Founder & Managing Partner, Iliad Partners
Christos is the Founder & Managing Partner of Iliad Partners, a new early stage tech venture capital firm based in Dubai. He is a digital executive, tech entrepreneur and venture investor with over 17 years of experience in technology, digital media, e-commerce and telecom in MENA, the US and Europe.
Previously, Christos was the Director of Business Development of Yahoo Maktoob. There he led strategic partnerships closing over 20 deals with media groups, internet companies, telecom operators, ecommerce players, startups and government agencies across MENA. Earlier, he was an Engagement Manager with Booz & Company’s Communications, Media & Technology practice, where he advised telecom operators, media companies, ICT authorities and investment groups on strategy, investments, M&A and business development in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
He is a co-founder, investor and Board Member of GlamBox, a MENA e-commerce startup backed by MBC Ventures, STC Ventures and GCC private investors. Earlier, he was Commercial Director of Upstream, a Greek mobile advertising startup (exit via MBO), and before that, with GovWorks.com, a New York-based e-government startup with $60M in funding from KKR and Mayfield (acquired by First Data Corporation).
Christos is an advisor and angel investor in several startups, and a mentor/judge with MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF), Endeavor, ArabNet, Flat6Labs, Afkar and YAL. He is an ambassador of the MIT G-Lab Program and was a coach in Stars of Science, Qatar Foundation’s TV program for young innovators.
Christos holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.