New Executive Committee, Chairman’s Circle and Ambassadors


Hellenic Bankers Association – UK (HBA-UK) elects new Executive Committee, formalises its advisory board Chairman’s Circle and appoints Ambassadors in financial institutions in the City of London.


London, Wednesday, 21 February 2018: The Hellenic Bankers Association UK (HBA-UK) announces the election of the new Executive Committee following the Association’s biannual Ordinary General Meeting which took place at the Hellenic Centre on the 7th of February 2018.

The new Executive Committee is: Chairman: Louis Loizou (Armila Capital); Vice Chairman: Viki Fotopoulou (Barclays); Head of Communications Committee: Mary-Irene Alexandrakis (DVB Bank); Head of Events Committee: Georgia Galouzidi (Russell Investments); Head of Development Committee: Kelly Kalaitzaki (Morgan Stanley); Executive Member: Greg Hadjigrigoriadis (Credit Suisse); and Executive Member: Dimitra Falida (Citi).

The Chairman’s Circle consists of all the past Chairmen of the Association and its role is to primarily oversee the Association’s long term strategic direction and provide support and stewardship to that end. Its current formation is: Antonis Ntatzopoulos, Stratos Chatzigiannis, Christos Megalou, Notis Mitarakis, Michail Zekkos, Yiannis Kyriakopoulos, George Matsakas, and Andreas Zobanakis.

Besides, the Executive Committee has appointed 15 Ambassadors within various financial institutions and organizations in the City of London. The Ambassadors represent the Association and assist the Executive Committee in implementing its duties.


Note to Editors:

Hellenic Bankers Association – UK

The Hellenic Bankers Association – UK (HBA-UK) was founded in 1994 to promote a closer co-operation among Greek and Cypriot Bankers and finance professionals based in London. Currently, HBA-UK has in excess of 2,000 members and followers primarily in the City of London and throughout Europe, a participation which has been the most pristine reflection of professionalism, model corporate citizenship and hard work ethics.

The Association, which constitutes the most important communications and networking platform for the Greeks of the financial and banking sector in the financial capital of Europe, is seeking to actively offer a platform for transnational economic and business activities and to be on the front line of the developments on issues related not only to the industry internationally but also to the Greek economy and entrepreneurship.

HBA-UK’s steady growth and successful activity showcases its pivotal role as an attracting point and interconnection carrier between principally in the London financial centre and the Greek/Cypriot political, economic and business communities.

In recent years, the Association’s successful official events have hosted leading business, economic and political personalities from the United Kingdom / United States, Europe, Greece and Cyprus; for matters mainly concerning the Greek and Cypriot economies.

More information can be found in HBA-UK’s website at

Greek International Women Awards

Dear Members & Friends,

HBA UK Board Member Viki Fotopoulou is a finalist on Category Finance at the 2017 Greek International Women Awards.
You can also participate in the biggest celebration of Greek Women talent and achievement and experience an inspirational evening in the British Museum.

Press release, Info & Videos

Kind regards

HBA UK Executive Committee

HBAUK-Citizenship-Giving back to Greece

Dear Members & Friends,

After mentoring and providing masterclasses in Finance for Reload Greece in first half of 2017, HBA-UK continues its Citizenship initiatives giving back to Greece via the Bodossakis Foundation.

Please see below two interesting initiatives and register your interest. We will continue our key themes throughout 2017 as recently announced by the Chairman of HBA-UK – mentoring, networking, connecting

Bodossakis Foundation- if interested, please email

Could you be a mentor for a social initiative?

The Bodossaki Foundation’s new capacity building hub ‘Social Dynamo’ is a space for empowering civil society, focusing on learning, professional support and networking. To support this work, the Bodossaki Foundation has established a network of pro bono mentors who support civil society groups and organisations in achieving their goals, by enabling them to learn new skills and knowledge from highly qualified professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. As mentors, the professionals offer one meeting per month in order to support a group/organisation to achieve a specific goal that it has identified as a priority for its work.

Because of the high demand for this service, Bodossakis Foundation are now ready to expand our mentoring team. Potential mentors must have at least 5 years’ professional experience in a relevant field, including but not limited to including management and financial management, human resources, communications, marketing, law and accountancy.

Would you like to support rural Greece and help it grow?

If you love Greece and want to help people stay in the countryside and develop the land’s unique potential the “Thought for Food” Programme  gives you the opportunity to support farmers, small businesses and cooperatives, living in different regions in Greece and active in the production of Greek products such as olives, honey, fruit and vegetables, aromatic plants and husbandry. The programme provides much-needed education, training and cutting-edge biotechnological research to strengthen the aforementioned sectors at all stages, from production to processing, exporting and marketing. In this effort, the Bodossaki Foundation has partnered with the American Farm School and the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) at the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki. You can learn more about “Thought for Food” by clicking here or/and watching this video.

Register now your interest by emailing

Kind regards

HBA UK Executive Committee

2017 Annual Gala Ball – Press release

Dear Members & friends,

We would like to thank you all for your participation in our Annual Gala Ball and making this event another success!

Our thanks to the HBA corporate supporters and affiliates.

We hope to see you again in our forthcoming events. Stay tuned!

Kind regards

HBA UK Executive Committee


Chairman’s Speech

Your Excellencies, esteemed guests that flew over from the United States and Greece, our past Chairmen Christo Megalou and Strato Chatzigiannis for honouring us again today, ladies and gentlemen 

Today we celebrate what we have achieved in these last 18 months
  • Led and participated over 20 events 
  • Added over a hundred new members to our HBA network
  • Reached out to more than 12,000 followers globally via our internet interaction
  • Established a regular dialogue and found ways to work together with all associations of hellenic interest in the U.K.
  • A Very successful Ambassadors scheme – people who wish to contribute more and equally to Executive members of board 

What are the two pillars of the future

  • Mentoring and Networking
  • Content and being platform of communication between the UK, Europe, Greece and Cyprus 

Our task is simple 

  • We do the right thing for our members, giving real value for their time spent – it is a luxury and we thank them for that
  • We aim to give value back to our homeland, with our first event in Athens in H2 2017, a close cooperation with Lovegreece and the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce – Looking to establish more ways to work in Cyprus 
  • Aspire to be a home for excellence and  a platform for communication of what’s Best of Greece and Cyprus

It requires focus and commitment, and for this I can only but thank the HBA Executive Committee

Stratos Chatzigiannis 

Louis Loizou

Viki Fotopoulou

Emmanuel Androulakis

Thanos Karagiannidis 

George Ercan

and more importantly our ‘new’ mothers who we miss today, Georgia Galouzidi and Maria Irene Alexandraki. 

Special thanks to Piraeus Bank for their long term support, Shearman & Stirling, Critical Publics, Loizou & Co, Filos Dynotech RS , Delta Executive Search, The Hellenic American Bankers Association, The Hellenic Hope, Reload Greece, GPWN, The Hellenic Engineers and the Hellenic teams from HSBC and Morgan Stanley as well as  our committed HBA Ambassadors: Kelly, Korina, Margarita, Marina, Vassilis, Panos and Konstantinos. 

Thanks to Maltby&Greek for the fantastic wine selection and Nannuka for tonight’s nanny service. 

A great thank you to all, of you for coming here today.

Press links:

Annual Gala Ball, 10 June 2017

The Hellenic Bankers Association – UK cordially invites you and your guests to the 2017 Annual Gala at Mandarin Oriental Ballroom on Saturday 10th June.

Please join us in celebrating another successful year with our flagship summer event. The night will start with a champagne reception in the Loggia room and its terrace overlooking Hyde Park, followed by a three-course dinner and dancing.

Date: Saturday 10 June 2017

Time: 18:00 – 00:30

The night will start with a networking champagne reception starting at 18:00. Ticket reservations include three-course dinner and wine starting at 19:00.

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66  Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

Dress Code: Black Tie

Tickets Sales

For table reservations (10 people), please kindly contact

Supporters  – Critical Public, Delta Executive, Hellenic Hope, Hellenic Hellenic Engineers Society GB, HSBC, Loizou & Co, Morgan Stanley, Piraeus UK, Reload Greece, Shearman & Sterling.

Special thanks to Maltby & Greek for their fine wine contribution to the HBA Gala Ball and Nannuka for their services.

**Event now SOLD OUT**

HBAUK supports Hellenic Hope, 17 May 2017


Wednesday 17 May 2017

Following last year’s huge success it is time to party again!

Hellenic Hope, Reload Greece, Greek Energy Forum, Greek Press Association, Hellenic Medical Society, Hellenic Engineers Society of GB, Hellenic Bankers’ Association and the Greek Professional Women’s Network join forces once again and invite you to a night of fun for our good cause.

Wednesday 17 May 2017 from 19:30


40 Jermyn Street, St. James’s SW1Y 6DN

Why: To celebrate with us, and support a good cause, of course. Don’t forget, all ticket proceeds will be donated to Hellenic Hope.

Dress Code: In line with our festive Spring theme.

How: As much as we would like to enjoy a drink with you, we cannot invite you in without a ticket. You will need to buy tickets online, or at the door as well – cash payments are not accepted on the night.

The first Prosecco is on us.

Bring your friends and join us for a night of giving and celebration!

See you there!

LSE event Sir Stelios HajiIoannou, 02 May 2017

Dear Members,

We are delighted to invite you to attend Sir Stelios discussing Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at the LSE. Serial entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, best known for creating easyJet, discusses the changing nature of entrepreneurship, building a pan-European brand, giving back to society and what the next generation of entrepreneurs need to know.

The Hellenic Bankers Association–UK (HBA–UK) has been allocated a small number of VIP seats. We invite our Association’s members to express their interest in attending this event by emailing The seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please find details below for your perusal:

  • Event: Sir Stelios on Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy
  • Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017
  • Time: 6.30-8.15pm, followed by networking reception
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, LSE Campus
  • Speakers: Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Dr Christian Busch

Yours Sincerely,

HBA–UK Executive Committee

***Please note ALL seats have now been allocated and event is SOLD OUT by LSE- Only registered ticket holders will be admitted***