Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Takis Arapoglou is a consultant with an earlier career in International Capital Markets and Corporate & Investment banking and later in managing, restructuring and advising publicly listed Financial Institutions and Corporates, primarily in SE Europe and the Middle East. Most recent executive assignments include: Managing Director and Global Head of the Banks and Securities Industry for Citigroup; Chairman and CEO of the National Bank of Greece; Chairman of the Hellenic Banks Association; CEO of Commercial Banking at EFG-Hermes Holding SAE. He is currently holding the following non-executive board positions: Chairman of Bank of Cyprus Group, Chairman of Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) Ltd, Independent board member of EFG-Hermes Holding SAE and Board member of Bank Alfalah Ltd., representing the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He has degrees in Mathematics, Engineering and Management from Greek and British Universities.
Born in Cyprus Kyriakos Riris completed his high-school education in Cyprus, before continuing his higher education and professional qualifications at Birmingham Polytechnic. He completed his professional exams with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) in the UK in 1975, becoming a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants in 1985. Since 1976 his work experience has largely taken place in Greece. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Greek Firm of PwC and a Partner in 1984. His responsibilities have included that of Managing Partner of the Audit and the Advisory/Consulting Departments respectively, and later Deputy Territory Senior Partner. In 2009, he was elected as Chairman of the Board of PwC in Greece, and it is in this position that he retired on June 30, 2014.
With a career spanning some 40 years, Kyriacos has accumulated vast experience with both domestic and multinational entities in a variety of sectors and industries, including Manufacturing, Shipping, Commerce, Food & Beverages, Construction, Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, and Information Systems.
Born in Athens, Greece, Dimitri Papalexopoulos started his career as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company Inc. in the USA and Germany. He then joined Titan in 1989. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), and Vice-Chairman of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), while he is a member of the Board of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ-1985) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1987).
Born in Cyprus, Michael Colakides started his career in banking at Citibank Greece, where he held the positions of Head of FIG, Head of Corporate Finance and Local Corporate Banking (1979 – 1993). In 1993 he was appointed Executive Vice Chairman at the National Bank of Greece, Vice Chairman of ETEBA Bank S.A. and member of the BoD of other affiliates of NBG. In the period 1994 – 2000 he held the position of Group CFO and board member of Titan Cement Company S.A. He was also responsible for a number of acquisitions in SE Europe and the U.S. During 2000 – 2007 he served as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Piraeus Bank S.A. overseeing the domestic Wholesale and Retail Banking business as well as the Group’s International network and activities. In 2007 he joined EFG Eurobank Ergasias S.A. and assumed the position of Deputy CFO – Group Risk Executive (2007 – 2013) overseeing the Risk Management functions of the Group. Currently he is a non – executive member of the board of Eurobank Cyprus Ltd. He has a B.Sc. degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the London Business School.
Born in New York U.S.A. William Antholis is director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. From 2004 to 2014, he was Managing Director at the Brookings Institution. He has also served in government, including at the White House’s National Security Council and National Economic Council, and at the U.S. State Department’s policy planning staff and bureau of economic affairs. He has published two books, as well as dozens of articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in politics (1993) and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in government and foreign affairs (1986).
Born in Limassol, Cyprus, Andreas Artemis has been an executive member of the Board of Directors of Commercial General Insurance Group since 1985 and Chairman since 2002. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation and of the Council of the Cyprus Red Cross Society. He has served as member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus Group (2000-2005), Vice-Chairman (2005-2012) and Chairman (2012-2013). He has also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (1988-1994) and as Honorary Consul General of South Africa in Cyprus (1996-2012). He studied Civil Engineering at the Queen Mary and Imperial Colleges of London University and holds a B.Sc. (Engineering) and a M.Sc. degree.
Harry David earned his BS from Providence College and began his career as a certified investment advisor with Credit Suisse in New York. He then served in several executive positions within Leventis Group Companies in Nigeria, Greece and Ireland. Today he serves as the Chairman of Frigoglass SA and is on the Boards of A.G. Leventis (Nigeria) PLC, the Nigerian Bottling Company, Beta Glass (Nigeria) PLC, Ideal Group, Pikwik (Nigeria) Ltd. (Joint venture with Pick n Pay, South Africa) and ELVIDA Foods SA. He is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Athens Classic Marathon and member of the TATE Modern’s Africa Acquisitions Committee. Has served on the boards of Alpha Finance, PPC (Hellenic Public Power Corp) and Emporiki Bank (Credit Agricole).
Born in Athens, Greece, he is Cement Operations Director of TITAN Cement Group’s Greek Region. Since 2012, he has covered various roles within the Group’s Finance and Strategic Planning functions. Prior to that, he worked for Separation Technologies LLC. He is a member of the BoD of Junior Achievement Greece. He holds a BA in Economics with Honors from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD, where he received the Henry Ford II Prize.
Born in Athens, Greece, Alexandra Papalexopoulou is Deputy Chair of the Group Executive Committee, in charge of Strategic Planning, having previously held various roles in business development and exports within the group. Her career started as an analyst for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) and an associate at the consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Paris in the 1990s. She is a member of the Board and Treasurer of the P&A Canellopoulos Foundation, member of the Board of INSEAD Business School and serves on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Greece (ACG). She is also a Non-Executive Director of Coca-Cola HBC, a FTSE100 company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Swarthmore College, USA and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD, France.
Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, Stelios Triantafyllides has been working with and been a partner of the law firm of Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC since 1983. His practice focuses on international business transactions, Banking and Finance, Capital markets, M&A and Joint Venture, General Corporate and Commercial, Corporate Restructuring, Tax, Financial Services and Securities Regulation. He is the legal adviser to the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission. He regularly advises major international companies on corporate and banking matters. He is member of the Cyprus Bar Association – Admitted 1984; Chairman of the Company Law Committee; Member of the Committee on the Cyprus Stock Exchange of the Cyprus Bar Council; Member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) 2006 – 2012. He studied in Oxford University, Worcester College (M.A. (Jurisprudence) and in the University of California at Berkeley (LL.M.).
Born in Athens, Dimitris Tsitsiragos has over 30 years of extensive international experience in emerging markets finance across industries, sectors and products. Mr. Tsitsiragos started his career in 1985 in New York as a corporate bond evaluator at Interactive Data Services, Inc (former subsidiary of Chase Manhattan Corporation). In 1989, he joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group as an Analyst and retired in 2017 as Vice President, leading IFC’s global business operations and stakeholder relations with a global network of governments, financial institutions and private sector clients. He also chaired IFC’s Corporate Credit Committee. During his progressive career at the institution, he held the following positions: Vice President, Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) (2011-2014) based in Istanbul; Director of Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe (MENA) (2010-2011) based in Cairo; Director of Global Manufacturing and Services Department (2004-2010); Director of South Asia (2002-2004) based in New Delhi; Manager, New Investments, Central & Eastern Europe (2001-2002); Manager Oil & Gas (2000-2001) and held a number of investment positions in the same unit (1989-2001)
Currently Mr. Tsitsiragos is a Senior Advisor, Emerging Markets at the Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). Mr. Tsitsiragos holds an MBA from The George Washington University and a BA in Economics from the Rutgers University. He has also attended the World Bank Group Executive Development Program at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Vassalou is the Chief Investment Officer at Vassalou Capital Management. Dr. Vassalou has more than 14 years of investment experience. Prior to founding Vassalou Capital Management, Dr. Maria Vassalou was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Perella Weinberg Partners, responsible for the PWP Global Macro Business. Dr. Vassalou joined Perella Weinberg Partners from MIO Partners, a subsidiary of McKinsey & Company, where as a Portfolio Manager she managed a similar global macro investment strategy in a dedicated legal entity, and as Head of Asset Allocation she provided counsel on allocation for liquid assets within MIO’s portfolio. Prior to joining MIO, Dr. Vassalou was a Global Macro Portfolio Manager at SAC Capital Advisors, LP. She joined SAC from Soros Fund Management where she was responsible for global quantitative research, as well as the development and management of global quantitative trading strategies. Dr. Vassalou began her career in academia and she was an Associate Professor of Finance at Columbia Business School which she joined in 1995. Dr. Vassalou is a Past President of the European Finance Association and was the Chair of the 2008 European Finance Association Meetings. A Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London for many years, Dr. Vassalou is a past member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Vienna-based Guttmann Center of Competence in Portfolio Management. Since 2016, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP). Dr. Vassalou earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Athens, and holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from London Business School. Dr. Vassalou is the recipient of several professional awards and she was included in the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds in 2015.
Born in Athens, Greece, Bill Zarkalis is the President & CEO of Titan America LLC since 2014. Bill is a business executive with an international career, having led diverse global teams across all continents, located mostly from the USA and Switzerland. He dedicated 18 years with The Dow Chemical Co., where he started in commercial posts, growing in experience through a fast succession of Marketing and Product Management responsibilities, culminating into global Business-Unit leadership roles. Among others, he served as Vice President of Dow Automotive, M&A Leader for Dupont-Dow Elastomers, Global Business Director for Specialty Plastics & Elastomers, Global Business Director for Synthetic Latex, etc. Bill joined Titan in 2008 as group Executive Director for Business Development and Strategic Planning. In 2010 he became the Titan group CFO, where he served until 2014 before moving into his current role in Titan America. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Mona Zulficar is one of the founding partners of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, a specialized law firm, which was established in June 2009 and grew into one of the best ranked law firms in Egypt. She was previously senior partner at Shalakany Law Firm and Chair of its Executive Committee for many years She is recognized in local and international legal circles as a precedents setter and one of Egypt’s most prominent corporate, banking and project finance attorneys. As an M&A and capital markets transactions specialist, she has led negotiations on some of Egypt’s and the Middle East’s largest and most complex successful transactions over the past three decades. Ms. Zulficar has also played an instrumental role in modernizing and reforming economic and banking laws and regulations as a former member of the board of the Central Bank of Egypt and as a prominent member of national drafting committees. She is also a leading human rights activist, recognized locally and internationally and has initiated several successful campaigns for new legislation including women’s rights, freedom of opinion and family courts. She served as VP of the Constitutional Committee of 50 and played a key role in drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution, and is currently member of the National Council for Human Rights. She has served as Non-Executive Chairperson of EFG Hermes since 2008. She has recently been elected President of the Egyptian Microfinance Federation and has been chairing several NGOs active in social development and microfinance to poor women. Internationally, she has served as elected member of the international Advisory Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council for two terms, ending in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University and an LLM from Mansoura University as well as an honorary doctorate degree in law from the University of Zurich