George Kapetanis was born 4.5.1956 in Athens, Greece.
He attended the German School of Athens and 1976 began studying at the Technical University of Hannover, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. In 1983 he got his diploma in Marine and Mechanical Engineering from the above University with a specialization in Marine Diesel Engines. He has further pursued post graduate studies in the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA&ME
He has worked for almost 40 years in different areas of Marine Engineering including shipyards, shipping companies but also academic institutions. He is currently continuing his research activities for the National Technical University of Athens Department of Maritime Transport, being involved in research activities mainly in the field of Marine Emissions, Environmental and Safety.