Co-founder of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel
Maria Mavroudi is the co-founder of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, probably the most high profile hotel on Astypalea Island. With her partner, Carolina Alkalai, Maria has managed to establish a high caliber hotel on a lesser-known destination and create a strong brand that offers personalized and innovative services. Kallichoron has been constantly expanding and received a number of prestigious industry awards since its establishment for the innovative services and personalized approach towards its guests, among which are the Green Marketing Excellence Award 2015 for its environmental consciousness and green practices, Travel Award for Personalized Services in 2017, Best Boutique Hotel in Greece at the Greek Travel Awards that were held in the Nobel’s Hall in Stockholm and Best Greek Hotel Breakfast in 2019.
Inspired by her love for the sea and with wide experience in marine insurance matters, Maria has set up and successfully runs her own boutique marine insurance broking house based in Piraeus, Searock Marine Insurance Brokers. With her highly qualified team and her wide experience, Maria provides stellar marine insurance services to the Greek shipowning community in all aspects, from production, to placing and claims handling front.
An entrepreneurial spirit, Maria is always looking for something new and is willing to explore different and unfamiliar ways. An adventurer who relishes the opportunity of exciting undertakings that fearlessly ventures to pursue. “Our life is our signature creation. It is about expanding and living our vision with authenticity, until the greatest possible expression of who we are.” you will hear her say.
She is an active member of WISTA (Women in Shipping & Trading Association), having served also on the BoD of WISTA Hellas for 4 years. She also serves as an Ambassador for City University and Bayes Business School (formerly known as Cass Business School) in Greece. She is also a Certified Insurance Broker by the Hellenic Ministry of Development and an Associate member of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United Kingdom.
Maria holds a BSc in Maritime Economics from the University of Piraeus, an MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School, an LL.M. in Maritime Law from City University and a Master Diploma on Business Strategy from Cass Business School by receiving a full scholarship from the British Government. She is also a Certified Insurance Broker by the Hellenic Ministry of Development and is an Associate member of the Association of Average Adjusters.
Outside of the shipping world, she loves tennis, travel, literature, theatre and arts. She also has a beautiful black Labrador, Casanova.