Alumnus Profiled: Dimitris Politis
Graduated: DEREE ’90
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Position: CEO Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
DIMITRIS POLITIS graduated from DEREE – The American College of Greece with a BS in International Business and is also holder of an MBA in International Business and Export Management from the City University Business School, in London. These are the foundations on which he built a distinguished career in international banking, which led to his appointment, in 2012, as Managing Director, Head of UHNWI for Greece and Cyprus, at Credit Suisse AG in Zurich, with ultra-high net worth individuals as his clients. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Dimitris was Managing Director, Head of Global Banking for HSBC Bank, Greece. Mr. Politis is an avid cyclist, who combines his passion for the sport with philanthropic projects, cycling hundreds of kilometers in support of worthy causes. He is married and has two children.
Q.: What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at DEREE?
- Obtaining high quality education in Greece is indeed possible
- Friendships born during university years are for life
- Solid undergraduate studies is a high return investment
Q.: Describe DEREE in three words.
Best undergraduate studies in Greece
Q.: One of your favorite DEREE memories?
DJ Jimmy Kyritsis mixing top music in the cafeteria
Q.: What do you miss most from your days at DEREE?
Nothing major really, I’ve kept all my memories and most of the friendships alive
Q.: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
5×5 football pitch
Q.: Who was your favorite professor and why?
No reason to favor anyone in particular; all did their best for us to become better people and citizens
Q.: Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?
Of course, personal and professional friendships is a key characteristic of DEREE
Q.: How did DEREE help prepare you for your professional life?
Top quality studies in a meritocratic environment
Q.: What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Be always humble and sarcastic about yourself
Q.: What (or who) inspires you most?
My son and my daughter
Q.: Your motto in life?
Nothing I can think of…
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