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Partners

Yanni Spiropoulos

Founder and Managing Partner 

Yanni Spiropoulos

Founder and Managing Partner 

Yanni Spiropoulos is the Founder and Managing Partner of OCTANE Management Consultants. Yanni has worked for more than 20 years in consulting in Greece and in the United Kingdom.

Prior to founding OCTANE in 2007, Yanni was Director in Charge at KANTOR Management Consultants, serving as head of the company’s Private Sector Consulting as well as its Human Resource Services Divisions. He has also held senior level positions at JWThompson Hellas and Booz Allen & Hamilton in London.

Yanni has led a wide-ranging variety of assignments involving corporate strategy, market and competition analysis, customer management, acquisition support, post-merger integration, performance improvement, restructuring, change management etc. for some of the largest multinational and Greek companies. He has also served as a coach, mentor and evaluator for several family business owners, CEOs, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.

George Pavlatos

Founder, Senior Partner 

George Pavlatos

Founder, Senior Partner 

George Pavlatos is a founder and Senior Partner of OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

George possesses more than 14 years of consulting experience with Octane and previously with KANTOR Management Consultants, focusing on creating actionable strategies for clients ranging from startups to multinationals.

 

He has directed several strategy and restructuring projects for clients such as S&B, Emporiki-Credit Agricole, Hellenic Petroleum, Eurobank, ERGO Insurance, and has carried out a multitude of other engagements in Banking, Telecoms, Transport, Energy, Food, Retail, FMCG and Heavy Industry for clients in Greece and the Balkans.

 

He possesses extensive experience in Change Management, having assisted a number of private and public organizations to design complex change programmes and successfully manage their implementation from start to finish.

He has also successfully supported a large number of established and startup companies in strategy design, competition and market analysis, business planning and fundraising.

He holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Durham and an MBA from INSEAD.

Dimitris Christacopoulos

Senior Partner 

Dimitris Christacopoulos

Senior Partner 

Dimitris Christacopoulos has led a 15-year career in banking and consulting in Greece, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Fortis Bank, Barclays Capital, Booz Allen & Hamilton). He is a Senior Partner of OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Dimitris served for six years as the Deputy Country Head and Director of Energy and Project Finance for Fortis Bank in Athens. He was responsible for the set-up and management of the Greek Branch, and provided corporate finance, project financing, and corporate lending services to some of the leading energy and shipping companies in Greece and Turkey,.

 

Dimitris has also held managerial positions with Barclays Capital in London and Booz Allen & Hamilton Consulting in New York. For the latter, he led mixed consultant-client project teams in assignments in the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia for some of the world’s largest organizations across various industries (energy, financial services, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, etc.), assisting them in the areas of strategic realignment, operational efficiency, and business process reengineering.

 

He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Key Staff

Alexandros Chloros

Director

Alexandros Chloros

Director 

Alexandros Chloros is a Director of Octane Management Consultants.

 

Alex possesses 20 years of consulting experience, specializing in strategic planning, tendering and privatizations in Greece, the EU and the US.

 

Alex has managed complex multi-year technical assistance projects for several DGs of the European Commission and has participated in a multitude of strategic planning exercises with governmental and non-governmental entities.  Having participated in the Hellenic Republic’s privatization programme since its inception in 2011, Alex has participated in privatization projects both the sell-side and buy-side for commercial and tourist ports, airports and water utilities.

 

He has previously held senior positions with Kantor Management Consultants and HRADF, Digital Aid S.A and Plexus Consulting Group (US).

 

He Holds a BA in Political Science from Denison University and an MA in International Relations from the George Washington University.

Maria Kefala

Senior Manager

Maria Kefala

Senior Manager 

Maria Kefala is a Senior Manager at OCTANE Management Consultants.

Maria has worked on several projects with emphasis on corporate organization and corporate strategy in a number of industries primarily real estate, wholesale, energy, and banking.
Prior to joining OCTANE, Maria held internships at WWF Hellas and Imerisia Online.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with a minor concentration in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. During her time at Georgetown, she was also involved in a wide range of activities ranging from community service, to student newspaper and has held leadership positions in student organizations.

Maria is fluent in Greek, English, French, and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

George Kokkotas

Manager

George Kokkotas

Manager 

George Kokkotas is a Manager at Octane Management Consultants.

 

He is an internationally experienced consultant, passionate about solving complex problems in different organizational setups and industrial environments.

 

Prior to joining Octane, George has worked as Business Development Representative at Statathlon Ltd (UK), working on building new client relations and identifying growth opportunities within sports industry.  Before that, he served, for 3 years, as Business Consultant at Genioo AG (Switzerland), participating on several supply chain & warehouse projects within pharma industry.

 

He holds a MSc in Engineering & Policy Analysis, from TU Delft (Netherlands) and a Diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Patras (Greece).

Ioannis Pipidis

Manager

Ioannis Pipidis

Manager 

Giannis Pipidis is a Manager at Octane Management consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane Giannis has worked for 6 years in Rubix group international the largest European industrial distributor where most recently he held the position of European Key Account Manager. He has worked and helped major organisations in a wide range of industries such as food & drink, automotive and pharmaceuticals to reach their operational targets and achieve significant cost savings. He managed a portfolio of 10 million € and was responsible for developing existing clients but also acquiring and negotiating new opportunities.

 

In his previous role as Instore development manager he developed a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) service allowing manufacturers to outsource their entire spare parts and industrial equipment supply chain to Rubix international.

 

He holds an MBA from IE business school in Madrid. He also holds and Msc in Logistics and Supply chain management from Cranfield School of Management and a Bsc in Financial and Management Engineering from the University of the Aegean (Chios). He has been a competitive swimmer in his earlier years and a member of the Greek National swimming team. In his free time he enjoys travelling and playing golf.

Anna Natar

HR Manager

Anna Natar

HR Manager 

ANNA NATAR is a Human Resources Manager.

 

Anna possesses more than 35 years of Human Resources, Franchising and General Business experience in well-known multinational companies and the consulting industry.  She is a certified Work Place Mediator.  During her career, she has received various awards for her accomplishments, dedication, team spirit and persistence.

 

For many years, she has offered her specialized knowledge and experience to multinational as well as small and medium-sized Greek enterprises across different sectors.  Projects involved Re-Engineering, Staffing, Retention / Motivation and Compensation & Benefits.  Anna has also served as a Coach to entrepreneurs and Mentor to human resources executives.

 

Anna is bilingual in Greek and English and has basic knowledge of French and German.

Pinelopi Spanou

Senior Consultant

Pinelopi Spanou

Senior Consultant 

Pinelopi Spanou is a Senior Consultant at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Pinelopi worked for 2 years in the purchasing department of a multinational pharmaceutical company and for 2 years in the accounting department of an Information Technology company.

 

Pinelopi holds a Bachelor degree in Business Economics from University of Kent in the UK and she is currently a 2019 CFA Level I candidate.

 

She is attracted to new technologies and has interest in data analytics. In her spare time she enjoys fitness activities, drawing and cooking.

Athanasios Printzis

Senior Consultant

Athanasios Printzis

Senior Consultant 

Athanasios is an economist and management advisor with over 9 years of experience in consulting for major public and private sector institutions. He advises executive teams in Southeastern Europe on a wide array of topics including strategy, M&A, asset valuations, business planning, restructuring, organization & process optimization, and green energy transformation.

 

Prior to joining Octane, Athanasios was a business development & finance executive for a cleantech energy startup, acting as company CFO. Previous key roles include serving as economic advisor to the ministry of Energy & Environment (minister’s office) and working as management consultant in the Strategy & Finance practice of PLANET S.A. (part of NBG Group).

 

Along his career, he has utilized his experience and insights in guiding and growing companies and startups (mostly in renewable energy & tech), as both an advisor and an entrepreneur. He is a strong advocate of digital and green energy transformation.

 

He holds a master’s degree in Banking & Finance from Loughborough School of Business & Economics (UK) and a bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Ioannina (Greece).

Irene-Alexandra Katopodis

Senior Consultant

Irene-Alexandra Katopodis

Senior Consultant 

Irene-Alexandra Katopodis is a Senior Consultant at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

As a tri-national citizen of the world, Irene-Alexandra has lived and worked in 4 continents, pursuing her passion for lifelong learning and constantly pushing her comfort zone. She has been involved in projects across the public-private-third sector spheres, such as mediation for the OSCE, global strategy consulting, geopolitical analysis in the MENA region, and coordinating strategic initiatives between Silicon Valley and Greece. Her interests and insights span across a wide variety of industries, including mobility, TMT, fashion, politics, and Future of Work.

 

Irene-Alexandra completed her Bachelor in International Relations and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a 4-year Division 1 swimmer; and her Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London. An internationally competitive athlete, Irene-Alexandra has represented the Swiss Swimming Team, and joined the Greek Swimming Team in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

 

Trained by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth Office, the BBC, a speaker of 8 languages, and an avid entrepreneur at heart, Irene-Alexandra hopes to never stop learning and forming collaborative partnerships. In her free time, you will find her rollerblading, reading in the sun, and hosting dinner parties.

Giannis Kaloupaklis

Consultant

Giannis Kaloupaklis

Consultant 

Giannis Kaloupaklis is a Consultant at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane, Giannis has accumulated 2,8 years of experience in the Telecommunications sector with Wind Hellas, first as graduate financial analyst and later as project coordinator for Wind’s digital transformation initiatives.

 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business finance and Management from the University of York and an MSc in International Business and Strategic Management from the same institution.

 

In his spare time Giannis enjoys swimming and running.

Iason Kousantakis

Consultant

Iason Kousantakis

Consultant 

Iason Kousantakis is a Consultant at OCTANE Management Consultants

 

Prior to joining Octane, Iason worked in the Financial Institutions team at DBRS Morningstar in London for 4 and a half years, where he performed credit analysis and research in the banking industry.

 

He also has accounting experience since he worked in an accounting office for 2 years.

 

Iason holds a BSC in Economic and Regional Development from Panteion University and an MSc in Finance from the University of Southampton. Currently, he is studying towards the CFA Level I exam.

Giannis Deligiannis

Senior Analyst

Giannis Deligiannis

Senior Analyst 

Giannis Deligiannis is a Senior Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Giannis has worked as Corporate Finance Analyst for a cross-country investment project at Durabilis (Belgium / Burkina Faso). He was responsible for the development of the Information Memorandum and the valuation of the new venture.

 

After that, he worked as a Client Service Specialist at State Street Bank (Luxembourg), where he was accountable for the post-trading activities and the onboarding of Swiss funds.

 

In his last position as Client Relationship Manager at Candriam Investors Group (Germany), he was in charge of the strategic business analysis & the industry research of the German Market while also reviewed & analyzed key quantitative indicators such as portfolio & benchmark performance data and risk statistics.

 

He holds a BSc in Business Administration with a minor in International Business from the American College of Greece and a MSc in International Management and Strategy with specialization in Finance and Fintech from Vlerick Business School in Belgium. At the moment, he is studying towards CFA Level I examination.

Thomas Panagiotopoulos

Senior Analyst

Thomas Panagiotopoulos

Senior Analyst 

Thomas Panagiotopoulos is a  Senior Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

He holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration (majoring in accounting and finance) from Athens University of Economics & Business and a master in finance from the same University.

 

He is extremely interested in M&A transactions. His master thesis was about an econometric analysis of M&A deals with title '' The abnormal returns of European companies during merger and acquisition''. Furthermore, He is strongly interested in econometrics and portfolio management.

Dimitris Zisis

Senior Analyst

Dimitris Zisis

Senior Analyst 

Dimitris Zisis is a Senior Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to being hired at OCTANE, Dimitris worked as a Financial Analyst for a financial advisory firm where he was involved in several complex M&A transactions, and also as a financial reporting team leader for a UK-based software and services company.

 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in management science and Technology from Athens University of Economics and Business. After that he started his master studies in International Shipping, Finance and Management, where he was interested by corporate finance and more specifically M&As. He completed this program by conducting a thorough research and preparing his thesis on the factors that affected M&A transactions in shipping over the past 50 years.

 

He speaks fluent Greek and English and excellent German.

Nikos Kypraios

Senior Analyst

Nikos Kypraios

Senior Analyst 

Nikos Kypraios is a Senior Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Nikos worked as a Business/Financial Analyst in Volvo Car Hellas supporting the sales & marketing department and as a Supply Chain Intern in Shell Lubricants Greece.

 

Nikos holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Patras with specialization in Renewable Energy Sources and in Material Science. He also holds a Master of Science in International Business Management from ALBA Graduate Business School with specialization in Entrepreneurial Strategy, Global Business & Trade and Financial Management.

 

In his spare time, Nikos enjoys kitesurfing, snowboarding and tennis.

Petros Gioras

Analyst

Petros Gioras

Analyst 

Petros Gioras is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Petros worked for three years as a sales manager in his family’s business, where he managed the sales and business development for HVAC systems and sanitary equipment and was responsible for the import department. He has also worked for a NGO project during his postgraduate studies.

 

Petros graduated from the Department of Production and Management Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace. He participated in the Erasmus program for a semester at BME in Budapest. He holds an MBA in finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Alexander Karouzakis Heckendorf

Analyst

Alexander Karouzakis Heckendorf

Analyst 

Alexander Karouzakis Heckendorf is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany) and a Master’s degree in Finance from ALBA Graduate Business School. In his academic studies he has specialized in the field of corporate finance.

 

Prior to Octane, Alexander served for 9 months as a reservist officer (2nd Lieutenant) in the Hellenic army.

George Kallis-Angel

Analyst

George Kallis-Angel

Analyst 

George Kallis-Angel is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane, George has held an internship at EY, where he participated in the research and generation of economic reports, such as FDI attractiveness survey.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with concentration in Business Analytics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and is currently working toward a degree in Finance from the American College of Greece.

 

In parallel with his studies, George is involved with the Jewish Youth of Athens and is now serving as the elected President.

Panagiotis Trafalis

Analyst

Panagiotis Trafalis

Analyst 

Panagiotis Trafalis is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane, Panagiotis worked for 3 years as a Trader in Nuntius Brokerage & Investment Services and later as a Financial Advisor at Omen Financial Consulting, building a strong knowledge on financial markets, corporate financial analysis and business economics.

 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Economics at University of Piraeus and is currently studying Data Science at The American College of Greece.

Christos Tsakalidis

Analyst

Christos Tsakalidis

Analyst 

Christos Tsakalidis is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane, Christos worked as a Research Assistant at the EMIB Research Group which is established at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. The aforementioned professional experience was part of the Erasmus+ Traineeship program and focused on a sensitivity analysis model regarding a core characteristic of asphalt.

 

He holds an Integrated Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His interest towards financial affairs led him to join the “Investment Banking and International Finance” summer school course at HEC Paris while currently he is a CFA Level 1 candidate.

 

Christos speaks Greek and English fluently and he has a basic knowledge of Dutch. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and travelling.

Konstantinos Valsamis

Analyst

Konstantinos Valsamis

Analyst 

Konstantinos Valsamis is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to Octane, Konstantinos worked at the Procurement Division of the National Bank of Greece. He has also worked as an administrative assistant in his family’s business where he managed the relations with the suppliers and the business development.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management & Banking from the University of Piraeus and is currently completing an MBA at the University of Piraeus. In his academic studies he has specialized in the field of corporate finance, banking and M&A’s.

Konstantinos Bilos

Analyst

Konstantinos Bilos

Analyst 

Konstantinos Bilos is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane, Konstantinos had his internship at Belnav Inc. as a Trainee Chartering Shipbroker for four months. Before that he was an Assistant Advisor in Financial Services at Grant Thornton where he conducted operational audits for restructuring / legal portfolios. He has also worked as an Assistant Product Manager Books at Public, where he was responsible for store feedback, stock availability and ordering.

 

He graduated from the department of Accounting and Finance of Athens University of Economics and Business with specialization in Finance and then he had his postgraduate studies at the University of Piraeus in the field of International Shipping with specialization in Maritime Economics.

Despoina Markoulaki

Trainee Analyst

Despoina Markoulaki

Trainee Analyst 

Despoina Markoulaki is a Trainee Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Despoina is currently following Business Analysis & Operations Research as a major direction in her studies, and Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Human Resources Management as a minor one. She holds a bachelor degree in the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business, while she is currently a scholar in International Relations at Deree – The American College of Greece.

 

During her studies, Despoina was a Data Analyst for an academic project in cooperation with Convert Group, and focused on Digital Marketing and Project Management at the Audencia Grand Ecole while being on an Erasmus experience in France. Moreover, she acted as a coordinator in the volunteer program Increasing Employability in the Global Market in Romania, implemented by Youthnet Hellas, and also contributed as a Fund Raising team member for the initiative “Job Fair Athens 2018”.

 

In her free time, she enjoys travelling, theater and good cuisine, while she loves her home place, Crete.