Vision & Mission
The Council of Competitiveness of Greece is the leading authority on competitiveness issues and at the forefront of any initiative towards rendering our economy more competitive so that society may prosper.
We are committed to systematic actions which aim at finding solutions and submitting proposals to specific problems in strategic areas so that both businesses and the country can exploit their potential.
Simos Anastasopoulos is a graduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical/Automotive Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
After his studies in Michigan, he worked for two years at General Motors Corporation as a Development Engineer at the Milford Proving Ground. In 1986 he returned to Greece, and after completion of his military service, he joined PETSIAVAS S.A. Since 2002 he had been the Managing Director of the company and in 2013 was named Chairman and CEO of PETSIAVAS S.A.
Since June 2013, he is the elected President of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and recently elected President of the Competitiveness Council of Greece. He is also a member of the Board of the Panhellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Industries and member of the General Council of SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises.
Simos Anastasopoulos was born in Athens in 1957, is married to Peggy Petsiavas and has two daughters.
Mr. George Handjinicolaou is Chairman, non-executive member, of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Bank, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX). He is also Chairman of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Mr. Handjinicolaou has also been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Bank Association, the non-profit legal entity that represents Greek and foreign credit institutions operating in Greece.
Mr. Handjinicolaou received his PhD in Finance from the graduate school of business at New York University, where he also earned his MBA, and holds a BS degree from the Law School at the University of Athens, Greece.
His career in the financial services sector spans over 35 years, the vast majority of which was spent at global financial institutions based in London and New York.
Mr. Handjinicolaou held the position of Deputy CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in London for 6 years (2011-16), where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. Previously and for over 25 years, he held senior management positions in the derivatives and fixed income markets at several global financial institutions including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and UBS in London and New York, while he started his career at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Mr. Handjinicolaou has also leadership experience in Greece from his roles as CEO of TBANK and as Vice Chairman of the Greek Capital Market Commission.
Vice President & CEO of Savvy Can – Hellenic Metal Packaging SA. Executive Director of BioSolids SA (soil improvement products). Shareholder of National Can Hellas SA. Member of the General Council of the Bank of Greece. Member of the Managing Committee of the Athens Stock Exchange. C Deputy Chairman of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE). Secretary of the Greek Competitiveness Council. Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Production – Industry Roundtable for Growth. Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Association of Business Parks (HELABP). Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA). Member of the Board of Directors of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI). Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Fertilizer’ Association (SPEL). Member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Greece (JA/Greece). Member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle Foundation
ΜΒΑ from the University of Stirling (UK). BSc in Business Studies & Economics from the University of Surrey (RIHE). Certified Lead Assessor for BSEN ISO systems from the Scottish Quality Management Center of the University of Stirling. INSEAD Executive Education Program (Negotiation Dynamics & Strategic Management). International Federation of Purchasing & Supply Management – Certificate in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.
Mr. Savvakis speaks English and Italian.
DR. VENETIA KOUSSIA
During her longstanding career, Dr Venetia Koussia has acquired senior executive positions in companies of various industry sectors, leading them through highly volatile market conditions and emerging socio-economic challenges by designing and implementing socially responsible growth strategies.
As the President and Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Greece for more than 14 years (2002-2016), the world’s leader in innovative workforce solutions, she has solidified the company’s reputation in Greece turning it into a valuable partner for both public and private companies and organizations. Moreover, through innovative collaborations with the E.U., she has contributed in developing new successful tools for employment and entrepreneurship.
Having an active role on a national, European and an international level and through her dynamic engagement in esteemed institutions, such as the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, she is a leading force in initiatives that aim to improve competitiveness of the Greek economy.
- The improvement of the efficiency of the Greek labor market;
- The strengthening of an entrepreneurial ecosystem for sustainable growth;
- The enhancement of Boards’ effectiveness (in listed & non-listed companies).
Believing in the power of the good example she devotes some dozens of hours annually from her personal time in assisting people to unleash their potential and overcome gender, age or other barriers.
Advocate of Learnability, on February 2017, she graduated from Pearson with the Financial Times Professional Diploma for Non-Executive Directors.
She holds a Ph.D. in Corporate Strategic Planning in the Banking Sector and an
M.Phil. in Agricultural Marketing and Market Research, both from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Her first degree (B.Sc.) is in Business Administration from the American College of Greece.
She is a mother of two children.
YANIS G. STAVROU
Born in Thessaloniki on April 1959. He studied Economic and Social Management at the University of Lyon II, France and continued his postgraduate studies in European Integration Issues at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
1983-1985: He worked as Assistant Professor at the College of Europe teaching European Policy and Management courses.
2003: He was elected at the Board of Directors of the Federation of Industries of Greece as Executive Vice President (First Vice President), and he is reelected since in the same position.
He served as Director of the European Information Centre for Enterprises (1987-1999), Executive Director of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (2001-2003), General Manager of the Northern Greek Agency for the Development of Private Infrastructure (1997-2003), and, Vice President of the IMESE Business School (2001-2003).
He is Member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Thessaloniki International Fair SA, Logismos SA Information Systems, Ch. & D. Orphanides SA and Whale Graphics SA.
Past experience, as Member of the Board of Directors: National System for Quality Infrastructure (ESYP), Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), Vocational Training Center KEK-SEVE-SBBE-TIF, Hellenic Management Association – Macedonia Regional Dept (HMA), Greek Institute of Metrology (EIM), KRI-KRI SA, Industrial Property Organization, Hellenic Vehicle Industry SA.
He is married to Eleni Orfanidou and has one daughter.
After graduation from the School of Mathematics of the University of Athens, Elias Spirtounias completed his graduate studies at the School of Electrical Engineering (M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. studies) at Boston University. During his residence in the United States, he participated as a Research Engineer in several programs in co-operation with other organizations and companies such as NASA, MIT, UNH, working mainly in the fields of analog and digital electronics circuits design and applications. He returned to Greece in 1992 and after completing his military service in 1994, he held the position of Technical Director for the subsidiary of the Italian company Citec SpA., a company specialized in the design, production and application of voice and image processing systems. From 1997 until February 2009, he worked for the Foundation of the Hellenic World, a major Greek non-profit cultural organization starting as a Construction Supervisor and continuing as a Director of the Cultural Center “Hellenic Cosmos”. During his tenure, he contributed significantly to the expansion, development and operation of the Center and its establishment as one of the most known cultural sites in Greece and abroad. From March 2009, Elias Spirtounias holds the position of Executive Director of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.
Socrates Lazaridis is Chief Executive Officer of Hellenic Exchanges-Athens Stock Exchange and the subsidiaries Athens Exchange Clearing House and Hellenic Central Securities Depository.
He is also Chairman of the Board of the Stock Markets Steering Committee, member of the Board of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, Member of the Board of the American – Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of the Council on Competitiveness of Greece and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS).
He joined the Athens Exchange Group in 1994 and held several positions at the Central Securities Depository, the “Systems Development and Support of Capital Market” (ASYK SA) and the Athens Exchange, while he also served as member of the Board at Athens Derivatives Exchange and the Athens Derivatives Exchange Clearing House. He was also member of the Board of the LinkUp Markets and of the Federation of the European Securities Exchanges (FESE).
Born in Athens in 1962, he studied Economics at the Department of Economics in Athens University and continued his studies for an MSc (Econ) at Queen Mary College of London.
NIKOLAOS A. BAKATSELOS
Mr. Nikolaos Bakatselos is the President & CEO of “Pyramis Metallourgia A.E.”. Mr. Nikolaos Bakatselos was Member of the Board of Directors, and Deputy Managing Director, of “Northern Greece Publishing S.A.”, he has held the position of Managing Director of “Imperium AEEX”, and Member of the Board of Directors of “Egnatia Bank Securities S.A.” and he was a Member of the Board of Directors of Attica Bank from February 2014 until June 2016. Mr. Bakatselos was a Member of the Steering Committee of the “International Hellenic University” until January 2014 and Member of the Board and President of the Northern Greece Committee of EEDE. He is a Member of the Committee Support of CERTH and Member of the Steering Committee of SVE. He is Member of the Board of Directors of the American – Hellenic Chamber of Commerce for several years and in June 2010 he was elected Vice President of AMCHAM and President of the Northern Greece Committee. Mr. Nikolaos Bakatselos holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of Reading and a MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from City University Business School.
SYMEON G. TSOMOKOS
Symeon G. Tsomokos studied Law and Economics at the University of Athens. He established SGT in Athens in 1997 and TGI in Belgrade in 2001, which he presides successfully all these years. He is also the Founder and President of Delphi Economic Forum, an independent and impartial non-profit organization committed to deliver and promote innovative ideas for sustainable and competitive growth for Southeast Europe.
He is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia in the region of Thessaly in Greece, while in 2006 he established the Greece-Serbia Chamber of Commerce which he presides.
He is also the Founder of the Business Council for Greece-United States, the Greek-Hungarian Business Council, the Greek-Egyptian Business Council.
In the past he has served as Commercial Specialist at the US Embassy in Athens (1973-1980) and CEO at the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (1980-1997).
He has also served as Secretary General & Treasurer of the Council of the American Chambers of Commerce based in Europe (1990-1993) and as Secretary General of the Business Council Greece-Turkey (1993-1998).
Mr. Kadis holds an MBA from the Warwick Business School.
In 2003, he started working at Pharmathen holding several Senior positions in Financial Analysis, Corporate and Business Development and Strategic Planning.
During his tenure in Business Development Pharmathen’s global presence extended to 65 counrties.
He currently holds the position of Group CEO.
Dimitris is an Economist holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics Cardiff Business School, University of Wales as well as a Master in International Business & Management and a Master in International Finance from the University of Westminster, London, UK.
Dimitris is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in the UK, Registered statutory Auditor in Greece with the Hellenic Accounting and Auditing Oversight Board (HAASOB).
He is a member of the Executive Committee of Deloitte Central Mediterranean as well as a member of the Supervisory Committee of the Greek Registered auditors.
Dimitris’ professional career started at Deloitte in September 1998 when he joined the Firm as an Auditor.
In March 2004 he joined Financial Advisory Services and having contributed significantly to the foundation and development of the Transaction Support and Restructuring advisory service lines he became a Financial Advisory Services partner in 2006.
In June 2011, Dimitris was appointed as the Leader of the Deloitte Greece’s Consulting practice. He has worked with several complex clients, for the major Greek Banking Institutions and the major listed companies on the Athens Stock Exchange.
Dimitris was appointed CEO of Deloitte Greece in 2015.
Christos Harpantidis is Chairman and Managing Director of Papastratos, an affiliate of Philip Morris (PMI), since August 2015 and Managing Director for the EU South East countries of PMI (Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus & Malta).
Upon the assumption of his duties at Papastratos, he led the team that implemented the large transformation project of the company via the new, innovative tobacco product IQOS, and the big investment for the conversion of the factory in Aspropyrgos into an exclusive production unit for heat sticks for IQOS. Both generated a huge disruption in the tobacco industry in Greece.
Before taking over Papastratos’s leadership, we worked for three years (2012-2015) at the Operations Center of PMI in Lausanne (Switzerland) were he served as Global Sales Strategy Director and Reduced-Risk Products Commercialization Director, contributing actively to the strategy planning for the launch of the new products in the global markets.
He started his career at Coca-Cola Hellenic in 1997 in various positions of the commercial department and joined Papastratos in 2003.
He is the Vice President of the Hellenic Management Association and a founding member of the Competitiveness Council of Greece.
Christos Harpantidis studied Physics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and holds a MBA in Economics from the University of Kent and a M.A. in Economics from the same university.
Michael Stassinopoulos was born in Athens in 1967. He graduated from Athens College (1985) and holds a Bachelor Degree (BSc) in Management Sciences from London School of Economics (1989). He also holds a postgraduate diploma (MSc) in Shipping, Trade and Finance from City University Business School UK.
Michael Stassinopoulos is a member of the Board of Directors of VIOHALCO SA. since 2013. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ELVAL SA Aluminium Industry for 11 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the “Hellenic Production – Industry Roundtable for Growth”, a newly established nongovernmental organization. He participates to the BoD of Michail N.Stassinopoulos-Viohalco Foundation.
Alexandros Ν. Angelopoulos, is the Managing Director of Aldemar Resorts, a leading resorts chain company in Greece. He has been active in the family business since 1995, working hard towards ideas and policies that open up new horizons in the Greek hotel business and place Tourism at the core of Greek economic activity.
Alexandros Angelopoulos, has been following with great interest the developments in the Business Ecosystem in Greece and the developments in Europe while he is very active as he participates in various organisations and committees representing the tourism sector and the entrepreneurship in Greece. In 2018, he became a Member of the Advisory Committee of the newly formed Sustainable Development Center of Governance and Public Law and a Founding Member of the Hellenic Council of Competitiveness. Up until 2017, he was holding the position of Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Environmental Policy Committee of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels while in 2018 he was elected as the Ambassador of all 5 star hotels located in Crete and Secretary General to the newly formed Chamber of Hotels in Heraklion. He is currently also holding the position of the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association, Vice President of the Greek Eurasian Business Council. He is Member of the Business Advisory Board of the BCA College and Honorary Consulate of Ukraine for Peloponnese.
His innate love of living a life of welfare and quality arises from his two great passions. Sustainability in all aspects, environmental, social and financial, and he expresses it through his actions within his business. His other passion is supporting young generation. He has been actively supporting new emerging executives and young leaders to gain a clear vision for their future. He collaborates with the national and international Academia through mentoring and participates in major conferences as keynote speaker.
Alexandros Angelopoulos, was born in Athens in 1972. He studied Business Management (Boston University 1995) and successfully completed his post-graduate studies in International management at Boston College (1998). He is Graduate of the PDP program of New York Cornell University, (2008).
PETROS G. DOUKAS
Chairman, Capital Partners SA – Investment Banking Advisors
Member of the Board, Kustom Kolor Paint Research Laboratories SA
fm. Member of Parliament – Attica Region
fm. Deputy Minister of Finance
fm. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
fm. Chairman of the Board: PEPSICO Greece, ERICSSON Greece, AGET-HERACLES CEMENT, NOVA PAY-TV GROUP
fm.Country Head: CITIBANK Greece
President, The Hellenic Golf Federation
Ph.D Econ. NYU, MBA Fin. Columbia U., MA Econ. NYU, BA Intl’ Affrs GWU
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. During me tenor, we registered record-high profits for all Citibank around-the-world branches!
1989-1992 Country Head (General Manager) for Greece, Corporate Banking Group, Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking Group and Country Treasurer. Similarly, 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
1996-present, Chairman and Principal of Capital Partners SA, a boutique investment banking and M&A advisory firm
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, effectively engaging in the first ‘restructuring’ of Greek State debt!
Also drafted legislation for the new Directorate of Internal Economic Audits, on the uses of lands around Greece’s coastal perimeter and a host of other.
Also actively engaged in the very successful privatization of Hellenic Petroleum, of The Commercial Bank of Greece (to Credit Agricole of France) and of OTE Hellenic Telecom (to Deutsche Telekom)!
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.
HELLENIC GOLF FEDERATION
1999-present, President, the Hellenic Golf Federation
a 1000-page book, currently being edited for its 7th edition, on “Modern Economic and Management Theories and Classical Greek Thought”
a 400-page tome, to be published this August 2015, on “The Causes of the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Athenian Democracy”.
a 200-page tome to be published this October on “25 Centuries before Marx: Socialist Ideas in Ancient Greece”
Vassilis E. Kafatos
Vassilis Kafatos is a Partner of Deloitte in charge of Strategy. He is the Clients & Industries Leader for Greece and Chairman of the Deloitte Alexander Competency Center. He has extensive consulting experience in various sectors of the economy. He has supervised major projects in the fields of corporate & digital strategy, business model transformation, financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions and operational excellence. He serves as a Trustee of the Board of Anatolia College, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American – Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and as an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece. 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), Lausanne.
Vassilis Antoniades is a Senior Partner and Managing Director, leading the financial services sector for Central Europe and the Middle East.
Vassilis has been involved in the build-up of BCG Athens since early 2003 and led a number of key assignments in the region and globally. Prior to joining BCG, Vassilis served as an investment banker in New York and London, involved in IPO and M&A activity in North America and Europe.
His twenty-year long experience among other things encompasses the following: Transforming organizations especially in the post financial crisis era. His work has tackled redefining the strategy, new business model, reorganizing, deep cost cutting. In the last 5 years he has focused on the turnaround of leading banks across Europe, as well as digital transformation, leveraging BCG capabilities in data analytics, new ventures and IT to re-position banks’ client offerings, business and operating model.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1999) and a B.Sc. magna cum laude in International Finance from Georgetown University (1993). He has also served in the Hellenic Air Force for two years as Air Traffic Controller, both in the Araxos 127 NATO Air Base and in the Piraeus Joint Naval and Air Rescue Center.
He is an Advisory member of the MBA Program of the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is a board member of the Bodossaki Foundation and of the Benaki Museum and also he is an elected board member of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce since September 2010.
He is married with Katerina Papageorgiou and has two children.
Dr. Ilias Lekkos (Assistant General Manager) is the Group Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy with Piraeus Bank, one of the largest banks in Greece. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Hellenic Statistical System, a member of the Board of Directors of European Reliance Asset Management and of the Foundation of Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE). He is also a member of the Council of Economic Advisors of the Hellenic Bank Association. As Chief Economist with Piraeus Bank, he leads the division which reports on developments in the Greek economy and the Greek banking system. He also monitors macroeconomic developments at the G7 economies and is responsible for devising the investment strategy and asset allocation policy of Piraeus Bank Group. Before joining Piraeus Bank he was a Senior Economist at Eurobank-EFG and prior to that he has worked at the Bank of England, HBOS-Treasury Services and Standard and Poor’s. Dr. Lekkos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business, an MSc in Economics and Finance from Warwick University and a PhD in Finance from Lancaster University. His research has been published in a number of academic journals.
Dimitris Malliaropulos is chief economist and director of economic analysis and research at the Bank of Greece, and professor of finance at the Department of Banking and Financial Management, University of Piraeus. He is also a member of the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) and the Economic Development Review Committee for Greece (EDRC) of the OECD. He holds a PhD in economics from the Freie Universitaet Berlin and has taught economics and finance at Brunel University, London Metropolitan University and Freie Universitaet Berlin.
He has worked in the past as an economist at the Deutsche Bundesbank, National Bank of Greece and Eurobank and as a quantitative consultant in global asset allocation at Invesco Asset Management, London. He has also served for more than ten years as a member and Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Banking Federation.
His academic research focuses on asset pricing, banking, empirical finance and macroeconomics and has been published in refereed top academic journals such as Journal of Business, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance etc. as well as in numerous applied industry journals.
Kyriakos Pierrakakis is the Director of Research of diaNEOsis. In the past, he worked as Innovation Coordinator at Athens Information Technology (AIT), as an advisor to the Greek Ministry of Economic Development, as Chairman of Greece’s Institute for Youth and as a researcher at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) and at the Center for American Progress.
Also, he served as member of the Greek government’s negotiating team with the troika of lenders in 2014. Kyriakos Pierrakakis is a graduate of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and of the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn) and Senior Research Fellow of the Hellenic Observatory (LSE, London). His research focuses on questions of inequality, poverty, social exclusion, returns to education and redistributive role of the state. During the period 2012-2014 he was Chairman of the Greek Government’s Council of Economic Advisers and member of the EU Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) and Eurogroup Working Group (EWG) as well as alternate member of Ecofin and Eurogroup. He has also been Social Policy advisor to Prime Ministers G. Papandreou (2010-2011) and L. Papademos (2011-2012) and a member of the EU Economic Policy Committee (EPC, 2010-2011). Further, he was member of the Greek Government’s Council of Advisors on Employment and Social Policy (2001-2002), National Council for Research and Technology (2001-2005) Council of Economic Advisors (2002-2004 and 2009-2012) and member of the Independent Authority for the Evaluation of Tertiary Education (2006-2009).