The Faculty consists of shipping professionals who combine high professional and academic standards. They are strongly linked with commerce and shipping and following up the latest market developments and needs.

They are all Institute members and have ben accredited by Education and Training Committee of the ICS.

MEET OUR LECTURERS

WOOLDRIDGE ADRIAN, FICS

Mr. Adrian Wooldridge commenced his career in tanker shipping in 1989 at Ceres Hellenic Shipping (G.P.Livanos) and has been Chief Commercial Officer of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation since 2010. Before joining Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, Mr. Wooldridge worked for 8 years at various divisions of Shell Trading where he most recently served as Freight Trading Manager for Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd. in Barbados with overall responsibility for crude and refined petroleum products’ freight trading.

Mr. Wooldridge holds a Master’s in Business Administration with distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK and in 2018 he completed a Graduate Diploma in Law.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and teaches Tanker Chartering at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

Dr.Galanis Konstantinos

Dr. Galanis has 27 years of professional experience and is currently Director of Operations at Dido Shipping Co SA. He is a Commander (ret.) of the Hellenic Navy, Educational Counselor and member of Impact & Crashworthiness Lab for MIT and Founder of Shipping for Kids.

Ηolds three graduate degrees from MIT, namely MSc in Ocean Systems Management, Naval Engineer and PhD in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and Applied Mechanics (the first non-American active duty Officer to receive such title in the history of MIT). He has taught for several years courses related to Naval Architecture & Marine Hydrodynamics. He is a member of ABS European Technical Committee and ClassNK Greek Technical Committee. He has published several papers at International Journals, Conferences and events and has written several technical reports, projects and a book.

He is Lecturer at ICS Greek Branch/ HMC teaching Economics of Sea Transport & International Trade.

Captain GEORGIOU ANDREAS, FICS

Capt. Andreas upon graduating Leonteio Lykeio Patission, attended the Hellenic Merchant Marine Academy earning his officer’s commission and his Bachelor in Nautical Science. He served on board Bulk Carriers, RoRos and Cruisers as well as in various Navy units as a Naval Officer covering a number of different duties. He started his career ashore as an operator of handy bulk carriers at ADRIATICO Ltd. and quickly added chartering in his activities. After several years with Eurochart SA as a chartering manager and Ursa Shipbrokers in the same position, and after a couple of years as Managing Director at Grace Trading Corporation LLC, he is now the Managing Director of GREGALE (DRY BULK) SHIPPING, a company that operates Dry Cargo Vessels using own contracts and market cargoes. He holds an MSc in Marine IT applications and an MSc in International Relations. Among other academic publications in various subjects shipping and non shipping related, he has also published two papers on correlation of the BDI with other economic figures.

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a lecturer in Dry Cargo Chartering, Ship Operations & Management and Port Agency at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

George D. Gourdomichalis

President & Managing Director

Phoenix Shipping & Trading S.A.

George D. Gourdomichalis was born in 1967 in London. Following his graduation from Athens College, he studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, obtaining a BA in International Economics and a BA in Political Sciences. He also earned an MSc in Ocean Marine Transportation Management from the State University of New York Maritime College.

In 1989 he joined Republic National Bank of New York as a management trainee and worked on their trading floor. In 1992 he joined S.S. Maritime Inc. of New York, where he worked as a chartering and S&P broker. He then became a partner and was responsible for the commercial management of Baltmed Shipping Co. Upon his return to Greece in 1996, he co-founded Gourdomichalis Naftiki Eteria S.A. In 2000 he co-founded Free Ships S.A. and in 2003 he co-founded Free Bulkers S.A. The merging of the two companies in 2005 led to the public listing of FreeSeas Inc. on the NASDAQ Exchange. In January 2007 he sold his shares in FreeSeas and went on to establish G. Bros. Maritime S.A.

He is Chairman and CEO of Blue Wall Shipping Limited and President and Managing Director of Phoenix Shipping & Trading S.A. He serves on the Hellenic Committee of the Italian Register (RINA); he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American P&I Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping; member of the Board of Directors of the Piraeus Marine Club; a member of the Baltic Exchange and Intercargo; a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and lecturer at the HMC / ICS Greek Branch.

Kallini Angeliki

Angeliki Kallini has been an Average Adjuster with Richards Hogg Lindley (RHL) since 2008 and has spent time working in RHL’s London office. She qualified as an Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters in 2010 and as a Senior Associate in 2015 when she became the Manager of RHL’s Piraeus office. She has previously worked for a year in a shipping company and in the corporate shipping department of a law firm in Greece. She has a bachelor degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Piraeus and an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton.

She teaches Marine Insurance and Claims Handling at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

Kassotaki Elina, FICS

Elina is a maritime professional that has twelve years of experience in a leading Piraeus Shipping Agency, as Business Development Manager, in charge of business projects and corporate policies. She has been a Chartering Broker within the same company, responsible for the commercial management of five coastal dry cargo vessels, trading in the Med & the Black Sea. She started in shipping after nine years of experience in project & operations management within the tourism sector. Elina holds a bachelor in Business Management & Tourism, a BA in International & European Studies, a MA in International Law, the ICS professional qualification, is a Fellow of the ICS and speaks four languages.

Kefalonitis Petros, FICS

Petros  graduated from the University of Southampton, with a BSc in Economics & Finance and holds the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from the Cass Business School. He can call on 7 years of experience in shipping project finance and commercial transactions having worked for Clarksons PLC and Lomar Shipping in London and Eurofin in Athens, amongst others. Petros currently works in the management of the Super Eco Group (Ex: Tomasos Brothers) and is responsible for finance, legal and insurance matters.

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and teaches Maritime Economics and Tanker Chartering at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

CAPT Kehagias Ioannis, FICS

Mr. Kehagias has over 40 years involvement in the shipping industry, having first gone to sea in 1974. He graduated the Marine Academy of Oinoussae in 1976 and after six years of sea service and a course in Shipping at the London School of Foreign Trade, he joined a London shipping company as operator and then as Operations Manager. After 17 years in London, he moved to Piraeus and established White Sea Navigation in 1998, where he is currently CEO. The company operates in the Supramax segment of the bulk-carrier market.

He is a member of the Greek Committee of Class NK, the Greek Committee of Korean Register and the Safety & Loss Committee of The Standard P&I Club”. Mr. Kehagias is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 1985 and is lecturer of Ship Operations and Management at HMC / ICS Greek Branch.

Lambrou George, MICS

George is a Maritime Arbitrator and Consultant Solicitor Advocate (England & Wales) at Keystone Law, London. His focus is on insurance, energy and maritime dispute resolution where he has over 16 years of practical experience.

He is also the Co-Director of Training at the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators where is a Fellow (FCIArb). He is a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and is regularly appointed as an LMAA arbitrator in maritime disputes.

George is one of only very few non-Russian international dispute resolution specialists who speaks Russian fluently and has extensive commercial and legal experience in Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, and Central Asia. He is also a fluent Greek speaker.  He has degrees from the University of Chicago, Boston College and an LLM in Maritime and International Arbitration law from Queen Mary, University of London.

He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and teaches Legal Principles in Shipping and Shipping Law at the ICS Greek Branch/HMC.

Mr Leonidas Kyrris is a graduate from the University of Athens, Law School. He holds the LLM from University of Wales, Cardiff. Leonidas started his career in 2001 as an Intern in London P & I club and continued as a Legal and Insurance Manager in Ikarus Marine SA.

Despite his legal background, Leonidas holds a great experience in the shipping industry as a Managing Director of dry bulk shipmanagement companies. The last 2 years, he is the General Manager of the Sealight Maritime, Piraeus. In 2003 he joined the Piraeus Bar Association and he is a member of the Board of various International Associations.

He teaches Legal Principles of Shipping Business, Dry Cargo Chartering and Ship Operations and Management at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

GEORGE MARGARITOPOULOS

George is an average adjuster with Richards Hogg Lindley (RHL) Piraeus since 2015 and has also spent time working in RHL’s London office. He qualified as an Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters in 2015 and as a Senior Associate in 2018. He has previously worked as a spares and shipyards broker and also as a chartering broker. He holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Management & Technology from the University of Piraeus and an MSc in Marine Policy from Cardiff University.

IRINI MYLONA

Irini graduated from the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean and then completed an MSc in Management with Operations at Bath University in 2009. On graduating, she started her career as a Ship Sale & Purchase broker, and currently working at Advanced Shipping and Trading S.A.

She teaches Ship Sale & Purchase at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

ORPHANOS, CONSTANTINE

A graduate of Boston University in Political Science and International Economics with over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Advisory, Banking and Shipping sectors.

Upon graduation from University served as an officer in the United States Army where upon being honorably discharged obtained further and specialized finance and investment education, while working with internationally recognized financial institutions in New York, in advisory and sales of investment products and services. A native of Greece since 2004, has engaged in the International Shipping sector with renowned ship brokerage firms, developing substantial experience in Sale and Purchase and shipping projects across all varieties of ship types- dry, wet and special project business. Currently acting as Director of Sale & Purchase / Projects Department at Access Maritime Corporation.

Teaching focus is Introduction to Shipping, Shipping Business and Sale & Purchase at HMC/ICS Greek branch.

Pangalos Menelaos, MICS

Close to thirty years of experience in the shipping industry with particular emphasis on the management and operation of dry bulk carriers.   Seventeen years as a Superintendent Engineer at Chios Navigation Co Ltd in London and ten years as Managing Director at Chios Navigation (Hellas) Ltd in Piraeus.  He holds a BSc (Hons) in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Baltic Exchange and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. He teaches Ship Operations and Management at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

Paraskevas G. Kousounadis, ACCA, FICS

Mr. Paraskevas Kousounadis is a Chartered Certified Accountant with extensive shipping experience in accounting and finance. He is  presently employed as a Deputy Accounting Manager/Financial Controller by a long-established Greek ship management company. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Accounting, as well as in Biomedical Sciences. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the ACCA Greek Advisory Committee, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece, the Economic Chamber of Greece and the Shipping Professional Network of London. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor ISM-ISPS-MLC for Shipping Companies by DNV-GL. He has excellent knowledge of financial and accounting procedures, as well as a thorough understanding of financial audit and internal control systems both ashore and onboard.

Simiakaki Georgia, FICS

Georgia Simiakaki is an Attorney-at-Law; she completed her law degree at Athens Law School and has been a member of the Piraeus Bar Association since 2007. She has obtained an LLM in Maritime Law from the Law School of City University London, on full scholarship. Her area of expertise is mainly Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, Corporate and Commercial Law. She currently works for VC Marine Claims Adjusters and Consultants Ltd.

She is a Certified Insurance (Re)Intermediary, a Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Shipbrokers and she lectures in Shipping Law, Marine Insurance and Legal Principles of Shipping Business.

Stathopoulou Katerina

Mrs. Stathopoulou has a total working experience of 36 years of which 32 years have been in managerial positions in the fields of Shipping and Banking. She started her career in shipping in 1986 as Assistant CFO for Athenian Sea Carriers, one of the traditional and prestigious Greek shipping Groups, and continued into Banking in 1992 as Head of Shipping Finance for two Greek private Banks. She was also a Credit Committee member of these banks. Since 2000, Katerina holds the position of Executive Director of Investments & Finance Ltd.; a shipping financial advisory firm in Piraeus with investment banking activities.   She is a member of WISTA Hellas since 1997 and a member of the Propeller Club of Greece and the Greek Shipping Bankers Association. She holds a BSc in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from the University of Maryland, USA.

She is a Lecturer in Shipping Finance HMC/ ICS Greek Branch.

Miliou-Theocharaki Amalia, MICS

Amalia started her shipping career in 2009 as a dry freight & commodities analyst at ICAP Shipping in London. She moved on to become a competitive shipbroker in London and Singapore until 2013. Thereafter she worked at the freight trading department of commodity giant Bunge S.A in Geneva until 2015. Since then, Amalia has been the chartering & sales and purchase manager at TEO Shipping Corporation, a ship management family business operating in the dry bulk market.  Amalia holds a B.Sc. first class honors degree in Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) & a distinction M.A. in International Trade, Commodity Finance & Shipping from the University of Geneva. She also holds an Ad. Dip. in teaching children with learning difficulties.

Amalia is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Dry Cargo Chartering lecturer of HMC/ICS Greek Branch.

Ward Simon, FICS

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.

A Member of the ICS since 1995, he was accepted as a Fellow in 2009. He is a member of the Institute’s Education and Training Committee.

He teaches Introduction to Shipping, Shipping Business, Economics of Sea Transport and Ship Sale & Purchase at HMC/ICS Greek Branch. 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.

Timagenis Yiannis

Mr. Timagenis is a partner at Timagenis Law Firm (Greece). He is a practicing Greek lawyer (Piraeus Bar), qualified to practice before the Supreme Court, and an English solicitor as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hellenic Maritime Law Association. His legal practice covers a broad area of shipping law both litigation and transactional. He has strong experience in international and domestic shipping and commercial disputes as well as in worldwide enforcement proceedings. Mr. Timagenis also advices clients on employment and data protection matters. He has written a number of articles in both Greek and international journals on litigation, shipping law and ship finance and has spoken on various shipping law topics on international shipping law conferences and university courses around the world including Athens, Bilbao, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Oslo and Rhodes. Mr. Timagenis conducts two courses on maritime law and practice at the Deree – The American College of Greece. He is also a PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Athens. Mr. Timagenis holds an LL.B. (Athens University, School of Law), an LL.M. in Civil Procedural Law, (Athens University, School of Law), and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Dispute Resolution (University of London, Queen Mary College).

MANAGEMENT & STAFF

The Management & Staff of HMC have strong academic background and high professional expertise within the shipping industry, professional training and human resources’ services.

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Natalia Margioli

Natalia Margioli is the founder and the Managing Director of the Hellenic Management Centre since 1999. She holds an BA in Business Administration and an MBA in Business. She is Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; Mrs. Margioli is the Vice Chair of the ICS Greek Branch.

She is a board member of the ICS Executive and Controlling Council.