2017 Annual Gala Ball – Press Release

Dear Members & friends,

We would like to thank you all for your participation in our Annual Gala Ball and making this event another success!

Our thanks to the HBA corporate supporters and affiliates.

We hope to see you again in our forthcoming events. Stay tuned!

Kind regards

HBA UK Executive Committee



Chairman’s Speech

Your Excellencies, esteemed guests that flew over from the United States and Greece, our past Chairmen Christo Megalou and Strato Chatzigiannis for honouring us again today, ladies and gentlemen 

Today we celebrate what we have achieved in these last 18 months
  • Led and participated over 20 events 
  • Added over a hundred new members to our HBA network
  • Reached out to more than 12,000 followers globally via our internet interaction
  • Established a regular dialogue and found ways to work together with all associations of hellenic interest in the U.K.
  • A Very successful Ambassadors scheme – people who wish to contribute more and equally to Executive members of board 

What are the two pillars of the future

  • Mentoring and Networking
  • Content and being platform of communication between the UK, Europe, Greece and Cyprus 

Our task is simple 

  • We do the right thing for our members, giving real value for their time spent – it is a luxury and we thank them for that
  • We aim to give value back to our homeland, with our first event in Athens in H2 2017, a close cooperation with Lovegreece and the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce – Looking to establish more ways to work in Cyprus 
  • Aspire to be a home for excellence and  a platform for communication of what’s Best of Greece and Cyprus

It requires focus and commitment, and for this I can only but thank the HBA Executive Committee

Stratos Chatzigiannis 

Louis Loizou

Viki Fotopoulou

Emmanuel Androulakis

Thanos Karagiannidis 

George Ercan

and more importantly our ‘new’ mothers who we miss today, Georgia Galouzidi and Maria Irene Alexandraki. 

Special thanks to Piraeus Bank for their long term support, Shearman & Stirling, Critical Publics, Loizou & Co, Filos Dynotech RS , Delta Executive Search, The Hellenic American Bankers Association, The Hellenic Hope, Reload Greece, GPWN, The Hellenic Engineers and the Hellenic teams from HSBC and Morgan Stanley as well as  our committed HBA Ambassadors: Kelly, Korina, Margarita, Marina, Vassilis, Panos and Konstantinos. 

Thanks to Maltby&Greek for the fantastic wine selection and Nannuka for tonight’s nanny service. 

A great thank you to all, of you for coming here today.

Press linkshttp://www.allaboutshipping.co.uk/2017/06/11/hbuk-banking-on-charitys-success/