BIO

Margaritis Sxoinas

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Commission Vice-President for Promoting our

European Way of Life

Margaritis Schinas (born 28 July 1962) is a Greek politician and former civil servant. He took office in December 2019 as a vice-president in the Von der Leyen Commission with the portfolio of European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life. 

A member of the New Democracy party, he previously was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2007 to 2009 and served as chief spokesperson of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019, and as a deputy director-general of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communication between 2015 and 2019.

BIO

Margaritis Sxoinas

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Commission Vice-President for Promoting our

European Way of Life

Margaritis Schinas (born 28 July 1962) is a Greek politician and former civil servant. He took office in December 2019 as a vice-president in the Von der Leyen Commission with the portfolio of European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life. 

A member of the New Democracy party, he previously was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2007 to 2009 and served as chief spokesperson of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019, and as a deputy director-general of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communication between 2015 and 2019.

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Margaritis Schinas

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Josep Figueras

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Commission Vice-President for Promoting our

European Way of Life

Margaritis Schinas (born 28 July 1962) is a Greek politician and former civil servant. He took office in December 2019 as a vice-president in the Von der Leyen Commission with the portfolio of European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life. 

A member of the New Democracy party, he previously was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2007 to 2009 and served as chief spokesperson of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019, and as a deputy director-general of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communication between 2015 and 2019.

MD, MPH, PhD (econ), Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems & Policies, 

Head of the WHO European Centre on Health Policy, Brussels

Title of speech: the responses and best practices from EU countries

Josep Figueras, MD, MPH, PhD (econ), FFPH is the Director and cofounder of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. In addition to WHO, he has served major multilateral agencies such as the European Commission or the World Bank and has worked as policy advisor in more than forty countries within the European region and beyond.

He is Co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Monti Commission, and member of several governing, advisory and editorial boards including the governance board of the European Health Forum Gastein. He is honorary fellow of the UK faculty of public health, received the Andrija Stampar Medal for excellence in Public Health and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Semmelweis University; and he has three times been awarded the EHMA prize for best annual publication. He is currently visiting professor at the London School of Economics, and external examiner at London, Maastricht University. He was director of the MSc in Health Services Management and lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He started his career as specialist in Family and Community medicine in Spain.  

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George Kolyvas

Commission Vice-President for Promoting our

European Way of Life

Margaritis Schinas (born 28 July 1962) is a Greek politician and former civil servant. He took office in December 2019 as a vice-president in the Von der Leyen Commission with the portfolio of European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life. 

A member of the New Democracy party, he previously was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2007 to 2009 and served as chief spokesperson of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019, and as a deputy director-general of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communication between 2015 and 2019.

George Kolyvas

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 Research fellow at the University of Geneva, Global Studies Institute - Centre of Competences in European Studies Dusan Sidjanski / Head of Union of European Federalists (UEF) Greece / former advisor at the EU, DG Regional and Urban Policy- DG REGIO​ 

Title of speech:The globalisation crisis and the future of euro area

George Kolyvas is currently research fellow at the University of Geneva, Global Studies Institute - Centre of Competences in European Studies Dusan Sidjanski. In this context he has published in the last decade several papers and has delivered several lectures on European integration, the EU cohesion policy, the € and the euro area, etc. 

George is also currently President of the UNION OF EUROPEAN FEDERALISTS- GREECE (UEF- GREECE).

He retired from the EU Commission at the end of 2019. He was at that moment Advisor in DG Regional and Urban Policy- DG REGIO.  In the last 15 years, George has been focusing his efforts on facilitating and promoting the use of financial instruments co-financed on one hand by the EU cohesion policy in all EU Member States, and on the other by the European Investment Bank Group, the EBRD and other International Financial Institutions, national public promotional banks, private banks and investors across the EU.

Christina Kattami

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Christina Kattami, Policy Officer at the European Commission 
DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, Unit B.4 – Recovery and Resilience Facility: Green Transition team

Title of speech: Looking towards the Next Generation: the EU’s Recovery Plan 

Christina joined the European Commission in October 2019, specialising in the EU’s green and economic governance. In the past year, she joined the institution’s Junior Professional Programme, a rotation scheme which has allowed her to work in different policy areas, such as the European Green Deal, the European Semester and, most recently, the Conference on the Future of Europe. From May 2021, she is a member of the Green transition team for the Recovery and Resilience Facility in the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs. 


Christina holds an Economics and Politics degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters’ in European Public Policy from the College of Europe. She is 25 years old, a proud alumnus of the Moraitis School, IB Department and believes that everyone, especially young students,should be involved in the EU’s everyday policymaking

Antonis Tzortzakakis

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Chief Executive Officer 5G Ventures S.A., Phaistos Investment Fund / Former Secretary General of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance

Title of speech: Learnings from digital services development at the pandemic era

Antonis Tzortzakakis holds an Electrical Engineering & Computer Technology diploma from the Technical University of Patras and an International MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has worked for 23 years in multinational technology and telecommunications companies abroad (Siemens AG) and in Greece (Wind Hellas, Vodafone Hellas, Tellas, Forthnet).

As Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) in Wind Hellas, he played a decisive role in the company’s growth, broadening customer base and leading the investments in next-generation networks. As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in Tellas and Hellas On Line he designed and implemented successful Marketing & Brand strategies.

As an executive in the Research & Development department of Siemens AG in Austria and Germany, he actively participated in the development of innovative mobile network services at a global level. During his service as the Secretary-General for Telecommunications & Post of the Ministry of Digital Governance, he strongly contributed to the acceleration of the digital transformation of Greece. Among others, the preparation of the auction for the 5G licenses was completed, while at the same time, the 13033 SMS service design & implementation during the Covid-19 pandemic has received international recognition by the EC and the OECD.

He has served as a BoD member of the Association of Greek Information Technology and Telecommunications Companies (SEPE) and as a BoD member & Treasurer of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) in Brussels.

Yannis Charalabidis

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Professor, Digital Governance, University of the Aegean / Head, Digital Governance Research Center / Director, MSc Digital Innovation and Startup Entrepreneurship / Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean

Title of speech: European Union vision for Digital Transformation in the Public Sector

Yannis Charalabidis is Full Professor of Digital Governance at the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean, based in Samos, Greece.  He is the founding director of the Digital Governance Research Centre, coordinating policy making, research and application projects for governments and enterprises worldwide. He is heading the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the Aegean University, and the MSc on Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with National Technical University of Athens. 

He has more than 25 years of experience in designing, implementing and managing complex information systems, 10 of which as executive director in SingularLogic Group, leading the 500-staff software products unit and its expansion in Greece and Europe.  

He has published more than 10 books and 300 papers in international journals and conferences, and actively participates in international scientific and policy making bodies. Yannis has been teaching as an invited professor at UC Berkeley, TU Delft, Stevens Institute NY, State University NY, University of Washington, City University Hong Kong, Swinburne University Melbourne and Wollongong University in Australia. 

In 2016, he was ranked as the 8th most prolific author in Digital Government, among 10,000 authors of the domain, by the Washington University survey. In 2018, he was included in the “100 most influential people in Digital Government”, by Apolitical Group.

Spyros Kouvelis

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Director, EPLO Institute for Sustainable Development , Senior Associate, University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Former Minister of State for Foreign Economic, Cultural and Environmental Affairs / Former MP

Title of speech: Global Challenges, the SDGs and the EU Green Deal: Getting there

Spyros served as Minister of State for Foreign Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Affairs until 2011. His duties included environmental and cultural diplomacy, economic and energy issues, development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. First elected as Member of the Hellenic Parliament in 2007 and re-elected in 2009. During 2007-2009 he was the Shadow Minister of Environment, Energy, and Planning for the leading opposition party.

Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), acting as an ambassador of the programme in the South-East Europe and East Mediterranean regions, and teaching in selected programmes of the Institute.

Founder and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), which started as a joint initiative between the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and EPLO. Since November 2019 the Institute is fully incorporated within EPLO, enjoying its status of International Organization and Permanent Observer of the UN General Assembly.

Senior Advisor with VeRture, a consultancy on business development for new technologies / innovation, with a global portfolio of client companies. Founder and Patent holder with BabylonGardens, an Innovation Hub for Green Urban Spaces, with offices in France, Greece and Cyprus. Senior Advisor to the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan for the Mediterranean Strategy on Sustainable development 2016-2025, and the Sustainable Consumption and Production Plan (Circular Economy). Programme Director and Acting CEO a.i. of WWF in Greece for a number of years, and Coordinator of the Mediterranean Unit of the Ramsar Convention (MedWet). President of Ecofilms, the International Film Festival of Rhodes until 2007. 

Born in Athens, Greece in 1964. He studied Economics at the University of Athens (BSc) and Agricultural/Environmental Economics at the University of Reading (MSc), and is fluent in Greek, English, French, and speaks some Italian and Spanish. Married, two daughters.

Jesus Urios Culianez

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Junior Policy Analyst on Environmental Economics at Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)​

Title of speech:The EU Green Deal: what is it and its implications for citizens

Jesus Urios is a Junior Policy Analyst for the Low-Carbon Circular Economy programme of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), a Brussels-based think tank.

Previously, he worked as Assistant Account Executive in the Energy and Transport team at FleishmanHillard Brussels, where he gained experience in public affairs and on Energy and Transport related issues in the context of the EU Green Deal. He also worked on EU affairs during his work in the Public Policy Analysis Team in Deloitte Brussels. Before, he also interned at the Trade and Economics Section at the EU Delegation to Singapore. Jesus holds a BA in International Business from the University of Valencia (Spain) and KEDGE Business School Marseille (France) and a MA in European Economic Studies and Public Policy Analysis from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). He is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

Eva Gerland

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Academic Assistant (Professor Assistant), European Political and Governance Studies Department, the College of Europe

Title of speech: Experiencing the EU through mobility: Embarking on an Erasmus+ adventure

Eva comes from France and is currently working as Academic Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), where she undertakes research and teaching activities in EU affairs, assists the organisation of courses and helps supervising students’ theses. Before joining the College of Europe, she worked as Research Assistant trainee at the Robert Schuman Foundation in Paris (2018) and as a Schuman trainee in the European Parliament in Brussels (2017). She participated, amongst others, in the organisation of the European Youth Event 2018 in Strasbourg (France). 

Eva is passionate about the EU education policies since she took part in the Erasmus programme in 2014-2015. This exchange allowed her to study for a year at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) as part of her Bachelor’s degree. She also wrote a Master’s thesis focussing on the impact of experiences like the European Voluntary Service (a predecessor of the European Solidarity Corps) on the building of European identity and citizenship amongst young people.

 

Eva holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and a Master’s degree in European Governance from the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble (Sciences Po Grenoble, France), as well as a postgraduate Master’s degree in European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium).”

George Pagoulatos

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Professor of European Politics & Economy, Athens University (AUEB), Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges

Director-General, ELIAMEP 

Title of speech: EU & Euro-Atlantic relations in the Biden era

George Pagoulatos is Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is the Director General of the Athens-based Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and sits on the Governing Board of the Brussels-based European Policy Centre (EPC).

He has extensive experience in providing macro-advisory and analysis to corporates and organizations. He is a frequent keynote speaker in international conferences and corporate events, and has been widely interviewed and quoted in the international media regarding Greek and EU political economy and politics.

Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras

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Ambassador,  

Ministry of Foreign Affair's Liaison to "Greece 2021" national Committee, former Ambassador to U.K. and MFA's Director General of European Affairs

Title of speech: The European Union ports Brexit: stronger or weaker Union?

Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Liaison to the “Greece 2021” National Committee, the official organizer of the celebrations for the Bicentenary of modernGreece (1821-2021), and an advisor to the President of the Committee.

A career Greek diplomat since 1983, he has served in posts in the U.S. (New York-United Nations and Los Angeles), United Kingdom, Bulgaria, South Africa and Canada, as well in a wide range of jobs at the M.F.A. in Athens, among others as EU Director, Counter-terrorism Coordinator and Head of UN Dept.

As Ambassador, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York (2009-2013), Head of Greece’s Presidency of the Council of the EU (2014), MFA’s Director General for

EU (2014-2016) and Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2014-2020).

In 2002 he joined the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee as General Manager of Personnel and Volunteers and member of the Games Operation Committee and Operations Centre of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He is member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers of the City of London and International Affairs Advisor at Brookstreet Equity Partners LLP and. He was also member of the Advisory Board of the International Diplomatic & Business Exchange in London (2016-2020) and member of the Board of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (2005-2009). 

In 2008 he was awarded Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

He has studied Law & International Law in the Universities of Athens and of Thessaloniki. Married and father of two daughters

Nikos Zaimis

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Adviser, Trade and Sustainable Development, GSP and EPAs, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission

Nikos currently serves in the Directorate General for Trade as Senior Adviser on Trade and Sustainable Development, the General Scheme of Preferences and Economic Partnership Agreements with Africa and Pacific countries.

 

Nikos joined the European Commission in 1995 and initially worked in the area of anti-subsidy policy. In 1999, he focused on multilateral trade disputes, first as Head of the Section dealing with the investigation of trade barriers in third countries and, then, as Deputy Head of the WTO Dispute Settlement Unit.

 

In 2005, he was posted to Washington DC as Head of the Trade Section of the European Commission Delegation to the US. In 2009, he was posted to Tokyo as Head of the Trade Section of the EU Delegation to Japan (Minister-Counsellor). In September 2013, Nikos was appointed Deputy Head of DG Trade's Sustainable Development and GSP Unit where he oversaw the implementation of the EU's scheme of unilateral preferences for developing countries.

 

Before joining the European Commission Nikos worked for several years as a lawyer in the private sector focusing on EU trade policy issues. 

 

Nikos studied law in Greece (University of Thrace) and the UK (Exeter University) and was for several years a Member of the Athens Bar. He is married and has two children. 

Juan Schinas

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Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament [Committee of Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Committee on Security (SEDE)]

Title of speech: Towards European strategic autonomy?

Juan Schinas Alvargonzalez is a Parliamentary Assistant to Member of the European Parliament and Secretary-General of the European People´s Party (EPP), Mr. Antonio López-Istúriz White. His work focuses on the activities of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on Security and Defense. He graduated in 2020 from the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs joint program at the College of Europe and The Fletcher School. He has previously worked at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C and studied and King´s College London.  

Demetres Karavellas

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Kostas Botopoulos

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Nikos Giannis 

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Hannah Zinner

CEO of WWF Greece, Chair of the WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative

 

Demetres Karavellas is a conservation leader who has worked with WWF in various posts for over twenty five years. He has been active in the field and on key policy issues linked to natural resources, conservation of species and critical habitats, climate change and sustainable development, at national, regional and global level. He is the CEO of WWF Greece and also chairs the WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative, a concerted network wide effort to conserve marine and coastal ecosystems and promote a sustainable blue economy for the region. He is also a member of the SDSN Leadership Council of Greece. He holds a BSc in Marine Biology from Queen Mary University and a MSc in Fisheries Biology & Management from Bangor University. He has a passion for the sea and has explored many marine sites around the world, but feels most at home in the waters of the Aegean Sea.

Capital Markets Partner at Lambadarios Law Firm, advisor to the Bank of Greece, former MEP, former chair of the Greek Capital Markets Commission

Title of speech:Geopolitical shifts in Europe and the world around the pandemic

 Born in 1962. Alumni of the Moraitis School of Athens (1980). Athens Law School degree, Master of Public Law, Phd in Constitutional law from Paris II (Pantheon-Sorbonne) University. Attorney at Law at the Athens Bar. Specialises in Public Law and Financial Law, works at the Bank of Greece and as a Partner at Lambadarios Law Firm. Has taught European Financial Law and Capital Markets Law at Panteion University, ALBA, and the National School for Judges. Former General Secretary of Tourism, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission. Regulator columnist at TA NEA newspaper, author of 10 books. Speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.  Hobbies: sports and literature.  

European Commission, Digital governance in developing countries / Dr. of Political Sciences (European Constitutional Law), University of Athens / Founder of “The Land Beyond” and “Evropaiki Ekfrasi”  

Policy Officer at the European Commission (Junior Professional Programme), Directorate General for Trade & previously Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (Artificial intelligence)

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Roy Tzivra

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Corporate Communications: Disinformation Team member, DG Communication, European Commission  

Title of speech: : Spot and fight disinformation online  

Roy is an alumna of the College of Europe and of the University of Piraeus, currently working for the Directorate-General for Communication at the European Commission. Her scope of work covers both corporate communications vis-à-vis the NextGenerationEU campaign, looking at the recovery paired with the twin transition, as well as the fight against disinformation campaigns on COVID-19 vaccines and broader. Previously, she has worked for the United States Embassy in Athens, the European Parliament and the private IT sector in Brussels.