Hellenic Bankers Association UK

Chairman’s Circle

The Chairman’s Circle acts in an advisory capacity to our Executive Committee. The Chairman’s Circle includes all former Chairmen of the Association since its inception.

Christos Megalou

Chief Executive Officer at Piraeus Bank

Christos Megalou is a Chief Executive Officer at Piraeus Bank since 2017. He is also a Non-Executive Board Member at Safe Bulkers Inc. Christos is a former Founder and Managing Director at Tite Capital Limited and Chief Executive Officer at Eurobank. Mr. Megalou received an MBA in Finance at Aston University.

Christos Megalou began his professional career in 1984, where he started working at Arthur Andersen & Co (Athens, Greece) as an auditor, until 1986. He then moved to Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATEbank) and became a member of the Internal Audit Division, until 1989. Following that, he started working as Director in Barclays’ first investment banking arm, which was established in 1985 under the name “Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW)”.

Notis Mitarakis

Minister of Migration & Asylum at Government of the Hellenic Republic

Notis Mitarachi currently serves as Minister of Migration and Asylum, and is a member of the Hellenic Parliament for Chios with New Democracy. He was appointed Vice Minister for Development & Competitiveness on June 21, 2012. He was elected Member of the Hellenic Parliament in May 2012 and was re-elected in June 2012.

Mr. Mitarachi’s most recent appointments, as of July and August 2012, include Alternate Governor of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Governor of the Board of Governors of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank. On November 30, the Prime Minister appointed Mr Mitarachi, as Chairman of Interministerial Committee for Investment & International Trade. In 2011, he was elected Regional Councilor for Attica and appointed Member of the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party (EPP). In 2010, he became Alternate Head of Economic Policy of the New Democratic Political Party.

Stratos Chatzigiannis

Investment Director at NBGI PE

Stratos Chatzigiannis is an Investment Director at NBGI PE, and was formerly Head of Capital Markets of NBGI, as well as a former Director of Corporate Finance at EFG Private Bank. Professional background: He has 15 years of experience in the capital markets, having been involved in many major Greek capital raising activities, including shipping companies.

Mr. Chatzigiannis has extensive experience in the shipping industry in structuring shipping transactions, arranging financings and capital raisings as well as in the operational cycles of the industry. Educational experience: Mr. Chatzigiannis holds a BSc and MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Michail Zekkos

Partner, Permira Advisers

Michail is Head of the London office. He focuses on investment opportunities in the Technology sector. He has worked on a number of transactions including Curriculum Associates, Exclusive Group, Findus Italy, Netafim and Teraco.

Prior to joining Permira, Michail worked for eight years in technology investment banking at JPMorgan in London.

Michail has degrees in Political Sciences and Economics from Athens Law School, Greece, and the American College of Greece, respectively. He also holds a Master’s in Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School, England, and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Andreas Zobanakis

Former International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Andreas Zombanakis is an investment banker and entrepreneur based in Athens, Greece. He co-founded Vector Partners in 2006, a leading independent corporate finance adviser which has worked on transactions involving major multinationals in Greece and the surrounding region. In 2007 he co-founded Enexon SA, a leading developer, owner and operator of Photovoltaic plants in Greece, which was sold in 2011 to ENEL SpA, the Italian state utility. He is also Chairman and CEO of TANEO SA, the Hellenic Republic’s Fund of Funds for investments in the “New Economy”.

Prior to moving to Greece in 2006, he spent 18 years at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank in London and was involved in a number of areas including leveraged finance, was part of a team that developed credit derivatives in the early 90s and was a founder partner of DB’s Private Equity division, DB Capital Partners.

Andreas serves on the Boards of a number of NGOs in Greece involved in arts & education, the environment, children with disabilities and the Patriarchate of Constantinople. He was formerly on the Board of United Biscuits plc and was Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association (UK) for a number of years.

Andreas has a BA from Harvard, a Master’s of Architecture from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Wharton.

Antonis Ntatzopoulos

Executive Director at J.P. Morgan

Antonis Ntatzopoulos is an Executive Director at JP Morgan. Previously, he worked for NatWest Markets, RBS Group he focuses on financing UK and European Insurers, Brokers, and Global Asset Managers, as well as Greek and Cypriot Financial Institutions. Antonis has 12 years’ experience in Investment Banking, FIG Coverage and Capital Markets.

He started his career in RBS Markets as an analyst and in 2007 moved on to Debt Capital Markets covering Greek, Cypriot, Italian as well as German and Nordic clients. Since 2007, has originated and executed a number public and private transactions for a total amount of over €55bn, as well as structured finance and derivatives transactions in Greece. In 2012, he moved on to help set-up the Sovereign Wealth Funds Global coverage team at RBS.

Antonis holds an MSc in Investment Management from City University Cass Business School and an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Athens University of Economics and Business.

Yiannis Kyriakopoulos

Country Manager/Chairman of Supervisory Board

Yannis Kyriakopoulos is the Country Manager and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Piraeus Bank in Ukraine. He joined Piraeus Bank in 1999 as General Manager of its London Branch and subsequently headed Piraeus Bank Group’s International Banking, Corporate and Shipping Finance and Wealth Management. He has served in various Boards of Directors of Piraeus Bank Group banks, other financial institutions and real estate companies as well as Vice Chairman of Hellenic Seaways.

Before joining Piraeus Bank, Yannis worked for KPMG, Andersen and Ionian Bank in London. Yannis is a graduate of Democritus University, Greece in Civil Engineering and holds a MSc degree in Engineering from the City University, London and a MSc degree in Investment Management from CASS Business School, London. He has also served as Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association-UK.

George Matsakas


George Matsakas is a Founder and the Chairman of the First Executive Committee of the Hellenic Bankers Association – UK.

George had a long banking career both in London and Athens. In London he worked for 12 years as the Manager of the West End Branch of the Commercial Bank of London and as a Director, for over a year, prior to the Bank’s acquisition by the Alpha Bank Group in 1995. At Alpha Bank London he was Manager based at its Head Office in the City of London responsible for a growing portfolio of high net worth clients.

After 24 years in London he returned to Athens and took up the post of Deputy Division Manager of the Financial Institutions Division of the Alpha Bank AE with the responsibility to develop relations and business co-operation with Banks in all continents.

George’s career started in Athens at the Accountancy Dept of one of the main Branches of the Commercial Bank of Greece. Between 1980 and 1983 he worked as Forex Trader of the Commercial Bank of Greece in Athens. George is a graduate of the City of London Polytechnic and of the Institute of Economic and Banking Studies of the Commercial Bank of Greece Group.

Mary Alexandrakis

Vice President, DVB Bank SE

Mary-Irene Alexandrakis has been acting as an elected member of the Hellenic Bankers Association Executive Committee since 2011 and in 2020 joined the Chairman’s Circle as Executive Coordinator. She is currently employed by DVB Bank, where she has been focusing on Restructuring and Corporate Finance for the Shipping and Land transport industries. She has been involved in various transactions and projects, including M&A, capital markets and debt advisory to international transportation companies. Prior to DVB she held an analyst position at Citi, working in the M&A Oil & Gas Group. There, she covered Citi’s clients, including Major Oil & Gas companies, independent Exploration and Production players, Oilfield Services as well as Storage and Transportation companies.

Prior to joining Citi in July 2010, Mary-Irene completed her post graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2010, receiving an M.S. in Transportation from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Her studies were focused on Marine Transportation and, in particular, her research involved a financial and operational analysis of marine transportation of carbon dioxide for Enhanced Oil Recovery; the project was sponsored by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). During her studies at MIT, she was a member of the MIT Energy Club and involved in the Hellenic Students Association of Boston.

Ms. Alexandrakis also holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business with distinction, obtained in 2008, and has graduated from Athens College in 2004 with distinction.

Georgia Galouzidi

Client Relationship Manager, Russell Investments

Ms Georgia Galouzidi has been in the HBA-UK Executive Committee since 2011 and she has been actively involved in events planning as well as members’ engagement. In early 2020, she joined the Chairman Circle as an Executive Coordinator with the aim to develop the association’s strategic vision.

Ms Georgia Galouzidi is a Relationship Manager at Russell Investments, one of the leading players in the Asset Management Industry. Her role involves working closely with UK pension schemes to maintain and evolve their relationships by providing strategic advice for their asset allocation and liability management. Georgia also works with Sovereign Wealth Funds in Middle East and Africa to provide them with efficient client servicing and strategic advising. As part of her professional development, she became a CFA Charterholder. Georgia joined Russell Investments in 2012.

Ms Galouzidi holds an MSc in Finance from Imperial College Business School and a BSc in Management Science and Technology from Athens University of Economics & Business. During her university studies Georgia participated voluntarily on the organisation committee of the annual Management Science & Technology conference, which was hosted by the University. Lastly, Georgia graduated from Athens College with distinction on July 2004.