Mr. Ioannis Alafouzos serves as Chairman and CEO of Okeanis Eco Tankers. Mr. Alafouzos began his career in shipping in 1981 and has over 40 years of experience in all facets of the industry. Mr. Alafouzos founded Kyklades Maritime Corporation’s tanker arm and has been the key strategist for the company’s cyclical asset plays. Mr. Alafouzos holds an MA from Oxford University in History of Economics. He was a member of the ABS Technical Committee from 2005-2009, a board member of Ionian and Popular Bank in the 1990’s, and a board member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping in the 1980’s.
Robert Knapp, Director
Robert Knapp is the CIO of Ironsides Partners, an investment manager based in Boston, which he founded in 2007. Ironsides is an asset value investor with an emphasis on market dislocations or disruptions. Mr. Knapp serves as a director for several investment companies including Barings BDC listed on the NYSE and was a director of MPC Container Ships AS when it was founded. He is a graduate of Princeton University in the US and Oxford University in the UK. Mr. Knapp is an American citizen.
Daniel Gold, Director
Daniel Gold is the CEO, managing partner and founder of QVT Financial LP, an asset management company with offices including New York, London, Singapore, and New Delhi. QVT Financial, through its managed funds, is an experienced global investor in the shipping and offshore industries. Mr. Gold holds an AB in Physics from Harvard College. Mr. Gold is an American citizen.
Joshua Nemser, Director
Joshua Nemser is a New York-based senior portfolio manager at VR Capital Group. Prior to joining VR, Mr. Nemser was an investment banking associate at Moelis & Company, where he advised on a range of mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, and restructurings. Prior to Moelis, he was an attorney in the Business Finance & Restructuring department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Prior to Weil, he was vice president and chief pilot of a federally certificated air carrier. Mr. Nemser holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California. He is a licensed airline transport pilot with over 2,000 flight hours. Mr. Nemser is an American citizen.
Charlotte Stratos, Director
Charlotte Stratos has been a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division Global Transportation team since May 2008. From 1987 to 2007, Ms. Stratos served as managing director and head of Global Greek Shipping for Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank of the Credit Agricole Group. From 1976 to 1987, Ms. Stratos served in various roles with Bankers Trust Company, including advisor to the Shipping Department and vice president of Greek shipping 16/39 finance. Currently serves as an independent director for Costamare Inc., a containership company listed on the NY Stock Exchange, and as director of Gyroscopic Fund (a fund of hedge funds). She was an independent director on the board of Hellenic Carriers Limited, a shipping company listed on London’s AIM from 2007 until 2016 when the company delisted from AIM and a board member of Emporiki Bank from 2006 – 2008.
John Kittmer, Director
John Kittmer has held senior positions across the UK public sector. Between 2013-2016, he was British Ambassador to Greece and responsible among other things for British commercial relations in Greece. He has served other senior roles in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Cabinet Office. He holds a BA from the University of Cambridge, an MA from the University of London and a PhD from King’s College London. He is Chairman of The Anglo-Hellenic League and the Gilbert Murray Trust, UK-registered charities working on educational and cultural issues. Dr. John Kittmer is a UK citizen.
George C. Aronis, Director
Mr. George Aronis began his career in 1982 in the banking sector. He worked for 15 years in major international banks, the major part in ABN AMRO, in Greece and abroad. The last 20 years he served in Senior Management positions in National Bank and In Alpha Bank. From October 2017 to June 2020 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hellenic Bank Association.
Mr. Aronis holds a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a MBA, major in Finance from the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration.
During the last years he has worked out a number of studies about the Greek banking sector and part of his job has been published in a number of financial newspapers and magazines.