HACCI Board Member

Alex Christou

Alex Is Managing Director to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global in Australia and New Zealand.

A strategic and entrepreneurial leader with more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and partnerships. Alex has spent time on assignments abroad with some of the world’s leading brands including IBM (Shanghai), General Motors (Dubai), BP (London), Warner Music (London), MTV (New York) and Inditex (A Coruña, Spain).

As the Director, Corporate Relations and Partnerships at the Melbourne Business School he was primarily focused on strengthening ties between the school and business leaders. He launched the very successful Dean’s Leaders Forum internationally and led the Annual Melbourne Women and Management dinner to encourage more women to study through scholarships. Alex also introduced a Hellenic scholarship to support students from Greece to study an MBA in Australia.

Previous roles have included a, Marketing, Communications and Events also at Melbourne Business School and Marketing Director at the Mt Eliza Business School with a focus on Executive Education. He has led an award-winning marketing team which was recognised by the Australian Marketing Institute for excellence within higher education.

An active member of Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) he has often presented on both the direct marketing and e-marketing courses by ADMA. Alex also sits on the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia – Women in Leadership Committee and has also served as a committee member for the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) – an organisation of leading business schools from around the world with a commitment to management education and development.

Alex is a graduate of the Masters in Marketing program (Monash University).

    HACCI Board Member

    Kosta Kangelaris

    Kosta Kangelaris is a Partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at PwC Australia.

    Kosta has over 15 years’ corporate advisory experience in Australia and the UK and has been involved in several high profile transactions. He works with corporates, private equity, family offices and debt financiers with specialist skills in food and agribusiness.

    Kosta specialises in providing sell and buy-side transaction advice, capital raisings and strategic reviews. He holds a Masters in Applied Finance, Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

    Kosta joined HACCI to assist Greek Australian businesses to connect and provide mentorship.

      HACCI Board Member

      Tas Papas

      Tas began his career at 17 years of age in the family business within the food industry learning the art of sales. With key mentors working to develop Tas’s business acumen and leverage his ability to forge relationships based on ethics and trust Tas has always had a passion for understanding and exploring the phycology of sales.

      In the 25 years Tas spent in Food Service he lead numerous high performing sales teams using a consultative sales approach and a distinct focus on staff engagement and positive culture. Over these years Tas did further studies in Sales Management, Marketing and a Bachelor of Business management supporting his General Management position managing business units over $300 million p.a and 400 staff in Transport , Warehousing , Sales and Distribution.

      In 2014 Tas took an opportunity to join his brother Bill in a new business venture. Forum Enviro part of Forum Group focuses on enabling business to access the latest in technology to reduce Environmental impact whilst reducing operating cost for business without the need for Capital outlay.
      As the now Executive General Manager of Forum Enviro Australia Tas manages a national business that now as part of Forum Group was ranked by BRW as number 6 on the Australian Fast Starters list.

        HACCI Board Member & Radio Host

        Alex Ninis

        Alex Ninis’  knowledge and experience has assisted the HACCI Board enormously in many areas. He has served as Secretary and previously served as Chief Editor of the HACCI Herald. Alex also co-hosts HACCI’s radio program on Raidio Hellas 3XY (1422AM) which airs every Tuesday at 5pm.

        Alex’s legal background will add a dimension to the HACCI team and a level of order and professionalism that will assist the organisation as it expands its presence.

        As a lawyer with over 30 years experience, Alex worked for seven years as General Counsel and Vice President at services company, Peoplesoft Asia Pacific and Japan. A former Partner of one of Sydney’s pre-eminent firms, Truman Hoyle, Alex ventured out to establish Blue Rock Law shortly after moving to Melbourne in 2008 which was acquired by Macpherson Kelley in 2014 where he is now a Principal. Alex specialises in providing information technology, intellectual property and corporate advice.

        Alex’s desire to contribute to a professionally run organisation that is culturally aligned with his background is one of his motivations for becoming involved with HACCI. His energy and enthusiasm has been a welcomed inclusion to the team.

          HACCI Chair and Director of Operations

          Georgegina Poulos

          Georgegina Poulos is a senior executive with a strong human resources focus and extensive experience in both the international and domestic arenas across a variety of industries. Georgegina’s expertise is in organisational development, training and development, leadership, culture building and change management. Her key strength is that she combines excellent organisational and communication skills with a strategic business approach to human resources. As an organisational disruptor she has a proven track record in assisting organisations achieve sustainable business growth and a positive operating culture within complex multi-site environments.

          Georgegina holds a Masters in Applied Sciences (Organisational Dynamics) and a Post Graduate in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

          Georgegina is also an active member of the community with a strong fundraising focus for several non-for-profit organisations including Theodora’s Cheerful Givers, Local Sporting Organisations, and Social Change and Development (SCAD) based in Tamil Nadu, India. She is also a Professional Member of Group Relations Australia, OD Australia.

          Georgegina was elected HACCI’s Chair of the Board in April 2016.

          Before being elected as HACCI’s Chair she was appointed Director of Operations in June 2013, which she still holds. Georgegina has also served in the Marketing & Media Committee and in the Operations Committee where her values-driven approach, strategic focus and professionalism were pivotal in helping HACCI achieve its goals. Possessing a gift for being able to bring clarity to any discussion, Georgegina brings a new energy to HACCI.

            HACCI Director of Trade

            Arthur Baoustanos

            Arthur has over 30 years of professional, technical and managerial experience, managing complex projects and programs in various industries ranging from manufacturing to services, through senior management positions in global engineering and information technology companies in Australia and Europe.

            He first joined the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) in Victoria in March 2012 as a member of the Trade Committee. In December 2013, he was nominated and elected to join the HACCI Board. He also Chairs the HACCI Trade Committee.

            Arthur has held a number of senior roles within the INTRALOT Group since May 2005 and is currently a Non-Executive Director with INTRALOT Australia Pty Ltd. (and its subsidiary entities), a wholly owned subsidiary of INTRALOT S.A. (with Head Office in Athens, Greece and listed in the ASE).

            He is currently the Managing Director of aib Consulting Services Pty Ltd. providing advice to senior executives in a data-driven planning and execution of digital transformation strategies through the effective utilisation of technology.
            He is also the Chairman of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Victorian Network and sits on the Program Advisory Committee of the School of Computer Science & Information Technology of RMIT University.
            Arthur is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the UK, and a Fellow and a Chartered Professional Engineer of Engineers Australia.

            He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney.

              HACCI Treasurer

              Peter Zervos

              Peter Zervos is a very valued member of the HACCI Board and has been entrusted with the important role of HACCI Treasurer.

              Peter’s addition to the HACCI team has won him the immediate respect of the Board and his meticulous approach brings a level of professionalism to the organisation that will be needed as HACCI expands its presence.

              As a Partner of Moore Stephens, Peter specialises in business and taxation advice, financial reporting and analysis. He also has extensive experience in transactions relating to sale and managing acquisitions of medium and large enterprises.

              Peter’s commitment to doing things the right way and his desire to contribute to an organisation that has the ability to showcase what a professionally run Hellenic organisation can achieve is one of his motivations for becoming involved with HACCI.

              Feel free to contact Peter with any of your enquiries on treasurer@hacci.com.au.

                HACCI Secretary, Director of Internship Program

                Fotini Kypraios

                Fotini’s passion about the enhancement and preservation of the Greek identity and culture for future generations is what attracted her to join and contribute to the HACCI team.

                Fotini is an experienced lawyer in sole practice. Fotini lived and worked in Europe for a number of years a legal consultant in Financial Services at Deloitte in Duesseldorf, Germany, prior to focusing her practice on commercial and corporate advisory law. Fotini has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, she is an Accredited Family Business Adviser and is fluent in Greek and German. Fotini also represents HACCI as a member of the State Government’s Multicultural Business Ministerial Council.

                Fotini’s extensive experience in litigation, management, commercial law and international financial services has enabled her to develop expertise in commercial and legal issues in a diverse range of contexts. Apart from from her infectious personality, Fotini’s many talents have been a welcome addition to the HACCI Board as Director of the Internship Program.

                Feel free to contact Fotini with any of your enquiries on secretary@hacci.com.au