Papanikolas Panayiotis, Dr.

Country Manager (Greece) of VINCI CONCESSIONS SA - Chairman and Managing Director of GEFYRA SA - Chief Executive Officer of Olympia Odos SA - General Secretary of HELLASTRON

Dr. Panayiotis Papanikolas received a degree in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1987. In 1990 he obtained a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Alberta in Canada, and in 1995 he received his PhD in Structural Engineering.

In July 1998, he was elected Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta but was forced to refuse this honorary challenge because at the same time he had accepted the position of the Technical Director for the Design and Construction of the Rio-Antirrion Bridge.

The most important milestones in his professional career are the following: Technical Director for the Design and Construction of the Rion – Antirrion Bridge (cabled bridge of multiple openings) from 1998-2004, Chief Engineer at the Regional Office of Ioannina of the Egnatia Odos (600 km Motorway) from 2004-2009, from 2009-today he has held the following positions: Country Manager (Greece) of Vinci Concessions SA, Chairman and Managing Director of Gefyra SA (Rio Antirrion Bridge), Chief Executive Officer of Olympia Odos SA (tolled motorway concession company of 220 km connecting Athens to Patra) and General Secretary of HELLASTRON.