Dipl. Kfm. Jannis Raftopoulos is founder and CEO of JRC Capital Management Consultancy & Research GmbH. He was born in Athens and attended the German School of Athens. He studied Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin from 1974 to 1977. In 1977 he switched to the Free University of Berlin to the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics. The focus of the studies was in the areas of management and finance, in particular investment and financing. His research interests were directed mainly to the fields of fundamental and technical stock analysis. He was particularly interested in the computer-aided prediction of the stock markets.
Subsequently Jannis Raftopoulos worked for several companies and projects as manager and financial analyst while he continued pursuing his research interests. At the same time first experiences with EU-funded research projects and collaboration with internationally renowned scientists and experts in the financial industry were made: Jannis Raftopoulos was responsible as a consulting financial analyst for the development of computerized systems for decision support in banking applications in Esprit project HANSA and in the follow-up project ESTIMATION, with project partners such as the London Business School, Mimetics, the Deutsche Bank London, the CitiBank London and other participants.
In 1994 Jannis Raftopoulos founded the JRC Capital Management Consultancy & Research GmbH. He pursued his research interests as part of his work for the JRC GmbH. In his role as project coordinator for the ACE project, JRC formed the communication interface between the European Commission and the project partners Bankgesellschaft Berlin, ATOS SA, the University of Surrey, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and others. Just as in the follow-up project GIDA Jannis Raftopoulos was in charge as a project manager with the full administrative project implementation and besides that he acted as technical leader for the work package “Financial Modelling and Forecasting”, which developed financial models and trading systems for currency markets. In these projects, the foundations for the JRC-FX systems were created that were constantly expanded and adapted in subsequent projects.
As Managing Director of JRC Capital Management Consultancy & Research GmbH Jannis Raftopoulos is an experienced Manager for more than 20 years, on the one hand responsible for the overall asset management, on the other hand always with one foot in scientific research. Through this he enables his team a particularly close practical relevance of the research and development activities and a scientific substantiation of the developed trading strategies. Overall the JRC GmbH provides an interesting combination of research and development activities and active asset management.