The Board

George Houpis

Chairman

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.

Thras Moraitis

Thras is a principal and cofounder in X2 Resources, a privately funded mining and metals investment vehicle. Thras was formerly an Xstrata Executive Board Member, responsible for the Group’s strategic development, post-acquisition integration, leadership development, external affairs and investor relations, as well as the Xstrata’s technology businesses. 

Prior to joining Xstrata, Thras was a global partner at the Monitor Group, an international strategy consultancy and merchant-banking group where, for a decade, he advised top executives in government and corporations worldwide, in industries which included mining and metals, oil and gas, media, fast moving consumer goods and information technology.

Thras began his career in a series of entrepreneurial ventures. Thras has postgraduate qualifications in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

Yiorgos Mylonadis

Yiorgos Mylonadis is a Strategy expert who lectures extensively on competitive strategy, methodologies for strategic thinking, technological evolution, strategic management in a sustainable society, organisational learning, entrepreneurial communities, and business ecosystems.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. A native of Greece, he has held appointments on the faculties of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration, where he has also served as the Academic Director of the Executive MBA Programme.

He has provided customised advice to a number of companies, including Lufthansa, Polaroid, Xstrata, and IBM. At London Business School, he developed and directs the School’s first Executive Education Strategy Programme, Developing Strategy for Value Creation. He is also the Europe Director of the Strategic Conversations Programme for IBM and the Academic Director of the Global Business Consortium, which this year has met in Toronto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Dubai, Moscow, and London.

He received his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received twice the MacArthur Scholar Award. At the Wharton School he established and led the Wharton Faculty Workshop on Organizational Knowledge & Learning. At London Business School he received the Innovation in Learning award. He has served on the Academic Advisory Board of the Coalition for Environmentally Sustainable Economies (CERES). 

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.

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.

Meliti Bampili Thymara

Meliti is the co-founder of Reload Greece, truly passionate about inspiring positive change to the communities around her.  After achieving 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”.

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.

 Antonis Schwarz

Antonis Schwarz is of Greek-German origin and is based between Athens and Munich. He studied Politics (BA Kings College London) and Business (MA IE university Madrid).

Antonis Co-founded a parliamentary monitoring organization in Greece (Vouliwatch – Vouliwatch = Greek for parliament), a website engaging citizens in politics, pioneered by Ashoka fellow, Gregor Hackmack. He is interested in scaling social/impact investing to Greece to help fight the crisis.

  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.