Short biographical note
Pyrros Papadimitriou holds a Degree in Political Science & Public Administration from the University of Athens (1985) a Law Degree from Athens Law School (1989), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics from Sussex University (1987), a Master’s in Economics (1988) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1992) both from Kent University at UK.
Pyrros began his professional career as a financial analyst at Gerald & National Inter Commodities in London (1989-1990) and continued as researcher at the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research in Athens (1994-95), manager in the Sector Research & Analysis department of ALPHA Bank (1995-96), director of Consulting Services at ICAP S.Α. (1996-1997) and advisor to the European Parliament (1996-98).
In 1997 Pyrros founded HEADWAY Economic Consultants Ltd, a company that provides consulting services in the public and the private sector. In 2006 as a co-founder, Pyrros established a network of experts, the Four Assist Development Consulting, which mainly undertakes projects in the field of Public Financial Management in developing countries. During these years, Four Assist implemented more than 120 projects in several regions of the developing world. In Four Assist Development Consulting, Pyrros remained active until the end of December 2015.
In the period 2007 -09, Pyrros, interrupted his business activities and undertook the challenge of running the privatization project of Greece’s flag carrier Olympic Airlines, Olympic Airways – Services and Olympic Aviation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer in Olympic Airlines (2008-2009) and in Olympic Airways – Services (2007-2008).
In the period August 2012 – June 2014 he has been appointed Coordinator of the Privatization of the Greek Regional Airports a project that has also been concluded successfully with the acquisition of the airports from Fraport AG for 1,23 billion euros.
Ιn 2013 he was elected Vice President of the Foundation of Global Governance and Sustainability, a forum for the exchange of views among thinkers and practitioners interested in addressing today’s challenges, and to encourage analysis towards action, with new approaches and innovative ideas.
Pyrros has a strong teaching and academic experience having been a professor of Economics at the Hellenic Air Force Academy (1993-1994), a visiting professor at the Economics Department of the University of Crete (1996-1998), a lecturer (1998 -2003) and assistant professor (2003-07) at the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Macedonia and currently an associate professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese (2007 – cont.).