SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CIRCULAR ECONOMY | ZERO WASTE FASHION A fashion show “Greece: A Circular Fashion Future” by Deree students will follow. When: Tuesday,
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CIRCULAR ECONOMY | ZERO WASTE FASHION
A fashion show “Greece: A Circular Fashion Future” by Deree students will follow.
When: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 09:30-14:30
Where: ACG Events Hall & ACG Library Front Patio
Organized by: The American College of Greece & Chatzigakis Foundation
In collaboration with: Office of Public Affairs, ACG & Office of Advancement, ACG
Under the the auspices of: Ministry of Environment & Energy
Center of Excellence in Sustainability, ACG
ACG Sustainability Leaders
Deree Fashion Club
This is a hybrid event.
Free participation and open to the public.
You can watch the event online here.
About the event
In celebration of the World Environment Day, let’s discuss sustainable development, circularity, and zero waste fashion, aiming to sensitize, raise awareness and promote best practices on these matters. This event is organized by the American College of Greece and Chatzigakis Foundation, collaborating with the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of Advancement, supported also by the Center of Excellence in Sustainability, the ACG Sustainability Leaders and the Deree Fashion Club. The forum is directly co-related with the overall sustainability efforts of ACG and will welcome a variety of guest speakers who will engage in panel discussions with the audience. Since fashion plays a major role in the global economy, with annual revenues totaling over $1 trillion, representatives from the Hellenic fashion industry will address the audience and explain how they incorporate sustainable practices into their operations, as this sector is also one of the most resource-intensive in the world. This highly interactive initiative will be concluded with a fashion show, powered by Deree students in the models’ role.
09:30 – 10:00 | Registration Eventora – Welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:20 | Opening Remarks
10:20 – 11:20 | Panel A – Sustainability: A Spherical Discussion
11:20 – 12:20 | Panel B – Circular Economy & Turning “Circular”
12:20 – 12:50 | Coffee Break
12:50 – 13:50 | Panel C – Zero Waste in the Fashion Industry
14:00 – 14:30 | Fashion Show – Greece: A Circular Fashion Future
Bios of the Speakers
Founder & Investments Director, Humble Holdings (Luxembourg).
Born in Athens, Greece, Alvertos Revach attended the Moraitis School and then went on to receive a BA degree in Marketing and International Business from Georgetown University, in Washington DC. Between 1997 and 2015 he co-directed his family business, Amvyx S.A., the largest independent alcoholic beverages distribution company in Greece. In 2016, Amvyx moved to non-family, professional management, and Alvertos moved to Luxembourg to pursue something closer to his heart, Impact Investing, where profit, people and planet are balanced in the investment decisions. He founded Humble Holdings and Humble Investments, two investment vehicles which invest in ideas and companies that are “Good for You, Good for People and Good for the Planet”, aiming to make the world a better place, for all, human and animal, through his investment strategy.
Hair Cluster Marketing Manager Balkans
Argini Valli (Deree, 2008) holds two Bachelor’s degrees on Integrated Marketing Communication as well as on Food Technology. During her tenure she was awarded with the President’s Award for being involved in multiple clubs and societies including Student Government (Secretary), Deree College Ambassadors (Chairperson of Operations and Finance), Yearbook Team, Marketing Society, Orientation Leaders and SERF Team. To this day, Argini, is still an active member of the ACG alumni Association and has acted as Secretary General and Social Media Coordinator (2013-2017). She has a 10 year experience in the FMGC industry, specializing in the luxury beauty category. For the last 5 years Argini leads Aveda’s marketing team an Estée Lauder Companies brand, having contributed in establishing it in the Greek market. Aveda, is a high-performance, vegan hair care brand with a mission to care for the world all with sustainability at heart since its launch in 1978.
Chief Creative Office, Maison Faliakos
Christos Petridis studied fashion design and at the age of 23 became the right-hand man of legendary fashion designer Costis Faliakos. He immediately stands out for his sharp technique in Haute Couture and his eye for detail. In 2003, he takes the reins of Maison Faliakos after the death of Costis Faliakos and within 12 years under his management, the House introduces for the first time Pret-a-Porter collections and high-end Bridal services. Today, he continues his creative journey in the role of Chief Creative Officer together with Creative Director Venediktos Adipas.
Elisabeth S. Chatzigakis
General Secretary & Communications Advisor, Chatzigakis Foundation
Elisabeth S. Chatzigakis has demonstrated a history of contributing from a wide range of positions in the fields of Communication, PR and Marketing in Greece and abroad. In recent years, Elisabeth serves as the board’s General Secretary and as Communications Advisor in Chatzigakis Foundation. In her role, she is focusing on running cultural and humanitarian programs all over Greece, with emphasis on education and children, combining her skills in team management, project coordination, fundraising, special events planning and social media management.
Her devotion to social causes and community service derived from her volunteering years, an integral part in her adolescent and early adult life, where her active support extended towards a plethora of NGOs such as Alma Zois, Friends of Merimna, Estia, Kea-Hara, Mater Filia. She spearheaded her very first fundraising campaign at age 17, raising substantial funding and material support to ameliorate the lives of immigrant single mothers and children of NGO Mater Filia.
In 2017, she received the highest distinction for a college graduate, the College Life Leadership Award, presented to her by President David G. Horner of Deree – The American College of Greece. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons in Communication) focused in Communication and PR, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Deree – the American College of Greece. In 2012, she graduated from Moraitis School and she received the Community Service Award, a recognition of her valuable contribution to the community via her efforts with NGO Mater Filia.
Emma is a true citizen of the world. Growing up in a bicultural home opened her world from a young age to the importance of diversity, language, and cross-cultural competency. Before the age of 18 she and her family lived in various countries in Europe which only sparked her interest to explore the world around her, learn different languages, and integrate with local cultures. Her experiences taught her a lot, but two themes that have become her values are sustainability and inclusivity. Emma’s love for the world and the people in it meshed with her passion for fashion inspired her to create the sustainable sandal company, EF93. The company was founded during the lock-down of 2021 when the need to take care of our planet became ever more prominent. EF93’s sandals celebrate the repurposing of materials to reduce waste and rethink green fashion. The EF93 workshop in Likovrisi, Athens is more than a production house and showroom, it is a space that continues to teach and learn about sustainability, diversity, and manual creation.
Garyfalia P. Pitsaki
Garyfalia is an Architect, involved in architectural and art projects that reshape the understanding of the urban living and space. In her design projects she explores the link moment between architectural design, technology and crafting in a bottom-up urban engagement. After living and working for several years in the Netherlands, she brings back to Athens the dutch creativity and optimism of startups. In 2015 she founded together with her brother John, photographer and web-designer, the upcycled luxurious accessories brand, 3QUARTERS. A brother and sister duet with a common love for design, sustainability and handcrafts, we promote local, engaging and ethically sourced and made design.
Researcher – Expert in the field of Sustainability and Social Economy / Course Instructor at Deree – The American College of Greece
Dr. Vikas is a part-time faculty member at Deree-ACG since 2021, teaching the courses Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Finance and Investing. He has a long professional experience in various research and consulting projects and has collaborated with organizations as the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education and the Development Agency of Athens. He is the Chief Editor at the Social Economy Journal of the Greek Institute of Cooperative Studies. His research interests include sustainability, entrepreneurship and social economy and his work has been published in international peer reviewed journals and conferences
Head of South East Europe Office – Eunomia
Hara Xirou, a native Greek speaker, is the Head of South-East Europe Office, based in Athens with over 15 years of experience in the resource efficiency and waste management sector. Hara joined Eunomia in July 2014 and has recently been leading projects and providing technical expertise on: ‘Circular Economy potential in Greece’ for SEPAN (ΣΕΠΑΝ) in 2020, ‘Developing Guidelines for UNEP/MAP on Phasing Out Single-use Plastics in the Mediterranean’ for SCP/RAC (June 2020 – March 2021), providing ‘Technical support for the development of EPR on textiles and mattresses in Greece’ for GIZ/MoEE (Nov 2020 – Feb 2021) and ‘Development of Waste Composition Analysis Protocol for Greece’ for GIZ/MoEE (Nov 2020 – January 2021) as well as participating as a technical expert in GIZ/YΠΕΝ – ‘Market of Alternative Fuels in Greece’ and for the European Commission (DG ENV) -‘Towards an EU Product Policy Framework supportive of Circular Economy’ in 2018-2019. Through this latter study, our project team, led by Hara, supported the upcoming Commission Communication on Circular Economy to understand what policies it might put in place to stimulate circular economy growth around product groups identified as having high untapped circular potential. The product groups, for which greater circularity promises environmental, economic and social gains, are: energy related products, construction products, chemicals, textiles, furniture, transport/automotive products and toys.
Prior to this, Hara was assigned a country analyst for Greece and Cyprus under the ‘Early Warning System’ project (2017 – 2018). Hara was part of the project team in the ‘Waste Assessment in the South East of Europe: assessing the Solid Waste Management situation and providing recommendations and roadmaps for 8 Member States’. In 2016 – 2017 she completed a scoping Study on “Processes Relevant to the Implementation of the OSPAR and HELCOM Regional Action Plans on Marine Litter”. She had previously worked with Tetra Pak International in Brussels on the coordination and monitoring of EU environmental policy activities in the packaging sector. She has also worked as a project manager at ACR+ (Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management) in Brussels and as an environmental senior consultant for 5 years at LRS Consultancy in London, managing 5 members of staff. Between 2010 and 2012, Hara participated in the development of a European Horizon 2020 programme ‘Tackling Marine litter in Europe’. Hara holds an MSc on Environmental Science and Technology from Imperial College and is a LEAD Fellow of the LEAD International Network.
CEO and Co-founder, We4all
John Iliopoulos is the CEO and Co-founder of the non profit Environmental Organization We4all. His educational background is in business administration and marketing. His career as an entrepreneur and business strategist took a sudden turn after the destructive events of Mati in 2018, when he decided to become the change that he wanted to see in the world and founded We4all along with Antonis Bogdanos. Since that time his sole focus and vision is the realization of the We4all Mission: “To help Earth heal and to remind people this planet is our home”.
Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office of Public Affairs | Deree – The American College of Greece
Rania Assariotaki joined The American College of Greece in 2008. She currently holds the position of Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office Public Affairs. She has previously occupied the position of the first Sustainability Manager at ACG. Before joining ACG, she has 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 in the Academic Advisory Board of the ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability. 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 on High Impact Leadership from the Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge.
Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Manager of APIVITA
Sotiris Pastras is the Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Manager of APIVITA since 2016. Throughout these years he has delivered two Corporate Sustainability Reports (GRI Standards), the B Corp Certification, the BREEAM In-Use building sustainability assessment, the ECOVADIS sustainability rating certification and the “Save the Bees”, APIVITA’s Global Environmental Responsibility Program.
He was born in Volos, Greece. He studied at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens graduating from the Communication & Mass Media Department. He also completed his Master of Science degree in Human Recourses Management (Athens University of Economics and Business) emphasizing in Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility.
As a swimmer and member of the Greek National Team, he participated in two Olympic Games in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008). He founded the swimming team “Pastra Cretonaxiosa” the first Greek team ever to cross the English Channel (2016). He is also founding member and general secretary of the NGO “ExcellenSeas” which supports students from Greek borderline islands to their academic studies.
Founder & Managing Partner – PHEE
Stavros Tsompanidis is a Forbes 30 U 30 Europe 2018 serial entrepreneur. By the age of 22,parallel with his studies in the University of Piraeus, he founded two companies and organized prestigious events (Pioneers Athens) and start-up competitions (StartupBus, CruiseINN) in an effort to engage his peers in entrepreneurship. A speech in a TED Conference six years back created the spark for Stavros to conceive PHEE . Ever since, he committed to dispose of Posidonia Oceanica in the market, and not in landfills using a circular approach!
Inspired by the nature and abundance of wasted seagrass along the Greek coastline he founded PHEE with a clear vision; to give a second life to natural resources that until today had been considered as waste by creating unique sustainable biocomposite materials.
Stavros believes in the values of the circular economy and his main goal is to solve big problems, create impact and bring new innovations to the market! That’s why he works on building strong long lasting partnerships with businesses with similar values and vision both domestically and abroad.
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, ACG
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.
President of Fashion Revolution Luxembourg
Stylianee Parascha is the President of Fashion Revolution Luxembourg and a Sustainable Fashion and Communications Consultant. She has conducted research on how fashion is interrelated to pressing social issues as well as on how Immigration and Fashion are interconnected and can benefit from each other. She has been animating Upcycling workshops, organising slow fashion events, and preaching a sustainable and fashionable lifestyle in Luxembourg and beyond. She holds an MSc in Cultural Management and an MA in Sustainability in Fashion and the Creative Industries. She is experimenting with conscious design concepts through her brand What.Eve.Wears and promotes fashion Made in Greece on every occasion.
Creative Director, Maison Faliakos
Venediktos Adipas started his artistic journey from his early childhood. Until the age of 18, he had created murals, paintings and thousands of hours inside artist studios. After studying fashion in Athens he explored designer studios as Junior designer and Royal Academie of Arts in Antwerp. Today is the creative mind of Maison Faliakos.
Journalist, founder of monopeto.gr
Born in Athens, studied journalism and worked for many daily and weekly newspapers. For the last 14 years I, am an editor for the Sunday newspaper “Realnews”. Since 2019 I have founded monopeto.gr the only digital magazine in Greece devoted to men’s classic style.
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Students & Maritime leaders showcase best practices for the conservation of the marine environment When: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 09:30-14:00 Where: ACG Events Hall Powered by: Center of Excellence in Logistics,
Students & Maritime leaders showcase best practices for the conservation of the marine environment
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 09:30-14:00
Where: ACG Events Hall
Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation, ACG
Center of Excellence in Sustainability, ACG
Office of Public Affairs, ACG
About the event
This event is in the context of the BiG Focus initiative launched in March 2022. Deree students under the supervision of their professors have been working on identifying current challenges, trends as well as best practices on issues like shipping 4.0 environmental implications, air pollution in ports, decarbonization of the shipping industry, seawater pollution, oil spills with emphasis on prevention and restoration as well as biodiversity and marine ecosystems conservation.
On May 24, the students will present their work and will discuss the findings with shipowners and maritime executives. This project aims at bringing students to the forefront of global developments and in direct liaison with the maritime community, with the common goal to enhance marine environment protection through sustainable development. As a responsible academic institution educating the “leaders of tomorrow”, The American College of Greece is very interested in further enhancing the public dialogue and awareness on a topic of both local and global concern.
The conference will be free and open to the public and aims to be an action-oriented event. Parallel activities will include a digital display of posters prepared by Deree students in thematic areas presented at the conference.
09:30 – 10:00 | Registration – Welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:30 | OPENING SESSION
- Jay Sammons, Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, The American College of Greece
- Semiramis Paliou, HELMEPA Chairperson
10:30 – 11:00 | Keynote speech by Dr. Ioannis Kapsomenakis, Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens – Climate Change
11:00 – 12:10 | THEMATIC PANEL – Shipping
Moderator: Dr. George Kokosalakis, Exec. Director, Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation – ACG
- Presentation of Thematic Areas (Part I) – ACG students
- Panel Discussion HELMEPA Members – Q&A
12:10 – 12:40 | Lunch break
12:40 – 13:50 | THEMATIC PANEL – Marine Environment Protection
Moderator: Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Εxec. Director, Center of Excellence in Sustainability – ACG
- Presentation of Thematic Areas (Part lI) – ACG students
- Panel Discussion HELMEPA Members – Q&A
13:50 – 14:00 | CLOSING SESSION
- ACG – Briefing and Thanks
- HELMEPA – Thanks and Announcement of the upcoming events
Conference Moderator, Ms Evdokia Gerasimou, HELMEPA
- Parallel activities: Digital display of posters in thematic areas
Dr Chara Tziouvara President, Médecins du Monde Greece Ms Angeliki Mavrikou (D’91) Volunteers and Fundraising Dpt., Médecins du Monde Greece When: Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 14:00-15:10 (activity hour) Where: 6th Level Auditorium, Deree-The American
Dr Chara Tziouvara
President, Médecins du Monde Greece
Ms Angeliki Mavrikou (D’91)
Volunteers and Fundraising Dpt., Médecins du Monde Greece
When: Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 14:00-15:10 (activity hour)
Where: 6th Level Auditorium, Deree-The American College of Greece
Organized by: International Honors Society, Deree-ACG
Supported by: Office of Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
The event is free and open to ACG Students, Faculty & Staff
About the event
Have you ever wondered what it means to be an active volunteer, going beyond fundraising and attending charity events? Dr Chara Tziouvara and Ms Angeliki Mavrikou will be reflecting on their life course as volunteers and presenting their work with the Greek chapter of Médecins du Monde.
For more information, please contact College Events-Office of Public Affairs, [email protected].
Because ACG Cares!
by collecting pharmaceutical products & medical supplies When: From Monday, March 21 until Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Where: There will be two collection points during the hours 12:00 – 16:00 Aghia Paraskevi
by collecting pharmaceutical products & medical supplies
When: From Monday, March 21 until Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Where: There will be two collection points during the hours 12:00 – 16:00
Aghia Paraskevi campus: Deree main corridor
Alba campus: Alba lobby
Dear members of the ACG Community,
Staying true to its motto “to serve and not to be served”, The American College of Greece joins forces with the NGO “Doctors of the World” to offer humanitarian aid to Ukraine. “Doctors of the World” have been active in the wider area since the 1990s and know the local community’s needs. Their current call for support is mainly for the people of Mariupol, a city with a very large Greek community.
You are kindly encouraged to contribute to this initiative by offering any quantity of the items listed below. All items collected will be delivered by the “Doctors of the World” to the people in Ukraine during an upcoming mission to the area.
The items needed are:
- Sterile Gauze and Gloves
- Alcohol Solution
- Liquid medicines for children (Children’s syrups)
- Insulin Syringes 5ml & 10ml
- Nebulizing Masks
- Baby Diapers No. 3, 4 or 5
The items to be received must have a minimum of six (6) months of use before expiring.
A small monetary donation of a maximum of 5 euros is also welcomed.
For more info or to deliver goods at a different time during working hours, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at: [email protected] or +30 210 600 9800 ext 1107, 1509.
Because ACG Cares!
When: Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 14:00 – 15:30 (Greece) Where: Deree Student Lounge & Deree Main Corridor Organized by: Office of Public Affairs, The American College of Greece Boroume Deipnosofistirion Catering In collaboration with: Center of
When: Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 14:00 – 15:30 (Greece)
Where: Deree Student Lounge & Deree Main Corridor
Office of Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
In collaboration with:
Center of Excellence in Sustainability at The American College of Greece
ACG Sustainability Leaders
ACG SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Student Hub
Deree Environmental Studies Society
About the event
Serving as the kick-off event to the campus-wide “ACG Food Waste Campaign: Reduce your FOODprint!”, this interactive discussion aims at raising awareness about the importance of reducing food waste and food loss at all stages of the supply chain (farmers, farmers’ markets, restaurants and catering, end consumer, etc.).
Parallel to the discussion, student volunteers from the ACG Sustainability Leaders, the ACG SDG Student Hub, and the Deree Environmental Studies Society will play homemade videos with tips on how to reduce food waste while cooking at home!
The event is organized by the Office of Public Affairs at The American College of Greece, Boroume – the pioneer NGO in the field of reducing food waste in Greece – and Deipnosofistirion Catering, and supported by the Center of Excellence in Sustainability at The American College of Greece.
This is a certified sustainable event.
ACG Food Waste Campaign: Reduce your FOODprint!
Did you know that 1/3 of all food globally goes to waste? Wasting food also means wasting the water used to produce the food and the land on which the food has been produced (28% of the world’s agricultural land), while 9.9% of the human population is undernourished. Due to food wastage billions of tons of CO2 emissions are released into Earth’s atmosphere, contributing greatly to climate change. (fao.org)
According to UN’s Food Waste Index Report 2021, Greek people waste on average 142 kg of food annually, one of the highest in the world.
ACG is dedicated to reducing food waste both on campus and in the broader community. Since November 2018, the College has been collaborating with the NGO Boroume. In the context of our collaboration, we have adopted a farmers’ market – the ACG Farmers’ Market – where students, staff, and faculty volunteer on a weekly basis and save food that would otherwise end up in the landfill. From November 2018 until now, our volunteers have saved over seven tons of food by offering 522 hours of community service!
As of October 2020, ACG is a member of the Alliance for the Reduction of Food Waste, a group of public authorities, well-known companies, food and service businesses from all areas of the supply chain, social impact organizations, and academic and research institutions, coming together to prevent and reduce food waste in Greece, aiming at raising awareness, educating the public, highlighting and disseminating best practices, exchanging knowledge and ideas, promoting research and innovation, promoting and donating any surplus food to social impact organizations, and, most importantly, advocating for public policy on preventing and reducing food waste and food loss in Greece.
This academic year, in tandem with the EU Directive 2018/851 and subsequent national law, we are taking it one step further by launching a campus-wide campaign on reducing and preventing food waste!
“The ACG Food Waste Campaign: Reduce your FOODprint!” aims at raising awareness about this critical issue and educating our community on best practices on how to save food.
Main event 14:00-15:30, Deree Student Lounge
14:00-14.05 | Welcome Address
Vice President Public Affairs, ACG
14.05 -14.20 | Video
14.20-15.15 | Interactive Discussion
Alexander Theodoridis, Chief Food Saving Warrior, Boroume
Dimitris Skarmoutsos, Executive Chef, Dipnosofistirion
Rania Assariotaki, Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office of Public Affairs, ACG
Μοderator: Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator, Chair of Academic Advisory Board of Center of Excellence in Sustainability, The American College of Greece
15.15 | Video
Boroume with Chef Skarmoutsos
Parallel Activities 14.00-15.30, Deree Main Corridor
Booth #1: Deree students from the ACG Sustainability Leaders, the ACG SDG Student Hub and the Environmental Studies Society showcase already prepared foods made out of food scraps and/or very ripe fruits and veggies and videos from the cooking process!
Booth #2: NGO Boroume
Bios of Speakers (in alphabetical order)
Stella Apostolaki, PhD
Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence in Sustainability
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Science and Mathematics, Deree – ACG
Dr. Stella Apostolaki, is Chair of the Academic Advisory Board 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, Deree – the American College of Greece. She is teaching a variety of environmentally focused courses in the respective Program and in the Honours Program at Deree – ACG. She has prepared and delivered lectures, seminars and environmental awareness raising programs addressed to different audiences, including all educational levels and the wider public. She holds a BSc/(Hons) in Environmental Science, an MSc in Urban Water and Environmental Management and a PhD on sustainable urban drainage systems and river management options, obtained from the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland – U.K, under funding received by the Environment Agency for England & Wales, in collaboration with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), and by HR Wallingford Consultants.
She has a wide research experience, she is expert evaluator of Call 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. She collaborates as external consultant with several entities such as the Green Fund of the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy in the project LIFE-IP AdaptInGR – Boosting the implementation of adaptation policy across Greece, the ATHENA Research Centre, the UNSDSN Greece & Climate KIC Greece, the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (Icre8), P.S.G Environmental Geo-Exploration Ltd. She is also an Expert under the Body of Knowledge of EIT Climate KIC & Food on Water Scarcity in Southern Europe. Her main research interests are on integrated water management and innovation, sustainable development, sustainable stormwater management, climate change, conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, public awareness – stakeholder engagement methods and public education, green urban planning with emphasis on amenity and biodiversity and on the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office of Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
Rania Assariotaki joined the American College of Greece in 2008. She currently holds the position of Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office Public Affairs. She has previously occupied the position of the first Sustainability Manager at ACG. Before joining ACG, she has 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 in the Academic Advisory Board of the ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability. Under her coordination, in 2020, ACG was awarded with 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). 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 1019, she has been certified as a Sustainability Management professional and on High Impact Leadership from the Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge.
Mrs. Claudia Carydis Benopoulou
Vice President, Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
Claudia Carydis Benopoulou is Vice President of Public Affairs at The American College of Greece (ACG) since June 2012. Her responsibilities include government relations and cultivating mutually beneficial relations with key stakeholders of both the private and public sector. She also supervises College Events and the work of two separate ACG entities: The Institute of Global Affairs and the Institute of Public Health. As part of her portfolio, Claudia oversees the reporting and implementation of sustainability best practices at ACG. Under her leadership, in 2020, ACG was awarded with 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 head of Alumni Relations & College Events. Before joining ACG, Claudia worked in leading private companies as a marketing and communications executive. She also worked for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of European Affairs, for the period 1988-1992.
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.
Globe-trotter and communicative, classic but modern, visionary and innovator, Dimitris Skarmoutsos is the chef who manages well in both Mediterranean and French cuisines, but also in sushi and street food. In every type of meal or cuisine, the starting point of his work is to create tasty and filling food.
Rather associated with «experimental» Greek cuisine, the chef introduces modern recipes, with respect to the Greek tradition, and focus on local ingredients, which he promotes with passion. In his hands, humble dishes like spinach with rice or a pumpkin pie go to the next level. Traditional dishes like moussaka seem innovative, while baked eggplants with lentils add an unexpected surprise to every meal.
Everything started while living in USA, where Dimitris Skarmoutsos completed his studies in economics from UCLA, and continued studying in the Culinary Institute of America. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, he apprenticed to world-class chefs, learned all the secrets for international cuisines and worked for top restaurants and hotels until 2000. In 2001, he returned back to Greece to focus on Greek cuisine. His move was faced with success considering the fact that while working as a chef in «Alatsi» he won the Golden Skoufos («Toques d’or») and Gourmet awards, leading to wider recognition.
His successful television career started in 2010, with prime time shows («Master Chef» and «Junior Master Chef», «Without Recipe», «Blind Taste»), establishing him as one of the most recognizable, familiar και popular personalities in Greek gastronomy.
Co-Founder & CEO Boroume
Alexander is one of the co-founders and the director of NGO Boroume (“We Can”), a leading food saving organization of Greece which since 2012 has saved & offered more than 50 million portions of food from thousands of donors to over 600 charities all over Greece and has been awarded with the European Citizenship Award 2017 by the European Parliament.
He has extensive experience in both the private and public sector, is a Marshall Memorial Fund Fellow and has received scholarships from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He has been a volunteer for various NGOs including the Hellenic Rescue Team, Junior Achievement Greece as well as a board member of Volunteer4Greece and Ethelon and a member of the advisory board of Vouliwatch.
He holds degrees from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (1996-2000, Magister Artium, Political Science, Economics, International Law) and the London School of Economics (2000-2001, MSc International Relations).
When: June 15 – July 22, 2021 | Twelve 4-hour webinars Organized by: CSR Hellas University of Crete Executive Development, Alba Graduate Business School – The American College of Greece Supported by: ACG Center of Excellence for
June 15 – July 22, 2021 | Twelve 4-hour webinars
University of Crete
Executive Development, Alba Graduate Business School – The American College of Greece
ACG Center of Excellence for Sustainability (CES)
About CSR School
The CSR School aims to provide advanced training regarding the identification of sustainability-related business opportunities and the inclusion of responsibility in the core of one’s business strategy, in order to achieve sustainable value and formulate a more resilient organization.
This Executive Education Program is envisioned as a journey that will cover all major identified areas that relate to the responsible management of sustainability. Within 6 weeks, during which a minimum of 48 hours of sustainability-related knowledge and management experience will be shared, trainees will gain an up-to-date overview of major developments around the largest environmental, social and governance challenges affecting businesses nowadays.
During the 12-part Webinar series, the participants will watch lectures by distinguished academic faculty members, discuss relevant case studies, learn about best practices that have been implemented by experienced senior professionals and exchange views and thoughts around the incorporation of relevant theory into the CSR initiatives of their own organization.
The first School took place in September 2019 at the premises of The American College of Greece, while the second one in 2020 was entirely digital due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The program is addressed to professionals and practitioners interested in gaining in-depth perspective and knowledge on corporate sustainability and responsibility as well as undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.
The program will provide in-depth knowledge, as participants will receive a holistic training on CSR, in 12 thematic areas, and will combine theoretical knowledge provided by distinguished academics, practical examples by business practitioners from CSR Hellas members, and interactive dialogues among the practitioners and the tutors.
The thematic areas are the following:
- Sustainable value creation
- Sustainable corporate governance
- Legal aspects of CSR
- Responsible human capital management
- Responsibility and sustainability driven marketing
- Climate change and energy transition
- Circular business models
- Sustainable supply chain management
- Social capital, corporate relationships and stakeholders management
- Servant leadership towards responsibility and sustainability
- Sustainable finance and responsible banking
- Future of work
A High Level Panel Discussion that will tackle the issue of “Education as a foundation for Sustainability”. When: June 10, 2021 | 15:00 – 16:30 (Greece) Where: Online event free and open
A High Level Panel Discussion that will tackle the issue of “Education as a foundation for Sustainability”.
When: June 10, 2021 | 15:00 – 16:30 (Greece)
Where: Online event free and open to the public
In collaboration with:
University of Crete
Alba Executive Development
ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability, Office of Public Affairs
About the event
Consisting of two separate panels, this High Level Panel Discussion will tackle the issue of “Education as a foundation for Sustainability”. The first panel will welcome business leaders and academic representatives who will discuss the urgent need for educational institutions to promote sustainability. Guest speakers of the second panel will discuss how professionals from traditional academic backgrounds and sectors have adjusted to the demands of working in the CSR sector as well as exchanging ideas on the educational support that they consider beneficial to professional development in the field.
This discussion is envisioned as the kick-off session to the CSR-School, the Executive Education program on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility which will take place for the third consecutive year from 15 June to 22 July 2021.
- Dr. Christos Staikouras, Minister of Finance, MP, Nea Demokratia, Hellenic Republic
- Mr. Yannis Tsakiris, Deputy Minister of Development & Investments, Hellenic Republic
- Ms. Maria Alexiou, Chair of BoD, CSR HELLAS, Member BoD, CSR Europe, Senior ESG Advisor, TITAN Cement Company
- Dr. Kostas Axarloglou, Rector, ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece
- Ms. Claudia Carydis, Vice President, Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
- Dr. Constantine Manasakis, Assistant Professor, University of Crete
- Representatives from CSR-School sponsor companies Mytilineos, OTE Group, Signify
- Moderation: Ms. Stavroula Aggelopoulou, Member BoD, CSR HELLAS, Corporate Responsibility Deputy Director, OTE Group
Click here to learn more about the CSR-School.