Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week in we are joined by Country Member Dr Demetrios Zamboglou.
1. Who are you?
I am Dr Demetrios Zamboglou, the new Group Chief Operational Officer at CFI Financial Group, a global online broker, overseeing the operational strategy, policies, and execution, supporting the Company’s vision of providing the ultimate trading experience. I previously served in various managerial positions within large multinational trading companies such as Alpari/FXTM, Libertex and fintech disruptors such as Lykke and BABB.
I would describe myself as an emerging market entrepreneur, as well as an award-winning researcher in the field of behavioural finance, recognised by top institutions such as Microsoft and Amazon.
2. What is your greatest achievement?
On 2nd of August 2018 I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Google European Headquarters in Dublin as part of their Apphub Speaker Series, to deliver my presentation ‘From Wall Street to Crypto Street’ which offers a unique view on the financial markets landscape. This was an amazing experience as well as a privilege, as Google handpicks and invites prestigious entrepreneurs and businesspeople from the mobile apps ecosystem to share their perspectives on the market.
3. Can you give one interesting fact about yourself?
Yes. In 2018 I was a panellist at what is referred to as ‘Russia’s Davos’! This is formally known as the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). I represented Lykke, my company at the time, with “A recent history of blockchain and the impact on Government and Business” to present my views on the current and future developments in cryptocurrencies and blockchain regulations. A unique experience not many can lay claim to.
4. What brought you to The Athenaeum?
Joining a club like the Athenaeum was natural for me. Athenaeum is one of the oldest private members’ clubs in the United Kingdom and was founded on the ideas of ensuring correct and up to date information through newspapers and pamphlets, and promoting education through the library. Both beliefs I hold. Athenaeum is also a gateway to Liverpool – a cosmopolitan city, famous for its varied culture, architecture and transport links. And the club has strong relationships with other private clubs, so through its reciprocal arrangements it opens up whole new worlds to its members.
5. Is there anything you would like to change about the Athenaeum?
Well, on the subject of relationships with other clubs – there is another club in London, UK called Athenaeum, which has a similar vision to our club in Liverpool. Founded later in 1824 it has interests in sciences and arts, so perhaps there is room to establish a mutually beneficial partnership between the two. Who knows.
6. Do you have any Athenaeum memories or stories that you’d wish to share?
The Younger Members’ Winter Ball last year was an event to remember. Not only did I make some very good new friends, but what amazed me was the hospitality of the people in Liverpool – wider socialising, or just the occasional drink or two, the great atmosphere ensured you could make long lasting friendships.
7. What would you say to anyone considering joining the Club?
Athenaeum is like a home for people who share the values of the club – not just friends, but people who inspire each other professionally. If you want to open this door into another part of your life and join our club, then let’s have a conversation.