On Thursday, the 28th of November 2013 during a special ceremony that was held at the New York College (NYC) in Athens, degrees were awarded to the first nine-civilian and military personnel- staff members of the National Defence Fund (NDF), with the objective title "Finance Management of Real Estate and Property Market Analysis".
This specific training of staff members of the NDF marks, as it was pointed out by the Managing Director of the Fund, Major General Mr. George Stathias, during his few minutes’ speech on the subject, the great alteration that is scheduled for the last two years at the Hellenic Army General Staff (HAGS) and by extension at the Ministry of National Defence. Furthermore, the effort of the turnaround and transformation that the NDF attempts was emphasized, to become a modern Management Agency and rational development of real property.
The conferment was prefaced by the professor of New York College, Mr. John Fikas, while greetings were awarded by the president of New York College Mr. Elias Foutsis, and the advisor of the Ministry of Development, also a professor of the College, Mr. Petros Kontos, who praised the high learning level of the NDF staff members, as well as their excellent performance in the written final exams. Also, the diplomas were awarded by Mrs. Nora Sykaras, Product Manager of New York College.
The ceremony was honored via their presence by, among other guests, the honorary Chief of Hellenic Army General Staff Lieutenant General Mr. Constantinos Ginis, the honorary Army Chief Lieutenant General Mr. Andreas Ifantis, the Director of Engineers of Army Staff Directorate Major General Mr. Nikolaos Manouris as a representative of the HAGS, Professor of National Technical University of Athens(NTUA) and President of the World Federation of Constantinopolitans, Mr. Nikolaos Uzunoglu, Professor Dr. Mr. Konstantinos Lymperopoylos, the Director of the Minister of Justice’s Office, honorary President of Appeal Judges Mr. Harris Birbos, the President of the Panhellenic Military Federation in retirement Brigadier General Mr. Vassilis Nikolopoulos, representatives of the HAGS, senior retired officers, as well as collaborators and many former executives of NDF.
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