The HMC’s training staff has high professional and academic standards and is linked strongly with commerce and shipping industry acquiring keen awareness of changing business needs.

Meet our Team:



Natalia Margioli, FICS

Natalia Margioli is the founder and the Managing Director of the Hellenic Management Centre since 1999. She holds an BA in Business Administration and an MBA in Business. She is Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; Mrs. Margioli is the Vice Chair of the ICS Greek Branch.

She is a board member of the ICS Executive and Controlling Council. 


Adamopoulou Maria

She graduated from the University of Athens, Law School. She holds the LLM from Cambridge University. She granted the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Financial Law, from University of Athens, Law School. She is also a holder of the Postgraduate Diploma in Shipping Law from SBE College as well as the Master of Science in Maritime Operations from the Liverpool John Moores University. Since 1996 she has been Head of Legal, Claims & Insurance Department of Tsavliris Salvage International. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has participated in many conferences and has presented academic papers.


Benjamin Brian, FICS

He has an extensive academic background in Management and shipping. He has been elected for a Fellow Member of the ICS (FICS). He holds great experience in the shipping industry as an operations manager, chartering manager and as a consultant in shipping and trading. The last 7 years he is the Chartering manager of the Sirios Shipmanagement SA. He has participated in many shipping conferences and lectures.


Bitounis Constantinos, FICS

He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999 and is a member of the honorable society of Lincoln’s Inn. In 2000, having completed an LL.M. at UCL with Merit, he began practicing Shipping and Commercial law at Shaw-Lloyd & Co in the City of London, initially as a consultant and since April 2004 as a Solicitor. In 2004 he also joined the Athens Bar Association. In 2006, he became head of the legal department of IMS S.A. in Piraeus until the end of 2009. In 2010, he founded the Law Office of Bitounis & Co in Athens, Greece specializing in International Shipping and Commercial law litigation and arbitration.  Since January 2015 he has joined the Solicitor firm “Waterson Hicks”, managing the Piraeus based office of the firm.  “Waterson Hicks” is a London Solicitor firm that is well established in the handling of Shipping and Commercial litigation/arbitration.

He became fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in September 2009 and teaches Legal Principles in Shipping Business and Shipping Law at HMC / ICS Greek Branch.


Dr Galanis Konstantinos

Dr Galanis has 27 years of professional experience, currently Director of Operations at Dido Shipping Co SA. He is a Commander (ret.) of the Hellenic Navy, Educational Counsellor and member of Impact & Crashworthiness Lab for MIT and Founder of Shipping for Kids.

Ηolds three graduate degrees from MIT, namely MSc in Ocean Systems Management, Naval Engineer and PhD in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and Applied Mechanics (the first non-American active duty Officer to receive such title in the history of MIT). He has taught for several years courses related to Naval Architecture & Marine Hydrodynamics. He is a member of ABS European Technical Committee and ClassNK Greek Technical Committee. He has published several papers at International Journals, Conferences and events and has written several technical reports, projects and a book.

He is Lecturer at ICS Greek Branch/ HMC teaching Maritime Economics.


Cpt Filippatos IOANNIS, FICS

He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy and he is a Master Mariner (Captain Class A). He has 25 years experience as Operator and Crew Manager in Greek Shipping Companies. He has worked as an operator at “Costamare Shipping Company” and Operations Manager of Globus Maritime Ltd. He has participated in many international shipping conferences.

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and teaches Operations and Crew Management at HMC / ICS Greek Branch.



lambrou george, MICS

George is a Maritime Arbitrator and Consultant Solicitor Advocate (England & Wales) at Keystone Law, London.  His focus is on insurance, energy and maritime dispute resolution where he has over 16 years of practical experience. 

He is also the Co-Director of Training at the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators where is a Fellow (FCIArb). He is a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and is regularly appointed as an LMAA arbitrator in maritime disputes.

George is one of only very few non-Russian international dispute resolution specialists who speaks Russian fluently and has extensive commercial and legal experience in Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, and Central Asia. He is also a fluent Greek speaker.  He has degrees from the University of Chicago, Boston College and an LLM in Maritime and International Arbitration law from Queen Mary, University of London. 

He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and teaches Legal Principles in Shipping and Shipping Law at the ICS Greek Branch/HMC.



Mr. Adrian Wooldridge has been Chief Commercial Officer of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation since 2010. Before joining Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, Mr. Wooldridge worked for 8 years at various divisions of Shell Oil where he most recently served as Freight Trading Manager for Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd. in Barbados with overall responsibility for crude and refined petroleum products' trading. Mr. Wooldridge holds a Master's in Business Administration from Warwick Business School in the UK and a degree from the Royal College of Music in London.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and teaches Tanker Chartering at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


CAPT Kehagias Ioannis, FICS

Cpt. Kehagias has 40 years involvement in the shipping industry, having first gone to sea in 1974. He graduated the Marine Academy of Oinoussae in 1976 and after six years of sea service and a course in Shipping at the London School of Foreign Trade, he joined Seven Seas Maritime, a shipping company in London as operator and then as Operations Manager. He is currently the CEO of White Sea Navigation, a Piraeus based Shipping Company, founded in 2000, a company operating in the Supramax segment of the bulk-carrier market. He is a member of the Greek Committee of Class NK, the Greek Committee of Korean Register and the Safety & Loss Committee of The Standard P&I Club".

Cpt. Kehagias is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers  since 1985 and is lecturer of Ship Operations and Management at HMC / ICS Greek Branch. 





Mr. George Gourdomichalis is a highly esteemed shipowner, 3rd generation of a family of shipowners, born in London in 1967.  He holds a BA in International Economics and a BA in Political Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. in Political Science.Also he holds a MSc in Ocean Marine Transportation Management from the Maritime Academy of the State of New York.

In 1989 he joined Republic National Bank of New York as a management trainee and worked on their trading floor. In 1992 he joined S.S. Maritime Inc. of New York, where he worked as a chartering and S&P broker and was responsible for commercial management of Baltmed Shipping Co. In 1996 he returned to Greece and co-founded Gourdomichalis Naftiki Eteria S.A. In 2000 he co-founded Free Ships S.A. and in 2003 he co-founded Free Bulkers S.A. These activities were consolidated and in 2005 were successfully merged resulting in the public listing of FreeSeas Inc. on the NASDAQ Exchange. This shareholding was sold in January 2007 where upon he co-founded G. Bros Maritime S.A. Mr Gourdomichalis is currently CEO of Blue Wall Shipping operating a fleet of bulk carriers and Phoenix Shipping & Trading S.A.

He is a Member of the Board of Directors of various National and International Shipping Committees and Associations. He serves on the RINA Hellenic Committee, the BoD of the American P&I Club, the Industry Advisory Board of the North American Merchant Ministries Association the BoD of the Piraeus Marine Club, having successfully served as President. A Member of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce responsible for the shipping industry, Member of the BoD of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and Member of the Baltic Exchange.

He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and lecturer of Dry Cargo Chartering at HMC / ICS Greek Branch.





Mr. George Tsamantas is a certified Accountant with an experience in auditing and shipping accounting since 1988. He is a Chief Accountant in Common Progress S.A. since 1998. He is holding a BA in Economics & Accounting, University of Kingston, has been trained on the I.F.R.S. - International Accounting Standards and is a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).




Ward Simon, FICS

Simon started his career at a ship-owning company in Liverpool. He became a Ship Sale & Purchase broker, also in Liverpool, in 1993 before moving to London in 1997. In 2008 he moved to Greece to open and run HSBC Shipping Services Ltd in Piraeus. Despite moving back to London at the end of 2012, he returned to Greece in 2013 to open a new sale & purchase venture in Piraeus with Ursa Shipbrokers, reaffirming his longstanding commitment to the Greek shipping industry. 

A Member of the ICS since 1995 (and a prizewinner in the qualifying exams), he was accepted as a Fellow in 2009. He is now also heavily involved with the Institute’s education team, and advises the ETC on matters concerning Ship Sale & Purchase.

He teaches Shipping Business and Ship Sale & Purchase at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


Orphanos Constantinos

A graduate of Boston University in Political Science and International Economics with over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Advisory, Banking and Shipping sectors. Upon graduation from University servedas an officer in the United States Army and after being honorably discharged obtained further and specialized finance and investment education, while working with major financial institutions in New York, in advisory and sales of investment products and services. A native of Greece since 2004, engaged in the shipping sector with renowned ship brokerage firms, developing substantial experience in Sale and Purchase and shipping projects over a variety of ship types, dry, wet and specialproject business.  Currently serving at Access Maritime Corp. in the Sales & Purchase / Projects department.

He teaches Introduction to Shipping and  Ship Sale & Purchase at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


gelti dimitra, mics

Dimitra Gelti studied English and European Law at University of West London. She obtained an LL.M in Maritime Law from UCL and an LL.M in Civil Law from Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is an Attorney-at-Law and member of the Athens Bar Association. In 2000, she began practicing shipping and commercial law at Greek law offices. In 2005, she joined Stephenson Harwood (“SH”) Piraeus, a London Solicitor firm and in 2014 she was promoted to Senior Associate. During her career at SH, she was responsible for handling asset finance matters for all types of vessels (including yachts), corporate law issues, disputes related to ship finance, shipbuilding contracts, ship sale and purchase documents, charterparties, marine insurance issues, aviation matters, advising private sector clients on public-private partnerships (PPP) projects, writing articles and participating at conferences. In 2014, she completed her mediation training with The Athenian Mediators Training Centre – Prometheus and qualified as an Accredited Mediator by the Greek Ministry of Justice. In 2017, she became a member of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers after completing the Professional Qualifying examinations. She currently works as an external legal consultant for shipping companies.



Konstantinos has been a Greek qualified lawyer since 1999, having spent the first 8 years of his career dealing with all areas of practice with particular focus on shipping corporate matters (including shipping finance and shipbuilding contracts).  In 2007, he launched his in-house maritime law & insurance career by taking on the role of Legal Counsel in Vafias Group of Companies, his duties there comprising, amongst others, FD&D / P&I claims and disputes under charterparties, bills of lading, MOAs and shipbuilding contracts in Arbitration, Court and Mediation, as well as non-contentious matters. In 2009, he joined Skuld P&I Club as Claims Executive / Lawyer in the Club’s Piraeus Syndicate. In 2012, he joined Charles Taylor / Standard P&I Club as Attorney-At-Law / Claims Executive in the Club’s Greek Office. In 2014, he was promoted to Claims Director. During his Club career, he has been responsible for handing a wide variety of both P&I and FD&D claims, providing legal advice to members, managing legal proceedings, publishing articles and participating / lecturing at seminars. In 2014, he completed his mediation training with CEDR and was qualified as Accredited Mediator by the Greek Ministry of Justice. After having worked as Head of Legal Department in a shipping company for a couple of years, Konstantinos currently holds the position of Associate Director in the Greek Office of Britannia P&I Club. He is teaching Legal Principles in Shipping Business and Shipping Law at HMC / ICS Greek Branch.


Simiakaki Georgia, FICS

Georgia Simiakaki is an Attorney-at-Law; she completed her law degree at Athens Law School and has been a member of the Piraeus Bar Association since 2007. She has obtained an LLM in Maritime Law from the Law School of City University London, on full scholarship. Her area of expertise is mainly Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, Corporate and Commercial Law. She currently works for VC Marine Claims Adjusters and Consultants Ltd.

She is a Certified Insurance (Re)Intermediary, a Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Shipbrokers and she lectures in Shipping Law, Marine Insurance and Legal Principles of Shipping Business.n


Tsahalis Dimitrios 

Mr. Tsahalis graduated from Athens College in 1966 and studied Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. He counts 40 years of experience as an executive in shipping company. He started his career in 1975 in the chartering department of one of the largest shipping companies, Thenamaris Shipmanagement Inc. From 1991 to 2013, he was the Chartering Manager of the Chartering Department of the same company, being responsible for the chartering of the company's fleet (35-40 tankers and 10-15 dry cargo ships) and having the supervision of a team of 7-9 chartering brokers.

Mr. Tsachalis joined the lecturers’ team of the Hellenic Management Centre/ICS Greek Branch delivering lectures on Tanker and Dry Cargo Chartering.






Capt. Andreas Georgiou is born in 1973 in Athens. After graduating Leonteio Lykeio Patission in 1991, he attended the Hellenic Merchant Marine Academy and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor in Nautical Science. He served on board Bulk Carriers, RoRos and Cruisers as well as in various Navy units as a Naval Officer. He started his career ashore as an operator of handy bulk carriers at ADRIATICO Ltd. and quickly added chartering in his activities. After being 13 years with Eurochart SA as a chartering manager, Ursa Shipbrokers in the same position, Managing Director at Grace Trading Corporation LLC, he is now the Director of GREGALE (DRY BULK) SHIPPING, operator of Dry Cargoes and Vessels. He holds an MSc in Marine IT applications and an MSc in International Relations. Among other academic publications he has also published two more papers on correlation of the BDI with other economic figures

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a lecturer in Dry Cargo Chartering, Ship Operations & Management and Port Agency at HMC/ICS Greek Branch. 



Ted Zaimis is the owner of Alpha & Omega Marine Ltd dealing with hull and liabilities placements at Lloyd’s and London markets, and also consulting and advising on claims and risk management. He is ex-army and after completing his studies in Maritime Business and Management at Liverpool John Moores University and an LLM Maritime Law at Southampton University, he has been in Lloyd’s market since 2006. He is a member of the Nautical Institute and Chartered Institute of Insurers. He has also contributed articles on maritime law and shipping business to Lloyd’s List, Shipping Network and International Shipping Monthly Review.

He is a Fellow Member of the Insitute of Chartered Shipbrkers and teaches Marine Insurance at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


timagenis yiannis

Mr. Timagenis is a partner at Timagenis Law Firm (Greece). He is a practicing Greek lawyer (Piraeus Bar) and an English solicitor as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hellenic Maritime Law Association. His legal practice covers a broad area of shipping law both litigation and transactional. He has written a number of articles in both Greek and international journals on litigation, shipping law and ship finance and has spoken on various shipping law topics on international shipping law conferences and university courses around the world including Athens, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Oslo and Rhodes. Mr. Timagenis teaches shipping law and practice at the American College of Greece (Deree). He is also a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Athens. Mr. Timagenis holds an LL.B. (Athens University, Faculty of Law), an LL.M. in Civil Procedural Law, (Athens University, Faculty of Law), and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Dispute Resolution (University of London, Queen Mary College).

He teaches Shipping Law at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.



Cpt Dimitris Panagiotidis has served the Shipping industry from the position of Operations Manager / senior Operator since 1992 in Major Greek Shipping Companies and lately, was Deputy Operations Manager of Prime Tanker Management Inc (Crude/Product/Chemical tankers & LPGs).

Having realized the importance of transferring experience to new generation, he delivers seminars on the subject of day to day Tanker Operations & Financial activities since 1999.

He teaches Tanker Chartering and Tanker Operations at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


miliou-theocharaki amalia, mics

Amalia started her shipping career in 2009 as a dry freight & commodities analyst at ICAP Shipping in London. She moved on to become a competitive shipbroker in London and Singapore until 2013. Thereafter she worked at the freight trading department of commodity giant Bunge S.A in Geneva until 2015. Since then, Amalia has been the chartering & sales and purchase manager at TEO Shipping Corporation, a ship management family business operating in the dry bulk market.  Amalia holds a B.Sc. first class honors degree in Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) & a distinction M.A. in International Trade, Commodity Finance & Shipping from the University of Geneva. She also holds an Ad. Dip. in teaching children with learning difficulties.

Amalia is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Dry Cargo Chartering lecturer of HMC/ICS Greek Branch.



irini mylona

Irini graduated from the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean and then completed an MSc in Management with Operations at Bath University in 2009. On graduating, she started her career as a Ship Sale & Purchase broker, and currently working at Advanced Shipping & Trading SA.

She teaches Ship Sale & Purchase at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


Stathopoulou Katerina

Mrs. Stathopoulou has a total working experience of 31 years of which 27 years have been in managerial positions in the fields of Shipping and Banking. She started her career in shipping in 1986 as Assistant CFO for Athenian Sea Carriers, one of the traditional and prestigious Greek shipping Groups, and continued into Banking in 1992 as Head of Shipping Finance for two Greek private Banks. She was also a Credit Committee member of these banks. Since 2000, Katerina holds the position of VP, Senior Manager of Investments & Finance Ltd.; a shipping financial advisory firm in Piraeus with investment banking activities.   She is a member of WISTA Hellas since 1997 and a member of the Greek Shipping Bankers. She holds a BSc in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from the University of Maryland, USA.

She is a Lecturer in Shipping Finance HMC/ ICS Greek Branch.


Kefalonitis Petros, FICS

Petros  graduated from the University of Southampton, with a BSc in Economics & Finance and holds the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from the Cass Business School. He can call on 7 years of experience in shipping project finance and commercial transactions having worked for Clarksons PLC and Lomar Shipping in London and Eurofin in Athens, amongst others. Petros currently works in the management of the Super Eco Group (Ex: Tomasos Brothers) and is responsible for finance, legal and insurance matters.

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and teaches Maritime Economics and Tanker Chartering at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.



Kallini Angeliki

Angeliki Kallini has been an Average Adjuster with Richards Hogg Lindley (RHL) since 2008 and has spent time working in RHL’s London office. She qualified as an Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters in 2010 and as a Senior Associate in 2015 when she became the Adjusting Manager of RHL’s Piraeus office. She has previously worked for one year in a shipping company and one year in the corporate shipping department of a law firm in Greece. She has a bachelor degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Piraeus and an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton.

She teaches Marine Insurance and Claims Handling at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.







bachtis panayotis

With almost 30 years of experience Panayotis has a thorough knowledge and insight on the supply and demand side of fuel procurement, as well as oil price risk management. His experience spans senior management roles with one of the industry’s largest marine fuel suppliers where as Regional Manager and Managing Director he was responsible for the establishment and strong development of OW Bunker’s office in Greece. Following the collapse of OW Bunker, he has established Premium Bunkering S.A., a company engaging in bunkers broking and trading as well as offering consultancy services on energy procurement and oil price risk management.

He delivers seminars on Bunker Management and Bunker Derivatives.








Pentheroudakis Ioanna

Mrs Pentheroudakis has completed her maritime academic studies in Athens and worked her way up in the family business to become Managing Director of Chartering at Cosmos Shipping SA, a company specialising in the dry chartering business. Then, she worked as a broker at Holland Hellenic Shipping Agencies. She also holds a BSc in Maritime Business and Maritime Law from Plymouth University and an MSc in International Transport and Shipping from University of Cardiff.

In addition to her professional activities, Ioanna has maintained a strong interest in teaching. At Liverpool John Moore’s University she was lecturer in Business Communication and Maritime Policy, and has lectured in Introduction to Chartering and Chartering Practice at BCA College and London Metropolitan University. From 2004 Ioanna served as Vice President of WISTA Hellas (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) for four years, and currently sits on the board of directors at the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association (HSA).

She teaches Dry Cargo Chartering at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


pangalos menelaos,mics

Close to thirty years of experience in the shipping industry with particular emphasis on the management and operation of dry bulk carriers.   Seventeen years as a Superintendent Engineer at Chios Navigation Co Ltd in London and ten years as Managing Director at Chios Navigation (Hellas) Ltd in Piraeus.  He holds a BSc (Hons) in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Baltic Exchange and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. He teaches Ship Operations and Management at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.



georgos daskalakis, mics

Georgios is a holder of a BSc in Economics & Finance from BABSON College in Boston, USA. After that, he graduated frpm City University of London with an MSc in Shipping Trade and Finance from CASS Business School.

Georgios started his shipping carrier in 2011, going through interdepartmental training, at Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S in Copenhagen. In 2013 moved at the Projects Department of Transocean Marine Management and in 2014 he became an Insurance Officer at Minerva Marine Inc. Thereafter he worked as a Tanker Operator at Trafigura Maritime Logistics Pte. Ltd until 2017. Since then, George is occupied in the Chartering an Operations department at M/Maritime Corp.

George is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a lecturer at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.



Mr Leonidas Kyrris is a graduate from the University of Athens, Law School. He holds the LLM from University of Wales, Cardiff. Leonidas started his career in 2001 as an Intern in London P & I club and continued as a Legal and Insurance Manager in Ikarus Marine SA. Despite his legal background, Leonidas holds a great experience in the shipping industry as a Managing Director of dry bulk shipmanagement companies. The last 2 years, he is the General Manager of the Sealight Maritime, Piraeus. In 2003 he joined the Piraeus Bar Association and he is a member of the Board of various International Associations.
He teaches Legal Principles of Shipping Business, Dry Cargo Chartering and Ship Operations and Management at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.


George Margaritopoulos

George is an average adjuster with Richards Hogg Lindley (RHL) Piraeus since 2015 and has also spent time working in RHL’s London office. He qualified as an Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters in 2015 and as a Senior Associate in 2018. He has previously worked as a spares and shipyards broker and also as a chartering broker. He holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Management & Technology from the University of Piraeus and an MSc in Marine Policy from Cardiff University.
He teaches Marine Insurance at HMC/ICS Greek Branch.