Aristidis Alafouzos, CEO
Aristidis Alafouzos was appointed as the company’s CEO in December 2022. Mr. Alafouzos previously served as Okeanis Eco Tankers’ COO since its inception and has played a critical role in the development of the company. He has worked for Kyklades Maritime Corporation for eight years covering chartering, projects, and sales and purchase. Mr. Alafouzos studied International Relations in Boston University and holds a MSc in Shipping Trade and Finance from Cass Business School. Mr. Alafouzos is a board member of Gard P. & I. LTD.
Iraklis Sbarounis, CFO
Iraklis Sbarounis was appointed as the company’s CFO in January 2023. Mr. Sbarounis was previously with the TMS Shipping Group for 14 years, most recently having served as its Group CFO. He also served as Ocean Rig UDW’s (formerly listed on NASDAQ) CFO, Corporate Secretary and Director, until its merger with Transocean in 2018, and prior to that as its VP Business Development. He started his career in investment banking with BNP Paribas. Mr. Sbarounis has extensive experience in dealing with corporate finance, commercial and investment matters as an executive in the shipping industry, as well as in capital markets. He holds a B.S. degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a M.Sc. degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Kostantinos Oikonomopoulos, Chief Development Officer
Kostantinos Oikonomopoulos was appointed as the company’s Chief Development Officer in January 2023, and prior to that he held the position of CFO. Mr Oikonomopoulos has extensive experience in the capital markets, finance and asset backed investments. Prior to joining OET, he held the office of the Investment Manager of Borealis Maritime Ltd in London for three years. Mr. Oikonomopoulos has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and a MSc degree in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, London, UK.
Thalia Kalafati, Treasurer
Ms Kalafati joined the Kyklades team in 1992. She was previously with Barclays Bank Plc, Piraeus Shipping Branch from 1981 to 1992 as Senior Account Manager. She has a Master degree in Statistics from The London School of Economics. Ms Kalafati is a Greek citizen, born in Cyprus and resides in Athens Greece since 1980.
Christopher Papaioannou, Head of Chartering
Christopher Papaioannou worked in the chartering department of Kyklades Maritime Corporation for nine years before becoming the Head of Chartering at OET Chartering Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp.. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University.