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Christos Folias
CEO, Folias & Associates, frm. Minister of Development, Greece

Christos Folias was born in Thessaloniki on 14.2.1951. He studied Economics (BA Economics) at the American University of Beirut (1975), in Lebanon.


He is:

  • Cofounder of “GOODY’S”, the leading chain of Burger Restaurants, in Greece.
  • Managing Director of “FOLIAS S.A., DAIRY INDUSTRY-EXPORTS
  • C.E.O. of “FOLIAS & ASSOCIATES”, Athens based consultants’ firm.
  • President of the Board of “REAL TOBACCO S.A.”
  • President of the Board of “NAIAS S.A.”


  • In the European elections in 1999, Christos Folias was elected Member of the European Parliament with the Party of Nea Dimokratia (1999-2004), and lived in Brussels for 5 years.
  • In March 2004, he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament for Nea Dimokratia, and was appointed Deputy Minister for Economy and Finance. As Dep. Minister he was responsible for: EU-Greece co funded development programs. Public Investments, covering all the Ministries in the government. Private investments, supporting and promoting them in all sectors of the economy.
  • In September 2007 he was re-elected MP and was appointed Minister for Development, responsible for Energy, Industry, Trade, Consumers, Research and Technology. 


He was: 

  • Vice President of the “Hellenic-Australian Business Council” (2012-2017). 
  • Vice President of the European Confederation of Trade “EuroCommerce” (1999-2004). 
  • Vice President of the “SME-Europe” (2012-2016), the European SME’s branch of the “European People’s Party” (EPP). 
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Thessaloniki Chamber for Commerce and Industry, (1984-2011) and of Athens Chamber for Commerce and Industry (1997-2004).
  • President of the Traders’ Association of Thessaloniki (1986-1999).
  • Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (E.ECOSOC) as a representative of Greek Trade in Brussels (1994-1999). 
  • President of the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce (1997-2003). 
  • Vice-President and Co-founder of the "Euro-Mediterranean Initiative for Trade, Distribution and Services” (Euro Med TDS), (1998-2004). 
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Foundation “Robert Schuman” (1999-2004). 
  • Vice President of the European Confederation of Trade “EuroCommerce” (1999-2004). 
  • President of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development (2010-2013).