Marios G. Belibassakis, M.S.
Belibassakis, M.S. is Vice-Consul for Economic & Commercial Affairs
at the Consulate General of Greece in San Francisco.
Marios was born and raised in Athens, Greece where at the age of 28 he began his public service career as Commercial Attaché within the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002).
Since joining the Ministry nine years ago, Marios has gained solid professional experience on a broad range of issues from European Union (EU) policy to development cooperation, trade and commerce.
His first posting was in Geneva, Switzerland (2003) where, during the Greek Presidency of the EU, he was appointed EU/UN Affairs Officer at the Hellenic Mission to the UN, responsible for the coordination of EU Member States’ activities during the United Nations sessions for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE).
Marios subsequently served as Second Secretary for Economic & Commercial Affairs, at the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU in Brussels, Belgium (2003–2006) where he was the national representative for the Development Cooperation Working Group within the EU Council. During his tenure, he acted as interlocutor during numerous EU Council Ministerial sessions and represented Greece at several international Millennium Development Goal and foreign trade conferences in the Benelux and Mauritius.
In 2006, he was assigned as Commercial Attaché at the Commercial Office of the Greek Embassy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In this capacity, he actively advocated for increased trade and commercial relations between Greece and the Emirate and ensured Greek representation at a variety of international exhibitions in the UAE. Through the organization of extensive senior-level government and business delegation missions to the Emirates, including the first official visits of the President of the Hellenic Republic and of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, he contributed significantly to the strengthening and consolidation of the partnership between the two countries.
In 2008, Marios was appointed Head of the new Commercial Office that has been established within the Hellenic General Consulate in San Francisco. He took up his duties last October 2008, bringing with him valuable international and cross-cultural professional experience. Some his initiatives during these three years period include: bridging Silicon Valley & Greece, joint events with the Italian Cultural Institute & the American Jewish Committee, promotion of Greek businesses in California, promotion of Greek Wines at the LA Greek Film Festival, etc.
Marios earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and International Relations and a Master of Science Degree in International Politics and Security from the Panteion University of Athens.
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