Mr. Panagiotis Georgiou, CFE
Chapter Name: Greece Chapter
Position on the Chapter Board: President
What do you do for a living?
I was just appointed as General Manager of National Bank of Greece. Previously I was Acting Director in the Group Internal Audit Division with responsibility for Fraud and Special Audits. The Group has affiliates in Greece, and a strong presence in southeastern Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, South Africa and Egypt.
Why did you decide to get into this field?
Getting into this field was not a conscious decision at the beginning. I started working with National Bank of Greece as a clerk and was promoted gradually to Assistant Branch Manager. Some years later I joined the Internal Audit Division and was exposed to Special Investigations. Soon after I realized that this was something of interest to me and started to focus on fraud investigations.
In 2004 I was appointed Head of the Group Fraud & Special Audits Sector. I tried to educate myself, my colleagues and bank employees by developing anti-fraud awareness training in house in order to be able to deal with fraud issues more effectively.
How long have you been involved with the chapter?
Since its foundation in 2008.
How long have you been a board member?
I was elected chapter president in 2011.
Why did you become active with the chapter and the board?
As I see it, being a fraud examiner entails much more than a job title. In order to succeed in the fight against fraud it is necessary to have a trait that in Greece we call "meraki". It means doing something with passion and soul. This inspiring approach is the message that I want to convey. Furthermore, I wanted to influence future professionals by sharing my experience with them, in order to contribute to the fight against fraud.
What has been a highlight during your time on the board?
The first conference organized by our chapter in Athens. The conference took place Oct. 18, 2012, with the participation of more than 800 professionals and support amongst the leading companies, universities and other non-profit institutions of the country. Media coverage was unprecedented with five top economic journalists coordinating the event. The dedication of everybody involved coupled with the enthusiasm of the participants was an unforgettable experience.
What goal or achievement do you hope to accomplish during your time on the board?
Especially in these difficult times that Greece is facing I find it of the utmost importance for fraud professionals to get to know each other, elevate their knowledge base and ultimately get support by their local chapter in any way possible in their fight against fraud. It is also my personal goal, as president of the Greece chapter, to spread the word - reach out to everyone and awaken them to the fight against the crime of fraud.
When you're not working or managing chapter activities what do you like to do in your spare time?
Since my work consumes a big part of my life, whenever I find time I like to spend it with my family (my wife and two sons) and especially with the newest member – my granddaughter. Other than that I enjoy listening to music, sailing and fishing.
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