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Professor Costas Th Grammenos, CBE, DSc

Professor Costas Grammenos founded the International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance in 1983; which was subsequently renamed The Costas Grammenos International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance in April 2007.

He has been head of The Centre since its inception, and responsible for its design. Until 1997 Costas was Director of the world class MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance, introduced in 1984; and MSc Logistics, Trade and Finance introduced in 1997, and MSc Energy, Trade and Finance in 2003.

Professor Grammenos has a BA in Economics, gained at Pantion University, Athens, an MSc in Financial Economics, obtained at Bangor University, Wales, and a DSc in Shipping Finance, City, University of London.

Professor Grammenos started his career in the National Bank of Greece in 1962, and was financial shipping expert at the Bank's head office in Athens from 1973-1974. He was Independent Researcher and Advisor from 1977 until 1982, and he joined City University in 1982 as Visiting Professor and became Professor of Shipping, Trade and Finance in 1986. He taught Shipping Investment and Finance where, in 1977, he introduced credit analysis and policy of bank shipping finance which since then, has been applied by most international banks. Professor Costas Grammenos is a former Pro-Vice Chancellor of City.

He wrote the well-known seminal monograph on the subject 'Bank Finance for Ship Purchase' (1978) and has written many studies and articles. He is the Editor of the major academic publication 'The Handbook of Maritime Economics and Business' (2002), LLP, where 50 leading academics from 30 universities in 19 countries contributed 39 chapters; the second edition of the Handbook was published in 2010. He has given papers and lectures in various parts of the world.

He created, through his published research, "Shipping Finance" as a new academic discipline, which is acclaimed as a "significant contribution to knowledge in Shipping, Trade and Finance" and he introduced, through the MSc's, a new approach in International Business "The Spherical Approach".

Grammenos was made OBE in 1994, for his work in International Shipping and Finance, and was 1998 Seatrade Personality of the Year. He was appointed CBE (Hon) in 2008 for "services to teaching and research"

Centre Faculty

Amir Alizadeh, BSc, MSc, PhD (City)
Reader in Shipping Economics
Director, MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance, Cass Business School

Costas Th GrammenosCBE, BA (Athens), MSc (Bangor), DSc (City)
LRET Professor of Shipping, Trade and Finance; Chairman, Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance, Cass Business School

Ioannis C Moutzouris, MEng (NTUA, Athens), MSc (STF, Cass), PhD (Cass)
Visiting Lecturer in Finance

Nikos NomikosBSc (Athens), MSc (Distinction, City), PhD (City)
Professor of Shipping Risk Management and Director of MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance, Cass Business School

Nikos C. Papapostolou, BSc (University of Birmingham), MSc, PhD (City)
Senior Lecturer in Shipping Finance, Cass Business School

Keith Pilbeam, BA, PhD
Professor of International Economics and Finance, Department of Economics and Programme Director of MSc Business Economics/International Business Economics, School of Social Sciences Teaching & Learning Committee, City University.
President of the International Economics and Finance Society

Panos Pouliasis, BSc (Athens), MSc, PhD (City)
Senior Lecturer in Energy/Commodities Finance, Cass Business School

Michael Tamvakis, BSc Econ (Athens), MSc, PhD (City)
Professor of Commodity Economics and Finance, Cass Business School

Visiting Professors & Fellows

Visiting Professors & Fellows

The Hon Apurv BagriDSc (Hon), Managing Director, Metdist Ltd
Visiting Professor

Professor Andrew Buxton, CMG DSc (Hon), Chairman, Merchant Bridge Ltd. Director, Development Bank of Singapore Ltd
Visiting Professor

Professor Daniel Giamourides, Athens University of Economics and Business
Senior Fellow

Professor Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, MSc Econ, Vice-Chairman, Goldman Sachs Ltd; Chairman of Land Securities Trillium and previous Dean of Cass Business School (1982-1985)
Visiting Professor

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, DSc (Hon) BA (LSE) MSc (City), Chairman, EasyGroup
Visiting Professor

Mr Roy Leighton, DSc (Hon), Chairman, Financial Services Skills Council
Visiting Professor

Dr Stelios Marcoulis, BA (City) MSc (LSE) MSc (City) PhD (City), Head Personal Banking & Investments, Marfin Popular Bank Public Co Ltd

Professor Basil Papachristidis, DSc, Chairman, Hellespont Holdings Ltd
Visiting Professor

Professor Martin Stopford, PhD, Managing Director of Clarkson Research Services Ltd and Executive Director of Clarksons plc
Visiting Professor

Professor Siri Strandenes, MSc, Professor, Norwegian School of Economics
Visiting Professor

Professor Wayne Talley, PhD, Fredrerick W. Beazley Professor of Economics; Executive Director, Maritime Institute, Old Dominion University
Visiting Professor

Professor Andreas R. Vergottis, Director - Head of Research & Advisor to Oceanic Equity Funds, Tufton Oceanic Finance Group.
Visiting Professor

Professor Eddy Van de Voorde, Professor of Port and Maritime Economics, University of Antwerp
Visiting Professor

Mr Mohsen Ziya, Founder and Managing Director, Neptune Energy Trading LLC 
Honorary Visiting Professor

Visiting Lecturers

Darren Bartlett
Visiting Lecturer in Oil & Energy Trading Economics & Finance

Charles Dali, Chairman, Channoil Consulting Ltd
Visiting Lecturer in Oil & Energy Trading Economics & Finance

Peter Glover
Visiting Lecturer in Marine Insurance

Susan Hawker
Visiting Lecturer in Shipping Law

Andy Hofton
Visiting Lecturer in Air Transport

Lakis Kaounides, PhD, Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, Cass Business School
Visiting Lecturer in Climate Change

Rogan McLellan, Lecturer, Cass Business School
Visiting Lecturer in Container & Intermodel Transport

Philip Roche
Visiting Lecturer in Marine Insurance

Jonathan Shopley
Visiting Lecturer in Emissions Trading

Kurt Vermeulen, Partner, usemydata (Europe) Ltd
Visiting Lecturer in Shipping Strategy

Janet Walker
Visiting Lecturer in Managerial Accounting

Philip Wood, BSc, MSc (City), FICS, FNI, ACIArb, Master Mariner (FG), Director, Trade and Transport (UK) Ltd
Visiting Lecturer in Tanker Chartering

Current PhD Students

Patrapa Chadist, "Exploring and Managing Supply Chain Uncertainty Profitably"
1st Supervisor: Professor Mohan Sodhi - 2nd Supervisor: Dr David Menachof

Alexandros Gabrielsen, "Correlation among developed and developing countries provides indications on market timing and equity premiums"
1st Supervisor: Dr Amir Alizadeh - 2nd Supervisor: Professor Costas Grammenos

Maria Giamouzi, "An investigation into ways of optimising the competitive position of European ports"
1st Supervisor: Prof. Nikos Nomikos - 2nd Supervisor: Prof. ManMohan Sodhi

Xiaoye Jin, "Econometric Analysis of the Effect of US and China's Energy Demand on World Oil Prices"
1st Supervisor: Dr Sharon Lin - 2nd Supervisor: Professor Michael Tamvakis

Emmanouil Karimalis, "Essays on Modelling and Forecasting Electricity prices in a deregulated market"
1st Supervisor: Prof. Nikos Nomikos - 2nd Supervisor: Dr. Amir Alizadeh

Delia Richardson, "Investigating the Resilience Phenomena through evaluation of Weather Related Disruptions"
1st Supervisor: Professor Mohan Sodhi, 2nd Supervisor: Dr Byung-Gak Son

Galina Sherman, "Cargo Screening - Optimisation and Analysis" 1st Supervisor: Dr David Menachof, 2nd Supervisor: Dr Byung-Gak Son

Risto Talas, "Supply Chain Operations and Security Risk Assessment and Management"
1st Supervisor: Dr David Menachof - 2nd Supervisor: Professor Mohan Sodhi

Stefan Van Dellen, "The price-volume and volatility relationship in the shipping industry and how this relates to freight rate forecasting"
1st Supervisor: Dr Nikos Nomikos - 2nd Supervisor: Dr Amir Alizadeh

Guest Lecture Speakers

Mr. D. Anagnostopoulos, Board Member, Aegean Baltic Bank S.A.

Mr. Bedranowsky, Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Deutsche Shipping CIB - Global Banking, Deutsche Bank

Mr. N. Bunnemann, Managing Director, Herm Dauelsberg GmbH & Co KG

Mr. D. Chopping, Partner in Technical Services, Moore Stephens, London, UK

Mr. J.P. Dragnis, Chief Executive Officer, Goldenport Holdings LTD

Mr. G. Duncan, Partner in Corporate Finance, Moore Stephens, London, UK

Mr. M. Gialouris, Chief Financial Officer, Olympic Shipping & Management

Mr. R. Griener, Partner, Moore Stephens, London, UK

Mr. N. Hansteen, Chief Economist, Lorentzen & Stemeco

Mr. E. Helberg, Chief Executive Officer, RS Platou Markets

Mr. I. Iliopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, Ceres Shipping Ltd

Mr. C. Manchester, Head of Shipping Coverage, Americas, Royal Bank of Scotland

Mr. M. Phostiropoulos, President, Fairsky

Mr. A. Ryland, Executive Director, DnB NOR Bank ASA

Mr. N. Stratis, Senior Investment Manager, Northern Shipping Funds

Mr. D. Stuart, Director, Shipping, Scotia Capital

Mr. C. E. Toepfer, Managing Director, Borealis Maritime Limited

Mr. A. A. Tsavliris, FICS, AIArb, Director, Tsavliris Shipping Ltd., London

Mr. L. Varnavides, Managing Director, Shipping, Royal Bank of Scotland

Mr. R. Wester, Chief Operating Officer, Carisbrooke

Mr. B. Wingate, Director, Shipping HSBC Bank Plc