Kyriakos Mitsotakis

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης

MP
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Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
11 January 2016
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Preceded by Ioannis Plakiotakis
President of New Democracy
Assumed office
11 January 2016
Preceded by Ioannis Plakiotakis (Acting)
Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance
In office
24 June 2013 – 27 January 2015
Cabinet Antonis Samaras
Preceded by Antonis Manitakis
Succeeded by Nikos Voutsis (Interior and Administrative Reconstruction)
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
for Athens B
Assumed office
7 March 2004
Personal details
Born (1968-04-04) 4 April 1968 (age 47)
Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Political party New Democracy
Spouse(s) Mareva Grabowski
Children 3
Alma mater Harvard University
Stanford University

Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Greek: Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης; born 4 March 1968) is a Greek politician and the president of New Democracy. He has been a Member of the Hellenic Parliament (MP) for Athens B since 2004, and served from 2013 to 2015 as the Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance in the Cabinet of Antonis Samaras. On 10 January 2016, he was elected as the new leader of New Democracy, narrowly beating Vangelis Meimarakis.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Athens, he is the son of the former Prime Minister of Greece and honorary president of the New Democracy political party, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, and his wife Marika.

He left Greece in 1968 for Paris, when he was six months old, along with his family, because his father was a persona non grata of the Greek military junta. He returned when democracy was restored in 1974. In 1986, he was attending the Athens College, ending the year as salutatorian.

From 1986 to 1990, he studied Social Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the U.S. where he graduated summa com laude. He was also honoured with the Hoopes prize.

Professional career[edit]

He worked as an economic analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank from 1990 to 1991 in London. He later returned to Greece and went to the Hellenic Air Force to do his military duty. His six-month tour before returning to Athens was at the 111th Combat Wing at Nea Anchialos.

Kyriakos returned to the USA where he continued his studies at Stanford University from which received a MA in International Relations. He continued the circle of studies and returned to Harvard where he was awarded with an MBA.

From 1995 to 1997, he went to London and went to the consultancy McKinsey & Company. He later returned to Greece where he worked at Alpha Ventures, a private equity subsidiary of Alpha Bank. He continued with the National Bank of Greece group, as managing director of NBG Venture Capital. From January 2000 to April 2003, he worked in the International Council at the National Enterprise Council[citation needed], one of the most powerful financial enterprises in both the Greek and the Balkan markets in venture capital. The National Enterprise Council had the first company which specialized functions in the chapter of the enterprise council which works with Greek companies with the high standard of technology and was the first company to explore work in the Turkish market.[clarification needed]

Political career[edit]

During the 2000 legislative election, Mitsotakis worked for New Democracy's national campaign. In the 2004 legislative election, Mitsotakis ran in the Athens B constituency, receiving more votes than any other New Democracy candidate in the country and was elected to the Hellenic Parliament.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis is honorary president of Konstantinos K. Mitsotakis Foundation, aiming at promoting the life and works of Konstantinos Mitsotakis and at reporting the modern political history of Greece.

In 24 June 2013, Mitsotakis was appointed as the Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance in Antonis Samaras's cabinet, succeeding Antonis Manitakis.

In 2015, Mitsotakis served as a parliamentary spokesman for New Democracy. In March 2015, he claimed that then-Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis was undermining the Greek negotiations over the third bailout programme, saying: "Every time he opens his mouth, he creates a problem for the country’s negotiating position."[1]

Mitsotakis was the first of four New Democracy members to announce their candidacy in the leadership election, declared following the resignation of Antonis Samaras as party leader and the failure of New Democracy in the September 2015 snap election.[2] Amongst the other contestants was then-interim leader and former Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Vangelis Meimarakis. According to the Financial Times, Mitsotakis was "billed as an outsider in the leadership race" due to the party establishment's support of Meimarakis' candidacy.[3] Following the first round of voting with no clear winner, Mitsotakis came second, 11% behind Meimarakis.[3]

On 10 January 2016, Mitsotakis was elected president of the New Democracy political party succeeding Ioannis Plakiotakis (transitional president) with almost 4% difference from opponent Vangelis Meimarakis. A week following Mitsotakis' election as leader, two opinion polls were published that put New Democracy ahead of Syriza for the first time in a year.[4]

Siemens scandal[edit]

In 2007 it was reported that Kyriakos Mitsotakis was involved in the Siemens Greek bribery scandal.[5] However, Mitsotakis stated that he had no involvement in the scandal and was never proven guilty.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Kyriakos has three children, Sofia, Konstantinos and Dafni. In addition to Greek, he speaks English, French and German.

Mitsotakis is the younger brother of former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mayor of Athens Dora Bakoyannis, therefore making him the brother-in-law of the late Pavlos Bakoyannis and the uncle of Kostas Bakoyannis, current Regional Governor of Central Greece.

Venizelos/Mitsotakis family tree[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Varoufakis undermining Greek negotiations, says Mitsotakis". Kathimerini. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mitsotakis first to declare will run for ND leadership". Kathimerini. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Hope, Kerin (10 January 2016). "Free-market reformer Mitsotakis wins vote to lead Greece opposition party". Financial Times. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Greek opposition ahead of Syriza for first time in a year". AFP. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016 – via Yahoo News. 
  5. ^ Ελευθεροτυπία - Τιμολόγια για τρεις Μητσοτάκηδες στη «Ζίμενς» at the Wayback Machine (archived February 25, 2011)
  6. ^ "Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης: 10 χρόνια ένσημα ως βουλευτής και 3 ως διορισμένος στο δημόσιο". 
  7. ^ Constantine Mitsotakis institute. "Biography - Roots". Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  8. ^ Stavroula Ploumidaki is also a first cousin, once removed, of Eleftherios Venizelos

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Ioannis Plakiotakis
Acting
President of New Democracy
2016–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Ioannis Plakiotakis
Leader of the Opposition
2016–present
Incumbent

This page incorporates information from the Hellenic Parliament website