Orestis Kokkos

Alumnus Profiled: Orestis Kokkos
Graduated: Deree 2007
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Position: CFO of Microsoft for Greece, Cyprus, and Malta

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Orestis Kokkos was born in Athens, Greece, and graduated from Deree – The American College of Greece in 2007. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of East London.

He started his career in sales but after over a decade in financial roles, he reached to leadership positions, currently being the CFO of Microsoft for Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.


Q: Which three words would you choose to describe Deree?
Enhanced learning, practice, teamwork.

Q: What are three enduring values you learned at Deree?
To respect, to accept diversity, to be part of a community.

Q: Looking back, how did your time at Deree help you become the person you are today?
I’ve learned that you can achieve more if you work together with a team versus working alone.

Q: What do you miss most from your days at Deree?
The team projects that required more than paperwork.

Q: What advice would you give a new Deree student?
Enjoy these years to the most and understand how the theory is put on practice.

Q: Who or what inspires you the most?
A person that has clear values and works for the common good.

Q: What is your motto in life?
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

Q: What does your work and/or current projects entail?
Managing the risk and seize the opportunity through the work of my team.

Q: What is the most inspiring aspect of your work?
Developing people.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Continue with an international career in Finance.

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