Alpesh Patel CEO
Alpesh’s media profile and business, political and economic expertise has been utilised by the UK Government for more than a decade from London to New Delhi and Beijing, accompanying the PM and Ministers, business leaders on trade missions, as well as by some of the largest and most respected businesses institutions in the world as an advocate, utilising his training as a barrister, for growth strategies and business-friendly policies for wealth creation, diversity whilst engaging legislators and policy-makers.
He makes frequent appearances on international prime time television as a contributor to global business discussions inspiring confidence in the role of business and pride in entrepreneurship, especially women entrepreneurs and inter-faith diversity benefits, and wealth creation, including the ‘Business is Great’ campaign, BBC’s Newsnight, and Bloomberg, CNN, Sky Business News, CNBC, Channel 4 and US / UK radio. He has written over 200 columns for the Financial Times, and built a worldwide reputation as an authority on economic, business, political issues, with his best-selling books on business, entrepreneurship, global competitiveness topping the charts in UK and international Amazon stores and his political and economic paper review on BBC World TV reaching 280m viewers.
During the course of his career, he has been sought-out by international corporate giants, including Barclays, Lloyds Bank, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and ICICI Bank, as an industry-recognised expert, to deliver advice at C-level on the global economy and growth strategies. As a businessman he built a successful private equity fund with a record of penetrative analysis of FTSE 100, 250, mid-cap companies, as well as global companies and economics and advising investors on successful strategies – with a track record commended by FT. A former Visiting Fellow in Business & Industry at Oxford University and Council Member of Chatham House, his practical expertise is backed up by academic credentials.
Stefanos Bitzakidis CIO
Stefanos has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets with firms such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Citibank. An engineer by training (PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College) he has always been involved in technical and quantitative trading functions. He is considered as one of the world’s leading experts in the areas of structured and exotic derivatives and has been involved in the development of products and strategies with superior risk/return characteristics for most of his career.
Pantelis Kokkalis COO
An experienced IT leader and a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the IT and financial sector.
Has participated in both start-up and mature business ventures focusing on technology, finance and risk management. Previous projects he has led include financial trading systems, technical and network infrastructure projects, cloud computing, telecoms, client and supplier management, risk management systems, complex database design, financial compliance and web design and implementation.