Friday, 06/07/2018

Graduation Year: 2001 (MBA )

COO, Apivita

LinkedIn profile here

Looking back on your career, what was the most important decision you made (or didn't make) regarding your career path?

A few years ago, I was at a crossroad: to continue a prosperous but unfulfilling career path or take an alternative road seeking more balance and motivation. It has been one of the few decisions that I took with my heart (and not my head) and I am so happy and grateful that I did. This to me is clear proof that the most complex decisions should be taken through our gut or heart.

What do you believe recent graduates should keep in mind as they start out their careers?

During a career consulting session at ALBA, our instructor mentioned that a career is like a golf game. I fully agree and I and would suggest starting a career by focusing on creating value and impact through  an organization.

What made you choose ALBA for your graduate studies?

Back in 2000, when I made up my mind to join ALBA, most of my friends were finishing their studies abroad, struggling to find an adequate job. This realization played a big role on me together with the fact that ALBA’s academic proposal of was (and still is) by far the best we have in Greece. Moreover, the academic programs at ALBA incorporate in their DNA this unusual” element and they are structured in a way to push you to your limits, which both proved to be a powerful combination.

Share with us your fondest memory while studying at ALBA.

My fondest memory comes with a fantastic team building at Karpenisi, whereas all the members of the 9th full time MBA had the chance to meet and interact for 3 days. This happy time transformed soon to hard times with all the countless hours at the laboratories, working on business cases with other colleagues. That “creative stretch” proved so valuable afterwards…

 

PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

  • What is your greatest fear? Suffering of my loved ones
  • Which historical figure do you most identify with? Julius Caesar
  • Which living person do you most admire? Deepak Chopra
  • What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? The sense of guilt
  • What is the trait you most deplore in others? Lack of integrity and sincerity
  • What is your greatest extravagance? Traveling, quality wines and cigars
  • What is your favorite journey? A long weekend at Lago di Como
  • On what occasion do you lie? Never lie, (just did!!)
  • What is your greatest regret? Regret is lack of consciousness. So, no regrets… Lots of learnings though!
  • What or who is the greatest love of your life? Vasso my soulmate
  • When and where were you happiest? As an embryo
  • Which talent would you most like to have? Cooking like a 3 Michelin star Chef
  • What is your current state of mind? Expansion
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would increase my capacity to forgive
  • If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Nowadays nothing. I prefer to accept than judge
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? Achieving a long term honest and deep relationship
  • What is your most treasured possession? My humidor
  • Where would you like to live? Where I live. In Athens
  • What is your favorite occupation? Playing pool and swimming in the pool
  • What is your most marked characteristic? Persistence
  • What do you most value in your friends? Honesty and integrity (do I repeat myself? Sorry…)
  • What are your favorite names? All names are good depending on the person. Personally, I favor ancient Greek names
  • What is your motto? A favorite quote of Michael Jordan: "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."