Interview with Stellios Plainiotis Neapoli, Green Building Consultants in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
We met Stellios Plainiotis as well as many others on the internet. He lives permanently in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and from time to time in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. He works in these two big cities in the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings. He is the recipient of the Europa Awards for Sustainability 2017 in the Best Sustainability Leader category.
How did you find yourself in Kuala Lumpur and what do you do?
I deal with the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings. I arrived in Malaysia in 2008, initially for a temporary break from the intensive life of London where I lived for 9 years.
NEAPOLI now dominates the East Asian construction industry, with an active portfolio of 2.5 million square metres of construction space and 15% of the market for efficient buildings in Malaysia.
NEAPOLI contributes to avoiding the emission of 200,000 tons of CO2 per year.
In 2018, it won a total of 9 awards, including the ASEAN ENERGY AWARDS 2018: Best Energy Efficient Office as well as two National Energy Awards from the Malaysian Government. We established an office in Seoul in 2014.
This internet page will provide more information: neapoli.com.my
Can you tell us a few things about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, culture, etc.?
Kuala Lumpur is a city full of historic buildings, skyscrapers, lush parks, lively outdoor bazaars and imposing shopping malls.
It is renowned for its skyscrapers such as Petronas Twin Towers but there are many places of interest, such as the Batu Caves with the 42-metre statue of the Indian God Murugan, majestic mosques, Chinese temples and countless traditional restaurants.
The culture of Malaysia draws on the varied cultures. The first people to live in the area were indigenous tribes that still remain; and the Malays. Chinese and Indian cultural influences made their mark when trade began with those countries and continued with immigration from them. Other influential cultures include Persian, Arabic, and British.
In what other parts of Malaysia (but also Asia) have you traveled? Are there beaches and islands that have impressed you?
My favorite places in Western Malaysia are the Penang and Langkawi Islands to the west and the Pearland Islands to the east. National Park or Taman Negara, is one of the world’s oldest forests, more than 130 million years old. In Borneo Kuching and Mount Kinabalu are amazing. Outside Malaysia, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the countryside of Laos, Chiang Mai in Thailand, the Islands of Gili and Bali in Indonesia are amongst my favouites.
You have also lived for some time in Seoul, can you tell us some things about that city?
Since 2014, I live between Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, overseeing the development of NEAPOLI in the two cities. Seoul is a huge city with a population of 25 million, harmoniously combining respect for the Korean tradition with state-of-the-art technology. It is home to some giant companies like Samsung, LG and Hyundai.
For us the Greeks, it is particularly interesting that South Korea has succeeded, by reforming its economy, from the economic crisis of 1997 to become a world leader in innovation.
What do you miss from Greece?
The blue sea, the mountains of Crete island, my family and my childhood friends.
Also see the video below at the bottom of the page titled: European SMEs’ expertise fuelling growth in Malaysia – Business Planet.