People

PAUL J. ASHKAR: Leads strategic transformation initiatives from strategy to results, assuming accountability for business process improvement, organisational change & technology implementation. Has extensive experience leading international teams of diverse cultures from Europe, Asia, Middle East & North America; working in the banking sector, health institutions, telecommunications providers and chemicals’ trading & distribution. Holds an MSc in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from The London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BSc in Computing & Physics from King’s College, University of London.

KOSTA BITOPOULOS: Passionate about new technologies and experienced in identifying practical ways to introduce innovation and penetrate new markets. Spent 10 years in Europe (UK and Greece) and has been in the UAE since 2003. Worked on various technical and commercial roles at BT, Lucent Technologies and Amdocs. Holds an MBA from London Business School, and MSc on Management Science from Cranfield University, UK, and a BEng in Computer Engineering from University of Patras, Greece.

JOHN KRITHINAKIS: Certified Accountant with considerable expertise in financial and operational auditing in the banking and healthcare sectors in Greece. Experienced in credit appraisal, risk assessment, provisions preparation & assets impairment. Consulted on structural reforms to the Greek economy. Retired army officer. Holds an MBA from National Technical University of Athens & Athens University of Economics and Business, a BSc in Accounting & Finance from American College of Greece, a BSc from the Hellenic Military Academy and an ACCA qualification.

YANNI PAPADIMITRIOU: Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with significant experience in the areas of Software Engineering, Data Analysis, Reporting and Business Process Management. Has founded and currently leads Proptimality, a software company cooperating with automotive, semiconductor, telecoms and engineering companies around the world. Holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, CA and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

PANAGIOTIS SAMARTZIS, Ph.D: Financial analyst and programming enthusiast with considerable expertise in the financial and banking sectors in Greece. Has extensive experience in natural language processing and machine learning algorithms. Holds a Ph.D from the University of Piraeus, Greece, on Financial Econometrics, an MSc in Mathematics & Finance from Imperial College, UK and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece.