Testimonial Videos: Aris Xenofos, Executive Chairman of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
Aris Xenofos is the Executive Chairman of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), also known by its Greek acronym TAIPED. The HRADF was established in 2011 to promote and implement the Hellenic Republic’s privatisation programme, with the vision to deliver long-term, sustainable results for the economy and society. Mr. Xenofos focuses on the accomplishments of the privatisation programme and its positive impact on employment. The revenue target derived from privatisations for 2020 is €2.4 billion, according to the Greek state budget. Mr. Xenofos highlights numerous investment opportunities with a focus on energy, real estate and infrastructure.
Maria Rita Galli
CEO of DESFA
While the war in Ukraine and the REPowerEU plan have stressed the vital role of Greece’s natural gas infrastructure in ensuring both diversification of energy supply and increased energy security, continued investments are vital, says Maria Rita Galli, CEO of DESFA – the country’s natural gas transmission system operator. “All these developments call for a further acceleration of the energy transition,” she adds, making the company’s strategy to focus on green gases and the development of new future proofed infrastructure evermore important.
CEO of PPC Renewables
Targets have been set for PPC Renewables (PPCR) – a subsidiary of Greece’s largest power company PPC – to operate 40% of Greece’s renewable energy capacity by 2026, says company CEO Konstantinos Mavros, adding that strategic alliances and M&A activity will be key to the success of their €3 billion investment. “We're looking for smart deals and long-term investors.”
Managing Director of Cisco for Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Malta
The U.S. tech major’s Digital Transformation Center in Thessaloniki is a place where co-innovation meets digital skills training – currently top of mind as Greece accelerates its digital transformation – says Antonis Tsiboukis, Managing Director of Cisco for Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Malta. Having been present in Greece since 1998, Cisco’s vote of confidence is leveraging a rich talent pool available in the country’s second largest city, in addition to its strategic location, providing Cisco with a springboard into Balkan markets to attract know-how and business. “We now see a real opportunity and we are ready to support Greece to move forward.”
Germany’s Ambassador to Greece
German investment activity in Greece is entering a new phase says Ernst Reichel, German Ambassador to Greece, pointing to the launch of greater investments of scale and substance – with a particular focus on opportunities in the green and digital spaces – while stressing that Greece 2.0 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Greece to make a “great leap” into a new era.
CEO of Intrakat
Intrakat’s diversification strategy is a response to the new needs of the Greek economy and its unprecedented transformation, says company CEO, Petros Souretis, with his eyes set on growing opportunities in PPPs, renewable energy, and real estate development – “now is the time to take a risk and invest in the Greek market.”
Geoffrey R. Pyatt
U.S. Ambassador to Greece
With relations between Washington and Athens at their best ever, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Greece, says now is the time for U.S. investors to take advantage of Greece’s transformation, on the back of deepened bilateral cooperation – across priority areas including RES, technology, R&D, and education – and a virtuous cycle between government reforms and incoming investments.