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 served as a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division Global Transportation team since 2008. Between 1987-2007, Mrs. 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 has served in various roles with Bankers Trust Company, among them, as Vice President of Greek shipping finance. Currently, Mrs. Stratos serves an independent director of Costamare Inc., a containership company listed on the NY Stock Exchange. Previously, she was an independent director on the board of Hellenic Carriers Limited, a shipping company listed on London’s AIM between 2007-2016 and a board member of Emporiki Bank between 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.
Petros Siakotos, Director
Petros Siakotos has spent most of his career in international banking, successively with Salomon Brothers, HSBC, Credit Suisse and as Managing Director at UBS Russia. He has advised the Greek and Russian governments in key privatisations and has helped corporate clients with numerous equity and debt raising and strategic transactions. He then served as Senior Advisor to EBRD for the Greek market until 2018. He is currently a director at NUR MINOS, a company developing renewable energy generation projects and is involved in several energy efficiency initiatives. Mr. Siakotos has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.