The new secretary-general of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) is George Kottas, a Greek national. The duration of his term is three years.

Kottas worked for many years as an official of the European Commission of the European Union. His expertise lies in the EU Regional and Rural Development Policies, the EU Structural Funds and the financial management of EU programmes and projects.

He speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Russian.