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A DEREE Communication Society Conference


Tuesday, 26 February

10:50 Pursuing a Career in the Field of Public Relations

Elena Savva, PR Specialist, began her PR career as an account executive at Publicom/Hill & Knowlton. She went on to head BBDO Group Greece’s PR agency, IKON Porter Novelli, a post she held for a decade. She has served on the management committee of the PR sector of the Hellenic Association of Advertising and Communication. Ms. Savva holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from DEREE College.

12:15 Challenges in Covering the Greek Financial Crisis

Constantinos Davlos, Journalist, Skai Television, holds a degree in sociology from DEREE College and a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Leicester. He has spent most of his career as a television news economics reporter. A baseball fan, he turned in a 1.000 fielding average playing for the Greek national team in the 2011 World Cup. Mr. Davlos’s athletic interests have also included horseback riding, windsurfing, skiing and water skiing. Off the field, he plays the cello, guitar and drums.

Odysseas Katsaitis, Head of the Department of Economics, DEREE College, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Athens and PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia. After teaching at New York University for a decade, he joined the DEREE faculty in 1991. Dr. Katsaitis’s work on applied econometrics has appeared in a number of international academic journals.

Nikos Pirounakis, Professor of Economics, DEREE College, is a financial analyst, consultant and journalist. He holds a BA from DEREE College, MSc from the University of Strathclyde, and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. He has written for newspapers and journals such as Economicos Tachydromos, e-Kathimerini, To Vima, Touristiki Agora, Eleftheros Typos, Idiotiki Asphalisis, and The Glasgow Herald. His books include The Greek Economy: Past, Present and Future, and Real Estate Economics: A Point to Point Handbook.

13:40 Κουβεντιάζοντας για το θέαμα (in Greek)

Michalis Papanikolaou, Director and Author, attended the University of Athens Medical School for three years before financial hardship forced him to earn a living doing manual labor. He later studied theater and film, and made his first film in 1967. He has written numerous Greek film scripts and directed over a dozen films himself, for which he has won awards in Greece and other countries. He has staged over 100 plays and has over 3,000 hours of television and radio broadcasts to his credit.

Wednesday, 27 February

10:50 Do not Forget Me Istanbul: Directing Across Borders

Stergios Niziris, Director, Writer and Producer, received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Patra and his MSc in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He studied cinema directing at the Chatzikou School in Athens and cinema at Westminster University. Mr. Niziris has directed, written and produced several films, starting with Miracles on Alexandras Avenue in 1998. More recently, he wrote and directed the segment Half Moon Strangers in the film Do not Forget Me Istanbul.

13:40 Nurturing Brands

Stathis Georgiadis, Marketing Communication Consultant, is the director of g360 Integrated Marketing Communications Consultancy, which provides strategies for creating strong consumer brand perceptions. He has worked as an account manager at Y&R Athens and in client services at Y&R New York. Mr. Georgiadis is co-founder of CETT Productions. He holds an MA in communication from Ithaca College and a BA in communication from DEREE College.

Thodoris Nikolakopoulos, Marketing Communications Strategist, is a member of the communications team at g360, and has also worked as a media planner for Initiative Planning in Athens. Mr. Nikolakopoulos has a BA in communication from DEREE College and an MA in marketing from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Thursday, 28 February

10:50 Independent Journalism: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

John Psaropoulos, Journalist, started his career writing for The European in 1992. He went on to work for CNN in Atlanta, where he did his first broadcast reporting. Returning to Greece in 1999, he ran the Athens News for a decade. Today he reports for Al Jazeera English, PBS NewsHour, The Daily Beast and National Public Radio. Mr. Psaropoulos studied classics at King’s College, London. He is married to the poet A.E. Stallings, and they have two Argonauts, Jason and Atalanta.

12:15 Will There Still Be a Need for Journalism in 2020?

Pavlos Tsimas, Journalist, Mega Channel, presents the investigative current affairs program Erevna. He has a law degree from the University of Athens, but practiced law only briefly before turning to journalism. He has served as a political news editor at Rizospastis and as director of the newspaper Proti, the magazine Tachydromos and the radio station 902 Left on FM. Mr. Tzimas has hosted many talk shows and current affairs programs since making his television debut on Mega Channel with To Milo tou Eridos in 1993.

13:40 How the Internet Has Demolished an Industry and Set the Written Word Free

Thodoris Georgakopoulos, Journalist, has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Athens and has worked as a reporter, magazine columnist, translator, text editor, and digital media manager. He writes for online and print media about books, technology, people, politics, and anything else that seems interesting. Mr. Georgakopoulos is co-founder of digital media startup Nest Media. Since 2006 he has published three books. His latest, February, was published in July.

Friday, 1 March

11:15 Content Is King, Community Is Queen

Thomas Varvitsiotis, President, V+O Communication, has extensive experience in communication, strategic planning and media relations, and has consulted companies in Greece and the US. He was a journalist at Eleftheros Typos, and published the international affairs magazine Emphasis. Mr. Varvitsiotis has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is president of the Fletcher Club of Greece and vice president of the Lambropoulos Foundation.

13:15 Why Do We Need History?

Paschos Mandravelis, Columnist, Kathimerini, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Athens and a postgraduate degree in media studies from the New School for Social Research. He has worked for several newspapers and magazines and published several books, including My First Computer and Below Zero: Four Comments on the Crisis. Mr. Mandravelis is a member of the Greek journalists’ union and the Greek Society of Economists, and a past member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

14:15 Film: The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

An American biographical drama about the rise of pornographic magazine publisher and editor Larry Flynt, and his subsequent clash with the law. It spans 25 years of Flynt's life, from his impoverished upbringing in Kentucky to his court battle with Reverend Jerry Falwell, and is based in part on the US Supreme Court case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell. 129 minutes

Director: Milos Forman

Writers: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton