Faculty Members

Faculty members (in alphabetical order)

Maria-Eleni Agoraki

Dr. Maria-Eleni K. Agoraki graduated from the Department of Accounting and Finance, Athens University of Economics and Business in 2004. She holds a PhD in Accounting and Finance from Athens University of Economics and Business and an MSc degree in Accounting and Finance from Manchester Business School, UK. Her research interests include various areas of finance and banking. She has published her work in peer-reviewed international journals such as the Journal of Financial Stability, International Journal of Finance and Economics and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, while she has presented her research work at high quality international conferences. She has served as member of scientific committees of various international conferences on finance and banking and she is the guest editor of s special issue of Economic Modelling. She is teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Peloponnese and Athens University of Economics and Business.


Konstantinos Androutsopoulos

Konstantinos Androutsopoulos is Lecturer of Management Science at the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He holds B.Sc. in Mathematics from University of Athens; M.Sc. in Statistics and Operational Research from University of Essex, UK; and Ph.D. in Management Science from AUEB. His research interests include: Management Science and Operations Research methods in Logistics Planning, Emergency Response Logistics, Hazardous Materials Transportation, Air Transportation Management, Flexible Transport Systems. His work has been published in highly ranked academic journals of Transportation, Management Science and Operational Research. He has been a principal investigator for various R&D projects funded by the European Commission and the Greek Government.


Nicholas Berketis

Nicholas G. Berketis is Manager of J. Kouroutis & Co. Ltd. Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers, Piraeus, Greece and Visiting Lecturer at Frederick University, Cyprus. He has PhD in Actuarial Science and MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Sir John Cass Business School, The City University, London, UK, and BSc in Economics with Distinction from the University of Athens. He is member of the Economic Chamber of Greece, the Piraeus’ Professionals Chamber and the US Propeller Club, port of Piraeus. His research area is Marine Insurance with emphasis in areas of Piracy, Fishing Vessels, Ferries, etc. This research has been presented in professional and academic conferences and published in journals and the press.  


George Chalamandaris

George Chalamandaris is Assistant Professor in Finance at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, M.Sc. in Control Systems and Ph.D. in Quantitative Finance from Imperial College, London. He has substantial work experience in Natwest Markets and Royal Bank of Scotland in London, as well as in Emporiki Investment Bank and EFG Eurobank in Athens, holding senior positions in the areas of trading, risk management, financial engineering, structuring and alternative investments. His main research interests are in the fields of derivatives, credit risk and asset pricing involving dynamic trading strategies. His research work has been presented in many prestigious academic and practitioner’s conferences and has been published in books and highly acclaimed academic journals, such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, European Journal of Finance, etc.


Efthimios Demirakos

Efthimios Demirakos is Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting and an M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from Manchester Business School, and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from AUEB. In the past he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a visiting scholar. He has received numerous merit-based scholarships and awards from several institutions and foundations, including Propondis Foundation, Bodossaki Foundation, University of Manchester, Worldwide Universities Network, etc. He has significant teaching experience in accounting, and has received a teaching excellence award from AUEB. His research focuses on equity valuation and has been published in highly ranked academic journals. He is a member of a number of professional bodies, such as the European Accounting Association, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Hellenic Finance and Accounting Association.


Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos

Dr. Dimitris N. Dimitrakopoulos is Economist at the Department of Financial Management and Revenue Analysis, General Secretariat of Public Revenue of the Hellenic Ministry of Finance, and adjunct lecturer at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He holds a PhD in Risk Management from AUEB. Dimitris received an MSc in Banking and Financial Management and a BSc in Economics from the University of Piraeus. In the past, he has worked as scientific associate and post-doc researcher in academia and as a financial analyst in the industry. His research has been published in highly ranked finance and maritime economics journals, and has been financed by the AUEB post-doctoral program and by the European Union IRAKLITOS research fellowship program. Dimitris’ expertise is in market risk measurement in financial and shipping freight markets. Primary areas of his research include market risk measurement, microstructure of derivatives markets, shipping economics and emerging markets finance. He has taught a variety of courses at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels relating to finance.


Michael Dooms

Michael Dooms is Associate Professor of Management and Strategy at Solvay Business School, University of Brussels (VUB). He holds BSc and MSc in Business Engineering (2001) and PhD in Applied Economics: Business and Technology (2010) from Solvay. He coordinates and teaches two port management courses at Erasmus University Rotterdam (MEL), and teaches at the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management (ITMMA) in Antwerp. He is member of porteconomics.eu and the global PPRN network (Port Performance Research Network), where he animates the port authority strategy cluster. He has worked as project manager and researcher on several research and consulting projects, which need a multi-disciplinary (integration of technical, economic and environmental criteria) and multi-stakeholder (public and private sector, local communities) approach. He was closely involved in the development of a strategic plan for the Belgian rail infrastructure manager Infrabel. He leads the PORTOPIA project, the largest EU funded research and development project on port performance and policy since the inception of the EU funded research and development programs.


Konstantinos Drakos

Dr. Konstantinos Drakos is Associate Professor of Finance at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He holds MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Essex, funded by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. His research expertise is on Applied Econometrics and Finance and has published in academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Risk Analysis, the Journal of International Money and Finance, and Economica. He has been awarded Postgraduate Teaching Awards in 2012-2013, 2010-2011, and 2008-2009. According to IDEAS he is ranked in the top 8% of Greece-based authors and the top 13% of Europe-based authors, while his research has been funded by the European Commission and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.


Konstantina Georgiou

Konstantina Georgiou works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). She teaches human resources management and organisational behavior at the undergraduate, postgraduate and executive training level at Hellenic University, University of Liverpool online and AUEB, while she has significant experience conducting seminars in career counseling and job seeking. She holds PhD in Organisational Behavior, MSc in Human Resources Management and BSc in Business Administration from AUEB. She has published her work in international peer-reviewed academic journals (e.g. International Journal of Selection and Assessment) while her research has appeared in major scientific conferences (e.g. Academy of Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, etc.). Her research interests focus on employee recruitment and selection and job search as well as on the use of gamification in employee selection.


Lucia Gibilaro

Lucia Gibilaro is Associate Professor of Economics and Management of Financial Intermediaries at the University of Bergamo. She holds a Master in Asset Management and a Ph.D. in Banking and Finance at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She is faculty member of the Ph.D program “International Cooperation Sciences” at the University of Bergamo, member of the “Laboratory of Real Estate Finance” at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and author of articles and papers on risk management, banking, real estate lending and asset based lending.


Panos Hatzipanayotou

Panos Hatzipanayotou is Professor of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of International and European Economic Studies (DIEES) at AUEB, Research Fellow of CES-ifo (Munich-Germany), the Institute of Economic Policy Studies (IMOP, Athens, Greece), and the Center of Economic and Environmental Research in Greece. He holds PhD and MSc in Economics from the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) Stony Brook and BSc Economics from AUEB. Previous full time academic positions include University of Connecticut (USA) and Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (Greece), while visiting professorships include University of Cyprus and Deakin University (Melbourne-Australia). He has served as Chairman of the DIEES at AUEB, as an elected Member of the University Council of AUEB, and member of the Board of Directors of the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE, Athens-Greece). He serves as referee in numerous academic journals, as Chair and member of the organizing committee in national and international conferences and workshops, and as member in various conference scientific committees. His research interests include International Factor Mobility; Optimal Commercial Policy under Variable Factor Supplies and Various Forms of Trade Restrictions; Indirect Tax Reforms; Trade and Factor Tax Policies with Public Goods and Public Inputs; Preferential Trading Agreements; Foreign Aid, and Environmental Issues in International Trade.


George Ioannou

George Ioannou is Professor of Operations Management at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He is the Director of the MBA International Program, and of the Management Science Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, USA and he has previously served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Virginia Tech, directing the Manufacturing Systems Integration Laboratory. He has been sponsored by research organizations and private companies from the US, Europe and Greece, while his publications have appeared in top academic journals. He has consulting experience in various sectors and has received many awards, including the Microsoft Excellence in Education. He has served as Member of the Innovation Council of the Greek Ministry of Development and Competitiveness and is Member of the Global Networking Committee of the School of Business at AUEB. 


Nikolaos Karampinis

Nikolaos Karampinis is Assistant Professor at the Department of Accounting & Finance, Athens University of Economics and Business. He holds a PhD in Accounting from Athens University of Economics and Business, a Master of Business Administration and a BSc in Accounting & Finance from the same university. His research and teaching interests focus on Tax Accounting, International Financial Reporting Standards, and the use of Management Accounting for strategic purposes. His research has been published in various academic journals and presented in international conferences. He has taught several accounting courses and has received teaching excellence awards. He has significant working experience in the field of tax planning.


Flora Kokkinaki

Flora Kokkinaki is Associate Professor of Social and Consumer Psychology, and Head of the Department of Marketing and Communication, Athens University of Economics and Business. She holds a PhD in Psychology from University College London (UCL), an MPhil in Education from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Crete. Past academic positions include: London Business School, UCL, London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Patras. Her research focuses on Social and Consumer Psychology and Advertising (attitude theory, consumer decision‐making, counterfactual thinking, consumer involvement, experiential consumption, incongruence in marketing communications). She has published in highly ranked international scientific journals, such as Acta Psychologica, British Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Economics Psychology, while this work has been cited extensively by other researchers. She teaches Psychology, Negotiations, Consumer Behavior, Advertising and Research Methods.


Manolis Konstantinidis

Manolis Konstantinidis is Manager of the Legal Department in a ship management company located in Greece, which in 2017 manages approximately 65 dry, tanker and container vessels. He mainly deals with charterparty disputes and cargo claims, which are in principle arbitrated at LMAA and / or before local courts all over the world. He also deals with S&P disputes, shipbuilding contracts and corporate financing matters / disputes. He obtained his LLB and PhD from the Law School of the University of Thrace and LL.M. in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. His interests include carriage of goods by sea, charterparties, bills of lading, general admiralty law, limitation of liability and general average. He is a member of the Piraeus Bar Association, entitled to plead before the Court of Appeal, and a supporting member of LMAA. He is visiting speaker, in certain aspects of Maritime Law, at Athens Law School of the University of Athens, and has participated in numerous international and national conferences pertaining to Maritime Law. He has several publications in the legal press, including his PhD thesis.


Panagiotis Konstantinou

Panagiotis Konstantinou is Assistant Professor of International Macroeconomics at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Athens and a MA and a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Before joining AUEB, he was member of staff at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece and Brunel University, London, UK. He has also been a visiting scholar at the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). His research focuses on issues in international economics and finance, with emphasis in quantitative applications. Recent funding for his research come from John Latsis Foundation and the Research Center of AUEB. His publications appear in top tier journals, such as: American Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Economics Letters and Review of International Economics.


Theodore Krintas

Theodore Krintas is Managing Director of Attica Wealth Management since 2007 and Vice-President of the Hellenic Fund and Asset Management Association. He holds BSc in Economics and Business Administration from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), MBA from AUEB and University of Birmingham and Ph.D. in Finance from University of Thessaly. He is working in Investment Management and Finance since 1991 and has been the General Manager of several investment houses in Greece. He holds the Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) Accreditation, is a certified investment manager and derivatives trader and market maker, member of the Hellenic Chamber of Economics, the Association of Chief Executive Officers, the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants and the Hellenic Institute of Registered Financial Analysts. He is also a Professor in postgraduate programs and lecturer in seminars in finance.


Spyros Lioukas

Spyros Lioukas is Emeritus Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). During his years at AUEB he has served as Chairman of two Departments, has directed the lab of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and has created and Directed MSc programs. Under his direction the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit of AUEB received European award as national champion in promoting entrepreneurship. Professor Lioukas has taught in several MBAs, including those of London Business School (LBS), AUEB and International Hellenic University. He has published in the top international journals on management, while his research has received international recognition. Currently he is a member of the Council of Experts for Privatization, independent non-executive director in the Board of two private companies, and Chairman of the “QualityNet Foundation”. He has served as Ambassador of Greece in the OECD (1996-2001), and has extensive experience as management consultant in public and private organizations.


Dimitris Manolopoulos

Dimitris Manolopoulos is Assistant Professor of Management in the Department of Business Administration, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He has Ph.D. from the University of Reading, UK, MSc in International and European Economic Studies from AUEB and BSc in Public Administration from Pantion University of Social and Political Sciences. His research interests include international business, management and strategy, as well as human resources and technology management. He has published in several international peer reviewed journals, including Management International Review, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Employee Relations and International Journal of Human Resource Management. He is the author of a monograph and has several book chapters for international editions. Dr. Manolopoulos has ten years work experience in both private and public sector entities, has worked as strategic consultant for a large multinational corporation, where he had the opportunity to actively engage himself in major projects, as well as in the strategy department of Hellenic Public Power Corporation. He has taught courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels at AUEB, the American College of Greece (where he had served as the Head of International Business and European Affairs Department) and the University of Central Greece.


Gianluca Mattarocci

Gianluca Mattarocci is Assistant Professor of Economics and Management of Financial Intermediaries at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Adjunct professor of Corporate Finance at the University LUISS Guido Carli. He holds a Master in Asset Management and a Ph.D. in Banking and Finance at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is faculty member of the Ph.D program in Management at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and author of articles and papers on asset management, credit risk management and real estate.


Thomas Moutos

Thomas Moutos is Professor of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and Research Fellow of CESifo (University of Munich). He holds PhD and MSc in Economics from McMaster University (Canada) and BSc Economics from University of Athens. Previous full time academic positions include University of Glasgow (UK) and University of Stirling (UK), while positions as Visiting Professor include the Universities of Dresden, Mainz, and Munich (Germany), Kobe (Japan), and Queensland (Australia). He has been Director of the Full-Time Graduate Programme in International Economics and Finance and of the Executive MSc Programme in European Studies at AUEB, and member of the Council of Economic Advisers, Ministry of Finance, Greece. His main fields of interest are macroeconomics and international economics, while his work in these areas has been published in many highly ranked refereed international scientific journals. He has coordinated/participated in several research and consultancy projects for private and public entities, and international organizations.


Amalia Nikolopoulou 

Amalia Nikolopoulou is Researcher at the Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). She received her BSc from the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2008 and her PhD in Operations Research from AUEB in 2016. Her research interests focus on the design, development and application of mathematical models and computationally intelligent algorithms to aid decision making for transportation and logistics problems. She has presented her research work in a number of scientific journals and conferences. She has been teaching at MSc Programs at AUEB and at the MBA Course at the Hellenic Open University.


Theo Notteboom

Theo Notteboom is Professor at Dalian Maritime University, China and has status of High-End Foreign Expert awarded by the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). He is also part-time professor at University of Antwerp and Antwerp Maritime Academy in Belgium, holds the ‘Port of Ghent Chair’ at Ghent University in Belgium, and visiting professor at World Maritime University/Shanghai Maritime University and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He is immediate past President and Council Member of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). Theo Notteboom has published widely on port and maritime economics and management, is a regular speaker at international conferences and was promoter or co-promoter of over 70 academic research programs and consultancy studies on the maritime industry and logistics topics. He is Editor, Associate Editor or editorial board member of eight leading academic journals in the field. He is co-director of www.porteconomics.eu, a knowledge dissemination platform on port studies.


Thanos Pallis

Thanos Pallis is Associate Professor of Port Economics and Policy and scientific coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action on European Port Policy, University of the Aegean, Greece; Secretary General of MedCruise, the association of cruise ports in the Med; and co-director of the PortEconomics initiative. He holds PhD in Management from Bath University (UK), MSc in Economics of European Integration from Exeter University (UK), and BSc Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece). He has been Fulbright scholar at Columbia University (USA), visiting professor at University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Virginia (USA) and Dalhousie University (Canada), and has lectured at several port executive seminars. Thanos has served as General Secretary for port policy in Greece and was involved in shaping the future of the EU port policy. He has extensive international experience in these areas, which include the production of a major UNCTAD study on utilising foreign direct investments in ports, and is a regular contributor to OECD, European Seaports Organisation (ESPO), IAPH and AVIP discussions, shaping the port sector in various countries around the globe.


Photis Panayides

Photis M. Panayides is Professor of Shipping and Head at the Department of Commerce, Finance and Shipping, Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He holds a first class Honours degree in Maritime Business with Maritime Law (1995) and a PhD in Shipping Economics (1998) from the University of Plymouth, UK. Before joining CUT he has held appointments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Plymouth, UK. He has also been a visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, Shanghai Maritime University, the University of Reading, UK, Copenhagen Business School and World Maritime University. He has authored four books in the areas of shipping, chartering and shipping management and published several scientific journal papers in highly ranked academic journals. He has been an elected member of the Council of the International Association of Maritime Economists, and serves on the editorial board of academic journals in the areas of shipping and logistics. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Ports Authority and is currently the Vice-President of its Board of Directors.


Olga Pavlopoulou

Dr. Pavlopoulou is Financial Economist specialized in Accounting. She holds a PhD in Financial Accounting from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), MPhil in Finance from University of Cambridge and BSc in Economics from AUEB. Her research interests lie at the intersection of financial accounting with macroeconomics and corporate finance, particularly focusing on financial analysts’ projections and their impact on capital markets, as well as management accounting. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate Accounting courses at AUEB. Dr. Pavlopoulou has professional experience in banking and corporate sectors, is a CFA charter-holder and active volunteer of the CFA Institute, Certified Accountant, and Certified Securities & Market Analyst (level d'). She has received awards for her academic performance, such as the Vergottis Award (Cambridge European Trust), Greek State Scholarships (IKY) Foundation and the YALE Book Award, and is a regular member of various international finance and accounting associations. Dr. Pavlopoulou started her career at the European Management program of HSBC Bank where she worked in both the wholesale and retail sides in Paris, Dublin, Yorkshire and Athens.


Leonidas Rompolis 

Dr. Leonidas Rompolis is Assistant Professor in Finance at the Department of Accounting and Finance, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He holds: B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens; M.Sc. in "Statistics and Stochastic Models in Economics and Finance" from Universities Paris 7 and Paris 1; Ph.D. in Finance from AUEB. Previous employment include: Lecturer in Finance at the University of Cyprus and at AUEB. His research interests are in the field of stocks, bonds and derivatives valuation, financial mathematics, computational finance, financial econometrics, corporate financial management. His work has been funded by Greek and European research organizations. His publications have appeared in academic journals, such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Empirical Finance, and he has also served as a referee for a number of such prestigious academic journals.


Panagiota Sapouna 

Dr Panagiota Sapouna is Lecturer in Management and Programme Leader of the MSc in International Business Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has served as Early Career Fellow in Strategic Management at the University of Stirling. Panagiota holds PhD in Strategic Management and International Business, and MBA and BSc in Accounting and Finance from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). Her research interests revolve around strategic management (e.g., mergers and acquisitions, competitive strategies) and international business (e.g., international strategies). Panagiota’s research has been presented and published in international conferences and journals, has been part of a number of research and consultancy projects, funded by private and public firms, and is part of trans-national European projects.


John Synodinos

John Synodinos is Head of Market Risk Sector and Assistant General Manager of Eurobank Ergasias, member of the Board of Directors of Eurobank Asset Management, and member of the Group’s Assets and Liabilities Committee. He holds PhD from Stanford University (USA) in Experimental High Energy Physics and B.A. in Physics from Harvard University, USA. Previous positions held include Eurobank Ergasias as quantitative analyst in the Market Risk Sector; Market Risk Sector, Operations and Development Manager; Manager, Risk & Premium Management Division, Euler–Hermes Emporiki; and business consultant at Strategic Decisions Group, San Fransisco, California, USA. He has been an invited speaker or visiting professor on Risk Management at Athens University of Economics and Business, the Hellenic Management Association, and the Athens Technological Institute. Also, he was member of the Greek team in the 26th International Mathematical Olympiad, Helsinki, Finland. 


Christos D. Tarantilis

Dr. Christos D. Tarantilis is Professor of Management Science and Decision Making at the Department of Management Science & Technology (DMST) of Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He has served as the Head of the DMST and Head of the “Operations Research and Decision Systems” group of AUEB. His research interests lie in the area of management science, computational decision-making and applications in operations management, transportation and logistics. Prof. Tarantilis has more than 130 scientific papers in top ranked academic journals (see Academic Journal Guide 2015 by the Association of Business Schools’), books and conferences. He has been also acting as member of the Board of Directors in Greek companies and organisations and leader in a number of national and EU projects. In addition, Prof. Tarantilis has received, more than twenty five (25) times, the highest teaching evaluation score from his undergraduate and postgraduate/MBA students. He has also taught a number of executive training courses on managerial decision making in Greek and multinational companies.


Andrianos Tsekrekos

Andrianos E. Tsekrekos is Assistant Professor of Finance at the Department of Accounting and Finance, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). From September 2006 to December 2010 he has been Lecturer of Finance at the same Department. Before joining AUEB, Andrianos worked at Lancaster University and at the University of Durham. He holds a degree in Operational Research and Marketing from AUEB, an M.Sc. in Finance from Lancaster University and a Ph.D. in Accounting & Finance from the same University. His research interests are in derivatives pricing, real options valuation, numerical methods, stochastic and implied volatility models, and the pricing of accounting information by equity and derivative markets. His work has been published in highly ranked academic journals of Finance and Economics. He has given invited speeches at Universities in Greece and abroad and has presented his research at international conferences. Andrianos collaborates with the Hellenic Open University since 2007 and in the past has held visiting positions at Lancaster University and the International Hellenic University.


Dimitris Tsouknidis

Dimitris A. Tsouknidis is a faculty member (Lecturer) in the Department of Commerce, Finance and Shipping at Cyprus University of Technology. Positions held in the past include, full time Assistant Professor in the University of Bradford School of Management (UK); and visiting Assistant Professor at University of Reading Henley Business School (UK), Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and ALBA Graduate Business School (Greece). He has published a number of single- and co-authored academic papers in internationally leading peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of International Money and Finance, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, and International Review of Financial Analysis, and in edited volumes by Routledge Taylor and Francis, Oxford University Press and Elsevier. He has provided consultancy and executive training services on shipping finance and risk management. He holds a PhD in Finance and an MBA from Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) along with an MSc in Computational Finance from University of Essex (UK).


Maria Vakola

Maria Vakola is Associate Professor in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behaviour at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece. She holds PhD in Organisational Behaviour / Change Management from University of Salford (UK), MSc in Organisational Psychology from UMIST (Manchester, UK) and BSc in Psychology from Athens University. Previous full time academic positions include University of Salford and Bradford Business School in the UK. Her work on change management and organization behaviour has been published in highly ranked international scientific journals, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Applied Behavioural Sciences, and has been presented in international academic conferences. She has participated as co-ordinator and investigator in many European funded projects, while her PhD research was funded by the European Community. She teaches human resources management, organisational behaviour and change management at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels and has received awards for teaching excellence. Maria has received an award for innovation in human resources management from the Hellenic Management Association for the non-profit initiative called job-pairs.gr.


Nikolaos Ventikos 

Dr Nikolaos P. Ventikos is Assistant Professor in the Laboratory for Maritime Transport at the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. His expertise is in marine safety; risk engineering; (oil) marine pollution; human reliability (incl. human centered design); marine casualty investigation; maritime security; systems engineering; offshore and environmental risk; and statistical modeling. He has published and presented his work in journals, such as Marine Pollution Bulletin, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Maritime Policy and Management, Ships and Offshore Structures, Journal of Risk Research etc and in more than 80 scientific conferences. Dr Ventikos was awarded the G.P. Livanos Grand Prize on Environmental Issues sponsored by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (2000). Apart from Greek, he is fluent in English and French and has basic knowledge of Arabic.


Loukas Zygouros

Loukas J. Zygouros is specialized Maritime Lawyer, entitled to plead before the Court of Appeal. He is member of the Athens Bar Association. He obtained his LL.B. and PhD in Maritime Law from Athens Law School and his LL.M. in Maritime Law from Cardiff University, U.K. From September 2006 until August 2008 he was appointed as a legal assistant at the Faculty of Commercial Law of Athens Law School. He is visiting speaker, in Salvage Law, at Athens Law School of the University of Athens. He has attended numerous International Maritime Law Conferences held in Piraeus. The main fields of his legal practice include Litigation and Legal Consultation both to individuals and companies in the fields of Civil, Commercial and Maritime Law. His research interests include: Admiralty law, Carriage of Goods by Sea and Charterparties, Law of Salvage and Oil Pollution, Marine Insurance and Corporate Law. Besides his dissertation thesis and an article in time charters, he has already published two monographs in the field of Maritime Law and one monograph in the field of Company Law. His third monograph in Maritime Law is forthcoming.