“Leaders should be collaborative,
modest and generous with people”


« In my capacity as the Director General, of HELMEPA, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association I had known Capt. Dimitrio Mattheou as the CEO of ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT, one of the oldest Members of our association and had always had him in high esteem for reaching the top of the hierarchy of a shipping company such as ARCADIA. However, only the last two years, I got to know him well when the General Assembly of the members of HELMEPA elected him to the Board of Directors. Since the first meeting of the Board, which I serve as a rapporteur, I have been impressed by the swift, decisive and yet kind way with which Capt. Mattheou presents his proposals and holds his ground. Having been for years a member of the Board of Experts of the Green Award, an organization I almost know since its inception, I am amazed by the international exposure Green Award enjoys since Capt. Mattheou was elected as its Chairman. I am glad that the recent Assembly of HELMEPA re-elected him to the Board for I am sure he will significantly assist in our common effort towards spreading further the HELMEPA’s proactive and not-for-profit message to the word seafarer, that we all need safer ships in cleaner seas. His enthusiasm and drive seem to be the best warranty! My wishes to him for good health and success in his endeavours. »

Dimitris C. Mitsatsos

Director General  of HELMEPA

«Captain Dimitris Mattheou was honored recently by the jury members of Efkranti Awards as the ‘Manager of the Year’. The decision of the jury was based on the contribution of Mr. Mattheou as a valuable member of a major and of Greek interests shipping company and as a facilitator and supporter of maritime sciences and the protection of the marine environment.

As the Chairman of the Green Award Foundation, as an Executive Member of HELMEPA, as a Governor of the International Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus and as the newly elected Vice President of the Hellenic Mediterranean Panel of INTERTANKO, Mr. Mattheou actively supports the principles of collective actions and extroversion of shipping and focuses with inexhaustible passion on highlighting the human factor and the need for innovation; pillars on which the Greek maritime model has always relied.

Mr. Mattheou is an active as well as energetic member of the Greek shipping community, with a glorious presence at national and international bodies and shipping agencies. The most important, however, contribution of Capt. Dimitris is to the Greek Naval and Maritime Academic Education, the Greek Navy and the operations of the wider Greek shipping cluster.

I dare to point out, that dozens of young students and scholars, scientists and young entrepreneurs owe the beginning of their careers to Mr Mattheou’s valuable and multifaceted support. Greece and Greek Shipping are in need of young people with ‘appetite’ and passion both for professional overcoming and for personal excellence. Captain Mattheou never forgets nor neglects these young people. »

Elias Bissias
Lawyer |Chief of Naftika Chronika | Lecturer at Alba Graduate Business School

«From the very first moment I met Capt. Mattheou in a meeting at ALBA, I was really impressed by his knowledge and experience in Shipping and his love and passion to share this knowledge with our students. A well-known man but yet simple and kind. Capt. Mattheou is a generous and approachable person always available to help young people. I feel really lucky I have met him. »

Spyros Vougious

Academic Director of Shipping Programs at ALBA Graduate Business School

«A leading figure in the shipping business, Dimitris Mattheou has gained our appreciation due to his forward-thinking character and strong commitment to quality management. Although a powerful leader and deeply involved in numerous commitments, he is amiable, supportive and open-minded to support innovation. In the demanding shipping business, I personally admire his social concerns and interpersonal skills. Mr. Mattheou is one of those people who are bright examples to follow. »

Stelios Perissakis

Naval Architect & Marine Engineer Ph.D | Co Managing Director & Founder of DYNAMARINE

«The first thing that comes into my mind about Mr. Mattheou is ethos. Ethos, is an ancient Greek word used to express phronesis (wisdom), arête (good moral character) and eunoia (good will). Mr. Mattheou has all three and I have the honour and pleasure to consider him as a valuable friend. »

Rita Georgiou

Vice President | EFG Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. – Athens Branch

«There are very few times in a lifetime when you meet authentic people with a clear look that inspires confidence and safety. People with a dynamic personality that determine the evolution of your own course. People leaders who are ‘there’ when everything is blurred, when you are ‘lost’ and they show you the path you should follow. People who perceive your Value, believe in it, and offer generous strength and faith for your next steps. People who are a model of behavior and an example to be imitated. People Mentors, Guides, Wise Men. People featuring simplicity and humility resulting from the inexhaustible knowledge and experience they have gained and do not hesitate to share it.
Such a man I had the blessing to meet in the face of Dimitris Mattheou.
The Man who has earned my utmost respect and admiration. »

Chrysoula Vasiliki Patrikiou

Human Capital Holistic Management Consultant |

CEO & Founder of Potentia

«It takes only minutes to be captured by Capt. Mattheou’s kind and classy figure combined with his imposing, classy and at the same time simple personality. His solid ideas and proven opinions are always expressed with exemplary politeness and calmness. In all aspects, his soul generosity can be astonishing. Capt. Mattheou undoubtedly serves as a multi role model and “father figure”: he makes you believe you can be excellent and try your best to get better and better. Having had the chance to meet, collaborate with and get to know Capt. Mattheou is undoubtedly a life changing event.»

Dr. Ioannis Arabatzis

Managing Director & Founder of NanoPhos SA

«It is my honour to write a reference for Captain Mattheou. I have known Dimitrios for about 10 years. He is a man who has ascended to the top of the international hierarchy as he holds leading positions in global shipping organizations and foundations. He is a well known and respectable personality with a wide network throughout the world. Dimitrios is a consummate professional who maintains the highest quality standards and pursues excellence in all he does. He is a fiercely proud man, with an authentic personality and full of warm feelings. And above all, a truthful and trustful friend.»

Glenn C. Gronseth

Shipping Executive Manager | Business Development | Global Marketing Projects, Greater New York City Area

«During our business career, there are a few – maybe a handful of encounters whichremain as a precious memory and follow us for the rest of our lives. I had the honour and pleasure to meet one; Captain Dimitri Mattheou. Throughout that first meeting with him, all the values of what I was brought up and nourished in my company such as, commitment to excellence, dedication to the goals set and passion to serve the industry and preserve life and assets at sea, were honestly and vigorously thrown on the table and immediately a warm relation was created. These mutual feelings were enhanced each time we met and made me realise that except of an excellent partner he was and still is a true friend. His appointment as Chairman of Green Awards Scheme and his passionate engagement was only proof of all above. All along his chairmanship, he has played a very important role in adding more value for its stakeholders, expanding further the scheme and increasing the involvement of certificate holders and incentive providers (including DNVGL as the first, Class Society to receive the Green Award). »

Ioannis Chiotopoulos

Regional Manager South East Europe & Middle East

DNV GL- Maritime

«Captain Dimitris Mattheou is our ‘Green’ Governor at Propeller Club of Piraeus. He is a unique personality and above all a real friend; a charismatic man and a truly generous person towards his friends and associates. Dimitris is a man born to offer, always willing to help and constantly being available to collaborate, aiming to perfection and excellent team performance! Dimitris Mattheou is the Green Shipping President. »

Georgios Xiradakis

Owner & Managing Director in XRTC Business Consultants | President of the Board of Governors of the International Propeller Club of the United States- International Port of Piraeus