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202129Sep(Sep 29)17:3008Dec(Dec 8)20:00IGA Distinguished Fellows Series in Diplomacy & International Relations: “Modern Diplomacy – The Diplomat in the 21st Century”(September 29) 17:30 - (December 8) 20:00

IGA Fellows Series Modern Diplomacy

Event Details

When: September – December 2021 | 17:30 – 20:00 (Greece)
Where:
Deree Faculty Lounge

Organized by:
ACG Institute of Global Affairs (IGA)

 

About the IGA Distinguished Fellows Series Masterclass

This exclusive Masterclass, comprising 5 lectures, is addressed to Deree students of all majors who have an interest in the topic. Priority will be given to students majoring in International Relations & European Affairs at Deree and have completed 60 credits and above, as well as Deree parallel study students of International Relations or Law, in their 3rd or 4th year of study at the public university.

The Fall Semester Masterclass will take place from September – December 2021 (Wednesday, September 29 | Wednesday, October 13 | Monday, November 15 | Monday, November 29 | Wednesday, December 8).

Scope:

This masterclass aims at leading students to understand how diplomacy has evolved and how it is practiced today. It examines some of the most fundamental questions in modern diplomacy & international affairs, the role of diplomats in forging relationships when addressing intercountry or regional conflicts and explains how key states and international organizations operate. Through thought-provoking conversation, it aims at enabling students to further develop critical thinking, while understanding what a diplomatic career entails, especially if they are considering to follow it as a career path.

The Masterclass will be offered free of charge and attendance to all five lectures is strongly recommendedA certificate of attendance will be issued for participants who attend all lectures.

  • Applicants must express their interest at: [email protected], by submitting a short paragraph (100-150 words) about why they want to attend and their CV.
  • Deadline for applications: Thursday September 23, 2021, 5pm.
  • Required for participation: Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination (valid 14 days after completion of vaccination) or Covid-19 Disease Certificate (no more than 6 months after the diagnosis)

 

Lecture 1 of 5 – Wednesday, September 29

Speaker:

Dimitris ParaskevopoulosDimitris Paraskevopoulos
Ambassador a.h.

Ambassador Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens.

In 1979 he entered the Greek Diplomatic Service and served initially as Embassy Attaché at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his career he served in the following missions:

  • Secretary of Embassy – Counsellor of Embassy (Norway, Turkey, Netherlands), Service for Political Affairs – Thrace, Diplomatic Cabinet of the Foreign Minister (1981-1989)
  • Plenipotentiary Minister, Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Foreign Minister (2000)
  • Ambassador in Moscow (2002-2005)
  • Ambassador in Paris (2005-2009)
  • Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Prime Minister (2009-2012)
  • Head of the Task Force for the organization of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU (2012-2013)
  • Director General for Political Affairs (2013-2015)
  • Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015-2019)

Ambassador Paraskevopoulos was awarded the Grand Cross of the Greek Order of the Phoenix and has received decorations from Italy, France and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He speaks English and French.

Moderator:

Constantinos Filis

Dr. Constantinos Filis
ACG IGA Director and Associate Professor at Deree – The American College of Greece

BA in Political Science and History, University of La Verne; MA in Global Governance, University of Reading; PhD in Russian Foreign Policy, University of Reading

Upon completing his PhD, Dr. Filis was elected Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford University (2007-2009), and completed a research fellowship at Southeast European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), Oxford University (2008-2010). He heads the Russia, Eurasia and Southeast Europe Centre at Panteion University’s Institute of International Relations, of which he was formerly Executive Director (2019-2021) and Director of Research Programs (2012-2019). He is also board member of the Advisory Board at the same institute. He lectures at the Hellenic Naval Staff and Command College (since 2012), at the Hellenic National Defense College (since 2016), at the Hellenic War College (since 2020) and at the National Security School (since 2019). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Asset Management; the Greek-Turkish Forum; the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe; and the Delphi Economic Forum. He is also President of the Foundation of Thracian Art and Tradition and Director of the International Olympic Truce Centre and a member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee; energy and geoeconomics advisor to the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association and Advisory Board member of DiaNEOsis Research and Policy Institute.

Dr. Filis is the Director of the ACG Institute of Global Affairs and an Associate Professor at the American College of Greece, where he teaches courses in International Relations and European Affairs. His most recent books/monographs are: “Assertive Patriotism,” “Greece in its neighborhood,” “A Closer Look at Russia and its Influence in the World,” “Turkey, Islam, Erdogan,” and “Refugees, Europe, Insecurity.”

Discussant: Nefeli Syrmali
International Relations and European Affairs major, Deree – The American College of Greece

 

Lecture 2 of 5 – Wednesday, October 13

Speaker:

Alexander PhilonAlexander Philon
Ambassador a.h

Ambassador Philon was born in Athens in 1939.

He has graduated from the Institute of Political Sciences ( Science Po) as well as the Faculty of Law at the University of Paris.

He entered the Greek Diplomatic Service in 1965.During his career he served at the following missions:

  • As secretary of Embassy at the United Nations Organisation in New York and at the Embassy in London.
  • As Councillor, Consul General in Istanbul (1980-83) and then as head of the Task Force for the organization of the First Greek Presidency of the EEC.
  • As Minister Plenipotentiary as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC (1984-89)
  • As Ambassador to New Delhi,India 1989-1993
  • As Ambassador to Ankara,Turkey   1993-95
  • Deputy and then Director General for Political Affairs 1995-96
  • Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs    1997-98
  • Ambassador to Washington DC  USA, 1998-2002.

After retiring from the Diplomatic Service he was appointed as Head of Analysis and Planning as well as Ambassador for Special Mission 2002-2011.

Ambassador Philon was awarded the Grand Cross of the Greek Order of the Phoenix and has received equivalent decorations from Finland, France, Germany and Romania.

Moderator:

Constantine PapadopoulosProf. Constantine Papadopoulos
member of the IGA Academic Advisory Board
BA in Economics; University of Sussex; MA in Economics of Industry; University of Sussex; PhD in Economics, University of Sussex

Dr. Papadopoulos began his professional life as a career diplomat. For many years he specialized in EU affairs, and was directly involved, inter alia, in the negotiations that led to the EU’s 4th enlargement (1995) and the signing of the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997). He then spent a year at Harvard University as a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (1997-8), conducting research and lecturing. He subsequently moved to the banking industry and Eurobank EFG where he worked for thirteen years as Advisor on European and Economic Affairs. In 2010-2012 he was Secretary-General for International Economic Relations & Development Cooperation at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Greece’s economic relations with the rest of the world, as well as trade and investment promotion.

Dr. Papadopoulos has been a member of the Department of International Business & Economics since 2015 where he teaches the courses Business in the EU, International Business and Business Negotiation. Since 2019, he has also been teaching courses in the area of International Relations & European Affairs in the Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, namely, Modern European History & Politics, and Diplomacy.

Discussant: Angelos Latses
International Relations and European Affairs major, Deree – The American College of Greece

 

Lecture 3 of 5 – Monday, November 15

Speaker:

Dimitris AvramopoulosDimitri Avramopoulos
former Commissioner

Dimitris Avramopoulos is a Greek politician and diplomat whose career in public service spans four decades.

He was the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship from 2014 until 2019.

Previously, Mr. Avramopoulos served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence (two terms), Minister of Tourism and Minister of Health and Social Solidarity of the Hellenic Republic, also having been elected MP several times. Before, Dimitris Avramopoulos served twice as Mayor of Athens (1995 to 2002).

Mr. Avramopoulos is Honorary Doctor of Adelphi University, Drexel University, Kingston University and Deree – The American College of Greece. He is also Honorary Professor of Peking University & the European College of Parma.

Mr. Avramopoulos has been bestowed awards and state decorations from more than 20  countries and has been presented with highest distinctions from more than 40 foreign and 40 Greek cities.

Dimitris Avramopoulos holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Athens and a MA degree in European Studies from the Université libre de Bruxelles. In 2003, he was Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He is married to Vivian and is father of two sons, Filippos & Iason.

Moderator:

Nikolaos LampasProf. Nikolaos Lampas
member of the IGA Academic Advisory Board
BA in International and European Studies, University of Piraeus, MS in Strategic Studies, University of Aberdeen, PhD in International Relations and Strategic Studies, University of Reading

Dr. Nikolaos Lampas is an Assistant Professor in International Relations and European Studies at Deree – The American College of Greece. He is teaching courses in International Relations, Modern European History and Politics, and Global Markets and Politics.

His research interests include American Foreign Policy, the Middle East, the nexus between terrorism and migration, and causes of threat perception towards refugees. He has published one book, US and Rogue States: Iraq, Iran and North Korea (in Greek) and several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Mediterranean Quarterly. His most recent publication in the series “Jean Monnet Papers on Political Economy” deals with the impact of Turkish Refugee Flows on the EU-Turkey Agreement of March 2016.

Discussant: Katelyn Fuller
International Relations and Criminal Justice major, University of Delaware

 

Lecture 4 of 5 – Monday, November 29

Speaker:

Dimitris AzemopoulosAmbassador Dimitri Azemopoulos
Director for the Training and Development of Human Resources at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dimitrios Azemopoulos was born in Athens, Greece in 1963. He studied Law and Political Science as well as International and European Studies at the University of Athens and went on to pursue further studies at the London School of Economics (LLM) in 1985 and at the Sorbonne in Paris (DEA) in 1986. In 1987, he joined the Athens Bar Association. After two further years of studies at the National School of Public Administration finishing first in his class, he began a diplomatic career in 1992.

He served successively in the diplomatic cabinets of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1992-1993) and for the President of the Republic, Konstantinos Karamanlis (1993-1995). In September 1995, he was posted to the Embassy of Greece in Warsaw, where he served until December 1998, as Deputy Head of Mission. He was subsequently seconded to the Council of the EU, where he worked in the General Secretariat. In November 2002, he was appointed Member of the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Employment and Equal Opportunities. He also served as a Member in the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for the Environment until the end of December 2004. Upon his return Greece in 2005, he served in the Diplomatic Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In January 2006, Ambassador Azemopoulos was appointed as Head of the Cabinet of the Director General for International Organizations and Security.

Subsequently, he served as Director in the Cabinet of the Secretary General of European Affairs until September 2007, when he was posted as Deputy Head of Mission to the Embassy of Greece in Norway, with parallel accreditation for Iceland. In February 2009, he was the Consul General of Greece in Toronto, Canada, where he served for five and a half years until July 2014. During his tenure at the Consulate General of Toronto, he was unanimously elected Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and President of the Toronto Consular Association. Ambassador Azemopoulos has been honored by a great number of Greek Canadian organizations and by the Greek Orthodox Church in Canada. His awards include the very prestigious AHEPA award for the promotion of the ideals and values of Hellenism in Canada. He has been honored both by the National Press and Media Council of Canada as well as by the Ontario Provincial Government for his role in promoting social justice, human rights, and democracy.

In 2017, the President of the Hellenic Republic awarded Dimitris Azemopoulos with the “Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix,” an honor bestowed on Greeks who have distinguished themselves in their field.

This same year, he was posted as Ambassador of Greece to Canada where he served for three years until October 2020. His extensive experience in diplomacy has led him to his current position as Director for the Training and Development of Human Resources at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Azemopoulos has been awarded an honorary degree in Law by Deree-The American College of Greece.

Moderator:

Constantine PapadopoulosProf. Constantinos Papadopoulos
member of the IGA Academic Advisory Board
BA in Economics; University of Sussex; MA in Economics of Industry; University of Sussex; PhD in Economics, University of Sussex

Dr. Papadopoulos began his professional life as a career diplomat. For many years he specialized in EU affairs, and was directly involved, inter alia, in the negotiations that led to the EU’s 4th enlargement (1995) and the signing of the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997). He then spent a year at Harvard University as a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (1997-8), conducting research and lecturing. He subsequently moved to the banking industry and Eurobank EFG where he worked for thirteen years as Advisor on European and Economic Affairs. In 2010-2012 he was Secretary-General for International Economic Relations & Development Cooperation at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Greece’s economic relations with the rest of the world, as well as trade and investment promotion.

Dr. Papadopoulos has been a member of the Department of International Business & Economics since 2015 where he teaches the courses Business in the EU, International Business and Business Negotiation. Since 2019, he has also been teaching courses in the area of International Relations & European Affairs in the Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, namely, Modern European History & Politics, and Diplomacy.

Discussant: Spyridon Tsaparas
International Relations and European Affairs major, Deree – The American College of Greece

 

Lecture 5 of 5 – Wednesday, December 8

Speaker:

Eleni SouraniAmbassador Eleni Sourani,
Head of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office

Eleni Sourani was born in Thessaloniki in 1960. She is graduate of the School of Law of the University of Athens. She joined the diplomatic service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984. Since then, she held various positions in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Athens and abroad:

At the Middle East Directorate (1985), at the Office of the Secretary-General (1986-1988), DCM and Consul in Embassy of Greece in Harare, Zimbabwe (1988-1992), Consul of Greece in Vancouver, Canada (1992-1996), at the Directorate of Security & NATO (1996-1998), DCM in the Embassy of Greece in Yerevan, Armenia (1998-2002), Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem (2002-2005), Deputy Head of Russia & CIS Department (2005), Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Deputy Foreign Minister (2006), Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Greek Permanent Mission to the OSCE, Vienna (2007-2011), Director of Arab Countries & Middle East Directorate (2011-2013), Ambassador of Greece to the Kingdom of Denmark (2013-2016), Ambassador of Greece to Albania (2016-2019), Director of the Directorate for Relations with Turkey (2019).

Since January 2020 she is the Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic.

She has been awarded with the decorations of Grand Officer, Order of Phoenix (Greece), Grand Officer, Order of the Ciders (Lebanon), Grand Cross of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog (Denmark) and Knight of Scanderbeg Order (Albania).

She speaks English and French. She is married and has one son.

Moderator:

Constantinos Filis

Dr. Constantinos Filis
ACG IGA Director and Associate Professor at Deree – The American College of Greece

BA in Political Science and History, University of La Verne; MA in Global Governance, University of Reading; PhD in Russian Foreign Policy, University of Reading

Upon completing his PhD, Dr. Filis was elected Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford University (2007-2009), and completed a research fellowship at Southeast European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), Oxford University (2008-2010). He heads the Russia, Eurasia and Southeast Europe Centre at Panteion University’s Institute of International Relations, of which he was formerly Executive Director (2019-2021) and Director of Research Programs (2012-2019). He is also board member of the Advisory Board at the same institute. He lectures at the Hellenic Naval Staff and Command College (since 2012), at the Hellenic National Defense College (since 2016), at the Hellenic War College (since 2020) and at the National Security School (since 2019). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Asset Management; the Greek-Turkish Forum; the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe; and the Delphi Economic Forum. He is also President of the Foundation of Thracian Art and Tradition and Director of the International Olympic Truce Centre and a member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee; energy and geoeconomics advisor to the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association and Advisory Board member of DiaNEOsis Research and Policy Institute.

Dr. Filis is the Director of the ACG Institute of Global Affairs and an Associate Professor at the American College of Greece, where he teaches courses in International Relations and European Affairs. His most recent books/monographs are: “Assertive Patriotism,” “Greece in its neighborhood,” “A Closer Look at Russia and its Influence in the World,” “Turkey, Islam, Erdogan,” and “Refugees, Europe, Insecurity.”

Discussant: Yasmine Neri
International Relations and European Affairs major, Deree – The American College of Greece

 

 

For more information, please contact Office of Public Affairs, [email protected] or +30 210 6009800, ext. 1509

202114Jul(Jul 14)15:0015(Jul 15)16:30Virtual American Studies Seminar Summer Edition: “Threats to Democracies and the Role of U.S. Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Cooperation to Counter Them”15:00 - 16:30 (15)

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Event Details

When: Wednesday & Thursday, July 14-15, 2021 | 15:00 – 16:30 (Athens time)
Where:
Online

Organized by:
The U.S. Mission to Greece
The Institute of International Relations of Panteion University
The Institute of Global Affairs of The American College of Greece
The University of Macedonia

 

About the Virtual American Studies Seminar Summer Edition

The U.S. Mission to Greece, the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University, the Institute of Global Affairs of The American College of Greece, and the University of Macedonia invite you to join a two-day webinar with keynote speaker Prof. Matthew Kroenig, Deputy Director for Strategy at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, and Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Prof. Kroenig will be joined by Harry Papasotiriou, Professor of International Politics at Panteion University and Director of the Institute of International Relations, Constantinos Filis, Executive Director of the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University and Instructor at Deree – The American College of Greece, and Kalliope (Ilia) Chainoglou, Assistant Professor, Department of International and European Studies at the University of Macedonia. 

All lectures will be conducted in English. Registration is required.

 

For more information, please contact Office of Public Affairs, [email protected] or +30 210 6009800, ext. 1509

202105JulAll Day071st Global Politics Online Summer Academy “Is the Eastern Mediterranean Doomed to Instability? Prospects for Cooperation and Stability”(All Day)

Eastern Mediterranean

Event Details

When: Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th July 2021
Where:
Online

Organized by:
ACG Institute of Global Affairs (IGA)
Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

The modules offered during this intensive short-term program provide participants with a plethora of insights and different perspectives on the current security landscape of the Eastern Mediterranean. Special emphasis will be placed, among others: 1) on the new security threats and challenges in the broader Mediterranean region; 2) on the strategies adopted by major powers and international organizations for managing migration in the region; 3) on the evolution of the long-standing conflict between Greece and Turkey and the prospects for cooperation in an era of uncertainty and transformation; and 4) on the “Geopolitics of Energy” in the Eastern Mediterranean and its role in becoming a catalyst for cooperation and conflict resolution. An innovative part of the Summer Academy will be the “Ambassadors Forum”, a roundtable discussion between the Ambassadors of key-states in the region on the prerequisites for promoting stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.

A thematic agenda is available here.

 

Academic Coordinators:

Dr. Helena Maragou, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The American College of Greece

Prof. Panayotis Tsakonas, University of Athens; Head, Security Programme, ELIAMEP

Dr. Haris Vlavianos, Director, Institute of Global Affairs, The American College of Greece


 

WHY APPLY:

  • Learn from distinguished academics, diplomats and policy experts about the latest developments in the Mediterranean region.
  • Make new contacts and network with people from Europe and the Mediterranean region.

ADMISSION:

The program is designed for:

  • Undergraduates and graduate students from Greece and abroad, in the fields of political science, law, international relations, security and ‘area studies’
  • Policy practitioners
  • NGO representatives
  • Embassy officials
  • Military academies
  • Media representatives

Please provide the following documents in English:

  • Statement of purpose (max 200 words)
  • Short bio

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

 

APPLICATIONS:

You may apply online here.

Deadline: May 31, 2021

Maximum number of participants: 30

 

TUITION FEES:

  • 40 € (Students)
  • 80 € (Professionals)

 

For more information, please contact Marianna Vasilopoulou at [email protected]

202104Feb17:0018:30The role of Diplomacy in Economic Development17:00 - 18:30

Event Details

Organized by

ACG Institute for Hellenic Growth and Prosperity in collaboration with the ACG Institute of Global Affairs

 

When: Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 17:00 – 18:30

Where: Panel discussion and Q&A livestreamed from ACG Events Hall.
Free and open to the public (online). You may register here.

 

About the event

Politics and economics are inextricably tied together vis-à-vis diplomacy. Diplomats and heads of mission have a dual role in supporting political as well as other priorities of their home countries, i.e. economic and cultural.

This event aims to understand the role of diplomacy in economics through specific examples gained through conversations with and between heads of mission, public sector officials, and industry. Whereas our key target group is students and our focus their education, the event is open to the public, in particular to an audience including corporations, organizations, government and foreign missions.

The panel discussion will feature the Ambassadors of Sweden, Korea and Canada, who will share their unique perspectives on economic diplomacy covering vantage points from Europe, Asia, and North America. Companies from Sweden, Korea and Canada have a significant presence in key economic sectors in Greece such as technology, shipping, mining, automotive, financial services, and governments play a dynamic role in supporting and promoting the activities of companies under their flag. This interplay between economics and diplomacy will be highlighted through the experiences of the three featured countries. 

About ACG 150

In view of its 150th anniversary in 2025, The American College of Greece has launched ACG 150, a visionary strategic plan to leverage educational programs for economic and social impact, as well as to consolidate, support and expand ACG’s activities in performing research, creating technology and fostering innovation. To accomplish these goals, the ACG 150 plan has established Greece’s first Institute for Hellenic Growth and Prosperity (IHGP), which houses the Center of Excellence in Tourism & Leisure,  the Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation, and the Research, Technology & Innovation Network (RTIN), and which complements the new Institute of Hellenic Culture and the Liberal Arts (IHCLA).

As the Greek economy struggles to overcome both a global pandemic and a continuing economic downturn, now more than a decade old, The American College of Greece has embarked on a set of initiatives designed to promote economic recovery. As a leading academic institution spanning three educational divisions, ACG will therefore be engaging in focused research and related projects and in creating new academic programs and initiatives that address the continuously changing landscape of the Greek and the global economies. The ACG 150 initiatives bring together the academic, private and public sectors to ignite innovation and spur growth, empowering ACG to continue to cultivate the necessary soft and hard skills for our students—the leaders of tomorrow—equipping them as effective agents of change.

 

Keynote speaker

The Hon. Kostas Fragkogiannis
Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy & Openness
Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Panelists

H.E. Charlotte Sammelin
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Hellenic Republic

H.E. Soosuk Lim
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Hellenic Republic

H.E. Mark Allen
Ambassador of Canada to the Hellenic Republic

 

Moderator

Dr. Michalis Psalidopoulos
Chair of the Advisory Board
Institute for Hellenic Growth and Prosperity
The American College of Greece

 

Speakers’ Bio

Kostas FragogiannisThe Hon. Kostas Fragkogiannis
Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy & Openness
Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kostas Fragogiannis was born in 1959, in Kavala, where he completed his basic education. After graduating from the British Institute of Marketing (HND), he continued his studies in the U.S., earning a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in International Management & Computer Systems from the University of San Francisco.

For over 30 years, he has held senior executive positions in major companies and groups, such as Emporiki Bank, Interbank, Delta, the Vasilakis Group, Ant1, the Viohalco Group, Vivartia, and the Chipita Group, where he was also a founding member of the Group’s international operations 24 years ago. Before assuming his duties as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Diplomacy and Openness, he was the Development Manager of the Chipita Group, contributing significantly to the further growth and development of the Group’s international operations.

Having successfully handled development projects worth hundreds of millions of euros throughout the world, he has gained invaluable experience in negotiating with organizations in countries where he has overseen investments.  Through his role in the development and internationalization of companies, he has contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs, while also creating considerable added value in each country where he has been active. He has led a total of 18 productive investment projects in 16 countries, 9 investment consortiums, 5 buyouts and, finally, the founding of multiple commercial enterprises in dozens of countries.

Through his many years of international experience, he has gained a full and up-to-date perspective on what is required to effectively attract foreign investments and to promote exports and growth in the international economy.

Charlotte SammelinH.E. Charlotte Sammelin
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Hellenic Republic

Charlotte Sammelin is serving since September 2017 as the Ambassador of Sweden to Greece. During her career at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs she has focused on particularly European Union policies and economic issues ranging from EU foreign policy, neighbourhood, accession negotiations, trade, the EU internal market and the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. Prior to arriving to Athens she was Deputy Director General at the Department for International Trade and EU Internal Market at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm during 2015-1017. Before that Ambassador Sammelin worked for 12 years in Brussels in various positions, such as Advisor in the Support Group for Ukraine in the European Commission (DG Near), Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and in the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU. She has also served at the Swedish Embassy in Madrid. Before joining the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs she worked as an economist at the OECD in Paris on territorial development and agriculture. Ambassador Sammelin holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science, European Law and Economics from the Ludwig Maximilian Universität in Munich, Germany.

Soosuk LIMH.E. Soosuk Lim
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Hellenic Republic

Mr. Lim was appointed as Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic in May 2018.  He is also accredited as Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus and Republic of Albania. He is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991.  He has previously served overseas as Counsellor in the Korean Mission to Kingdom of Belgium and to the European Union; First Secretary in the United Kingdom; and Second Secretary in the Russian Federation.  In Seoul he has served as Deputy Director General and then Director General for European Affairs;  Director-General of Foreign Affairs and Security, Presidential Council for Future & Vision; Director of Inter-Korean Economic Relations in the Ministry of Strategy and Finance; and Director of Eurasia in the Foreign Ministry. Ambassador Lim holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Connecticut, U.S.A and BA in English literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.

Mark AllenH.E. Mark Allen
Ambassador of Canada to the Hellenic Republic

Mark Allen (BA Hons [Political Science and French], University of Western Ontario, 1993; PhD [International Relations], University of Cambridge, 1997) was Executive Director of Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs at Global Affairs Canada (the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) between 2015 and 2018. Prior to that, he was Canada’s Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal and, between 2007 and 2011, Director of International Relations at the Department of Transport. As a Canadian Foreign Service officer, he has served in Rwanda and the United Kingdom and has advised on Canada’s relations with the Middle East. He began his public service career as an officer at the Canadian International Development Agency.

Mixalis PsalidopoulosDr. Michalis Psalidopoulos
Chair of the Advisory Board
Institute for Hellenic Growth and Prosperity
The American College of Greece

Michalis Psalidopoulos is Chief Consultant and Chair of the Advisory Board, Institute for Hellenic Growth and Prosperity, American College of Greece (ACG) and Professor at Deree ACG. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, University of Athens, Greece.  He was holder of the Constantine Karamanlis Chair for Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University (2010-2014) and Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (2015-2020).

His latest book “The loans of Greece: 200 years of growth and crises” (Athens, Papadopoulos, in Greek) came out in 2019.

 

For more information, please contact College Events-Office of Public Affairs, [email protected] or 210-6009800, ext. 1570 or 1370.