Ioannis Kantartzis was born in Ottawa, Canada and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied Economics (BA Hons) at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece and graduated in 1994. He obtained his degree (Master in Money, Banking and Finance) from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, as well as a diploma in political and economic studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. He holds all relevant professional certifications and qualifications, including options market making, execution of orders and knowledge in financial products.
He has over 23 years of experience in the financial markets as a high profile executive working for investment banks and brokers, both in Greece and the UK, with an emphasis on OTC (over the counter) products and online trading, covering a wide range of financial instruments such as options and futures, CFDs, FX, stocks, structured products, ETFs, commodities, etc across global markets. Lastly, he is an associate member of CISI in the UK and sits on other financial committees and clubs in Greece, Spain and the UK. He speaks fluently 4 languages and is passionate about travelling, art and music (he plays the piano).