Entry in the IOC 1986
Born 23 November 1935




Civil engineer, degree from the Technical University of Munich, Germany (1954-1959)


Civil engineer; public works contractor (Olympic Stadium in Athens and Peace and Friendship Stadium in Faleron were completed under his supervision); Director of EDOK-ETER and supervisor of projects such as the hydroelectric dam at Mornos river and the electrical engineering system for the water supply of Athens (1977-1982); founder and President of Depanom (a public body for the construction of hospitals), head of the construction procedure of the University Hospitals of Patras, Ioannina, and Heraklion (1983-1989); advisor to the Prime Minister (1982-1989 and 1993-1996) Andreas Papandreou, on technical issues; 1994 served as the Prime Minister’s representative on the Trans European Networks Commission of the European Union; advisor to Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis (1996, January-September); member (1995-1998) and Vice-President (1995-1996) of the Board of Olympic Airways; initiated and supervised the construction of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) Conference Centre in Ancient Olympia (1993), the new Hellenic Olympic Committee headquarters in Athens (1998) and its hotel (2005)

Sports practised

Athletics, football

Sports administration

Executive Board member (1985-) and President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee (1985-1992; 1997-2004); member of the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) (1989-1993, 1997-2009); member (1989-) and Vice-President (2001-2004) of the Board of the Ephoria of the IOA; Vice-President of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 in Athens; member of the Ethnicos sports club

Awards and distinctions

Dignitary of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople; Doctor of Sports Sciences of the University of Mainz (Germany); Doctor of Humanities of the Arcadia University of Philadelphia (United States of America); Gold Cross of Honour of the Hellenic Republic; “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito” of the Italian Republic; “Commendatore dell’Ordine Equestre di Sant’Agata” of the Republic of San Marino; Gold Medal of Merit of the City of Athens; Order of Merit of Association of National Olympic Committees; Gold medal of the City of Taipei granted by the President of Chinese Taipei; Gold Medal of the City of Sofia (Bulgaria); Gold Medal of the International Wrestling Federation (FILA); Key to the City of Beijing; Key to the City of Salt Lake City; Coat of Arms of the City of Moscow; Olympic Order (2015)

IOC History

Member of the IOC from 1986 to 2015; Honorary Member since 2016; Member of the Executive Board (2001-2005); Vice-President (2005-2009) of the IOC; Member (1988-2009) then Chair of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education (2010-2015); Chair of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Heritage (2015-2016); Member of the following Commissions: Marketing (1995-2014), “IOC 2000” (1999), Nominations (2010-2014), Coordination for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 in Nanjing (2010-2014)