Dimitris Platis is Ambassador, former Secretary General in the Ministry of Education and in the Ministry of Transport and Communications. He was admitted to the Diplomatic Corps in 1981 after successfully passing the required examinations. He advanced through all hierarchical ranks of the Diplomatic Corps and was promoted to Ambassador in 2006. In September 2007 he was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Education. In January 2009 he was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. On January 1st, 2010 he resigned from the Diplomatic Corps with the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary A’, in order to move to the private sector.He has served as diplomat in the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations (1987-1992), in the Permanent Mission of Greece at NATO (1994-1995), as chargé d’affaires in Tirana (1997-1999) and as General Consul of Greece in New York (2000-2004). While at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he institutionalised “economic diplomacy”, promoting Greek entrepreneurship abroad, especially in the Balkans and the former Eastern countries. The insitution he began evolved so that, in 1999, the Ministry established the position of Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy. As an Ambassador, he also served as Chief Coordinator of Greece for International Energy Issues, promoting Greek energy interests abroad, for example the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline. He served as member of the first National Energy Strategy Council (2006-2008), established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Development.He furthermore holds nine foreign medals. In 2007 he was awarded the Grand Commander of the Phoenix medal by the President of the Hellenic Republic.