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Organization and Management

(i) Organization

The Partners Assembly which is made up of the Institute’s founding members and in essence constitutes the Institute’s Board of Directors (BoD) is the body that ultimately takes all major decisions, sanctions the operation of the Institute and approves its planning and annual accounts. A seven person executive committee which meets at least monthly and is chaired by the chairman of the Institute is the body which is responsible for supervising and coordinating the operation of the Institute. A full time executive director, who is normally one of the partners, is in charge of the day to day running of the Institute and reports directly to the chairman and the executive committee of which he is a member. The headquarters of the Institute are currently based in Athens where the Executive Director has his office and is supported by a small permanent staff comprising secretarial, administrative and scientific personnel. For its operation and scientific work the Institute relies to a large extent on a small full time staff but also on external research associates and professionals. Part of the Institute’s regular work is outsourced especially in areas involving accounting, publications, translations, marketing and events organization.

IENE’s Executive Director is in charge for both the organization and implementation of the Institute’s scientific work and the preparation and production of its regular information material which is send out to member’s and associates. The Executive Director is also responsible for the Institute’s finances including supervision of the accounts department and the raising of funds necessary for the operation and development of the Institute.

The scientific work of the Institute is conducted through its various committees which have been set up, or will be set up, and cover all basic sectors of energy. The committees between them cover the whole spectrum of energy matters and include the following subject areas:

  • Energy Policy
  • Hydrocarbons (including upstream & downstream, oil and natural gas)
  • Electricity (covers solid fuels, hydroelectricity and nuclear energy)
  • Renewable Energy Resources
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Hydrogen
  • Energy and Transport
  • Energy and the Environment (covers climate change, emissions etc)
  • Energy and Geopolitics

(ii) The Board of Directors

IENE's Board of Directors includes all the partners of the Institue, who are also members of the Institute's General Assembly. The Board of Directors consists of the following members:

Mr. Alexandros Vrachnos

Chemical Engineer

Dr. John Desypris

Chemical Engineer, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Mytilineos Holdings S.A  (IENE’s Chairman 2009-2013)

Mr. Xristodoulos Dimas

Civil Engineer, President Greek-Russian Chamber

Mr. Constantinos Theofylaktos

Mechanical -Engineer, Chairman, Centre of Renewable Energy Sources (CRES)

Prof. Emmanouil Kakaras

Mechanical -Engineer, Professor at the Department of Electrical of Engineers, Athens Technical University

Prof. Pantelis Kapros

Athens Technical University, ex chairman of the Regulatory Energy Authority (RAE) and head of EC3 Lab

Mr. Elias Karydogiannis

Electrical Engineer, Managing Director, ENSCO

Mr. Petros Kasapis

Transportation Engineer

Dr. Vassilios Kougionas

Scientific Officer, DG Research, European Commission

Mr. John Kourouklis

Vice Chairman, Elinoil S.A.

Mr. Thomas Lamnides

Lawyer and senior partner of Kallimopoulos, Loukopoulos, Chiotellis Law Office, Athens

Mr. Aimilios Bousios

Electrical- Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Constantinos Nicolaou

Petroleum Geologist, Managing Director, Kanergy Ltd.

Mr. Dionissios Xenos

Chemical Engineer, ex. Managing Director, Hellenic Aerospace Industries

Mr. Spyros Paleoyiannis

Chemist, Deputy Chairman and Deputy CEO, Public Gas Corporation (DEPA)

Mr. Alexandros Papadopoulos

Mechanical-Electrical Engineer, Independent Consultant, Athens

Mr. Gus Papamichalopoulos

Lawyer and senior partner, Kyriakidis-Georgopoulos Law Firm, Athens

Dr. Dimitris Papakonstantinou

Mechanical-Electrical Engineer, Director for Strategy & Planning, DEDDHE

Dr. Marios Patsoules

Petroleum Geologist, Reservoir Engineer, Independent Consultant

Mr. Costis Stambolis

Architect and Energy Consultant, Managing Editor www.energia.gr  (IENE’s Chairman 2003-2007)

Dr. George Syntzanakis

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, Independent Consultant, Athens

Dr. Nickolas Frydas

Mechanical-Electrical Engineer, Mott MacDonald Co, UK

Ms. Tereza Fokianou

Geologist, Managing Director Flow S.A., Athens

Mr. John Chatzivasilliadis

Mechanical-Electrical Engineer, Independent Consultant, Athens (IENE’s current Chairman)


Mechanical-Electrical Engineer, Independent Consultant, Athens (IENE’s current Chairman)

(iii) Operational Framework

The interrelationship between the Board of Directors (BoD), the Executive Committee and the office of the Executive Director, the   scientific committees, the accounts division and the legal counsel is shown in the diagram below.


(iv) Transparency

For an NGO like IENE which relies for its operation on the participation of other stake holders, private companies, public entities, professional associations, individual professionals and in many cases government departments, and international organizations it is essential that its decisions, actions and operation at large are characterized by full transparency. With this in mind IENE’s management and its partners spare no effort in making public information related to its activities and decision making process. Not only its Board of Directors, is regularly informed of all decisions taken or to be taken by the executive committee but its members and associates are consulted on a regular basis by the Chairman and the Executive Director on the course of action to be taken on most matters involved with the functioning of the Institute. A consensus is aimed at for most key decisions which affect the operation and future development of the Institute. The Institute’s individual members, its associates and its corporate members are regularly informed of IENE’s operation and activities through circulars distributed by e-mail and by announcements posted on its web site, while many of them are consulted regularly on matters related to energy policy and collaboration at regional level.




EVENTS Vienna Energy Tansition Forum