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Resident Faculty

Dr Alexander Artikis is an Assistant Professor of Maritime Informatics at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree on Autonomous Systems from Imperial College London. His scientific interests focus on Artificial Intelligence and Complex Event Recognition. He has been teaching various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, such as Maritime Information Systems, Game Theory, Statistics, Quantitative Techniques and Maritime Informatics. He has more than 100 publications in top journals and conferences, such as the Artificial Intelligence journal, the ACM Transactions on Computational Logic, the ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, and the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technologies. According to google scholar, his h-index is 30.

Dr. Maria Boile is Professor of ports and intermodal freight terminal policy and management at the University of Piraeus, Director of the MSc in Shipping, Director of the Quantitative Analysis in Shipping Laboratory, and Research Director of Sector C on Transport Economics and Environment, Maritime and Air Transport, at the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). She has over 25 years of academic and research experience in the US and Europe. She has a diploma in Civil (Transportation) Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1990), M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University, US (1992), and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, US (1995). She has participated in over 70 sponsored research projects in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, as a principal investigator in over half of them. She has taught graduate and undergraduate transportation and logistics courses, short courses and seminars at several Institutions in Europe, U.S., Asia and Africa. She has authored and co-authored over 170 technical articles, 12 book chapters and 4 books and monographs.

Dr. Ioannis N. Lagoudis is Assistant Professor at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, of the University of the Aegean, specializing in transportation logistics and supply chain management. Prior to joining the Malaysian Institute for Supply Chain Innovation he worked in industry as a consultant and in academia teaching Shipping Management, Strategic Management and Decision Making and Modelling at the University of Aegean, the Hellenic Open University and U21 Global. He holds a first degree in Economics from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in transport logistics from the University of Cardiff, Cardiff Business School and a Post-Doctoral Degree in port logistics funded by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y). Since 2007 he is visiting researcher at Cardiff University (Logistics Systems Dynamics Group). In 2010 he joined MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, as a Fulbright Research Scholar, where he is affiliated today. His research interests are in the areas of strategic management, transport management, transport logistics and supply chain management, maritime economics and logistics. He has published a number of papers in conferences and academic journals such as the Transportation Journal, European Business Review, International Journal of Transport Management, Maritime Economics and Logistics, Maritime Policy and Management, International Journal of Shipping Transportation and Logistics, International Journal of Aviation Management.

Dr. Angelos Pantouvakis is a Professor at the University of Piraeus. He has studied Civil Engineering at the NTUA and continued his studies in United Kingdom where he received an MBA from the University of Nottingham and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His research interests focus on the management and marketing of shipping companies. Dr. Pantouvakis has many years of experience in the field of business and has taken top level management positions in the field of banking, health and shipping. He has published over 50 articles in prestigious international journals, has received many international academic distinctions (eg Emerald Literati Awards), while his work in the field of management and quality of shipping companies has received many citations (h index 15).

Dr. Stratos Papadimitriou is a professor of Transport Systems at University of Piraeus. Dr Papadimitriou is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens International Airport. He has served as Managing Director of the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) from 1997 to 2002 and as President of the Hellenic Investment Center (2002-2004). During his five-year mandate at OASA, public transport companies under the umbrella of OASA were reorganized and restructured as part of a large investment project. At the same time, a variety of innovative programs were introduced, which modernized public transport in Greater Athens. He has served as a consultant to the Transport Ministers and the European Union, has acted as a consultant in various businesses and has been involved in the management of the various transport and logistics research projects. He has written over 50 scientific articles on transport design and Operational Research while his academic activity has enjoyed a very large number of citations (h index 19).

Dr. Dionysios Polemis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Liverpool, U.K, a postgraduate degree in Banking Finance from Bangor University of Wales, UK and the BSc in Business Economics from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He has several years of experience as a financial and investment consultant for technology and shipping corporations. Meanwhile, Dr Polemis has participated in various national and international academic research programs and has published in prestigious international journals such as Tourism Management, Managerial Finance, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Applied Business Research and Maritime Economics and Logictics.

Dr. Ioannis Theotokas is Professor at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean. He teaches courses on Management of Shipping Companies, Human Resources Management and Corporate Strategy. From April 2015 to February 2017 he had served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy of Greece. He has been the director of the Research in Shipping and Ports Laboratory of the University of the Aegean from 2009 to 2015.He has a background of economics and has specialized in Shipping Management. He received his PhD from the University of Piraeus (1997). His research interests lie in the fields of Management, Human Resource Management and Strategic Management applied to shipping business. He has participated as scientific coordinator or as principal researcher in research projects related to employment, entrepreneurship, strategy and competitiveness in shipping, to maritime training and e-learning, to image of shipping and in consultancy studies funded/commissioned by European Commission, Niarchos Foundation, Greek Ministry of Economic Development, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises S.A., Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation, Maritime Museum of Kardamila, Helenic Historical and Literary Archive, Academy of Athens (KNOWME, CAPTAINS, MELES, INNOSUTRA, RURAL eGOV, SLIM-VRT). Ioannis Theotokas is the author of six books (with five as coauthor) published in Greece and the UK and of 42 papers published in international journals (which include Maritime Policy and Management, Marine Policy, Business History, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Corporate Governance) and in edited books. He has presented over 50 papers at international scientific conferences. He is member of International Association of Maritime Economics and of European Academy of Management and member of the Board of the Association of Greek Maritime Economists.

Professor Anastasios Tselepidis is a Biologist and Oceanographer at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus and he is former Research Director of HCMR. Over the past 30 years, he has participated (as coordinator or as main partner) in a variety of competing EU research programs (CINCS, SEEPS, MATER, ALIPOR, DESEAS, CYCLOPS, ADIOS, BIODEEP, ESONET, INTERPOL, ANREC, HERMES, HERMIONE, REDECO , EMSO, AegeanMarTech etc.) among others. His main research interests are exploration of deep seas and the development of marine technology (benthic landers) for the study of extreme environments, as well as, methods of management of the marine environment. He has published over 200 articles, reports and scientific papers of which 75 in high-impact journals with international judges (h index 39). He has been a member of major professional, scientific and advisory committees (ASLO, CIESM, MAST-COM, ECOPS / ESF, EMODNET, CoML etc.) and has gained great experience both as a researcher, teacher and manager of science. Since 1994, he has been a full-time assessor in all EU Research Frameworks, and has been invited 3 times (1997, 2011, 2012) as an independent evaluator-observer of EU Research Framework’s evaluation system.

Dimitris A. Tsouknidis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Piraeus (Greece), Department of Maritime Studies. His research interests lie in the field of finance specialized in shipping and commodities markets. He has been a full-time Faculty member at Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus) and a Visiting Faculty member at the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and University of Reading, Henley Business School (UK), among others. He has published several papers, including monographs, in highly ranked refereed journals (ABS 3), such as, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, Transportation Research Part E, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Review of Financial Analysis and European Journal of Finance, among others. He serves as Associate Editor of the academic journal Maritime Policy and Management. He has received a best paper award at the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Conference and a teaching excellence award from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He holds an MSc from the University of Essex (UK) and a PhD from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Clinical Professors from the Industry

Thanasis Karlis is an Adjunct Professor of the University of Tasmania-Australia where he served as Head of the Ports and Shipping Department. He is currently Sector Head for Car and Container Terminals and Logistics at the Marketing Department of Piraeus Port Authority SA. Before his current position, he held the Management positions of the departments of Marketing, Strategic Planning and Public Relations at the Port of Piraeus Authority SA. He has published in journals and conferences on maritime and port economics and policy. He holds a PhD from the University of Piraeus, Maritime Studies and an MSc from Cardiff University in International Trade.

Mr Stavros Meidanis first joined Lloyd’s Register 1999 and worked as a Marine Surveyor and Quality Lead Auditor. In 2006, he was appointed Marine Client Manager for Lloyd’s Register’s of Shipping, based in Piraeus. From November 2008, he was promoted to Global Manager for Marine Management Systems, leading the LRQA/Marine Business Centre. He was also responsible for the implementation of LR’s Group Strategy regarding Marine Management Systems in the Supply Chain across the world. From August 2013, he decided to join the leading Shipping Company Capital Ship Management Corp, taking the position of DPA/CSO/S&Q Manager. He is responsible for Capital Ship Management fleet –total of 65 vessels, including Oil/ Chemical Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Containers. He is also responsible for the safety performance of the fleet, focusing also to environmental and energy performance.

Mr Pachoulis has studied Shipping in Greece and in the United Kingdom. He specialized in the areas of shipbroking and shipmanagement for over 41 years. He was elected President of Hellenic Shipbrokers Association from 2005 till 2013. He has served as a member of the judging panel for the LLOYD’S LIST GREEK SHIPPING AWARDS, 2006/2009/2011. Mr Pachoulis has been awarded several times , namely: on behalf of Greek Shipping in Eisbeinessen 2005 , on behalf of HSA with Lloyds List Greek Shipping Award 2009 and Shipbroker of the Year 2013. Finally, he is a regular member of the Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration.

Mr Nick Pentheroudakis is the Managing Director of the shipbroking firm Cosmos Shipping Co S.A. He was the former Chairman of the Hellenic Federation of Shipbrokers and Agents and he is a member of the board of directors of the Piraeus Association of Maritime Arbitration, among many other maritime organizations. He started his career in Merchant ships as Deck Officer where he was awarded Master’s Certificate class “C” and continued his education in Shipping in the United Kingdom. Mr Pentheroudakis was a Co-establisher of “OVERSEAS AGENCY LTD” Shipbrokers, Piraeus (1970/1977), Taught Shipping English in a Maritime College in Greece (1972/1974) and acted as Sole Maritime Arbitrator (1999). Moreover, he was a co-establisher of the Practical Shipping Seminars organized by the “Hellenic Shipbrokers Association” since 1999 and certified “APPOINTED PRINCIPAL LECTURER” and of the consequent “SHIPBROKING GNOSIS CERTIFICATE” of the H.S.A and Examiner. Following his presidency of the “H.S.A.” he became Honorary President of the “HSA”.

Captain George Tsouris is currently Operations Manager and Deputy DPA-CSO of Blue Planet Shipping Ltd and President of Chios Marine Club, Piraeus. He has served as a Deck Officer for several years after finishing his studies at the Merchant Marine Academy of Oinoussae. Capt. Tsouris has an extensive experience as Operations Manager and DPA-CSO in known and well respected shipping companies and has served as a secretary of the Pan-Hellenic Masters and Mates Union (2008- 2015). Capt Tsouris has also been guest lecturer in academic institutions teaching mainly “Shipping Operations ”.

Stavros Sfyris holds an LL.M. in Maritime Law, from the University of Southampton, (1991) and an LL.B. from the Law Faculty of the University of Athens (1988). He enrolled the course of the European M.B.A. in Finance of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et Management and successfully attended accounting and financing modules in New York College in Athens (1999). He also holds a certificate in Compliance in the Monetary System from the Laboratory for Investment Applications of the University of Athens (2015) and successfully attended seminars regarding the legal environment following the EU General Data Protection Regulation in TUV Austria (2017) and in Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens (2018). He speaks English and French, his native language being Greek.

Mr. Sfyris is a member of the Piraeus Bar Association since 1989. He initially worked in a law firm based in Piraeus, mainly dealing with corporate and maritime law issues and ships’ sale, purchase and finance cases. Since 1994 he is operating his private law office in Piraeus, practicing business and maritime law. In 2000 he joined an Insurance Company in Athens as Training Manager, undertaking and conducting lectures on technical issues of life and general insurance products, as well as seminars on risk management, sales promotion and compliance issue, addressed to insurance agents and brokers. In 2005 he was employed by an Insurance Broker’s firm in Athens and from 2009 and up-to-date he is working as Legal Consultant and Compliance Officer of an Insurance Company in Nea Smyrni, mainly dealing with commercial and insurance law cases and compliance issues.

Mr. Sfyris worked as business law lecturer at New York College in Athens and at IEK Peroulas in Kifissia and as marine insurance law lecturer in the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in Piraeus and he organised and delivered maritime law tailor-made seminars in mayor shipping companies in Athens and Piraeus. From 1995 he is lecturing maritime law, marine insurance and ship’s sale and purchase modules in undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Shipping and Transport Department of the Business College of Athens.

Michail Andreadis has obtained an LL.B. from Coventry University, specializing in the Law of International Trade and Competition Law, and further acquired an LL.M. from the University of London (University College London, London School of Economics and SOAS) on Maritime Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as an M.Sc. from the University of Piraeus on Banking and Finance Law. 

He is a member of the Piraeus Bar Association and the founder and senior partner of a legal firm since 2004. 

Michail acts as legal advisor of companies active in the shipping sector, sale and purchase of petroleum, renewable energy sources, as well as capital and risk management. He collaborates with law firms based in Switzerland, the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. 

He has been lecturing Carriage of Goods by Sea, Law of International Trade and shipping Law since 2006, whereas he has been teaching Maritime Law in the M.Sc. Shipping Management program as a member of the scientific staff of the University of Piraeus since 2018.

His areas of expertise include Maritime Law, Contract Law, Arbitration, Offshore Companies, Banking Law, Mergers and Acquisitions , as well as Energy Law. 

He speaks English, French and Spanish, his native language being Greek.

Degrees:
LL.B. in Law, Coventry University, School of International Studies and Law, UK.
LL.M. in Law, University of London, UK.
M.Sc. in Banking and Finance Law, University of Piraeus, Greece.

Simon started his career at a ship-owning company in Liverpool. He became a Ship Sale & Purchase broker, also in Liverpool, in 1993 before moving to London in 1997. In 2008 he moved to Greece to open and run HSBC Shipping Services Ltd in Piraeus. Despite moving back to London at the end of 2012, he returned to Greece in 2013 to open a new Sale & Purchase joint venture in Piraeus with Ursa Shipbrokers, reaffirming his longstanding commitment to the Greek shipping industry.

He is committed to education and training in shipping, being a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 1995 and a Felow since 2009. He teaches regularly at the Greek branch of the Institute in Piraeus. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Piraeus, Athens University of Economics and Business, Alba and other Universities and Educational Institutions both in Greece and abroad, as well as BIMCO and other professional bodies.

Dr Nikos Kagkarakis is a Senior Relationship Manager in the Ship Finance Division of National Bank of Greece S.A., having as main role the management of a portfolio of shipping client relationships. He is also a visiting lecturer in various academic institutions, teaching ship finance-related modules.

Dr Kagkarakis holds a PhD in Maritime Economics from the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus, an MSc in Shipping from the same University and a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is also a CFA charterholder and an active member of the CFA Institute and the Hellenic CFA Society.

Dr. Andreas G. Koutoupis, Associate Professor of Financial Accounting & Chairman of the BoD of KnR Governance, Risk & Internal Audit Services SA

Dr. Andreas Koutoupis is an Associate Professor of Financial Accounting and Auditing in the University of Thessaly (Accounting and Finance department). He has been awarded a BSc in Public Administration with a distinction (Panteion University, Athens, Greece), an MSc in Internal Auditing and Management (Cass Business School, City University, London-UK) and a PhD in Corporate Governance and Internal Controls with a distinction (Panteion University, Athens, Greece). He is a Chartered Internal Auditor (CMIIA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA), Certified in Control Self Assessment (CCSA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Certified Controls Specialist (CCS). Andreas Koutoupis is an Internal Quality Assessment validator of the International Institute of Internal Auditors. He holds an ‘A’ class Greek Accounting & Tax License by the Economic Chamber of Greece.

He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of KnR Governance, Risk, Compliance & Internal Audit Services SA. Before establishing KnR he served as a Director, Head of Mazars, Athens – Greece Governance, Risk & Internal Audit Services for 10 years, as well as he served as a Senior Manager within the Internal Audit Services department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Athens – Greece responsible for the Financial Services (mainly banking) Internal Audit Assurance & Consulting Services for another ten years. He has been involved in Governance, Risk & Internal Audit related assignments in more than 200 organizations and enterprises the last 21 years in all industries (Banking, Manufacturing, Retail, Insurance, Services, publicly listed enterprises, etc.) in 19 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Turkey, FYROM, Great Britain, Ukraine, Poland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Slovenia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone & Guinea). Andreas Koutoupis is an Independent – Non Executive Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Greek publicly listed firms Loulis Mills S.A. and Livanis S.A., Chairman of the Audit Committee of IASO Hospital, Lanakam SA, Vioter SA, AEGEK Construction S.A. and the Cooperative Insurance Company of Northern Greece Public Coaches, as well as member in several Greek Public Hospital Audit Committees according to the Greek Law 4025 / 2011.

Dr. Stefanos CHATZINIKOLAOU
Manager, Global Marine Training, RINA

Dr. Stefanos Chatzinikolaou is the manager of the Global Marine Training Centre of RINA (the Italian Classification Society). He is also the head of RINA’s marine research projects in Southeast Europe. He is a graduate of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (NTUA) where he also concluded his PhD in maritime transport sustainability. His professional background includes research (ten years of experience in fifteen EU and national funded projects), professional training, and marine consulting. His main fields of work and interest are ship energy efficiency, ship life cycle assessment, ship air emissions, maritime safety, and human factors. In 2020, he was elected Assistant Professor in the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus.

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Dr Konstantinos Poulis
General Manager of Epsilon Hellas

Dr Konstantinos Poulis is the General Manager of Epsilon Hellas, one of the leading professional services firms in Crew Management and Advanced Maritime Training. He is also a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University London and Director of its MBA in Shipping & Logistics offered in collaboration with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. He has served as Chairman of the Recruitment & Training Committee and sat on the Executive Board of IMEC (International Maritime Employers’ Council) and as Track Chair in the European Academy of Management and the British Academy of Management. In the past, he has held permanent or visiting posts at the University of Essex, National University of Ireland, ESCP Europe, Queen Mary, University of London and Manchester Business School teaching at Doctoral, MBA, MSc and UG levels. He has published his research work in world-leading, Financial Times 50 journals (e.g. Academy of Management Review and Organization Studies) as well as in the shipping trade press. He has studied in the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece), the University of Antwerp (Belgium), and UMIST (UK) and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester (Manchester Business School, UK).