Success Stories

Thanos Alafogiannis
Managing Director at PROSVASIS AEBE

“I strongly believe that it helped me realize and explore my full potential as an individual as well as a professional. More than that, the i-MBA helped my transformation from a work – centered person to a network – centered entrepreneur.”

2005-present Founder/Managing Director, PROVASIS AEBE, software development and publication
2004-2005 General Manager, AKTO Art & Design
1989-2002 Sales Manager, AGFA Gevaert AEBE, multinational corporation

Principal of Actech LLC,  US technology vendor, Holder of BA in Graphic Arts, Holder of BA in Chemistry, Author of best-selling books on Sales, Key-note speaker in seminars on Adult Education, Business Funding Sources, Sales Techniques, Graphic Arts Innovations, in Greece and abroad

Yannis Batsakoutsas
Graduate Development Manager, Citigroup, London

“I feel that the AUEB MBA International has not only helped develop my career, but also helped me to operate at new levels of competence and confidence. …….it might have been 5 years since my graduation, but I still feel part of the program,……if I had to start all over again, without hesitation I would apply again. I am proud of being a member of this community.”

2008-present   Graduate Development Manager, Citigroup, London
2005-2007    Vice President, EMEA Learning & Development, Senior Training Specialist, Citigroup, London
1995-2000    Manager, Treasury Dept, Money Markets & Foreign Exchange Trader, Citigroup, London

Doctoral candidate at Kingston Business School, Holder of BSc in Banking & Financial Management, Awarded a total of seven scholarships for outstanding academic record

Athanasios Zafiris
Outsourcing Director, SingularLogic

“I believe that it changes the way others see you and greatly improves your self esteem… a means of opening your mind it is incomparable.”

2011-present  Outsourcing Director, SingularLogic
2002-2011 IT & T Director, Everest S.A. (Vivarta-MIG) – the largest snack chain in Greece with over 350 points of sale, including Cyprus & the Balkans
1997-2002 Project Manager, Hellenic Scientific (IBM Business Partner)
1987-2002 Sales Manager, Computer Logic SA (now SingularLogic)

Graduated with Honours from iMBA, Excellence Award for e-procurement system development for Olympic Catering, Holder of MSc in Software Engineering from University of Patras 

Leonard Cornoiu
Head of Project Finance, Banca Transilvania

Today’s global economy moves at a very rapid pace, with daily changes and new challenges. The program equipped me with the tools to understand current economic difficulties, identify problems and create solutions for the company and clients I work with. The valuable experience gained during the MBA has also given me the foundation that will boost my career and my personal life for years to come.”

2006-present    Head of Project Finance (EU Programs), Banca Transilvania
2005-2006   Head of Unit – Large Corporates Division, Bancpost SA
2003-2005   Corporate Relationship Manager, Bancpost SA
1999-2001    Investment Analyst, IEBA Response Romania

Holder of BSc in Finance & Banking 

Panagiotis Gezerlis
eCommerce Consultant, Be eBusiness

“The iMBA was a life-changing decision for me, as was proven after my graduation. I have the pleasure to keep in touch with most of my Executive IV colleagues by working together on projects or socializing; to maintain a relationship with many alumni through our dynamic Alumni Association and to enjoy strong bonds with our professors who are always willing to support, mentor on and help my career path.”

2011-present    e-Commerce Consultant, Be eBusiness
2010-2011    CEO & Co-Founder, SA (e-shop)
2008-2010   Head of Business Planning & Business Development Director, Upstream SA
2004-2008   Chief Commercial Officer & Business Development Director, Voiceweb SA
2003-2004   Strategy Consultant, Archetypon & AUEB

Holder of BSc in Publishing & Printing Business Management, University of Hertfordshire, Frequent presenter at conferences/seminars on e-business, entrepreneurship, mobile marketing, CRM, banking, etc

Michaela Rogdaki
European Category Development Manager, Samsung, United Kingdom

“The iMBA gave me instant credibility, helped me develop a broad set of skills, and a global mindset which encouraged me to move from the local office of my company in Athens to the European Headquarters in London, where I am still based….The  program is designed to apply the theory in practice through projects and case studies, which helped me gain commercial awareness, even more valuable when my working experience was not very broad.”

2012-present    European Category Development Manager, Samsung
2008-2012    Area Business Manager, TV Business Management, Sony Home Entertainment Europe
2007-2008   TV Business Planning & Product Marketing, Assistant Manager Product Marketing, Sony Europe
2005-2007   Sony European Graduate Program

Holder of BSc in Business Administration from AUEB

Dimitris Tsigos
Founder & CEO, Virtual Trip Group

“Applying for the iMBA, I was aiming to be admitted to the best Greek executive postgratuate program in business administration. After two years of attending exciting courses given by top professors and cooperating with experienced and creative classmates, I realized that I had been lucky enough to follow one of the best programs in Europe.”

2000-present   Founder/CEO, Virtual Trip Group (the first student IT start up in Greece)
2009-present    President, YES – European Federation of Young Entrepreneurs

Chairman of the Board, Hellenic Informatics Union, the professional & scientific association of Greek Informatics, Chairman of the board, Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs, the main association of young entrepreneurs in Europe, representing around 40,000 young entrepreneurs under the age of 40

Dimitrios Psarris
Partner, Oliver Wyman, London

“In the MBA International program there is an amazing sense of ownership that spans from the Professors and the support staff, to the students. It is a live, developing program being ran by truly dedicated people. Its exciting and fast-paced environment offers people the opportunity to discover their own competencies, but also develop new skills.”

  Dimitrios is a Partner with Oliver Wyman in London, UK

Holder of MSc in Accounting & Finance from London School of Economics, BA in Business Administration & Management from AUEB

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Bozidar Jovicevic
Vice President, Global Head Digital Medicines, Sanofi, NY, US

“The iMBA was for me so much more than learning modern business tools/methodologies and getting ready to work in a truly global workplace. It was an environment which also encouraged me to take a step back and rethink my personal strengths, values and aspirations and design my future career accordingly.”

2017-present Vice President, Global Head Digital Medicines, Sanofi, NY, US

2015-2017 Global Digital Head of Medical Affairs, Novartis, US

2011-2013 Senior Global Product Director – New Products, Novartis, Switzerland

2009-2011 Region Europe Brand Director, Novartis, Switzerland

2006-2009  Brand Manager, Novartis, Greece

2004-2005  Hospital Sales Specialist, Novartis Oncology, Serbia

Holder of a medical degree from Belgrade University School of Medicine, Scholarship of Kingdom of Norway, given to the top 50 students in the country (2002), National Chess Champion under age of 20 (1995 and 1996) and International Chess Master Title – recognized by FIDE (1996) 

Evangelia Passa
Risk Analyst, JP Morgan, London

“My iMBA provided me with a well rounded education that helped me to take my first steps into the world of finance. Additionally, it gave me a unique cultural perspective through the people that I met and the classes that I took that sparked my desire to work and live abroad.”

2008-present    Risk Analyst, JP Morgan
2007-2008    Market Risk Associate, Risk Advisory, PWC London

Holder of MSc in Investment Management (merit), Cass Business School, London, Commercial Bank of Greece Scholarship for academic excellence (2005) 

Maro Varvate
Head of Trade and Finance Operations, Eleanor Group

“The I-MBA experience offered me much more than a learning opportunity; it was an exciting life-experience combining a stream of constructive classes and challenging team-work activities. In terms of business potential, this master helped me turn my abilities into professional capacities, allowing me to target innovation and excellence for Ocean Finance, my entrepreneurial initiative.”

2007-present Head of Trade and Finance Operations, Eleanor Group
2004-2007 Project Coordinator, Naftotrade Shipping & Commercial SA
2001-2003 Project Manager, Fleet Renewal, Naftotrade Shipping & Commercial SA

Holder of MSc in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy, Holder of MEng in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Member of Technical Committee of Registrao Itialiano Navale, Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology

Etienne Chassat
Account Manager, EMEA, Syniverse Technologies

“The MBA helped me broaden my views on the entrepreneurial world to better understand the commercial matters, innovation needs, and corporate ethics obligations my customers are keen to discuss with me. Also, having studied more than a year with fellow students from all around the world, especially the region, helped me understand the cultural challenges I now face in my job.”

2008-present Account Manager, EMEA, Syniverse Technologies
2002-2007 International Roaming Coordinator,SFR (Vodafone Group), France
1999-2002 IT Project Manager, Cegetel (telecomms, France)

Ranked 1st for full-time iMBA students for 2007-2008, Finalist of Global Management Challenge for Greece

Apostolos Boutos
Head of Disbursements Section, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc

The MBA International exceeded my expectations and proved to be more than the one of the best MBA Programs in Europe. Having left behind the courses, the stress of the exams, the deadlines for the assignments, you come to evaluate the return on the investment you have made. An important investment to yourself which will have an enormous return over the years to come.”

2012-present    Head of Disbursements Section, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc
2008-2012    Country Supervisor for Internal Audit of Piraeus Bank AD Beograd
2005-2008   Internal Audit/Supervisor IS Audits, Geniki Bank (Societe Generale Bank)
2003-2005   Senior IT Auditor & Security Consultant, Ernst & Young

Holder of BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Manto Patsaoura
Sales Director, Kariera SA

“The MBA International Program has been a transformational experience, not only because it opened the door to an environment full of stimuli and opportunities as well as a network of influential people, but also because it helped me build the capabilities and grow the confidence I needed in order to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.”

2011-present    Sales Director, Kariera SA
2008-2011   Key Account Manager, Kariera SA
2007-2008   Advertising & PR Executive, Five Ocean Salvage Ltd
2004-2006   Executive Assistant to President & Managing Director, OTESAT –Maritel S,A,

Holder of BSc in Marketing & Communications

Dimitra Michala
Assistant, Private Office of President, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg

“I selected AUEB’s iMBA as it is the most dynamic postgraduate program in Greece, offering a stimulating multicultural environment with high quality teaching and research staff and an excellent alumni network. Interacting with participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences offered me a unique opportunity for personal development and made me more confident to seek my career abroad, something that proved to be the right choice for me.”

2010-present    Assistant, Private Office of Vitor Caldeira, President, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg
2009-2010   Trainee Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg
2007-2008    Customer Service Representative, Bank of Cyprus, Athens

Graduated 1st in iMBA class out of 120 students, Holder of BSc in Financial & Banking Management

Marianthi Milopoulou
Strategic Analyst, DVB Bank, Rotterdam

“The iMBA offered me much more than an education; it armed me with the right mind-set to make things happen for myself. The combination of mental stimulus, diverse attitudes and unabating challenges I was exposed to during the program made all the difference. This unique experience infused the “I can deal with anything” mentality in me and that is priceless.”

2010-present    Strategic Analyst, DV Bank, Rotterdam
2006-2009   Marketing Manager, Agora Milopoulos S.A.

Position at DV Bank obtained 3 months prior to graduation from the iMBA program, Holder of MSc in Maritime Studies from University of Piraeus

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