John joined FIPRA as Special Advisor in early 2010 after serving as Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine for 6 years with responsibility for the regulation of maritime affairs in Greece. John is also Professor of Financial Management at the Athens University of Economics and Business where he was first appointed in 1977. In 2008, John was honoured by Greek shipping bankers for his contribution to the development of ship finance in Greece. His academic career includes time at the University of Aston Business School,as a founding member of its faculty. John has published extensively on shipping,company finance, and energy policies. John was also a Member of the Greek Parliament from 1996-2000. A former economic advisor to the Union of Greek Shipowners, John has served on the boards of numerous companies. John is married with two grown up children and speaks English and French along with his native Greek.