The Team

GEMMS’ core team of professionals has acquired an extensive, in-depth experience by delivering successfully in challenging transport assignments.

 

Panos Protopsaltis

Program Leadership

Work History

Panos has more than twenty-five years of experience in Mega Events, Transportation/Logistics, Management Consulting and Investment Banking in top management positions and international business environments.

Olympic Experience

  • Transport Director - Baku 2015 Operation Committee for the 1st European Games
  • Olympic Games secondment, monitoring, analysis, and benchmarking for Sydney 2000 and Salt Lake City 2002
  • General Director, Transport (1999-2004), Athens 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
  • Senior Transport Expert for the IOC
  • Senior advisor to the IOC for the Transport Technical Manual
  • Key assignments of Olympic Transport for Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Organising Committees
  • Olympic Bids for Paris 2012, Rio 2016, Annecy 2018 and Tokyo 2020.

Education and Awards

Panos holds a PhD in Engineering (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and is an MBA graduate from London Business School. He speaks English, French, Italian and Greek. He has received several international distinctions such as the Olympic Order by the IOC and the sir Colin Buchanan Award.

 

Dean L. Dowdy

Senior Associate

Work History

Dean carries a wealth of Transportation experience, mainly on Mega events as well as Express Postal Services and Logistics. He was Planning Manager, in Athens 2004 and Head of Operations, Sport Complexes in Doha 2006 Asian Games. After the Olympics and the Asian Games, he worked for DPD/Geopost Express Postal Services & Logistics as Operations Director and then as Head of Venue Transport Operations, Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee for the 1st European Games.

Areas of expertise

Venues Operational Planning & Management. Venue Transport Management for Mega Events. Management Consulting. Logistics & Fleet Management.

 

Roula Kokkota

Senior Associate

Work History

Roula, a Transport Engineer by training, has a solid track record in management positions in Consulting and Consumer Goods. She was a Transport Strategic Planning Manager, later a Venue Manager in Athens 2004, Venue Operations Advisor in Beijing 2008, Deputy Transport Director in Athens 2011 Special Olympics and Head of Traffic and Transit Operations in Baku 2015 Operation Committee for the 1st European Games.

Areas of expertise

Transport Strategic Planning; Model Venue Operations Planning; Venues Operational Planning; Venue Teams Training; Venue Management.

 

John Stavropoulos

Senior Associate

Work History

John has a long track record in senior management in the Transport industry in various multinationals. He was a Paralympics Transport Manager, Manager of Venue Transport Operations in Athens 2004, Transport Director in Athens 2011 Special Olympics and Head of Client Transport Systems in Baku 2015 Operation Committee for the 1st European Games.

Areas of expertise

Transport Operational Planning; Advisor to the IOC for the Transport Technical Manual; Vehicle Access and Parking Permits Expert; Transport Management for mega events.

 

GEMMS’ core team is supported by a number of specialist professionals with substantial experience in Transport Planning and implementation.

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