Board of Advisors
Efstratios Georgios (Takis) Arapoglou is a Corporate Advisor with an international executive career in Corporate and Investment banking, International Capital Markets and in managing, restructuring and advising Financial Institutions. Mr. Arapoglou has been CEO of Commercial Banking at EFG Hermes Holding SAE Group, operating in the Middle East and Africa (2010-2013). Earlier, he was Chairman and CEO of the National Bank of Greece Group (2004-2009), Chairman of the Hellenic Banks Association (2005-2009) and Managing Director and Global Head of the Banks and Securities Industry for Citigroup (1999-2004). He has served on several boards of publicly listed companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as on Boards of Educational Foundations, including the Institute of Corporate Culture affairs in Frankfurt, as Chairman. Mr. Arapoglou holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Athens School of Mathematics, a BSc in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Finance and Management from the University of Brunel, London.
Lee Bodner is President of New Venture Fund. He has over 20 years of experience incubating and launching innovative partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He previously served as a managing director at Arabella Advisors. Earlier in his career, he served as founding executive director of ecoAmerica, a nonprofit that works to make conservation a higher priority for the American public. Previously, Lee led a project team for D&R International, which established ENERGY STAR, an internationally recognized brand name for energy efficient consumer products. Lee currently serves as a national at-large trustee for EarthShare. He earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Nikiforos Diamantouros is Emeritus Professor of comparative politics at the University of Athens' Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He was the first National Ombudsman of Greece from 1998 to 2003 and was the Ombudsman for the European Union from April 2003 to October 2013. Mr. Diamandouros holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Ph.D from Columbia University.
Athanasios Tsiouras has provided Legal Counsel to the Mayor of Athens since 2011. Mr. Tsiouras has also served as Legal Counsel to the Minister of Administrative Reform and E- Governance at the national level, where he was responsible for drafting legislation amending the Civil Service Code, among others. In his private law practice, Athanasios has participated in major cases before the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece, successfully arguing, among others, against campaign speech restrictions and environmental overregulation. His legislative proposal (following a request by Mayor Kaminis) to simplify theater licensing has been adopted into law by the Greek Parliament. Athanasios holds a degree in piano performance from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and earned his law degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Alexandros has served as senior advisor to the Mayor of Athens since 2014. He has also been spearheading Mayor Kaminis’ commitment to public-private collaboration, including leading the city’s strong partnerships with Bloomberg Associates, the Rockefeller Foundation (as one of its 100 Resilient Cities), and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, as well as the creation of the Athens Partnership.
Prior to advising the Mayor, Alexandros worked as journalist, producer and managing editor for major Greek and U.S. media outlets, which included NBC News, Greek National Television, Mega Channel and Antenna TV. He also launched and directed production and media companies and directed communications and programming for non-profit educational institutions, including Hellenic Public Radio in New York City and Athens Information Technology Center for Excellence in Research and Education in Greece. He holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.