years at Hewlett Packard for Greece, Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa based initially in Athens and afterwards in Dubai, 4 of which as a General Manager (Greece) and 8 years as Managing Director in Greece, Africa region and GRAF (Greece & Africa) region. Mr. Giourelis joined HCAP in 2017 and serves as Deputy CEO and Executive member of HCAP.