Nikos Mourkogiannis

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Nikos Mourkogiannis
Νίκος Μουρκογιάννης
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Nikos Mourkogiannis
Born (1952-03-09) March 9, 1952 (age 69)
Mytilene, Greece
NationalityGreece, USA
OccupationBusiness Consultant, Lawyer, Writer
Notable work
Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies

Nikos Mourkogiannis (Greek: Νίκος Μουρκογιάννης, born March 9, 1952) is a business consultant, lawyer and writer.[1] He is Member of the Board of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation[2] and Honorary Visiting Professor of Practice at Cass Business School.[3] He is known as the author of the book "Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies",[4][5] which is taught in universities[6] and is considered an important asset for all businesses.[7] It is a book about leadership and business strategy, in which there is a full analysis of the four primary business purposes: Discovery, Helping, Achievement, and Heroism.[8] During his presidency of the Greek National Opera, the application of a restructuring program and the reorganization of GNO's financial situation, saved the organization's operation, leading to its continuous progress until today with great success.[9][10]


  • 1991-1993 Harvard Business School, MBA
  • 1974-1978 Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, PhD Program in Political Economy
  • 1969-1974 Athens Law School: LL.B. (summa cum laude), Athens Bar Association – Current Member
  • 1970-1972 French Academy of Athens: Diploma in French Literature, Valedictorian
  • 1963-1969 Varvakion School, Valedictorian


Nikos Mourkogiannis, after graduating as a valedictorian from the Varvakeio Experimental Gymnasium, he received an LL.B. (summa cum laude) from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He pursued PhD studies in Political Economy and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and obtained his MBA degree from Harvard Business School.[11]

In 1976 he helped establish the field of Negotiations at Harvard University with Professor Roger Fisher (academic),[12] author of Getting to Yes. Nikos Mourkogiannis developed the curriculum of the first course on negotiations taught at Harvard University, "Cooping with Conflict", which he taught for 5 years. He was a co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project and conducted seminars about settling several international conflicts, including that of the Middle East. He made important contributions to the work on the Camp David Accords.

In 1981 Nikos Mourkogiannis joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation,[12][13] reporting to the President of Europe, Africa and Middle East until 1983, when he moved to General Dynamics[12][14] where he became the only non-engineer Director of F16 Programs.[11]

In 1992 he joined Monitor Company Group LP, now Monitor Deloitte, where he became Chairman and CEO for Europe, Africa and Middle East. During his tenure the number of Monitor's consultants employed in the region quadrupled.[15]

In 2005 he moved to Booz Allen Hamilton[16] as Senior Advisor on Strategic Leadership,[15][17] and he also founded and became Chairman of PantheaLeadership Advisors, in which Booz Allen Hamilton was a shareholder.[18]

In 2010 he came back to Greece, after receiving an invitation by the former Minister of Culture and Tourism, to undertake the presidency of the Board of the Greek National Opera, aiming to reorganize its financial situation which threatened the organization's operation.[19][20]

In 2011 he became Director of Strategic Restructuring at Roland Berger,[21] and in 2012 he was elected Member of the Board of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).[21] From 2013 till 2014, he advised the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, on cypersecurity.

Since 2016, Nikos Mourkogiannis is Trustee & Member of the Board of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.[2]

Authorship career[edit]

Nikos Mourkogiannis belongs to the school of Teleology, according to which, concepts, in the four fields he studies and writes about (Law, Economics, Political Science, Management), can be understood only in connection with what Aristotle called "Telos", which in English is translated as "Purpose".

Nikos Mourkogiannis has been featured in many academic journals of leadership. His book entitled 'Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies', was endorsed by 32 Presidents and CEOs of many global organizations such as Deutsche Börse, the Maersk Oil, the Campbell Soup Company, Braun and Whole Foods. He has also received positive reviews [4] from prestigious publications such as: The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Times.

Nikos Mourkogiannis's work has been praised by several business and thought leaders such as Jacob Rothschild, Josef Ackermann, Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld.[citation needed]

He has authored several articles in publications such as Strategy+Business magazine,[22] Leader to Leader, The Conference Board Review, Leadership Excellence and Ivey Business Journal. Nikos Mourkogiannis has been invited to write for the Harvard Business Review Online and the Business Week Online.

  • Nikos Mourkogiannis (2006), Purpose: The starting Point of Great Companies, Paperback

Personal life[edit]

Nikos Mourkogiannis was married to Janet Sherbow, a professional photographer, from 1983 until her death in 2013. His only daughter, Ceci Mourkogiannis, is Co-Founder and CEO of Papero Inc.,[23] a San Francisco-based media company.

Conscious Capitalism Movement[edit]

Based on the book "Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies" by Nikos Mourkogiannis, John Mackay ( John Mackey (businessman) ) has founded the Conscious Capitalism movement, as he states in his speeches and personal blog.[24][25] Companies and people refer to the concept of Conscious Capitalism and choose to pursue a sustainable business strategy for both humans and the environment. The Conscious Capitalism has its principles in 4 parts; the Higher Purpose,[26] the Stakeholder Orientation,[27] the Conscious Leadership[28] and the Conscious Culture.[29]


  1. ^ "Radaris Great Britain: Looking for Nikos Mourkogiannis? Find complete background results - Check out neighbors or co-workers". 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "The Foundation Council - Stelios Philanthropic Foundation - stelios".
  3. ^ "Visiting and associated staff".
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  6. ^ Post (2012-03-14). "The importance of the sense of company purpose – London Business Scho…". Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Prashantham, Shameen (2007-11-28). "A Blueprint for Strategic Leadership". Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "purpose". Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Όνομα (απαιτείται) (2010-10-31). "Νίκος Μουρκογιάννης: "Δεν έχω τη φήμη ότι βυθίζω πλοία" | Λυρικό Θέατρο". Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ camerastyloonline (2011-07-27). "Θριαμβοσ Της Εθνικησ Λυρικησ Σκηνησ Στο Ηρωδειο Με Την Οπερα Του Βερντι Ναμπουκο – Camera Stylo Online". Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  12. ^ a b c Lehmann, Hellmut. ""Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies" - Research-Technology Management, Vol. 50, Issue 2, March/April 2007 | Online Research Library". Questia. Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Εθνική Λυρική Σκηνή - Λυρικό Θέατρο - Σελίδα 11".
  14. ^ "Τέσσερις τρόποι για να μην κλείσει η Λυρική". 23 April 2010.
  15. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-02-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Mourkogiannis, Nikos. "Purpose and Innovation".
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  18. ^ Nikos Mourkogiannis (2008-08-19). "Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies - free PDF, DJVU, DOC, EPUB". Retrieved 2017-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Τέσσερις τρόποι για να μην κλείσει η Λυρική".
  21. ^ a b "Alapis: Γνωστοποίηση αλλαγής σύνθεσης διοικητικού συμβουλίου".
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  23. ^ "Papero".
  24. ^ "Conscious Capitalism – Elevating humanity through business".
  25. ^ Talks at Google (29 April 2013). "John Mackey: "Conscious Capitalism" - Talks at Google" – via YouTube.
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  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2012-10-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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