Ioannis Konstantinidis

Ioannis Konstantinidis

Vice Admiral Hellenic Navy (r.e)

He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1957, and is a Greek national.

He graduated from the Hellenic Naval Academy in 1979.  In the scope of lifelong learning, he followed multiple training cycles of the Hellenic Naval Forces, as well as DNV GL and LLOYDS S.A concerning ISMS – ISPS and Labor convention. He served at sea for over 21 years in the Hellenic Navy Fleet, and was appointed Commanding Officer of Frigate and Missile Guided Vessels.  He actively participated in various international NATO and UN operations in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, such as "Active Endeavour", "Enduring Freedom", "Desert Shield" and "Desert Storm".  He represented the Hellenic Navy abroad twice, first in the USA NATO HQ (1999-2002), later as Naval Attaché in the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C. (2004-2006).  He then went on to serve in various positions in the Hellenic National General Staff, including Director of Staff, Director of the Joint Operations Center, and Director of Rapid Reactionary Force DELTA.  During his service, he was actively involved in issues of protection of the marine environment and crisis response operations in the civil protection area, contributing to execution of civil protection operations, and assuming central operational coordination and strategic planning responsibilities during his tenure in the General Staff.  He retired in 2011 as a Vice Admiral, Honorary Superintendent of the Hellenic Naval Academy, after 37+ years of service. Immediately following his retirement and until 2012, he served as Director of the Chief Policy Cabinet of the Undersecretary of Defense. Since 2014 he is member of the Antipollution S.A board.  He is married to Maria Aphrodite Tsoumpas-Konstantinidis and they have a son of 30, Minos, Petroleum engineer, and a daughter of 24, Isidora, Digital Systems student.