Mr. Vassilis Exarchos

Accomplished Executive Director with 25+ years of management experience and a successful background building and leading top performing teams focused on exceeding goal in business development and sales. A growth-focused approach and a keen client needs assessment aptitude, with the ability to design and implement customer engagement strategies, that enhance customer acquisition and retention figures significantly. An entrepreneurial leadership and talented in developing people while instilling a common vision based on trust and mutual respect. Sales network development expertise and accountability in establishing sales objectives by forecasting and developing annual sales budgets for territories and regions.


Professional Experience

  • Piraeus Bank S.A., Director, Athens, Greece, 01/2015 – present
  • Geniki Bank S.A. Head of Affluent Banking, Athens, Greece, 01/2014 – 01/2015
  • EFG Eurobank Ergasias S.A. Area & Business Development Manager , Athens, Greece, 1992 – 2013
  • P&P Marine Consultants Inc, Financial Analyst, Investment Department, New York, USA, 1991 – 1992
  • Optimum Portfolio Management Inc, Account Manager, New York, USA: 1989 – 1991
  • National Bank of Greece, Αssistant to the Operations Manager, Boston, USA, 1986– 1987

Ms. Effie Kokoreli

Effie believes in the power of new ideas. Undertakes strategic projects and manages to successfully accomplish them in a way that fits the nature and the recourses of the organization. Persistent yet patient, Effie manages to effectively coordinate professionals from different areas towards a common goal. Identifies new ways of business, embracing change as the necessary element of an organization to move forward and meet the demands of the market.

INTERAMERICAN S.A, 1983 to present

  • Head of Agricultural and Bank Assurance
  • Develops annual business plans and ensure that align and fully support company’s strategic goals.
  • Participates in Product, IT and Sales committee of the organization
  • Maintains bancassurance partnerships of the organization and evolve new ways of business
  • Actively involves in the design of the Marketing plan to support the partnerships
  • Leads the Agricultural project
  • Responsible for the creation of Agricultural products
  • Establishes new partnerships with companies from the Agricultural sector and bank sector
  • Designs and performs training for the insurance intermediates for Agricultural sector

Head of Bank Assurance, 2008-20018

  • Develops annual business plans in cooperation with the banks and ensure for their timely and successful delivery
  • Participates in Product, IT and Sales committee of the organization
  • Maintains bancassurance partnerships of the organization and evolve new ways of business
  • Actively involves in the design of the Marketing plan to support the partnerships
  • Establishes new partnerships with banks
  • Responsible for the analysis of all customer segments’ product needs, as well as for the design, development and promotion of Bancassurance products
  • Successfully introduces Interamerican’s ‘Anytime’ offering to the Bank’s branches and customers. Achieved a 500% annual increase in Car Insurance production and 200% in health insurance production

Bank Assurance Account Manager, 2007-2008

  • Monitoring annual business plans and ensures that aligns and fully supports company’s strategic goals
  • Designs and performs training for the bank employees
  • Support bancassurance partnership
  • Actively involves in the design of the Marketing plan to support the bancassurance partnership
  • Participates in projects for increasing bancassurance volumes and business
  • Monitors sales performance

Corporate customers’ executive, 2005-2007

  • Responsible for managing the underwriting process
  • Customer service and after sales support
  • Manages the insurance intermediate of corporate customers


  • Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers / CNAM – Bachelor, Banking & Insurance
  • Harvard Business Publishing – Stepping Up to Management
  • George College – Annual Public Relations Department

Ms. Siwarde J. SAP

Ms Siwarde J. Sap is a result-oriented policy shaper and maker who is driven by knowledge, new ideas and social relevance. At a strategic and tactical level, she contributes to the formulation of policies and naturally makes an efficient translation into practice using design thinking methods. In her favorite role as a catalyst, she interacts transparently with participating parties at different levels and keeps an eye on conflicting interests.

Since 2010, she holds the position of Senior Advisor Economic Policy Affairs at the Netherlands Embassy in Greece. Her focus lies on regional geopolitics, euro economic policy affairs, financial services, agrifood systems, energy and logistics.

Ms Sap holds a Master’s degree in Dutch Civil law, with a specialization in European law, from Leiden University and has fulfilled senior management positions at leading companies. She is fluent in several languages including Greek.

Ms Sap is Vice Chair of the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum Steering Committee and former vice chair of the Economic & Commercial Diplomats Club in Greece. As co-initiator of the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum and its spin-off activities, she focuses on international and institutional affairs thereby giving a continuous impulse to the implementation and the ongoing development of this growing international network.

Mr. George Mitrakos

Mr. Mitrakos is Director General of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS). He holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics (L.S.E.) and a BSc in Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Mr. Mitrakos has worked as Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic. He was also Special Advisor at the Ministry of Regional Development, Competitiveness and Shipping and the Ministry of State and Strategic Investments. Furthermore, he was a junior researcher at the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).