Constantinos Constantinidis, Chair
Constantinos Constantinidis is the Managing Director and Vice-President of PELOPAC S.A. in Thessaloniki, Greece, a company manufacturing Greek and Mediterranean specialty foods for export markets, especially the US and UK. Mr. Constantinidis is also the Vice President of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING) and a member of the board of various NGOs. Mr. Constantinidis received his BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London (1984), and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business (1986).
Charis Plakantonakis, Vice Chair
Charis Plakantonakis is the Head of Strategic Planning at Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest dry bulk shipping company listed today on the NASDAQ. Previously she worked for seven years at Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc., a leading global operator of ocean-going vessels, first as Strategic Projects Manager and subsequently as Head of Corporate Communications. Prior to Thenamaris, she was a Senior Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and before that she has worked at the multinational FMCG company DIAGEO and at the Organizing Committee of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic & Paralympic Games. She holds an MBA from INSEAD (2003) and a BS in International & European Economics & Politics from the University of Macedonia (2001), where she graduated as valedictorian.
Dr. Peter S. Allen is a retired Professor of Anthropology. He taught at at Rhode Island College, for the past 40 years. He specialized in the study of modern Greek society and published numerous articles on the topic. Research awards include three Fulbrights, a large NEH grant and several other grants and fellowships. Dr. Allen has been active in many professional organizations. He served as Treasurer and Vice-President of the Modern Greek Studies Association, Treasurer and President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (a sub-group of the American Anthropological Association), and has held various offices, including President, in the local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. Dr. Allen received a BA from Middlebury College (1966), an MA in Archaeology from Brown University (1968), and a PhD in Anthropology, also from Brown University (1973).
Elsa Amanatidou is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies in the Classics Department of Brown University. Concurrently, she is the Director of the Center of Language Studies at Brown University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), the leading American professional organization in this area. Ms. Amanatidou received a BA in English Philology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1981), a MA in The English Novel from The University of East Anglia, and a MA in Greek Studies from King’s College London (1995).
Dimosthenis (Dimos) Arhodidis, General Manager and member of the Executive Board of Eurobank, was appointed Head of Global Markets & Wealth Management in February 2015 and Head of Wealth Management (Private Banking Greece, Eurobank Private Bank Luxembourg SA and Eurobank Asset Management SA) in 2013. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business Economics (Ph.D. and MBA) from Harvard University and Harvard Business School on a full fellowship.
Carroll W. Brewster is a trustee of the Wooster School, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Ridgefield Public Library, and is a member of the Ridgefield Conservation Commission. Mr. Brewster retired as Executive Director of the Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc., (1991-1998) and is a former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy (1970-1980), former chairman of the directors of the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief (1982-1991), and a former trustee of the University of New Haven. He has been affiliated with numerous colleges, serving as President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1982-1991); President of Hollins College (1975-1981); Dean of the College, Dartmouth College (1969-1975); and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School (1967-1969). Mr. Brewster received a BA magna cum laude from Yale College (1957), an LLB from Yale Law School (1961), and two LHDs (Litera Humanarum), from Hollins College (1981) and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1991).
Dr. Gikas A. Hardouvelis is a Professor of Finance & Economics, in the Department of Banking and Financial Management, of the University of Piraeus and Chief Economist of the EUROBANK Group. He recently served as the Director of the Economic Office of Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (Nov. 2011–May 2012). He is a member of the CIIM Academic Council, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Economic & Industrial Research, and a member of the Academic Council of the Hellenic Banks Association & its EMAC-EBF representative. He is also a research Fellow at CEPR & CMBI. He holds a PhD in Economics (1983, U.C. Berkeley), and MSc & BA in Applied Mathematics (1978, Harvard University). He was Assistant Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University (1983-1989), Associate Professor and subsequently Full Professor at Rutgers University (1989-1993). During 2000-2004, he was Director of the Economic Office of Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis. He was included in the Hall of Fame of the top-50 individual publishers worldwide in applied econometrics over 1989 to 1995.
Vassilis Kafatos is a Partner of Deloitte, established the Thessaloniki office and is in charge of Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations Consulting Services in Greece. He has extensive consulting experience in various industries, including travel, hospitality & leisure, real estate, consumer business & manufacturing, technology, media & telecommunications. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American - Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece and as an Honorary Board member of the International Business Association. He holds a degree in Economic Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MBA in Corporate Strategy from the University of Texas at Austin and postgraduate diplomas in Business Leadership from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).
Dr. Keridis is a Professor of International Politics at Panteion University of Athens, the director of the Navarino Network, a public policy think-tank in Thessaloniki, the director of research at the Karamanlis Foundation, the deputy director of the Institute of International Relations in Athens and the director of the annual Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies in Olympia, Greece. Dr. Keridis is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Ph.D. 1998, MALD 1994) and holds a J.D. from the Law School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1991).
Since 2001, Mr. Markos Papageorgiou has served as President and Managing Director of MABIZ SA, the sole feedstuff producing industry for Mink farms in Southeast Europe. He is also a shareholder in Bosman Mink Farm SA, which operates five mink farms in Greece, and Vendavel Energy SA, a company active in the development and operation of wind farms and alternative energy sources in Greece with a portfolio in excess of 100 Mw. Additionally, Mr. Papageorgiou has considerable interests in shipping as well as commercial and residential property management companies in Europe and North America. Through his membership on the Board of Directors of the Papageorgiou Foundation, a charitable institution with donations in excess of $30 million over the past 10 years, he continues his family’s tradition of philanthropy and social responsibility in the fields of health, education, and religion. Mr. Papageoriou is an alternate member of the Board of Directors of Papageorgiou Hospital of Thessaloniki, a member of several cultural associations, former president of the Siatista Gymnastics Club for 10 years, and has served as president of the Kozani Nautical Club since 1998. Mr. Papageorgiou received his B.A. in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dimitris Takas is currently the President of Inteco SA (Land Development), General Manager of IRI (Solar Energy) and a Member of the Board of Directors of several northern Greek companies. He has been a Member of the Young Presidents Organization and has served as the General Secretary of the Federation of Industries of N. Greece, as the Vice President of the Federation of Associations of the E.U. Frozen Food Producers, as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Thessaloniki and as the President of the Hellenic Management Association of N. Greece. He also participates in many non-profit Organizations, Foundations and Chambers. He has been the Honorary Consul General of Hungary for N. Greece, since 1990. He has a BS (1970) and MS in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (1972).
Asteris Tsoukalas is the Head of Thessaloniki‘s regional office of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission since 2006. Prior to HCMC he worked at the financial sector in investment services firms for approximately 10 years (HSBC Securities, P&K Securities and Egnatia Securities). He holds an MA in Finance and Investments from the University of Exeter (1994) and a BS in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1992), where he graduated as valedictorian. He also holds a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards from the Association of International Accountants (2008) and certifications of professional suitability from HCMC and ADEX. He is currently studying for his PhD thesis at the Democritus University of Thrace.