Interview with Lamprakis Ilias
Lamprakis Ilias
Interview with Lamprakis Ilias

"Never say never and never underestimate yourself and your potential."

Lamprakis Ilias
Operations Manager
Seven Seas Maritime 

Diploma in International Business and Strategy Batch 2021

Please tell us about yourself, your family and your interests.

I am 40 years old and my origins are in Piraeus/Greece. I am currently married with two kids. I am interested in sports, music, travelling, shipping and finance.

What drew you to the program you are studying at Athena? Is it living up to your expectations?

I liked the extremely organised and professional approach of Athena Edu along with their reasonable fees. I am still new so I believe I will need a bit more time to answer your question regarding expectations.

What would you like to learn next? What are your next career steps?

I am really interested in Finance as I spend a great deal of time following the Brent market and the stock market (primarily US/EU markets). My optimum goal is to acquire an MBA degree.

Tell us about a couple of your achievements that have been particularly rewarding.

My kids (if that can be considered an achievement 😀) are particularly rewarding. They are a source of pride to me. My risk-taking ability can be considered rewarding. For example, I took the risk to move out before the financial crisis struck Greece when none was leaving the country and everybody thought I was crazy. I moved to London in 2011 and it was a huge step for my life and career. 

What acquired skill have you always wanted to learn? 

I would like to learn how to ski ( it is never too late..).

If you could go back in time, what time would you go to?

In tune with my current mindset and experiences, I would like to go back to 1999 when I graduated from high school.

Any person, living or dead, you would like to have dinner with?

Michael Jordan, American businessman and former professional basketball player, one of the finest athletes of his generation..

Which fictional character would you like to meet?

Forrest Gump, the protagonist of the film Forrest Gump.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? How has it changed your life?

Never say never and never underestimate yourself and your potential. 

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