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 allows 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 with regard to 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). Currently she has joined the “Moundreas” group of Companies as Finance and Accounts Manager of NGM Energy S.A. (2020-today). In addition she is the Financial Reporting Consultant of Avenir LNG Ltd (2021-today). 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.
Thalia Emiri is a lawyer with broad experience spanning both the private and the public sector. She has worked for approximately 15 years in law firms and private companies focusing mainly on company law, new technologies law and banking law. She then served as Advisor to the PM and Legal Advisor to the Minister of Finance (2012-2013). She was Chief Legal Counsel of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), directly involved with the three rounds of recapitalizations of the Greek Banking system (2013-2018). She currently works in the private sector as Legal Counsel and Compliance Advisor. Thalia Emiri holds an LLB from National and Kapodistrian Univerity of Athens, LLM (DEA) in European Economic Law and PhD in European Competition Law from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II).
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.
HRADF is administered by its Board of Directors (BoD), which consists of seven members. The Board of Directors is appointed by a General Shareholder’s Meeting Decision and has a three-year term, renewable for an equivalent period.
The Board of Directors has full authority over decisions on the development and utilisation of public property projects and the maturation and acceleration of strategic importance projects classified as part of the “Strategic Project Pipeline”. The management of the Fund has the absolute responsibility for its operation and suggests the topics to the Board of Directors for decision making.
In addition, two representatives appointed by both the Eurozone Member States and the European Commission are entitled to participate in the Fund’s Board Meetings as Observers, without voting rights.
The Fund’s operation is also supported by the Council of Experts, individuals of wide acclaim, distinguished for their scientific training and professional experience in technical, economic, or legal sectors. The Council of Experts, consisting of seven members, has a three-year term, renewable for an equivalent period. The Board of Directors appoints four persons, and the Institutions appoint three. The Council of Experts gives an opinion on each project of public property utilisation, as described in the Founding Law of HRADF (Law 3986/2011).
The Board of Directors meets regularly to approve the key developments for public property development projects (pre-qualifications, main terms of the agreements, selection of the preferred investor etc.) and the procedures of maturing strategic projects. Decisions are taken by a simple majority of the BoD, and the opinion of the Council of Experts reflects the majority.
At the end of each tender process, there is an independent valuer, whose opinion is also taken into account by HRADF’s BoD in its meetings. Finally, following a decision of the Board of Directors on public property development projects, the file of the tender is submitted to the Court of Auditors for pre-contractual audit.
For an overview of HRADF’s organisational structure, please refer to the document.