Dr. George Ioannou is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Energy Exchange S.A. and the EnEx Clearing House S.A. He is the Leader of the implementation of the target model, through which all energy participants can be part of the new Energy Markets. He is also Professor of Operations Management at the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and Director of the Management Science Laboratory of AUEB. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a M.Sc./DIC in Robotics and Automation from Imperial College, UK and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, USA. He served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Virginia Tech, directing the Manufacturing Systems Integration Lab, as well as a GRA at the Institute for Systems Research (University of Maryland, USA) and was the Recipient of the Microsoft Excellence in Education Award. He has also been honored with many Teaching Excellence Awards for his MBA courses and innovative developments as Director of the MBA International Program of AUEB and Academic Coordinator of the Energy Club of AUEB’s MBA International. Dr. George Ioannou was an Executive member of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Railroads SA as well as a member of the Innovation Council at the Ministry of Development, of AUEB’s Senate and of AmCham’s Innovation Committee. He has served as Head of the Evaluation Committee of ΣΥΖΕΥΞΙΣ ΙΙ (Information Society SA) and received several sponsorships by research organizations and private companies from the US and Europe.