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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

Dimitrios Bouras

Director

Dimitrios Bouras

Director 

Dimitrios Bouras is a Director at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

He possesses more than 20 years of professional experience in banking, financial services and business advisory.

 

He has directed multiple type projects & transactions for corporates and public sector entities and he is skilled in corporate finance (M&As, equity & debt capital raising, financial distress & restructuring, public takeover bids, Fairness Opinions, IBRs), project finance (concessions, PPPs), strategy, corporate planning & restructuring.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, he was Director at the Management Consulting Services Unit of Kantor Management Consultants. He has also worked, on a senior capacity, for prominent organizations, namely Euroxx Securities, Archirodon Group NV, Proton Bank, Devletoglou Securities & Investment Services and Arthur Andersen Tax & Business Consultants.

 

He holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Strathclyde Graduate Business School and a Diploma in IFRS from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)/UK.

Maria Kefala

Director

Maria Kefala

Director 

Maria Kefala is a Director 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.

Maria Alefragki

Head of HR

Maria Alefragki

Head of HR 

Maria begun her HR career as an HR Generalist at Hewlett-Packard, continued as an HR Coordinator at Iron Mountain, then moved on as a Group Talent Partner at Coca-Cola HBC's corporate locations in Athens, Amsterdam, Vienna, Belgrade and Zug and a member of Workforce Transformation Consulting Team at Deloitte.

 

Maria has studied Law and Human Resources at Coventry University and holds an Msc from Aston Business School in HRM and Business.Maria has significant voluntary experience which includes Communication volunteer at the Greek Consulate in New York, a scientific advisor for the Ministry of Development and HR Staffing volunteer at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

George Kokkotas

Senior Manager

George Kokkotas

Senior Manager 

George Kokkotas is a Senior 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.

Eleonora Tsampaou

Manager

Eleonora Tsampaou

Manager 

Eleonora Tsampaou is a Manager at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

She has more than 18 years of experience in developing and managing EU-funded programmes and public sector projects, mainly targeting regional development, innovation and competitiveness.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Eleonora worked as a Senior Consultant and Project Manager, providing consultancy and programme management services in several sectors, including environment and resource efficiency, blue economy and digital technologies. From 2011 until 2015, she accumulated significant experience in monitoring large-scale state-aid programmes, targeting business support and technology transfer, working at a Managing Authority of ERDF funds in the microelectronics sector. Previously from 2002 until 2010, Eleonora specialized in the development of projects in the creative sector internationally and coordinated the European projects department at the National Book Centre of Greece (non for profit organization, Ministry of Culture), also being responsible for networking events during the Greek Presidencies of the EU. She also served as a trainee at the Directorate General Trade of the European Commission (Antidumping Service) and provided expertise as evaluator for the European Commission and the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation.

 

Eleonora holds an MSc in Economics (DEA), with specialization in European Political Economy and Applied Econometrics, from ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles) and a degree in International and European Economic Studies from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She has also studied at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy) in the context of the Erasmus programme.

Pinelopi Spanou

Manager

Pinelopi Spanou

Manager 

Pinelopi Spanou is a Manager 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.

Marilena Papadaki

Senior Consultant

Marilena Papadaki

Senior Consultant 

Marilena Papadaki is a Senior Consultant at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Marilena has 6 years of project management experience in London working on several multi-disciplinary projects varying from infrastructure and technical rail, aviation and road projects to multi-million fit-out projects for public sector clients and private organisations.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Marilena has worked at Lendlease Consulting as Commercial and Project Manager assigned to work for various clients including Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail where she was responsible for managing Telecoms, Systems upgrade and Fleet Overhaul projects throughout all lifecycle stages from tender stage and contract award to design and implementation and finally project closure and handover.


Marilena has previously worked for PwC managing commercial fit-out projects across the UK and Turner & Townsend as Consultant Project Manager for Highways England managing client interface with High Speed 2 (HS2).

 

She holds a diploma in Civil Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), a master’s degree in Strategic Management of Projects from University College London (UCL) and a certificate of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Real Estate Economics and Finance from London School of Economics (LSE). Marilena also holds Project Management Qualification (PMQ) accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

Nikolaos Antonopoulos

Senior Consultant

Nikolaos Antonopoulos

Senior Consultant 

Nikolaos Antonopoulos is a Senior Consultant at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

He has 6 years of active involvement in financial advisory and strategy projects, with experience in valuation reports formulation, feasibility studies & business plans preparation, transactions management, risk assessments, business restructuring, strategic planning, subsidized programs developing & monitoring, as well as customer relationship management.


Prior to joining OCTANE, Nikolaos was working as a Consultant at Kantor Management Consultants, as a Business Consulting Manager and as a Financial Analyst at Business Support Services (BSS), with significant experience in project finance and corporate finance in various projects in multiple sectors (both public and private).


Nikolaos holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Piraeus and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Patras.

Giannis Kaloupaklis

Senior Consultant

Giannis Kaloupaklis

Senior Consultant 

Giannis Kaloupaklis is a Senior 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.

Thomas Panagiotopoulos

Consultant

Thomas Panagiotopoulos

Consultant 

Thomas Panagiotopoulos is a  Consultant 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.

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.

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

Senior Analyst

Petros Gioras

Senior Analyst 

Petros Gioras is a Senior 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.

Olga Iro Oikonomou

Senior Analyst

Olga Iro Oikonomou

Senior Analyst 

Olga Iro Oikonomou is a Senior Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Olga worked as an advisor to the Ministry of Economy and Development implementing projects including Development Banks. After that she worked as a basic member in the team that established the Special Secretariat for Private Debt Management and continued as an advisor to the Ministry of Agricultural Development.

 

Olga holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of Crete. She also holds a Master of Economic Theory and Politics from University of Crete, having completed a master thesis in the policy of dealing with the financial crisis.

 

In her spare time, Olga enjoys dancing and attending theatrical performances.

Athanasios Chronopoulos

Senior Analyst

Athanasios Chronopoulos

Senior Analyst 

Athanasios Chronopoulos is a Senior Analyst at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Athanasios has worked in Strategy & Transaction department at Ernst & Young, as a Financial Analyst in transaction deals for various financial due diligence projects

 

Athanasios has previously worked 2.5 years for European Reliance judicial department as a Junior Adjuster Analyst and as an ISO (2015:9001) Internal Inspector.


Before that he worked 3 years for ICAP Group as a Sales Agent and as a Customer Care Representative in telecommunication sector.

 

Athanasios holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Banking from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Peloponnese.

 

Athanasios is a Football Referee since 2015.

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 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.

Sofoklis Koukos

Analyst

Sofoklis Koukos

Analyst 

Sofoklis Koukos is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

During his undergraduate studies at University of Piraeus, the department of Banking and Financial Management, Sofoklis worked as a volunteer tutor, preparing his colleagues for examination periods by putting theory into practice through exercises and case studies, under real-life exam conditions.

 

After finishing his Bachelor, Sofoklis spent 9 months in Evros for his military services, defending the borderline and helping refugees in need. Shortly after, he found a position at Grant Thornton as an Assistant Advisor where his main duties involved the collection, organization and analysis of large datasets of mortgage loans for a major bank in Greece.

 

On September of 2019, he decided to take the next step in his career by doing a Master degree in Shipping, Trade and Finance at Cass Business School. In addition, he was selected by the school’s committee to receive a part scholarship from Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. Lastly, the first half of 2020, Sofoklis was occupied as a personal assistant to a Senior Advisor and Managing Director at a financial services firm in London, where he was responsible for market research and financial modeling.

Faidra Lourdi

Analyst

Faidra Lourdi

Analyst 

Faidra Lourdi is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

She is studying Chemical Engineering at the National and Technical University of Athens, while she is majoring in Operations Management at the American College of Greece.

 

She is the Co-Founder of Fishing Trips Greece, the first company that books and organizes fishing trips with professional fishermen all around Greece. Also, she did her engineering internship with Coca Cola HBC.

 

During her free time she plays volleyball, loves travelling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Anastasia Soulioti

Analyst

Anastasia Soulioti

Analyst 

Anastasia Soulioti is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

She is studying Accounting & Finance at Athens University of Economics and Business and she is majoring in Finance.

 

Along with her studies, Anastasia has been involved in various voluntary projects within and outside her university- both as a leader and as a member- with many organisations such as WWF Hellas and ACEin.

Her last position was Sales Director for the TEDxAUEB 2021 event and she is currently curating the TEDxAUEB 2022 event.

 

In her spare time, Anastasia enjoys dancing, reading books and travelling around the world.

Ioannis Christodoulopoulos

Analyst

Ioannis Christodoulopoulos

Analyst 

Ioannis Christodoulopoulos is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, he completed two internships at Westnet Distribution (Olympia Group) as International Sales Assistant and at Athens Exchange Group as Project Management Intern. Ioannis contributed to various sales and consulting meetings, focusing on the behavior of the Greek listed firms and accumulating experience in financial analysis and business research.

 

Ioannis graduated with excellence from his Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science at the University of Peloponnese and completed a Minor degree in International Business at Deree – The American College of Greece. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted substantial projects in the economic governance of the EU and in business investment strategy and development topics.

 

In parallel with his studies, he was involved in the UN sustainable development agenda of 2030, as Secretary-General at the University of Peloponnese. Ioannis is also particularly interested in the transactions industry, while in his spare time, he enjoys traveling and playing tennis.

Ioanna Georgakila

Analyst

Ioanna Georgakila

Analyst 

Ioanna Georgakila is an Analyst at OCTANE. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from A.S.PAI.T.E.. She is currently a postgraduate student in "Athens MBA" which is an Interdepartmental Postgraduate Program (DEPMS) in Business Administration that is co-organized by Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB) and National & Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

 

Ioanna started her work experience at Titan Cement Company as an intern in Quality Control and Product Design Department. Her next position was at Business Development & Alternative fuel Department as a Real Estate & Database System Administrator.

 

In her spare time Ioanna enjoys participating in escape rooms and travelling around the world.

Ilias-Marios Koufogeorgos

Analyst

Ilias-Marios Koufogeorgos

Analyst 

Ilias-Marios Koufogeorgos is an analyst. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He is currently a postgraduate student in the M.B.A. program, of the Athens University of Economics and Business.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, he mainly taught private lessons in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry to Junior High School and High School students. He has also worked as a Chemical Analyst, in two different occasions. The first one was during his studies at the National Technical University of Athens, where he was involved in food analysis and the second one during his military service, at the Greek Army Laboratory, where he dealt with the analysis of the fuel used by the army.

 

In his spare time, he plays tennis and basketball, listens to music and studies history.