06 November 2017

Public Speaking seminars for the iMBA alumni!

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Public Speaking Seminars for the IMBA Alumni!

As effective communication becomes one of the top skills to have nowadays, the IMBA Alumni Association is organizing a series of public speaking seminars on 24/11 and 1/12 at 18:00-21:30 at room 802.

The purpose of this initiative is to assist current students and the Alumni of our network in building confidence when they speak in public by getting feedback from some of the most acclaimed Greek public speakers and trainers.

Participants will be informed via e-mail about the subject they have to prepare and they will have to give a presentation to the panel of our experts. They will get feedback on the spot and will have the chance to learn from the best how to deliver better presentations and communicate their ideas effectively.

Alumnis who are interested in participating in the seminars should make sure that they are active members of our association and send an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so as to express interest and learn the details of the seminar.

In order to maintain the high quality of the seminar, this initiative is a first come-first served basis and for limited participations only.


Meet the Public Speaking Seminars panel

Stratos Baloutsos

Stratos has been involved in public speaking and competitive debating since 2004 in many roles and functions. A seasoned public speaker, he has won many awards at debate tournaments in Greece and internationally. He was a debate coach and trainer, initially at the University of Patras debate club, and later on at the AUEB debate club. He is also a founding member of the Debating Society of Greece and the University of Patras debate club, and has organized debate tournaments for every debate club in Greece. Stratos is an iMBA alumnus and is currently a doctoral candidate at AUEB’s ELTRUN where he also works as a researcher.

Vassiliki Koniakos

Vasiliki has been introduced to competitive debating in 2003 and ever since she is actively engaged with argumentation and public speaking through various activities and positions. As a competitive debater she has won many awards, while with her moot court team she participated in several competitions winning her cases. At some point she changed side, becoming a debating coach, and public speaking and mooting trainer. She is a founding member of Law School of Athens Debating Society and has been one of the main trainers of the club until 2012. She was the Vice President and a debating and public speaking coach for the University of Turku Debating Club for five years. She has delivered numerous workshops and seminars on debating, public speaking, argumentation and presentation skills, and organized three International Open DebatingTournaments andco-hostedplentyof debating and public speaking events. Vasiliki is a master of International and Comparative Law, majoring Information Society Law and Regulation. Since 2015 she is a Doctoral Candidate of Law in University of Turku, she offers lectures on Internet Governance and Internet Law, she is a CONSTIP researcher, member of the Digital Futures Lab and an Academy of Finland scholar.


Themis Markidis


Themis had his first debating experience in 2002 and kept debating throughout his secondary education in both Greek and English. After a pause in his involvement during his university studies in the US, he helped run and train Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s Debating Club, the Deree College debate team, and multiple schools teams. Since 2016 he is also a coach of the Greek World Schools Debating Championship team.


Athina Pitta

 Athina is the founder of Glossopolis and Team Leader of the Outbound Business Development team at Workable.

She has participated in numerous startup competitions where she pitched her business in investors but also in various media broadcasts both in TV and digital media for the promotion of her business from where she acquired her experience in selling and convincing in public. She is also a TEDxNTUA speaker and President of the IMBA Alumni Association Network.


Petros Papalianos


Petros Papalianos has studied Economics in the Athens University of Economics and Business and holds two Master's Degrees: one in 'Applied Economics and Finance' by the same University and one in 'Bank and Insurance Management' from Université Paris 13. He is currently employed as a financial officer for a private sector contractor.

Petros has been an active member of the debating community in Greece since 2001. He is a founding member and the resident coach of the Athens University of Economics and Business Debating Society. Through it he has trained a number of speakers and has organized seminars and debating tournaments throughout Greece. He has served as a judge and a member of the organizing committee for 'Antilogia', the Greek Ministry of Education’s Students Debating Competition, as well as the World Schools Debating Championship in Athens in 2009.


Kallina Basli

Kallina started debating in 2001, and since then has participated in numerous debating competitions (and won a few of them) mostly in Greece and the UK. Since 2009 she has been coaching Team Greece for the World Schools Debating Championships, and is currently the Debate & Forensics Head Coach at Athens College - Psychico College. Over the years, she has delivered debate and public speaking workshops for school and university students, as well as for companies, in over 20 countries. During her time as Director of Operations of Intelligence Squared Greece, she organised multiple public debates, including productions that aired on BBC World. She holds a Masters in Conflict Studies & Comparative Politics from LSE.

01 November 2017

The upcoming Back-to-school’ is now on: Geopolitics and Business

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The upcoming ‘Back-to-school’ is now on!!

Course: “Geopolitics & Business”

Course objective: to introduce students to the major geopolitical and institutional drivers which shape the world today, and to expose the global trends that are driving fundamental shifts in global international relations. The course emphasizes the rise of the BRIC economies, Asia, the Middle East and the Muslim world on the global scene, and how the emerging new economic order affects the established blocks of the US and the EU.

Professor: Rakesh Singh, Dean Academics and Dean FMS AMITY UNIVERSITY MUMBAI |

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Course dates:

-Friday, 24/11/2017, 18:00-21:30 room 802

-Saturday, 25/11/2017, 09:00-15:00 room 802

-Friday, 1/12/2017, 18:00-21:30 room 802

-Saturday, 2/12/2017, 09:00-12:00 room 802

In case that you are interested in attending the course please inform the program officer, Metaxenia Konstantinidou by sending an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the latest till Friday, 10/11/2017.

Please note that all paying Alumni members are entitled to two free Back-to-School courses in the three years following their graduation and that seats are reserved on a first served basis.

In case that you are eligible for free participation, please follow these simple steps to book your seat in “Geopolitics & Business” course:

1. Make sure that you have an active subscription at the iMBA Alumni Association (to register and pay the annual membership fee please visit:

2. To claim a participation please send an e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating your full name as well as the year that you graduated from the iMBA the latest till next Wednesday, 8/11/2017.

To read more about 'Back-to-school' program, please click here.

01 November 2017

'Back-to-school' program

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Do you miss specialized knowledge on a particular subject and you are interested into attending a seminar related to it? Either you target at enhancing your professional competencies or your own personal development, the MBA International program has something great to offer:  

Are you aware of ‘Back-to-School’ launched by MBA International program?

Back-to-School is an incredible opportunity to join the MBA International current students in an elective course of your interest from those that are being announced by the program.

The program is open each minimester to a certain number of Alumni. All participants take a certificate of attendance.

Back-to-School was first launched in 2011. Since then, several alumni have attended valuable courses including the below:

  •    Project Finance
  •    Geopolitics & Business
  •    International marketing
  •    Social Networks Analytics
  •    Management of Change
  •    Project Management
  •    International Negotiations

       …and many more.

For each minimester, and approximately one month prior to the beginning of the courses, the alumni are notified about the courses available (i.e., the courses that have room for some additional students). The seats are limited, therefore next time be prepared to check early the offered courses as well as the schedule and register as soon as possible by getting in contact with the program officer, Metaxenia Konstantinidou.

And now that you are fully updated about Back-to-School, here is the best part: As the iMBA Alumni Association constantly aims at creating value for its members, we will offer FREE participation in the Back-to-School program to all iMBA Alumni Association members that have an active subscription, or that register and pay their annual membership fee before the Back-to-School elective of your interest starts. The cost of each Back-to-School course is else 200 Euros.

More precisely, in collaboration with Professors Soderquist and Ioannou, and the Program Steering Committee, we have concluded on the following:

  •    All paying members are entitled to two free Back-to-School courses in the three years following their graduation. For example, if you graduated in December 2016, you can take two free electives over the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20. This under condition of course that you continue paying the annual membership fee in the subsequent years!
  •    Currently and subsequently paying members that graduated in 2014 or before are entitled to two free Back-to-School courses over the academic years 2017-18 and 2018-19.
  •    From the cohorts graduating in 2018 and onwards, subsequently paying members will be entitled to two free back to school courses in the three years following the graduation.
  •    Due to the specific conditions and logistics of each course of the Program, the list of the courses that are part of the Back-to-School program are announced from the secretariat before each period begins. Seats are reserved on a first served basis. Please note that the courses “Project Management” and “Online Marketing & Communications” cannot be part of the for free offer.

Finally, please also note that the MBA International Alumni Association fee is payable on a running basis, and that membership is valid one year from the registered date of payment.

21 April 2017

6th Energy Conference on April 27th, 2017

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Energy & Sustainability Club and i-MBA are organizing the 6th Energy Conference on “Energy – Investments – Technology: Seeking a new growth model”. The Conference will take place on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 (17:00 – 21:00), at the Royal Olympic Hotel (28-34 Athanasiou Diakou 28-34 Str., 117 43, Athens).

The topics that will be covered this year include current trends on the design of energy markets, the modern financing methods in energy, with emphasis in sustainable development, the new technologies in power generation and energy management along with the best practices in energy projects development and new growth models in the energy sector in Greece.

The invited keynote speakers are:

- George Stathakis, Minister of Energy and Environment

- Kostas Skrekas, MP, Head of Energy and Environment Sector, New Democracy Party

- Dimitris Assimakis, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Greece

- George Daniolos, Managing Director, Heron Thermoelectric S.A.

- Alkis Drakinos, Deputy Director – Greece, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

- Ioannis Margaris, Vice Chairman, Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A.

- Konstantinos Nikolaou, Petroleum Geologist, Technical Advisor, Energean Oil & Gas

- Dimitris Parpairis, Managing Director, GE Power Services Greece & Cyprus

- Thodoris Tsakiris, Assistant Professor, Geopolitics & Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

- Ioannis Tsipouridis, President, Hellenic Scientific Wind Energy Association (ELETAEN)

- Prof. George Ioannou, Director, MBA International program, Athens University of Economics & Business

- Dimitris Sarantopoulos, Chairman & Founder, Energy & Sustainability Club

The conference will be attended by business executives, entrepreneurs, policy makers, diplomats, academics and researchers from energy, construction, shipping and innovation sectors.

The attendance in this event is free of charge. Please note that seats are limited, so you are advised to register at your earliest convenience at

The conference is sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright and General Electric Power Services Hellas.It is also kindly supported by the Hellenic Association of Energy Economics, the Greek Energy Forum and the Alumni Association of the MBA International program.

Media Sponsors: Nostus Communications and Events,,,,, and

Conference Organizers

Prof. George Ioannou, Director, MBA International program, Athens University of Economics & Business

Dimitris Sarantopoulos, Chairman & Founder, Energy & Sustainability Club

Helena Stamou, Vice Chairman, Energy & Sustainability Club – Managing Director, Nostus Communications & Events.

02 April 2017

i-MBA Career Fair 2017

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We are pleased to inform you that the MBA International program and the i-MBA Alumni Association are jointly organizing the 14th annual i-MBA Career Fair on Thursday, 27th April 2017,10.00 am to 7.00 pm (“Olympia” hall, Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens).

For the last 13 years, the i-MBA Career Fair brings together under the same roof experienced professionals and entry level talented individuals with some of the biggest multinational and Greek companies. With strong and diverse academic and professional background and skills that are instilled at the program’s curriculum (leadership skills, strategic thinking, international exposure, ability to leverage technology and achieve high level results, etc), our students and alumni fulfill the diverse needs of companies of all sectors, and have proven to be a strong asset for them.

By increasing employment opportunities for the students and alumni of the program and by offering a wide choice for selection to recruiters, this event has been established as one of the most successful and effective Career Events for both participating companies, and students and alumni of the Program.

This year the number of participating candidates will range from 100-120, while about 40 companies will be there to recruit them.

Participation is open exclusively to i-MBA students and alumni.

The following companies are the Gold Supporters of the event: Beiersdorf Hellas S.A., Plaisio Computers S.A., Robert Bosch S.A.

The event is also supported by AB Vassilopoulos S.A., Atradius Crédito y Caución S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros-Hellenic branch, Dixons South-East Europe AEVE, Johnson & Johnson Hellas Consumer S.A., Lidl Hellas & SIA Ο.Ε., and is kindly communicated by, Global Sustain, and




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