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04Dec13:3015:00Women in Diplomacy - Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Public Life13:30 - 15:00

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Female leaders discuss current trends and politics for women in public service.

When: Tuesday December 4, 13:30 – 15:00

Where: John S. Bailey Library, Upper Level

Organized by: ACG Institute of Global Affairs, Office of Public Affairs in collaboration with Women Act.

Supported by: ACG Center of Excellence for Sustainability and the ACG School of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


A conversation with: 

H.E. the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Ms. Kate Smith 

H.E. the Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Charlotte Sammelin 

H.E. the Ambassador of India, Ms. Shamma Jain 

H.E. the Ambassador of Australia, Ms. Kate Logan 

Moderator, Prof. Haris Vlavianos, Director of IGA


Kate Smith

HE Ms Kate Smith CMG has been Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic since January 2017. 

She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987, and took up her first diplomatic post overseas in Athens in 1991, serving as Second Secretary Political and Press Attaché. She returned to London in 1994 to the Non-Proliferation Department of the FCO, focusing on Chemical and Biological Weapons. Later she served at the UN in New York at the Security Council and in a number of roles in London relating to Defence and Security issues, including in the aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq. 

Ms Smith became Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Tehran from 2005–2007 and was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours for 2008. 

On return from Tehran, she was seconded to Royal Dutch Shell as an international adviser from 2008, subsequently joining the company as Head of UK Governmental Relations from 2009 until 2012. On returning to the FCO in 2012 she served as Director Americas until 2016. 

Ms Smith grew up in Croydon, South London and was educated at Oxford University, graduating in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1986. 


Charlotte Sammelin

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 was a consultant 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.


Shamma Jain

Ambassador Shamma Jain, a career diplomat, assumed charge in Athens in December 2017.

Her last assignment was as Ambassador of India to Panama, from 2014 to 2017, with concurrent accreditation to Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  She has also served as Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire from 2008 to 2011, with concurrent accreditation to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Earlier, she worked at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, as Joint Secretary in the Policy Planning and Counter-Terrorism Division, followed by a stint at the Indian Council of World Affairs, Delhi, one of the oldest think-tanks in India, declared as “an institution of national importance” by the Indian Parliament.  She has also worked as Director in the Division of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at the Ministry.

She has served in the Indian Missions in different capacities, including as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Italy, Minister in the Philippines, and Political Counsellor in Washington D.C. She has also held diplomatic assignments in Turkey, at the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris, and in Argentina.

She holds a double Master’s in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) by the President of Liberia, Nobel Laureate, Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for her contribution to the promotion of India-Liberia relations.


Kate Logan

Kate Logan is a senior career officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  She was most recently Assistant Secretary of the Executive Branch, supporting Ministers and the Secretary in leadership and management of the department.

Ms Logan was Assistant Secretary of the Papua New Guinea and Fiji Branch between 2012 and 2016, with responsibility for managing Australia’s political and economic relations with those countries.

She was Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2005-2007, with responsibility for South and South-east Asia and terrorism issues.  Ms Logan’s earlier roles in the department include Director of the Pakistan section, Director of the Counter-Terrorism section and Executive Officer in the Arms Control and Western Europe branches.

Overseas, Ms Logan has served as Counsellor and Head of the Political Section at the Australian Embassy in Paris, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian High Commission in Colombo and First Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Athens.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours, majoring in international law) and a Bachelor of Arts (with honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University.

19Sep15:0016:00Greece: The Day After15:00 - 16:00

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An interactive discussion between ACG students and Alexis Papahelas
Editor in Chief of Kathimerini

Moderated by Prof. Haris Vlavianos
Director, Institute of Global Affairs

Welcome remarks by Claudia Carydis
Vice President, Office of Public Affairs

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 15:00 – 16:00

Where: John S. Bailey Library, Upper Level

Organized by: Institute of Global Affairs, Office of Public Affairs

In collaboration with:
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
History Society
Communication Society
International Honors Society

 

28Jun18:30The Current Uncertain International Environment18:30

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From the point of view of Greece
From the point of view of Cyprus

Elias Clis
Ambassador ad hon.

Dimitrios Contoumas
Ambassador ad hon.

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 28, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107

21Jun18:30Greece’s New Geopolitics and its Foreign Policy18:30

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Nikos Filis
Member of the Parliament, Former Minister

George S. Koumoutsakos
Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, MP, Nea Demokratia

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 21, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


George S. Koumoutsakos

Curriculum vitae

George Koumoutsakos is a member of the Hellenic Parliament and Nea Demokratia’s Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Nea Demokratia’s contact person for Brexit with the EPP. He is a member of the National Council for Foreign Policy and of the Standing Committee for National Defense & Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament.

He studied Political Science and holds postgraduate degrees in Diplomacy and Defense Policy and in International Politics (magna cum laude distinction).

He was a career Diplomat at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he also served as the Spokesman.

He was a Member of the European Parliament. In 2013 he was elected “MEP of the Year” in the Transport category. He was awarded the “Eukrantis Award” for his contribution to the international promotion of Greek shipping as a MEP.

He was the Spokesman of Nea Demokratia during 2016.


Nikos Filis is a Greek politician and journalist. He held the office of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs of Greece from 23 September 2015 to 5 November 2016.

Early life and education

Filis was born in Athens in 1960. He studied law the University of Athens and was heavily involved in protests at the time. He was a member of both the Central Committee and Senate of the national students union, EFEE, and was secretary of the youth of the Communist Party of Greece (Interior).

Journalism

Since 2008, Filis has been the director of the Greek newspaper Dawn. He has been a member of the board of the Greek journalists union, ESIEA. He has worked as an editor at various radio stations, including FLASH, Polis, VimaFm and EPA 4. He has written a number of articles on politics for newspapers Ta Nea, Epochi and the magazines Anti and Politis’. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Greek Press.

Political career

Filis is a member of the Central Committee of Syriza. In March 2015, Filis was one of only five Syriza MPs to turn down the offer of a state car. In an interview with Mega TV in May 2015, Filis stated that: “A state must be ready for every eventuality. A Greek default is a concern of the whole of Europe. There is a systemic risk there. The chosen strategy is to negotiate an agreement but we are ready for every possible outcome.”

14Jun18:30Modern Nationalism in Russia and Turkey18:30

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Thanos Veremis
Prof. Emeritus, Athens University

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 14, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Thanos Veremis (D. Phil, Oxon)

is Professor Emeritus of Political history at the University of Athens, Department of European and International Studies and Founding Member of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

He has been Research Associate, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London 1978-79; Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard Univ. 1983; Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton Univ. 1987; Visiting Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford 1993-94; Constantine Karamanlis Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford Massachusetts (2000-2003); and more recently President of the National Council of Education, 2004-2010 .

Publications include: The Military in Greek Politics, London: Hurst & Co (1997); with Mark Dragoumis, Greece, World Bibliographical Series, vol.17, Oxford: Clio Press (1998); with John Koliopoulos, Greece. The Modern Sequel, London: Hurst & Co, (2002); The Balkans. Construction and Deconstruction of States, Patakis (2005); Modern Greece: A History since 1821, Wiley- Blackwell (2010); Eleftherios Venizelos: A Biography, Pella Publishers (2011).

07Jun18:30At the Heart of Eurasia: Central Asia's Growing Significance18:30

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Plamen Tonchev
Head of Asia Unit, Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER)

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 7 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Mr Plamen Tonchev holds an MA degree in International Relations from the University of Athens, Greece. Since 1998, Plamen has been a Senior Researcher and Head of Asia Unit at the Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER). In addition, he has acted as an EU expert on a number of missions to Asian countries. The list of his publications includes books as well as monographs and articles in academic journals on international political and economic developments. Plamen has given lectures at many universities and think-tanks in Europe and Asia. Mr Tonchev is a founding member of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) and a member of the EU chapter of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Committee.

24May18:30100 years after birth and one year after his death - Konstantinos Mitsotakis and the Open Society18:30

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Dimitris Dimitrakos
Professor Emeritus, Political Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Nikos Marantzidis
Professor of political science in the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki), Visiting professor at Charles University in Prague

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 24 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Nikos Marantzidis is professor of political science in the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki) and visiting professor at Charles University in Prague. He has also a cooperation with Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. His main scientific interestes are electoral analysis and comparative politics.

Dimitris Dimitrakos is a Greek philosopher, currently Professor Emeritus of Political Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science Department of the University of Athens. He originally studied economics at theLondon School of Economics), taking part in seminars given there by Karl Popper, before obtaining a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy at the University of Paris with a thesis on Antonio Gramsci. Since then he has taught at the Universities of Paris, Reims, Thessaly and Athens and as a visiting professor at the LSE. His work covers many areas of epistemology, political philosophy and social theory which include Karl Popper’s philosophy of science and society, analytical aspects of Marxism, the role of rationalism and liberalism in social and political theory as well as individual rights and democratic theory. He has also written extensively on civil society, nationalism and current political problems. His research interests focus on economic theory, liberalism and the epistemology of social sciences. In July 2002, he was a speaker at the Karl Popper centenary conference held in Vienna. He is currently President of the “Open Society”, an association for the promotion of principles of democracy, liberalism, the rule of law, human rights and civil society in Greece.

17May18:30The Truths of the Others, Do we Understand Turkey?18:30

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Panayiotis C. Ioakimidis, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Athens

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 17 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Bio

Professor Panayiotis (Takis) C. Ioakimidis

P.C. Ioakimidis, B.A, M.Sc, Ph.D is emeritus professor of European integration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens. He has been Visiting Professor at the Hellenic School of Public Administration (Athens), the Centre for Diplomatic Studies of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Athens), the NATO Defence College (Rome) and other academic institutions. He has lectured widely on European Union issues in Europe and the USA and written extensively on European integration issues.

P.C. Ioakimidis served as an adviser (Ambassador/Councilor) on European Union Affairs to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Prime Minister     C. Simitis. In this capacity, he took part in all major EU negotiations, including the negotiations for the Single European Act, the Treaty of Maastricht and the Treaty of Amsterdam. He was the Greek Representative to the Intergovernmental Conference for the Nice Treaty (2000) and Alternate Member to the European Convention for drawing up the European Constitution (2002-2003).Among others, he served as President of the Administrative Board and General Director of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM) as well as a member of the Governing Board of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP.).

10May18:30On the Quality and Survival of Democracy18:30

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Vassilis Kontogiannopoulos
Former Minister

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 10 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Bio

Vassilis Kontogiannopoulos was born in Amaliada in 1942. He is a graduate of Varvakios School and the School of Law of the University of Athens. He received his Masters in International Commercial Law and European Studies from Sorbonne University.

In 1974 he was elected MP with New Democracy in the Elis Prefecture and continuously served as such until 1996. In 1998 he was expelled from New Democracy and in 2000 he was elected MP with PASOK in the B’ Athens prefecture.

He served as Deputy Minister and Minister of Education in the Cabinets of K. Karamanlis, G. Rallis, Tzanis Tzannetakis, X. Zolotas and K. Mitsotakis. He also served as Minister of Industry, Energy and Trade in the K. Mitsotakis Cabinet and as Deputy Minister of Health in the K. Simitis Cabinet.

He has written books on Educational Politics and Politics in general. He is married and the father of one daughter.

03May18:30The Political Economy of Reforms: Lessons from the International and the Greek experience18:30

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On the occasion of the latest book of Dimitris Skalkos
“Is Greece Changing? The Political Economy of Reforms” (Epikentro Publications)

Discussion
“The Political Economy of Reforms: Lessons Learned from International and Greek Experience”

Dimitris Skalkos
Political scientist-international relations specialist
Special Service for Institutional Support – Unit B
General Secretariat for Public Investments – NSRF
Ministry of Economy & Development

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 3 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Bio

Dimitris Skalkos was born in Athens in 1971. He studied political sciences at the Panteion University in Athens and completed postgraduate studies in international relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is a PhD candidate in institutional economics at the University of Peloponnese. He works in the management of European structural and investment Funds. He served as a special advisor for the Ministries of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness. He has authored three books on political theory and political economy. His articles appear regularly in various publications and he is a member of the editorial board of The Books’ Journal.

26Apr18:30Foreign Policy: Risks and Challenges18:30

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Alexis Papachelas
Εxecutive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, April 26 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107

19Apr18:30Why do they hate us? Anti-Americanism in Greece and France18:30

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Soti Triantafyllou, PhD
Writer & Historian

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, April 19, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Soti Triantafyllou

Historian and writer, born in Athens (1957), living in Paris.

Soti Triantafyllou studied Pharmacy and French Literature at the University of Athens, American History and Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (PhD) and did post-doctoral research in Paris and New York. She is the author of a dozen novels, numerous short stories and essays.

12Apr18:30Rentier-State Theory and the Greek crisis18:30

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Asteris Huliaras
Professor, Department of Political Science & International Relations, University of the Peloponnese

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, April 12, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Asteris Huliaras is Professor in comparative politics and international relations in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of the Peloponnese. He holds a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Relations with Less Developed Countries. He specializes in North-South relations, international development assistance and foreign policy analysis.

29Mar18:30Liberal Democracy and its Enemies18:30

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Aristides Hatzis
Professor of Philosophy of Law and Theory of Institutions, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, March 29, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Aristides Hatzis is a Professor of Law & Economics at the University of Athens (Ph.D. University of Chicago) and a Fellow of the Institute for Research in Economics and Fiscal Issues (IREF). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of European Contract Law, the Steering Committee of the European Network for Better Regulation and the Editorial Board of the European Review of Contract Law. He is a member of the scientific boards of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy and the Liberal Forum of Greece. He served (from 2014 to 2016) as a member of the National Council for Research & Technology, the supreme advisory body of the Greek government for the formulation of Research policy and as a member of the steering committee (2004-2006) of the European Association of Law & Economics. He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards and his papers have been published in major academic journals. He has lectured as Visiting Professor in several Greek, European and North-American universities. He is the co-editor of Law and Economics: Philosophical Issues and Fundamental Questions (Routledge, 2016) and the author (in Greek) of A Short Introduction to Liberalism (2017) and Arguments for Liberty (2017). His op-eds have been published by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Korean Herald, the CNBC and other major international and Greek media. He has also given interviews to major international media outlets: Bloomberg News, Economist, Euronews, BBC, Guardian, Spiegel, U.S. National Public Radio, Time, Voice of America, Belgian, Canadian, Chinese, Finish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish State TV and Radio, etc.

22Mar18:30Bridges of Cooperation. The Marshall Plan and Greece.18:30

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On the occasion of the latest book of Alexandros Costopoulos
“Bridges of Cooperation. The Marshall Plan and Greece” (Ikaros Publications)

Discussion
Vassilis Antoniades – Senior Partner and Managing Director, Τhe Boston Consulting Group, Greece
Alexandros Costopoulos – CEO; FORESIGHT Strategy and Communications, Founder; Repower Greece
Georgios K. Filis – PhD, Adjunct Professor, International Business Department, Associate Member, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, Deree – The American College of Greece
Niki Tzavela – Member of the European Parliament (2009-2014); Dean’s Council, Harvard Kennedy School (1998-2009)

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos – Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, March 22, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Vassilis Antoniades

Vassilis Antoniades is Senior Partner and Managing Director with the Athens office of The BCG. Mr. Antoniades joined The Boston Consulting Group in 2003. He is the regional leader of the firm’s Financial Institutions practice in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. He is also a core member of BCG’s People and Organization and Corporate Development practices. He focuses on retail and wholesale banking, is a topic expert in risk management, and is actively involved in recruiting, peer career development, and marketing.

Vassilis has participated in building up BCG in Greece since early 2003 and has led a number of key assignments in the region.

Before joining BCG, Vassilis was a financial analyst with Merrill Lynch in New York, engaging in IPO and M&A activity in North America. He is a board member of the Bodossaki Foundation, The Harvard Business School Club of Greece and the Board of Advisors of Athens School of Business and Economics.

 

Alexandros Costopoulos

Alexandros Costopoulos is a communications strategist, renowned speaker and seasoned contributor to leading international and Greek media on communications, credibility, soft skills and U.S. relations.

Founder and CEO of FORESIGHT Communications, Alex has collaborated with distinguished individuals and prominent organizations from the political, academic and business spheres in the United States, Greece and the broader southeast European region, providing critical insight and developing bespoke results driven strategies and tactics related to public affairs, reputation management, public diplomacy, civil society engagement and American affairs.

He is an elected member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the American‐Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Director for Greece of American Citizens Abroad and co‐founder of the Institute for Regional Dialogue and Strategy.

He has written various social and political opinion editorials for top newspapers and magazines in Greece and has spoken extensively on the importance of cooperation and smart power, while he published two books, “Bridges of Cooperation‐Marshall Plan and Greece” in 2008 and “Bridges of Liberty ‐ American Philhellenism in the 18th and 19th Centuries” in 2009.

On December 2011 he founded RepowerGreece, an international grassroots public diplomacy initiative that seeks to empower a new way of thinking in facing emerging challenges and redefine Greece by confronting misconceptions that abound.

 

Niki Tzavela

Niki Tzavela is a Greek politician who served as Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014. While in the European Parliament, she was Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the United States of America, coordinator in the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy and a Member of the Delegation for EU-Israel relations. She has also been a MP with the New Democracy Party serving from 1994 to 1996. She also served as Vice-Chair of the Kokkalis Foundation, an NGO based in Greece with a mission to promote cooperation and educational initiatives in Southeastern Europe, East Mediterranean and the Middle East (1996 – 2009). She ran the Kokkalis Foundation Program for Southeastern Europe at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government for 12 years, serving at the same time on the HKS Dean’s Council. Niki has held numerous posts in the private sector such as Executive Director for International Development of the Antenna TV Group S.A (2007-2009) and Vice President of BoD of INTRACOM S.A. Hellenic Telecommunications and Electronics Industry (2000-2007). Niki Tzavela attained her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC and her Master’s in Labour Economics from Leeds Technical University.

 

Georgios K. Filis

Dr. Georgios K. Filis is an Adjunct Professor in the International Business Department of Deree – The American College of Greece, where he teaches interdisciplinary courses in the fields of European Political and Economic Affairs, and International Business. He is a visiting lecturer in various Greek military colleges, a contributing expert at the international consultancy organization Wikistrat, and director of AEGIS Publishing, which operates the news portal “www.defence-point.gr”. He also serves as a scientific and policy advisor on related issues at top political levels.

Dr. Filis holds a PhD in International Relations and Geopolitical Analysis, and a Master’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Durham (UK), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Deree. His research interests and published works focus on: geopolitical theory and analysis, geoeconomics and international entrepreneurship, energy security, and the broader developments on the Black Sea-Straits-Aegean-Eastern Mediterranean maritime axis.

Dr. Filis can be reached at [email protected]

 

15Mar18:30Unknown geopolitical parameters of the Greek Revolution18:30

Event Details

A discussion with
Meletis Meletopoulos, Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences of Geneva University, Head of Lykeion of Ionios School

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, March 15, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107

08Mar18:30Sustainable Development and Energy Security18:30

Event Details

A discussion with
Efstathios Tsotsoros, Chairman, Executive Member of BoD, Hellenic Petroleum SA

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, March 8, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Efstathios Tsotsoros, Chairman, Executive Member of BoD, Hellenic Petroleum SA

MSc in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (National Technical University of Athens), BSc in Economics (University of Athens), PhD in Economics (Panteio University). Emeritus professor of Economic Development and Social Transformation (Panteion University). He served as a member of the Council and the Senate of the University and he was Director of the Postgraduate program, as well as of the Economic and Social Research Centre of the Department of Sociology.

He has particularly important and extensive experience in senior management positions in public and private sectors as well as in local government. He has been Director of Public Power Corporation, Board Member and CEO of Business Reconstruction Organization, Vice President and General Manager of Athens Regulatory Plan and Environmental Protection Organization, Board Member and CEO of various companies in the private sector and Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Broadcasting Group Alpha. He was also Advisor to the Minister of Energy, to Athens Mayor, to the President of the Greek Technical Chamber and he has also occupied the post of the Chairman of the National Committee of Programme Agreements and Development Contracts.

He has participated in research projects and in the preparation of techno-economic studies, in significant investment projects as well as in national and regional development programs. His scientific research has been published by the Educational Institutions of the National Bank of Greece, by Commerce and Piraeus Banks, by the National Research Foundation as well as by Papazisis Publishers.

01Mar18:30The Right – Left Divide: Myth and Reality18:30

Event Details

A discussion with
Dimitris Dimitrakos, Professor Emeritus, Political Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, March 1, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107

22Feb18:30Geopolitical Developments in the Middle East region. The ‘House of Cards’ of Saudi Arabia, the successor, the prospects, the dangers18:30

Event Details

Lt. Gen. (r) Ioannis Ath. Baltzois
M.Sc. Geopolitical – Geostrategical Analyst

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, February 22, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Lt. Gen. (r) Ioannis Ath. Baltzois

Lt General (ret) Ioannis Ath. Baltzois was born in Arta city, in 1954. He was graduated from the Hellenic Military Academy, in 1976, named second lieutenant of the Armor branch, of the Hellenic Army. He served in all the posts provided by every rank, in commanding and staff positions in Greece and abroad, until his retirement with the rank of Lt. General.

Also served in some specific positions, such as:

  • European Community Observer, Operation Officer in Regional Center of Zenica , Central Bosnia and in Regional Center of Knin, Kraina, of ECMM, during the Bosnian-Herzegovina war (1993-1994).
  • Aide de Camp of ex president of the Hellenic Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos , (1995-2000).
  • Defense Attaché in the Hellenic Embassy of Tel Aviv, (2000-2003), during the Palestinian Intifada of Al Aqsa.

Education

He has graduated by all the planned Army schools, during his military service, and also:

  • He is a graduate of the Army War College.
  • He is a graduate of the Hellenic National Defense College.
  • He is a graduate of the Tactical Intelligence School, Ft Huachuca, Arizona, US Army, holds a Diploma of Information.
  • He holds a M.Sc. in “Geopolitical Analysis, Geostrategic Synthesis, Defense Studies and International Security” of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  • He speaks fluently English.

 

15Feb18:30Does Social Democracy Have a Future?18:30

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Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens

Stavros Theodorakis, Leader of the parliamentary political party “To Potami”

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, February 15, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Mr. Georgios Kaminis
Mayor of Athens, Greece

Georgios Kaminis was elected Mayor of Athens in November 2010 and re-elected for a second term in May 2014.

Prior to his election as Mayor of Athens, Mr. Kaminis served as Deputy Ombudsman for Human Rights from 1998 to May 2003. In 2003, he was unanimously elected Greek Ombudsman by the Greek Parliament, and re-elected for a second term in 2007. In August 2010, Mr. Kaminis resigned from this position in order to stand as an independent mayoral candidate for the City of Athens.

Mr. Kaminis is an Assistant Professor of constitutional law at the University of Athens, Faculty of Law and a member of the scientific staff in the Department of Parliamentary Studies and Research of the Greek Parliament. In 2016 he was the winner of the World Mayor Commendation for services to refugees.

He studied law at the University of Athens and holds a doctoral degree (Doctorat d’Etat) from the University of Paris I. He was born in New York City and has also lived in Osaka, Paris, Madrid and Heidelberg. In addition to his native Greek language, he speaks fluently English, French, Spanish and German.

Mr. Kaminis is married and has two children.


Stavros Theodorakis
Leader of the parliamentary political party “To Potami”

Stavros Theodorakis was born in 1963, in a small village in Crete, and raised in Agia Barbara, a traditionally poor, working class suburb in Western Athens.

He was a journalist since 1984 and he worked in nine radio stations, six magazines and four TV channels. He was a prestigious columnist, while he interviewed some of the most interesting personalities from the political and social world in Greece.

He hosted the documentary-type TV show “Protagonistes”, which was the most popular TV show in Greece. He was not only its TV host, but also its director. Up until its sudden end, the show was ranked first in measurements.

He is the author of three books, with journalistic, political and social content.

Stavros Theodorakis was also involved in many Roma educational projects, when he went back to his origins in Agia Barbara suburb and dedicated all his time and effort, striving for social justice.

Along with his friends, Mr Theodorakis started a Mediterranean kitchen restaurant. He also launched the website protagon.gr , with articles suggesting stories that “make us think differently”.

He gave up all these projects and activities in February 2014, in order to create the political party To Potami. He has been an MP of the Hellenic Parliament since January 2015. He is still the leader of To Potami.

He is married and he has one daughter.

08Feb18:30After 1922: The Prolongation of the National Schism18:30

Event Details

On the occasion of the publication of his latest book
“After 1922: The Prolongation of the National Schism” (Patakis Publications)

A discussion with
George Th. Mavrogordatos, Professor

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, February 8, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107

06Feb13:4015:00The Ongoing Cooperation between the United States and Greece at an Economic, Trade, and Security Level13:40 - 15:00

Event Details

An interactive discussion between ACG students and
Geoffrey R. Pyatt
U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

Moderated by Claudia Carydis – Vice President, Public Affairs

When: Tuesday, February 6, 13:40 – 15:00

Where: John S. Bailey Library, Upper Level

Organized by: Office of Public Affairs

In collaboration with
School of Business, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Honors Society, Investment Club, Accounting and Finance Society


Geoffrey R. Pyatt
U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

Geoffrey R. Pyatt, a Career Member of the Foreign Service; Class of Career Minister, was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, in September 2016.

He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2013-2016, receiving the State Department’s Robert Frasure Memorial Award in recognition of his commitment to peace and alleviation of human suffering in eastern Ukraine.

Previously, Ambassador Pyatt was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs from 2010-2013. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria from 2007-2010.

Ambassador Pyatt, also served as Deputy Chief of Mission, at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 2006-2007, and as Political Counselor from 2002 to 2006. Geoffrey R. Pyatt, served as Economic Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 1999 to 2002 and as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan from 1997 to 1999.

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1989, he has also served on the National Security Council staff, on the staff of Deputy Secretary Strobe Talbott and at posts in Honduras and India. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked with the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank that brings together leading citizens of the Americas.

01Feb18:30Does the Market Economy have a Future?18:30

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On the occasion of the latest book of Andreas Andrianopoulos, PhD
“Neoliberalism for Beginners (Epicentre publications)

Antonis Kroustis, Writer
George C. Bitros, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, Athens University of Economics and Business
Miranda Xafa, PhD, CEO, EF Consulting Ltd

When: Thursday, February 1, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107