He was born in Athens in 1974. He attended the Leontio Lyceum and then studied at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, from where he graduated in 2002. He continued his studies at the Department of Administration & Organization of Health Units of the National School of Public Health. Master in 2008. In 2011 he was awarded a doctorate by the Medical School of the University of Athens.
From 1990 to 2004 he played basketball professionally. He is 2.00 meters tall and competed mainly as a small forward. He played for Panionios, Ionikos, AEK, Apollon Patras, as well as for the national basketball teams. With the National Children in 1991 he became European runner-up. In the Men’s National Team he made 6 appearances, achieving 76 points. With Panionios, he won the Greek Cup in 1991, while during his four-year tenure at AEK, he won a Championship in 2002, two Cups in 2000 and 2001, as well as the Saporta Cup in 2000.
In 2011 he was awarded an excellent doctorate by the Medical School of the University of Athens. He completed the specialty of orthopedic surgeon at the Athens General Hospital (2006-2012). He was elected Municipal Councilor in the Municipality of Athens (2006) and from 2007-2011 he was President of the Youth and Sports Organization of the Municipality of Athens, with many activities and sporting events.
In 2010, as a candidate for Attica Regional Governor, he became the leader of the Major Opposition of the Attica Region. At the same time he assumed the duties of Deputy Program Secretary of New Democracy.
In 2012 he was elected in A ‘Athens with New Democracy and served as Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection.
In the elections of January and September 2015, he is re-elected member of parliament for Athens A with New Democracy.
From January to November 2016, he was the New Democracy Immigration Policy Coordinator.
On November 18, 2016, he was appointed spokesman for New Democracy.
On October 13, 2017, he assumed the duties of Head of National Defense of the New Democracy.
On July 9, 2019, the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis is appointed Minister of Health.
On August 31, 2021, he was appointed Minister of Tourism by the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
George Patoulis was born in Athens, Greece. He entered the Athens Medical School and specialized in Orthopaedic surgery at the Athens Laiko Hospital, where he also wrote a doctoral thesis. He is specialised in Health Economics and graduated from the National School of Public Health.
He was elected in the Board of the “LAIKO” Hospital, while at the same time he established the Association of the Trainee Doctors of Athens and Piraeus.
In 1997, he established the “Young Doctors” Pan-Hellenic Society and in 2002 the Association of the Freelance Doctors of Attica, where he still holds the position of the Honorary President.In 1998, he was elected municipal counsellor for the first time at the Municipality of Pefki, where he has formed the institution of Municipal Medical Centre.
In 2006, he was elected for the first time Mayor of Amaroussion in the Region of Attica. In 2010, he was re-elected with 57% and in 2014 he was again elected for the third time as a Mayor with 60%.
At the same time, he established the National Hellenic Inter-Municipal Network of Healthy Cities, while he also became the President of Association of Municipalities for the Protection and Restoration of Penteliko.
In June 2011, he was elected for the first time President of the Athens Medical Association. He was re-elected in the same post in 2014 and 2018. After his recent re-election in 2022, he became the longest-serving president of the Association. In January 2012, he became one of the founding members of the SOCIAL MISSION CLINIC.
In October 2014, he was elected President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, while in 2015 he was elected Vice President of the Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe (CEMR), where he was elected again in December 2016.
In February 2018, he was elected President of ELITOUR.
In the Local Administration elections in 2019, he was elected Regional Governor of Attica with 66%. In October 2019, he was elected A’ Vice-President of the Association of Regions.
In February 2020, he was elected Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and Head of the Greek Delegation of the Committee of the Regions for the 2020-2025 term.
His term lasted 2.5 years until July 2022 and he has been a Member ever since.
He has published various articles and other work in scientific medical magazines in Greece and globally.
He has a son, Alexandros.
Born in Thessaloniki in 1988. She studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a master’s degree from the University of Macedonia in European Youth Policy. She specialized in Counseling Psychology.
Katerina Notopoulou is a Member of the Standing committe on production and trade, and Member of the Special Permanent Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights.
Member of the new generation of SYRIZA,
She speaks English and French.
Olympia Anastasopoulou graduated with High Honors from Athens College and obtained a Law Degree from Athens University. She holds a L.L.M. in International and European Studies with a thesis on P.D.O. and G.I., as well as a M.B.A. with a major in finance and statistics.
As an attorney-at-law at the Supreme Court and Accredited Mediator with the Ministry of Justice, she has worked in Greece and abroad, whereas she has served as a legal counselor in the National Theater of Greece. Since 2010 she serves as Legal Counselor in E-EFKA.
In 2010 she was elected municipal counselor in Palaio Faliro.
In 2014 she joined the political party Potami.
In the national elections of July 2019 she ran as a parliamentary candidate in Southern Sector of Athens for New Democracy.
In January 2022 she was appointed Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development.
She is fluent in English, French and German, married to Stefanos Adamopoulos and has two sons
Yiannis Retsos was born in Athens in 1969. He is a graduate of School of Law, University of Athens and holds a postgraduate degree in Hotel Management, from Cornell University, specializing in Hospitality Real Estate Finance.
He is the CEO and one of the major shareholders of Electra Hotels & Resorts, which operates six hotels in Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes and Kefalonia.
Yiannis Retsos was elected President of SETE – Greek Tourism Confederation in May 2017 and he is currently in the second term in the Presidency of the Association.
In March 2020 he was appointed Member of the General Council of the Bank of Greece.
From April 2011 until July 2017, he served as Chairman of the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation and during the period 2009 – 2011, he was the Chairman of the Athens-Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association.
Mr. Pavlos Efthymiou is the Director General of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (E.EN.E) and Executive Advisor to the Athens Medical Group, in matters of growth, new business, innovation and strategy. At the same time, he participates as a partner and/or Board Member in other firms across a wide range of sectors.
He has a degree in economics, politics and international relations from the Universities of Bath and Cambridge in the UK. Before returning permanently to Greece in 2020, he was Policy Manager at the Quraysh Institute in London, and a founding member of the China-UK Development Council. In London and Brussels he collaborated with influential Think Tanks, businesses and institutions, focusing on risk analysis and the dynamics between geostrategy, political economy and entrepreneurship.
He was born on July 13, 1972. He comes from Platanias, Crete and grew up in Chania.
He has served as General Secretary of the Municipality of Chania, while he has a postgraduate diploma from the School of Law and Political Science of the University of Athens.
He has worked for 20 years, among other things, as a research associate in the Diplomatic Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also, as Deputy General Director of the Konstantinos Mitsotakis Foundation as well as as a scientific collaborator in the Greek Parliament. He was an advisor to Kyriakos Mitsotakis when he was Minister of Administrative Reform & e-Government.
On August 28, 2019, he assumed the duties of General Secretary of the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) with the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
He runs a tourism business, speaks excellent English and good Italian, is married and has a son.
Secretary-General for Telecommunications and Posts Athanasios Staveris-Polykalas is specialised in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms, data analysis, and Natural Language Processing technologies.
On July 2019 he was appointed an adviser to the Minister of Digital Governance with strong contribution on cybersecurity matters and the implementation of the 112 alert service in cooperation with the Secretariat-General of Civil Protection.
Mr Staveris holds a PhD on High Energy Physics from the University of Athens, a Master’s degree on Applied Physics from the National Technical University of Athens, and an MBA for Executives from Plymouth University.
He has worked on a broad range of ICT projects in the private sector for more than ten years, while he has also worked as a researcher at the CDF experiment in Fermilab, USA through an RTN scholarship and with the cooperation of the INFN Sezione di Pisa.
Elena Kountoura is Member of the European Parliament for Greece. She has been appointed Coordinator of the Left group at the Transport and Tourism Committee, TRAN, and is member of the European Parliament Tourism Task Force TTF. She is also Member of the Committees on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality FEMM, Industry Research & Energy ITRE, and Artificial Intelligence AIDA.
Additionally, she is member of the Delegations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean Substitute DMED, for relations with the Mashreq countries DMAS and for relations with the Korean Peninsula DKOR.
Previously, she had served as Minister of Tourism of Greece (2015 – 2019), and was recipient of several prestigious international awards, including “Tourism Minister of the Year 2019” in ITB Berlin, and “Global Champion 2019” for Destination Stewardship, by the World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC.
During her long-standing political career (2004 -2019) she was elected six times as Member of the Greek Parliament in the First District of Athens. She had also been appointed Secretary to the Standing Committee on Monitoring the Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, and Member of the Greek Parliamentary Assembly at the Council of Europe, PACE.
Elena Kountoura is also President of Europa Donna Hellas, the Greek branch of the European Coalition for Breast Cancer Europa Donna, advocating for the prevention and awareness of breast cancer and for claiming rights to better services for patients with cancer.
Shimon Parnas is a veteran and experienced radio and television program editor and presenter.
For more than 45 years has been working on the Israeli national radio and TV and on commercial TV as a musical editor and representor of entertainment programs. He started his way as an expert in rock and pop music and unacceptably around the eighties he was slowly droughted towards world music and Greek music especially.
He started to play Greek bouzouki songs on the Israeli national radio on prime time during the eighties. His programs became very popular among many listeners, and in the beginning of the nineties he edited and represented a tv show called “PARNASS TAVERN “; which was like the famous Greek tv show called STIN YGIA MAS. His programs on radio and tv became very popular and it contributed a lot to the popularity of Greek music in Israel.
In the beginning of the nineties, he started to organize music and culinary tours to Athens and Thessaloniki, and he had the privilege to be the first one to do it, because after the success many tour companies and guides started to do the same.
Mrs. Gerardi Maria – Elli was born in Athens in 1976 and grew up in Komotini.
Graduated from the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens in 1999.
Holder of a Master’s degree in “Design and Construction of Underground Works” of the NTUA in 2003.
Fluency in English and good French (Proficiency and Sorbonne II holder).
Ioannis Smyrlis is a political scientist, graduate of the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration with a Postgraduate Diploma in International and European Relations from the University of Athens (EKPA).
He represented the Ministry of Interior during the rotating Greek Presidency of the EU in 2013-2014. He was Press and Public Relations Consultant of ODIE SA. in 2009-2010, Adviser to the General Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping in 2007-2009 and Adviser to the General Secretary of S.E.P.E. in 2005-2007.
He was elected as the 1st President from Greece of the Youth Organization of the European People’s Party (YEPP) 2007-2009, the largest political Youth Organization in Europe.
He served as Secretary of International and EU Relations of Nea Demokratia Party and a Member of the Political Bureau of the European People’s Party (EPP) in 2013-2019. During that time, he cultivated personal relationships with major stakeholders in Brussels and other European capitals.
He was a European fellow of the German Marshall Foundation of the USA and a member of the EU Youth Assembly for the European Constitution (2003), the Hellenic Society of Political Science (E.E.P.E.) and the Hellenic Society of International Law and International Relations of the Aegean Institute for the Law of the Sea and Navigation.
He has been a freelancer since 2009 in activities related to catering, trade and import-export.
He speaks English and French.
He was born in Athens in 1970. He has studied Tourism and Hospitality Management, at Centre International of Glion, at Montreux Switzerland, with Diploma in Food & Beverage and Event Management.
He has a professional experience in Greek and International Hospitality Industry, in managerial positions, with expertise in Event Management and Sales.
In 2010 he has founded FYE – For Your Event Agency, with specialization in Event planning and Wedding planning to destination Greece.Since September 2020, he is a co-founder TILTOM company, specialized in online applications aimed at improving people’s quality of life and the sustainable development of businesses. The first venture Beachbooking.app, is a purely touristic application, for online reservations of sunbeds and beach umbrellas around Greece.
In May 2020, he has participated in the foundation of Greek Destination Planners Association (GDPA) and he was elected President.
She is the Director of Corporate Communications of ThPA S.A. – Port of Thessaloniki, a Member of the Board of Directors of MedCruise (Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports) and a Member of the Board of Directors of Thessaloniki Tourism Organization.
Born in 1973 in the USA, she holds an MBA in Business Administration and has held senior managerial positions in port, shipping and financial services companies over the last 20 years, a member of the National Cruise Committee and a Board Member of a shipping company listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, as Commercial Director and as Management Consultant on Strategic Development, Sales, Marketing and Communication in the largest shipping companies in Greece, providing communication support to the Association of Shipping Companies.
George is currently heading Aegean’s sustainability efforts.
Previously he was responsible for Network Planning and also served as Program Manager for the Entry into Service of Aegean’s new Airbus aircraft.
George joined Aegean Airlines in 2009 and has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and a Master of Science (MSc) in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He was born in 1952 in Egypt.
His studies were: University Degree in Economics, Shipping Administration from the Polytechnic Moorgate (London), Marketing & Management Administration, St. Patrick (London).
He speaks English and Arabic.
He has 50 years in the tourism industry and is five times elected President of HATTA. He was a Member of the Board. of EOT for three years, as well as the Board. of the Association of Car Rental Companies for 4 years. Member of the Board of ECTAA for 13 years and active member of the Board of HATTA for 39 years.
He is President of FEDHATTA, Vice President of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), Member of the National Coordinating Committee of Cruise and represents HATTA in the Board of Shipping (SAS).
Nikos Chatzinikolaou was born on October the 9th 1962, in Alexandroupolis, Evros. He started working as a journalist in 1983 covering education topics in the newspaper “MESIMVRINI”.
In 1984, he received the “Botsi” award for journalism. He then started to cover political issues. Meanwhile, he started his collaboration with the Sunday edition of the newspaper “Akropolis”, the newspaper “Ethnos” and the magazines “ENA” and “STATUS”.
In 1987, he started working for the newly founded radio “ATHINA 9,84”. At the same time he became member of the founding committee of the station. He also temporarily worked at the radio stations “ERA”, “SKY 100,4”, “PLANET” and “STATUS FM”.
In 1989, he started his collaboration with MEGA TV station. From 1998 until 2003 he was General Director of News and Information department of the station.
From 2003 until 2007, he collaborates with ALPHA TV Station, as Executive Vice President and General Director of News and Information department and later, as Chairman and CEO.
From April 2007 until October 2011 he collaborates with ALTER TV station.
In September 2007 he founded along with Andreas Kouris the «Real Group», which owns the radio station “Real Fm 97.8” in Athens, “Real Fm 107.1” in Salonica, “Ellinikos 93,2” in Athens, the weekly (every Sunday) newspaper “Real News” and the news portal “Real.gr”.
In 2012 Nikos Chatzinikolaou created his own personal site-blog “Enikos.gr” and the financial news blog “Enikonomia.gr”.
From September 2013 until June 2016, he collaborates with STAR Channel TV Station.
Since January 2017, he is the anchorman of the main news edition of ANT1 TV Station.
Nikos Chatzinikolaou is board member of European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA).
She studied Political Sciences at the Department of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and media training at the BBC Academy. She is a journalist, political analyst, TV anchorwoman until 2011 and General Manager of the think tank Institute of Democracy, Konstantinos Karamanlis until 2014.
She is an experienced and distinguished media trainer for “tradional” and cyber crisis management in companies such as: PETROLA HELLAS, HELLENIC PETROLEUM (ELPE), LAFARGE BETON, HALYPS BUILDING MATERIALS, ITALCEMENTI GROUP, REGENCY CASINO THESSALONIKI, HSBC, CREDIT AGRICOLE LIFE, DELTA, KATSELIS, GOODY’S, EVEREST, CARREFOUR, GENESIS FARMA and others.
Katia Makri is a journalist at Antenna Channel, one of the leading television networks in Greece. She has more than 20 years of experience as a political editor, and worked during that time for Ethnos, Eleftherotypia and Real newspapers, Star Channel, Alter Channel, Real, Alpha, and Flash Radio.
She was born in Athens, she has a master in European Studies and speaks fluently English and Italian.
After an impressively successful year, Greek tourism is at the forefront of the national effort for greater economic growth and social well-being with a sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism model.
In this context, Next is Now and Dome Consulting will organize the 4th Greek Tourism Summit, a National Case! Possibilities and Perspectives.
At the top of the summit agenda are:
– The further improvement of the tourist product with respect to the needs of local communities and urban tourism
– Strengthening the cooperation between the State, the regions and the private sector
– The creation of sustainable tourist infrastructures.
Member of Parliament N. Corfu - Head of Shipping, Island Policy & Tourism, PA.SO.K. – Change Movement