Capital Link’s 11th Annual Shipping and Marine Services Forum

Description: This event aims to provide investors with a comprehensive review and current outlook of the various shipping markets and in addition, cover topics of critical interest to industry participants, financiers and investors.
: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Venue: The Royal Society
: 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
Attendance: RSVP to

Attica Fire Relief – Fundraising

Dear Members and Followers,

We are all deeply saddened by the tragic news of the wildfire that burst in Attica earlier this week.

In memory of all those lost and in support of those injured or without shelter, the Hellenic Bankers Association- UK (HBA-UK) are looking to fundraise and are kindly asking for your support and generosity. For any contributions please use the official bank account of the Greek branch of The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. For any donations please see account details below.

Name: Hellenic Red Cross
Reference: Attica fire relief
Eurobank Ergasias AE
Bank Address: 7 Korai St & 37 Panepistimiou St, Athens 10564

If you have any questions or further comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at
Yours Sincerely,

The Executive Committee

Annual Summer Ball

Dear Members and Followers,

We would like to inform you that our annual gala will take place at Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, on Saturday the 9th of June 2018. The setup for this year will be a four-course dinner, inclusive of champagne reception and wine consumption. The dinner will be followed by an after-party at the same location until 3am. Members and guests will have the opportunity to attend both the dinner and the after-party from 7pm, or only the after-party from 11pm onwards. For table reservations and tickets, please contact

Event: Annual Summer Ball
Date: 9 June 2018, Saturday
Time: 7pm till 3am
Venue: Bvlgari
Address: 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
Attendance: Open event

Link to book your place:

Early bird prices valid until 18 May 2018. For table reservations of 10 persons, please email

We look forward to welcoming you to our annual gala soon!

Yours Faithfully,
HBA-UK Executive Committee

Upcoming Events and Newsletter (Mar-Jun 2018)

Dear Members and Followers,

It is with great pleasure to welcome you to our first issue of the newsletter of the Hellenic Bankers Association – UK (HBA-UK). We endeavour to provide you, our members and followers, with a full calendar of activities, events and networks. If you would like to continue hearing more about our events and activities then please fill out our membership form here; in case you have not done so recently.

1. Upcoming Events

City Spring Drinks

We will be hosting our City Spring Drinks at Devonshire Club on Wednesday the 11th of April 2018. Located in the heart of The City, Devonshire Club is London’s latest private members club. It features bars, lounges, a brasserie, gardens, wellness centre and a boutique hotel. We have obtained access to a private area for hosting our drinks, so we expect this to be an exclusive event. If you wish to attend, please rsvp to The event is complimentary for members and followers.

Event: City Spring Drinks
Date: 11 April 2018, Wednesday
Time: 7-9PM
Venue: Devonshire Club
Address: 5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD
Attendance: Open/complimentary to all, rsvp to

Greek Modern Art Preview

Towards the end of April or early May, we will be hosting a Greek modern art preview followed by a champagne reception exclusively for HBA-UK members. This event will be in association with Bonhams and GC Privé. The preview will include renowned paintings of Engonopoulos, Lytras, Ghika, Ralli and others. Further details will be released to our members closer to the event date.

Event: Greek Modern Art Preview
Date: Monday, 30 April 2018
Time: 6-8PM
Venue: Bonhams
Address: 101 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 1SR
Attendance: HBA-UK Members only

Panel Discussion: “Greece out of crisis? Building a competitive economy”

The LSE and HBA-UK have collaborated successfully for several years organising an annual panel discussion debating on timely topics relating to Greece. On this occasion, we will be hosting a panel discussion event jointly with the LSE’s Hellenic Observatory on the 21st of May under the title “Greece out of crisis? Building a competitive economy”. The event is complimentary and open to all but pre-registration is required. More information to follow soon.

Event: Panel Discussion: “Greece out of crisis? Building a competitive economy”
Date: 21 May 2018, Monday
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: TBC, LSE Campus
Address: TBC
Attendance: Open to all

Annual Summer Ball

Our annual gala will take place at Bulgari hotel, Knightsbridge, on Saturday the 9th of June 2018. The setup for this year will be a four-course dinner, inclusive of champagne reception and wine consumption. The dinner will be followed by an after-party at the same location until 3am. Members and guests will have the opportunity to attend both the dinner and the after-party from 7pm, or only the after-party from 11pm onwards. For table reservations and tickets, please contact More information and details will follow in the coming weeks.

Event: Annual Summer Ball
Date: 9 June 2018, Saturday
Time: 7pm till 3am
Venue: Bulgari Hotel
Address: 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
Attendance: Open event with subsidised prices for HBA-UK members

Chairmen’s Circle Forum

Over the past decade, the Chairmen’s Circle of HBAUK has organised a series of high-profile debates and discussion panels on Greek and Cyprus related issues, under the Chatham House Rule. These exclusive events provide a forum of discussion between senior figures from Greece and Cyprus and finance professionals in the City of London. The Chatham House Rule is designed to increase openness of discussion of current affairs, as it allows individuals to express and discuss opinions and arguments with a clear separation from the opinion and their organisations. Please note that the Association does not publish the events within the Chairmen’s Circle Forum. To register your interest to attend any of our prospective events within the Chairmen’s Circle Forum, please send an email to

Event: Chairmen’s Circle Forum
Attendance: By invitation only

2. Social and Charity Initiatives

HBA-UK School Awards

The Executive Committee of HBA-UK is delighted to announce the upcoming launch of the first edition of “HBA-UK School Awards”, aiming at secondary schools and universities in Greece and Cyprus. The award will be given annually to a student who produces the best piece of extended written work related to finance, as judged by an HBA-UK panel of academics and professionals within the field of finance. If you wish to get involved in the panel of the HBA-UK School Awards, please send an email with a brief biography and credentials to

Charity Support

Our Annual Summer Ball will be in support of a charitable organisation or foundation. We are looking for recommendations and suggestions from our members and followers. If you are aware of a charity which is active in Greece and/or Cyprus and you wish to nominate to HBA-UK Charity Support, please email

3. Industry Initiatives

HBA-UK Quarterly

Currently in the development stage, the Executive Committee of HBA-UK invites interest from members and followers who wish to get involved in the panel of the HBA-UK Quarterly. This publication will feature articles and opinions of topical finance matters related to Greece and Cyprus. If you wish to contribute any written work or ideas, please contact us at
Follow us on our website and social media to stay updated:


We hope to hear from you soon and welcoming you to our next event!

Yours Faithfully,
HBA-UK Executive Committee

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 (Loizou & Co); 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:

2017 Survey- Give us your feedback

Dear Members and Followers

Please help us understand better how HBA-UK can become more relevant and helpful to you!

Please take a few minutes to answer the questionnaire; at the end there is an open comments section- Average completion time 6 minutes

Kind regards
The Executive Committee
Hellenic Bankers Association-UK