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202419Jun11:3013:00ACG Distinguished Speakers Series 2024United States Congressman John Sarbanes in discussion with Deree students on the topic "Anchoring Politics in Service"11:30 - 13:00

Event Details

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 11:30-13:00
Where: Events Hall – The American College of Greece

Organized by: The ACG Office of Public Affairs in collaboration with Kathimerini

Moderated by: Athanasios Ellis, Editor-in-Chief, Kathimerini English Edition


About the event:

The ACG Distinguished Speakers Series 2024 presents United States Congressman John Sarbanes for an interactive discussion with Deree students on strengthening civil society, securing democratic engagement and anchoring politics in service. As chair of the Task Force on Strengthening Democracy, a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and a leader within the Hellenic Caucus, Congressman Sarbanes will also address his work on health, environment and energy issues and comment on US – Greece relations.

The event is open to the public. Parking upon availability.

About the speaker

Congressman Sarbanes has represented the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland since 2007. His time in Congress has been anchored by service on the Energy and Commerce Committee where he has focused on health care, clean energy and environmental issues, particularly protecting and preserving the Chesapeake Bay. Appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to chair the Democracy Reform Taskforce, Congressman Sarbanes led efforts to assemble HR1, the Freedom to Vote Act, a historic suite of reforms to protect the right to vote, clean up corruption in Washington and restore trust, transparency and integrity in government. He is also the proud author of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program which has forgiven a combined amount of $62.8 billion for almost 876,000 student borrowers who made the decision to pursue careers as teachers, first responders, non-profit advocates and other pursuits in the public service arena. But above all, his number one priority has always been serving his constituents with timely and efficient case work, along with thoughtful and informative communication. He is keenly aware that the true movers and shakers in the world are the many unsung heroes —individuals and organizations— who commit every day to making a difference in their local communities.

Congressman Sarbanes is deeply connected to his Greek heritage and its emphasis on hard work, pursuit of excellence and commitment to family and community. His grandparents, Spyros and Matina Sarbanes immigrated in the early 1900s from small villages in the Southern Peloponnese and opened a restaurant in Salisbury, Maryland. Their emphasis on service and volunteerism is embodied in Congressman Sarbanes’ career and in that of his late father, Senator Paul Sarbanes. A champion of issues affecting Greece and Cyprus, Congressman Sarbanes serves on the Hellenic Caucus and, for more than a decade, has hosted the annual St. Andrews Freedom Forum reception on Capitol Hill to bring awareness to the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes graduated from Princeton University and earned a Fulbright Scholarship to Greece before attending Harvard Law School. Before coming to Congress, he worked for nearly two decades in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

202405JunAll Day12World Environment Day 2024(All Day)

Event Details

Our land. Our future: Land restoration, desertification and drought resilience

About the event

Framing the problem
‘More than 75% of Earth’s land area is already degraded. A total area half of the size of the European Union degrades annually. The lives of 250 million people are currently affected by desertification, while 135 million people may be displaced by desertification by 2045.’

Art Installation Could we forsee the future? by Ms. Stella Evgena, Artist
Scientific posters display by Environmental Studies Professors, ACG
When: Wednesday, June 5 – Monday. September 30, 2024
Where: CN Building, top floor staircase

Expert talks & Open Discussion
Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics, Executive Director Center of Excellence in Sustainability, ACG
Dr. Dimitrios Voloudakis, Part-time Instructor, Department of Science and Mathematics Scientific Collaborator, Academy of Athens
Dr. Ioannis Kougkoulos, Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics, ACG.
When: Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 10.00-12.00
Where: Arts Center Auditorium

Workshop Sustainability in artistic practices by Ms. Stella Evgena, Artist & Ms. Matina Charalambi, Art Theorist / Curator
When: Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 12:45 – 14:45
Where: NPS Studios

Organized by:
Center of Excellence in Sustainability, ACG
Office of Sustainability-Public Affairs, ACG
ACG Arts Collection, Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts, ACG
Ms. Stella Evgena, Artist

For the workshop please RSVP at [email protected].



202401Feb18:3022:00Geopolitics Unveiled18:30 - 22:00

Event Details

When: Thursday, February 1, 2024 | 18:30-22:00

Where: Events Hall

Organized by:
The ACG Office of Advancement, the ACG Greek Alumni Chapter, and the Institute of Global Affairs

About the event

“Geopolitics Unveiled” is a panel discussion where alumni, academics, and other experts will shed light on how geography and politics come together to influence key areas such as Investments, Energy, and Climate Change.

Engage in a thought-provoking discussion and gain a deeper understanding of the global landscape.

The Greek chapter consists of 25 actively engaged alumni and seasoned professionals and is a vibrant hub where graduates, united by shared experiences and aspirations, come together to re-connect and engage amongst them and with their alma mater through the organization of events and other meet ups.


18:30 | Registration

19:00 | Welcome Remarks by Vice President of Advancement Alison Townley

19:02 | Opening remarks by Dr. Konstantinos Filis

19:10 | Moderator Dr. George Dikaios invites panelists to the stage

19:15 | First round of the panel discussion

19:40 | Second round of the panel discussion

20:00 | Q&A Session

20:30 | ACG Greek Alumni Chapter Launch Speech

20:35 – 22:00 | Networking cocktail reception



The event will be in hybrid mode so as ACG students and Alumni living abroad can watch the panel discussion virtually.

The registration deadline is January 26, 2023

The panel discussion will take place in Greek.


Dr George Dikaios, Pierce 2010 Alumnus, is a postdoctoral researcher and an adjunct lecturer at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the UNESCO Chair on Climate Diplomacy and a Research Fellow at the Institute of European Integration and Policy and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). His research has been funded by the NKUA, the A. G. Leventis Foundation, and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF). His work revolves around (European) climate diplomacy and policies, shipping and maritime policies, and Greek and EU politics; it is published in scholarly journals. He has studied political science and international relations at the NKUA and Leiden University (The Netherlands). His book EU Climate Diplomacy Towards the IMO and ICAO: Normative without Power is expected in Spring 2024 by Palgrave Macmillan. His articles appear often in the press.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Konstantinos Filis, Director of the ACG Institute of Global Affairs and an Associate Professor, where he teaches courses in International Relations and European Affairs.

Dr. Filis is the President of the Foundation for Thracean Art and Tradition and member of Advisory Committee of the Institute of International Relations, Panteion University. He is also an:


  • Expert representative of Greece at The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE)
  • An associate Academic Researcher, Centre for Foreign Policy Planning (KESEP), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic
  • Energy and Geoeconomics Advisor to the Hellenic Association of Entrepreneurs (2018-present), and
  • Member of the Greek-Turkish Forum (2013-present); corresponding Member of the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe (2017-present).

His most recent books/monographs are: “Assertive Patriotism,” “Greece in its Neighbourhood,” “A Closer Look at Russia and its Influence in the World,” “Turkey, Islam, Erdoğan,” and “Refugees, Europe, Insecurity”.


Vassiliki Lazarakou, Pierce Alumna, is Chair of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (HCMC) and Member of the Board of Supervisors of European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). She has been elected as Member of the Management Board of the ESMA and is chairing ESA’s Joint Sub-Committee on Securitizations.
Dr. Lazarakou is a member of the IOSCO Board for a two-year term (October 2022-October 2024) since HCMC was elected by the 51 members of the of the European Regional Committee (ERC) as their Representative to the IOSCO Board.

She has been re-elected as a member of the Bureau of the Corporate Governance Committee of the OECD for the year 2024.

She has a Doctorate in Law (JSD) from New York University School of Law, New York, U.S.A. and an LLM in International Legal Studies from the same university as well as a bachelor’s in law from Athens University, School of Law. She is a lawyer admitted at both the Athens Bar and the New York Bar Association with expertise in capital markets, M&As, privatizations, corporate and commercial law, and other similar issues. She has worked for more than 20 years as a partner at several law firms and for more than 10 years she headed the relevant Banking, Capital Markets and Finance Department of such firms.  From 2012 – 2015 she was the First Vice-Chair of the HCMC.

Theofanis Mylonas is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Eurobank Asset Management M.F.M.C.  as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eurobank Fund Management Co (Lux) SA, President of the Group Investment Strategy Committee of Eurobank and member of the Hellenic Fund and Asset Management Association.

In the past he was President and Vice President of the Hellenic Fund and Asset Management Association, Head of Global Markets Trading Division and member of various investment and other committees of Eurobank. He has also served as Assistant General Manager and Co-Head of Global Markets Trading at the Global Markets Trading Division. Mr. Mylonas has held various managerial positions in the Global Markets Division. In addition, he has also worked as Head of Fixed Income Trading – Greece, in the Treasury Dealing Room of Citibank / Schroder Salomon Smith Barney in Greece and the UK.

Mr. Mylonas holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and a High Honours B.Sc. in Business Studies from the University of Buckingham.

Eva Polyzogopoulou, Deree 2005 Alumna: Country Director – Action Aid Hellas.

Eva Polyzogopoulou, has extensive experience in the field of nonprofit institutions and civil society, both in Greece and internationally. Today, she holds the position of General Director at ActionAid Hellas. In the last decade, she was a director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, having under her responsibility a large part of the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives as well as the evaluation of applications for funding. At the same time, she has collaborated with public and private organizations, such as the General Archives of the State in Athens and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Eva is a member of the BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders Network and holds an advisory position in selected non-profit organizations. She studied Business Administration at Deree – The American College of Greece, Librarianship, and Information Systems at the University of Western Attica, and holds a master’s degree in Cultural & Creative Industries from King’s College London.

Nikos Tsafos, Pierce 1999 Alumnus, serves as the Chief Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece. A leading authority on energy, Nikos has worked with companies, banks, and governments in over 30 countries on some of the world’s most complex energy projects. Most recently, he held the Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); he also served on the Climate Advisory Committee of the Export Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). From 2016 to 2019, he was a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Nikos has testified before Congress, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the Canadian House of Commons, and the Alaska State Legislature. He has written extensively on energy, including for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, EURACTIV, National Interest, and others. Nikos is a regular commentator on current affairs: he has been quoted in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg, and he has appeared on CNN, NBC, the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, and other leading media outlets.

He holds a B.A. in international relations and economics from Boston University, and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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202431Jan14:3015:30ACG Distinguished Speakers Series: US Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, H.E. George Tsunis, on CampusJoin the launch event for an interactive discussion on key issues and challenges of our time14:30 - 15:30

Event Details

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 14:30-15:30
Where: ACG Events Hall

Organized by: Office of Public Affairs


About the event

The ACG Distinguished Speakers Series is a new, thematic series, initiated by the ACG Office of Public Affairs. The series invites foreign field experts, policy makers, business executives and community leaders to share their insights and expertise with the ACG community, promoting bilateral understanding and cooperation. The purpose of the event is to offer the chance to Deree students, faculty and staff to meet, interact with and hear the ideas of a prominent diplomat.

U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, H.E. George J. Tsunis, is going to be the inaugural speaker of the ACG Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS) 2024!

 The Ambassador will share his thoughts and perspective on US- Greece relations and on key current global issues, while focusing on the role Education can play in promoting the understanding and cooperation between the two nations.


14:35 | Introduction on the Distinguished Speakers
Claudia Carydis, Vice President Public Affairs, The American College of Greece

14:38 | Welcome Remarks
Dr. David G. Horner, President, The American College of Greece

14:41 | Ambassador’s Bio
Deree Student

14:43 | Opening Remarks
H.E. George J. Tsunis, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

14:46 | Deree Students discuss with the Ambassador

15:10 | Q & A Session


Ambassador’s Bio
George James Tsunis presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic on May 10, 2022. He was nominated by President Biden and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 10, 2022.

Ambassador Tsunis is the proud Greek-American son of immigrants to the United States, with deep roots in the village of Platanos in the beautiful mountainous region of Nafpaktia. Growing up, his parents instilled in him the Hellenic ideals of καλοσύνη (goodness), αγάπη (love), and above all, φιλότιμο (the love of honor). He learned Greek as his first language. Deeply engaged with the Greek-American community, Ambassador Tsunis was a founding trustee of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, and is a trustee of the Hellenic Initiative among other roles.

Prior to his nomination, Ambassador Tsunis was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chartwell Hotels, LLC. He served as Chairman of Battery Park City Authority. He was also a Trustee for the New York City Convention Development Corporation and the New York City Convention Operating Corporation and helped manage a 1.5 million square foot expansion of the New York Convention Center, transforming it into one of the world’s most modern and beautiful convention centers. Ambassador Tsunis served as the chairman of the Nassau University Medical Center, a large public safety net hospital with a focus on providing care to vulnerable communities.

Previously, Ambassador Tsunis was a Counsel and Partner (Attorney of Law), at Rivkin Radler LLP, Uniondale, NY, and Legislative Attorney, New York City Council. He served as Counsel for Dix Hills Water District, Dix Hills, NY and Town of Huntington Committee on Open Space Preservation, Huntington, NY.

Ambassador Tsunis earned a B.A. from the New York University, New York, NY and a J.D. from St John’s University of Law, Queens, NY. He was an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Order of Saint Andrew), the highest ecclesiastical honor that can be bestowed upon a layman by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for Long Island Cares and the lifetime achievement award for civic engagement for Long Island Business News. Ambassador Tsunis is married and has three children.

For more information contact [email protected]

202330Nov(Nov 30)18:0002Dec(Dec 2)22:00Water Management Best Practices (Nov. 30) & CLIMATHON Aghia Paraskevi 2023 (Dec. 2)(November 30) 18:00 - (December 2) 22:00

Event Details


Thursday, November 30, 2023 (18:00 – 21:00) &
Saturday, December 2, 2023 (09:00 – 22:00)


ACG Events Hall (Aghia Paraskevi Campus, 6 Gravias Str.)


General Secretariat of Natural Environment and Water, Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy
The American College of Greece
Sustainable Development Unit — ATHENA RC
Municipality of Aghia Paraskevi
under the Auspices of the Green Fund

In collaboration with:
Center of Excellence in Sustainability, The American College of Greece
Office of Sustainability — Public Affairs, The American College of Greece

Supported by:

Athens University of Economics and Business

About the event

Two joint Events on good practices for water management that aspire to be a catalyst for positive changes in water management practices and biodiversity conservation, laying the foundations for sustainable cities.

November 30, 2023, 18:00 – 21:00 – Event of Water Management Best Practices, ACG Events Hall

The event aims to bring together academics, experts, policymakers, innovators, citizens and young people to share ideas and best practices in water management.

December 2, 2023, 09:00 – 22:00 – CLIMATHON on the Challenge of ‘Water, Nature and Citizens,’ ACG Events Hall

The event seeks to promote an environment of cooperation for the exchange of innovative ideas and sustainable solutions that address current challenges of water management, biodiversity loss in cities and the interactions for citizens, particularly crucial in times of climate crisis.

The Climathon is an ideathon that seeks to engage and raise awareness among citizens on issues facing the local community and related to climate change.

Citizens, guided by mentors, are invited to propose sustainable and innovative solutions aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change. At the heart of the initiative are the Climathon organizers and participants in each city, who support and promote the movement around the world.

Municipalities, businesses, schools and universities, experts and non-experts, young people and parents are invited to join this journey of co-creating new solutions.

Today, more than ever, under the pressure of climate change, we need fresh and innovative ideas and actions related to the management of water resources and the protection of biodiversity in urban environments with a focus on the environment and society. Therefore, we aspire to contribute to finding effective solutions to real climate challenges. The challenge of the Climathon in Aghia Paraskevi is: “Water, Nature and Citizens.”

Participants will receive separate certificates of attendance for each day, upon request. For December 2 certificates will be issued to those joining the competing teams.

In addition, participants in the Climathon will have the chance to win exciting prizes as they contribute innovative solutions.

The top three submissions will be rewarded as follows:

1st Prize:
– Cash prize worth €1,200
– Climathon souvenirs of Aghia Paraskevi

2nd Prize:
– Cash prize worth €800
– Climathon souvenirs of Aghia Paraskevi

3rd Prize:
– Cash prize worth €500
– Climathon souvenirs of Aghia Paraskevi

Get ready to refuel your energy with some delightful treats! Goody’s – Everest will offer you refreshing beverages, snacks, light lunch and dinner!

Special thanks to Goody’s Everest for donating the coffee, cookies, lemonade, sandwiches and hamburgers.







Please click for more information about Agenda, Speakers, Mentors and Jury.



202328Nov(Nov 28)09:0030(Nov 30)14:30Blood Drive | ACG Community Service Days - Fall 202309:00 - 14:30 (30)

ACG Blood Drive December 2020

Event Details

BLOOD DRIVE in support of NIMTS and Agios Savvas Hospitals

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 09:00-14:30
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 09:00-14:30
Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 09:00-13:30

Where: Deree Student Lounge, Aghia Paraskevi Campus

Co-organized by
ACG Health & Wellness
Office of Sustainability, Public Affairs
Office of Student Affairs

Supported by
ACG Sustainability Leaders
SNF Scholars’ Organization
Deree Student Association (DSA)

You are invited to join The American College of Greece in support of NIMTS and Agios Savvas Hospitals.
Precautionary measures, as directed by EODY, will be taken to safeguard the health and safety of the blood donors.

Please check out the process, make sure you are eligible , and schedule an appointment through Eventora. Each volunteer will be able to register for a specific day and time slot and will be required to present the Eventora barcode received upon registration.

Giving blood normally takes about 30 minutes of your time.

Don’t forget to bring with you your ID/Passport and AMKA number (if applicable).

Because ACG Cares!

For more information contact us at [email protected] or telephone 210 6009800, ext. 1446.

202321Nov(Nov 21)17:3022(Nov 22)20:30The future of energy in EuropeEnergy Info Seminars 17:30 - 20:30 (22)

Event Details

November 21, 2023 | 17:30-20:30 (Part 1)
November 22, 2023 | 17:30-20:30 (Part 2)

ACG Events Hall, Agia Paraskevi campus, 6 Gravias Str.

Organized by:
ACG Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation
Greek Energy Forum

Conducted by:

Michalis Mathioulakis
Energy Strategy Analyst
Academic Director of the Greek Energy Forum

George Kokosalakis
Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation
Assistant Professor, School of Business and Economics, Deree – The American College of Greece

Dr Valentina Dedi
Lead Economic Advisor, Consulting International, KBR

Free attendance for all ACG and Greek public universities students.
Certificates of attendance will be issued to all attendees of both days.

About the event

The American College of Greece and the Greek Energy Forum for the second consecutive year, organize the Energy Info Seminars, to ACG and Greek public universities students from the fields of business, energy, political sciences, international relations, engineering, and law studies.

Find out about the major issues concerning the energy sector and the recent developments regarding energy prices and energy security in Greece and the EU for the upcoming winter. Learn the basics about EU’s policies regarding Energy Security, Market Design, and Decarbonization.

In these twin 2.5-hour introductory seminars you will get useful info regarding:

  • How an energy system works
  • Which EU energy policies affect climate change and energy security
  • What are the major energy concerns for the upcoming winter in Greece and the EU
  • How the war in Ukraine affects the future of energy in Europe and the world.

Click for the agenda
For more information, please contact [email protected]

202321Nov12:4516:459th Internet Security Day12:45 - 16:45

Event Details

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.”
Stephane Nappo

When: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 | 12:45 – 16:45
Where: 7th level Auditorium, Deree – The American College of Greece

Join us for an insightful discussion with distinguished professionals on cybersecurity trends and concerns.

Organized by:
Information Technology Society
Management Information Systems Society

With the support of the Women in Technology and Science Club (WiTS)

202330OctAll DayHalloween Celebration(All Day: Monday)

Event Details

When: Monday, October 30, 2023
Where: Deree DC Building

Organized by:
Office of Student Affairs , Deree Student Activities Board

Supported by:
NYX Professional Makeup , Sherlocked Homes

About the event

Halloween is right around the corner, and the anticipation is brewing! Prepare to be transported into a world of spooky delight and mesmerizing festivities. Our lineup of activities, from pumpkin carving to thrilling performances and a bone-chilling movie night, is ready to cast its spell and make this Halloween one for the books. Get ready!

Pumpkin Carving
Sharing the Journey | 12:00

Join the festive fun of pumpkin carving!
Put your carving skills to the test. Carve distinctive designs, let your imagination go wild, and enjoy the Halloween spookiness.

Get your Zombie Sip On
Student Lounge Corner | 12:00

Warm up your undead spirit!
Let the Deree Student Activities Board treat you to some steaming hot cocoa with whipped cream.

Pop-Up Halloween Escape Room:
DSA Office | 13:00 – 16:00

Unleash your inner detective with a Pop-Up Halloween Escape Room powered by Sherlocked Homes!
Step into a world of mystery and brain-teasing excitement as you unlock the secrets of a chilling story. The adventure starts at the DSA Office but hints and clues will be strategically placed around Deree campus, transforming the entire area into a haunted treasure hunt.

Spooktacularly Beautiful:
Student Lounge | 13:00 – 16:00

Enjoy Halloween in style! NYX Professional Makeup and Deree Fashion Club bring you a face-painting extravaganza!
Join us for an unforgettable blend of beauty and spookiness that’ll have you ready for a ghostly Halloween.

Bake sale:
Main Corridor | 14:00 – 16:00

Visit our Halloween Bake Sale hosted by Deree student clubs, organizations and societies.
Support, savor, and celebrate the season! Enjoy a variety of scary goodies that have been carefully and creatively made!

Zombie Thrills:
Student Lounge | 14:30 – 15:30

Undead rhythms will echo at DC as the Deree Cheer Team and the Broadway Club are getting ready for a thrilling performance!

Movie Night:
Student Lounge | 17:00 – 20:00

Get ready for a chilling evening at our Halloween movie night! It’s the perfect way to embrace the spooky, ominous season surrounded by good company.


202319Oct09:0012:30Elevate Her: Empowering Mothers in an Agile Reality09:00 - 12:30

Event Details

When: October 19, 2023 | 09:00-12:30
Where: ACG Events HallThe American College of Greece, Gravias 6, Aghia Paraskevi campus
(Parking upon availability)

Organized by:
Office of Sustainability, Public Affairs – ACG
Center of Excellence in Sustainability – ACG
Rise Club Non-profit Organization

Supported by:
ACG Sustainability Leaders
Psychology Society, Deree – ACG

The event, to be held in Greek, is free and open to the public.

About the event

The event aims to inspire and empower mothers and women professionals through education, mental health support, and corporate sustainability and responsibility initiatives.

It features success stories and practical strategies to promote personal and professional growth in the context of motherhood; stories that aim to motivate and provide insights into personal growth and overcoming challenges.

The panel discussions focus on the role of education in empowering, for better career opportunities, emphasizing upskilling and reskilling strategies such as initiating eco-friendly businesses or initiatives. Issues on mental health will be discussed, recognizing the unique challenges that mothers face. Sustainable partnerships and best practices, undertaken by companies, will be showcased, presenting how mothers are positively impacted, while the former fulfil CSR objectives.


09:00 | Registration

09:15 | Welcome Remarks

Claudia Carydis, Vice President Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
Ifigeneia Karanasiou, Founder & President, Rise Club Non-profit Organization

09:25 | Sharing the Journey | Inspirational success stories of mothers/women professionals

Cleopatra Tomais
Natassa Triantafyllidou, EMICERT, Lead Environmental Auditor, PMO

| Panel Discussion I | Empowering Mothers through Mental Health & Education

Eleni Petra, M.Sc., Scientific Collaborator, E.K. “Athena”, Head of the Women’s Innovation Unit (IUW)

Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Science and Mathematics, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development, The American College of Greece

Meropi Michaleli, Psychoanalyst, Founder of Koidis, Member of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society (HPS), IPA, SEPEA, Founding Member and Former President of the Greek Society for Infant Mental Health (W.A.I.M.H.)

Dr. Alexia Polissidis, CEO of Anacalypsis Therapeutics, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Biomedical Sciences Program, Department of Science and Mathematics, The American College of Greece

Moderator: Lina Giannarou, journalist, Kathimerini

11:00 | Discussion – Panell II | Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility to support mothers

Alexia Machaira, Sustainable Retail & Corporate Communication Manager, AB Vassilopoulos

Rania Assariotaki, Director, Office of Sustainability – Public Affairs, The American College of Greece / Ex-officio member, Academic Advisory Board, ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability/ Affiliated member, ACG Center of Food, Tourism & Leisure / Member of the BoD, AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)

Vasiliki Kapari, People Director, Wella Company

Melina Thomaidou, Head of Communications & Patient Relations, Abbvie

Moderator: Ifigeneia Karanasiou, Founder & President, Rise Club Non-profit Organization

12:00 | Breathing Techniques Workshop

Sophie Themelis, Wellness Coach, The American College of Greece

12:30 | Networking – Coffee Break by Dimello

“Dimello will be providing complimentary coffee and a special gift for all participants!” 


Speakers’ Bios

Stella Apostolaki, is Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence in Sustainability at the American College of Greece (ACG), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She teaches environmental science courses in the Environmental Studies, in the Biomedical Sciences and in the International Honours programs.

She has a wide research experience, she is expert evaluator of Calls for Proposals for European Commission, has worked as a researcher in collaboration with universities and authorities in Greece and in the U.K., and has participated in numerous EU funded projects. Her main research interests include: integrated water and storm water management, sustainable development and innovation, climate change, conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, public education, green urban planning with emphasis on amenity and biodiversity and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Rania Assariotaki

Rania Assariotaki joined The American College of Greece in 2008. She currently holds the position of Director, Office of Sustainability. She has previously occupied the position of the first Senior Manager for Sustainability at ACG. Before joining ACG, she served in the field of customer service. She holds an MSc in Marketing from ALBA at The American College of Greece. Since December 2020, serves as an ex-officio member of the Academic Advisory Board of the ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability and since April 2022 as an affiliate member of the ACG Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism, and Leisure. Under her coordination, in 2020, ACG was awarded the STARS Gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Since September 2020 she participates as a mentor for sustainability issues in the mentorship program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Starting January 2022, she serves as an elected member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Board of Directors. The purpose of the Board is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the general promotion of AASHE. In February 2021, she was appointed by AASHE to serve as a member of the AASHE Advisory Council for her constant commitment and support to promoting sustainability best practices and culture on and off campus. The Advisory Council is an advisory body whose input often has a significant impact on staff and board decisions of AASHE. In February 2020 became a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee of the American – Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. In 2015 she was certified as a GRI G4 reporter and in July 2016 received her certification as a Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner approved by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Also, she has received certifications in: Carbon Reduction Strategy, Sustainability Reporting, Social Impact Assessment & SROI.  In August 2019, she was certified as a Sustainability Management professional, and in October 2021 in High Impact Leadership from the Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge.

Claudia Carydis

Claudia Carydis Benopoulou has been Vice President of Public Affairs at The American College of Greece since June 2012. Her responsibilities include cultivating mutually beneficial relations with key stakeholders of both the private & public sectors. She is the ACG liaison with government officials, public authorities and foreign missions in Greece. As part of her portfolio, Claudia oversees College Events and the Office of Sustainability, which is responsible for the sustainability reporting, implementation of sustainability best practices and policies at ACG, as well as the relevant awareness & community engagement initiatives and partnerships with national/international organizations. Under her leadership, in 2020, ACG was awarded the Gold STARS rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in recognition of sustainability best practices implemented in 5 categories (Academics, Operations, Planning & Administration, Social Engagement, Leadership & Innovation).

Claudia has been working at ACG since 2005 and was initially the Executive Director of Alumni Relations. She serves as an ex-officio member on the Academic Advisory Board of the ACG Institute of Global Affairs, is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) for a second term (2022-2025) and a member of the AMCHAM Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee since 2017.

Claudia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Deree-The American College of Greece and a Master’s degree in International Relations & Communication from Boston University, US.

Vasiliki KapariVasiliki Kapari, People Director of Wella Company, has studies in International Relations and Human Resources Management. She has acquired 17 years of professional experience in HR departments in Technology, Hotel, Wellness Services and FMCG industries, with local and global roles, in multinational and Greek enterprises. For the last 13 years, she has been dealing with Corporate Responsibility both within companies and in organizations & forums, such as the Hellenic American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.


Ifigeneia Karanasiou

Ifigeneia Karanasiou is the founder of Rise Club Non-profit Organisation. She is a D.P.L.G. architect, graduate from Ecole Superieure d’Architecture de Paris – Belleville and a mother of 3. She has worked as an architect in offices in London and Brussels and currently working in Athens. She is also the co- founder of Agora Greece, an e-shop that aims to promote organic Greek products supporting small local producers and promote the treasures of the Greek Land all over the world.

From very early she started being involved with social issues such as gender equality at workplace, role of women in the modern era and women’s work following motherhood.

It wasn’t until after her divorce that Ifigeneia decided to found Rise Club, a Non-profit Organisation supporting unemployed mothers to return to workforce, by updating and upgrading their soft and digital skills, promoting their emotional health and empowering them. Rise Club aims to create sustainable employment opportunities for single mothers and enable them to achieve the needed balance between family and professional life.

Rise Club’s mission for #digitalera is to increase social and economic mobility amongst low or even no-income stay-at-home mothers by providing the necessary tools, skillsets and confidence through online courses related to their career aspirations, providing them opportunities to re-integrate to workforce and thrive in their life; thereby strengthening generations of families and children to flourish and succeed.

Macheras AlexiaFor the past 18 years, Alexia Machaira has worked as the Head of Communication and Corporate Responsibility at AB Vasilopoulos. Her main role is corporate communication with key social partners and the media, while also overseeing the coordination of the Corporate Responsibility strategy. With ten years of prior experience in advertising companies, she has studied Law at Paris II – Assas University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the American University of Paris.

Meropi Michaleli

Meropi Michaleli is a psychoanalyst with over twenty-five years of experience in prenatal counseling and psychotherapy in both public and private centers in Greece (Children’s Hospital, “Alexandra” Hospital, “Elena Venizelou” Maternity Hospital). She is a member of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society (HPS), the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and the European Society for Psychoanalysis of Children and Adolescents (SEPEA). Additionally, she is a psychosomatic psychotherapist and a member of the Hellenic Psychosomatic Society, with training from the Institute of Psychosomatics in Paris (IPSO-PARIS). She is a founding member (1993) and former president (2013-2019) of the Hellenic Society for the Mental Health of Infants.

Since 1996, Ms. Michaleli has been involved in training healthcare professionals in the prenatal period with the aim of detecting, treating, and preventing psychopathology during this time. She teaches and studies the psychoanalytic approach and understanding of the prenatal period, the reproductive process, and the early traumatic experiences of this period. She works privately as a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist for parents, infants, and adults. Her innovative contribution to prenatal psychotherapy with parents and infants and the education of interdisciplinary healthcare teams is summarized in her audio interview with the International Psychoanalytic Association.

She studied Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology at the University of Sorbonne (Paris V – René Descartes) and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Athens. She was the scientific coordinator of the European Horizon Program “Birth and Future – Training of Professionals for a Medical-Psychological Approach to the Prenatal Age” (1996-2000), which is included in the programs promoting the mental health of children under six years in Europe by the Mental Health Directorate of the European Communities.

Ms. Michaleli has taught in the postgraduate program titled “Reproductive-Regenerative Medicine” at the 1st Obstetrics-Gynecology Clinic of the University of Athens. From 2014 to 2016, she was the scientific coordinator of the postgraduate program “Promotion of Mental Health during Pregnancy, Neonatal, and Infant Period” co-organized by the Hellenic Society for the Mental Health of Infants and the Child Health Department of the National School of Public Health. She contributes to the collective volume of the International Psychoanalytic Association, “Applying Psychoanalysis in Medical Care” (Routledge 2022), with her overall research and clinical work.


Eleni Petra

Eleni Petra holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering and Informatics, from the Technical University of Patras, Greece, and a Master of Science in Computation, the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (U.M.I.S.T.)  Her technical specialty is in Information Systems, User Interfaces, Human Factors in MMI, Data Base Management Systems, e-infrastructures, data infrastructures.

Over the past 30 years she has worked as a Scientific consultant and Project Manager for a number of Research Centers, companies, government agencies, and the European Economic Union (IST, Esprit programme, FP6, FP7, Horizon programmes).  She has served  as a Project Manager and Technical Coordinator for the technical and management  administration (included 6.800 projects of informatics in the framework of the  Sectoral  Operational Programme “Information Society” of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) as Deloitte senior manager,  of over 65  projects of PIRAEUS BANK and ETBA, as a Project Manager and Technical Coordinator for the MIS in the Greek Ministries of Public Works (Access points and Road Accesses) and Industry (EPV).  While working at FORTH (Foundation of Research and Technology) in Crete she was Project or Team leader in ESPRIT Projects (Intelligent Workstation – IWS, ITHACA, etc.) and the Associate Manager of the Hellenic Esprit Special Action in Multimedia and CIM.

Currently, she is working for ATHENA RESEARCH  AND INNOVATION CENTER, and University of Athens as Project Manager in Horizon2020 projects related to research infrastructures (RDA) and Virtual research environments for marine environment and acquaculture (BlueBridge H2020 project).

In parallel, she supports  as scientific consultant the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Archaelogical Society at Athens.

Melina ThomaidouMelina Thomaidou is, a senior manager & strategist with variety of experience in fields of public affairs, strategic communication, external relations and patient advocacy, digital marketing, PR & New Media, sales and marketing, clinical affairs, successfully leading a variety of positions and businesses growth, driving change in brand awareness and strategic health initiatives for companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Adept at implementing product launches, strategic communication, crisis management, public relations and corporate social responsibility programs that enhance brand image and generate positive media coverage. A visionary, proactive, strategic thinker with excellent inter-personal and presentation skills able to keep the big picture in mind and at the same time focus on details always in the spectrum of innovation. Mother of Dimitris & Dora.

Sophie ThemelisSophie Themelis, was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. With a BA in Dance and a strong background in exercise, meditation and wellness, she has been working since 1990 at Deree as a group fitness instructor, faculty member, Recreational Sports Coordinator and finally Executive Coordinator, Wellness. Her expertise in group fitness and personal training enabled her to work in spas and sports clubs in Greece and Jordan and had a daily fitness program on Jordanian National Television.  She has participated in congresses and seminars in Greece and abroad with the latest being: The Pilates Coach-Germany, The Physicalmind Institute/The Method Pilates -U.S.A, Grounding, Reiki, Biosynthesis, Pranic Healing Light- Greece. She has been a member of IDEA (The Health and Fitness Source) since 1998. Sophie speaks Arabic, English, French and Greek.

Alexia V. Polissidis holds a BSc Honors Pharmacology degree from the University of Alberta, Canada and a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the Medical School, University of Athens. She is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at The American College of Greece and an independently funded Junior Research Team Leader at the Center for Clinical, Experimental Surgery, and Translational Research at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, where she also established in 2011 the NeuroBehavior Rodent Phenotyping Facility. She has a background in psychopharmacology and translational neuroscience with expertise in preclinical drug screening, cannabinoid pharmacology and transgenic and viral rodent models of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases. Her current research interests include 1) gene-environment interactions and their contribution to the mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) pathogenesis, 2) identification of potential phenotypes or biomarkers to permit early intervention with neuroprotective therapies for PD, and 3) mechanisms underlying the psychotropic and therapeutic effects of cannabinoids and other psychotropic drugs. Alexia has received 2 grants and 6 awards for her research, published 38 peer-reviewed papers, and co-authored two book chapters. Alexia currently serves as a member of the Governing Council of the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience. She was a member of the first National Committee for Medicinal Cannabis Products and an external advisor for the European Medicines Agency Expert for the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use. Alexia is also Co-founder and CEO of Anacalypsis Therapeutics, an Athens-based biotech discovering novel therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.