April, 2021

202106Apr18:0019:30Public Health, the Greek Economy and Political Liberty: Balance, Priorities and Policies in the Age of Pandemics18:00 - 19:30

Event Details

An ACG 150 Panel Discussion

Organized by
ACG Institute for Hellenic Growth & Prosperity

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 18:00-19:30 (Greece)

Where: Online event livestreamed from the Events Hall of The American College of Greece


About the Event

Preparing Greece and the west for the “next” pandemic requires looking forward and attempting to balance the demands of health, economic prosperity and political liberty. In an effort to foster conversation about public policy addressing all three concerns, ACG 150 presents a group of thought leaders from fields that must communicate and cooperate in order to foster individual, social and cultural health.




18:00 | Welcome remarks
Ms Claudia Carydis
Vice President, Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
Dr. David G. Horner
President, The American College of Greece

18:10-19:10 | Panel discussion
Introduction by the Moderator
Prof. Loren J. Samons II
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director, ACG Institute for Hellenic Culture & the Liberal Arts

Keynote statement (pre-recorded)
Dr. Domna Michailidou
Deputy Minister of Labor & Social Affairs, Hellenic Republic

Panel Speakers

Prof. Nicos Alivizatos
Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law, University of Athens

Dr. Andreas Andreadis
CEO and co-Managing Partner Sani/Ikos Group
Honorary President SETE

Prof. Emmanouil Dermitzakis
Professor of Genetics, University of Geneva
Director, Health 2030 Genome Center
Director, Institute of Genetics and Genomics of Geneva

Mr. Aristos Doxiadis
Partner at Big Pi Ventures

Dr. Harris Pastides
Epidemiologist, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

19:00-19:30 | Comments and questions by ACG 150 Unit Leaders/Faculty

19:30 | Closing remarks by the moderator

You may join the online event here

For more information, please contact College Events-Office of Public Affairs, [email protected] or 210 6009800, ext. 1380, 1570


About ACG 150

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

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


Bios of the Speakers

David G. HornerDr. David G. Horner
President, The American College of Greece

David G. Horner, PhD, assumed the presidency of The American College of Greece on July 1, 2008. Under his leadership ACG has grown quantitatively and qualitatively, and the College’s social impact has been enhanced significantly:


  • 40% increase in total enrollment: 4,086 – 5,749
  • 700% increase in student financial aid
  • Developed “in-bound” and “out-bound” study abroad serving over 1,000 students annually
  • Expanded “Parallel Study”, enrolling over 1,000 Greek public university  students annually
  • Initiated Institute of Public Health, sponsored by the Behrakis Foundation, focused on Greece’s #1 public health challenge: tobacco consumption
  • Initiated Deree Sports Academy, serving over 1,300 children and teens annually
  • Initiated “Heritage Greece” with National Hellenic Society: an immersion experience for Greek American university students

ACG 150 | Advancing the Legacy, Growing Greece, A plan to leverage education for economic and social impact, will build on this momentum and guide the College’s operations thru 2025, its 150th anniversary.

Previously, Dr. Horner served as president of North Park University (Chicago) from 1987-2004 and Barrington College, his undergraduate alma mater, from 1979-1985. At the time of his Barrington appointment, he was the youngest (age 29) college or university president in the U.S. and led the College into its successful merger with Gordon College (MA). During his North Park presidency, enrollment tripled, several major capital projects were completed, and the endowment grew six-fold.

President Horner received a bachelor’s degree (philosophy), summa cum laude, from Barrington College, a MA (philosophy) from the University of Rhode Island, and a MBA and a PhD in higher education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University. He is married to S. Sue Horner, BA (Barrington College), MLS (San Jose State University), MTS (Harvard University), PhD (Northwestern University). Together they have two grown children, Marc and Shanna, and four grandchildren.


Domna MichailidouDr. Domna Michailidou
Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
Hellenic Republic

Dr. Domna Michailidou, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, responsible for social welfare and social solidarity.

Dr. Domna Michailidou is an academic economist working on economic development and financial crises. She has been Reform’s adviser to the Prime Minister on a series of issues related to structural reforms and financial markets. She worked for the OECD in Paris and Athens. Between 2010 and 2016 she taught several courses on Macroeconomics and Economic Development at the University of Cambridge and UCL’s School of Public Policy.  She holds an MPhil and a PhD on Financial and Development Economics from the University of Cambridge.


Jay SamonsProf. Loren J. Samons II
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Executive Director, Institute for Hellenic Culture & the Liberal Arts
The American College of Greece

Prof. Loren J. (Jay) Samons is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director of the ACG Institute for Hellenic Culture and the Liberal Arts.

Loren Samons specializes in the history of Greece in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C., with particular interests in Athenian politics and imperialism. His current research focuses on the figures of Perikles and Kimon, Athenian foreign policy, and the composition of Herodotus’ and Thucydides’ histories. He also has interests in the later Roman empire, ancient warfare and the classical tradition.

He is the author or editor of numerous works on Greek history, including Pericles and the Conquest of History (Cambridge, 2016), Empire of the Owl: Athenian Imperial Finance (Stuttgart, 2000) and The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles (Cambridge, 2007).


Claudia CarydisMs Claudia Carydis
Vice President, Public Affairs, The American College of Greece

Claudia Carydis 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 three separate ACG entities: The Institute of Global Affairs, the Institute of Public Health and the Center of Excellence for Sustainability.

Under her leadership, in 2020, ACG was awarded with the Gold STARS rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. 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.


Nicos AlivizatosProf. Nicos C. Alivizatos
Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Athens

Nicos C. Alivizatos is Emeritus Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of University of Athens, where he has been teaching constitutional and public law since 1980; he is also a practicing lawyer and founder of Alivizatos, Kioussopoulou & Partners, a law firm specializing  in public law litigation. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford (1988-89), Princeton (1997) and Oxford Universities (2005).  His  books include Les institutions politiques de la Grèce à travers les crises (1922-1974) (in French, Paris, LGDJ, 1979),  The Constitutional Status of the Armed Forces, vols 1 &2, (in Greek, Athens, Ant. Sakkoulas, 1987 & 1992 respectively),  Beyond Article 16 (in Greek, Athens, Metaichmio, 2007), The Constitution and its Enemies, 1800-2010 (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2011),  What Kind of Democracy After the Crisis (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2013), Pragmatists, Demagogues and Dreamers (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2015), Τwo Steps Forward, One Back. 8+1 Troubled Decades (in Greek, Athens, Metaichmio, 2020). He has been a member of the European Group of Ethics (2002-2005) and currently of the Venice Commission.


Andreas AndreadisDr. Andreas A. Andreadis
CEO and co-Managing Partner, Sani/Ikos Group
Honorary President SETE

Dr. Andreas A. Andreadis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1953. He graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has a Ph.D. from the University of London (UK).

He is the CEO of Sani/Ikos Group which owns and operates Sani Resort, Greece and Ikos Resorts (Greece, Spain).

From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Andreadis was President of the Board of Directors of SETE (Greek Tourism Confederation), the institutional social partner of the Greek government in the tourism sector. SETE comprises 14 national associations (Hotels, Apartments, Travel Agents, Airlines, Ferries, Cruise Ships, Marinas, Rent a Car, Yachting etc), as well as 500 individual enterprises operating in the wider tourism economy. In total, SETE represents over 50.000 enterprises with over 350.000 employees.

In the same period (2011-2017), Dr Andreadis was President of Marketing Greece S.A., a non-profit organization, created by SETE, officially promoting the Greek travel industry in cooperation with public and private institutions as well as INSETE, (SETE Institute). INSETE aims to provide SETE with Greek tourism research findings and statistical data and develop the sector’s standards for quality, skills, education and training. Previously, from 2006 to 2011, he was President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Hotel Federation.

Dr. Andreadis also served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Greece for 3 years (2013 – 2016).

Dr. Andreas Andreadis has three children, Athena, Eleni and Kimon.


Emmanouil DermitzakisEmmanouil Dermitzakis, PhD
Professor of Genetics, University of Geneva
Director, Health 2030 Genome Center
Director, the Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva

Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis is Professor of Genetics in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva Medical School, Director of the Health2030 Genome Center and Director of the Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva. He is vice-chair of the Swiss Personalized Health Network Genomics Task Force, and also member of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. He is former Chairman of the National Council for Research, Technology and Innovation in Greece.

He obtained his B.Sc. (1995) and M.Sc. (1997) from the University of Crete (Greece) and his PhD in 2001 from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA. His post-doctoral work was at the University of Geneva Medical School. He previously was a Senior Investigator at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge. He was elected EMBO member in 2014, recipient of the 2017 Bodossakis science award and has been named Highly Cited Researcher by ISI every year from 2014 onwards. He also served as president of the World Hellenic Biomedical Association (2014-2015). His research focuses on the genetic causes of human disease.

He has had leading roles in the ENCODE, Mouse Genome Sequencing, the International HapMap, the 1000 genomes and GTEx projects. He has served in the Board of scientific journals such as Science, eLIFE, PLoS Genetics and he is currently the Chief Editor of Frontiers in Genetics.


Aristos DoxiadisMr Aristos Doxiadis
Partner, Big Pi Ventures

Aristos Doxiadis is Partner in Big Pi Ventures, a venture capital fund for Greece that focuses on science-based and deep-technology ventures. Since 2012 he has also been Partner in JEREMIE Openfund II, an early-stage VC fund. He is a pioneer of private equity in Greece, with over 25 years of investment and management experience in many industries.

Aristos has been researching and writing on Greek economic development and institutions. His book The Invisible Rift: Institutions and Behaviors in the Greek Economy (in Greek; 2013) has been widely discussed. He is vice-chair of ESETEK, the advisory council on research and innovation to the Government of Greece. He is also on the Board of IOBE, of Solidarity Now and of diaNEOsis.

His earlier experience includes working on anti-poverty programs for the European Commission, planning industrial policy for the Greek government, and managing consulting and auditing companies. He has a B.A. degree in social studies from Harvard University, and an M.Sc. degree in economics from Birkbeck College at the University of London.


Harris PastidesDr. Harris Pastides
President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

Harris Pastides, PhD, MPH, is president emeritus of the University of South Carolina (USC), where he was responsible for the system’s eight institutions and its over 50,000 students. During his eleven year tenure (2008-2019), USC’s Honors College and undergraduate and graduate international business, public health, engineering, and nursing programs were top-ranked, research funding was increased, and a $1 billion capital campaign goal was surpassed.

Dr. Pastides has worked with the World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and other national and international organizations on higher education and public health issues. He is a member of the Institute of International Education Board of Trustees and chair of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars Advisory Board (Fulbright Scholar Program). He received one of seven inaugural Fulbright Global Changemaker Awards and has been presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is a member of the national Uber Safety Board, an at-large trustee with the Universities Research Association and is the only non-physician member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees.  Dr. Pastides is past chair of the Southeastern Athletic Conference and the NCAA Division I Boards of Directors.  He has served as USC’s vice president of research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health and, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

In 1974, Dr. Pastides earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York Albany. He has two master’s degrees from Yale—one in public health from the School of Medicine in 1977, the other in epidemiology from the Yale University Graduate School in 1978. He earned his doctorate in epidemiology from the Yale University Graduate School in 1980.