YES FORUM - Open Day @ DNV GL / 5th December 2016

The 1st YES Forum Open Day was held at the premises of DNV GL in Piraeus, on Monday, 5 December 2016, with great success. Main purpose of this event was the continuation of the open and direct dialogue that was initiated during the 1st YES Forum between young students or shipping executives and the Decision Makers of the maritime industry.

The 1st YES Forum Open Day was attended by more than 50 delegates, among which were shipping company executives, young people who wish to work in the maritime sector, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students from Greek and foreign universities.

Main speaker was Mr. George Teriakidis, Regional Business Development Manager of DNV GL. Direct dialogue was triggered by Ms. Marina Papaioannou, DNV GL Maritime Academy Hellas, that was present at the event.

Debating Private vs Public Education with the Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association / 6th December 2016

Should tertiary education be public or private? Does this enforce equality among students? These are some of the questions asked at the first debate organized by the Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association in Athens, Greece.

On Tuesday 6th December, more than 150 people attended a debate organized by the Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association with the support of the U.S. Mission to Greece and the Evgenides Foundation/UTech Lab. Six speakers argued the motion “Education Should Be Public And Free, Ensuring Equality Among All Students”. Speakers included Mrs. Marietta Giannakou (former Minister of Education and Religious Affairs); Professor Theodoros Papatheodorou (Member of the Greek Parliament,); Professor Nikolaos Farantrouris (Jean Monnet Chair on EU Law and Policies, International European Studies Department University of Piraeus), Professor Theodore Fortsakis (Member of the Greek Parliament,); Mrs. Claudia Carydis Benopoulou (VP Public Affairs, American College of Greece), and Mr. Alexandros Lympikis (Law Student, Democritus University of Thrace). Each speaker put their case forward and was expected to speak for no more than seven minutes. Comments and questions were taken by the floor, culminating in a vote by audience members on whether the house accepted or rejected the motion.

Those arguing against the motion suggested that the amount of money spent in support of the public education would better be used under a regulated framework of private education. They also stated that strengthening the competition by allowing private entities to operate as universities would only improve the overall level of education provided by both public and private institutions. Those arguing for the motion highlighted the nonprofit and public character of education, which guarantees and serves the target of having in place a truly universal level of education.

12th Annual Forum - ICS Greek Branch / 7th December 2016

NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS was sponsor of the 12th Annual Forum that organized by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Greek Branch, on Wednesday 7th of December 2016, at the Eugenides Foundation, entitled: "Future Imperfect: Shipping's Route out of Crisis"

The speakers of the Forum are presented below:

Mrs Natalia Margioli Komninou, FICS
Managing Director, ICS Greek Branch & Hellenic Management Centre
Mr Nicolas A. Tsavliris, FICS
Chairman, ICS Greek Branch & Tsavliris Salvage Group

Special Address
Mr Michael Taliotis, FICS
Φωτογραφία της Evanthia Tsekou.International Chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Mr Kimon Angelopoulos, Managing Director, Dena Shipping & Commodities
Ms Stavroula Betsakou, Head of Tanker Research, Howe Ro binson
Ms Mariella Bottiglieri, Managing Director, Giuseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Co. SpA.
Cpt Andreas Georgiou, MICS, Managing Director at Grace Trading Corporation
Mr Robin King, Head of Marketing, Baltic Exchange Ltd.
Ms Amalia Miliou-Theocharaki, MICS, Chartering Manager, Teo Shipping Corporation
Dr Alexandros Ntovas, LLM Programme Director International Shipping Law (Piraeus), QMUL, CCLS (London)
Mr Iraklis Prokopakis, Senior Vice President and COO of Danaos Corporation

Panel Moderator
Mr Ilias Bissias, Attorney at Law, Director Naftika Chronika

WISTA HELLAS Annual Forum 2016 / 8th December 2016

NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS was bronze sponsor of the WISTA HELLAS Annual Forum 2016.

The WISTA Hellas 2016 Annual Forum brought key players from the Greek and international shipping community together for an animated panel discussion on the uncertainty dominating the global market at Intercontinental Hotel in Athens on Thursday 8 December. More than 300 shipping professionals attended the debate entitled “The Shipping industry maintaining its resilience in a continuously unstable environment” and follow-up dialogues by representatives from major market sectors, which further added to the success of the event.

Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and Chairman of the Maria Tsakos Public Benefit Foundation, opened the forum which was moderated by Nigel Lowry, Correspondent of Lloyd’s List in Greece. The panel was composed of (in alphabetical order): Mariella Bottiglieri-Green, Managing Director of Giuseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company S.P.A. Karin Orsel, CEO of MF Shipping Group, Vice President of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and President of WISTA International; Irene Panagopoulos, Managing Director of Magna Marine Inc.; Nicky A. Pappadakis, Chairman A.G. Pappadakis and Co. Ltd. & Vice Chairman Emeritus of INTERCARGO; Mr. Akis Tsirigakis, CEO of the Nautilus Offshore Services Inc.; and Harry Vafias, President and CEO of StealthGas Inc.

Closing the forum, Mrs. Hartmann thanked the panelists, the sponsors and the audience for a constructive and successful event, and invited everyone to a cocktail reception which lasted long into the evening. The panellists were:

Amerigo Media Award @ Florence / 14th December 2016

On Wednesday 14th December 2016, the Eight Edition of the Italian News and Journalists Awards ceremony organised by the Italian Association Amerigo was held in Florence.

The President of the Hellenic U.S. Alumni, Danae Bezantakou along with the Member, Tonia Arahova, had the chance to honor the Greek journalist Nikolas Vafiadis, winner of the European Prize category. Every year a European journalist is awarded for his strong relations to the European Network of American Alumni Associations.

More information you can find following the link

President of the Hellenic American Alumni Association, Danae Bezantakou, ENAM Secretary General Massimo Cugusi, Hellenic American Alumni Association Vice President Tonia Arahova, and European Award winner Nikolas Vafiadis

YES FORUM TEAM MEETING – 18th December 2016

Before the end of the year, Mrs. Danae Bezantakou invited in her house more than 40 promising young students. A very fruitful discussion took place and many new projects for 2017 were planned.

The YES to SEA TOURISM Forum at Posidonia Sea tourism will held on 24th May 2017! More information will follow.

Reception in honor of Hellenic – U.S. Alumni hosted by U.S. Ambassador / 3rd November 2016

The Ambassador of the United States of America, Geoffrey R. Pyatt and Mrs. Mary Pyatt hosted a reception honoring the Hellenic – US Alumni of U.S. Government-funded exchange programs on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Ambassador’s residence. Mrs. Danae Bezantakou, President of the Hellenic – US Alumni, was present at the event.
9th - 13th November 2016

Mrs. Danae Bezantakou participated in the 36th International AGM & Conference that took place onboard the MS KONINGSDAM. The theme of the conference this year was – Always in Motion: Ever Changing - will focus on the speed at which our industry operates, all set against the backdrop of an ever-changing regulatory landscape. The agenda of the Forum you may find following the link http://www.wista2016international.com/agenda.html
Remarks by President of the United States Barack Obama / 16th November 2016

The Embassy of the United States of America invited Mrs. Danae Bezantakou to attend Remarks by the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama on Wednesday 16th November 2016, at Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

President Obama’s speech you can find following the link:

Municipality of Kifissia – Youth in Entrepreneurship / 22nd November 2016

On Tuesday 22nd November, Mrs. Danae Bezantakou invited by the municipality of Kifissia to participated as speaker in an event that took place on the occasion of the global business week. Mrs. Bezantakou spoke and motivated the undergraduate students to fulfil their dreams by chasing their goals and do not hesitate to become entrepreneurs.
Danae Bezantakou - Blue Growth
Danae Bezantakou @ WEGATE:
Don't be selfish: share your knowledge with younger generations, advises Danae Bezantakou
JUNE 2016
Municipality of Kifissia – Youth in Entrepreneurship / 22nd November 2016

The 1st Young Executive Shipping (YES) Forum was held during the International Shipping Exhibition POSIDONIA 2016, on Friday, 10 June 2016 at the main POSIDONIA Conference Hall.

The YES Forum conceptualized and initiated by Ms Danae Bezantakou, Managing Director of NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS and Ms Katerina Stathopoulou, Executive Director of Investments & Finance was one of the key events of this year’s exhibition. Organized by OpenMind Group and “The Canvas” think tank, with EQnomics being the coordinator, the conference gathered more than 1,300 delegates among which were 300 shipping company executives, students from 60 Greek and foreign Universities, and cadets from the Maritime Academies of Aspropirgos, Hydra island, Macedonia and Crete.

On that occasion, the organizers stressed the importance to establish a unique platform where the next shipping generation meets and discusses directly with those who are currently the Greek shipping top executives and decision makers.

The official opening of the YES Forum was made by Mr. Pafsanias Papageorgiou, General Secretary for Lifelong Learning and Youth at the Ministry of Education, who stressed the role of the State in promoting the Shipping industry to the younger generation and provide it with essential training in the various related fields.

Keynote speaker of the YES Forum was Ms Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport. The Commissioner, who participated for the first time in a Forum organised in Greece, urged the young generation to chase their dreams, focus on their goals and not be afraid of entrepreneurship. Above all, she underlined the need to appreciate the unique value of the shipping industry and be a part of its further development.

Other panel discussions included topics such as internships opportunities, the need for new and innovative management styles, as well as the role that human resources play in shipping. The parameters which make the Greek shipping industry a leader and how this leading position can be maintained in the future were addressed by all panelists. Moreover, the importance of academic studies for a successful career path, as well the role of chartering brokers and the difficulties faced by women in shipping, were also debated.

Mr. Theodore Dritsas, Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, the Rector of the Piraeus University as well as the Rector of the Aegean University were also present among many other decision-makers from the shipping industry, Ambassadors, and representatives from major shipping Associations and media specialists.

Concluding this very successful first YES Forum, Ms. Danae Bezantakou stressed the importance to continue the gathering of next generation of shipping executives with the current key decision makers, a win-win networking activity that has to be renewed next year, in June 2017.

MAY 2016

EU4U - The Canvas / 9th May

On Monday 9th of May 2016, The Canvas organized a roundtable discussion with the support of the Representation Offices of the European Parliament and the European Commission in Greece. The meeting was held at European Parliament office. There was a discussion on business opportunities and the status of the modern entrepreneur in the European environment. Danae Bezantakou one of The Canvas’ Founding Members.

(Danae Bezantakou and her classmate Dr. Zoe Kournia, Researcher of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) and recently awarded with as the “Woman of Innovation 2009” from the Connecticut Technology Council, USA and the «Outstanding Junior Faculty Award 2014» from the American Chemical Society.)


Mr Aris Peroulakis
Deputy Head of the representation of EU Commission in Greece

Mr Leonidas Antonakopoulos
Head of Unit European Parliament representation in Greece

Mr. Francois Lafond
Senior Member Institute of European Democrats Brussels
Associate Professor Sciences Po Paris

WIN-WIN SOLUTIONS TO EUROPE’S MIGRATION PROBLEMS – European Young Leaders / 19th-21st May 2016

Europeans are waking to the scale of the refugee crisis, but the EU and its member governments have yet to forge credible responses. Tensions across Europe, from Greece to Germany to Sweden, demand realistic and comprehensive EU-wide policies ranging from social integration to job creation, but the first step will be to change the narrative shaping public opinion from threat to asset. What role should private sector employers and entrepreneurs play to speed aging Europe’s integration of refugees?

The panel that answered these questions was moderated by Danae Bezantakou, Managing Director of Navigator Shipping Consultant & 2014 European Young Leader. Introductory remarks were given by Sandra Pratt, European Commission Expert on Immigration and Asylum (1999-2007) & Sander Loones, Member of the European Parliament.

The Seminar was held on Thursday 19th May at the Second Chance School in the northern suburbs of Marseille.

Fougaro - The first school of tourism / 20th May 2016

Mrs. Danae Bezantakou was invited to speak in the Fougaro, the first school of tourism in Nafplio, and inform the young students who are about to decide which path are going to follow in their carriers, regarding the tourism industry and the chances that the sector offers.

Pre-Forum Networking Event of 1st Young Executives Shipping Forum / 27th May

YES FORUM Team organized the 1st Young Executives Shpping Forum, Pre-Forum Networking Event on Friday, 27th May 2016 at 18:30 at "EGG Enter Grow Go" (190 Sygrou Avenue, Kallithea, Athens). We had the honor to host executives from the shipping industry who inspired the participants to join our sector and shared their experiences with them. The participants were more than 250 Young Executives and University Students.

APRIL 2016

Panorama of Entrepreneurship / 2nd April 2016

On Saturday, 2nd April 2016, Danae Bezantakou was the moderator of the panel “4 Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Experiences” that took place at Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall.

Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career is the largest Multi-Conference On Entrepreneurship for young people and professional guidance. Danae Bezantakou supports it from its very first year.

ZIRIDIS, The New Generation – Private School /8th April 2016

Danae Bezantakou was invited as a speaker inZiridis Private School during the Carrier Week in the carrier orientation seminar to inform the students regarding the Maritime Industry and the chances that the sector offers. Dororthea Ioannou, Managing Director (Greece) Global Business Development Director, The American Club was also one of the speakers. The seminar was held on Friday 8th April.

2nd KPMG Family Business Forum / 12th April 2016

Danae Bezantakou was one of the keynote speakers in the 2nd Family Business Forum organized by KPMG in Greece on Tuesday 12th April 2016 and took place in Divani Caravel Hotel of Athens.

The speakers analyzed the important issues and trends for family businesses in the European and Greek markets, like Governance, Succession Planning Next Generation, Growth, Assurance και Exit Strategies.


The Hellenic US Alumni Association organized its first event under the title “THE REFUGEE CRISIS: A MULTI-FACTOR ISSUE” at Alba Graduate Business School, on Friday 15th April. Danae Bezantakou, President of the Association welcomed the participants and presented the speakers Alexandros Zavos, President of the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute, Jean-Daniel Colombani, General Manager of WIN GROUP, Asef Farjam, Intercultural Mediator, NGO Doctors of the World and George Koumoutsakos, Member of Greek Parliament, ex Member of European Parliament and New Democracy spokesman. Moderator of the panel was Konstantina Botsiou, Associate Professor of Modern History and International Politics.

Sigchrono Private School - Award / 17th April 2016

Another award for the Managing Director of NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS from her private school this time. The event took place in Sigchrono Private School, on Monday April 18.

Mrs. Danae Bezantakou and her teacher Mr. Ioannis Kampouris

Women's Awards ''Exaleiptron 2016'' - Women's Entrepreneurship Award / 18th April 2016

Mrs. Danae Bezantakou awarded with the Women's Entrepreneurship Award by the President of the Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Piraeus and the Greek Confederation of Trade and Entrepreneurship Greece, Mr. Vassilis Korkidis.

The event took place on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 2000 hrs, at The Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall Loudovikou 1, Plateia Odissou, Piraeus.

MARCH 2016


On Thursday 17th March 2016, Danae Bezantakou attended the Centennial Dinner, with luminaries from the shipping industry as well as dignitaries from the Government that our Member J.M. BAXI & CO. organized due to the celebration of the 100 years of establishment. The dinner took place at the Imperial Janpath Lane, Connaught Place New Delhi.

Founded in 1916, J. M. Baxi & Co is India’s premier ship agency, serving tramp and container vessels and finding maritime carriage solutions for all types of cargo. Standing firm on the triple pillars of innovation, commitment and performance, J. M. Baxi & Co is also known universally for the values of accountability, customer satisfaction, excellence, and safety and security standards, which it engenders and stands for. It delivers award-winning performance in all its business activities. It is backed by over 600 experienced and committed professionals working from a nationwide network of offices in over 50 locations. J. M. Baxi & Co is the only ship agent in the world that does not subcontract out its core business.


On Friday, 18th March 2016, Danae Bezantakou attended the Annual Gala Dinner of WISTA HELLAS that took place at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso Hotel, with the gathering of 250 members and friends.

wista dinner danceMaria Mavroudi, Business Development and Claims Executive, The American Club, Ioanna Topaloglou, Managing Director, Orion International Brokers and Consultants Ltd., Marina Papaioannou, Director, DNV/GL Maritime Academy Greece, Angie Hartmann, Crew Manager, STARBULK S.A. & President, WISTA HELLAS, Danae Bezantakou, Managing Director, NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS, Xenia Vassiliadis, Senior Vice President, DNB Luxembourg


2016 WCD EMEA Institute / 9th – 11th February 2016

Danae Bezantakou attended the 2016 WCD EMEA Institute from Tuesday, 9 February 2016 until Thursday until 11 February 2016, which was held at KPMG, Tour Eqho Paris La Défense. The subject of the Institute was How Directors Can Successfully Guide a Company Through Cultural Uncertainty and Economic Malaise WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. WCD is committed to not just good governance, but to governance with global vision. Its members share information and insights in order to ensure best practices in corporate governance around the world. With over 3,500 members who serve on over 7,000 boards in 71 chapters on six continents, WCD Foundation acts as a bold catalyst for thought leadership, networking, and new relationships.

Blue Growth - 2nd BlueGrowth Startup Competition 2016 / 19th January 2016 9

Inspiration and innovation were the focus of the 2nd BlueGrowth startup competition that was held at the Piraeus Marine Club on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 16:30 hours, bringing to the fore young entrepreneurs and their concepts and business models which aim to have a positive impact on Greece’s Marine and Freshwater resources.

Five out of the nine participating teams which presented their blue economy ideas were awarded during the event which was jointly organized by sustainable-business education and incubation program aephoria.net. The winners would receive services worth 5,000 euros, scholarships for MBA programs at the Athens University of Economics and Business and for the MA program at the University of the Aegean’s Department of Marine Sciences and E-learning Master in Maritime from BCA College, as well as the opportunity to present their ideas at the Posidonia 2016 maritime and shipping show to be held on June 9th at the Metropolitan Expo.

Mrs. Danae Bezantakou, as a member of the Advisory Board took part in the procedure of the election of the 5 winners.