International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Minos A. Zombanakis was born July 16, 1926 in Kalives, Chania, Greece. He was educated at Harvard University where he received his MA in Economics and his MPA in Public Administration. From 1958-1972 he worked with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company of New York as Representative for the Near and Middle East and subsequently served as Senior Representative for Europe. From 1969-1972 he was Senior Vice-President of Manufacturers Hanover where he established Manufacturers Hanover Limited in London and become the first Managing Director. From 1972-1978 he joined First Boston Corporation as a Director and subsequently became Vice-Chairman and also Chairman of First Boston International. From 1978-1985 Mr Zombanakis was with INA Corporation and served as Chairman of Blyth, Eastman Dillon International Corporation. In 1982 when INA Corporation became CIGNA Corporation, he became Chairman of CIGNA International Holdings. From 1985 until the present, he has been Chairman, Group for International Study and Evaluation (GISE AG) an independent group of international consultants advising Government agencies and large institutions on questions relating to the world financial system. Also, from 1996-present he has been Chairman, International Advisory Council for Europe, Africa & the Middle East, The Chase Manhattan Bank and subsequently adviser to JP Morgan. Mr Zombanakis is President (For Life), Harvard Foundation of Greece; Member, Oxford University Energy Forum, (President of the Greek Chapter); Member, Bretton Woods Commission; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation; and Founder and Chairman, "The Athens Seminar." His part memberships include: International Advisory Board, Chemical Bank; Member, Committee of Resources, Harvard University; Member, Visiting Committee JFK School of Government, Harvard University; Member, Visiting Committee Centre for International Affairs; Coordinator, European Advisory Council, Nippon Telegraph Corporation of Japan (1984-1994); International Consultant, Nippon Telephone & Telegraph Corporation of Japan (1994-1998); Member of the International Business Development Committee for Nissho Iwai (1986-1993); and Participant, Middle East Strategy Group, Council of Foreign Relations, USA. Mr Zomanakis's distinctions include Class Marshall, KSG, Harvard University (1956); Archon Exarch of the Orthodox Community: Granted by the Ecumenical Patriarch (1995); Commander of the Order of Honour: Granted by the President of Greece (1996); Tadj: Granted by the Shah of Iran; Commendatore: Granted by the President of Italy; and Grande Ufficiale al Merito della Republica: Granted by the President of Italy. In 2001, he was granted honorary citizenship by both his town and district in Greece.