OUR BOARD & LEADERSHIP TEAM

Alexander Panagopulos
Founder & CEO
  • Founder and Chairman of Project Forward

  • Founder and Chairman of Arista Group and Arista Shipping

  • Co-Founder of Superfast Ferries, President & CEO 1993-2007

  • CEO, Vice Chairman of listed Attica Group 1993-2007

  • Vice-Chairman of Blue Star Ferries 1999-2007

  • Vice-Chairman of Magna Marine Inc. and the Panagopulos Group, 1992 - 2007

  • American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) Greek National Committee

  • Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Advisory Committee

  • An avid skipper, "APP" as he is known, developed his passion for ships and the sea with the San Francisco-based Royal Cruise Line, the cruise company founded by his father Pericles in 1972
  • Pursues innovation in the fields of shipbuilding and environmental technology and has sponsored a number of philanthropic events, including donations for natural disasters and conservation of wildlife

Alan Reid
Director, Americas
  • President and CEO of Gordon Getty controlled entities for almost 20 years

  • Investment Company Institute Board of Governors

  • The Forward Funds Board of Trustees

  • The Legato Board of Directors

  • The FOLIOfn Board of Directors

  • Influential in creating awareness for mutual fund market timing and mutual fund liquidity leading the industry to Liquid Alternatives

  • Director of Business Development at Morgan Stanley

  • Advisory board for FinTech Studios

  • Alan lives in Wyoming and enjoys trekking and the outdoors

Costas Protopapas
Chief Operating Officer
  • 40 years of shipping experience in dry bulk, tankers, LPG carriers, reefer ships, have shaped his long time passion for the shipping industry

  • Astron Maritime Piraeus, Phoenix Energy Navigation CEO/MD, MD of Fairport Shipping Piraeus, Commercial Director & Insurances for Interunity

  • Joined Arista in 2016

  • Costas' career includes time as an Apprentice Officer

  • City University, London, Shipping BSc., MSc Franklin University

  • When not on the operations of Arista, Costas enjoys fishing and building ship models 

Peter Fatianow
Director, Financial Structuring 
  • Serial Entrepreneur with vast experience in Finance, M&A, and Healthcare

  • Co-founder, SVP M&A, Specialty Care Network (IPO and subsequent sale)

  • Co-founder, SVP Business Development, HealthGrades (sold for $ 294 Million)

  • Credit Suisse and Morgan Keegan & Co Investment Banking Groups

  • Founder of Sleep Treatment Solutions

  • Founder of Moira Restaurant Group

  • Peter joined Alex’ s dream for cleaner seas in 2015

  • When Peter is not busy working on a new venture or advising entrepreneurs on successfully building and selling their businesses he likes to travel the world and enjoys long hikes in the pristine nature of Colorado.

Mark Long
Chief Financial Officer
  • Over 30 years of investment banking experience, primarily focused on shipping, transportation and services.

  • MD and business head at HSBC where he worked for almost 11 years in London and Hong Kong including as Global Head of Transport, Shipping, Services and Offshore

  • Extensive experience in M&A, equity raising and all forms of debt raising

  • Qualified Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse

  • Law degree from Oxford University

  • When not working, Mark enjoys hiking, golf and watching rugby

Antonis Trakakis
Chief Technology Officer
  • Antonis is the technology mastermind behind Project Forward

  • Mechanical Engineer with MSc on Turbomachinery, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

  • Various positions as Superintendent Engineer and Technical & Environmental Compliance Officer since 1999

  • Crucial technical assistance for 12 newbuildings at Superfast Ferries

  • Extensive knowledge of dry and wet vessels

  • Has worked with Alexander for 20 years

  • Antonis’ environmental conscience and love of the seas fostered our patent-pending machinery arrangement

Alain Bourgeois
Fuel Origination
  • 25-years in energy markets with EDF, Engie, World Fuel Services, Bergen Energi

  • A peer-recognized expert: global LNG sourcing, disciplined price risk management, small-scale LNG economics and contracting

  • Founder of Glowake, a boutique advisory supporting conscious choices for blue oceans and a green planet

  • Recognized by the trade as an expert on fuel transition

  • Years of research have convinced Alain that LNG and biofuels present a fast track transition towards zero emission vessels. and clean air in a low carbon economy

  • Lives in Belgium, a flat country, but always remembers his adventures in mountain climbing and sailing with an old rigged ketch

Kerry Metaxas
Chief Investment Officer 
Arista Group
  • Associate Director at Alpha Finance Institutional Sales & Trading desk

  • Research Analyst at Kappa Securities

  • Founding partner of Young Entrepreneurs Association in Greece

  • Expert in Freight Derivatives and Shipping Risk Management

  • EIF-backed VC Ellikonos BoD Member

  • Degrees – BSC (Hons) in Business (Stafford) and MSc in Finance from University of London

  • Joined Arista in 2014

  • When Kerry is not busy keeping an eye on Arista’s financials he is sailing and tends to his farm on the island of Lesvos

  • Currently at MIT's Fellowship Program

Forward Ships is a Member of

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) established to promote safety and industry best practice in the use of gas as a marine fuel. Governed by a representative Board and driven by two principal Committees, SGMF has several working groups at any one time solving issues and producing outputs such as Guidelines and checklists for the industry. The Society has produced four ISBN publications in the past two years and has over 120 international members ranging from oil majors, port authorities, fuel suppliers through to equipment manufacturers and classification societies.

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