Global Thinkers Forum Workshops

December 4, 2013


Prime your Mind For Change: A NeuroLeadership Workshop (9AM)


In this uncertain and increasingly complex world your minds as leaders are constantly challenged to stay focused and calm. If you are feeling overwhelmed or fatigued from multitasking, changing course mid-stream, or just too much to do, this Workshop is a unique opportunity to reset and prime your minds for change.

You’ll learn about mindful leadership -a sub-specialty of NeuroLeadership- that teaches leaders a scientifically validated brain-based tool for resiliency by keeping the mind calm and concentrated.


What will you gain?

  • Practice brain-based skills for training your mind to be less reactive in challenging situations, improving your communication skills, and staying resilient on the job
  • Describe basic structures and functions in the brain that help leaders overcome distraction and regain mental focus
  • Understand why your brain reacts so quickly with anger or anxiety to some work situations and people
  • Use the executive center of your brain to calm your nervous system down and return to neutral in ten seconds


Workshop will be conducted by Georgia Kartsanis, Leadership Coach, CEO of SARGIA Partners & President of CEO Clubs SEE Europe


Georgia Kartsanis

Georgia is a certified Master Coach by the Center for Advanced Coaching (CAC) in the USA; certified neuro-coach from the Neuro Business Group (NBG), certified Leadership Agility 360 Assessor by Change Wise and certified by Dr Frank Kinslow the founder of Quantum Entrainment on Mindful Practices as they apply to authentic leadership.

Georgia has worked with leaders and leadership teams in the FMCG, financial, technology, pharmaceutical, industrial and green energy sectors. Due to her diversified and vast experience in organizational structure/management matters and unique capability of C- level coaching, she is typically engaged to support leaders in improving their interpersonal impact, agility, creativity and executive presence, as well as strengthening their team’s alignment and effectiveness. She has a rich international business career including a decade as an industry leader in executive search services and 20 years of commercial management experience from the consumer, industrial and technology sectors, working with Stanton Chase, 3M, Philip Morris, TYCO and WR Grace, in Greece, the USA and the Mid East. She is the founder and CEO of SARGIA Partners, a unique provider of state of the art human capital development services linked to change strategy. She is also the founder of the Greek and Romanian Chapters of CEO Clubs Int’l and serves as BoD member of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Chair of its Women in Business.

ICT-based Education & Entrepreneurship within National Knowledge Economy (KE) Models (9AM)


  • Bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and policy makers
  • What do entrepreneurs want from policy makers ?
  • How can policies support Knowledge-based and Entrepreneurship skills.


What you will learn:

  • Briefly introducing a knowledge economy model: To think of a country making money out of knowledge (more than half of its GDP)
  • A bit on knowledge transfer and knowledge absorption within identified KE transfer channels: to think how can we use this knowledge to create & sustain economic growth and job creation.
  • A bleak look at unemployment in the MENA: figures and numbers; the urgency to create jobs.
  • The need to move fast.
  • Zooming in on the needed skills and secrets of a successful scaled out approach.
  • Focus on a successful model of teachers and students training.

Who should attend?


  • Policy makers, entrepreneurs, education specialists
  • This workshop brings the policy maker and the entrepreneur together.
  • How can entrepreneurs understand the real challenges facing them and how can they orient their policy makers.
  • How can policy makers create enabling environments by connecting socio-economic régimes, innovation (R&D, S&T), education and ICT horizontally towards economic growth and job creation.
  • Education and the need to mass train and connect with local communities.

Workshop will be conducted by Reem N. Bsaiso Senior ICT Consultant

Reem N. Bsaiso

Reem is an independent Senior Consultant specializing in knowledge economy policies and public reform; her focus is on ICT in Education and national training schemes, working with international agencies on ICT in Education in the MENA region, such as World Bank, UNESCO and the European Investment Bank. She is Founder of Global Tech-Net (G-10), a non-profit initiative registered at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Jordan. Reem is ex-CEO of World Links Arab Region and World Links International, initiated by the World Bank committed to spreading and merging ICT and knowledge economy skills in education and training of youth and women. She has created scalable and sustainable schemes to reach hundreds of millions of youth through highly effective and low cost models. She was part of the Prime Ministerial National Agenda of Jordan, and worked on the labour, employment, vocational training, education and social components. In 2002 – 2003, she initiated the Jordanian national strategy for merging ICT in education, established the first ICT Unit at the Ministry of Education and programs for ICT literacy, e-learning and technical support, under a UNDP/ Government of Jordan scheme.


Global Civics – Documentary Screening and Workshop (11AM)


Global civics suggests that to understand civics in a global sense as a social contract between the world citizens in the age of interdependence and interaction. The disseminators of the concept define it as the notion that we have certain rights and responsibilities towards each other by the mere fact of being human on Earth.

The advocates of the notion attempt to demonstrate that it is possible to imagine global civics. According to this attempt, in an increasingly interdependent world, the world’s citizens need a compass that can frame their mindsets, and create a shared consciousness and sense of global responsibility against to tackle world issues such as the financial crisis, climate change and nuclear proliferation. However, many argue that we must begin by asking several fundamental questions:

To begin to answer these questions, the documentary ‘Global Civics’, co-produced by Jian Yi and Hakan Altinay, pursues conversations in nine countries; Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, and the United States. In this journey, we witness disagreements among two workers in South Africa, as well as consensus between two businessmen in China and Turkey, Buddhist and Muslim theologians, students in India and United States. A visual and conceptual feast, Global Civics aims to leave you with a dose of hope and a refreshed curiosity for a truly global conversation.

GTF will screen Global Civics on December the 4th 2013, followed by a conversation with Hakan Altinay

What you will learn:

      • How do we deal with an increasingly interdependent world?
      • How will we navigate our increasing global interdependence?
      • Can we conceive a global civics which is both feasible and sufficient to the task?

Workshop will be conducted by Hakan Altinay- Senior Fellow Brookings Institution

Hakan Altinay

Hakan Altinay is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a global ethics fellow at the Carnegie Council, and a world fellow at Yale University. His book, Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World was published in 2011, and has been translated into Chinese and Spanish. He was the founding Executive Director and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation in Turkey.

Film Music: Two Arts within one global industry in the 21st century (11AM)


The entertainment industry, especially the film industry, has gone through a massive change in the last 15 years. Specifically, almost all ways of creating, producing and distributing a movie have utterly changed. In the 21st century all artists involved in the filmmaking process have suffered from the missing balance between the art, the craft and the business. This is one major reason, among others, that the audiences are suffering today, more than ever before, by an extreme fragmentation and downfall of the aesthetics. It is a global phenomenon that affects the intellect of a globalized society. One of the main arts in which this phenomenon became obvious is Film Music, the movie soundtracks of today. In this seminar George Christopoulos explores and presents the issues, the challenges and the possible solutions that can transform film music and eventually films, into something great once again.


What will you Learn:

  1. The true multi-faceted nature of Cinema and Music as Arts, Crafts and Products.
  2. Current Facts about the Film and Music Industries in numbers and their effect on the global working marketplace.
  3. A historical exploration of the overall change of film aesthetics and the use of Music in Films in the last 40 years.
  4. Music’s role in a Film, How and Why there is a major difference between a Composer and a Film Composer.
  5. The Psychology, the Mentality and the Essential Set of Skills all artists, and specifically Film Composers, need to acquire in order to increase their chances in having a career within the film and music industry.


Workshop will be conducted by George Christopoulos, Founder OTICONS

George Christopoulos

He was born in Athens in 1978, where he studied Graphic Arts and Multimedia Design (B.Sc.). His collaboration with international entertainment production companies, led him to deal with various multimedia projects, big multimedia shows, installations and other corporate or artistic events all over the world. His portfolio as a Creative Director and Music Supervisor includes the Coca-Cola and Samsung official shows that were produced for the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens; also he has worked as an Event Director in several concerts, like “Ode to Alexander the Great” with the Symphonic Orchestra of Cairo in the Pyramids of Giza, among other concerts of famous film music composers. In 2010 he founded OTICONS, a talent agency that represents internationally film music composers, music supervisors and arrangers from all over the world. The agency currently represents twenty-four (24) composers of fifteen (15) different nationalities. Among them are the Oscar-winners Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and Rachel Portman and the internationally awarded and acclaimed composers like Shigeru Umebayashi and Atli Örvarrson. He is now working as an agent and manager of film composers, as a Film Music consultant and guest lecturer in Int’l Film Festivals and as a film producer. His presentations on Film Music were held in Hawaii Int’l Film Festival, Mannheim-Heidelberg Int’l Film Festival, Soundtrack Cologne, Istanbul Technical University, Espinho FilmFest, Film Sound Hamburg etc.. George Christopoulos is also a member of the prestigious World Soundtrack Academy.


Migrants’ Voices (1PM)


By empowering disadvantaged people through journalism we hope to achieve real social progress in their communities. How can training support the dissemination of knowledge and how can we empower and amplify the voices of immigrants bringing to the attention of a global audience previously unheard stories.


Points of Discussion:

  • Can harnessing collective intelligence and knowledge make media a more constructive and a relevant participant in the democratic debate?
  • How can Communities develop stories?
  • How can Media help provide solutions to some of the most affecting social, political, and environmental issues?
  • Training young migrants to become community reporters


Workshop will be conducted by Despina Syrri, President of SymBiosis

Despina Syrri

Despina Syrri has been Visiting Fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Director of Research and International Cooperation at the Immigration Policy Institute in Greece, and has worked with the Reuters News Agency, Athens News Agency, the South East Europe Research Centre, the Berlin Migration Netzwerk, the British Council, the Refugee Studies Centre and the EastWest Institute on issues of post-conflict development, migration, refugees, borders and the Western Balkans integration to the European Union. She taught Political Science and Political Anthropology at the American College of Thessaloniki, worked for 1988 to today with International Organisations (Council of Europe, Stability Pact for South East Europe) and NGOs in Southern Africa, East Europe and South East Europe, as well as in election observation and human rights missions with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, published journal articles and book chapters in Greek, South Slavic and English, authored research papers and documentaries. During 2010-2011 she coordinated the Migration and Intercultural Education in Thessaloniki project, is currently involved in developing post-graduate degrees at EU level on Humanitarian Action (EUPHRA EC project), in training police on interculturalism (EIF programme) as well as in research on detention centres at the Greek-Turkish border and the treatment of third country nations at Europe’s periphery with ELIAMEP and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, is directing Symβiosis, and is a member of the Thessaloniki Migrants’ Integration Council.

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