Dr Panayotis Alexakis, has studied Economics in Greece, (BSc, 1975) and in Great Britain, (MSc, 1977, Ph.D, 1981). He has been a scholar of the “Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation”. He has also taught at the Department of Business Administration of the University of the Aegean, at Athens University of Economics and Business, at the Hellenic Open University and the Open University of Cyprus. His scientific work is recognized worldwide. He has worked as a financial consultant and has held managerial posts in various companies. Furthermore, he was responsible for the organization and functioning of the organized derivatives exchange market, from May 1998 to June 2004 (Athens Derivatives Exchange and Athens Derivatives Clearing House S.A.). He was appointed Chairman and CEO of the Athens Stock Exchange S.A. (August 2000-June 2004) as well as Chairman (2000-2003) and CEO (2000-2004) of the listed Hellenic Exchanges S.A. He was member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (August 2000-September 2004), member of the Scientific Council of the Hellenic Banks Association (1994-2004), Member of the Corporate Advisory Committee of the Cyprus Stock Exchange (Sept. 2004-Sept. 2007). He was Advisor to the Board and member of the Board of Directors for various companies of the financial and non-financial sector.