Georgios Papadimitriou


Georgios Papadimitriou was born in Athens in 1972. He has 25 years of international experience in the energy industry with an extensive leadership track record in energy transition.

In January 2022, he joined Galp in Lisbon as an executive member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee responsible for Renewable Energy, New Businesses and Innovation.

Before joining Galp, Georgios worked for Italian Enel for 13 years in various roles and locations namely as Head of Europe Regulatory Affairs for Enel Green Power (Rome-based), Head of EGP in France (Lyon-based), Head of EGP Business Development in Europe and in Latin America (Rome-based), Head of EGP Europe (Athens-based) and most recently, Head of EGP in North America (Boston-based).

Earlier in his career, Georgios worked exclusively in the energy sector at an international level, for Scottish Power (Scotland), Fortum (England), Nuon (Netherlands), Gazprom/Copelouzos Group (Greece) and ContourGlobal (Greece) in a variety of roles and assignments ranging from risk management, plant commercial management, business development and electricity trading.

Georgios is a Deree College alumnus (1996) holding a MA in Economics, healso holds anMSc in Operational Research from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

He has been married since 2005 and has two children.


Q: What are three enduring values Deree has taught you?
Flexibility, diversity, open-mindedness.

Q: Describe Deree in three words.
Learning, socializing, sports.

Q: Which is your fondest memory from your time at Deree?
Receiving exceptional feedback from Dr. Voloudakis, Dean of Economics at the time.

Q: What do you miss most from your days at Deree?
The relaxed approach towards learning.

Q: If you could go back in time, is there anything that would you do differently?
I would join the football team from Day 1!

Q: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
Honestly, I should say the football field! But besides that, the library. I was fascinated by the amount of encyclopedic and scientific resources available (sadly I am not a fan of literature at all!) and would spend much of my free time there.

Q: Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Dr. Voloudakis and Dr Triantafyllou, they both made me believe in myself in a way no other teacher/professor had for a very long time.

Q: After graduation, have you maintained a relationship with your school and classmates?
Sadly no. As soon as I graduated in December 1996, I joined the Hellenic Airforce, then immediately after I left to go abroad for my MSc and then stayed for work (and then adult life took over.…)

Q: Looking back, how did your time at Deree help you become the person you are today?
I joined Deree after dropping out from the National Technical University of Athens, where I had entered through Panhellenic Examinations two years before to study topography engineering but soon realized that this was not how I wanted to (or should) spend my student life. This was a very controversial decision at the time but in hindsight, it was one of the best decisions of my life. The flexibility of being undecided upon entry gave me time and resources to find out what I like and understand myself more. I keep this approach still, take time to understand before making decisions.

Q: What advice would you give a new Deree student?
Enjoy it! It will be the best years of their lives…

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
My family, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Q: What is your motto in life?
Keep moving forward. Respect others.

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