Born in Athens, Greece 03/26/52
1971 Athens College High-school
1974 BA in International Affairs and Economics, George Washington University
1976 MA in Economics, New York University
1978 MBA in Finance, Columbia University
1984 Ph.D. Economics, New York University
1983, 1985 Adjunct Lecturer, Economics, Pace University and Fordham University
1979-1981 Economist, Currency Forecasting Dept.
1981-1982 Advisor, Foreign Exchange Exposure Management Advisory Dept.
1982-1984 Dealer, Foreign Exchange Dept.
1984-1985 Dealer, Money-Markets Trading & Positioning Dept.
1986-1989 Country Head (General Manager) for Greece, Investment Banking Group and Country Treasurer
1989-1992 Country Head (General Manager) for Greece, Corporate Banking Group, Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking Group and Country Treasurer. During my tenure, Citibank Greece recorded its highest profits ever, and the highest return of capital for all Citibank entities around the globe!
OTHER EXECUTIVE, NON-EXECUTIVE AND ADVISORY POSITIONS
1998-2004 Senior Economic Advisor for Greece to Merrill Lynch London, Sanwa Bank London, and Eurobank Athens
2001-2003 Chairman of the Board, AGET HERACLES CEMENT, the largest cement manufacturer in the region
2002-2004 Chairman of the Board, Ericsson Greece (Resigned to participate in the 2004 general elections in Greece)
2003-2004 Co-Chairman of the Board, Pepsico-Ivi Greece (Resigned to participate in the 2004 general elections in Greece)
2002-2004 Chairman of the Board, Netmed SA/Nova/Filmnet Television Group (a subsidiary of NASPERS' Ltd of South Africa) (Resigned to participate in the 2004 general elections in Greece)
1992-1993 Deputy Minister of Finance responsible for sovereign debt management, public lands management, State Lotteries dept., etc.
2004-2009 Elected Member of Parliament, Attica Region (40,600 votes)
2004-2007 Deputy Minister of Finance responsible for The General Accounting and Budget Office, State Land Holdings, Sovereign Debt Management Dept., European Funds Audit Dept., International Economic Affairs Dept., and all investment and share-holdings of the Hellenic Republic. Within that three-year period, we reduced budget deficit from 8.2% to 3.3%, improved the Republic's credit rating, managed to borrow for 30- and 50-year periods at 0,30% over Bunds and at the same cost as Italy.
2007-2009 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs responsible of all international economic relations. We commenced an unprecedented initiative for State visits (with the President of the Republic or organized directly by my office) to promote Greek businesses' access to the world markets.
In 1996 we started-up with Mr. Thanassis Tsoukalas, Capital Partners SA, an M&A and investment banking advisory firm. Soon, Capital Partners became the leader in banking acquisition initiation and execution, acting as Lead Advisors in the sale of Chase Manhattan Greece, Chase Manhattan Romania, Credit Lyonnais Greece, Bank of Athens, Bank of Nova Scotia Greece, National Westminster Bank Greece, and Kerdoos Hermes stockbrokerage. These were sold through us to other Banks or group of investors. Also we acted as Senior Advisors for the listing of Kathimerini SA Publishing Group on the Athens Stock Exchange. Similarly, active in various corporate and in shipping transactions.
HELLENIC GOLF FEDERATION
1999-present, President, the Hellenic Golf Federation
Author of a 1000-page book, currently being edited for its 7th edition, on "Modern Economic and Management Theories and Classical Greek Thought"