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About Global Visa Center World (GVCW)

Global Visa Center World (GVCW) was founded in 2015 by a team of seasoned professionals, with distinguished service in the public and private sector, with the aim of offering bespoke visa issuance services to Foreign Missions.

In 2017, following a 3-year international tender process that was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), GVCW became the global exclusive Visa Service Provider for Greece. GVCW is a one-stop-shop for foreign visa applicants and a full service provider to the local Greek Consular Authorities in issuing Schengen visas.

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Having completed the development of its electronic platform, GVCW started the rollout of its operations in 10 countries and 70 cities, beginning from South Africa in January 2018, continuing to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka later the same month, to China in February, and to Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, UK and Russia in April 2018.

Within a four-month period, leveraging on its operational capabilities and the valuable contribution of its partners, notably the Hellenic Telecommunication  Organization (OTE)- the largest telecom Company in Greece and S.E. Europe - and ‘I-Know-How’, a leading IT provider, GVCW began servicing thousands of visa applicants daily. The continuous efforts of 294 visa handling personnel now manning GVCW's 70 VACs and our cutting edge on-line visa application technology, allow for a more efficient workflow and have enabled the substantial reduction of the respective Greek Consulates' workload leading to the streamlining the visa-application procedures and, ultimately, the enhancement of Greece's image abroad.

All Directors and members of the GVCW senior management team have either served in senior Ambassadorial and Consular positions, or have been entrusted ministerial and governmental posts,  or were C-suite executives in the private sector. Their diverse backgrounds and experience are complimentary and directly relevant to GVCW's core capabilities: international relations and diplomacy, security and data protection, InformationTechnology, business development and operational management.

Key Executives
Eleftherios Oikonomou
President
Previous Positions: 
  • Minister of Citizen Protection
  • Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection
  • Chief of the Hellenic Police

During his 40-year career, Eleftherios has served in various executive services and posts, most of them concerning security. He served as Chief of the Hellenic Police, then appointed Secretary General, immediately after Deputy Minister and then Cabinet Minister of Public Order in 2012; he has also served as a Director of the Aliens Division of the Hellenic Police and as a spokesman of the Hellenic Police on issues on counter-terrorism and the Olympic Games.

He is regarded to be the only person in the Greek business community to have full knowledge of the biometric informational capturing process as he has been responsible for organizing and materializing the same task for all new Greek passports.

He has an extensive experience and knowledge in handling sensitive citizen data and security issues. Due to his long-standing impeccable career in public administration, Eleftherios is held in high esteem by his peers.

Dimitris Platis
CEO and Vice President
Previous Positions: 
  • Executive Director at Mytilineos Holdings
  • Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and of the Ministry of Transport & Communications
  • Ambassador

Dimitris’s career combines experience in the Greek Diplomatic Service, the Greek Government and the private sector. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1981, where he has served in various posts: Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN, Permanent Mission of Greece to NATO, Ambassador of Greece in Albania, Consul General of Greece in New York. He also joined the political arena in Greece for several years and served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Education as well as Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. In 2010, he resigned from his post as an Ambassador and joined ‘MYTILINEOS Holdings’, as an executive Director of International Business Development.

Dimitris can be characterized as a passionate leader with first-class communication skills and a substantial record in successful management. He has an extensive knowledge of all current economic, social and regulatory issues and is a motivational manager with first-rate interpersonal skills as well as the ability and passion to develop the vision of the company. He is able to push performance improvement whilst, at the same time, delivering growth. Possessing vast managing directorship and experience, he will always ensure that clear objectives are delivered and expectations are met and maintained.

Yannis Zepos
Member of the Board of Directors Regional Manager for South and S.E. Asia
Previous Positions: 
  • Ambassador
  • Secretary General of the MFA

Yannis brings with him 38 years of working experience; having served as Greek Ambassador in India for many years, his current success in the region stems from his thorough understanding of all diplomatic areas, procedures and requirements in the field of Consular Services.

He has an extensive portfolio of accomplishments and a vast knowledge of visa issuance procedures, operational practices as well as the experience in coordinating multiple businesses across sizeable regions, ensuring a smooth and efficient overall operation.

Yannis has served his country as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Greece to NATO, hence his vast experience in matters of security and as Ambassador of Greece in Egypt. His career culminated with his appointment at the highest post for a Greek diplomat, that of the Secretary-General of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.