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Expert resume of George Handjinicolaou

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Piraeus Bank; former Deputy CEO, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

George Handjinicolaou is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Piraeus Bank, the largest Greek bank in Greece. He joined Piraeus Bank in Nov 2016 with the objective to bring the Bank’s corporate governance up to par with the best international practices, put in place all the necessary checks controls and balances, and define the Bank’s new strategic direction, aimed at creating an efficient, productive and profitable bank that is internationally competitive. In addition, he was recently appointed as Chairman of the Board of the Athens Stock Exchange (Dec 2017).

Before joining Piraeus Bank, he was Deputy CEO of ISDA where he served two successive terms (from 2007-2009 and 2011-2016) working on the global OTC derivatives reform, together with the global regulatory community, to help improve regulatory outcomes, and assisting ISDA members to understand, adapt and comply with the new regulatory requirements. Specific areas of focus and expertise included capital regulation and the new Basel capital proposals (LCR, FRTB, CVA, and NSFR), Central Clearing, Collateral Management, Margin for non-cleared derivatives, Trading platforms, Benchmarks, and overseeing ISDA's efforts in the design of the industry post-trade infrastructure that is required for the newly emerging market place. In the interim period between 2009 to 2011, he served as CEO at TBANK in Greece as well as and Vice Chairman at the Greek Capital Markets Commission.

His extensive involvement with all aspects of financial markets dates back to the early 1980s. Before joining ISDA in 2007, George founded and ran Etolian Capital, a market-neutral hedge fund specializing in credit and capital structure arbitrage from 2002 to 2006. Before that, George was responsible for Global Fixed Income Emerging Markets at Merrill Lynch (2000-2002), while from 1998 to 2000 he ran all fixed income activities for Dresdner in the Americas. And from 1986 to 1998, he held various posts in fixed income derivatives, including global head of the swaps group at Security Pacific/Bank of America, and head of fixed income derivatives for the Americas at UBS. He also worked at the Treasury of the World Bank (1983 to 1986) and served as Treasurer of the IFC (1994-1995).

Over the years, George has been an active member of the financial community and serves or has served on several Boards and industry forums including, Piraeus Bank, PRIME, ISDA and Brokertek, Polytechnic University, the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE), the LIBOR and ICE Swap Rate Oversight Committees, the European Post Trade Forum (EPTF), the Hogg Tendering Advisory Committee for LIBOR (HTAL), and others. He also taught at N.Y.U. and Baruch College and has published several articles. He holds a BA in economics from Athens University, and MBA and Ph.D degree in Finance & Economics from NYU.