The Board

Nick Jennett

Chairman

Until leaving EIB in 2018, Nick was a Deputy Director General at the European Investment Bank. Until recently he was based in Athens as head of the Bank’s Investment Team for Greece – a special initiative to boost EIB investment in the country. He was previously head of the New Products and Special Transactions Department where he was responsible for higher risk debt operations, and the Bank’s portfolio of equity fund investments.

Before joining EIB, Nick worked as a university teacher, a government economist and as a management consultant. He has a degree in economics from the University of York, an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Keele.

 

Effie Kyrtata

Effie is the Co-founder of Reload Greece and she led the organisation as CEO from 2016 to 2019. Effie professionalised Reload Greece and turned it from a grass roots, mainly volunteer based initiative to an organisation with a solid structure, team and strategy. She joined the Board of Trustees in May 2019 when Angela Stathi joined as CEO. 

“I feel very proud about the impact the organisation has had and I am excited for the future. We are surrounded by a passionate, driven and successful community of thousands of people who all own Reload Greece and who are ready to contribute to its next chapter of development. With so many exciting opportunities, we are looking forward to growing our activities, reach and impact further. I am honoured to now be joining our Board of Trustees where I will continue to contribute to our cause with the same passion.”

Meliti Bampili Thymara

Meliti is the Co-founder of Reload Greece, truly passionate about inspiring positive change to the communities around her.  After pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, she decided to dive further into the world of the cultural and creative industries, hence, undertook a Master’s degree in Cultural Policy and Management, at City University of London, and graduated with Merit.

Over the past 4 years, she has been responsible for organising events, wokshops, conferences and festivals, both in Greece and in the UK, presentable to any level of stakeholder.

A true entrepreneur herself she is constantly working on new ideas and projects, while thinking out of the “box”.

Tania Economou

Tania works at Pakenham Partners specialising in mergers & acquisitions advice in the asset management and wealth management sectors. She previously worked as a Credit Analyst at Aberdeen Asset Management.

She holds an MSc Management degree from Imperial College Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Economic History from University of Warwick. Tania joined Reload Greece prior to its first event in 2012, as one of its first volunteers, and holds a Board position since 2016.

George Houpis

Dr.  George Houpis is a Director at Frontier Economics and Head of its Communications practice. Prior to joining Frontier, George worked at KPMG and took a MSc and PhD in economics at the LSE. With over 20 years of sector experience, he has advised on a wide range of strategic, regulatory and competition issues, across a range of jurisdictions in both developed and emerging markets.

George’s client base has included both policy makers and operators, giving him a deep insight into the rationales, analysis and evidence needed to develop successful strategies. George is also a Board Director of Goodcorporation, a company set up with KPMG colleagues, specialising in corporate social responsibility. He is also a member of the advisory panel of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University, and a trustee of Vacstuds Foundation, a charity aiming to assist children from less privileged backgrounds, through scholarships to attend courses in England.

Mary Tripsas

Mary Tripsas is a professor at the Boston College Carroll School of Management where she was a founding Director of the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to BC, she served on the faculties of the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School. She has a PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

A leading management scholar in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, her research on the implications of new technology for the transformation of industries has won numerous awards including: the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Thought Leader Award, the Emerald Publishing Citation for Excellence Award, and the MIT Sloan Zannetos best PhD thesis prize.

Before entering academia, she was a strategy consultant at the Monitor Group and a software developer and member of the sales force at IBM.

Markos Kiosseoglou

Markos inspired by the Reload Greece movement is a Reloader. He holds a bachelor degree from Warwick Business School and an MBA from Northeastern University.

He has worked both in startup and multinational companies such as Siemens , Expedia, Kopi.co.uk and CustomMade.com. He once thought he could swim from Sifnos to Folegandros or do a cross-country in the US for free. It didn’t happen but he still has hope. On the other hand, he did manage to run the Athens Classic Marathon in 6hours and has a great passion for Waterskiing.

The Advisory Board

 

Maria Taylor Dramaliotis

Maria is a Managing Partner at the Geneva-based x.Million Capital focusing on internet & mobile and the founder of Angellab, a London-based angel syndicate. She is on the Board of the US venture accelerator Astia and a mentor with Seedcamp and the Accelerator Academy.

Since 2003 when she made her first angel investment, she has worked with talented, forward thinking entrepreneurs like the founders of Grafighters, Thrives, Anywhere.me, Improve Digital, Stingray (sold) and Pervasic (sold) and became the R&D-award winning CEO of Ciphergrid alpha-launching ahead of the curve a Database-As-A-Service. She set up Incito Ventures for FinanceSE, an angel network for women-led tech startups, co-founded Protos Capital, a £30m startup VC focusing on corporate spin outs and was on the Advisory Board of the award-winning PoCKet fund. Maria was previously a senior manager with Andersen and Ernst &Young and came to the UK when she won a CBI scholarship for overseas engineers with outstanding potential.

She studied engineering at Imperial College London and the National Technical University of Athens (Ethniko Metsovio Polytechneio), has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and attended the PE & VC executive course at Harvard Business School. In her spare time she fences the foil.

  Jimmy Athanasopoulos

Jimmy Athanasopoulos is Head of Social Responsibility at Libra Group

As Head of Social Responsibility for the Libra Group, Jimmy provides strategic oversight of the group’s global responsibility and education programs. Jimmy joined the Libra Group in 2012 as Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, responsible for its launch and development, as well as management of the application and shortlisting process. He also led HEA’s engagement with award winners including the allocation of support services and mentors. He was appointed Chairman of HEA and joined the Libra Group Executive Team in March 2015.

Jimmy completed the Executive Education Program for Social Responsibility at Harvard Business School and following an MBA from Northeastern Illinois University, Jimmy began his career in Chicago as a provider of financial and investment services across various asset classes. He later undertook a variety of management roles at multinational corporations including DNV, Tyco Healthcare, and TetraPak before entering ship management as Chief Financial Controller with FreeSeas Inc. He later joined G. Bros Maritime S.A. where he was responsible for financial reporting to the Board of Directors.

Lyda Modiano – Leon

Advisor – Strategic Partnerships
Lyda is RG’s Advisor on strategic partnerships since October 2016. She has a corporate background, having held senior position roles for over 30 years, in large companies like Eurobank Ergasias SA and Philip Morris International. She now runs Wide Strategy ltd, a London-based boutique consultancy firm specialising in the design and implementation of communications strategies that strengthen brands, engage stakeholders, and improve businesses. Her Graduate Degree is in International Relations, from the London School of Economics.

Lyda’s vision is to establish Reload Greece as a significant player in the young entrepreneurs’ ecosystem.