Suheil H. Sabbagh holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Webber University, USA and is currently the President of Human Resources of a leading international and regional group in the construction section of Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), of which he is a major shareholder.
On a personal level, he is involved in many humanitarian projects both in Greece and abroad and is a patron of many charity organizations. Mr. Sabbagh is married and has three children.
Timothy Ananiadis was born and raised in Greece and at the age of 17 went to Canada to study Business Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto, subsequently moving to the USA where he started his career in the hospitality industry.
He has 30 years of international experience in the hospitality industry, mainly with Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hyatt international where he started his career at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and subsequently held the position of Director of Food and Beverage in several hotels (including Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Hilton Head, Nashville, Buffalo, NY, and Columbus, OH). In 1988 he moved to Chicago as the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Hyatt hotels with main responsibilities menu engineering, product development, recruitment, development and implementation of service standards and training, concept development and hotel pre-opening support.
As General Manager he held positions in USA at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables and Hyatt Regency Miami. In 1999 joined Hyatt International as the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki and later moved to India as the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Mumbai.
In 2003 he joined Starwood Hotels and Resorts returning to Greece as the General Manager and Managing Director of the Hotel Grande Bretagne, one of the most historic and prestigious hotels in the world and Area Manager for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.
Tim lives in Athens with his wife Jennifer and their two young sons, Teo and Louka while his older son Tim lives in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of several non profit and hospitality industry boards as well as internal Starwood functional boards. His business philosophy of an ideal hotel is to provide a comfortable, friendly and efficient environment for guests and associates while maximizing revenues through constant innovation and profits through proactive management.
Nicholas G. Karambelas is a founding partner of Sfikas & Karambelas, LLP (www.ngklaw.com) which practices law in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, New York and has affiliated offices in Athens, Greece and Nicosia, Cyprus. He practices in the areas of business entity organization, international law and business transactions, e-commerce, securities, franchising and real estate. Mr. Karambelas has served as Special Counsel to a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He participated in drafting legislation for the U.S. Congress and the Council of the District of Columbia. He has written numerous articles on business entity law, Greek and Cypriot company law, securities and federal elections law as well as international law and politics. He has authored a three volume treatise entitled "Limited Liability Companies: Law, Practice and Forms" which has been published in its second edition by Thomson West Company and which is updated twice a year. He is writing electronic treatises on contract interpretation, statutory interpretation and international business transactions which will be available in 2011. Mr. Karambelas is admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia , Maryland, the federal courts and the Supreme Court of United States.
Mr. Karambelas is a graduate of the American Community Schools, Inc. in Athens, Greece (Class of 1971). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Union College, a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law (J.D.) and a Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) from Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs. He serves on the Publications Committee of the D.C. Bar. He served as Secretary of the D.C. Bar and a member of the Board of Governors for 2004-2005. He is an instructor in the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program and teaches numerous CLE courses including business organization, international business transactions, Greek and Cypriot company law. Mr. Karambelas is a member of the Bar Association of the City of New York and serves on the Federal Legislation Committee. He is an arbitrator for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Karambelas chairs the American Hellenic Lawyers' Society of Greater Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Hellenic Lawyers Association of New York. He serves as a director of and volunteer legal counsel to the American Hellenic Institute Foundation, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Iraklis Prokopakis is the Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors of Danaos Corporation. Mr. Prokopakis joined Danaos in 1998 and has over 37 years of experience in the shipping industry.
Prior to entering the shipping industry, Mr. Prokopakis was a captain in the Hellenic Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Portsmouth University in the United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and a Ship Risk Management Diploma from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, and a post-graduate diploma in business studies from the London School of Economics. Mr. Prokopakis also has a Certificate in Operational Audit of Banks from the Management Center Europe in Brussels and a Safety Risk Management Certificate from Det Norske Veritas. He is a member of the Board of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and the Owners' Committee of the Korean Register of Shipping.
Pascal Apostolides holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry, a B.A. in Economic Geography and a post graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He also received a M.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Stratchclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
His long career in the pharma industry dates back in 1986 as Sales Representative in the Diagnostic Division Department of Abbott in Thessaloniki. In only two years' time he is appointed Project Manager in Athens and in 1990 he is promoted to the position of European Product Manager based in Germany. In 1996, he assumes the position of Marketing Director of Abbott Diagnostics Division in Germany, becoming the first non-German ever to hold the specific position. From 1997 up to January 2001, Pascal Apostolides joins Abbott International Division at Abbott Park in Chicago, as Commercial Director Europe.
In 2001 until the end of 2012 he held the position of General Manager of Abbott Laboratories (Hellas) and as of January 2013 after Abbott’s separation in two individual companies Pascal Apostolides becomes the General Manager of AbbVie, an independent global biopharmaceutical which retains in its portfolio innovative medicines for serious and chronic diseases.
He is alternate President of the Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (SFEE) and Vice President of the BoD of SFEE. Member of the Executive Committee of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as well as President of the Pharma Committee of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and also Member of the BoD of AmCham.
Amy Carlon holds a BBA from the University of Oklahoma and a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Ms. Carlon joined the U.S. State Department in 1999 and has worked in Asia, Europe, and Washington, D.C. to advance U.S. foreign policy interests.
Ms. Carlon began her current assignment as the Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Athens in August 2016. She lives in Athens with her mother and two children.
Constantine Stergides is a journalist by trade, but now manages his own company which specializes in "wine communications" (i.e. wine-related event management and publications).
Mr. Stergides has three daughters, two of whom are ACS graduates and are now students in the US (University of Washington and Bard College). His wife, Nathalie, is an architect, a contemporary dance instructor and, currently, a somatic-psychoeducation therapist.
Mr. Stergides' educational background includes: B.A. University of Washington, Political Science; M.A. University of Paris XII, Urban Planning; D.E.A. (Pre-doctorate) University of Paris XII, Urban Trasportation; M.A. University of Paris Sorbonne, Journalism (Foreign Correspondence).
Nick Gialamas is the Area President of HUB International, a global insurance brokerage firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. Before joining HUB, Gialamas served as Chief Executive Officer of Forest Financial Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm he founded in 1998. During his tenure, Gialamas led the company through a period of transformation and sustainable growth. Forest Financial Group, Inc. was acquired by HUB International in December of 2015.
Nick is also the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Forest Capital Management, LLC a Chicago based registered investment advisory firm (RIA) focused on retirement investment services for institutional clients. Forest Capital Management, LLC has been operating since 2014.
Nick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing from Northern Illinois University (NIU). He is loyal to his alma mater and stays personally involved with the University, including guest speaking engagements at the College of Business. The NIU College of Business Department of Marketing has recognized Nick's contributions by presenting him with the Alumni of the Year Award.
Nick serves on the NIU Executive Club Board of Advisors, the NIU College of Business Board of Advisors, ACS Athens Board of Trustees, as well as the Board of Advisors for the Retirement Savings Foundation in Washington D.C..
Ada Gianneskis, grew up between Toronto, Canada and Athens Greece. She is married and a mother of two.
Her carrier has always been is in the communication field, and is a marketing and communication executive with a 17 year experience, and currently Communication Director of Housemarket SA (IKEA franchise for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria), leading all commercial and corporate communication & marketing, interior design and customer relations.
She has great marketing experience having being both Advertising manager and Marketing Manager of IKEA, and Brand managers in Samsung and other electronic goods brands.
Ada holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and a specialization in Sports marketing.
Additionally, she is a certified facilitator for inter IKEA (senior coach) and has facilitated a significant amount of trainings (for IKEA locally and internationally, but also the Fourlis Group, AUEB etc.). Teaching and facilitating is something she is very passionate about.
During off time, she loves sports, cooking and travelling.
Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou is the Director and Chairman of the Board at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), (www.eie.gr) one of the largest Research Centers in Greece with 450 researchers and an annual budget of approximately 20 million Euros. He concurrently occupies the position of Director of Research (Full Professor) at NHRF. Dr. Gregoriou is an internationally known scientist with research and managerial positions in both Greece (NHRF, FORTH-ICEHT) and the US (Advent Technologies, Northeastern, MIT, Polaroid, Princeton) over his 30 year research career so far. He is the coauthor of 3 books, 6 chapters in books, 81 refereed research papers, 137 research presentations and the co-inventor of 12 patents. He has also cofounded in 2017 the Athens Comprehensive Cancer Center (ACCC) with the help of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organisation in Germany, and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany.
As a technology entepreuneur, Dr. Gregoriou has cofounded Advent Technologies in 2006. Advent Technologies is a world leader in the development of advanced materials and devices for energy, defense, security and aerospace applications. Advent technologies is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA with manufacturing facilities in Patras, Greece and R&D alliances with Northeastern University, University of Patras, and FORTH-ICET.
Dr. Gregoriou academic teaching experience spans in both undergraduate level in the US (University of Massachusetts) as well as at the graduate level in both the USA (University of Connecticut) and Greece (University of Patras). He has also served as the President of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) in 2001. He holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Duke University (1993), Durham, NC, USA and was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research fellow holding the prestigious NRSA award at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA in 1994. He has also attended the MBA program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA.
Dr. Gregoriou is the Greek National Representative in the Horizon 2020 Committees for the European Research Council (ERC), the Mari Sklodowska-Curie actions (MCSA) and the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). The Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
He is married to Maria Maragoudakis-Gregoriou and their 15 year old triplets all attend ACS Athens.
Artie Gyftopoulos is a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of the Office of the President of Atlantic Bank. Atlantic bank, until 2007, was a subsidiary of the National Bank of Greece.
Mr. Gyftopoulos joined Atlantic Bank in 1987 and has over 30 years of experience in the commercial banking industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University having concentrated in International Management.
Tasos Ioannidis was born in 1970 and graduated from the Greek French Lycee Leonin in Athens in 1988. He holds an LLM from Georgetown University and Paris Pantheon Sorbonne and graduated first of class in his undergraduate law studies in Paris Pantheon Sorbonne. Tasos is also member of the Athens and Paris Bar. With his brother Nikolas Ioannidis are owner/operators of the Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos which opened in 1995 as a four star family boutique hotel.
In late 2000, after working for 4 years in Paris as a lawyer in a French mergers & acquisitions law firm and in the English law firm Linklaters he joined his brother Nikolas in the family firm. The two brothers embarked on an ambitious plan to upgrade the hotel's Food & Beverage operation and facilities to an international standard lifestyle boutique resort, a first of its kind in Mykonos.
In a period of 7 years, 10M € was invested in a plan which included the creative direction of the Rockwell Architectural Group and top lighting designer Clark Johnson transforming the hotel to one of the best lifestyle boutique hotels in the world widely credited as the property representing "the renewal of Mykonos" as quoted by the NY Times. A few years later, in 2015, the hotel collaborates with Six Senses SPA in order to develop top of the line boutique SPA facilities.
The initial plan also included the collaboration with celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Matsuhisa Mykonos became an instant success, recognized as one of the best restaurants in Greece, while gaining major international accolades. Matsuhisa Mykonos established a seasonal winter location in the legendary Badrutt's Palaca Hotel, St. Moritz-Switzerland. In 2014, it was recognized as the best restaurant in St. Moritz according to "Gault & Miliau" magazine. In October 2008, Nobu Matsuhisa Athens opened at the Astir Palace hotel complex becoming quickly a success. Meanwhile, "Marechiaro" Mykonos opened as the first authentic Napolitan pizzeria in Greece with a signature Napolitan custom made wood oven also recognized by the "Associatione de Verace Pizza Napolitana".
The success of the Matsuhisa restaurants attracts the attention of the European gastronomical scene. Short term culinary promotions are conducted by Matsuhisa Mykonos and Athens in some of the most prestigious hotels in major European cities. Pop-up restaurants opened in periods of ten days to five months in a number of European Luxury Properties, including, "Baur au Lac Hotel" in Zurich-Switzerland, The "Ritz Hotel" in Paris-France, "Mandarin Oriental Hotel" in Munich-Germany and "Raffles Royal Monceau" in Paris-France. In the last quarter of 2015 beginning of 2016, two Matsuhisa properties opened, the Matsuhisa Munich located at the "Mandarin Oriental" Munich and the Matsuhisa Paris at the "Raffles Royal Monceau" in the Golden Triangle of Central Paris bringing the total number of Matsuhisa Restaurants in Europe to five with Tasos as the Managing Partner.
In 2011, Mr. Ioannidis oversaw the development and operation of the Food and Beverage Operation of the newly opened 78-room "New Hotel" located in the centre of Athens, which included a new generation Espresso Bar & French Bakery under the advisory of the "2008 Paris' Best Baker" (by Gault & Millau) Christophe Vasseur.
An international cooperation began in 2013 with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts combining the Nobu Matsuhisa culinary experience with an exclusive concept consisting of the creation of a new small Japanese restaurant brand under the name Izumi.
Presently Mr. Ioannidis as the CEO of the company oversees the operation of the Belvedere Mykonos and all the Matsuhisa related restaurants and bars with annual turnover of 25 million € annual and over 400 employees.
The American Hellenic Institute (AHI), is a non-profit Greek American public policy center. During his tenure with AHI, Nick Larigakis has organized more than 70 legislative conferences, two trade conferences on "Doing Business in Greece," nine conferences on the Future of Hellenism in America (2002-2010), and two congressional fact-finding delegations to Greece (1993 & 1997). He works with the U.S. Congress on U.S.-Greece-Cyprus relations, where he has provided witness testimony before congressional appropriations committees on foreign aid policy; and as liaison to the grass roots community, traveling the U.S. to educate the public about AHI’s public policy issues and other aspects of its mission. Moreover, Larigakis frequently visits Greece and Cyprus to meet with government officials.
Also, Larigakis serves as President of the Greek American Political Action Committee. He is a founding partner of 3NJ, LLC, a Virginia-based real estate development company. Prior to AHI, he worked at the National League of Families for POW/MIA’s from Southeast Asia where he helped coordinate its grass roots network. He has also served on the Boards of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League for four years (president in 1989); and the Delian League, an organization of young Greek American professionals, for three years (president in 1992). Larigakis received his B.A. in Political Science from the College of New Jersey, formerly Trenton State, and did post-graduate work in International Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C.
Manya Louvari graduated from the German School of Athens and holds a Masters in Management degree from Boston University. She worked many years in the corporate world, holding high positions, before deciding to step down for a while to focus on raising her only son. Some of these positions were: Head of Marketing and PR at the multinational company Intralot, Senior Copywriter at Lintas and Senior Advisor to Vice President of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organising Committee. While being a shareholder in several well-known family restaurant businesses, Manya also undertook some freelance small cruise-ship decorating assignments, a business she continues to this day.
Exploring her artistic side, she held two major solo travel photography exhibitions in 2011, one in Athens, Greece and one at the 40th Birthday Gala of the UK Charity Organisation for disabled children "Kids", held at the Boiler House in London. The proceeds of both exhibitions were given to charity. Manya has from a young age actively supported charity projects and continues to volunteer for charity organisations whenever and wherever in the world she can. Manya is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively around the globe. She strongly believes in the importance of travel in forming a human being, even from a very young age, that is why she now takes her son along on all her adventure travels.
During the academic year 2017-2018 Manya was President of the ACS Athens PTO. During that time she was also honored with the ARETE award for Civic Responsibility from the Social Studies Department of the school. At the moment she is considering some important job offers, enjoying life and looking into the future with great optimism and even greater plans and ideas for new projects.
Jeremy Ryver currently serves in the Defense Attaché Office at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. He has served in four other diplomatic assignments in Egypt, United Arab Emirates and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Jeremy graduated summa cum laude from Troy University. He lives in Athens with his wife, Beverly and their three children.
Kent Stiegler is currently the Counselor for Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. A career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service, Kent has been serving in diplomatic assignments for the United States for more than 25 years. His previous postings have been in Malaysia, Germany, Norway, France, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Chad. In Washington, he was an instructor at the State Department’s training campus, the Foreign Service Institute, and he was also detailed by the State Department to work as a Pearson Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Born and raised Cincinnati, Ohio, Kent spent six years in the U.S. Army before joining the State Department. He holds degrees from West Point and Boston University. He and his wife Karen have been married for thirty years.
Mark Wolper - President and Executive Producer. THE WOLPER ORGANIZATION, under the leadership of Mark Wolper, has been responsible for over 500 films, which have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys, seven Golden Globes, five Peabody's, and recognition and retrospectives from Cannes and other respected international film festivals.
Veteran filmmaker Mark Wolper has been producing for film and television for more than 30 years. As president of the Wolper Organization, he has been involved in many high-profile projects, including the Academy Award-winning crime drama "L.A. Confidential," starring Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger; the multiple Emmy-nominated miniseries "The Mists of Avalon," starring Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies and Joan Allen; "The Thorn Birds," starring Richard Chamberlain and the Emmy-nominated and NAACP-winning miniseries "Queen," starring Halle Berry.
Wolper's extensive producing credits also include "Helter Skelter," "Salem’s Lot," "Murder in Mississippi" and the Emmy nominated special "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!"
Mark has most recently completed 100 episodes of "Bait Car" for TruTV and is currently in production on the 3rd season of A&E’s hit show "Bates Motel."
He began his career in 1981 as an independent producer, working with such studios as Warner Bros., Showtime, MGM and Disney on projects ranging from short films and documentaries to miniseries and foreign feature films.
In 1987, he joined his father, David Wolper - a well-known filmmaker who founded the company in 1958 - in leading The Wolper Organization.