18 December 2009

Hilton, Thaleia Room
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Antonopoulos Filimon
Vergos Konstantinos, Ph.D.
Visvikis Ilias, Ph.D.
Georgiadis Nikolaos
Kavussanos Manolis, Ph.D.
Kontinakis Nikolaos
Lamprou Emmanuel, CMT
Pittis Nikitas, Ph.D.
Popotas Vasilis
Spiroglou Alex
Topaloglou Nikolaos, Ph.D.
Flamouris Dimitris, Ph. D.
Christodoulakis Georgios, PhD
  Boussios Ilias (2nd Panel)
Korres Alkis, Ph.D. (3rd Panel)
Sinanis Nick, CFA (4th Panel)
Chatzidakis Emmanouel (1st Panel)

Filimon Antonopoulos

Head of Sales at the Treasury & Capital Markets

Marfin Egnatia Bank

Presentation's Subject: Applied Hedging Strategies for the Dry Shipping Market. What could we have done in 2009? What can we do for 2010 or 2011?

Filimon Antonopoulos is the Head of Sales at the Treasury & Capital Markets department of Marfin Egnatia Bank. His expertise is on corporate liability management/hedging against commodity exposures (petroleum, freight, emissions). He has graduated from the Department of mechanical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, received his MBA on Finance from the University of Florida of United States and is currently PhD Candidate at the Centre of Energy Policy & Development of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Filimon Antonopoulos is a certified Derivatives Market Maker/Trader from the Athens Derivatives Exchange, certified Portfolio Manager from the Financial Services Authority (London), Hellenic Capital Market Commission and the Bank of Greece. He is also the representative of London's Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and the President of the Greek Members Branch.

Vergos Konstantinos, Ph.D.


Hellenic Association of Certified Stockmarket Analysts (HECSA)

Presentation's Subject: Business Cycles and Capital Allocation

Konstantinos Vergos holds a PhD in Economics from University of Wales (University of Wales, UK) , from where he previously received his Master in Arts in Finance and Banking after receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and his BSc in Mechanical Engineering. He is the Chairman of the Hellenic Association of Certified Stockmarket Analysts (ΕΕΠΑΜΑ),, member of the HFAA, and he is Certified Analyst by the HCMC.

Κατέχει τιμητική βράβευση από το Institute of Management της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας για εργασία (project) σε μεταπτυχιακό επίπεδο σε σχέση με τον συνδυασμό Διαχείρισης Τραπεζικών Κινδύνων και ανόδου Χρηματιστηριακής Αξίας Τραπεζών. He has more than 15 years working and managerial experience in the Financial sector (Brokerage Companies and Banks) well as in companies in the Services and the Industrial Sector, including Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Hellenic Petroleum, while also holds long standing experience in the Consulting sector.

Interalia, he has managed the Analysis Department of four brokerage companies, being now the Director of the Analysis Department of Cyclos Securities S.A. He has undertake 8% of underwriting projects done in the Athens Stock Exchange for the last 3 years, had been responsible for the management of funds of an investment company, and is a member of the Investment Committee of Brokerage companies, for the last 13 years.He has conducted research reports of more than 120 listed and non-listed in exchanges companies, he has written more than 600 articles in financial newspapers and magazines, and he has a systematic presence for the last 15 years in the Greek media as an expert in company valuation, capital markets and financial policy issues.

Konstantinos Vergos has tought Financial Analysis in University of Torun, Poland, Risk Management for Financial Institution in National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Business Cycles and Financial Cycles in the Open University of Cyprus , while teaching Finance, Company Valuation and Financial Derivatives to candidates for the analyst professional certifications CIIA and CEFA. He teaches Financial Analysis, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Financial Management at a postgraduate level in the National Technical University of Athens, while also teaching Financial Management, Financial Engineering and Multinational Companies Management for Doctorate candidates in the European University.

His PhD thesis is in using Option pricing method to evaluate companies while subject of his MA dissertation was the use of currency futures and currency options in hedging cash positions. He published (in scientific journals) or presented 15 scientific papers in finance and he is member of the Editorial Board of two international scientific journals in business and economics.

Visvikis Ilias, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Finance & Academic Director MBA in Shipping Program

ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece

Presentation's Subject: Business Risk Management in Shipping: Current Trends and Future Prospects

Dr. Ilias D. Visvikisholds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from University of Aegean, Greece, a M.Sc. in International Financial Markets from University of Southampton, a M.Sc. in International Shipping from University of Plymouthand a Ph.D. in Finance from City University Cass Business School, London. His doctoral thesis was financially supported by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Ministry of Economy and Finance of Greece, under the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Research Fellowship. He is elected as an Assistant Professor of Finance and is the Academic Director of the MBA in Shipping Program at ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece.

He has lectured at the Hellenic Open University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) and University of Piraeus and tutored in City University Cass Business School.He has teaching and research interests in the areas of financial and shipping derivatives, shipping finance and investments.His research work has been published in top international refereed journals, in the areas of finance and shipping and presented extensively in academic and business conferences around the world. He is also the co-author of the first comprehensive book published in the area of risk management and derivatives in shipping.

Finally, he has held posts in the Central Securities Depository of Greece and in the derivatives market of the Athens Exchange. At the same time, he has provided consultancy and executive training services to companies in the areas of shipping finance and risk management.

Georgiadis Nicholaos

Director of Research

Valuation & Research Specialists (VRS), VALUEINVEST, IRAJ.gr

Presentation's Subject: Valuing the Equity Market

Georgiadis Nicholaos studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business (previously ASEB). He completed post-graduate studies first in the USA, where he received the CSS diploma from Harvard University, and subsequently in the UK where he was granted a Master's of Science in Finance from the ISMA Center of Reading University.

He has served as financial analyst in Greece and abroad, whereas in the last 15 years he has held the position of Research Director in prominent Greek brokerage firms, as well as in independent research firms.In the last few years, he has produced special research papers on the capital markets and the international equity markets with topics such as fundamental analysis and modern corporate valuation, the international currency exchange markets, as well as the effects of currency devaluation on international equity markets.

His articles and opinions have been published in several Greek and International publications, and until now, he has written the books "Super Stocks - How to Recognize the Best Investment Selections", "Fundamental & Technical Analysis, "Financial Reporting & How the Publicly Traded Companies Improve their Stock Image", and "Aspects of Corporate Valuation & Analysis". He has also collaborated in writing and publication of the "Guide to Derivatives in the Greek Stock Market" under the aegis of the University of Macedonia Press.

He has lectured a series of specialized seminars in co-operation with - or for the account of - various Greek and international organizations. His current research interest focuses mainly on the development and interpretation of specialized corporate valuation ratios and models. He is Research Director of "Valuation & Research Specialists" and member of HACSA. He is PhD candidate at the University of Macedonia.

Kavussanos Manolis, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance

Director M.Sc. and PhD programs in Accounting and Finance, and Research Centre for Finance

Presentation's Subject: Links between Commodity and Shipping Derivatives Markets

Professor Manolis G. Kavussanos is a faculty member of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece. He is the Director of the MSc and PhD programs in Accounting and Finance and of the Research Centre for Finance at AUEB.He holds a BSc and MSc (Economics) from London University and a PhD (Applied Economics) from City University Cass Business School (Cass), London.

He launched and Directed the MSc in Trade, Logistics and Finance at Cass until he joined AUEB. He has held various posts as professor of finance and shipping in universities in more than eight countries around the globe.

He has written extensively in the areas of finance, shipping and applied economics and has been the author of numerous pieces of academic work published in top international refereed journals, in conference proceedings and books. This work has been presented in international conferences and professional meetings around the world, gaining awards for its quality, being sponsored by both public and private sector companies and being cited extensively by other researchers in the area.

Since 1992 he has worked in developing the area of risk analysis and management in shipping and is the author of the unique and most comprehensive book on risk management and derivatives in shipping.

Kontinakis Nikolaos

Energy policy and markets consultant

VRS "Investment Research & Analysis Journal"

Presentation's Subject: Oil Prices Fundamentals

Nikolaos Kontinakis is working as a technical consultant for RES and energy conservation projects in the energy studies department of CINAR SA. He is also a member of the research team of IRAJ (Investment Research & Analysis Journal) as a consultant in energy policy and markets sectors.

He studied physics in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and completed his MSc studies, in the same university. He started his career in telecommunications projects and returned, as a PHd candidate, to the Energy Policy and Development Centre of NKUA. During the last five years, he has been involved in research as well as European projects regarding energy policies and strategies and regulation and analysis of energy markets. Apart from NKUA, he has collaborated with the National Technical University of Athens and Electrabel Energeia Hellas in projects regarding the Greek power market.

Korres Alkis, Ph.D


Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists

  • Chairman, Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists (2006 - )
  • Adjunct Professor, Aegean University, International Shipping Policy & Shipping Markets
  • Senior Research Fellow, Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) for Energy and Shipping
  • Ability and Knowledge Metrication Organization (AKMO), Chairman.
  • Naftotrade Shipping and Trading SA, Director

Bousios Ilias

Senior Research Associate

Equalia Research Hellas

Mr. Ilias Boussios graduated from the Statistics & Actuarial Science department of the University of Pireaus, Greece majoring in statistics. He earned his Master's of Science degree (M.Sc.) in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. His main focus has been on technical analysis of equities, bonds, commodities and currencies. He has worked as a technical analyst for various brokerage firms in Greece. In 2002 founded metatrading.gr, a technical analysis website, which caters to the local stock market providing technical analysis research for stocks, currencies and commodities.

He has completed the CMT (Chartered Market Technician) program in 2007 which is administered by the Market Technicians Association of the US. His research focuses primarily in the modern technical methods including mechanical trading systems. He has published numerous notes of technical analysis on many investment related magazines and newspapers and also appeared on TV shows discussing markets from the technical analysis point of view. He joined Equalia Research Hellas in 2007 and sits on the research meetings.

Lamprou Emmanuel, CMT

Fund Manager

NBG Asset Management MFMC

Presentation's Subject: Exchange Trading Funds (ETF's) and Technical Analysis

Mr. E. D. Lamprou is an acting Fund Manager in the Investment Department of NBG Asset Management MFMC. He specializes in the use of Indexation Strategies, applied in the management of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) and Index Funds. Additional areas of interest include Listed and OTC Derivatives Securities, Certificates of Difference (CFD's) and Technical Analysis.

He studied Economics at the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Department of Economics (1997) and he holds an M.Sc. degree from City University, Cass Business School of London (2000). Fields of study include Derivatives Securities, Portfolio Management and Indexation Strategies.  

He is a certified Portfolio Manager (HCMC), a certified Derivatives Marketmaker - Trader (EUREX & ADEX) and a certified CMT Analyst (MTA). Also he has worked as Scientific Advisor for the Office of Continuous and Further Education of National and Kapodestrian University of Athens in the areas of Derivatives Securities and Technical Analysis.  

Pittis Nikitas, Ph.D

Professor in Financial Econometrics,

University Of Piraeus

Presentation's Subject: Forecasting Financial Variables Using Statistical Models

Prof. Nikitas Pittis holds a PhD in Financial Economics and Econometrics from the University of London, UK (1991) and is full Professor in Financial Econometrics at the Department of Banking and Financial Management at the University of Piraeus (Greece), since 2000. He has been the head of the same Department during 2000-2002 (the youngest head ever, to be elected in the history of the University) and the initiator and director of the departmental doctoral program. He was Associate Professor at the University of Piraeus (2000-2003), Associate Professor (1994-2000) and Assistant Professor (1993-1994) at the Department of Economics of the University of Cyprus, and has taught at the University of London (UK), at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), and the Athens University of Economics and Business. He was also financial advisor of the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), the Cyprus Bank of Reconstruction and Development and member of the Economic Advisory Board of the Greek Government (2004-2007). He has coordinated and/or participated in many research projects financed by various national and international organizations and foundations.

He has published more than fifty articles in highly ranked academic journals (including leading journals such as: Econometric Theory, Journal of Time Series Analysis, Journal of Financial Econometrics, Econometrics Journal, Journal of International Money and Finance, Canadian Journal of Economics, etc.). He is the author of two books: 'Probability Foundations of Econometrics' and 'Economic Dynamics: Theory and Applications'. He has acted as a referee for many prestigious academic journals and has supervised four doctoral theses. His academic work is highly and internationally cited and recognised, (250 citations in Google Scholar and 2500 Google Search engines). He has presented his work in numerous prestigious international academic conferences, and has given public and academic lecturers all over the world.

Popotas Vasilis


Greek Association of Market Analysts

Presentation's Subject: Current Relative Strength Picture

Mr. Popotas Vasilis graduated from the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. Served in the military from 1995-97. Since 1997 he focused on fundamental analysis, especially on analyzing balance sheets. By 1998 he understood the value of Technical Analysis in managing risk. Vassilis represented Greece in various conferences on Technical Analysis both IFTA's (London 2002, Washington 2003, Vancouver 2005) as well as MTA's.

On May, 2009 as GAMA's president he signed an agreement of mutual cooperation between the local organization and MTA. He has completed all three levels of CMT studies, the recognized accreditation on T.A. globally. Currently he is working towards completing his doctorate thesis on Managing Funds under Deflation. He has worked with numerous Greek, British and American institutions.

Sinanis Nikolaos, CFA

Independent Quantitative Equity Research Analyst

AKRA Constructions S.A.

Nick Sinnanis has a BSc in Production Engineering and Management from Technical University of Crete. In 1991, he acquired apostgraduate diploma in Statistics and Operational Research. He is CFA charterholder since 2007

Among his responsibilities is to develop, implement and enhance quantitative portfolio strategies and multifactor research modeling for stock selection strategies for Greek and International Stock Markets since 1995

Spiroglou Alex

Investment Manager

Odin Capital Management, England

Alex Spiroglou is an Investment Manager for Odin Capital Management, a FSA regulated global macro investment management firm. Additionally to his trading book, he also setup the Proprietary Trading Department and designed the Inhouse Training Course to train aspiring Junior Traders.
Before joining Odin he spent two years at Futex Proprietary group, trading futures across all asset classes. During his tenure at the firm he was offered a partnership and a directorship for the Futex Investment & Trading Academy (FITA), Previously he was researching and developing cross asset (intermarket) trading strategies for the Ulysses Global Macro Hedge Fund (listed ISE).

Before that, he was at the "Derivatives Sales and Trading" desk of Energon Capital Finance, where he was doing advisory derivatives portfolio management and heading the Northern Greece Desk.

Additionally he continued working on developing proprietary cross asset (global macro) relationships and strategies. He holds a Bsc in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School in London (1996). He holds the "Certified Financial Technician - CFTe" designation by the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA), the "Diploma of Technical Analysis - DipTA (ATAA)" administered by the Australian Technical Analysts Association (ATAA), has a full member designation of the Society of Technical Analysts in the UK (MSTA), the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) administered by the UK Society of Investment Professionals, "Market Maker / Trader" license administered by the Athens derivatives Exchange, the "Investment Consultant" license administered by the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission, etc.

Topaloglou Nikolaos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (elect) of Finance in the Department of International and European Economic Studies

University Of Athens

Presentation's Subject: A stochastic programming framework for international portfolio management

Nikolas Topaloglou is Assistant Professor (elect) of Finance in the Department of International and European Economic Studies. He has a Ph.D in Finance from the University of Cyprus (2004), MSc in Decision Sciences (Honors), Athens University of Economics and Business (2000), MSc in Operations Research, University Paris IX Dauphine (1998), Bachelor in Electronics and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete (1997). His research interests are related to computational finance, international investments, option pricing, portfolio theory, stochastic programming, models under uncertainty (applications in finance).

Flamouris Dimitris, Ph.D.

Head of Stock Exotics

Royal Bank of Scotland, UK

Presentation's Subject: New Developments in the Structured Products Area

Dimitris Flamouris graduated from the Mathematics Department of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and continued his studies doing a MSc and a Ph.D. degree in City University of London.
He has worked in Deloitte and Touche for a year as a quantitative specialist in derivatives. His role was to build independent pricing models and verify the prices of the exotic derivative structures that banks were being audited from Deloitte holding in their portfolios. Leaving Deloitte, he worked at Bear Stearns in the Risk Management Department for vanilla equity derivatives. His role entailed monitoring of the positions of the traders and reporting to senior management scenarios that could cost to the bank as well as certain positions considered to be very risky.

In August 2002, he moved internally at Equity Exotics Derivatives Trading where he stayed until January 2005. His role was to trade and hedge the risks coming from new and existing positions in the equity exotics book. Most products had a maturity of more than 1 or 2 years and their underlyings were stocks and indices from all markets, from Asia to America.

Since February 2005 he has been with ABN, and now Royal Bank of Scotland, in a similar role, but with the extra duties of pricing the exotic products as well as contributing in the formation in the structuring phase. He has been covering all markets, both mature and emerging, as well as certain commodity markets, such as precious metals or oil. Recently he became the Head of Stock Exotics in RBS managing the stock exotics portfolio.

Chatzidakis Emmanouel

Head of Investment Strategy

Pegasus Securities S.A.

Mr. Chatzidakis is a certified Analyst from the Hellenic Capital Market Comitee and since 2004 is working for Pegasus Securities as a Head of Investment Strategy. He is a profesional analyst since 1999 and at the same time he is a scientific partner of Athens University of Economics and Business and University of Piraeus. He graduated in 1996 from the Statistics Department of Athens University of Economic and Business and he also holds an MBA from ALBA (2001).

In 2006 he was nominated as the "analyst of the year" in an open vote from the Athens Stock Exchange and in 2007 he became a member of the board in Pegasus Securities. Mr Chatzidakis has a lot of publications in the daily and periodical press and he is a founder member of SED.

Χριστοδουλάκης Γεώργιος, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Finance,

Manchester Business School, UK

Presentation's Subject: The Role of Credit Mis-Rating in Derivative Markets

Ο Δρ. Γεώργιος Α. Χριστοδουλάκης είναι Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Χρηματοοικονομικής στο Manchester Business School και σύμβουλος χρηματοπιστωτικών ιδρυμάτων. Είναι ειδικός στην ποσοτική χρηματοοικονομική με έμφαση στην θεωρία και την οικονομετρία των πιστωτικών κινδύνων και των κινδύνων αγοράς. Ερευνητικές εργασίες του έχουν δημοσιευθεί σε διεθνή περιοδικά με κριτές όπως Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Credit Risk, Econometric Reviews, Annals of Finance, European Journal of Operational Research και International Transactions in Operational Research, ενώ είναι συχνά ομιλητής σε διεθνή εξειδικευμένα συνέδρια. Ο κ. Χριστοδουλάκης έχει εργαστεί στο Cass Business School του City University του Λονδίνου, στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Exeter, Βρετανία, καθώς και ως σύμβουλος διοίκησης της Τράπεζας της Ελλάδος σε θέματα τραπεζικής εποπτείας, συστημικών κινδύνων και ευστάθειας. Έχει αποκτήσει δύο μεταπτυχιακούς τίτλους Master καθώς και PhD από το Πανεπιστήμιου του Λονδίνου, έχει εκδώσει το βιβλίο The Analytics of Risk Model Validation, 2008 Elsevier, και συμμετέχει στα εκδοτικά συμβούλια των Journal of Risk Model Validation και International Journal of Accounting, Banking and Finance.

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