The following members of the Value Investing Community serve as the Advisory Board for the Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing (Europe).

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George Athanassakos

Advisory Board Chair
Founder & Managing Director, Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing, Ivey Business School, Western University
Founder & Director Greek Centre for Value Investing & Visiting Professor National and Kapodistrain University of Athens
Founder & Director of Center for the Advancement of Value Investing Education

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José Luis Jiménez Guajardo-Fajardo

José Luis Jiménez Guajardo-Fajardo

Chief Investment Officer, MAPFRE

Mr. Guajardo-Fajardo was born in Madrid in 1968 and is an Economics graduate from the Universidad Complutense. He has a diploma from the London School of Economics and attended the Global Senior Management Programme (GSMP) at the IE Business School and Chicago Graduate School of Business. Finally, he attended also the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at Oxford Said Business School. Jose Luis began his professional career as an economist in the Research Department of Caja Madrid before joining Skandia Vida as a Chief Economist. He later became Chief Investment Officer at Skandia Link in the European and Latin America Division- first in Madrid and then in Paris. Finally, he became Head of Asset Allocation at Skandia Investment Group – Skandia’s global investment arm – based in the United Kingdom. José Luis joined March A.M., the boutique asset manager of Banca March, as CEO in 2009 returning to Spain. Finally, he moved to MAPFRE as Chief Investment Officer in September 2015, where he is in charge of the Investment Unit. Founder and Chairman of the Group of Boutique Asset Managers (GBAM): an international network of specialized asset managers with more than 17 members Worldwide. José Luis Jiménez has combined his professional work with lecturing in Macroeconomics at the IE Business School.

Fokion Karavias

Fokion Karavias

Chief Executive Officer, Eurobank Ergasias SA

Mr. Karavias is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eurobank Ergasias S.A and Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Eurobank Ergasias S.A. He has served as Senior General Manager, Head of Group Corporate and Investment Banking, Capital Markets & Wealth Management and member of the Executive Committee (2014-2015), General Manager and member of the Executive Committee (2005-2013), Deputy General Manager and Treasurer (2002-2005) at Eurobank. He started his career in banking in 1991, at JP Morgan New York, in the market risk management division. In 1994 he joined Citibank in Athens, responsible for derivative and fixed income business in Greece. In 1997, he joined Eurobank, as head of fixed income and derivatives trading. In 2000 he became Treasurer at Telesis Investment Bank. He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a Master’s and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has published several papers on topics concerning his academic research. He was born in Athens in 1964. He is married and has two children.

Thomas Konstantinidis

Thomas Konstantinidis

Managing Director, European Reliance Asset Management

Mr. Konstantinidis is the Managing Director of European Reliance Asset Management, a subsidiary of European Reliance Insurance Group. European Reliance Asset Management has more than 400 ml euro under management in both European bonds and equities and follows value investing philosophy in managing its funds. The last few years the company has received multiple awards. Furthermore, Mr. Konstantinidis is the president of the European Reliance Insurance Group Investment Committee reporting to the Board of the Directors of the Group. He is a member of the European Reliance Asset Management Board of Directors as well of a member of the Alter Ego Facilities Management Company Board of Directors. During the period 1998 to 2005, Mr. Konstantinidis has held various positions in the financial sector in Greece and abroad. Mr Konstantinidis holds a B.Sc in Business Administration from Boston University School of Management, where he finished Magna Cum Lade. He also holds an M.Sc in Finance from Boston College, Carroll Graduate School of Management and an Executive M.B.A. from London Business School.

Paul Lountzis

Paul Lountzis

Founder, Lountzis Asset Management LLC

Mr. Lountzis is the President of Lountzis Asset Management, LLC, which he founded in 2000 and is based in Wyomissing, PA. Paul is a graduate of Albright College. He has more than twenty-five years, experience in the investment industry, beginning his career in 1989 with Royce & Associates, a New York City-based investment advisory firm managing the Royce Mutual funds. Paul spent nine years, including five years as a partner, at Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc., an investment advisory firm managing more than $9 billion, including the Sequoia Mutual Fund. At Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb, Bill Ruane assigned him to conduct a number of specific research projects for the consideration of Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

Richard Oldfield

Richard Oldfield

Chairman, Portfolio Manager, Oldfield Partners LLP

Mr. Oldfield is chairman of a boutique investment management firm, Oldfield Partners LLP. He is also a director of Witan Investment Trust plc., and a trustee of the Prince’s Trust, Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and Canterbury Cathedral Trust and president of Demelza House Children’s Hospice. Between 2007 and 2014, he was Chairman of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd. and Oxford University investment committee. He is the author of the book Simple but not easy, a book about investing published in June 2007 with a second edition in 2020.

Francisco García Paramés

Francisco García Paramés

Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, Cobas Asset Management

Mr. Paramés was born in 1963 in El Ferrol, Spain. After graduating in Economics, he took an MBA at the IESE business school. A voracious reader, he gets through books as briskly, it seems, as his long daily walks. He is also a keen swimmer, and sometimes plays golf. His track record of 25 years near the top of performance rankings make him one of Europe’s leading asset managers in the “value” school. He is a self-taught follower of Warren Buffett’s investment approach. His asset management style is based on strictly applying the principles of value investing (Graham, Buffett, Peter Lynch, etc.), within the framework of the Austrian business cycle theory. He is the author of Invirtiendo a largo plazo (Investing for the long term), a book in which he explains the underpinnings of his own investment approach and experience.

Guy Spier

Guy Spier

Founder and Managing Partner, Aqua Marine Capital

Mr. Spier is the founder and managing partner of Aquamarine Capital, an investment partnership styled after the original 1950’s Buffett partnerships. In 2008 Guy, along with Mohnish Pabrai, had lunch with Warren Buffett after submitting the winning bid for Buffett’s annual Glide charity auction. Guy completed his undergraduate studies at Oxford and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Goran Vasiljevic

Goran Vasiljevic

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH

Mr. Vasiljevic is the CIO and Speaker of the Management Board (CEO) at Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH in Germany. In his capacity he is responsibility for the strategic outlook of the company, monitoring the implementation of the company’s investment philosophy as well as leading the portfolio management. The company’s main focus is to identify undervalued companies as a result of human misjudgement. The identification of undervalued companies is a result of a systematic screen and a human overlay. Thereby the process is combining the best of two worlds – the man & machine. Mr. Vasiljevic and his team is consistently driving research and developing new sophisticated methods of research while relying on “old” fundamental insights from Ben Graham and other Value Investing great. The implementation of the disciplined approach is as team approach. Currently, the company manages 2.5 Billion USD in a wide variety of different strategies across the globe in the large and small cap space. Mr. Vasiljevic holds B.A. and a Masters in Finance from Tulane University. Prior to joining Lingohr & Partner in 2011 he held positions on the sell side at Roth Capital Partners and worked in M&A advisory at FMV Opinions. He is a passionate learner and value investor and therefore active in frequent speaking engagements and publishes Value Insights on a regular basis.

We would like to thank Eurobank Ergasias S.A. and Eurolife  FFH for their generous support that allowed the establisment of the Greek Centre for Value Investing and for supporting the centre’s activities.