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12 April 2011
Which executive and business education?

Discussion co-chairs:

Matthew Davies, MBA student, IE Business School
Nelson Fernandes, General Manager, TEB Securities Services
James Gancos, General Manager, W Istanbul
Fedon Hatzakis, Eurobank Tekfen, Executive Vice President
Giuseppe Totino, Professional Coach and Trainer
Matt Turega, HSBC Bank, Strategic Change Manager - Finance

Brief info about the co-chairs:

Matthew Davies, MBA student, IE Business School
Matthew comes from a background of teaching and teacher training. He worked for the British Council, the UK's official cultural relations organisation, for 10 years in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Italy, Syria and Qatar, where he managed the local teaching centre. He is a strong advocate of the use of technology in education both as a teacher and a learner. He is currently enrolled on the Global MBA programme from IE Business School in Madrid and is due to graduate in December 2011.
Nelson Fernandes has significant experience in international capital markets as business developer. He holds an engineering degree from ESIEA Paris and an executive MBA from HEC. He began his career at Cap Gemini as organisation consultant.
Since 1996, he hold various international responsibilities at BNP PARIBAS such as regional IT manager, corporate development senior manager involving in mergers and acquisition as well as partnership deals and leading integration programs.
He then involved in the geographical expansion of BNP PARIBAS Securities Services in opening fully fledged banks in CEE and
Asian countries.
Since 2008, he is the Turkey country manager of the Securities services business launched in 2008 at TEB together with BNP PARIBAS
Securities Services.
James Gancos, General Manager, W Istanbul
James Gancos was born in San Diego, California. He graduated with honors from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and from Harvard Business School with a Master in Business Administration. Mr. Gancos began his career at Ernst & Young's consulting practice in New York where he worked with Fortune 500 clients in various industries, including Travel, Financial Services, Advertising, and Insurance. Mr. Gancos joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2004 as Director of Operations for the North America Division. He performed strategic, financial, and operations analysis support for the division and reported directly to the divisional president. Subsequently, Mr. Gancos has held property leadership positions as Hotel Manager of the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Hotel Manager of the Sheraton Seattle. He was most recently the General Manager of the 2,500 room Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, A Sheraton Resort in Las Vegas. While at Starwood, Mr. Gancos has been actively involved in the company's environmental stewardship initiatives. He invented the "Make a Green Choice" program which has been implemented in all Sheratons and Westins in North America and is now being rolled out globally. Mr. Gancos has been the General Manager of W Istanbul since February 2010.
Fedon Hatzakis, Fedon Hatzakis was born in Istanbul in 1966 from Greek parents. His father, John Hatzakis is a well-known businessman in the shipping community of Turkey and partner in one of the oldest shipping agencies in the market with a history of more than a century.

After finishing basic education in the Greek High School, he continues studies in Bosphorous University (ex-Robert College) graduating as a Civil Engineer in 1989. Later on, he obtained a Master's Degree in Management with specialisation in Finance and European Union from Boston University.

His professional career started in 1991 with a Management Trainee program in Banque Nationale de Paris (Athens) where after working in different departments such as the Commercial (imports-exports) and Credit he finally joined the Corporate Banking division as a Credit Analyst with area of responsibility corporate and shipping clients as well as project financing.

In 1994, he has been offered a position in Deutsche Bank (Head Office in Frankfurt) as Country Manager for Greece, Hungary, Romania and Cyprus. His task was to co-ordinate all business/risk issues towards the above mentioned countries.

In 1997 he returned to Greece as the Deputy Manager Risk in National Westminster Bank with responsibility for credit risk issues of all Greek corporate and financial institutions for the group NatWest globally.

Following the sale of NatWest of Greece he joined ABN AMRO Bank as County Risk Executive. However after the sale of all Greek retail network he joint Societe General as Country Head of Risk..

Following an offer from EFG Eurobank to take the position of Country Risk/Credit Officer in Turkey, he returned to Istanbul and keeps this position since than.

During his professional career Fedon Hatzakis continued his education attending various seminars in Oxford, Frankfurt, Paris and Athens mainly on financial products and markets.

Fedon Hatzakis is fluent in five European languages ranging from English, French, German, Turkish to Greek and has basic knowledge of Arabic.

His personal interests are political/economic history, sailing, white water rafting, skiing, theatre and basketball. He is also a fanatic traveller with widespread journeys throughout Europe and North America and expeditions in Spitzbergen (North Pole).

Giuseppe Totino, is a Professional Certified Coach and Trainer, ACC credentialed with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is also a Professional Facilitator, member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).  He is a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practitioner and trainer, and values the Appreciative Inquiry approach in working with clients, as well as the findings of Positive Psychology. A member of the EnCompass Global Consulting Network, Giuseppe is both a coach and a facilitator for the United Nations Secretariat Management Development Program worldwide. He coaches private Clients and Executives, on both personal and business topics, specially if related to personal or relational conflicts. He teaches Leadership, Coaching, Communication and Conflicts Management at University undergraduate and postgraduate MBA students, both at Yeditepe University and at Sabancı University in Istanbul, and in workshops and classes internationally.  He has also served on the Faculty of the International Coach Academy (Australia) where he run the Executive Coaching Community of Practice.He is Board Member of ICF Turkey and the ICF Conference Educational Steering Committee Member for the second consecutive year. Before shifting his professional focus to Coaching and Training, Giuseppe engaged in a corporate career for 11 year. He started in the UK, when he was headhunted to join the international team of a multinational telecommunications company. From there he pursued an international career that led him to work among people with diverse backgrounds and cultures, across several nations.  His experience includes launching the London-based operations of an international financial group, advising FTSE 250 at a 'Big 4' Consulting Company, becoming a UK Chartered Tax Advisor and setting up his own organization in the fashion business active over two continents where he served as the CEO, before becoming a Professional Coach. Giuseppe holds the following academic qualifications: Master of Laws (L.L.M.) from the University of London (UK) - Intercolelgiate program LSE, QMW, KCU and Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Marketing Management for the Service Industry from Trento Business School (Italy) 
Matt Turega, HSBC Bank, Strategic Change Manager - Finance
Matt is a Banking and Finance professional who has worked in multiple countries during the last 9 years with HSBC. Matt has held different head-office roles both in his native country of the UK, as well as overseas roles in India, Czech Republic, Poland, and now in Turkey where he has been since June 2010. Matt has held a variety of positions within Finance departments and previously within Marketing Analysis. Outside of work Matt has been actively involved in different charities and NGO's, and is currently working with a charity supporting disabled children in Istanbul. He enjoys travel, experiencing new cultures, and trying to learn new languages. He is also a keen sportsmen and regularly plays football and goes to the gym when time allows.


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