About Basil M Karatzas
Basil M Karatzas is the Founder and CEO of Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co., a shipping finance, shipping advisory, marine appraisals & surveys and ship-brokerage firm based in Manhattan, New York. Basil has two decades expertise in the maritime and shipping finance industries in a wide range of functions and in an ever increasing scope of responsibilities. Basil has worked as vessel husbandry agent, charter broker, ship broker, vessel appraiser shipping finance advisor and investor in the shipping industry.
Basil has been educated at Harvard Business School (HBS) having finished the Owner President Program (OPM51) and being a active member of the HBS Alumni New York Club. Basil has also studied International Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship at the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Basil’s undergraduate degree has been in Chemistry and Biology.
Basil is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in the UK, the Baltic Exchange in the UK, the American Society of Appraisers (having achieved the prestigious Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) holding the Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV) credential, the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) holding the Certified Marine Surveyor (CMS) qualification, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) in the UK; Basil is also a member of several more professional organizations including BIMCO, the Harvard Club of New York, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), the Royal Photographic Society, etc
Basil serves on the board of several entities, including both publicly listed companies (Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX) and private for-profit companies; also, he's on the board of non-profit entities, including 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations.
Basil has been a sought-after speaker at shipping industry events, and having participated to several shipping conferences, tradeshows and forums. Via Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co, a dedicated annual shipping finance and shipping technology conference has been established in Athens, Greece, currently in its second year, aiming at elevating the state of shipping finance, and facilitating the sourcing of capital for the capital-intensive shipping industry.
Basil’s thought leadership has been recognized in the contribution of book chapters on shipping matters, articles and editorials in the business and trade press, and also frequent quotation in the mainstream, international business media, including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), and many more.