Trainer Marinos Athanassiou – EY Academy of Business

Marinos Athanassiou

Founder of the EY Academy of Business and a trainer

“From our training courses, you will take away: real-life and relevant examples and practical skills in analysis, judgement and critical thinking – and you will get all these in a friendly and interactive environment whether online or in class".

Marinos is the founder of the EY Academy of Business and has been a trainer since 1994.

He obtained his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading, UK.

He started his professional career in audit as an assistant at Sears Michaels, Holborn in London and later joined Ernst & Young (which we now know as EY). Later on, he worked as CFO of an investment bank before fulfilling his ambition to become a professional trainer.

Marinos’ training competences and many successful collaborations with partners in developing exciting programmes, stem from both his professional experience and as he calls it “the knowledge given to me by my very students in the interactive courses I design for them”.

Privately, Marinos is a Mozart and Chopin lover – he devotes his free time to studying these musicians. He plays the violin but as he says “…only to chase mise away.”

Programmes developed by Marinos:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualification
  • CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) qualification
  • Masters in Executive Studies in Finance jointly with the Warsaw School of Economics
  • CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) qualification
  • Finance for Experienced Professionals
  • Internal Audit in Practice
  • IFRS Diploma comprehensive, modularized program at all levels (Self-study materials, progress tests, tutor hot-line and final exam for Diploma award)
  • Postgraduate Studies in International Finance with the Warsaw School of Economics


Example of training projects:

1. Marinos' latest and very successful project is the postgraduate programme run jointly with the Warsaw School of Economics – International Finance , which prepares every manager of a modern organisation in anticipating World 4 challenges. The idea, although simple, is key: to be a good manager in business, you need to make real business decisions. But to get them right, you need effective data analysis, ability to link the numbers to the business processes and skills to predict the near future.

What are the course participants saying?