Gerasimos "Makis" Palamitzoglou
Meet Gerasimos "Makis" Palamitzoglou, who leads the Lab’s Risk and Issues Management Program. The program is part of the Office of Institutional Assurance and Integrity (OIAI). In this 3Q4, Makis Palamitzoglou — a longtime London resident who recently moved to California — explains his role, discusses his work abroad, and shares his favorite off-duty activities.
Can you tell us about your role as the Lab's new Risk and Issues Management Program Manager?
Well, it can sound a bit complex as there are many aspects to it, but in a nutshell, I partner with divisions across the organization to identify, track and manage any risks and issues that can create problems down the line in the way of performance, safety or anything that prevents the Lab from fulfilling its mission. This can be in the form of investigating incidents (causal analysis) or analyzing potential risks and working with our partners to develop corrective actions to prevent recurrence or occurrence respectively.
You've spent a number of years working overseas. How has that informed your work?
For the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to be part of diverse teams and lead teams and functions in high complexity infrastructure programs in London. Through this work, I have grown to appreciate the added value diverse perspectives can bring to a team. I have also had the chance to participate in corporate and professional organizations’ leadership programs focusing on mentorship and professional development. This experience has enhanced my ability to develop solutions and adaptive leadership skills.
How do you like to spend your time when you're not at the Lab?
I really like to travel and to hike, and since I’m new to the state, I’ve been trying different trails and doing several weekend trips to national parks and various beach cities with my family and friends (pictured below). Also, I value continuous professional development and have become increasingly interested in cybersecurity and sustainability risks, so I am taking online courses on these subjects. And as mentioned above, I participate in the coaching & mentoring programs offered by the organizations that I’m affiliated with.