Joel H. Rosenthal, President Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Joel H. Rosenthal has served as president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs since 1995. He is also adjunct professor, New York University and chairman of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program in New York City. As a scholar and teacher, Rosenthal has focused on ethics in U.S. foreign policy, with special emphasis on issues of war and peace, human rights, and pluralism. Rosenthal received his Ph.D. from Yale University and B.A. from Harvard University. In addition to his ongoing teaching duties, he lectures frequently at universities and public venues across the United States and around the world.
Professor Dimitri V. Nanopoulos – President, Academy of Athens
He was born in Athens. He studied Physics at the University of Athens and he graduated in 1971. He continued his studies at the University of Sussex in England, where he got his Ph.D. in 1973, in High Energy Physics. He has been a Research Fellow at the Center of European Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and for many years he has been a staff member. He has also been a Research Fellow in Ecole Normale Superieure, in Paris, France and in Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. In 1989, he was elected professor at the Department of Physics, at Texas A&M University where since 1992 he is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and since 2002 he holds the Mitchell/Heep Chair in High Energy Physics. He is also Head of the Astroparticle Physics Group in Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), in Houston, Texas, USA, where he is in charge of a research department of the World Laboratory, which is based in Switzerland. In 1997 he was appointed regular member and in 2015 he was elected president of the Academy of Athens. From 2005 to 2009 he was the chairman of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology. He has served as the National representative of Greece to the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) from 2005 to 2010 and again from 2013 until today. He was also the National representative of Greece to the European Space Agency (ESA) from 2005 to 2006.
Keynote on Governance & Ethics TBC
Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister Greece — Keynote Speaker TBC
Alexis Tsipras is a Leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) since 2009, and Prime Minister of Greece since January 26, 2015. He is the youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865. Tsipras was first elected to the Hellenic Parliament in 2009, and was the Party of the European Left nominee for President of the European Commission in the 2014 European Parliament election. Tsipras led SYRIZA to victory in a snap general election, receiving 36% of the vote and 149 out of the 300 seats in the Parliament.
Yorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
Yorgos Kaminis was first elected as Mayor of Athens on November 2010. He was re-elected mayor for a second term in May 2014, and took office in September 2014. Prior to his election as Mayor of Athens, Mr. Kaminis served as Greek Ombudsman. From 1998 to May 2003, he was Deputy Ombudsman for Human Rights at the Greek Ombudsman. In 2003, he was unanimously elected Greek Ombudsman by the Greek Parliament, and he was re-elected for a second term in 2007. In August 2010, Mr. Kaminis resigned from the post of the Greek Ombudsman in order to stand as an independent mayoral candidate for the City of Athens. In the 1990s Mr. Kaminis worked as a lecturer and assistant professor of constitutional law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Athens. Mr. Kaminis studied law at the University of Athens, and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Paris 1. He was born in New York City and in addition to his native Greek language, he speaks fluently English, French, Spanish and German. Mr. Kaminis is married and has two children.
Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki
Yiannis Boutaris is a Greek businessman, politician and current mayor of Thessaloniki. In 2012 he was chosen as ‘the best mayor of the world’ for the month of October, by the City Mayors Foundation, based in the UK. He is the founder of KIR-YIANNI wine company, based in Giannakochori and Amyntaio. He is one of the founding members of the Drasi party and Arcturos ecological organization.
Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis, President, Biopolitics International Organisation, Athens, Greece -President and Founder, Hellenic Chapter of the Club of Rome
Dr. Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis is a Visiting Professor of Bioethics at Panteion University, Athens, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Honorary Professor of St. Petersburg State Technological University for Plant Polymers, Active Member of the The Club of Rome, Founder and President of the Hellenic Chapter of the Club of Rome, Founding Member of the Middle East Division of Learning Without Borders, Member of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, the Balkan Political Club, the Brussels-EU Chapter of the Club of Rome, the International Bioethics Society etc. She is also Commissioner on The Global Commission to Fund the United Nations, Founding Member of the Balkan Academy of Sciences, New Culture and Sustainable Development and Co-Founder of the International Science Foundation, Scholarship Trustee for the Hellenic Canadian Association. She has also served as Vice-President of the International Bioethics Society, Honorary President of the Association Members and Coordinator for the Mediterranean Region of the “Life in Space” project, and Vice President of the UNESCO-MAB Hellenic National Committee. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Barnard College (B.A.), New York University (M.S.) and the University of Athens (Ph.D.) In 1995, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, a nomination which was renewed several times. In 1985, after having dedicated twenty years to teaching and research in biology, Professor Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis founded the Biopolitics International Organisation (B.I.O.) to promote international cooperation and education for the environment. With Greece as its operating basis, B.I.O. has gained wide acclaim by scholars and decision-makers in 151 countries around the world, and has been granted special Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Motivated by the feeling that humanity needs to move at a faster pace in order to prevent destruction and in strong belief that our future depends on groundbreaking reforms in education, she launched the International University for the Bio-Environment in 1990. In 1992, she proposed the revival of the ancient ideal of cease-fire during the Olympic Games and the award of Bios Prizes for excellence in environmental protection in all fields. Her proposal for cease-fire during the Olympic Games was adopted as a UN Resolution.
Phaidon Tamvakakis – Vice President & Managing Director of ALPHA TRUST
Phaidon Tamvakakis was born in Alexandria in 1960. He studied economics and English literature. He is Vice President & Managing Director of ALPHA TRUST MUTUAL FUND AND ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND MANAGEMENT S.A. He is also Board Member in various businesses and charities. His publications include: several works of fiction (3 novels, 1 novelette, 2 collections of short stories). “Diavazo award” for Best Novel in 1997 for “The shipwrecks of Pasiphae”. Various short works of fiction.
Iliana Schmatelka – Managing Director, International Leadership Institute, Austria/Bulgaria
Holds Masters degrees in economics from the University of Economics in Sophia and University of Economics in Vienna. Pursued an MBA at University of Minnesota and an EMBA at the University of Economics in Vienna. Account manager/underwriter at Austrian Export Credit Agency 1999-2002; CEO Immorent AG Bulgaria 2002-2008; head of CEE relationship and networking, CEO Immorent Slovakia and of S IMMO AG subsidiaries in Slovakia 2009-2011; managing owner of International Leadership Institute INTLI Vienna since 2012.
Anthony Bartzokas – Board Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Anthony Bartzokas serves as a Board Director and chairs the Audit Committee at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.Ηe is an economist by training with a PhD in the Economics of Technological Change. Dr. Bartzokas is a Professorial Fellow at Athens University and at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht. His recent academic work has focused on the comparative analysis of innovation policy and on the impact of financial systems on innovation and corporate performance. Dr. Bartzokas has coordinated many international research projects and he has advised several governments and international organizations.
George Pagoulatos – Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges
Author of several books and many articles in leading international academic journals, and a regular columnist in the Sunday edition of the main Greek centrist newspaper Kathimerini since 2007, Pagoulatos has been interviewed and quoted widely in the international media regarding the ongoing Eurozone and Greek economic crisis. In November 2011 Pagoulatos was called by the newly appointed technocratic Prime Minister Lucas Papademos; he served as Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy at the PM Office from November 2011 to June 2012. He is an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre, member of the Board of Directors of the think-tank ELIAMEP, and board member of various academic and civic organizations. He has served as member of the High Council of the European University Institute in Florence, and President of ECSA-Greece. He has extensive experience in providing advice and analysis on the Greek political economy. Pagoulatos holds degrees from the University of Athens (LLB) and the University of Oxford (MSc, DPhil), where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University (1998-99). He was short-listed for the Rudolf Wildenmann “best paper” prize of the European Consortium of Political Research. His book Greece’s New Political Economy: State, Finance and Growth from Postwar to EMU (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) won the Academy of Athens award for best book in economics. He has been part of several EC-funded networks of excellence, and the research project DOSEI (on the EU Constitution building process), nominated for the European Commission’s 2006 Descartes prize for scientific excellence.
Bartlomiej E. Nowak, Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow;Assistant professor at the Vistula University in Warsaw
Bartlomiej E. Nowak is an assistant professor at the Vistula University in Warsaw, where he teaches courses on global governance and international political economy. From 2010 to 2013, Nowak was an executive director at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw. During Poland’s accession process to the EU, Nowak was a member of the governmental National Council of European Integration and of the program board of Initiative YES in Referendum. Nowak holds a Ph.D. in economics and completed his executive studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Shahira Amin – Journalist
Shahira Amin is an Egyptian journalist who contributes mainly to CNN’s Inside Africa and CNN.com. She also writes for Index on Censorship, a portal for free expression. Amin was formerly Deputy Head of Egyptian state television’s English Language Channel Nile TV but she quit in the height of the uprising in protest at state TV coverage of the developments in her country. Shahira was also a former Senior Anchor and Correspondent for the channel.
Helle Porsdam, Global Ethics Fellow – Professor of American Studies at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen
Helle Porsdam is a professor of American Studies at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Copenhagen, a Ph.D in American Studies from Yale University, and a Dr. Phil. from University of Southern Denmark. She teaches American history, and her primary research interests are American culture and intellectual history, the role of law in American history and culture, American constitutionalism, and law and humanities. Porsdam has published widely on these topics.
Dr Dia Anagnostou – Assistant Professor of Politics at Panteion University
Dia Anagnostou is Assistant Professor of Politics at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and since 2004 Senior Research Fellow at ELIAMEP. She completed her Ph.D in 1999 in the Department of Government at Cornell University with a concentration in comparative politics. Since then, Ms. Anagnostou has held research positions at Princeton University (1999-2000), the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute in Florence (2000-2001), and in the European University Institute (Law Dept. in January-February 2009 as Fernand Braudel Fellow). Between 2006 and 2012 she was Lecturer of Politics in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies in Macedonia University of Thessaloniki, and in 2010-2012 she was Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Law of the European University Institute in Florence.
Carne Ross – Founder & Director Independent Diplomat (via Skype)
Carne Ross resigned from the British foreign service after giving secret evidence to an official inquiry into the use of intelligence before the 2003 Iraq invasion. He then founded and now runs Independent Diplomat, a non-profit advisory group that assists democratic countries and political groups with diplomatic strategy including, among others, the moderate Syrian opposition, the Frente POLISARIO of the Western Sahara and the Marshall Islands, whom ID advises on negotiations for a new UN climate treaty. Carne is also a writer and commentator on world affairs. His most recent book “The Leaderless Revolution” argues that governments are failing to solve our most urgent problems and proposes that “gentle anarchism” may be the most effective method of political change in the 21st Century. A documentary film about Carne and his ideas, “The Accidental Anarchist”, is currently in production with backing from various international broadcasters.
Michael E. Economakis, Executive Vice Chairman of A.G.Leventis Group
Michael E. Economakis started his career 36 years ago, in Coca-Cola Hellenic the 2nd biggest bottler of The Coca-Cola Company in the world, operating in 28 countries. Over the first years he worked in Sales, holding a variety of Sales, Field and Commercial positions. He had been constantly progressing throughout his career into wider and higher responsibility roles within Coca-Cola Hellenic appointed as a GM in various operations of CCH and its subsidiaries. Currently he is Executive Vice Chairman of AG Leventis Group and he is leading the implementation of its operational restructuring and cultural transformation.
Panagiotis Mihalos – Honorary President of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE) & Former Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Int’l Economic Relations
Panagiotis Mihalos has broad and extensive experience in the business, investment and political arenas, united by one common objective: promoting economic growth, national development, business partnerships and investment, both in Greece and the greater region of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. Following his studies in Mathematics and Economics (B.Sc.), then Finance and Business Administration (MBA) at the City University of New York, he began his professional career in Finance and Marketing in the United States, spending 10 years with J. E. Seagram & Sons Inc. in New York. In 2007 Mr. Mihalos was elected President of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE), of which he remains Honorary President, playing a pivotal role in the institutional development and international networking of the Greek entrepreneurial community. In 2012 he was appointed, by Prime Minister Samaras, Secretary General for International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he led global efforts to upgrade Economic Diplomacy for Greece. At the Ministry, he was responsible for the promotion of international trade and the attraction of investment to Greece.
Olga Stavropoulou – President, Militos Consulting S.A. & Co-founder of Social Enterprise knowl for Education and Lifelong Learning
Olga Stavropoulou is an active entrepreneur and a recognized mentor, specialized in the design and implementation of initiatives that enhance and advance entrepreneurship, employment, lifelong learning and training. Among others, she is the Ambassador for Greece of the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the world’s largest celebration of women innovators and job creators in 144 countries, to empower women entrepreneurs and inspire 250 million girls living in poverty; an initiative of WED NY in partnership with the United Nations and the U.S. State Department. Since 2001, she acts as the National Editor of the European Commission Standard Eurobarometer.
Michael Spanos, Managing Partner Global Sustain
Michael Spanos is a corporate executive with extensive hands-on entrepreneurial experience in sustainability, corporate responsibility, and management consulting, investments and business information. Michael is the founder and Managing Partner of Global Sustain where for the past ten years he provides leadership in sustainability strategy issues, CR measurement and reporting, supporting CR activities, assisting companies in improving sustainability performance and recognition through metrics/indices, awards and initiatives, serving as the critical link for the formation of external partnerships with NGOs/foundations, think tanks, institutions, governments, and other businesses to accomplish sustainability objectives.
Dr Dimitris Keridis – Associate Professor of International Politics, Panteion University – Member, Scientific Council Institute for Democracy K. Karamanlis
Dimitris Keridis is an Associate Professor of International Politics at Panteion University of Athens. He is a senior fellow at the Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation and the deputy director of the Institute of International Relations in Athens. Since 2002 he has been directing the annual Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies in Olympia, Greece (www.olympiasummeracademy.org) and since 2009 the Navarino Network, a public policy think-tank in Thessaloniki (www.navarinonetwork.org). He has served as a senior consultant at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Constantine Karamanlis Associate Professor in Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, as the director of the Kokkalis Foundation in Athens and of the Kokkalis Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and as a senior researcher at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, USA. His latest book in English is entitled: The Historical Dictionary of Modern Greece, London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2009.
Professor Nikos Philippas – Professor of Finance, Department of Business Administration, University of Piraeus- Member, Scientific Council Institute for Democracy K. Karamanlis
Dr Philippas is Professor of Financial Management at the Department of Business Administration at University of Piraeus. Dr. Philippas has numerous publications in almost all Greek Economic Journals and the relative Financial Press. His academic and professional research is published in numerous global academic journals, such as International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Multinational Finance Journal, etc. Dr. Philippas haspublishedsixbooks and seven research studies. He has also presented his work at several International Academic Conferences, such as World Finance Conference, Multinational Finance Society Conference, etc. He has a long teaching, as well as, market experience in the Greek Capital and Money Market as executive of Mutual Fund Management Companies, InvestmentServicesCompanies etc. From June 2005 to September 2008 he was member of the European Investment Bank Audit Committee (EIB) and from September 2004 to July 2009 he was member of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Port Authority.From1/4/2013 to 7/4/2015 Dr. Philippas was appointed as Chairman of the Board and Scientific Director of the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE).
Paschos Mandravelis – Journalist
Paschos Mandravelis was born in 1963 in Kozani, Greece. He studied economics at the University of Athens and pursued postgraduate studies at the University of New York “New School for Social Research”. Since 1982 he is working in Athenian newspapers and magazines. He has authored books about politics, and now he holds a daily column on politics, society and economics in the daily newspaper “Kathimerini”. He is a member of the “Union of Journalists in Daily Newspapers in Athens” (ESHEA), the Economic Chamber of Greece and the Hellenic Society of Economists. He has been a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and of the “American Association for the Advancement of Science“.
Gregory Farmakis – Engineer and Entrepreneur, CEO / Agilis SA Statistics & Informatics
Born in 1968, he studied Mechanical Engineering and Production Management in the National Technical University of Athens, where he specialised in management and information technology. He worked as a postgraduate researcher in academia as well as a free-lance consultant in the field of information technology. In 1998 he co-founded an innovative start-up, Agilis SA, which provides scientific and technology oriented consulting and bespoke software development services for data intensive applications to international organisations, and of which he is currently the managing director. He has several scientific publications and presentations in scientific conferences in the fields of official statistics and data science. He is currently studying philosophy at the University of Athens and participates actively in the public discourse on political and economic issues, writing opinion articles, blogging as well as in the social media.
Dimitris Zafeiriadis – Vice President, knowl Social Entrerprise for Education and Lifelong Learning
Dimitris Zafeiriadis has a long track record in the area of communication, especially in political communication. He has served on significant positions in strategic planning and policy making public institutions, as the Manager for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Office and the General Manager for the Mayor of Athens Office. He has also worked for many years as a spokesperson and Communication Consultant for political offices, organizations and institutions. From these positions he planned initiatives and political interventions and successfully designed and led numerous campaigns for awareness raising, information, promotion of civil society, network building and relations with national and international media, the organization of important populous events and enhancing and coordinating public dialogue.
George Gritzalas, Managing Partner, hangover media
With a Master’s Degree in Digital Communications from Athens University of Economics and Business, George Gritzalas -now 27- has been working in the digital communications industry for about 9 years. He is the co-founder of the first Greek youth marketing firm curating some of the most popular Greek youth online media (e.g. neolaia.gr, teens.gr, paso.gr, etc.), called hangover media, and is also the winner of 4 digital awards.
Dimitris Tsingos – President YES
Dimitris Tsingos is the President of YES – European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, the Brussels-based organization representing young entrepreneurs of the European Union. YES also represents the EU at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the international network of young entrepreneurs from the G20 Countries. An Athens-based serial tech entrepreneur and early stage investor, he also is the Founding Chairman of the Hellenic Start-up Association and a Board Member at EBAN – The European Trade Association of Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players. Having co-founded Virtual Trip, the first student start-up in Greece, and then co-founded or invested in a dozen of high-tech companies, he currently is the CEO of StartTech Ventures, a next generation venture incubator in Athens, Greece. Dimitris is an active citizen strongly believing in faster and deeper European integration.
Socratis Ploussas – President Hellenic Startups Association
Socratis is the founder and CEO of PARNASSE, the administrator of the first equity crowd-funding platform in Greece, OpenCircle. He is also founder and CEO of MELLON Advisory, a business development advisory firm focusing mainly in investments attraction and business development for companies in food, technology, Bio-technology, energy and tourism sectors. He is also a founding member and president of the Hellenic Start-up Association, a founding member of Hellenic Business Angels Network and member of the Board of Synergies – initiative for the development of innovation in Greece. Previously, he worked in the marketing departments of large Greek Multinational groups such as 3E (bottler of Cola Coca in 26 countries) and Fourlis group (master franchisee of IKEA and Intersport and distributor of SAMSUNG products). The last five years, he advised companies in their internationalization and investments worldwide.
Vassilis Sotiropoulos, Ombudsman of Attica region, Legal Counsel of Transparency International Greece (2013-2015), City of Athens Ombudsman(2012-2014), attorney at law
Kostas Marinos – PhD Government and Constitutional Ethics
Born in 1986, he studied Law and Philosophy in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He continued his postgraduate studies in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens University of Economics and Business and Panteion University in academic fields of Public Law (LLM), Public Administration and Policy (M.A.), Services Management (MSc) and Political Science and History (M.A.). He received his PhD in the Philosophy School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research focuses on Government and Constitutional Ethics, political constitutionalism, and constitutional history.
Elizabeth Filippouli – Founder & CEO Global Thinkers & Global Thinkers Forum
Elizabeth Filippouli is an entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers an independent, global communications, stakeholder engagement management consultancy with strong expertise in values-based leadership for organizational development. She is also Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum a London-based think tank bringing together thought leaders and promoting excellence in leadership and governance through international gatherings, fora and roundtables.
Devin T. Stewart, Senior Programme Director & Senior Fellow Carnegie Council
Devin T. Stewart is senior program director and senior fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He first joined Carnegie Council as program director in 2006. He is also a Truman Security Fellow, and an adjunct assistant professor in international affairs at Columbia University and New York University. He is also the executive editor of Policy Innovations. Stewart’s writings have appeared in more than ten languages in numerous publications, including the American Interest, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune etc. He is a contributing author to several monographs and books.
David Rodin, Carnegie-Uehiro Senior Fellow; Global Ethics Fellow; Member of “Ethics & International Affairs” Editorial Board
David Rodin is Director of Research at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University. A former Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand, he holds a B.Phil. and doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University.His research covers a broad range of issues in moral and political philosophy with particular emphasis on applied and public policy issues. He has worked on just war theory and ethics of international conflict, business ethics, and bioethics.Rodin’s first book, War and Self-Defense, was awarded the American Philosophical Association Frank Chapman Sharp Prize for the best monograph on the philosophy of war and peace.
Yannis Koutsomitis- TV Producer/Eurozone expert
Yannis Koutsomitis is television producer and Eurozone affairs analyst. He is a four-time Greek TV Awards recipient for primetime drama production. He is also an analyst on Eurozone affairs and a BBC World Service and Germany’s n-tv.de contributor. He is also an avid blogger on Twitter and his comments on the Greek crisis are cited frequently in The Guardian and The Telegraph.
Areti Georgilis – Owner, Free Thinking Zone
Areti Georgilis, (44) has been a campaigner and a professional in corporate and political communication strategy and public relations for the last 24 years, in Greece, Cyprus and the Balkan region. She has run campaigns for various candidates and political parties in Greece, Cyprus and Serbia and offered cross country services for a variety multinational and Greek clients. From 2006 to 20011 she was General Manager of the Greek Turkish public relations company Civitas Global based in Sofia and Bucharest. She owns the concept bookstore “Free Thinking Zone”, which started its operation in December 2011 in Athens. She is also a founding member and member of the BoD of the Hellenic Start Up Association. She has studied Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Athens, journalism and holds the Athens University of Economics and Business Executive MBA. For many years Areti was a political activist and volunteer in political and youth organizations. She speaks English, French, Italian and a little Bulgarian.