Professor Costas Th Grammenos established The International Centre for Shipping Trade and Finance at London's Cass Business School, in 1983. In April 2007 The Centre was renamed in honour of its founder becoming The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping Trade and Finance.
Under his inspired leadership, it has progressed to be known as the world's foremost postgraduate and research centre for marine commerce and economics for over a quarter of a century with a clearly defined raison d'etre: to teach, research, and provide an international forum for dialogue
Professor David Rhind CBE, FRS, FBA, the then Vice-Chancellor, City University
Sir Geoffrey Howe, UK Foreign Secretary, launched The Centre's opening at The Baltic Exchange, hosted by Sir Graham Day in front of more than 400 guests.
"The Centre is a world-class institution with a world-class reputation. For Cass Business School it is a jewel in the crown. For London, Europe and the wider world, it is an asset of immense value."
- Sir David Howard, Bt, former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, City, University of London and former Lord Mayor of London
"London is not only the world's leading international finance centre, but also the maritime capital of the world. In no small measure, the activities of the Centre have contributed to this pre-eminence."
- Sir Gavin Arthur, MA, DCL, former Lord Mayor and Chancellor of City, University of London