Yanos Michopoulos CEO DESFA
Dr Yanos Michopoulos is one of the greatest authorities in the gas world. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of DESFA, the newly privatised gas transmission operator in Greece. Next to that he is active as expert and ambassador for Energy Delta Institute, works with the UK’s Institute of Directors and other training organisation as leadership course leader, mentor, coach, and guest speaker for MBA and executive education.
Yanos has a PhD in Physics (Durham University) and has over 30 years of senior international experience in various energy and related sectors, including oil & gas, renewables, infrastructure, shipping, and private equity. He reached top 1% of large energy corporates (Shell and Vestas), has been a member of regional and global leadership teams responsible for large profit and loss statements (> 1 bl €) and complex KPIs and worked as CEO of TrainOSE (the only Railway operating company in Greece).
He has led major change projects, including major organisational and cultural transformations, financial and performance turnarounds, introduction of new products and services, and new market entries. He has led, mentored, and coached large and diverse teams, operating across different functions, and distributed in various locations, countries, and cultures.
A perfect combination of hard and soft skills, network, and authority to be the first official ambassador for our business school. Yanos has been part of our academic platform since 2016 and has been lecturer for several of our programmes such as TSO of the Future, Micro MBA, webinars, in-companies, Safety Culture and Leadership (no longer in our portfolio) and Executive Programme Leadership in a World of Transition.