Konstantinos Chatzikyriakos is part of these players that we love working with. Strong drive, business oriented and open minded. He has a strong experience working for trading companies and had a lot of exposure in Middle East & Africa. Some of the well known companies he has worked for are Louis Dreyfus Company and Dubai Group. We are delighted to share with you this interview.
#1/ What is the best time you can remember in your career?
Well, there have been many occasions when I have felt proud of being part of an organisation. Most of my achievements have been the result of a constructive team effort, rather than me acting alone. I have been fortunate to always work with top-notch people and this has given me the opportunity to learn from the best and become a useful and resourceful colleague in my own right. Among these fond memories, one that stands out was my initiative to raise money for an orphanage in Africa, which allowed me to combine my professional career with my aspiration to contribute to the well-being of less privileged communities.
#2/ If you had to give just one piece of advice to a junior starting out in their career, what would it be?
If you’re really good at something, try to incorporate it into your job, but remain modest in your day-to-day dealings with people. This attitude may not always be a recipe for success, but it will make you stand out from the crowd and allow you to take full credit for your achievements.
#3/ Do you have a Motto/Lucky charm?
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
#4/ What do you enjoy the most in your day-to-day work?
In the commodities sector, no two days are the same, especially if your focus is on emerging markets. In addition to this, my role is quite varied and covers all aspects of our organisation, so it is very thought-provoking. I particularly enjoy talking with colleagues from non-finance functions.
#5/ If you had to do it all again, would you choose the same career path?
I’m quite satisfied with the choices I made that led me to where I am today. Looking back, I would try to identify whether I could have done something better – not to change it, but rather to learn from my mistakes and face the future with greater confidence. Similarly, instead of focusing on the past, I would rather change my future career path (!) to be closer to my family, which is what I value most.
#6/ Where is your favourite place on earth, and why?
I have travelled a lot in my life, but the journey isn’t over yet. To offer a more profound answer to this question, I suggest readers take a couple of minutes to read “Ithaka”, my favourite poem by C.P. Cavafy.
#7/ How would you classify your relationship with Ampersand World?
There are three words that I believe sum it up neatly: professional, practical and ethical.