Former Minister of Development and MEP, GR

Christos Folias

Christos Folias was born in Thessaloniki on 14.2.1951.
He studied Economics (BA Economics) at the American University of Beirut (1975), in Lebanon.


He is:
▪ Cofounder of “GOODY’S”, the leading chain of Burger Restaurants, in Greece.
▪ Managing Director of “FOLIAS S.A., DAIRY INDUSTRY-EXPORTS”
▪ C.E.O. of “FOLIAS & ASSOCIATES”, Athens based consultants’ firm.
▪ President of the Board of “REAL TOBACCO S.A.”
▪ President of the Board of “NAIAS S.A.”


• In the European elections in 1999, Christos Folias was elected Member of the European Parliament with the Party of Nea Dimokratia (1999-2004), and lived in Brussels for 5 years.

• In March 2004, he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament for Nea Dimokratia, and was appointed Deputy Minister for Economy and Finance. As Dep. Minister he was responsible for: EU-Greece cofunded development programs. Public Investments, covering all the Ministries in the government. Private investments, supporting and promoting them in all sectors of the economy.

• In September 2007 he was re-elected MP and was appointed Minister for Development, responsible for Energy, Industry, Trade, Consumers, Research and Technology.


He was:
• Vice President of the “Hellenic-Australian Business Council” (2012-2017).
• Vice President of the European Confederation of Trade “EuroCommerce” (1999-2004).
• Vice President of the “SME-Europe” (2012-2016), the European SME’s branch of the “European People’s Party” (EPP).
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Thessaloniki Chamber for Commerce and Industry, (1984-2011) and of Athens Chamber for Commerce and Industry (1997-2004).
• President of the Traders’ Association of Thessaloniki (1986-1999).
• Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (E.ECOSOC) as a representative of Greek Trade in Brussels (1994-1999).
• President of the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce (1997-2003).
• Vice-President and Co-founder of the “Euro-Mediterranean Initiative for Trade, Distribution and Services” (Euro Med TDS), (1998-2004).
• Member of the Executive Board of the Foundation “Robert Schuman” (1999-2004).
• Vice President of the European Confederation of Trade “EuroCommerce” (1999-2004).
• President of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development (2010-2013).

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