CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

MR. PANOS KIRNIDIS

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Panos stands of the forefront of Palau International Ship Registry.
He has gained solid knowledge and expertise in International Ship Registration and Ship Classification business for over 15 years’ from Operations, Technical, Regulatory, Marketing and Financial point of view.He holds a Masters Degree Msc in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick – UK, a Bachelor’s Degree BEng in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne – UK, a BTEC HND in Mechanical and Manufacture Engineering from Newcastle College – UK and a BTEC HND in Naval Architecture from Southampton College – UK.
His knowledge and expertise in International Ship Registration and Ship Classification business comes from over 15 years’ experience in the field; from Operations, Technical, Regulatory, Marketing and Financial point of view.
Today, Panos is leading the Palau International Ship Registry towards excellence and prosperity and his efforts are the key for the continuous success of the Registry.

INTERNATIONAL MARITIME REGISTRAR DIRECTOR

MRS. LESLIE MEZZICH

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Leslie received her B.S. in Law from the University Saint Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru in 1994 and her Master Degree in Maritime Law from the London Metropolitan University in 2012. She rose through the ranks as an Operations Director and Managing Director of an Open Ship Registry for over 12 years. Leslie was nominated an IMSAS auditor for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in respect to the flag audits enforced by IMO. Today, her expertise in ship registry spans a wide range of Registration, Mortgage and Crewing, bareboat charter and other registration services.
Leslie is the Merchant Vessel Department Director of PISR and serves as basic liaison between departments for the day-to-day operation. She maintains contact with international maritime groups, conducts negotiations, and maintains effective relations with other agencies of the Maritime legislative sector and liaise with customers.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

MR. MICHAEL MANTZAFOS
Mech. Eng. MSc, Rear Admiral HCG (Rtd)T: +30 2104293500
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Mr. Mantzafos served at the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Greek Ministry of Merchant Marine for 27 years (1977-2004), as General Director of Ship’s Inspection Service and Director of the Regulations and Organizations’ Directorate.
For 14 years (2004 until recently) he worked for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping as Area Director for Greece, East Mediterranean and Adriatic areas.
Today Mr. Mantzafos is widely recognized by the Greek and International shipping community for his values, knowledge and experience. As a result, he is an elected President of HIMT (Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology), and candidate President for the Union of Cruise Shipowners & Associated Members. As recognition for his service, Mr. Mantzafos remains as an external Marine Technical Consultant to Lloyd’s Register Group.
With his enviable reputation in maritime affairs, in February 2018 Mr. Michalis was appointed as Technical Director of the PISR, and his professional background is a major coup and stepping stone in the Registry commitment to the highest Technical standards, safety and environmental protection.
Mr. Mantzafos brings a vast knowledge of maritime affairs, shipping expertise and technical insight into the registry.

HUMAN ELEMENT DIRECTOR

MR. NIKOLAOS THEMELAROS
Vice Admiral HCG (rtd) / Honorary Insp. W. H. I. I. / HCGT: +30 2104293500
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Mr. Themelaros served at the Hellenic Coast Guard as Director of Seafarers Training, Head of Division in Piraeus Central Port Authorities, Commodore (H.C.G.) Deputy Harbor Master at Piraeus PSC and he retired in 2012 as Vice Admiral Commanding Inspector of Western Greece.

Throughout his career he played a key role to the actual development of the today’s STCW Code, with active contribution for a decade as IMO Competent Person and Greek Delegation in the sessions of Maritime Safety Committee and STCW Subcommittee in International Maritime Organization IMO. He has participated in the pertinent sessions of the E.U. instruments relevant to Maritime Education and Training as well as in the IMO Correspondence Working Group on matters relevant to “minimum mandatory training and certification requirements for persons to be designated as Ship Security Officers”.

Mr. Themelaros is IMO competent person, pursuant to Section A- I / 7 of the STCW Code. He has been the representative of Greece in the meetings of the Committee on Safe Seas (C.O.S.S. / Regulation 99/02/EC)

The contribution and professional background of Mr. Themelaros vital part of the PISR commitment to the highest standards of crew welfare, safety and environmental protection.

HEAD OF REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

MRS. MARISABEL ARAUZ PARK        

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Marisabel is Safety and Technical Officer for Palau International Ship Registry.  She graduated from New Orleans, LA with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and has over 14 years of experience in Maritime Regulatory Compliance.  She is self-motivated and committed and has been working with Palau International Ship Registry during its very beginning, working on the achieving of the registry goals.
She is in charge of monitoring the conformity of ships included in the Ship Registry to safety requirements,  providing support and advice to technical matters. Marisabel has demonstrated ability to handle technical and registration cases, maintaining the workflow and being efficient problem solver.

HEAD OF INSPECTION & INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT

MR. PANTELIS KALIPETIS

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Mr. Kalipetis is a Naval Architect working as Senior Principal Surveyor in Palau International Ship Registry. He has more than 35 years of experience in the marine technical field.
He started his career in1982 as a surveyor in one of the most reputed Classification Societies – ABS, and he was promoted to Principal Lead Surveyor in charge for the Europe Eastern Region in 2001. From 2016 he Mr. Pantelis is independent Marine Surveyor and Consultant. He is professional specialist for rules, regulations, requirements, concepts and principles, bringing technical expertise to the Palau International Ship Registry. With his enviable reputation in technical affairs, in March 2018 Mr. Pantelis was appointed as Senior Principal Surveyor of the PISR, and his professional background is vital part the Registry commitment to the highest Technical standards and safety of the PISR fleet.
Mr. Pantelis provides supervision, guidance and training to the Technical Department officers and ensures maintenance of quality, content, consistency and continuity of work performed.

HEAD OF RO & SERVICES SUPPLIERS DEPARTMENT

MR. ACHILLEAS PAPATHANASIOU

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Mr. Achilleas Papathanasiou is a Naval Architect working as Technical Officer in Palau International Ship Registry. He graduated with second class honor in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from the Technological School of Athens in 2003.
He started his career as a ship Builder and designer from one of the reputed shipyards in Greece, named Greek shipyards SA , and he has also been employed by Stamco Ship Management Co Ltd, as supervisor/superintendent of new buildings PCTCs of 4900 and 6400 cars in Gdynia, Poland & Halong, Vietnam shipyards. In the past he joined with International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB) as the Head of Documentary Dpt.
He was employed in International Shipping Bureau (ISB) from 2010, which is a Multi-National company with expertise in ship survey and registration. He has been appointed as the in charge of Technical division in 2010 during the initial stage of his career in the company, and later on in 2013 promoted as the principal surveyor. He is conversant in all the technical and survey procedures. Today Mr. Papathanasiou is the Technical Officer of the Inspections & Investigation Dpt./ RO & Services Suppliers Dpt.

HEAD OF MERCHANT SHIP REGISTRAR DEPARTMENT

MR. ANTONIS SOURAS  

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Antonis obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Essex with Honors in 2013 and a Master of Laws in the University of Southampton in 2014.
He has worked with Leading Law Companies in London and Athens, where he had obtained considerable knowledge in the fields of Maritime Law and a solid set of values for a strong and successful career in the Maritime sector. Antonis is an Attorney at Law who is offering his services as Merchant Ship Registrar in PISR. The legal status of Antonis together with his previous working experience in Law maritime cases are all evidence which show not only his ability to deal with all the everyday challenges of the fastest growing ship registry but also the impulsion of the management to offer to PISR client the highest quality of registration services in terms of quality and promptness.

HEAD OF ACCOUNTING AND ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

MRS. VICKY KAFETZI 

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Vicky is an accountant graduated in 2005 from Technological Institute of Chalkis, Greece, administration and economy department.
She started her career as an accountant assistant in accounting – tax office. In 2009 she joined with International Shipping Bureau, a Multi-National company with expertise in ship survey and registration.
She is in charge of the Accounting of the Palau International Ship Registry since October 2016. Vicky has been fully managing the PISR financial data and is operating the department through sophisticated Enterprise resource planning software – SAP.
Vicky prepares all the accounting work for PISR portfolio; oversees financial statements, tax returns and investment and grant-related reports and schedules to support financial reports to the Management.
Mrs. Kafetzi has demonstrated ability to maintain the workflow of the PISR office by insuring that all systems are in place and running appropriately, handling the administrative duties and tasks.

HEAD OF SEAFARER DEPARTMENT

MRS. ANTONIA CHATZIKONSTANTI

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Antonia obtained her BA degree ‘’Shipping Trade & Transport’ from the University of Aegean, Chios Island, in 2013. She did her master in LLM Maritime Law, in University of Southampton, United Kingdom in 2015.
She started her career as Assistant in Sales Department in TE.MI.KA Ltd , a Technical Shipping Company, specialized in production and supply of ship spare parts and provisions.
Currently, Antonia is the Seafarers Certification Officer in Palau International Ship Registry (PISR). She is responsible for the daily operation of seafarers’ department, in charge for the issuance of SRB books and for the verification and handling of the seafarers’ certificates and documentation.

HEAD OF CUSTOMER RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

MR. VICTOR PADILLA 

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He is a graduate from the University of Indianapolis which he attended in Athens, Greece for 4 years. Starting his journey, since 2016, Victor was part of the team of International Register of Shipping, gaining solid knowledge and experience of the Marine market. Later on he worked in International Shipping Bureau, a Multi-National company with expertise in ship survey and registration, where he has been appointed in charge of the Customer Relation Management.
In September 2017 Victor joins the team of Palau International Ship Registry and takes over the Customer Relations Department. In parallel, he is involved in the Registration activities and the he collaborates with the Business Intelligence Department. Victor is a creative thinker with an ability to use data, to explore and develop new ways to identify and engage new target buyers.
With respect to customer service, he has been operating and optimizing sales and promotion through sophisticated marketing software – Sales Force CRM, maintaining automated Customer Relationship Management system.

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

MRS. LESLIE MEZZICH 

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F: +30 2104293505


 

Leslie received her B.S. in Law from the University Saint Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru in 1994 and her Master Degree in Maritime Law from the London Metropolitan University in 2012. She rose through the ranks as an Operations Director and Managing Director of an Open Ship Registry for over 12 years. Leslie was nominated an IMSAS auditor for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in respect to the flag audits enforced by IMO. Today, her expertise in ship registry spans a wide range of Registration, Mortgage and Crewing, bareboat charter and other registration services.
Leslie is the Merchant Vessel Department Director of PISR and serves as basic liaison between departments for the day-to-day operation. She maintains contact with international maritime groups, conducts negotiations, and maintains effective relations with other agencies of the Maritime legislative sector and liaise with customers.

HEAD OF QUALITY ASSURANCE & ISO DEPARTMENT

MRS. HRISTINA CHENEVA

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F: +30 2104293505


Hristina is extremely motivated and results-driven Sales / Marketing Officer with exceptional organizational skills. She graduated with a Bachelor University Honors degree of Maritime Studies in 2011 and a Master of Shipping, specialized in Chartering Practice in 2013 from the University of Piraeus and the Business College of Athens respectively.
Steering the way, since 2013 Hristina worked in International Shipping Bureau, a Multi-National company with expertise in ship survey and registration, where she has been involved in the big array of Ship Registration activities and later on in 2014 she was promoted as the Marketing and Sales Officer of the Company.
Since October 2016 Mrs. Cheneva is in charge of the Marketing Department and the Quality & ISO Department of the Palau International Ship Registry.
As Marketing and Sales officer, she is focused on, among others, the development of insights and making recommendations on areas for optimization, key marketing analytics, communication with target audiences, direct brand management and growth of the Palau Registry footprint and corporate positioning, PR, Media Relations, conduct of Marketing Campaigns and tradeshow marketing, spreading both brand and content. She has been fully operating and setting sophisticated marketing software – Sales Force CRM for the optimizing the Marketing Activities of PISR.
Regarding the Quality, Hristina handles the overall management of the Quality & ISO Department, maintain the revision of the Quality Manual of the Company as per the ISO standards and develop proper quality procedures.  She is entitled to keep the ISO accreditation of the Registry and to prepare internal audits.  In addition, analysis of non-conformities and application of corrective actions is basic part of her duties in the Quality Department.

HEAD OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE & IT DEPARTMENT

MR. IOANNIS KYRIAKOPOULOS

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Ioannis Kyriakopoulos has graduated from the Economics Science Department of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He has been working as Business Intelligence Officer at Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) since March 2017, applying his exceptional organizational and analytical skills.
Being at the current position, his main duties are the overall management of PISR data and the multifaceted analysis for the upper Management Review. With special regard to the Business Intelligence, he steers the local management in the multifaceted data analysis, and serves as liaison between departments for the communication of the PISR data to enhance the company’s operations.
Ioannis has the ability to multitask on a variety of other PISR duties, regaring technical, accounting and marketing issues. He handles and maintains the Deficiency Prevention System (DPS) in cooperation with the Technical Department of PISR and is also entitled to keep and update the records of the CRM system, focused on, among others, the development and assignment of sales targets and making recommendations on areas for optimization, key marketing analytics and sales positioning.
Extremely motivated, Ioannis evince his career objective in PISR to apply the Economic Science and the Statistical Analysis within the Maritime Industry.

MERCHANT VESSEL DEPARTMENT

MRS. KYRIAKI KRESTA

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Kyriaki is a trusted young professional qualified as an Attorney at Law in Greece, Piraeus Bar Association. She obtained her law degree (LL.B) from the Law Faculty of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece and a master of laws degree (L.LM) in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Kyriaki is a member of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and she was awarded for gaining the highest mark in Ship Sale & Purchase Module worldwide in 2015. She speaks Greek, English and Spanish.
Kyriaki has worked in leading Law offices in Athens, gaining solid set of knowledge and skills for a strong basis and start in her career.
Today, Miss Kresta has joined the Merchant Vessel Department of the PISR team.

ACCOUNTING & ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

MRS. KONSTANTINA CHANOU

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Konstantina studied Economics in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens from 2006 to 2012. During her studies, she has been in charge of accounting in offices as well as Imports/Exports company.
Konstantina joined PISR as Accounting and Administration assistant officer. She has organization and time management skills to keep schedules straight and multitask on a variety of duties regaring accounting and administration, taking a strong work ethic to complete all tasks required in a timely fashion.

HEAD OF MARKETING DEPARTMENT

 

MRS. HRISTINA CHENEVA 

T: +30 2104293500
F: +30 2104293505


 

Hristina is extremely motivated and results-driven Sales / Marketing Officer with exceptional organizational skills. She graduated with a Bachelor University Honors degree of Maritime Studies in 2011 and a Master of Shipping, specialized in Chartering Practice in 2013 from the University of Piraeus and the Business College of Athens respectively.
Steering the way, since 2013 Hristina worked in International Shipping Bureau, a Multi-National company with expertise in ship survey and registration, where she has been involved in the big array of Ship Registration activities and later on in 2014 she was promoted as the Marketing and Sales Officer of the Company.
Since October 2016 Mrs. Cheneva is in charge of the Marketing Department and the Quality & ISO Department of the Palau International Ship Registry.
As Marketing and Sales officer, she is focused on, among others, the development of insights and making recommendations on areas for optimization, key marketing analytics, communication with target audiences, direct brand management and growth of the Palau Registry footprint and corporate positioning, PR, Media Relations, conduct of Marketing Campaigns and tradeshow marketing, spreading both brand and content. She has been fully operating and setting sophisticated marketing software – Sales Force CRM for the optimizing the Marketing Activities of PISR.
Regarding the Quality, Hristina handles the overall management of the Quality & ISO Department, maintain the revision of the Quality Manual of the Company as per the ISO standards and develop proper quality procedures.  She is entitled to keep the ISO accreditation of the Registry and to prepare internal audits.  In addition, analysis of non-conformities and application of corrective actions is basic part of her duties in the Quality Department.