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A look at some of Greece's new ministers

Finance

Vassilis Rapanos

A graduate of the Athens University of Economics and Business, where he is still an associate professor, Vassilis Rapanos has been the board chairman of National Bank of Greece and chairman of the Hellenic Bank Association since 2009.

He received his doctorate from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in Canada in 1982.

Rapanos has served as chairman of the board of directors of OTE telecom (1998-2000), governor of the National Mortgage Bank of Greece (which merged with National Bank in 1998) and as a financial adviser to the Costas Simitis government in the 2000-04 period.

He has also acted as consultant to the Permanent Greek Delegation to the European Union and as deputy head of the Greek Delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and was a research associate with the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) from 2007 to 2009.

Rapanos was jailed for more than four years by the military dictatorship in 1969 for being part of a left-wing resistance group.

He was born on the eastern Aegean island of Kos in 1947.


Administrative Reform

Antonis Manitakis

A constitutional lawyer who served in the caretaker government between the two elections under Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos, Antonis Manitakis received his PhD in Belgium and was appointed professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1982. After teaching constitutional law for 35 years, Manitakis was awarded for his contribution to academia by the Greek president in 2007.

He has served as alternate chairman of the National Council for Radio & Television from 1997-99 and as president of the National Commission for Human Rights.

An associate of Democratic Left’s Fotis Kouvelis, he is also active in the European Social Forum.

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1944.


Justice

Antonis Roupakiotis

A lawyer who was twice named chairman of the Athens Bar Association, Antonis Roupakiotis also served in the caretaker government of Panayiotis Pikrammenos as labor and social security minister.

He is also a member of the board of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority.

He was born on the Ionian island of Lefkada.


Agriculture

Athanasios Tsaftaris

A professor of genetics and plant breeding at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Athanasios Tsaftaris holds two doctorates and was named an honorary doctor by the University of Sheffield in the UK in 2011.

He has published over 100 articles and essays in international scientific magazines and is one of the driving forces behind the the NOESIS Science Center and Technology Museum, as well as having served as director of the Institute of Agrobiotechnology at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas in Thessaloniki since 2001.

Tsaftaris has conducted extensive research into applied genomics and biotechnology in agriculture, and is an active proponent of initiatives for the preservation of Greek biodiversity.

In 2004 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the Phoenix for outstanding contribution to the sciences by the Greek president.
He was born in 1947.


Environment

Evangelos Livieratos

Evangelos Livieratos has been a professor of geodetics and cartography at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 1979.

He holds two doctorates, one from the National Technical University of Athens and another from Uppsala University in Sweden. He has written extensively on cartography in international journals and has collaborated with numerous universities abroad, as well as being a member of the International Cartographic Association.

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