Speakers

Moderators
 
 

Capt. George Tsouris
President - CHIOS MARINE CLUB Operations Manager - BLUE PLANET SHIPPING S.A.

Captain George Tsouris born in Chios at 1964 is currently Operations Manager and Deputy DPA-CSO of Blue Planet Shipping Ltd and President of Chios Marine Club, Piraeus. He has served as a Deck Officer for several years after finishing his studies at the Merchant Marine Academy of Oinoussae (1981-1983) and obtained Master Class A’ Diploma since 1996 , having 13 years net Sea Service in total. Capt. Tsouris has an extensive experience as Operations Manager and DPA-CSO in known and well respected shipping companies and has served as a secretary of the Pan-Hellenic Masters and Mates Union (2008- 2015) and since 2008 member of the board of Disciplinary Committee of Merchant Navy. Capt Tsouris has also been guest lecturer in academic institutions teaching mainly “Shipping Operation”.

 

 

 

 

Helena Athoussaki 
Head of Maritime Sustainability, PwC 

Helena has over 20 years of experience in Maritime sustainability and ICT.
Presently, she heads PwC’s Maritime Sustainability Centre in Athens, a team of marine experts, engineers and analysts assisting shipping companies to ensure environmental compliance, design an effective performance monitoring system and build sustainable business operations. 
She is an expert in sustainability strategy, energy performance management, highly knowledgeable on EU MRV regulation with a solid technical and operational knowledge on maritime issues which she has applied at a broad range of clients in the maritime industry. 
Helena is an active speaker in a wide variety of maritime conferences and associations and she participates regularly at the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) meetings while being involved in various proposals, presentations and studies for the IMO such us the 3rd IMO GHG study. 
She is a member of the expert group European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) of European Commission on MRV shipping regulation, but also a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). 
Helena holds executive degrees from the Said Business School in Oxford and the London Business School (LBS) in Finance & Accounting, Hedge Funds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, MBA from the ALBA Business school and MA from the University of Middlesex in London.

Speakers
 
 

George C. Xiradakis 
Managing Director - XRTC Business Consultants Ltd and
President - The Propeller Club (Port of Piraeus)


George Xiradakis graduated from the Nautical Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos-Athens and he holds a diploma in Commercial Operations from City of London Polytechnic and an MSc in Maritime Studies from University of Wales.
In his banking carrier (1991-1998) he served as Vice President of Credit Lyonnais Shipping Group and Head of European Shipping finance activities and as Head of Greek, Indian and Middle East Shipping. In 1999 he founded XRTC Business Consultants and since then he has been the Managing Director of the Company. XRTC acted as Commercial Representative of the French Banks Credit Lyonnais (up to 2004) and Natixis (up to 2008). Since 2009, XRTC has been working closely with the Chinese ship finance market. In 2011 XRTC signed a Financial Consultancy Agreement with China Development Bank. XRTC has won the Greek Shipping Financier of the Year by Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Award 2010. 
Mr. Xiradakis is a member of the Board of Directors of Paragon Shipping Inc (NASDAQ: PRGN). He also serves as the President of the Board of Governors of the International Propeller Club of the United States –International Port of Piraeus; he is also the General Secretary of the Association of Banking and Shipping Executives of Hellenic Shipping and a Board Member of the China-Greece Friendship Association. He is also member of Marine Club of Piraeus, HELMEPA, Member of the Mediterranean Committee of China Classification Society, Greece-China Chamber and member of President’s Advisory Council of American College of Greece. Mr. Xiradakis was member of the Board of Directors of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) from 2008 up to November 2015, also was a member of the Board of Directors of Aries Maritime Transport, which has since changed its name to NewLead Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NEWL). Mr. Xiradakis also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Public Real Estate Corporation and the first President of the National Center of Port Development.

 
 

Theo Xenakoudis

Director, Worldwide Business Operations / Managing Director

IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

Theo Xenakoudis joined International Registries, Inc.’s (IRI’s) Piraeus office in 2001 as Business Development Manager after serving in the Greek Navy. In this role, Theo was instrumental in assisting with the promotion of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries in the Mediterranean region. In January 2007, Theo was promoted to Managing Director of IRI’s Piraeus office and continued to strengthen IRI’s relationship with the maritime and corporate communities in his marketing territory. He has also expanded the reach of the Piraeus office to include markets in Turkey, Italy, and Monaco, while still maintaining a strong relationship with the Greek shipping community. In April 2011, Theo was given the additional responsibility of serving as IRI’s Worldwide Business Operations Officer, and in February 2015 was promoted to Director, Worldwide Business Operations. Theo holds a Bachelor of Science in Transport and Shipping (Insurance and Maritime Law Pathway) and received his Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Maritime Law from the Business College of Athens, in association with London Metropolitan University.

 
 

George A. Tsavliris

Principal - TSAVLIRIS SALVAGE GROUP

Mr. George A. Tsavliris was born in London. He graduated from Athens College in 1968 and having acquired professional qualifications in Shipping (F.I.C.S., ACI.Arb), he concluded his graduate and post graduate studies in Shipping Law at University College London in 1973, with an L.L.M. degree. In 2009 he was qualified as a Mediator at the ADR Group London and in 2014 was certified as a Mediator by the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights.

He familiarized himself with the shipping and salvage sectors from a very early age by being engaged in the family business. George is a Principal at “Tsavliris Salvage Group” and represents the business on both a commercial and environmental basis internationally. He holds the position of Past Chairman of INTERMEPA (International Marine Environment Protection Association), Chairman of CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environmental Protection Association), which received the “Cyprus Maritime Prize 2007”, as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners and Honorary Chairman of the Tsavliris Cultural Foundation. Furthermore, Mr. George Tsavliris was awarded the 2016 Capital Link Greek Shipping Leadership Award, in recognition of his unique and extensive contribution to Shipping and Greece and for his overall outstanding service to the shipping industry made by him individually, as a family and by his company as a Group.

George is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at numerous maritime related conferences. He is an avid supporter of various charities, an art and music enthusiast and has completed ten London marathons. He is a father of six children.

     
 
 

George Sp. Alexandratos

General Manager - APOLLONIA LINES S.A.

Vice President - Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

George Sp.Alexandratos was born in Athens in 1973. He had studied at Moraitis School and graduated with a Bsc in shipping business from Plymouth University and Msc in Maritimime Policy from Cardiff University. He is the director of Apollonia Lines sa which was founded in 1974 from his father Spyros who unfortunately passed away in September 2004 and that time his father apart being the founder of Apollonia Lines was also the president of the Hellenic chamber of shipping. In 2013 he etsablished together with co-partners the shipping fund called Blue water Maritime Capital targeting to invest in dry bulk shipping.

George is now the General Secreteriat of Hellenic Short sea shipowners association since February 2012 whlist during the period fm Feb 2009-2012 he was the second vice president. Also he is a BOD at the Hellenic Chamber of Shpping,bod at Korea registry and bod at the marine club. Since February 2014 he is the President of the Hellenic Hull Mutual. 

George is interested to promote the benefits of shipping in the international economy and loves the word Hellenic and believes very much to Hellines,to Europe as soon as  all the parties are united.

 
 

Konstantinos N. Achladitis

Managing Director - GOLDEN CARGO & 2nd Vice President - PCCI

Almost 40 years in shipping industry. Since 1977 working in Golden Union Shipping Group.

In 1984 was appointed as Purchasing Manager.  In 1989 was appointed to set up and develop Golden Cargo as Managing Director.

Born and raised in Chios. Graduate the City of London Polytechnic (London University).  Holds a BSc in Maritime Economics and MSc in Logistics.

 
 

Dr. George D. Pateras

Managing Director - AEGEUS SHIPPING S.A.

Chairman, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

George D. Pateras, born in London UK and the father of 3 adult children, is the Managing Director of Aegeus Shipping S.A. and, since 2016, the Chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.

He studied Engineering and Economics and holds a BSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, MS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT and a

PhD from Plymouth University.

He is a Board Member of the Hellenic War Risks Association and the Bahamas Shipowners Association, Chairman of the Hellenic Shipping War Risks Insurance S.A., Vice Chairman, NATO, PBOS now TG(OS) (2000-) and permanent advisor (AMSCC) of the Hellenic Ministry of Defense.

Dr. Pateras has also served as the Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association (2011-2015) and as a Board member of the Hellenic Seamen’s Pension Fund (1984- 1993), Olympic Aviation (1991-1993), the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (1986-2015), the Union of Greek Shipowners (1983-2004), HELMEPA (1996-1998) and BSA representative on International Chamber of Shipping (2011-2015).

 
   

Mrs. Katerina Skourtanioti

Managing Director - VENLYS MARITIME SPECIALISATION SERVICES

Katerina Skourtanioti is one of the founders and the Managing Director of VENLYS Maritime Specialisation Services. She began as a Strategic Communication and Crisis Management expert in the Maritime and Oil and Gas industries and a trainer globally for Media Handling, Crisis Communication, Leadership and Internal Communication. She is a graduate from Athens University of Economics and Business Administration and she continued her studies abroad. She holds a MBA and she has also a master in Human Resources Management. As a strategic business consultant, she has more than 10 years of experience in the maritime industry with special focus on Human Element and Non Technical  Skills, and safety culture strategies.

Member of the Women's International Shipping and Trading  Association (WISTA). Additional she is a member of The International Propeller Club of the United States, International Port of Piraeus. She is married and a proud mother of 2 boys.

Katerina is committed to the implementation of safety intelligence in the maritime industry and the enhancement of the safety concept.

 
   

George Skrimizeas

General Manager - ALLSEAS MARINE S.A.

George Skrimizeas has been General Manager of ALLSEAS MARINE S.A. since 2005 and Chief Operating Officer of PARAGON SHIPPING INC. since 2006 and BOX SHIPS INCE. since 2013.

From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Skrimizeas has held various positions in Allseas, Eurocarriers and their affiliates, including General Manager, Accounts, Human Resources Manager, and Finance and Administration Manager. Mr. Skrimizeas has more than 30 years experience in the Shipping sector and has worked in Athens, Romania, Hong Kong and London based Companies.

Mr. Skrimizeas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus, Greece in 1988 and completed the course work necessary to obtain his Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, in 2002.

He is a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Economics, the Hellenic Association of Chief Executive Officers, the Business Advisory Committee of the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School (Msc in International Shipping and Finance) and the Business Advisory Committee of ALBA Graduate Business School(MBA in Shipping, Msc in Shipping Management). He has also served as Governor, Member of the Borad of Governors of The International Propeller Club of the USA, Port of Piraeus and Member of its Maritime Committee (2015).

Currently he serves as President of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Finance and Business Administration of the Hellenic Management Association.

Mr. Skrimizeas has been awarded the 2014 "Quality Leader of the Year" Award from the Hellenic Management Association and the European Organization for Quality and was among the three finalists for the 2014 "European Quality Leader" Award.

 
   

Roberto Koustas

Founder & CEO - DEEPSEA TECHNOLOGIES

Roberto Koustas was born in Athens, Greece and graduated in 2010 from Geitonas School. At the age of 17, he went to London and studied Mechanical Engineering at UCL, where he became familiar with Artificial Intelligence by taking extra-curricular courses from the Computer Science Department. Following his interest in computing, he continued his studies at the University of Oxford, where he received his Msc in Computer Science with Distinction in Machine Learning. Working briefly as a performance engineer and technical coordinator at Danaos, he realised the potential of applying Artificial Intelligence in the shipping domain. He then decided to co-found DEEPSEA TECHNOLOGIES, which was revolutionised vessel monitoring with the use of state of the art A.I. algorithms and has earned a place at the Artificial Intelligence roundtable of websummit 2018 held in Lisbon along Google, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 
 
 
   

Costas Kalargyros

Group HR Director - LATSCO SHIPPING LTD

Costas Kalargyros has been the Group HR Director in Latsco Shipping Ltd since May 2017. He is responsible for Human Resources Management and Internal Communications in the 3 offices, Athens - London - Monaco, where Latsco operates. Costas has 23 years experience in the fileds of HR, Corporate Responsibility and Internal Communications. He began his career in 1995 in a shipping company but soon, in 1996 je joined AB Vassilopoulos, where he grew up professionally living the experience of the organization's transformation from a family owned company to a multinational one. In 2011, he moved to the mother company AholdDelhaize Group, during which time, he served in regional and global HR & Sustainability positions. During his career, he had the opportunity to participate in numerous of global projects including the integration of acquired companies and mergers of big multinational companies as well as leading global Associates Wellbeing & Diversity Committees that aimed at strengthening associates engagement and respect for the diversity of people. He was born in Montreal but grew up in Chios. He studied statistics in University of Piraeus and HR Management in University of Edinburgh.

 
   

Angie Hartmann

Crew Manager - STARBULK S.A.

President - WISTA HELLAS

Angie has been an active member of the Greek shipping community for the last 25 years. In 1984, she attended Psychology - related courses at the University of La Verne, while in 1989 she obtained her Diploma in Travel & Tourism from Hosta International Leysin in Switzerland. Between 1989 and 1991, she worked in Geneva for Transworld Airlines (TWA).

In 1992, Angie returned to Greece and until recently she has been managing the crew functions of OCEANBULK MARITIME S.A. and STRABULK S.A., as a Crew Manager, which is a Nasdaq-listed shipping company with a fleet of 108 newly bulit dry-bulk cargo vessels. She currently holds the position of Executive Vice President - Crew Affairs and is in charge of monitoring the crew plans on bulk carries adhering to sound manning practises and proper financial principles, as well as strengthening the company's affairs with crews. For this reason, Angie often travels to Manila and the rest of the world, in order to keep close contact with the crew, promote the companies' brand name and always exploring future potential markets.

Also, Angie is an active member of WISTA Hellas since 1999 and President of WISTA Hellas since April 2014. She is bilingual (English/Greek) and also speaks French. Finally, she has attended numerous maritime conferences either as a participant or speaker.

 

 
   

Maria Lekakou

Professor - University of  the Aegean

Dean - Business School

Dr. Maria Lekakou is Professor in Maritime Economics in Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport amd Dean of Business School. She has a longlasting experience in shipping and maritime policy , as Advisor to the Minister of Mercantile Marine (1996-2000), member of the National Regulatory Authority for Internal Maritime Transportation (2001-20040 and as a maritime expert in national or European bodies(2007- ). Maria Lekakou is co-author of books examining European Maritime Policy, Greek shipping competitiveness island transports and cruise tourism and she has studied short-sea shipping policy developments, maritime tourism, cruise industry, passenger shipping, labour affairs as well as European policies related to liner shipping, cabotage, maritime competition and Blue Growth and entrepreneurship. She has contributed over 60 peer reviewed papers to international scientific conferences or journals, and has participated in numerous R&D projects. She is Treasurer of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).

 

 

 
   

Maria Makka

Director of Studies - Chios Merchant Marine Academy of Engineering

EDUCATION

Oct 1981 - Febr 1987          National Technical University of Athens - Greece Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Sept 1975 - June 1981          "2nd General High School of Chios"

WORK EXPERIENCE

Oct 1995 - Aug 2014          Professor in Chios Merchant Marine Academy of Engineering - Greece

SKILLS

Languages                           Greek - Native Language

                                             English - Very good

                                             French - Very good

                                             Italian - Elementary

Computer                             Very good knowledge of MS Office

INTERESTS                        Music, Cinema, Photography, Travelling

 

 
 
 
   

Michail Fragkias

Designated Management Representative & Safety Manager - SUN ENTERPRISES LTD

1962 - Graduated Gymnasio Arrenon Chiou

18/7/1962 - Joined the Company Stavros G. Livanos as Desk Cadet onboard the M/V Atlantic Sunlight 

1976: Master Merchant Marine Certificate

 

From 1962 to 1992 working on ships of S.Livanos Group as follows:

1962-1966: Deck crew

1966-1970: 2nd Officer

1970-1975: Chief Officer

1976-1992: Master on all types and size of tankers, including VLCC / ULCC

 

From 1992 up to now working in S. Livanos Group (56 years) and in particular in the operating Company Sun Enterprises Ltd in various positions:

1992-1994: Creating a new "Safety and Prevention Department"

1994-2000: Crew Manager in S.Livanos - Hellas

2000-up to this day: Designated Management Representative & Safety Manager, in charge of the Company's (Sun Enterprises Ltd) integrated Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental Management System. In charge also for the Company personnel training.

 

TRAINING / SEMINARS

- Train the Trainer

- Internal Auditor (ISM / ISO 9001 / 14001 / MLC / Security)

- Managing Incident Investigation and Risk Assessment

- BRM / BTM

- ECDIS Generic and Specific for Atlas, Furuno, JRC

- ISI 9001 - Quality Management and 14001 - Environmental Management

- Crisis Management and Press Relations

- Various Oil Pollution Response Seminars / Drills

- Human Resources Management

- Behavioral Based Safety - BBS

- Various Oil Major Workshops, including SHELL Maritime Partners in Safety

 

Member of HELMEPA Training Committee since 1014

 
   

Georgios Georgoulis

Laboratory and Teaching Staff - University of the Aegean

Georgios Georgoulis was born in Chios in 1964. He studied in the Merchant Marine Academy of Oinousses from where he graduated in 1983. From 1983 until 1985 he served in oceangoing cargo vessels as a Cadet. In 1985 he acquired the second officer license and served as a second officer in oceangiong  bulk carriers and tankers until 1987, when he served in Martial Naval as an acting Sub-lieutenant until 1989 and was released as Reserve Officer. He continued his career as a deck officer in oceangiong tankers of various capacities with speciality on Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC). After having studied in the Educational Centre of Merchant Marine officers acquired in 2000 the Captain Licence and he served as a Captain in Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) until 2003, when he was engaged by the University of the Aegean in the department of Shipping Trade and Transport as a Teaching Associate to support the Nautical studies in both under graduated and post graduated programs where he works until today. He received MSc from University of the Aegean emphasizing  in new technologies for Maritime industry in 2007 and he is a Phd Candidate since 2010. From February 2011 to July 2012 he worked in the ministry of maritime affairs as an advisor to the secretary general. He is an active Captain and he is specialised in shipping operation, seafarer education issues, in the International Safety Management Code and in Maritime Risk Assessment.

 

 

 

 
   

Seraphim Kapros 

Professor - University of the Aegean

Seraphim Kapros is Professor in the University of the Aegean at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport. He is a Civil Engineer specialised in Transport Engineering and Planning. He received a PhD in Transportation from the "Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees" (France), after a MSc (DEA) in Transportation from the University Paris IV-Sorbonne (France). He is teaching courses on Transport Planning and Logistics. Seraphim Kapros has participated in more than 60 European and national research projects in the fields of Transport Planning, Logistics, Transport Policy, Urban and Regional Planning, Intermodal Transport and Short Sea Shipping. He is member of the "Observatory of Transport Policies and Strategies in Europe" since 1999 and founding member of the European Academic network "TRANSPORTNET". He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the WCRTS (World Conference of Transport Research Society) and member of the "Freight and Logistics" Programme Committee of the European Transport Conference 9Association for European Transport Conference 9Association for European Transport). Seraphim Kapros was member of the "National Council for Logistics" (Greece)  from 2008 to 2016 and member of the Railway Regulation Office (Greece)  from 2011 to 2016. He is currently Head of Department 'Shipping, Trade and Transport". Finally, he has published  more than eighty papers in scientific journals and international conference proceedings.

 

 

 
   

Dinos Arcoumanis

Chairman of Academic Board - METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Prof. Arcoumanis holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics, Engineering and Mechanichal Engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, the University of California and Imperial College London, respectively. His academic career includes appointments as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London and as Dean and then ex-Deputy Vice-Councellor at City, University of London from where he stepped down in 2014. In 2012 he was appointed Ambassador-at-large of the Hellenic Republic for Energy Policy and New Technologies followed in 2014 by his appointments as Director and Member of the Board of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group and as Chairman of the Academic Board of Metropolitan College, Greece.

 

 
 

Dr. Anna Maria Kotrikla

Assistant Professor, Department of Shipping, Transport and Trade - University of the Aegean

Dr. Anna Maria Kotrikla is an assistant professor in the Department of Shipping, Transport, and Trade, University of the Aegean, Greece in the field of Environmental Technology and Management for Shipping and Transport. She obtained a BSc in Physics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and PhD in Environmental Science at the University of the Aegean.

Her research interests include the study of the effects of shipping and transport on the marine and atmospheric environment and the development of policies for the protection of the environment from shipping and transport. She is currently working on the estimation of air pollutant emissions and the modelling of their dispersion in the urban atmospheric environment. She has participated in several research projects in the fields of water and air quality. She is the author of one book entitled "Shipping and the Environment" (in Greek) and more than 40 papers in conferences and peer reviewed journals.

She teaches the courses Management and Protection of the Environment, Transport and the Environment, Maritime Environmental Management and Management of Natural and Energy Resources.