Guest Speakers

In the MBA International, we highly value the deep experience and insights from business executives and professionals. The interaction with guest speakers and industry representatives not only exposes the students to the most timely challenges business leaders face and how they are tackled, but also helps them to apprehend business situations holistically, to combine perspectives from various business functions, and to better relate theory to practice.

Therefore, our faculty is strongly encouraged to invite business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs with extensive and valuable professional experience, both from Greece and abroad, and incorporate their views and inputs into the course flow.

Below is an indicative list of speakers who visit our premises giving highly-esteemed guest lectures:

 
Mr. Yanos Michopoulos
Chairman of the Board of Directors of DESFA 
Topic: Strategic decision making, change management and leadership skills in disruptive times (2021)
Course: Managerial Economics
Mr. Christos Vareloglou
Digital Engagement Manager at Philip Morris International Denmark
Topic: Positioning Phygital within IQOS Ecosystem: Applying Manned Guided Trial principles & content to the Digital world by creating virtual personalized flows (2021)
Course: Innovation, Creativity and the Management of Technology
Mrs. Xenia Kourtoglou
Founder Focus Bari, e-satisfaction, IforU, Coach & Mentor, Author
Topic: Market Research
Course: Consumer Behavior
Mr. Yanni Paniaras
Group Executive Director, Europe and Sustainability at TITAN Cement Group
Topic: A case study on the ETS and CBAM & ESG financing and what criteria should be used and why.
Course: Energy Economics and management
Mr. Erik Grigoryan (C-Suite Series)
f. Minister of Environment, Founder and CEO at Environment Group
Topic: Economic Instruments for Climate Adaptation (2021)
Course: Energy Economics and management
Mr. Panagiotis Papastamatiou (C-Suite Series)
Director Enteca & CEO Hellenic Wind Energy Association
Topic: Renewable energy sources in  the new electricity markets and support mechanisms (2021)
Course: Energy Economics and management
Lina Stoumpou (C-Suite Series)
CCO at Susurrus
Topic: Influencer marketing: From old school PR to the digital ERA (2021)
Course: Network Analysis for Manager and Analysis
Mr. George Sotiropoulos
Co-founder and Client Services Director at Linkwise
Topic: Affiliate Networks: A behind-the-scenes sneak peek (2021)
Course: Network Analysis for Manager and Analysis
Mr. Nicos Kourounakis
Senior Management Consultant, Co-Author of the PM² Methodology of the European Commission and President of the PM² Alliance
Topic: Present and discuss the PM2 methodology and Project Management issues (2021)
Course: Project Management
Mr. Lampros Theodorakis
Director of Product Marketing at Siemens Healthineers
Topic: The design and execution of global Go2Market strategies & the market analysis for successful products in the MedTech industry (2021)
Course: Marketing Management
Christina Faitakis
Partner, Karatzas & Partners
Topic: The legal aspects and role of the legal advisors in Project Finance (2021)
Course: Project Finance
Mr. Kyriakos Gialoglou
Director of Government Affairs & Managing Director Seawind, Greece
Topic: Energy Transition equals Innovation - The case of Seawind Ocean Technology (2021)
Course: Energy Economics and Management
Mr. Frederick Corkett
Managing Director and co-founder of Dialectica
Topic: The business idea and the business model of a high growth venture such as Dialectica/The culture and the job opportunities in start-ups (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Mr. Hazem Fadly
Director of People Operations at Dialectica 
Topic: The business idea and the business model of a high growth venture such as Dialectica/The culture and the job opportunities in start-ups (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Ms. Stella Malle (Alumni Series)
Head of Talent Acquisition & Engagement at Dialectica
Topic: The business idea and the business model of a high growth venture such as Dialectica/The culture and the job opportunities in start-ups (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Mr. Kostas Bakoulas (C-Suite Series)
CEO, IRI Hellas
Topic: B2B Marketing: The case of IRI (2021)
Course: B2B Marketing
Mr. Nikos Moraitakis (C-Suite Series)
CEO of Workable
Topic: Building and Delivering an IT Service at Workable (2021)
Course: Managing Digital Organizations
Mr. Panagiotis Papastamatiou
General Director of Greek Scientific Technology of Wind Energy - ELETAEN
Topic: Sustainable Energy (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. Yiannis Yiarentis (C-Suite Series)
Chairman of BoD & CEO at DAPEEP S.A. (Operator of Renewable Energy Sources and Guarantees of Origin)
Topic: The contribution of DAPEEP to strengthen the role of Renewable Energy Sources in Greece (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Ms. Maria-Rita Gali (C-Suite Series)
Chief Executive Officer of the DESFA S.A. (Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator)
Topic:
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. Filippos Ioannidis
PhD Candidate, Department of Economics of the Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki
Topic: Introduction to the concept of an Energy Exchange (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Professor George Ioannou (C-Suite Series)
Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Exchange Group and professor of Production & Operations Management at the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and Director of the Management Science Laboratory
Topic: Energy Exchange and Target Model (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. Dagoumas Athanasios
Assistant Professor of the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Piraeus and President at Regulatory Authority for Energy
Topic: Greek Energy market Overview (2021)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. George Petsis
Managing Director at DPort Services & PCDC S.A., DPort Services
Topic: Greece as a Maritime Junction Point for Transports - PIRAEUS CONTAINER TERMINAL
Course: Management of change
Mr. Angelos Chaidas
Senior Frontend Developer at Adzuna - UK
Topic: Remote working in multinational environments: changes, challenges and future trends (2021)
Course: Management of change
Mr. George Dikas
Principal Data Scientist at Tesco | Executive MBA candidate at London Business School | PhD in Operations Research
Topic: Working with business to deliver data science products, with an emphasis on OR (2021)
Course: Data, Models and Decisions
Mr. Christos Kalogeropoulos (C-Suite Series)
CTO Intale
Topic: Cloud computing – benefits and challenges (2021)
Course: Information Systems Management
Ms. Matina Tsiakiri (Alumni Series)
SVP, Retail data and analytics, Consumer Banking APAC & EMEA at an international bank in Signapore
Topic: Open Discussion (2021)
Course: Information Systems Management
Professor Elias G. Carayannis
Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship & Director of the European Union Research Center, School of Business, George Washington University
Topic: Towards Industry and Society 5.0 in the Era of the Pandemic via the Quadruple / Quintuple Innovation Helix Lenses (2021)
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Healthcare and Life Science
Mr. Chai Chuah
ex Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Ministry of Health, Founder of Health System Transformation Limited
Topic: The Future of Healthcare: What does it look like - What stands in the way of change – How does a transition happen.(2021)
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Healthcare and Life Science
Ms. Angela Katsapi
Temos International Regional Partner and Certified Auditor for Healthcare, Vice Chair of Temos International Assessors board
Topic: Patients’ safety and services’ standardization as crucial factors for a sustainable Healthcare System (2021)
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Healthcare and Life Science
Ms. Caterina Berbenni-Rehm (C-Suite Series)
Founder & CEO of PROMIS@Service
Topic: The Value –or Non-Value- of Economics in the Daily Life of a successful Manager (2021)
Course: Managerial Economics
Mr. Aristofanis Stefatos (C-Suite Series)
Chief Executive Officer / Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management S.A.
Topic: Entrepreneurship & Management, reflecting on milestones and decision making (2021)
Course: Managerial Economics
Mr. Athanasios Kosmopoulos
Data Protection Officer (DPO) / Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance
Topic: The Comprehensive approach of Public health as a Hybrid Threats domain
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Healthcare and Life Science
Ms. Leda Condoyanni (C-Suite Series)
Corporate Governance Director, Mytilineos
Topic: Main Issues and Dilemmas in Corporate Governance (2020)
Course: Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Mr. Nikos Drandakis (C-Suite Series)
Founder and CEO, Beat
Topic: Building a Successful Business: Leading and Managing People (2020)
Course: Organizational Behavior & HRM
Mr. Christos Spatharakis
Co-Founder & CEO at Ferryhopper
Topic: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Ferryhopper and its challenges (2020)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Ms. Eva Spillioti (C-Suite Series)
Energy Sector, CFO at Copelouzos Group
Topic: Investment case in the energy sector (2020)
Course: Financial Management
Mr. Nikos Chloros (C-Suite Series)
Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CNL CAPITAL
Topic: Financing Greek SMEs (2020)
Course: Financial Management
Mr. Lambros Theodorakis (C-Suite Series)
Director of Product Marketing at Siemens Healthineers
Topic: The design and execution of global Go2Market strategies & the market analysis for successful products in the MedTech industry (2020 & 2021)
Course: Marketing Management
Mr. Spyros Raptis (C-Suite Series)
General Manager Greece & Cyprus, Europe Operations at Schneider Electric
Topic: Achieving Sustainability and Efficiency with Resilience (2020)
Course: Operations Management
Mrs. Myladie Stoumbou
Regional Director at Microsoft
Topic: What HRM can do for business: positive and negative effects (2020)
Course: Organizational Behavior and HRM
Mr. Fotis Siadimas (Alumni Series)
Shopper Marketing Manager Stills at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Italy
Topic: How agile Marketing should be (2020)
Course: Marketing Management
Ms. Anastasia Kizili (Alumni Series)
Customer Insights @Cardlink
Topic: Unveiling Growth Opportunities with Data- Driven Decisions (2020)
Course: Business Strategy
Mr. Stylianos Matthaiou (Alumni Series)
Director, Growth & Integration at Expedia Group
Topic: Workshop on Design Thinking (2020), Idea selling in organizations (2021)
Course: Innovation, Creativity and the Management of Technology
Mr. Dimitrios Tsatsanis
Deputy Director, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at OTE Group
Topic: Doing International Business through M&As (2020, 2021)
Course: International Business
Mr. Norbert Kurilla
State Secretary at the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
Topic: Transition to Green Economy (2020)
Course: Managerial Economics
Ms. Elia Passa (Alumni Series)
Executive Director at JP Morgan
Topic: Investment Due Diligence - Theory and Practice (2020)
Course: Financial Management
Mr. Makis Antypas (C-Suite Series)
Co-founder and CIO of Viva Wallet group
Topic: Building the next FinTech Unicorn (2019 & 2020)
Course: Business Strategy
Ms. Zeta Dimaki
Senior HR Consultant | Executive Search & Outplacement | People Advisory Services | PwC
Topic: Recruitment and Selection of the right employees (2019)
Course: Organizational Behavior and HRM
Ms. Anna Hodaj
HR Manager | Executive Search, Training & Development | People Advisory Services at PwC
Topic: Recruitment and Selection of the right employees (2019)
Course: Organizational Behavior and HRM
Mr. Efstathios Loizos (C-Suite Series)
Executive Vice President of the ION group of companies
Topic: The role of 'CEO' in reality (2019)
Course: Marketing Management
Mr. Loukianos Korovesis (Alumni Series)
Associate Director at Blackrock Expert Services
Topic: 5 tips for career development – things I wished I knew 10 years ago (2019)
Course: International Marketing
Ms. Anna Kasimati (Alumni Series)
Co-founder and Managing Director of #isMood
Topic: Experience as a successful entrepreneur (2019)
Course: Network Analysis for Managers and Analysts
Mr. Andreas Shiamishis (C-Suite Series)
CEO & CFO of Hellenic Petroleum (HELPE)
Topic: Energy markets developments and the refining industry in Greece (2019) & (2018)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. Panayotis Gezerlis (Alumni Series)
CEO at Convert Group
Topic: Business Planning a digital project (2019), L'Oreal asked us twice and we said No. The third time we said Yes. And thank God for this: today we innovate globally with eRetail Audit (2021)
Course: Information Systems Management (2019), Innovation, Creativity & the Management of Technology (2021)
Ms. Fotini Zerikioti (Alumni Series)
Regional Brand Manager at Nestlé Purina Petcare Europe, Middle East & North Africa
Topic: Information about the FMCG inductry & the Marketing department (2019)
Course: Innovation, Creativity & the Management of Technology
Mr. Karolos Saias (C-Suite Series)
CEO at Interasco A.E.G.A.
Topic: Innovation in the Insurance Industry: General Insurance lines and Health (2019)
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Healthcare and Life Science Sector
Ms. Diana Jone (Minghui Zhong)
Co founder and Academic Director at R&J Cultural Life International
Topic: The effect of social and cultural environments in International Business (2018-2021)
Course: International Business
Mr. Efthymios Nikolopoulos
Innovation, Business Excellence and Business Development Director of AstraZeneca Greece
Topic: International Business in the Pharma Sector (2018-2021)
Course: International Business
Mr. Dimitrios Arvanitis
Legal Counsel at Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management SA.
Topic: Blockchain in the Energy sector (2019)
Course: Energy and Economics Management
Mr. Mario Lelovsky
Vice-president of the IT Association, Slovakia & Chairman of the Executive Board of the Digital Coalition,Slovakia
Topic: Digital Transformation in Slovakia (2019)
Course: e- Commerce & Interorganizational NWs
Mr. Adam Layland
Assistant Professor in Leadership and Management at Coventry University
Topic: Leadership for supporting the new strategy in the UK National Health Service (2019-2021)
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Healthcare and Life Science Sector
Ms. Elina Litsa
Director of the Transactional Advisory Services at Grant Thornton, Greece
Topic: Restructuring corporate debt under distress (2018)
Course: Financial Markets and the Economy
Ms. Marnie McGregor
Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Partnerships for the City of Vancouver,Canada
Topic: Transformation to Smart Cities (2018)
Course: Energy Economics and Management
Mr. George Smyrnioudis
Infrastructure Advisory Leader for the Central and South East Europe region within Ernst & Young
Topic: Financial Advisory and Modelling in Project Finance on the case -Greek Motorways Re-set (2018)
Course: Energy Economics and Management
Mr. Nikos Porfiris
Deputy Chief Operating Officer at ATHEXGroup
Topic: Capital Markes, ATHEX and the Greek Capital Market (2018)
Course: Financial Markets and the Economy
Mr. Yannis Bassias (C-Suite Series)
President & CEO of Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management S.A.
Topic: The exploration of oil and gas potential in Greece (2020)
Course: Energy Economics and Management
Mr. Vassilis Thomas
Senior Manager in the Treasury Division of Piraeus Bank Financial Markets
Topic: Greek Banking Sector: Key Figures and Major Issues (2018)
Course: Financial Markets and the Economy
Mr. Harry Vovos
Head of Corporate, Large Corporate Groups, NBG
Topic: Financing early projects in Greece (2018)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. Platon Peristeris
Consultant in Pharmaceuticals and ex Medical Director, MSD Greece, Cyprus and Malta
Topic: Biologics and Biosimilars: Bridging Innovation and Treatment Cost (2018, 2020,2021)
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Health and Life ScienceFeedback
Mr. Agis Tsouros
General Secretary in World Health Institute for Cities Diplomacy and International Adviser in Global Healthy Cities
Topic: All About Health in the 21st Century (2018)
Course: Strategic Restructuring in the Health and Life Science Feedback
Mr. Stavros Goutsos
Former Deputy CEO, PPC
Topic: Energy market transformation in Greece and the role of PPC (2018)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Ms. Nektaria Karakatsani
Member of the Board of Commissioners, Regulatory Authority for Energy
Topic: Reforming the Greek energy market: Recent developments and challenges (2018)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. Loukas Lazarakis
CEO, NOSTIRA
Topic: Renewables overview Greece 2018 (2018)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy
Mr. Alexandros Chatzieleftheriou (Alumni Series)
CEO and co-founder of Blueground
Topic: The entrepreneurial journey: The case of Blueground (2018)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Mr. Michael Psalidas
Managing Director of Crowdpolicy
Topic: Blockchain Crypto Crowdfunding (2018)
Course: Corporate Finance
Mr. Agis Pistiolas
Marketing and Exports Director at Agrino S.A.
Topic: International Marketing of a Medium Sized Greek Firm: The Successful Case of Agrino SA (2018)
Course: International Business
Ms. Georgia Kalemidou
Senior Manager, KPMG Greece
Topic: Performance Management: why, what, how-today and tomorrow! (2017-2020)
Course: Organizational Behavior and HRM
Mr. Vassilis Theodoropoulos
Chief Operating Officer at KPMG Lower Gulf Business
Topic: Challenges in Managing an MNE Subsidiary', Chief Operating Officer at KPMG Lower Gulf (2017)
Course: International Business
Mr. Nick Spyropoulos
Alma Economics
Topic: Economics Applied (2017)
Course: Managerial Economics
Mr. Sofoklis Karapidakis
SIEMENS compliance system
Topic: Ethics at large: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (2017)
Course: Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Mr. Byron Nicolaides
CEO, PeopleCert
Topic: Professional Certifications (2017)
Course: Organizational Behavior and HRM
Ms. Maria Alexiou
Member of the Board of Directors at CSR Europe
Topic: Ethics at large: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (2017)
Course: Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
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