The Hellenic Initiative Board of Directors
Andrew N. Liveris (Chairman)
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Dow Chemical Company
Andrew is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and the former Executive Chairman of DowDuPont. With over forty years of global leadership experience at The Dow Chemical Company, his career included roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management around the world. Andrew is currently a director at IBM, Saudi Aramco, Worley, Lucid Motors (Chairman) and NOVONIX. He is on the advisory board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Teneo (a global CEO consulting and advisory firm), and NEOM (an initiative driven by Saudi Vision 2030). He is Chairman of the Blackrock Long Term Capital and a special advisor to the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Andrew serves as a trustee for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), The Minderoo Foundation, and the United States Council for International Business, and was recently appointed Chairman of the Australian Government’s National COVID Commissions Manufacturing Taskforce.
Previously, he was the Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable, an Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the United States Business Council, a member of the Concordia Leadership Council and the Australian government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee. In 2012, Andrew co-founded The Hellenic Initiative (THI) to support economic renewal in Greece through entrepreneurship, business development, and investment, and serves as Chairman of the Board.
Andrew is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
He earned a bachelor’s degree (first-class honors) in chemical engineering from the University of Queensland and was awarded the University Medal for that year. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by his alma mater as well as being named Alumnus of the Year. Andrew was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to international business in 2014.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from Michigan State University in 2015. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from the University of Central Michigan and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Northwood University.
Drake is President of Marwick Associates, a real estate investment and development company located in Lexington, Massachusetts. Marwick is the real estate arm of a family owned privately held investment company. He is also active in the Behrakis Foundation, the family’s philanthropic vehicle.
Prior to establishing Marwick, Mr. Behrakis held various positions with Muro Pharmaceutical, Inc. and the Gillette Company.
Mr. Behrakis has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The National Hellenic Society and is on the Board of Directors for The Hellenic Initiative, Boston College, and The Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. He is also a Board of Overseer at Brigham & Woman’s Hospital and is invested into the Order of St. Andrew.
Mr. Behrakis’ engagement as both a volunteer and as a donor has expanded throughout the years. He and his wife have established Endowment Funds & a Professorship at Boston College. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Boston College Distinguished Volunteer Award. Prior commitments and involvements include a member of the State of Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council; Perkins School for the Blind; Sudbury Youth Basketball; The Lowell Plan; Saints Memorial Medical Center and Fordham University.
Mr. Behrakis resides with his wife and three children in Sudbury, Massachusetts. His oldest son is at Tufts University and his daughter at Boston College. His personal interests include traveling, golf, skiing, and wine collecting.
Fortress Investment Group, LLC
Mr. Dakolias is the Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Credit Funds business. Mr. Dakolias also serves on Fortress’s Management and Operating Committees. Prior to joining Fortress, Mr. Dakolias was a Managing Director, Chief Credit Officer and co-founder of American Commercial Capital LLC (a specialty finance company) and Coronado Advisors (an SEC registered broker dealer), both of which were sold to Wells Fargo & Co. in 2001. Mr. Dakolias was previously a director at RER Financial Group (“RER”) where he was responsible for the firm’s acquisition efforts as a principal and as a provider of third party due diligence and asset management. Mr. Dakolias serves on the Board of Trustees for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, as well as for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Mr. Dakolias is a member of the Executive Committee of The Hellenic Initiative and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Dakolias received a B.S. in Physics from Columbia University.
William P. Doucas
William Doucas serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Elutions, Inc., an artificial intelligence enterprise that delivers unparalleled operational savings and transformational growth opportunities to clients across verticals and geographies. In addition, William serves as Chairman of Elutions Capital Ventures, a private equity firm based in Luxembourg.
With over 25 years of experience in the technology sector, William fully understands that technology alone has the ability to fuse with human thought to drive real change and define the next generation of enterprise solutions. Through his thoughtful leadership and guidance, Elutions has evolved from a provider of solutions that Do, to solutions that Teach, Learn and Innovate, thusly creating cognitive solutions capable of impacting an entire ecosystem to deliver transformational value.
William Doucas aspires to make Elutions’ market-leading platform, known as Maestro, the world’s premier artificial intelligence solution, drastically improving operations at scale while reducing associated costs in real-time. Driven by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Automation, Elutions’ Maestro establishes a neural network across a client’s ecosystem, augmenting powerful technology with the empowerment of human thought to deliver an unprecedented level of value. Maestro closes the gap between operational data, action and savings by identifying and automating the implementation of specific corrective actions for operational optimization rather than simply producing data, dashboards and insights for further analysis.
Mr. Doucas graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University in 1981 with a degree in finance. He is proud to be a member of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors. William Doucas is an active guest speaker at Georgetown for undergraduate students through their entrepreneurship initiative, Startup Hoyas. In addition, Mr. Doucas is an member of the Executive Board for the Hellenic Initiative, founded to support crisis relief efforts, promote entrepreneurship, and catalyze economic development to help shape Greece’s long-term recovery.
Muhtar Kent (Emeritus)
Chairman of the Board of Directors, former CEO
The Coca-Cola Company
Mr. Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 and has held a variety of global marketing and operations leadership roles throughout his career. In 2005, Mr. Kent was appointed President of Coca-Cola International, responsible for overseeing all operations outside of North America. In 2006, he assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer and in 2008 was elevated to President and CEO. He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009 and served as Chairman and CEO through April 2017.
Mr. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Hull in England and a Master of Science degree in Administrative Sciences from Cass Business School in London.
Mr. Kent is the past Chairman of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and a member of its Chairman’s Community, a member of the Concordia Leadership Council, FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety (Federation Internationale l’Automobile), the Council on Foreign Relations, and Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. ASEAN Business Council. He serves on the boards of 3M, Special Olympics International, Catalyst, Cambridge China Development Trust and Emory University.
George M. Logothetis
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
George Logothetis is Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, an international business active in six market sectors in 35 countries across six continents. The group is focused on aviation, energy, hospitality, real estate, shipping and diversified investments. Libra Group is a family owned business that encourages diversity and advocates capitalism with a conscience, exemplified by its commitment to a wide range of social responsibility programmes.
George joined his family’s shipping company in 1993, becoming CEO in 1994 at the age of 19. In the ensuing years he presided over the company’s transformation from three vessels into a fleet of 55 before creating the Libra Group in 2003.
In recent years Libra Group’s aviation leasing business has acquired fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with a value approaching $6 billion, while its shipping company has acquired over 125 vessels, including orders for over 35 all-new fuel-efficient ships.
Libra’s residential and commercial real estate interests are global and include ownership of more than 5.8 million square feet, developed and under development, while its hospitality interests comprise approximately 50 hotels on four continents. The group’s renewable energy businesses have a combined generating capacity of over 400 MW plus a 3 GW project pipeline.
Important among Libra’s business values is a sense of community and the group expresses its responsibility through dedicated programmes and initiatives which seek to deliver educational opportunity, business opportunity, and acts of humanity towards people who are neglected, marginalized, or under-served.
George and his wife, Nitzia, founded the Seleni Institute, a New York-based non-profit organization that addresses maternal mental health. George is also Chairman of the Leadership Council of Concordia, a non-profit organization which seeks to promote public-private partnerships, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Four M Investments, LLC
Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation’s largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation. U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 10 manufacturing plants located across the country.
Mr. Mehiel is also the Managing Member of Four M Capital, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee developing the New York Metropolitan region in behalf of the Brand. The company owns and operates 20 BWW Sit Down Restaurants with additional sites under development.
In 2012 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mr. Mehiel Chairman and C.E.O. of the Battery Park City Authority. BPCA operates a 92 Acre property created when the World Trade Center was constructed 40 years ago at the south end of Manhattan. The site contains ten million square feet of commercial space, residential properties with a population of 14,000 along with parks and other public spaces.
Mr. Mehiel is a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council, the Lay Leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and continues as a member of its Leadership 100 Group and Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He is an Archon of The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the world’s oldest Lay Religious Organization and a recipient of the Medal of St. Paul, the Highest Honor a lay person may receive from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Pappajohn Capital Resources
John Pappajohn emigrated from Greece at the age of 9 months. He grew up in Mason City, Iowa. His father died when he was 16 years old… and it changed his world. He worked his way through college and alternated working and attending school with his brothers. He graduated with a BSC degree in business from the University of Iowa in 1952. He did not interview for a job. He wanted to own his own business.
In 1969, Mr. Pappajohn organized Equity Dynamics, Inc., a financial consulting entity and Pappajohn Capital Resources, a venture capital firm in Des Moines, Iowa. He was one of the early venture capitalists. Since this time, Mr. Pappajohn has been involved in more than 100 start-ups, more than 50 IPOs and has served as a Director in more than 40 public companies.
In the fall of 1996, Mr. Pappajohn established the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers at five Iowa universities and colleges. He has funded the various Centers for more than $25 million. These centers have helped create and launch more than 2000 new companies.
Mr. Pappajohn and his wife, Mary, have gifted more than $100 million to various philanthropic causes, the John Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa, the Pappajohn Pavilion at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center and the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute Building at the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Mary, funded a $5 million John and Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Fund for ethnic, disadvantaged, and minority students.
He has been the recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees and many other awards including: Horatio Alger recipient in 1995; Iowa Business Leader of the Year 1992; 30 year board association with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; member trustee council National Gallery of Art; Vice Chairman Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, DC; named by Art News Magazine as one of the top 200 art collectors in the world from 1997 – 2014; first Iowan to be awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award; 33rd Degree Mason Shriner 2003; Greek Orthodox Archon Award 2000.
Mr. Pappajohn lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Mary. They have one daughter, Ann Vassiliou.
Michael G. Psaros
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
KPS Capital Partners, LP
Michael Psaros is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP (www.kpsfund.com), a family of private equity funds with approximately $5.4 billion of assets under management focused on making controlling equity investments in manufacturing and industrial companies across a diverse array of industries on a global basis. The KPS Funds’ Portfolio Companies have aggregate annual revenues of $7.2 billion, operate 165 manufacturing facilities in 31 countries, and employ over 50,000 associates, directly and through joint ventures worldwide. Mr. Psaros serves or has served on the Board of Directors of over 30 KPS’ portfolio companies.
Mr. Psaros serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown University. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown University Center for Financial Markets and Policy. Mr. Psaros and his spouse created “The Michael and Robin Psaros Endowed Chair in Business Administration” at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Mr. Psaros is the Treasurer of the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America and serves on its Executive Committee. He is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarch, Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, where he serves on its National Council. He is also a founding member of FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism; and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Leadership 100 – Advancing Hellenism and Orthodoxy in America. He is the recipient of numerous awards from national Hellenic and Orthodox organizations.
He received a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University and attended Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
Father Alexander Karloutsos (Honorary Advisor)
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Father Alexander Karloutsos is the Vicar General of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and Special Assistant to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. He is the Spiritual Advisor to the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, and to Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy & Hellenism. He also serves as the representative of the Archdiocese to the White House, the Congress, state and local officials, Greek American organizations, political action, religious freedom and human rights groups. Father Alexander is also the pastor of The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church in the Hamptons and serves as the Orthodox Christian Chaplain for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was previously Executive Director of Leadership 100, serving from 1986 to 1992 and 1999 to 2004, and was appointed by Archbishop Iakovos as the first Vicar of Public Affairs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1985, holding that position simultaneously until 1992 when he was appointed Special Assistant to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In 1994, The Ecumenical Patriarch personally elevated Fr. Karloutsos to the prestigious office of Protopresbyter of the Sacred See of Saint Andrew
Father Alexander is married to Xanthi Karavellas Karloutsos. They have three children, happily married, and nine grandchildren, Alexander, Konstantine, Xanthi, Luca, Konstantina, Demetrios, Steven, Leo and Michael.
Arianna Huffington (International Ambassador)
CEO and Founder
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on numerous boards, including Uber, Onex, The Center for Public Integrity, Global Citizen and Just Capital.
Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep
Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.
She is a mother, sister, flat shoe advocate, and sleep evangelist.
Nicholas W. Alexos
EVP/Chief Financial Officer
Univar Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Nicholas W. Alexos has been an Executive Vice President of DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. and its Chief Financial Officer since November, 2017. He previously served as the Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, L.P. since 1993 and served on its healthcare team. He was also a Vice President at First Chicago Venture Capital and The First National Bank of Chicago from 1988 through 1993. He has been a Director of VWR International LLC, Walgreens Infusion Service, Sirona Dental Systems, Team Health Inc., Performance Health and various other companies. He also has served on numerous charitable and non-profit organizations including the Children’s Inner City Educational Fund, Lake Forest Country Day School, Metro Squash, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Council and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, and has recently been appointed to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Advisory Board and the board of The Hellenic Initiative. Mr. Alexos received an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.B.A. from Loyola University, is married and has three teenage children.
John P. Calamos, Sr.
Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer
John P. Calamos, Sr. founded Calamos Investments in 1977. With origins as an institutional convertible bond manager, the firm has grown into a global asset management firm with major institutional and individual clients around the world. The firm is headquartered in the Chicago metropolitan area with additional offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Miami.
Mr. Calamos has established research and investment processes centered around a team-based approach designed to deliver superior risk-adjusted performance over full market cycles through a range of U.S. and global investment strategies including equity, fixed income, convertible and alternative investments. Mr. Calamos has developed a reputation for using investment techniques to control risk, preserve capital and build wealth for clients over the long term.
With over 45 years of industry experience, he is often quoted as an authority on risk-managed investment strategies, markets and the economy. He is a frequent speaker at investment seminars and conferences around the world and appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business Channel.
Mr. Calamos has authored two books, Investing in Convertible Securities: Your Complete Guide to the Risks and Rewards and Convertible Securities: the Latest Instruments, Portfolio Strategies, and Valuation Analysis.
He received his B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He joined the United States Air Force after graduation where he served as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War and ultimately earned the rank of Major.
A son of Greek immigrants, Mr. Calamos is an active philanthropist supporting educational and Hellenic organizations, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. He has been honored for his lifetime contributions by the Hellenic Bar Association and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities by the Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology.
Aristides (Aris) S. Candris
President and CEO – Retired
Westinghouse Electric. Co.
Dr. Candris retired as President and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Co. In 2012, after a 37 year career with the company. In addition to his role on the THI Board, he is currently on the Board of NiSource Inc., and the Advisory Boards of Atomos Inc., the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and the Carnegie Energy Institute. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Transylvania University, and the Hellenic American University, and has has previously served on Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees. Aris and his wife Laura live in Naples, Florida and Sifnos Island, Greece.
Chief Executive Officer
John Koudounis joined Calamos Investments as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. His principal duties include overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations, fiscal function and overall performance. His responsibilities include managing operations, leading business and corporate development, and directing strategic growth initiatives.
Mr. Koudounis has 30 years of financial services experience including executive leadership in the global securities business and a deep background in global capital markets. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mizuho Securities USA, Inc. (MSUSA), a subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, one of the world’s largest full-service financial institutions. During his tenure at Mizuho Securities he built the firm into a full-service investment bank, expanding its debt and equity capital markets teams. Under his leadership, the firm grew in profitability, number of clients, and product diversification, allowing Mizuho to be considered globally as a top tier investment bank. Prior to joining
MSUSA in 2008, he was Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income for ABN AMRO Americas where he played a critical role in that firm’s successful growth.
Mr. Koudounis is a public speaker and appears frequently on financial news programs including CNN, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and others. He is a member of the Leadership Council at Concordia and the Bretton Woods Committee. He received his B.A. in International Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs and Economics from Brown University.
Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor of California
Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California. A native Californian, she visited each of the state’s 58 counties during her historic campaign.
From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Kounalakis was the first Greek-American woman – and at age 43 one of America’s youngest – to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Her highly acclaimed memoir, “Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest” (The New Press, 2015), chronicles the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding.
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kounalakis to chair the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment in 2014. Kounalakis was a Virtual Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) between 2014 and 2017, specializing in international trade and immigration. She is currently a director of the Association of American Ambassadors and a National Democratic Institute (NDI) “Ambassadors Circle” advisor.
Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of one of California’s most respected housing development firms, AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years. She built master-planned communities and delivered quality housing to the Sacramento region’s working families – recognizing her as one of the capital region’s most prominent businesswomen. Passionate about early childhood development, Kounalakis served as a member of California’s First 5Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.
Eleni Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 and earned her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece. She is married to Dr. Markos Kounalakis and the couple has two teenage sons, Neo and Eon.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Ted Leonsis is founder, chairman, majority shareholder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NHL’s 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, AFL’s 2018 Arena Bowl Champion Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade, the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go and the NBA2K League’s Wizards District Gaming. Leonsis is a co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid. Monumental also owns the 20,000-seat Capital One Arena and operates MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals’ training facility, and George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.
An integrated media, technology, sports and entertainment company, Monumental also runs Monumental Sports Network, a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile and over-the-top platforms. In addition, Leonsis is co-founder and a partner at Revolution Growth, a $1 billion set of investment funds via which he and his partners make a select group of speed-up capital investments in businesses each year. He sits on a variety of boards, including American Express and Groupon, and is the former vice chairman and president of AOL.
Chairman and Managing Director
Alexander Macridis is the Chairman and Managing Director of Chryssafidis S.A., a construction materials distribution company founded in 1882 and operating in the Balkans and Africa. Mr. Macridis is a member of the Board of Aegean Airlines, Titan Cement, IOBE, The American College of Greece and Alba Business School. He is currently the General Secretary of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV) and serves on the Yale President’s Council on International Activities as a founding member. Mr. Macridis holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale College, a JD from Yale Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
George M. Marcus
Founder and Chairman
The Marcus & Millichap Company
Born George Mathew Moutsanas in 1941 in Limni, Evia, Greece on the island of Euboea, one of the oldest-known confederation of Greek states in classical antiquity, he emigrated to the United States in 1945. He graduated as George M. Marcus from San Francisco State University with a B.A. degree in Economics, was honored as Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999 and received an honorary doctorate in 2011. He also received an honorary degree of Humanities from the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2016. He is the co-founder and chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company. He is the founder and chairman of Essex Property Trust (ESS) and Marcus & Millichap, Inc (MMI) both publicly traded companies.
Mr. Marcus received the high Offikion of Archon Exarchos in 1991 by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York.
His considerable commitments to the Greek Orthodox Church and his community include memberships on the Board of Directors at the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, CSU Foundation, UCSF Foundation, Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, which honored him in 2012, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, which honored him in 2014, International Orthodox Christian Charities, Elios Society and is committed to Leadership 100. He founded the National Hellenic Society, which brings together distinguished Greek Americans on a national level to preserve their heritage.
He is the majority owner of renowned Greek restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area; Kokkari in San Francisco and Evvia in Palo Alto. In 2014 Mr. Marcus participated in the White House Greek Independence Day celebration, where the authentic cuisine of his restaurants was served, both President Obama and Vice President Biden were in attendance.
Jalouise Pty Limited
Nick Mitaros is a Perth, Western Australia based businessman with extensive commercial interests in the north of Australia. He has been on The Hellenic Initiative global board since its inception.
Nick sits on a number of private boards including as the Australian Resident Director for the cattle operations of the Government of Brunei Darussalam in northern Australia since 1998.
Nick holds both a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws, and since retiring from legal practice in 2002, remained a Consultant to national law firm, Clayton Utz, until June 2019..
Nick is a director of commercial property development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, a significant financial contributor to the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Awards (2013 – 2017).
Since 2015, Nick has served as Chairman of Leichhardt Industrials Pty Ltd, a resource company developing one of world’s largest solar salt projects in the Pilbara region of Australia.
Whilst at University, he served as Vice President of the National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS 1979 – 80), and following graduation, as a member of the Governing Council of the Greek Orthodox Community of Northern Australia Inc (1982 – 1985).
Founder and CEO
Mr. Navab is the Founder and CEO of the private investment firm Navab Holdings. He is the former Head of the Americas Private Equity Business at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (“KKR”) and has over 28 years of experience in the financial services and investment management industries. Mr. Navab held leadership roles at KKR, including as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, Chair of the Americas Private Equity Investment Committee, and Chair of the Americas Portfolio Management Committee. Mr. Navab worked at James D. Wolfensohn from 1991-1993 in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. He started his career in financial services at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1987-1989 in Investment Banking.
Mr. Navab was born in Isfahan, Iran, but his family took refuge in Greece following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. They immigrated to the United States two years later. He speaks eloquently about the experience of immigration and the ways in which America’s dynamism and prosperity depend upon the nation’s continued openness and diversity. He graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1991 with an MBA, High Distinction, Baker Scholar and awarded the Wolfe Award. Mr. Navab won the John Jay award from Columbia College in 2011 for distinguished professional achievements. In 2016, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Mr. Navab is serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Fidelity National Information Systems, Inc. (“FIS”); a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the Board of Trustees at New York-Presbyterian Hospital; a member of the Columbia University Board of Trustees; a member of the Board of Directors at The Robin Hood Foundation; the former Chair of the Board of Visitors at Columbia College; a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School; a member of the Executive Advisory Council at the George W. Bush Presidential Center; and a member of The Hamilton Project Advisory Council.
Senior Vice President, Sales, and General Manager
API at Albany Molecular Research Inc.
George Svokos, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has been married for 35 years to his wonderful wife Grazia and has three beautiful and successful daughters, Erini, Elizabeth and Alexandra. George has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA for the University of Missouri. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years in various managerial and executive positions. He is a Trustee of the Dr. Agnes Varis Trust which has supported THI since its inception.