Panos started his shipping carreer in 2000 as a trainee superintendent engineer, working in Shipping Companies in Oslo, Norway (Torvald Klaveness) and London, U.K (Lomar Shipping) before becoming a shipbroker.
He started shipbroking in 2003 at Optima Shipbrokers in Athens. In 2005 he was the first broker to join the first overseas branch in Shanghai (Optima ASIA) where he worked for 3 years.
In March 2010 he quit Optima to join HSBC Shipping Services (HSS) branch in Piraeus where he worked for a year, until the summer of 2011 when he established Lion Shipbrokers.
He holds a B.Eng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc. In Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (both from Salford University, U.K.) and an MSc. in International Trade & Transport from London Guildhall University, U.K.
He is fluent in English & Greek.