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Athanasios Kefalas
President, Greek Mining Enterprises Association, Greece

Athanasios (Thanassis) Kefalas is President of the Greek Mining Enterprises Association since June 2015. He is also Chairman of IMERYS Greece S.A. and IMERYS Bauxites Greece S.A. He has studied Mining Engineering-Metallurgy at the National Technical University of Athens and has completed an Executive MBA at INSEAD. He has held several leadership positions for more than three decades, initially starting on operations and gradually moving to more strategic roles with high international exposure. 

He has extensive background and experience in mineral exploration and evaluation as well as in design and implementation of mining projects mostly related in developing value chains based on minerals. Thanks to the international nature of many of his roles, he has developed a firm grasp of the Greek and international, mining regulatory framework and an aptitude in fostering and maintaining dialogue with public administration and government.