Fedon Papapavlou

Alumnus Profiled: Fedon Papapavlou
Graduated: Deree 2006
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Role: Co-Founder of the Insuretech Startup Script

Fedon Papapavlou graduated from Deree College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and he also holds an MA in Human Resources Management from Middlesex University London in 2007.

Since the early steps of his career, he was involved in the insurance industry, learning bottom-up how finance institutions operate. In 2009, he co-founded his own company, and in 2012, he jumped into the tech industry, launching an Insuretech startup. The tech company was inspired while Fedon was working in the insurance industry when he identified a significant gap in the technology used by insurance companies. Recognizing this opportunity, he formed a tech team that developed a new app from scratch to address the gap. Using advanced algorithms and APIs, the app digitally transforms the insurance policy life cycle, reducing administrative time by 80%. His innovative solution quickly gained traction, leading to rapid expansion. Today, the app operates successfully in three countries, transforming the way insurance companies manage their operations and serve their customers.

Alongside developers, sales teams, and business strategy, Fedon stays active in running and tennis and finds peace in sailing. He has a diploma in wine, which fuels his appreciation for winemaking. Volunteering as a business mentor is incredibly rewarding for him, allowing him to support others.


Q: What are three enduring values Deree has taught you?
Resilience, Teamwork and Integrity!

Q: Describe Deree in three words.
If I had to describe Deree in three words, they would be diverse, innovative, and supportive. It’s a place where people from all over the world come together, where new ideas are always encouraged, and where you feel supported by both teachers and fellow students.

Q: Which is your fondest memory from your time at Deree?
My fondest memory from Deree has to be the societies. It was amazing seeing everyone come together to share their ambitions, creativity, and goals. The energy was incredible, and it really highlighted how diverse and vibrant the Deree community is. Plus, it was just a lot of fun!

Q: What do you miss most from your days at Deree?
What I miss most about Deree is the vibrant campus life. The daily interactions with friends, engaging classes, and various events made every day exciting. I also miss the close-knit community feel, where everyone knows each other and there’s a strong sense of belonging.

Q: If you could go back in time, is there anything that you would do differently?
If I could go back in time, I would definitely get more involved in extracurricular activities. I’d join more clubs and take advantage of all the opportunities to learn new things and meet new people. I’d also try to balance my time better, making sure to enjoy the social aspects of college life more.

Q: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus was the lawn in front of the main building of the Agia Paraskevi campus. It was a peaceful place to escape to when I needed a break from studying or just wanted to relax. Surrounded by trees and flowers, it was perfect for catching up with friends or enjoying some quiet time alone.

Q: Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher at Deree was Professor Burke from Public Speaking course because he made learning so engaging and fun. They were always approachable and genuinely cared about our success. Their passion for the subject really inspired me and made me look forward to their classes.

Q: After graduation, have you maintained a relationship with your school and classmates?
Yes, I’ve stayed in touch with both Deree and my classmates. I sometimes attend alumni events and keep up with what’s happening at the school through social media. I also regularly catch up with friends I made during my time there. These connections have been really valuable both personally and professionally.

Q: Looking back, how did your time at Deree help you become the person you are today?
Deree was crucial in shaping who I am today. The education I received, the diverse community I was part of, and the challenges I faced all contributed to my growth. I became more confident, open-minded, and better prepared for the professional world.

Q: What advice would you give a new Deree student?
My advice to a new Deree student would be to take full advantage of everything the school offers. Get involved in clubs, attend events, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Also, build relationships with your professors and classmates—they will be an important part of your journey.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find inspiration in many places, but mainly from the people around me and the experiences I have. Whether it’s a mentor, a friend, or even a challenging situation, there’s always something to learn and draw motivation from.

Q: What is your motto in life?
My motto in life is “Take it one day at a time.” It reminds me to stay present, tackle challenges as they come, and appreciate the small victories along the way.

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