The Athens Conversation on Board Diversity

Leading the Way to Diverse & Gender-Balanced Boards

Each two-hour City/State Conversation includes a VIP Panel Session followed by a one-hour Strategic Networking Session with a Director Coach.

Athens Chairs
Rania Ekaterinari

Rania Ekaterinari

Managing Partner of Ekati Consulting Ltd Board Director in ElvalHalcor SA, Motor Oil SA and Coral SA
ekaterinari@yahoo.gr

Rania Ekaterinari

Rania Ekaterinari

Managing Partner of Ekati Consulting Ltd Board Director in ElvalHalcor SA, Motor Oil SA and Coral SA
ekaterinari@yahoo.gr
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Rania Ekaterinari

Managing Partner of Ekati Consulting Ltd — Board Director in ElvalHalcor SA, Motor Oil SA and Coral SA

Rania is the founder and managing partner of Ekati Consulting Ltd, a boutique consulting firm providing strategic, business, sustainability, and financial advisory services. Also currently serves as an independent board member in two listed companies, Motor Oil S.A.(energy group) and ElvalHalcor S.A. (industrial group). She is also chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Motor Oil S.A., a member of the Nom & Rem Committee of Elval Halcor S.A., and a member of the Sustainability Committee of both groups. Previously, Rania served as CEO of the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP) from February 2017 to February 2021. Also Chaired the Candidates Committee (Selection Panel for board member appointments at HCAP subsidiaries). Before HCAP, Rania was a Partner at Ernst & Young (EY) in Transaction Advisory Services and Energy Sector Leader for SE Europe. During 2010 – 2015, she was Deputy CEO and member of the Board of Public Power Corporation (PPC), the largest listed Greek electric utility. Previously, she worked for more than 10 years in Corporate and Investment Banking in London and in Athens, for Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, and Eurobank. She began her career at Texaco, in oil and gas development in the Caspian region. She is a member of the European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL), a member of the Leadership Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), member of the Council on Competitiveness of Greece (COMPETEGR), and member of the Advisory Board of Dianeosis. She has also been a member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council (HCGC). She holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University and an MBA from City University in London.” Before HCAP, Rania was a Partner at Ernst & Young (EY) in Transaction Advisory Services and Energy Sector Leader for SE Europe. During 2010 – 2015, she was Deputy CEO and member of the Board of Public Power Corporation (PPC), the largest listed Greek electric utility. Previously, she worked for more than 10 years in Corporate and Investment Banking in London and in Athens, for Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, and Eurobank. She began her career at Texaco, in oil and gas development in the Caspian region. She is a member of the European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL), a member of the Leadership Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), member of the Council on Competitiveness of Greece (COMPETEGR), and member of the Advisory Board of Dianeosis. She has also been a member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council (HCGC). She holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University and an MBA from City University in London.
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Corporate Boards: ElvalHalcor SA, Motor Oil SA and Coral SA

Vasiliki Lazarakou

Chair — Hellenic Capital Markets Commission (HCMC)

Dr. Lazarakou is Chair of the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission (HCMC) since September 2019. In December 2020 she was elected as a member of the Management Board of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) for a term from 1 January 2020 until June 2023. She has also been elected as Chair of the ESAs‘ (ESMA, EBA & EIOPA) Joint Sub – Committee on Securitisations. She is also an Alternate Member of the Enforcement Panel of ESMA. Dr. Lazarakou has a Doctorate in Law (JSD) from New York University School of Law, New York, U.S.A., and her Doctoral thesis was on “Greek privatizations in International Perspective”. She also has an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor in Law from the Athens University, School of Law. She is a lawyer admitted at both the Athens Bar and the New York Bar Association with expertise for more than 25 years on securities, M&As, privatizations, and corporate law. She has worked as a Partner at prominent law firms, heading the relevant Banking, Capital Markets, and Finance Department. From 2012 -2015 she was the First Vice-Chair of the HCMC when she achieved the political agreement for the adoption of the EU legislation on “Markets in Financial Instruments” (MiFID II/ MIFIR) as Chair of the relevant Council’s Working Group.
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Corporate Boards: Management Board, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and European Supervisory Authorities Joint Sub - Committee on Securitizations

Maria Rita Galli

CEO — Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator, DESFA

Maria Rita Galli is the CEO of DESFA (Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator). Until recently she held the position of Executive Vice President Business Development & Asset Management at Snam S.p.A, a leading global energy infrastructure company, and was the Chairman of the SENFLUGA Energy Holdings S.A., a consortium controlling 66% of DESFA’s share capital. Ms. Galli started her career at Eni in 1997, as a graduate in nuclear engineering from Milan Polytechnic University. At Eni, she went through various roles within the International Business Development Department, joined relevant international projects, and was involved in M&A activities. As a member of Eni’s Board of Directors, she also oversaw the operations of some of the Group’s companies abroad (Galp, Distrigas, eni Gas & Power Trading BV, eni Gas & Power France, GVS GmbH, etc.) Since 2006, she has been in charge of the International Business Development unit and, from January 2010, she has been in charge of the International Business Development and Assets Management department. In October 2016, she joined Snam as the Head of Business Development and International Asset Management.
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Corporate Boards: Former Executive board member of the Hellenic Gas Transmission - System Operator and Former Chair of SENFLUGA Energy Holdings S.A.

Theodora Varvarigou

Professor — School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Theodora Varvarigou is a professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Since June 2019, she serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP S.A.) which is also listed in the Athens stock exchange. She also chairs the Innovation and Digital Transformation Committee of the Board of EYDAP. Since 2015, Dora also serves as a member of the Board of Bodossakis Foundation. Dora graduated from the Electrical Engineering department of the NTUA in 1988 and got her MS degrees in Electrical Engineering (1989) and in Computer Science (1991) from Stanford University. She also received her Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1991. Since 2008 she has been appointed professor in Embedded Systems and Grid Computing. Professor Varvarigou research is making an impact in cutting-edge technologies, such as Cloud computing, big data technologies, IoT technologies, semantic web, social networking technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning etc. She has published more than 500 papers in leading international journals, conferences and books. She has also participated and co-ordinated more than 60 EC projects. From 2008-2012, she held the Chair of the postgraduate program “Engineering-Economic Systems” of NTUA. She began her career in the States, being a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs during the period 1991-1994.
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Corporate Boards: Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP S.A.) and Bodossakis Foundation

Marina Hatsopoulos

Entrepreneur and Writer

Marina Hatsopoulos was Founding CEO of Z Corporation, an early market leader in 3D printing out of MIT, from 1994 through its sale in 2005. She is Board Chair of Levitronix Technologies, the worldwide leader in magnetically-levitated bearingless motor technology and President of Hellenic Innovation Network. She is on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is on the Advisory Board of the Nantucket Conference, MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, Eurobank’s EGG incubator, and Mindspace Startup Program. She was a member of the National Board of Research & Innovation for the Republic of Cyprus. She was a Director of Cynosure Inc., a $400 million leader in the laser aesthetics market; the GSI Group, a $300 million supplier of laser-based equipment; and Contex Holding, a $100 million leading manufacturer of large-format scanners. She was an investor and Director of Dear Kate performance apparel and Tea Forte, a luxury tea brand. She has also written articles, essays and short stories which appear at windystreet.com and have been published in Venturebeat, CEOWORLD Magazine, Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary, and numerous other journals. She holds B.A. degrees from Brown University in Math and in Music, and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering.
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Corporate Boards: Levitronix Technologies

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
HCAP, the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations
Corporate Boards:
HCAP, the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations

Hiro Athanassiou

SVP LA&CEE UFS — Unilever

Corporate Boards:
Aegean Airlines and MYTILINEOS S.A.
Corporate Boards:
Aegean Airlines and MYTILINEOS S.A.

Natalia Nicolaidis

Founder and CEO — Dynamic Counsel Ltd.

Leadership Committee
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