Studies: Electrical-Engineering Department, National Technical University.
Foreign languages: English, French, German.
Minister of Finance and Economy (8th January 2009 – 4th October 2009).
Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy, in charge for Investment and Development (19th September 2007 -7th January 2009).
Deputy Minister of Development, in charge for Trade (13th March 2004 – 16th September 2007). As of 2005, he also assumed the responsibility for Research and Technology.
Elected State MP with Nea Demokratia in 2000 and MP for Athens B in 2004, 2007, 2009 and May 2012.
From 1993 to 2000 he served as President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
In the period 1988 – 1993 he was Secretary General of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In 1993 he was vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Public Gas Corporation (DE. PA.).
In 1991-1992 he was counsellor to the Minister of Industry on energy issues.
Until 31.12.2002 he was chairman and managing director of the company “I. D. Papathanassiou SA” trading of technological equipment for buildings.