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  1. Flamouris Dimitris, Ph.D. 
  2. Georgikopoulos Nikolaos, D.Phil.
  3. Goudinakos Stratos
  4. Kassimatis Philippos
  5. Konstas Christos
  6. Lekkos Ilias
  7. Monokroussos Platon
  8. Nikas Constantinos
  9. Scapinakis Dimitris
  10. Siokis Dimitris
  11. Siokos Stavros, Ph.D.
  12. Tsopanakos Dimitris, PhD
  13. Vaughn Catherine, CFA.



Flamouris Dimitris, Ph.D.

Head of Stock Exotics.

Royal Bank of Scotland, England

Topic of Presentation: Structured Products. Strategies for Good and Bad Times

Dimitris Flamouris graduated from the Mathematics Department of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and continued his studies doing a MSc and a Ph.D. degree in City University of London. He has worked in Deloitte and Touche for a year as a quantitative specialist in derivatives. His role was to build independent pricing models and verify the prices of the exotic derivative structures that banks were being audited from Deloitte holding in their portfolios. Leaving Deloitte, he worked at Bear Stearns in the Risk Management Department for vanilla equity derivatives. His role entailed monitoring of the positions of the traders and reporting to senior management scenarios that could cost to the bank as well as certain positions considered to be very risky. In August 2002, he moved internally at Equity Exotics Derivatives Trading where he stayed until January 2005. His role was to trade and hedge the risks coming from new and existing positions in the equity exotics book. Most products had a maturity of more than 1 or 2 years and their underlyings were stocks and indices from all markets, from Asia to America. Since February 2005 he has been with ABN, and now Royal Bank of Scotland, in a similar role, but with the extra duties of pricing the exotic products as well as contributing in the formation in the structuring phase. He has been covering all markets, both mature and emerging, as well as certain commodity markets, such as precious metals or oil. Recently he became the Head of Stock Exotics in RBS managing the stock exotics portfolio.

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Georgikopoulos Nikolaos, D.Phil.

Research Fellow in Finance

Centre for Planning and Economic Research, Greece.
Associate Research Fellow of IFSE - Imperial College London


Topic of Presentation: The Importance of the Capital Structure in the Greek Banking System during a period of Market Turmoil.

Nikolaos Georgikopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) in Athens. Dr Georgikopoulos is also an Associate Research Fellow of Prof. Nicos Christofides, the Director of the Institute of Financial System Engineering at Imperial College London. He has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University - Stern School of Business, since November 2007. Nikolaos is also a member of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE), whose Founding Co-President is Prof. Robert Engle (2003 Nobel Prize in Economics). Prior to joining KEPE, Nikolaos occupied the following posts: Financial Research Consultant at the Centre for Quantitative Finance, at Imperial College London.Financial Research Project Manager at Bevlodge Limited (London). Financial Adviser at KT & SS Ltd (London). Researcher Quantitative Risk Analyst at Xenomorph Software Ltd. (London). Financial Researcher & Assistant Trader at Barclays - BZW (London). Assistant lecturer in Mathematics and Finance, at Imperial College London.

He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. His first post-graduate degree, Master of Science in Mathematical Finance, was obtained from the University of Oxford, UK. He has obtained a Diploma in Quantitative Finance from the Centre for Quantitative Finance at Imperial College London. He also holds a D.Phil. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Finance, from the Tanaka Business School at Imperial College London. He was a Post-Doctoral academic scholar at Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, USA. His current research is in the field of Financial Econometrics. Among his other interests are Risk Management, Quantitative Finance, Banking and Investment. He is currently working on a variety of different research projects, including collaboration with Prof. Nicos Christofides concerning The Capital Structure of the Greek Banks and their Financial Risks, and a collaboration with Dr Costas Leon concerning The Stochastic Shocks of the European and the Greek Economic Fluctuations.

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Goudinakos Stratos

CEO

Ulysses Capital Management

Investment Management Own Assets and ember of the Global Investment Committee of Helios Capital Management International Fund

Topic of Presentation: Volatility Trading & Strategies

Stratos Goudinakos is a veteran floor trader and fund manager and has been actively involved in Investment Banking and Asset Management for over 15 years.

He started his career at the Floor, London's derivative exchange, LIFFE, where he built and managed complex derivative portfolios, Director of Investments, mainly on European short term interest rates and government bonds, i.e. lira-sterling, gilts euromark, euribor, bund, euroswiss, eurolira, btp.

He was involved in the set up and development, Floor Manager, of a trading team on LIFFE exchange for Spear Leeds & Kellogg. On his return to Greece, he joined National Bank of Greece, Head of Listed Derivatives & Proprietary Trading. He managed the desks of market making, arbitrage and sales for the Greek derivatives market. He set up a prop desk trading all over the world through listed derivative products and he was also responsible for hedging the bank's bond book. In succession, he moved to Diethniki Mutual Funds, NBG's asset management, as Chief Investment Manager using derivatives in order to reduce risk and optimize returns.

Then, he participated as a Vice Chairman and partner, in the buyout of an investment company, Ellinis, and its extensive restructuring to ECF. He developed and started up a Global Macro Hedge Fund, Ulysses, which invested mainly in developed countries through extensive use of derivative products on currencies, bonds, stock indices, stocks, and commodities.

Currently, he is managing own assets through extensive trading in international derivative markets. Moreover, he is a member of the Global Investment Committee of Helios Capital Management, an International Fund based in Moscow and New York.

He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering of Patras University in Greece, a DBA from Cardiff Business School University of Wales, and an MBA from CASS Business School of City University.

He also holds certificates from TEE, Technical Chamber of Greece, SFA, London and the Hellenic Capital Market Committee in Market Making and Asset Management.



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Kassimatis Philippos

Managing Director, Co-Head of FX Structuring, Partner at Panthir Fund

Panthir Fund

Topic of Presentation: Systematic Models in FX: Alpha & Beta

Philippos Kassimatis is a Partner at Panthir Fund since the summer of 2008. Previously he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of FX Structuring at Barclays Capital. His team was responsible for designing of new structured FX products as well as providing bespoke solutions for institutional investors globally. Mr. Kassimatis joined Barclays Capital in 2005. He started his finance career with Merrill Lynch in 1998 in New York focusing on mergers and acquisitions / financings in the corporate sector. Subsequently he moved with Merrill Lynch to London where he was responsible for the FX structured business for European financial institutions. Philippos holds a BA degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University, an MA in International Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

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Konstas Christos

Journalist and Economic and Market issues Commentator.

Konstas Christos is a journalist, analyst and commentator on economic and market issues at the following media: Alter TV, the weekly newspaper "The world of Investor-Kosmos tou Ependiti", EPILOGI and the MANAGER magazines. In 2005, he was honored with a reward from the "Institute for the Promotion of Journalism A.V. Botsis", for his contribution in the economic reporting of the country. He was the Chief Editor of the economic-market session at ALPHA TV and editor on economic issues at MEGA TV, EXTRA TV, Greek Business Channel and various other media. Christos Konstas earned his degree from Pantio University of Political Sciences in Athens. In 1983, he got a scholarship from the Chinese Government for postgraduate studies in the University of Beijing where he presented three studies on the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.

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Lekkos Ilias

Director Economic Analysis and Markets Division

Piraeus Bank

Mr. Lekkos started his career in 1998 at the Bank of England, working first at the Monetary Instruments and Markets Division and subsequently at the Financial Industry and Regulation Division. At the same time he was a participant at the Models Task Force (MTF) of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) responsible for drafting the New Basel Accord for Banking Supervision (Basel II). In 2003, he moved on to Halifax - Bank of Scotland Treasury Services where he worked as a Manager at the Credit Risk Management division. In 2004, he started working for Standard & Poor's as an Associate Director in the division of Structured Finance Ratings Services. Between 2005-2007 he worked for EFG Eurobank as a Senior Economist at the Division of Research and Forecasting.

Mr. Lekkos holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business, an MSc in Economics and Finance from Warwick University and a PhD in Finance from Lancaster University. His research has been published in a number of academic journals.

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Monokroussos Platon

Head of Financial Markets Research

EFG Eurobank Ergasias


Mr Platon Monokroussos currently works as Head of Financial Markets Research with EFG Eurobank Ergasias in Athens. Before joining EFG Eurobank Ergasias, he held high-level positions in several leading financial institutions including ABN AMRO and Bank of America. Mr. Monokroussos holds a Bachelor's degree in theoretical Mathematics and two Master's degrees (Economics and Business Administration). He has also received his Ph.D. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Dept. of Economics. Over the past several years, Mr. Monokroussos has participated as a speaker in numerous economic forums in Athens and other major European cites and he has regularly been cited in the local and international financial press and newswires.

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Nikas Constantinos

Portfolio Manager

NBG Asset Management


Nikas Constantinos works with NBG Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager. He started his career in 1998 from Intertrust and two years later he joined Megatrust, where he worked as a proprietary trader in the Derivatives Department and as an Analyst in the Research Department. In 2004 he assumed the position of Portfolio Manager with P&K Asset Management where he remained until 2008.

Constantinos is a certified Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor from the Hellenic Capital Market Commission. He is also a certified Market Maker from ADEX (Athens Derivatives Exchange). He holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Economics and a postgraduate degree in Finance from the University of London. He speaks English and French.

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Scapinakis Dimitris

Chief Investment Strategist

Marfin Egnatia Bank

Dimitris Scapinakis has an Engineering Degree from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc. in Transportation Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Between 1991-1994 he worked with Trademco Management Consultants. In 1996, after having obtained an MBA from Warwick University joined the corporate banking unit of Citibank N.A. in Athens as an assistant account officer. Then, in 1998 he moved to P&K Securities as a Senior Equities Research Analyst. In September 1999 joined the Marfin Group first as a Senior Analyst and then as Head of Research of the brokerage subsidiary. From 2002 is the Chief Investment Strategist of Marfin Bank.

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Siokis Dimitris

Head of Risk Management

EFG MFMC

Topic of Presentation:Absolute Return Funds, Risk Aversion and the Cash Challenge

Mr. Siokis is the head of the Risk Management Division at EFG Mutual Funds Management Company. Prior to joining EFG MFMC in 2005, Mr. Siokis served as head of the risk management team responsible for the measurement of counterparty risk for structured OTC derivatives at Barclays Capital. Mr. Siokis worked previously as a Market Risk Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers in London, leading consultancy projects related to risk/valuation models validation and Market/Credit Risk internal procedures reviews for various global investment banks. Mr. Siokis began his career as a treasury dealer with Piraeus Bank in London. Mr. Siokis was educated at the University of Athens and CASS Business School.

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Siokos Stavros, Ph.D.

Management Consultant for Financial Markets' Issues.

Piraeus Bank, Greece

Topic of Presentation: Algorithmic Trading and Direct Market Access

Stavros Siokos,an established executive in the international banking market, has undertaken duties as Management Consultant in Piraeus Bank for Financial Markets' issues in April 2008. Mr. Siokos holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Patras, Greece, as well as a Master's degree in Computers and a Ph.D. in Operational Research from the University of Massachusetts, USA. For many years he served as Marketing Director with Citigroup, London, where he was Worldwide Head of Sales regarding alternative stock exchange transactions, as well as head of the company's sales and acquisitions strategy teams, and head of the development and products strategy team for all pension funds and insurance companies in Europe. Mr. Siokos is also the author of many academic papers.

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Tsopanakos Dimitris, PhD

SEMEA Director, Business Development

FINVENT SA

Topic of Presentation: STP - Straight Through Processing

Dimitris Tsopanakos is SEMEA Director of Business Development at Finvent Group of Companies. He has over 14 years of banking experience with various managerial positions in financial institutions like Merill Lynch, Interbank, Egnatia Bank, Eurobank, Investment Bank of Greece and prior to Finvent, at Emporiki Bank.

Mr. Tsopanakos is a PhD holder with specialization in Synthetic Products Risk Management and with extensive cooperation with organizations like Baring Asset Management, Newton Investment Management, Hermes Investment Management, Mellon Global Investments and others. In addition, he has experience in new markets/products research and development and operations setups in the Greek and EMEA region.

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Vaughn Catherine, CFA.

Managing Director and Head of European Business Development.

Highbridge Capital Management, LLC.

Topic of Presentation: Statistical Arbitrage Strategies

Ms. Vaughn is a Managing Director of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC ("HCM") and Head of European Business Development. Before joining HCM in April 2006, Ms. Vaughn was with Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, involved with business development and product development. Prior to Blackstone, Ms. Vaughn was a Vice President with Banc of America Securities. She has also worked as an Associate with McKinsey & Co. and a Regional Sales Manager for Caterpillar Inc. Ms. Vaughn earned an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was a Rothschild Scholar. She is a CFA Charterholder.

Highbridge Capital Management, LLC is a global alternative investment and asset management firm based in New York with offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and San Francisco with over 350 employees and 115 investment professionals. Highbridge manages approximately $28 billion of capital for financial institutions, corporate pension funds, university endowments and family offices. Highbridge is majority owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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