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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 February 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019 9 NEWS Riding on the wave of innovation MARILYN MONTALTO Three former Neos Kosmos colleagues have reunited in Athens to work on an important project for a Greek company that is transforming the global shipping industry MarineTraffic, a ship track ing and intelligence platform, is one of many Greek startup success stories of the last decade. It recently appointed Nikos Psaltopoulos as its first ever Chief Operations Officer (COO) to bolster the firm's ambitious 2020 vision. He joins Georgios Hatzimanolis, the Media, Communications & Content Manager at MarineTraffic. Both are former editors of the Neos Kosmos English edition. Now based in Athens, Nikos and Georgios contributed to the company's recent Winter Summit, where over 100 MarineTraffic employees from Greece, the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Singapore and the Philippines were united at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. The two-day event was supported by an intensive program developed by another former Neos Kosmos employee, Dimitris Antonopoulos, who is now the Managing Director of Tank, a Melbourne based brand strategy and innovation consultancy. On being reu- Briefs NAPOLEON PERDIS MAKE-UP EMPIRE COLLAPSES Greek Australian celebrity makeup king Napoleon Perdis is liquidating his million dollar empire and hundreds of employees could be at risk of losing their jobs. Having faced several tough financial predicaments since 2014, Mr Perdis had to resort to putting his namesake cosmetics chain up for sale. It appears that since the expansion of beauty giant Sephora in Australia, the home-grown company has suffered an even bigger blow. Even though Napoleon Perdis products had been available at Niemen Marcus, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman, in 2015 Perdis decided to pull out of the high-end Australian market as sales were low in comparison to other, mainly international brands.Mr Perdis has 56 stores nationwide including several concession outlets inside Myer stores. Mr Perdis, his wife and company manager Soula-Marie and their children all reside in Athens, Greece now while his brother and co-owner Emanuel Perdis still resides in Australia. JULIA BANKS CONTESTS FLINDERS When she resigned from the Liberal party in August, following the turmoil of the party's leadership spill, now Independent MP Julia Banks said that she would not contest the seat of Chisholm.What she didn't say was that she was going to run for a seat in another electorate. On Thursday, she officially announced her decision to contest the seat of Flinders, running as an Independent against Health Minister Greg Hunt.The Greek Australian MP is now the second former Liberal to run against a sitting Minister, after the announcement that Oliver Yates, former head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, has decided to challenge federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg for his Victorian seat. Both these motions are seen as ploys to punish those involved in the leadership spill that saw Malcolm Turnbull being replaced by Scott Morrison. When Julia Banks announced her decision to become independent, part of the media estimated that she became "the government's own Lady Vengeance." ALGORITHM TOOL TO CURE CANCER Cambridge University Professor Antonis Antoniou, leading a team of scientists, has recently published a study in the acclaimed journal Genetics in Medicine, which could lead to the development of a tool assess the risk of breast cancer in women.The study is titled "BOADICEA: a comprehensive breast cancer risk prediction model incorporating genetic and non genetic risk factors," and it's name stands for the Breast and Ovarian Analysis of Disease Incidence and Carrier Estimation Algorithm.The tool is based on an algorithmic model and will hopefully help determine early on whether or not screening is needed, taking into consideration of the genetic, familial, and lifestyle data to determine the level of risk for the individual. BRAIN DRAIN TO BRAIN GAIN HACCI, a business body for the Hellenic Australian Community, has announced an alliance with Just Gold Digital Agency to showcase Hellenic Australian innovation and entrepreneurship to audiences around the globe. The collaboration with Just Gold is expected to help strengthen bilateral trade relationships between Greece, Australia and the diaspora - HACCI's main goal. As a multifaceted organization, HACCI works with business, Greek and Australian governments and the community at large. It gives members a forum to meet, interact and exchange knowledge and ideas through hosted and co-sponsored functions, events, investment seminars, trade delegations and conferences.Just Gold is the agency that connects Greece, Cyprus and Australia. The agency gives life to ideas, projects and existing brands using a #digitalfirst approach. The goal will be to create a holistic digital communication strategy that would allow HACCI to achieve a greater online reach.Just Gold CEO Kyriakos Gold is pleased with the alliance. spired by the energy. "At this very moment in time, there is something quite profound happening in the great city of Athens — you simply have to walk through some city-fringe neighbourhoods to see the emergence of a new creative leader that isn't afraid to try new things, dive into new business models, experiment with technology and bring disparate skills, mindsets and cultures together to innovate." Nikos Psaltopoulos, Georgios Hatzimanolis and Jim Antonopoulos - three Neos Kosmos colleagues that reunited in Athens. PHOTO: ANGELOS GOTOPOULOS nited again, Dimitris shares; "I can't tell you how close to my heart these two boys are. We worked together over 20 years ago in Melbourne and here we are today collaborating on something exceptional, for one of Greece's most remarkable global technology companies". Over the years Neos Kosmos English edition has been the "springboard for many successful Greek Australians, including people like Petros Kosmopoulos, Christine Panayotou, Bill Kyriakopoulos and Yiota Gousas. Arguably, two of the most successful have been Niko and Dimitri, so it a great honour to be reunited with them here in Athens" says Georgios Hatzimanolis. Nikos adds, "Georgios introduced me to the MarineTraffic team over 12 months ago and we've been working together again ever since. We're now working on an Innovation Culture Program at MarineTraffic designed to further enable innovation and this was the perfect opportunity to collaborate with Dimitris." The three share the same excitement for the vibrant startup scene in Athens, and the city's thirst for innovation and new opportunities. Georgios describes how "Athens has always been a city of innovation and creativity Inspiration is all around you here. The crisis, and lack of jobs, only highlighted just how imaginative and resourceful Greeks can be. And the results are evident, with a score of highly successful startups scaling up to become truly global." "The world is getting one side of the story when it comes to Greece," says Nikos. Georgios agrees, explaining how disappointed he gets when he reads comments by the Greek diaspora on social media. "I've grown tired of reading comments by Greeks in Melbourne and New York about how terrible Athens is and that this city has no future." Both agree that while there are many in the Greek capital doing it tough, there are also enterprising Greeks who have launched leading companies from Athens and are having global impact. Visiting Athens from Melbourne, Dimitris is also in- The three Melbourne boys hope to harness this Athenian momentum as they look to further disrupt the shipping industry via MarineTraffic. "At MarineTraffic we're a global company with an Athens HQ. Our platform has more than 6 million users monthly and our origins are very Steve Jobesque. Our founder, Dimitris Lekkas launched this as a passion project and created a global ecosystem and network of users that are now fuelling our growth and reach," says Nikos, who like the other two is excited about what more can be achieved. "Our collaboration won't stop here," claims Dimitris. "I know this and I'm excited to explore new and even more purposeful ventures together in this beautiful city."
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