Charis Plakantonaki is the Head of Strategic Planning at Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest dry bulk shipping company listed today on the NASDAQ. Previously she worked for seven years at Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc., a leading global operator of ocean-going vessels, first as Strategic Projects Manager and subsequently as Head of Corporate Communications. Prior to Thenamaris, she was a Senior Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and before that she has worked at the multinational FMCG company DIAGEO and at the Organizing Committee of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic & Paralympic Games. She holds an MBA from INSEAD (2003) and a BS in International & European Economics & Politics from the University of Macedonia (2001), where she graduated as valedictorian. Since 2010, Charis is a Trustee of the Board of the Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, and is also a Board member of her family’s business which is active in real estate and solar energy investments. She lives in Athens with her husband and two children.