June, 2022

202207Jun09:3014:30Sustainability: The Future is Now09:30 - 14:30

Event Details


A fashion show “Greece: A Circular Fashion Future” by Deree students will follow.

When: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 09:30-14:30
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

Supported by:
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

Alvertos RevachAlvertos Revach
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.


Christos PetridisChristos Petridis
Chief Creative Officer

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.


Emma EfmorfidiEmma Efmorfidi
EF93 Founder

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 PitsakisGaryfalia 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.


Hara XirouHara Xirou

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.


John IliopoulosJohn Iliopoulos
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”.


Venediktos AdipasVenediktos Adipas
Creative Director

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.


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