Meet our
RGC 2021 Speakers

Margaritis Schinas

Vice-President, Promoting the European Way of Life, European Commission

Nicolas Schmit

Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights,
European Commission


Effie Achtsioglou

Member of the Hellenic Parliament (SYRIZA Party), Former Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity

Peter Adams

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University

Panayiotis Alefragis

Αssistant professor at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Peloponnese

Grigoris Alexopoulos

President of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Prefecture of Achaia

Sokratis Anagnostou

CEO, Volos Port Authority

Eleni Andreadis

Group Director of Sustainability and CSR, Sani Resort/Ikos Resorts

Nikos Androulakis

Member of the
European Parliament

Alexandros Angelopoulos

Managing Director of Aldemar Resorts

Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki

President, Greece 1821-2021

Rodianos Antonakopoulos

Chief Executive Officer, NEA ODOS S.A. & ODOS KENTRIKIS ELLADAS S.A.

Vasiliki Angouridi

Journalist, Managing Editor,

Dr. Maria Argyropoulou

Research & Teaching Fellow, Department
of Tourism Management, University of Patras

Panagiotis Arkoumaneas

President of the BoD, Greek National Public Health Organization

Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou

Member of the European Parliament

Dimitris Aspros

Managing Director of DATA Consultants

Jimmy Athanasopoulos

Chairman of Envolve Entrepreneurship

Dimitris Avramopoulos

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship (2014-2019)


Efi Barbatsi

Journalist, Alpha TV

Manos Bazigos

Managing Director,

Charalampos Bonanos

Deputy Head of Regional Unit of Achaia

Vasiliki Boukouvala

Research & Teaching Fellow, Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises, University of Patras

Stefan Brunnhuber

Member of the Board of Trustees World Academy of
Science and Arts


Yiannis Charalabidis

Professor, Department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean

Alexis Charitsis

Member of the Hellenic Parliament (SYRIZA Party), Former Minister of Internal Affairs 

Athina Chatzipetrou

CEO and President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Development Bank SA

Yiannis Christakos

MEGA TV & General Manager, DNews

Maria Christantoni

Sustainability Officer of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Leonidas Christopoulos

Secretary General, Digital Governance and Simplification of Procedures, Ministry of Digital Governance, Hellenic Republic

Ioannis Chomatas

Asset Development Division Director, DESFA

Chelsea Collier

Founder of

Ivo Cré

Director Policy & Projects – Coordinator Access at POLIS


Athanasios Dagoumas

Assistant Professor in Energy and Resource Economics at the University of Piraeus

Mari Daskalantonakis

CEO at Grecotel Group of Companies and Managing Director at Grecotel S.A.

Constantinos Davlos


Ioannis Delatolas

Key Account Manager, Athens Stock Exchange

Paris Deligiannakis

Head of Public Sector at Vodafone Business Greece

Nektarios Demenopoulos

Deputy Manager PR, IR & Company Announcements Dpt. at Piraeus Port Authority S.A./ COSCO SHIPPING

Nikos Dendias

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic

Anna Diamantopoulou

President, To DIKTIO; fmr EU Commissioner; fmr. Minister

George Didaskalou

Secretary General of Culture at the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Christos Dimas

Deputy Minister for Development and Investments in charge of Research and Innovation,
Hellenic Republic

Apostolis Dimitropoulos

Secretary General for Higher Education at the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs

Panagiotis Dimopoulos

Vice Rector for Research and Development, University of Patras

Anastasios Drosopoulos

Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Peloponnese


Marion Eckardt

President of European Leader Association for Rural Development

Efstathios P. Efstathopoulos

Vice President, Administrative, Academic & Student Affairs,
Hellenic Open University, Professor of Medical Physics, University of Athens (NKUA)

Nikos Efthymiades

Chairman, REDESTOS

Athanasios Ellis

Editor in Chief of Kathimerini English Edition

George Evgenidis

Political Correspondent, Liquid Media SA


Socratis Famellos

Member of the Hellenic Parliament (SYRIZA Party), Former Minister of Environment and Energy

Nektarios Farmakis

Regional Governor of Western Greece

Andreas Filias

Educator, Deputy Head of Administration and e-Goverment, Region of Western Greece

Nikos Filippidis

Journalist, MEGA TV

Constantinos Filis

Executive Director at the Institute of International Relations, Panteion University, Athens and commentator for Ant1 Group

Eleni Fotopoulou

Deputy Head Officer, Head of Unit B’ of the Managing Authority of FEAD, Greece – National Institute of Labor and Human Resources


Mina Gaga

President, Central Health Council

Katerina Gagaki

Perception Management Specialist

George Galanos

Assistant Professor, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus

Vitor Gaspar

Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

Andrei Geica

Co-founder, Partner, Impact & Policy, Sporos Platform

Fofi Gennimata

Member of the Hellenic Parliament, President of Kinima Allagis (KINAL)

Yiannis Georgakellos

Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs, Athenian Brewery

Thodoris Georgakopoulos

Editorial Director at diaNEOsis

Adonis Georgiadis

Minister of Development and Investments,
Hellenic Republic

Angela Gerekou

President, Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO)

Vaggelis Giakoumis

Journalist, ALPHA TV

Sinos Giokas

Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the Department of Biology of the University of Patras

Dimitris C. Gkikas

Researcher at University of Patras & Digital Marketing Director at OWEB Digital Experience

Eirini Gkiza

Data Consultants – Head of Procurement Div

Elona Gjebrea Hoxha

Member, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Manolis Grafakos

Secretary General of Coordination and Waste Management, Ministry of Environment and Energy,
Hellenic Republic

Angeliki Gypaki

Journalist, Eletheros Typos


Asaf Hajiyev

Secretary General of the PABSEC

Serkos Haroutounian

President, ELGO

Dr. Julius Heinicke

Professor of Cultural Policy, Chairholder of the UNESCO “Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development”


Harris Ioannou

Journalist, The TOC


Alexandros Kachrimanis

Regional Governor of Epirus

Dimitris Kafantaris

Secretary General of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE)

Vasiliki Kalampokidou

Vice President System Certification TÜV HELLAS

Ioannis Kaltsas

Head of the Investment Team for Greece & Cyprus at the European Investment Bank (ΕΙΒ)

Nasser Kamel

Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean

Kostas Karamanlis

Minister of Infrastructure & Transport,
Hellenic Republic

Demetres Karavellas

CEO, WWF Greece

Yiannis Karvelis

of 6th Health Region Peloponnese,
Ionian Islands,
Epirus & Western Greece

Ioannis Karydas

Chief Executive Officer
Copelouzos Group

Alexandros Karydis

Partner Legal & Compliance, Sporos Platform

Vasileios Kasiolas

Manager of Regional Development Dept., Data Consultants

Michail Katrinis

MP, Kinima Allagis

George Katrougalos

Vice Chair of the Group of the United European Left at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Kostas Katsafados

Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy

Louka T. Katseli

Professor of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Alexandros Katsiamboulas

Group Environment, Social & Governance Performance Director, TITAN

Apostolos Katsifaras

Former Governor of Western Greece

Athanasios Katsis

Rector of the University of Peloponnese

Amalia Katzou

Journalist, CNN Greece

Christos Kavalopoulos

General Director, Greek Mining Enterprises Association

Xenia Kazoli

Co-founder, Corporate Governance Hub

Manolis Kefalogiannis

Member of the European Parliament

Spyros Kiartzis

Manager New Technologies & Alternative Energy Sources
Hellenic Petroleum SA

Vassilis Kikilias

Minister of Health, Hellenic Republic

Εleni Kipreou

Director of Bouzianis Museum, Art curator

Dr. Paris Kitsos

Αssociate professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,University of the Peloponnese

Petros Kokkalis

Member of the European Parliament

Christos Kolonas

TA NEA Newspaper

Christos Konstas

Financial Editor at Ethos Media &

Pavlos Kontos

Professor of Philosophy, Head of the Philosophy Department, University of Patras

Vassilis Kontozamanis

Alternate Minister for Health, Hellenic Repuplic

Ioannis Kotsiopoulos

General Secretary at Ministry of Health, Hellenic Republic

Dr. Phoebe Koundouri

 Prof. Athens University of Economics & Business, President EAERE, Fellow World Academy of Art & Science, Chair UN SDSN Europe

Christos Koutras

Journalist, SKAI TV

Rodi Kratsa

Governor of the Ionian Islands

George Kremlis

Principal Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister

Stelios Kympouropoulos

Member of the
European Parliament

Georgios Kyrtsos

Member, European Parliament


Vassiliki Lazarakou

Chair of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (HCMC)

Panayiotis Liargovas

President and Scientific Director, KEPE

Norbert Lins

Member, European Parliament, Chair of Committee of Agriculture and Rural Development

Spilios Livanos

Minister for Rural Development and Food, Hellenic Republic


Konstantinos Magnis

Director, PELOPONNISOS Newspaper

Sofoklis Makridis

Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Patras

Apostolos Mangiriadis

Political Correspondent for SKAI TV and SKAI Radio

Georgia Manolopoulou

Board Member of Diazoma,
MC Europeana

Manos Manousakis

Chairman & CEO Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO)

Dionissios Mantzavinos

Vice Rector for Academic & International Affairs, University of Patras

Nikos Mantzoufas

Governor of Recovery and Resilience Coordination Agency

Eleni Marianou

Secretary General of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)

Grigoris Marinakis

Country Manager of Voltalia Greece

Platon Marlafekas

Vice President & Head of Marketing and Exports Departments of Loux SA,
President of the Chamber of Achaia & of EFEPAE

Konstantinos Mavros

CEO, PPC Renewables

Evangelos Meimarakis

Head of the EPP Group Greek Delegation in the European Parliament

Domna Michailidou

Deputy Minister for Welfare and Social Solidarity Issues, Hellenic Republic

Alexandra Mitsotaki

President & Co-founder World Human Forum

Konstantinos Moustakas

Professor at the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras


Konstantinos Natsis

Project & Site Manager of large scale PV plants

Panagiotis Nikas

Regional Governor of Peloponnese

Maria Nikoltsiou

Journalist, ALPHA TV

Yiannis Ntsounos

Journalist, SKAI TV


Giannis Oikonomou

Deputy Minister for the Common Agricultural Policy, Hellenic Republic

Younous Omarjee

European Parliament

Philip Owen

Head of Unit Climate finance, mainstreaming, Montreal Protocol, DG Climate Action, European Commission


Ilias Palialexis

Journalist, Athens News Agency

Spyros Pandis

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Maria Panitsa

Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of the University of Patras

Konstantinos Papachristopoulos

EU Project Expert, Cocreate

George Papachristos

Publishing Advisor, Newspaper “TA NEA”

Vagelis Papadakis

Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Patras

Dimitrios Papadimoulis

Vice-President of the European Parliament, Head of the SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance delegation

Yannis Papadogiannis

Journalist, Business Daily

Athanasios Papadopoulos

Mayor of Kalavrita, President of Development Agency – Achaia SA

George Papanastasiou

Mayor of Agrinio, President of the Regional Association of Municipalities of Western Greece (PED)

George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011), Member of Parliament with the Movement of Change (KINAL)

Panagiotis Papanikolas

Chairman & CEO at Olympia Odos S.A.

Dimitris Papastergiou

Mayor of Trikala, President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE)

Fanis Papathanasiou

Journalist, ERT TV

Theodoros Papatheodorou

Professor, University of the Peloponnese,
f. Deputy Minister of Education,
f. MP f. Rector, University of the Peloponnese

Dr. Ioannis Pappas

Director Mediterranean Region, Global Sustainable Tourism Council,
CEO & co-founder, Green Evolution SA

Lena Paraskeva


Dr. Michael Paraskevas

Associate Professor, Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of the Peloponnese

Ketan Patel

Co-founder and CEO, Greater Pacific Capital

George Patoulis

Governor of Attica Region, Region of Attica

Savvas Peltekis

CEO, TÜV Hellas

Aimilios Perdikaris

General Manager, Athens / Macedonian News Agency

Stelios Petsas

Alternate Minister of Interior,
Hellenic Republic

Ambassador Sergio Piazzi

Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

Konstantinos Pistiolas

SEVPDE board member / AGRINO board member

Dr. Nikitas Pittis

Chief Economist of AssetWise Capital Management

Christina Politi

Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Peloponnese

Ioannis Politis

Action 24, Greece

Ioulia Poulaki

Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism Management, University of Patras

Prodromos Prodromidis

Senior Research Fellow, Centre of Planning and Economic Research

Geoffrey R. Pyatt

U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic


Vasilis Rallis

Co-Founder and President Europe EarthIndex

Carsten Rasmussen

Head of Unit, DG for Regional & Urban Policy

H. E. Ernst Reichel

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Hellenic Republic

Debora Revoltella

Director, Economics Department, EIB

Nikos Rogakos


Theodoros Roussopoulos

Member, Hellenic Parliament


Philippos Sachinidis

Former Minister of Finance, Kinima Allagis

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor & Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, US

Panos Sakellaropoulos

Chairman of the Economic Committee & Deputy Regional Head of Economic Policy and Financial Control of the Region of Western Greece

Peter Schmidt

President of the NAT Section, European Economic and Social Committee

Ioannis Segkos

Mayor, Chersonissos-Crete, Secretary General, Network of Solid Waste Management
Associations- Fo.Di.S.A. Network(CTI)

Dimitris Serpanos

Director, Computer Technology Institute and Press (CTI)

Thanos Siafakas

Journalist, ERT TV

Sara Siampli

Journalist, MEGA TV

Spiros Sirmakessis

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering, University of Peloponnese

Dimitris Skalkos

Secretary General for Public Investment and Partnership Agreement,
Hellenic Republic

Michalis Skordas

President, Greek Network Leader

Konstantinos Skrekas

Minister of Environment & Energy,
Hellenic Republic

Theodoros Skylakakis

Alternate Minister of Finance, for Fiscal Policy, Hellenic Republic

Ioannis Smyrlis

Secretary General for International Economic Affairs, Hellenic Republic

George Soulos

Head of European Projects Division, Data Consultants

Petros Souretis

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Member, Intrakat

Natassa Spagadorou

Journalist, CNN Greece

Fanis Spanos

Governor, Region of Central Greece

Aristotelis Spiliotis

Secretary General of Black Sea Trade & Development Bank

Maria Spyraki

Member of the
European Parliament

Spyridon Spyridon

Managing Director, Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government

Christos Staikouras

Minister of Finance, Hellenic Republic

Michalis Stavrianoudakis

Secretary General of Interior and Organization

Aristofanis Stefatos

Managing Director of the Hellenic Hydrocarbon Management Company (HHRM SA)

Maria Syregela

Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Hellenic Republic

Angelos Syrigos

Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Hellenic Republic


Vasilis Tampakas

Professor, Department of Computer and Informatics Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece

Melina Taprantzi

Social Entrepreneur, Founder of Wise Greece

Giorgos Taramas

Data Consultants – Manager of Co-funded National Projects Dept.

Vivian Tasopoulou

Manager of Social Cohesion Dept., Data Consultants

Alexia Tasouli

Journalist, OPEN TV

Tasos Telloglou

Journalist, Kathimerini Newspaper

Marios Themistocleous

Secretary General of Primary Health Care, Hellenic Republic

Prokopis Theodoridis

Associate Professor, Marketing at the Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises, University of Patras

Harrys Theoharis

Minister of Tourism, Hellenic Republic

Giorgos Trantas

Professor of Management and Comparative Law Management, ΗΜΕΙ Euelpidon Military School, Legal Advisor of Hellenic Single Public Procurement Authority (H S P P A)

Dr. Marios Tsakas

CEO of Public Gas Distribution Networks SA (DEDA)

Yannis Tsakiris

Deputy Minister of Development & Investments, Hellenic Republic

Panayotis J. Tsakonas

Professor of International Relations, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dimitris Tsalemis

Director General for Energy of the Greek Ministry for Environment and Energy

Kostis Tselenis

Managing Partner swiss Impact Office, Founder & President Hellenic Impact Investing Network

Konstantinos Tsiakataras

Deputy Managing Director and Partner of DIADIKASIA Business Consulting S.A.

George Tsiamis

Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering of the University of Patras

Yioula Tsiknakou

Head of the Hydroelectric Projects Department at

Iro Tsimpri


Panagiotis Tsonis

Managing Director of O.L.PA. SA

Constantinos Tsoutsoplides

Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Greece

Anastasios Tzikas

President TIF-HELEXPO SA, President, Technopolis Thessaloniki SA

Giannis Tzimas

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Peloponnese

Apostolos Tzitzikostas

President of the Association of Greek Regions – ENPE


István Ujhelyi

European Parliament, Vice-chair of Committee on Transport & Tourism


Grigoris Vallianatos

Writer, Journalist & Activist

Frédéric Vallier

Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Miltiadis Varvitsiotis

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic

Michalis Vasilakis

Journalist, Peloponnisos Newspaper

Theodoros Vassilakopoulos

Professor of Respiratory & Critical Care, Medicine University of Athens, Αdjunct Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Theodoros Vassilopoulos

Deputy Regional Head of Rural Development of Region of Western Greece

Alkiviadis Vatopoulos

Professor in Public Health Microbiology, School of Public Health, University of West Attica

Evangelos Venizelos

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor of Constitutional Law

Nikos Vettas

General Director, Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE)
Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB)

Dimitris Vlastos

Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering of the University of Patras

Makis Voridis

Minister of Internal Affairs,
Hellenic Republic

Dr. Nikolaos Voros

Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Peloponnese

Amalia Voulgari

Officer for Social Policy & Equality,
Region of Western Greece


Andreas Xanthos

Member of the Hellenic Parliament (SYRIZA Party), Former Greek Health Minister


Nicholas Yatromanolakis

Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, Hellenic Republic

Yiannis Yiarentis

Chairman of BoD & CEO

Nikos Ypofantis

Journalist, SKAI TV


Theofanis Zacharatos

Researcher & Ph.D. Candidate at University of Patras

Costas Zachariadis

Member of the Hellenic Parliament
(SYRIZA Party)

Maria Zafiropoulou

Head of Regional Development & Social Cohesion Div., Data Consultants

Fokion Zaimis

Deputy Governor of Entrepreneurship Research & Innovation Region of Western Greece

Christos S. Zerefos

Secretary General, Academy of Athens; Climate Envoy for Greece

Panagiotis Zervas

Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Peloponnese

Rongjun Zhang

Vice President of Xi‘an Shiyou University for International Cooperation