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Loukas Spanos is an economist (BA, MSc, University of Athens) & accredited mediator. He is Director of the Hellenic Financial ADR Center at the Hellenic Financial Ombudsman. He also works with Match2Invest a Greek consulting firm that provides CSR & sustainability services  to organizations. Previously he was Senior Advisor to the Board Chair of the National Bank of Greece, responsible for CSR & sustainability, where he implemented & coordinated the development of a crowdfunding platform (, the first of its kind in Greece, to support CSR activities. He has over 8 years of experience in senior governmental & public affairs roles with substantial policy-making experience, including serving as Head of the Office of the Minister of Labor (2010/11), Head of the Office of the Minister of Development (2009/10) and Policy Advisor at the Hellenic Parliament, where he was responsible for various competition-enhancing & product market reforms and legislatures. 

He was member of the Expert Committee of the Athens Exchange for the implementation of the European Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) & of a Working Expert Group that proposed a corporate governance compliance methodology for Greek listed companies. He has published extensively and he has research experience in the fields of corporate governance, CSR & crowdfunding. Recent work includes his contribution (CSR & crowdfunding) to the Corporate Responsibility and Digital Communities published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. He is fellow of the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) of the Tokyo Foundation.