Our Team

Demetri Argyropoulos

Chairman and Co-Founder

As Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Demetri leads the vision and corporate governance for Avant Global. Demetri is highly regarded in the global business community for his proven track record in building successful relationships based on mutual value creation. By establishing commonality and rapport, Demetri creates an atmosphere of trust that enables relationships to flourish.

Since founding Avant Global over two decades ago, Demetri and his partners have been involved in generating over $15 billion in value creation across a range of projects and businesses. He has been the catalyst for successfully originating, co-founding, or seeding over 75 new companies, across a variety of industries ranging from medical devices to Internet advertising. Demetri is a cofounder of Owl BioMedical (acquired by Miltenyi Biotec), co-founder of Avandel LTD, co-founder of Source Rock Minerals and is on the advisory boards of Juggle Labs, Sword Diagnostics, bSpot, TGZ Capital, Investment Associates AG and Ripple Labs.  In addition to his business interests, Demetri has raised tens of millions of dollars for charity working with numerous foundations, charities and non-government organizations including the Clinton Foundation Global Initiative, Promitos, the Santa Barbara Historical Society, 1199 Foundation, Lotus Land Foundation, American Lung Association, Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Westmont College, CALM, Unity Shop, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Marymount School, Santa Barbara Symphony, American Hellenic Institute, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

He is a member of the National Hellenic Society, YPO-WPO International, Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle, Tiger 21, L100, the Harvard Business School Alumni Organization, and the California Republican Advisory Council. He is also serving as the Network Learning Vice Officer for YPO GDN (Global Diplomacy Network). In recognition of his achievements and humanitarian actions, Demetri was inducted into the Order of Merit of Savoy, an order of knighthood bestowed by the Royal House of Savoy, the last Kings of Italy. Demetri was also the recipient of the 2010 Gusi Peace Prize for achievements, ideals, and values. He has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 40 business leaders under 40’ by the Pacific Coast Business Times and has been named as one of ‘Greek America’s Forty Under 40″ class twice, in 2014 and 2018. He was also awarded the 2003 National Leadership Award and the 2003 Businessman of the Year Award by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Demetri graduated from Westmont College, studied at the American University in Washington, D.C. and Georgetown University’s American Government and Foreign Policy program.  He is a graduate of the Exponential Technologies Executive Program at Singularity University. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School, where he graduated from the three-year Owner/President Management Program (OPM) and is a current member of the Harvard Business School Association of Southern California. He is a member of the YPO Global Diplomacy Network and co-chaired the 2018  Silicon Valley YPO Innovation Summit.

Fanis Christodoulou

COO and Co-Founder

An agronomist who has worked with food companies in Greece and the Mediterranean region on product development, Christodoulou’s focus at Avant Global is to detect and develop business opportunities worldwide for the company’s consumer products arm. Christodoulou’s vast knowledge of producers, producing methods, and nutrition provide him with a unique foresight into the food sector and its technologies.

After attending the Agricultural University of Athens, where his studies focused on agronomy, sustainable farming methods and nutrition values, Christodoulou created one of the first organic goji berries farms in Europe. He organized and managed Farmers Republic, the first private farmers market in Greece, and was responsible for gathering the highest quality products for distribution and sale at the market over a span of 3 years, during which he met with over 500 producers. In that period, Fanis gathered over 2000 organic products, many traditional with unique value. Christodoulou was also the driving force behind Farmer Republic’s distinguished line of premium food products with limited and numbered production. Christodoulou has also worked as a project manager for various startup companies such as Instayacht and Hippocrates Medicine.

Geili Kruusimaa

Nutritional Advisor and Co-Founder

Geili is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant who received her certification from Bauman College in Holistic Nutrition. At the same school she also completed advanced business curriculum to channel her passion and knowledge into a strategy. Geili is contagiously positive and full of life. She is most passionate about helping others to live healthier and happier lives.

Already in her younger years she was into healthy and active lifestyle. But, her interest in nutrition was sparked during her modeling career where she constantly saw how everyone around her had complicated journeys with food. Food was seen as an enemy and oftentimes as a tool to make one sick. From there on she decided to learn nutrition more in depth, because she strongly believes food should be healing and bring joy into one’s life.

Geili specializes in empowering people to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle supported by good nutrition, stress management, movement, and healthy relationships. She also teaches women how to heal the relationship with food and their bodies, and ditch the diet circle for good. Geili’s role is to guide one’s journey toward greater wellness, energy and vibrancy. Her holistic approach considers all aspects of one’s health—body, mind and spirit. She treats each individual as unique, and based on individual needs she helps to find unique nutritional requirements to reach one’s optimal health.