Nicholas Papanicolaou

Board Member - Bio


Nicholas was born in 1949 in Athens, Greece.
He was educated at Williston Academy, Easthampton, MA where he graduated cum laude in 1967. He then earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics at Harvard University from where he graduated with advanced placement in 1970, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1972.
He was vice president of the Onassis Organization in New York in 1973-1975, and then joined his family business interests in shipping and other investments. In 1983 he became controlling shareholder and co-Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda in the United Kingdom, maker of the famous Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars. Under his watch, the factory was re-opened and the company was returned to profitability. It was subsequently being sold to Ford Motor Company.
Nicholas is president of Lion Finance SA, a family investment vehicle.
He is also a co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations". The WPF brings together each year on the island of Rhodes, Greece some 700 important officials and representatives from more than sixty countries for four days of open and frank deliberations on cross-religious and cross-cultural issues.
Representatives include Heads of State, Prime Ministers, top religious leaders from all the major faiths, and university professors and academicians. Past attendees have included the Presidents or Prime Ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Iran, Algeria, the Palestine Authority, India, Bangladesh, Russia, Yemen and government Ministers from Israel, France, Greece, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and others.
He has served as president of the Athens Polo Club, and is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping

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