Managing Director (Paris) and Head of Corporate & Infrastructure. Corporate Ratings, EMEA
Blaise Ganguin is Head of Corporates & Infrastructure Ratings & Managing Director. In this function, he coordinates a group of 170 analysts spanning 9 offices and over 1500 credit opinions on corporate and infrastructure issuers. He is part of the European Executive Committee of Standard & Poor’s.
Previously, Blaise was Chief Credit Officer, EMEA, with the responsibility for all analytical policy and criteria development aspects of the rating process in the region. Blaise joined Standard & Poor’s in 1994 as a corporate analyst in Toronto, Canada, and previously worked in banking with UBS in Geneva, New York and Toronto.
Blaise co-authored with John J. Bilardello the book “Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis”, published at McGraw Hill in 2005. He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada; a post-graduate degree in International Development and Cooperation from the University of Ottawa, Canada; and an MA in History and International Affairs from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Secretary General of the Hellenic Bank Association
Christos Gortsos is Associate Professor of International Economic Law at the Panteion University of Athens, as well as Visiting Professor at the Law School of the Kapodistrian University of Athens and the European Institute of the University of Saarland. He is teaching International and European Monetary and Financial Law, as well as Economic Analysis of Law.
Professor Gortsos studied law, economics and finance at the Universities of Athens and Zürich, at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva, where he was awarded his PhD on International Banking Regulation (1996). During the period 1996-1998 he worked as Research Assistant at the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies of the University of Geneva.
He is the Author of several books and articles on International, European and Hellenic Financial and Monetary Law. Since 2005, he is a Member of the Monetary Committee of the International Law Association (MoComILA), since 2010 a Member of the Management Committee of the European Center of Economic and Financial Law (ECEFIL) and since 2012 a Member of the European Group of Public Law (EGPL).
Apart from his academic career, Professor Gortsos, a Member of the Athens Bar Association, is since July 2000 the Secretary General of the Hellenic Bank Association. In this capacity he currently serves, among others, as:
• Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Banking and Investment Services Ombudsman,
• Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Deposit and Investment Guarantee Fund, and
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Automated Payments Clearinghouse (DIAS Interbanking Systems S.A.).
Business Analytics Brand Leader, Software Group, IBM Greece and Cyprus.
Dimitris Kampranis possesses 13 years of experience in the area of risk and business analytics applications. He has a cross industry experience ranging from Nuclear and Aeronautics industries to Financial Services and Telecommunications sectors. . He joined IBM 4 years ago as a Business Analytics and Optimization consultant with a focus on Telecommunications Industry and very recently he overtook the Business Analytics portfolio in the Software Group division. Within his role, his main mission is to enable the adoption of advanced business analytics techniques in the daily business practice through the promotion of technology adoption initiatives, smarter solutions and processes transformation.
He holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens and a PhD in the area of Risk Analytics for complex industrial systems from the Industrial Management Department of University of Piraeus. He is also a lecturer in the post graduate program of Industrial Management department on Decision Making and Support Theory.
Senior Manager Economic Research Division ALPHA Bank
Michael Massourakis joined Alpha Bank in 1996 and he is currently the Chief Economist.
He graduated from the Athens University (1975). He continued his graduate studies at the American University, Washington D.C. (M.A.1979) and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (PhD 1983).
He worked as an Adjunct Lecturer in Economics at Hunter College, New York (1981-1983), an Economist at the International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C. (1983-1987), and a Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisors, Athens, Greece (1987-1996).
Between 1988-1996, he also served as an Alternate Member representing Greece at the E.U. Monetary Committee. Moreover, between 2000-2004, he served as a Member of the Board of the Capital Market Committee, the supervisory authority of the capital markets in Greece.
He is Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Hellenic Bank Association , and member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research and the Advisory Committee of the Greek Statistical Authority.
Associate Professor of Finance, Manchester Business School
George Christodoulakis is Associate Professor of Finance at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, an active financial advisor internationally and a member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council. He served as the Secretary of State for Asset Restructuring and Privatizations of Greece between 2009 and 2012. He was formerly employed as an Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Greece, an academic at Cass Business School and the University of Exeter, as well as an advisor in the international financial sector.
Dr Christodoulakis holds academic qualifications in quantitative finance, economics, econometrics and financial regulation from the University of London and the Athens University of Economics & Business. His research expertise concentrates on credit and market risk, which has applied in the market, to risk management, asset management and pricing, asset privatization transactions, forecasting, systemic financial stability and regulation. Dr Christodoulakis is frequently invited as a speaker in international professional conferences, expert panels and media. He has published extensively research work in leading international refereed journals and books and co-edited the book The Analytics of Risk Model Validation, published by Elsevier in 2008 and the Journal of Risk Model Validation, published by Risk Journals-Incisive Media since 2006.