This year’s Capital Link Greek Shipping Leadership Award was awarded to Mr. Simeon P. Palios of Diana Shipping, in recognition and honor to his outstanding contribution to the shipping Industry.

The keynote address of the ceremony was delivered by Minister of Shipping, Ioannis Plakiotakis.


Simeon P. Palios has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Diana Shipping Inc. since February 21, 2005 and as a Director since March 9, 1999, and served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer until February 2021. Mr. Palios also has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Performance Shipping Inc. since January 13, 2010 and served as Chief Executive Officer until October 2020. Mr. Palios also serves currently as the President of Diana Shipping Services S.A., our management company, which was formed in 1986.

Palios was the founder of Diana Shipping Agencies S.A., where he served as Managing Director until November 2004, having the overall responsibility for its activities. Mr. Palios has experience in the shipping industry since 1969 and expertise in technical and operational issues.

He has served as an ensign in the Greek Navy for the inspection of passenger boats on behalf of Ministry of Merchant Marine and is qualified as a naval architect and marine engineer.

Palios is a member of various leading classification societies worldwide and he is a member of the board of directors of the United Kingdom Freight Demurrage and Defense Association Limited. Since October 7, 2015, Mr. Palios has served as President of the Association “Friends of Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens”. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from Durham University.

The award was introduced by Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos, Founder and President of Tsakos Group.

Economia Group was the media sponsor of the 12th Annual Capital Link Greek Shipping Forum that focused on three main areas:

  • The current trends and outlook of the global economy and the main commodity, energy and shipping markets.
  • The critical challenges the industry faces today related to geopolitical and regulatory developments, such as compliance with decarbonization, and the transformational impact of technology
  • As usual, Maritime Finance will be the core subject with focus on bank finance, capital markets, alternative funding mechanisms and private equity.