It is the first time that an insurance executive from the Greek or Cypriot markets will lead IUMI’s Ocean Hull Committee and is another reflection of the prominence of the Greek and Cypriot shipping industries.
“I am honoured to take on this role,” Mr Tsakiris says. “I am committed to continuing the exceptional work of my predecessor Rama Chandran, and to support the initiatives of the newly-elected President of IUMI, Frédéric Denèfle.”
Mr Tsakiris has over 30 years of professional experience in the marine insurance sector,. He initially trained as a Master Mariner at the Hydra Merchant Marine Academy, Europe’s oldest marine academy, and he holds a degree in Maritime Studies from Liverpool John Moores University.
He started his career at sea as an apprentice Deck Officer and moved up the ranks, before coming ashore to work in London as an average adjuster.
In 1995 he joined Hellenic Hull Management, then-managers of a predecessor insurer Hellenic Hull Mutual Association Plc., becoming Chief Executive Officer of Hellenic Hull Management in 2005.
In 2015-2016, on behalf of the American P&I Club, he launched American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, now renamed American Club (Europe).
Mr Tsakiris has been a strong advocate for IUMI’s increasing focus on sustainability in marine underwriting and educational issues.
Hellenic Hull Management has been an early mover in the sector and was among the first marine companies to become a member of UNEPFI’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance, the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative, the Net Zero Insurance Alliance, the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, the UN Global Compact and the Poseidon Principles for Marine Insurance.
He is a visiting lecturer in various academic institutions, including the World Maritime University and University of Piraeus.