Success Stories

Rigas
Ploutarchos Rigas
GRADUATED 2016
Industry Sector Lead in Education, Greece, Malta & Cyprus, Microsoft

“The MBA International had a major impact on my career development, as well as many of my colleagues that found positions in leading companies, despite the high unemployment rates in Greece and the impact from recession. Obviously, I recommend the program to people who are willing to commit and study hard in courses delivered either by top Professors in Greece or Industry Experts. In the beginning, taking to consideration the market factors, I didn’t expect to capitalize and make use of the learning outcomes so quickly. I am very glad I chose i-MBA over other MBAs offered in Greece!”

2016- present Industry Sector Lead in Education, Greece, Malta & Cyprus, Microsoft

2012- 2016 After Sales & Business Development Manager, Lamda Group of Companies

2008- 2012 Spare Parts Sales & Supply Chain Manager, Lamda S.A.

2006- 2007 Senior Production & Optimization Engineer, Pebro Dexion Hellas S.A.

Holder of MSc in Advances Industrial and Manufacturing Systems from Kingston University and BEng in Automation Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering from the University of Piraeus.

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Eva Tsatsaki
GRADUATED 2015
Executive Consultant, First Derivatives, United Kingdom

“The rationale behind choosing the MBA International program of AUEB was twofold; to help me gain international experience and to change my career path. The i-MBA made me gain and cultivate skills necessary to succeed in my current role. Also, it provided me with the academic rigor that the sector I work for expects. If I had to choose an MBA program for a second time, I would definitely choose i-MBA.”

2018- present Executive Consultant, First Derivatives, UK

2016- present Financial Engineer, First Derivatives, UK

2013- 2014 Shop Manager/ Sales Representative, Vodafone S.A.

2012- 2012 Sales Representative, Vodafone S.A.

Holder of BSc in Business Administration from the University of Ioannina.

Tsoupakis
Michalis Stoupakis
GRADUATED 2015
Head of Business Unit, Douleutaras.gr

“I consider the MBA International program as the most significant step that contributed to my professional development. After having worked for more than six years as an architectural engineer in private and public projects, the i-MBA helped me enter the business world, run my own startup called “citytales”, discover and improve my leadership skills and develop a well-rounded mindset to design and implement innovation.”

2016- present Head of Business Unit, Douleutaras.gr

2016- 2016 Project Manager, Digitalis Ltd.

2014- 2016 Co-founder & Business Developer, citytales

2014- 2016 Co-founder, weRender

2009- 2014 Project Architect, SKMP Architects

Holder of MArch in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.

Giannaki
Maria Giannaki
GRADUATED 2013
Academy Training Manager, Nestlé Nespresso, United Kingdom

“The i-MBA gave me the unique opportunity to make a shift to my career and to move from academia to a business environment. With the i-MBA, my exposure to a dynamic learning environment was significant since I got inspired by professors and I have learnt with professionals, of the highest level. Working as Head of Training for multinational companies and being accountable for identifying, designing, implementing and overviewing their training needs, this degree equipped me with the necessary skillset to enhance the workplace performance and set the standards for excellence in professional practice. Furthermore, it should be noted that one of the most important assets of the program is its dynamic, ambitious and fun alumni group of young professionals who make the participation in the program worth your time, money and effort even more.”

2016- present Academy Training Manager, Nestlé Nespresso, UK

2015- 2015 Transformation Manager- European Training Manager, General Motors, UK

2013- 2015 Learning Business Partner, Vodafone

2010-2013 Senior Capability Manager, Ekona- imaging solutions

Holder of BSc in Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and MA and PhD in Latin Language and Literature from the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

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Stylianos Matthaiou
GRADUATED 2012
UK Trading & Planning Lead, eBay, United Kingdom

“I was always looking for an international career and the MBA International was pivotal in enabling me to do so. Having worked in a family business and my own one for several years, the MBA International provided me with the tools I needed to challenge myself and go after something bigger. It was a learning experience like no other; it helped me develop a different mind-set, set high goals, adopt to change and think like there is no box. On top of that, I met people from all over the world, I worked in multicultural teams and I learned to reach my goals with humility. I got smarter and the MBA International definitely brought me closer to my end goal of becoming an inspirational business leader.”

2018- present UK Trading & Planning Lead – Consumer Business, eBay, UK

2016- 2018 Operations & Innovation Lead- Consumer Business, eBay, UK

2016- 2016 Head of Marketing- Consumer Business, eBay, UK

2015- 2016 Programme Manager- Trading & Marketing, eBay, UK

2014- 2015 Commercial Strategy Consultant, Dixons Carphone, UK

2013- 2014 Group Commercial Project Manager- Europe, Pelican Rouge Group, UK

2012- 2013 Several Projects (P&G, Samsung, Celecio UK), Greece & UK

2008- 2012 Managing Director/ Founder, Core Advertising

Holder of BSc in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus. 

Pablo Fanelli
Pablo Fanelli
GRADUATED 2011
Contract & Claim Manager, VINCI Concessions, Russia

“Even before ending the i-MBA, in July 2011, Vinci Construction Grand Projects, France, employed me and I am certain that, among other considerations, this MBA was what made the difference. Since then, I have been working with the VINCI GROUP, first, as a Contract Manager in a 23 km tunnel construction projects for the Chilean Cooper Corporation (CODELCO), valued around 295 million Euros. As a Contract Manager I was in charge of managing the company’s contractual strategy and policy toward our Client. Secondly, in 2015, I have joint Vinci Concessions, France, as a Contract and Claim Manager in a 140 km new Highway Concession Project (Saint Petersburg-Moscow) in Russia, valued around 1.040 million Euros. The programme has been memorable for many reasons, including the high level of the professors, the international environment provided by professors and fellow students, and the fulfillment of an old dream of mine – to have an MBA that complete my Civil Engineer professional qualification. I also consider that having pursued this achievement after so many years of international working experience has allowed me to benefit from it to the fullest.”

2015- present Contract & Claim Manager, VINCI Concessions, Russia

2013- 2015 Contract & Claim Manager, VINCI Construction Grand Projects, Chile

2011- 2013 Contract Manager, CTM S.A. (VINCI CGP subsidiary), Chile

2007- 2011 Planning & Cost Control Director, Ferrovial, Greece

2003- 2007 Project Manager, Ferrovial, Ireland

2002- 2003 Contract Director, Ferrovial, Poland

Holder of BEng in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Sur and from La Sapienza Universita di Roma.

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Marianthi Milopoulou
GRADUATED 2010
Director, Shipping Finance - Relationship Manager, Amsterdam Trade Bank, Netherlands

“The i-MBA 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.”

2018-present Director, Shipping Finance – Relationship Manager, Amsterdam Trade Bank, Netherlands

2017-present Senior Relationship Manager, Shipping Finance, Amsterdam Trade Bank, Netherlands

2013-2016 Vice President, Research & Offshore Credit, DVB Bank SE, Netherlands

2010-2013 Assistant Vice President, Research & Strategic Planning Shipping, DVB Bank SE, Netherlands

2006-2009 Marketing Executive, Agora Milopoulos S.A.

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

Michala Dimitra
Dimitra Michala
GRADUATED 2009
Adjunct Professor of Finance, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

“I selected AUEB’s i-MBA 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.”

2017-present Adjunct Professor of Finance, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2016-present Macro-prudential policy analyst at Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (Single Supervisory Mechanism Unit), Luxembourg

2015-2016 Economist, Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, Luxembourg

2011-2015 Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2009-2011 Junior 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.

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Manto Patsaoura
GRADUATED 2008
Managing Director, Kariera S.A.

“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.”

2016-present Managing Director, Kariera S.A.

2011-2016 Sales Director, Kariera S.A.

2008-2011 Key Account Manager, Kariera S.A.

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.

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Apostolos Boutos
GRADUATED 2008
General Manager, Thenamaris Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore

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.”

2018-present General Manager, Thenamaris Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore

2015-present Chartering Broker, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc

2013- present Port Services Manager, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc

2012-2013 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.

Etienne Chassat
Etienne Chassat
GRADUATED 2008
Sales and 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 Sales and 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 i-MBA students for 2007-2008, Finalist of Global Management Challenge for Greece.

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Maro Varvate
GRADUATED 2007
Business Development Manager, RINA

“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.”

2017-present Business Development Manager, RINA

2014-2017 Fleet Planning Analyst Specialist, Qatargas

2007-2013 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.

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Evangelia Passa
GRADUATED 2006
Executive Director, JP Morgan, United Kingdom

“My i-MBA 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.”

2017-present Executive Director, JP Morgan, UK

2009-present Vice President, Private Bank, Fund Selection- Investment Specialist, JP Morgan, UK

2008-2009 Risk Analyst, JP Morgan, UK

2007-2008 Market Risk Associate, Risk Advisory, PWC London, UK

Holder of MSc in Investment Management (merit), Cass Business School, London, Commercial Bank of Greece Scholarship for academic excellence (2005) and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus.

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Bozidar Jovicevic
MD, GRADUATED 2006
Vice President, Global Head Digital Medicines, Sanofi, NY, US

“The i-MBA 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).

Dimitris Psarris
Dimitrios Psarris
GRADUATED 2005
Partner, Market Leader - Greece & Cyprus, Oliver Wyman, United Kingdom

“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.”

 2016-present Partner, Market Leader – Greece & Cyprus, Oliver Wyman, UK

2015-present Partner, Oliver Wyman, UK

2007-2014 Principal, Oliver Wyman, UK

2012-2013 Ambassador, One Young World, UK

2005-2006 Product Manager, Colgate-Palmolive

2002-2002 Financial Analyst, Edipresse Group

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

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Dimitris Tsingos
GRADUATED 2005
Founder, Starttech Ventures

“Applying for the i-MBA, 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.”

2015-present Co-Founder, HeBAN – Hellenic Business Angels Network

2012-present Founder, Starttech Ventures

2012-present Co-Founder and President, Epignosis e-Learning Technologies

2011-2014 Founding President, Hellenic Start-up Association

2010-2016 President, YES – European Federation of Young Entrepreneurs, Belgium

2000-2017 Co-Founder and CEO, Virtual Trip Ltd (the first student IT start up in Greece)

Former Chairman of the Board, Hellenic Informatics Union, the professional & scientific association of Greek Informatics, Former 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.

Michaela Rogdaki
Michaela Rogdaki
GRADUATED 2004
Senior Commercial Product Manager, TV (Europe), Samsung Electronics, United Kingdom

“The i-MBA 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.”

2016-present Senior Commercial Product Manager, TV (Europe), Samsung Electronics, UK

2012-2016 Senior Manager, New Business Development (Europe), Samsung Electronics, UK

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.

Gezerlis Panagiotis
Panagiotis Gezerlis
GRADUATED 2003
CEO & Head of Consulting, Convert Group

“The i-MBA 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.”

2014-present CEO, Convert Group

2011-2014 e-Commerce Consultant, Be eBusiness

2010-2011 CEO & Co-Founder, buldoza.gr 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.

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Leonard Cornoiu
GRADUATED 2002
Head of Project Finance, Banca Transilvania, Romania

“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, Romania

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.

Athanasios Zafeiris
Athanasios Zafeiris
GRADUATED 2002
IT Business Consultant, self- employed

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

2017-present IT Business Consultant, self- employed

2016-2017 Business Development Manager, Olympia Group

2014-2016 IT Business Consultant, Self- Employed

2011-2013 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 i-MBA, Excellence Award for e-procurement system development for Olympic Catering, Holder of MSc in Software Engineering from University of Patras.

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Yannis Batsakoutsas
GRADUATED 2000
Head of Human Resources, Private Bank, Citi, United Kingdom

“I feel that the AUEB’s 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.”

2017-present Head of Human Resources, Private Bank (Regional EMEA, Global Investment Finance & Global Trust), Citi, UK

2015- 2017 Senior Learning & Talent Advisor, International Franchise Management, Citi, UK

2012- 2015 Head of Learning & Development, EMEA Institutional Clients Group, Citi, UK

2008-2012 Graduate Development Manager, Citigroup, UK

2005-2007 Vice President, EMEA Learning & Development, Senior Training Specialist, Citigroup, UK

1995-2000    Manager, Treasury Dept, Money Markets & Foreign Exchange Trader, Citigroup, UK

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

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Thanos Alafogiannis
GRADUATED 2000
Principal, Actech LLC, Ohio Area, US

“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.”

2009-present Principal, Actech LLC, Ohio Area, US

2005-present Managing Director/ President, PROVASIS AEBE

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.

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