Athens Marriott Hotel
385 Andrea Siggrou Avenue, 175 64, Athens, Greece
24 November 2021
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.
Mr. Patoulis was born in Athens. He entered Athens Medical School in 1981 and specialized in Orthopaedic surgery at the Athens ‘Laiko’ Hospital, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the subject of his specialization. Being a doctor is fully in line with his character and his beliefs that he should be useful to people and contribute to the society as a whole.
At the same time, being a restless spirit and a ‘man of action’ interested in the contemporary needs of society, he also specialised in Health Economics and graduated from the National School of Public Health. He holds a PhD of the Athens School of Medicine. At the same time, he has been involved for many years in trade unions.
He worked in the Hellenic Social Insurance Institution (IKA) at the areas of Tavros, Amaroussion, Erythraia and Lykovrysi. He was also a Scientific Collaborator at “ERRIKOS DYNAN” and “ATHINAIKI KLINIKI” hospitals.
His trade union experience dates back in 1995, when he founded the Athens & Piraeus Association of Specialist Physicians (SEIAP). He served as the President of the Association for 3 consecutive years (1995-1998).
In 1997, he established the “Young Doctors” Pan-Hellenic Society and he served there as President until 2004.
His involvements and contribution to society started as member of the “Young Doctors” society; he has offered voluntary work by participating to visits in Greek islands near the border, preventive information lectures at Local Authorities, school medicine etc.
He is the founder and chairman of the Union of Professional Doctors of Attica (E.E.L.I.A.) (2002). For 8 consecutive years, he has served as member of the Board of Directors of the Athens Medical Society (I.S.A.) and Vice-President for 3 years.
In 2011 and 2018 he was elected Ρresident of the Medical Association of Athens (I.S.A.), a position he holds until today.
His involvement in politics began in 1998 when he was elected municipal counsellor for the first time at the Municipality of Pefki. He has served as the President of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Pefki and Chairman of the Pefki Municipal Company for Social and Cultural Development (D.E.K.P.A.).
Also, he is the President and founder of the “Hellenic Healthy Cities Network” scientific society, the President of the Pefki Municipal Medical Centre, and responsible for voluntary work. He was the President for one year of the “KORAIS” Vocational Training Centre of the Municipality of Pefki. Moreover, for 8 consecutive years he offered voluntary services as a doctor.
In 2006, 2010 and 2014 he was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Amaroussion (Marousi).
In 2008, he was elected member of the Union of Municipalities and Communities of Attica (TEDKNA) and president of the Committee on Social Policy and Human Resources of TEDKNA, until 2010.
During the 2011-2014 period, he was elected President of Association of Municipalities for the Protection and Restoration of Penteliko.
Moreover, during the years 2008-2010, he was the President of the non-profit organization HL7 Hellas.
In 2014, he was elected President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, a post he served until 2019.
In 2015 and 2016 he was elected Vice President of the Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe.
In 2018, he was elected President of ELITOUR.
In 2019 he was elected Regional Governor of Attica, the largest metropolitan region of Greece, with population of around 3,829 million. In 2019 he was elected as the 1 st Vice President of the Association of the Greek Regions at the General Assembly of the Greek Regions.
In February 2020 he was elected Vice President and head of the Greek delegation at the European Committee of the Regions for the 2020-2025 period.
He has published the following works:
Elena Kountoura is Member of the European Parliament for Greece (2019-2024), coordinator of the Left Group at the Transport and Tourism Committee, TRAN, and member of the Committees on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality- FEMM, Industry Research & Energy – ITRE, and Artificial Intelligence – AIDA.
She is also 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 (Jan. 2015 – May 2019), and was recipient of several prestigious awards, including “Tourism Minister of the Year 2019” in ITB Berlin, and “Global Champion 2019” for Greece, by the World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC.
Since 2004, she has been elected Member of Greek Parliament six times in the First District of Athens.
She is President of EUROPA DONNA HELLAS, the Greek branch of EUROPA DONNA, which deals with the prevention and awareness of breast cancer, and for claiming rights to better services for patients with cancer.
She speaks Greek, English, French and Spanish.
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.
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.
Alexandros Vassilikos was born in Athens in 1976 to a Greek father, a self-made hotelier-business man, and a French mother. He was raised in Athens and attended the French-Hellenic school with a very diverse group of peers. He holds a Masters’ degree in Economics and Finance, with studies in Nantes, France and London, U.K.
Alexandros officially enters the family business in 1998 as a second generation hotelier. At the age of 24, he is appointed COO of AIROTEL Group and a year later, after the sudden loss of his father he becomes CEO of AIROTEL Group.
With the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in view, he drives the group into a modernization period by renovating its assets in Athens.
Despite the economic crisis, he expands the chain by doubling the company’s assets in Patra and adding a long term lease in Kavala. Also, AIROTEL expands in Crete by buying, refurbishing and selling traditional houses.
Seeing the potential for growth in Greek summer residences, under Alexandros’ chairmanship, AIROTEL purchases more than 20 houses across picturesque mountain villages of south-eastern Crete. These houses are then refurbished and sold.
In 2007 Webotel SA is founded, a company dedicated to the online representation of hotels in Greece.
In parallel to his professional obligations, he was elected President of the Athens – Attica Hotels Association in 2012. He was also Member of the Executive Council and Vice-President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels and Superintendent of Public Relations of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers. He was also a Member of the Board of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) from 2011 to May 2017.
In January 2018 he resigns all former positions after being elected President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, the youngest person ever to hold this position since the creation of the institution in 1935.
In October 2018 he is elected as a member of the Executive Committee of HOTREC, the umbrella Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes and similar establishments in Europe.
Finally, being a French national, Alexandre was also appointed economic adviser to the French Embassy in Athens in 2008, a position he actively holds to this day.
Ioannis Bratakos was born in Athens in 1968. He has a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering & Management and a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the London School of Economics & Political Science. In 1999 he co-founded DD Synergy, a company that offers software and hardware solutions, where he remains as Managing Director. He has been actively involved in the SAP software services field, since 1995.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006. In December 2017 he was elected as the Chamber’s Vice President, supervising innovation, new technologies and investments, as well as the domestic start-up ecosystem.
During his service at the ACCI, he has been a member to numerous Committees, including the Steering Committee for Progress & Development and the Monitoring Committee of the National Reform Program for the Lisbon Strategy. Furthermore, he has been the ACCI’s representative on the EuroCommerce Technology & Communication Committee.
In February 2021, he joined Athens University of Economics and Business as a member of its Strategic Advisory Committee for the Postgraduate Studies in Services Management.
In September 2021 he was elected President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
George Tziallas is Regional Director at World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and Tourism Technical Advisor for the Region of North Aegean in Greece. He had served as Secretary-General in the Greek Ministry of Tourism from September 2015 until July 2019. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece and a Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA.
He has a twenty-five year professional experience in management consulting, specializing in tourism development and planning, local and regional development, as well as in the management, monitoring and evaluation of EU Programmes and projects, in Greece and abroad.
George has worked in senior positions in management consulting firms for more than twenty years, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Firms (SESMA). He has been the project manager of large-scale technical assistance projects at national and EU level and has an excellent knowledge of the Greek public administration procedures, as well as of the EU Structural Funds context.
He has participated as key-note speaker and moderator in many international tourism and economic forums and conferences. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Bureau of OECD Tourism Committee and has worked as an Expert in World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), specializing in tourism innovation, digital transformation and investments.
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 46 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 5 years and active member of the Board of HATTA for 35 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).
She is a graduate of Political Sciences and International Studies, and holds a master’s degree on European Policies and Administration from the Panteion University of Athens.
She is an expert on strategic planning as well as on market reforms planning and implementation. She has a wide and diverse experience in public administration, having served in senior positions consecutively with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Development. In particular at the Ministry of Development (2012-2015) she was responsible for monitoring and coordinating all market reforms and the cooperation with the European Commission and International Organizations such as the OECD and the World Bank.
Since January 2016, she served as the Deputy Secretary of Strategic Planning for the New Democracy political party. She was offered the honorary 10th position on the nationwide New Democracy ballot for the 2019 parliamentary elections.
Following the elections, she was appointed Secretary General for the Coordination of Economic and Growth Policies and since August 2020 she is the Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development.
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.
Gregory D. Dimitriadis has a broad experience in top management positions and strategic management in the public and private sectors in Greece and abroad.
Prior to holding this position, he was Chairman of the Board of Enterprise Greece SA and Secretary General for International Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was responsible for attracting investments in Greece and led the development of the National Strategy for Trade and Investment Promotion.
In the past, he has also served as Executive Vice-President of HVA International in Amsterdam, CEO of Iskra Zascite (Raycap Group) in Ljubljana, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Transport for Athens (OASA Group) and Coordinator of the National Strategy for Exports at the Ministry of Development.
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.
Mr. Tsaprounis began his career in Australia in 1991 as a Communications Consultant in Australian companies.
During his sojourn in Australia, he was an active member of the Greek–Australian Community Inc. where he acted as the Assistant Manager of the headquarters.
He returned to Greece in 1994 and assumed the position of senior project manager in the consulting firm Almo International. Following that position he worked as a Marketing Consultant in Hellenic Star Airways and in 1998 he became Marketing Manager of Aegean Casino.
He works for WIND Hellas since January 2000, initially as a Sponsorship & Internal Communication Manager. In 2003 he was promoted to Senior Corporate Communication Senior Officer and since 2007 he is the Corporate Communication Executive Director.
George Tsaprounis holds a Post Graduate Degree in Public Relations and Marketing from RMIT University in Australia, an advanced Diploma in Public Relations from the I.C.S. College and a Certificate of Technology and Computing from the Hawthorn Institute of Education – Melbourne University. He was born in Athens and has two children.
Panos Theodorou is heading the Strategy & Business Development Sector in the Small Business Segment General Division in Eurobank. The Segment serves enterprises with turnover up to € 5 mio, aiming at a holistic approach towards entrepreneurship, by creating tailored solutions to address sector or segment-specific needs for development and everyday transactions.
Panos works in Eurobank since 1998, having served as Branch Manager, Regional Manager as well as Commercial Director, Small Business General Division from 2009 to 2018.
He was born in 1971 in Kiato Korinthias. He holds a BSc degree in Business Management from Bradford Business School and an MBA from Alba Graduate School.
Mr. Rodopoulos holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Management and Marketing (New York University, 1978).
He is the founder and President of AKMI Group of companies. More specifically, he is the President of the Metropolitan College and AKMI Vocational Training Institute, one of the leading private organizations in education and training in Greece.
He has more than 35 years of professional experience in management, marketing, financing, human resources management & training, as well as in the management of programmes at EU level.
He has been an Economic Advisor and Expert in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
In addition, he has worked as an Executive Consultant in the Hellenic Manpower Organisation and in the Social Insurance Institute.
He has excellent entrepreneurial skills, as well as communication and leadership skills. He speaks Greek, English, and French fluently.
Ioanna Dretta is the CEO of Marketing Greece, a company of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) aiming to promote Greece.
During her 20-year career, she has held senior positions in the private and public sector in different areas of economic activity, and has a proven track record in creating impact in complex environment.
Since 2012, she has been serving greek tourism. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from NTUA, and postgraduate degrees in Imperial College London (MSc) and Harvard Kennedy School (Master in Public Administration).
Athanasios Liagkos is currently the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA) S.A. and the Chairman of “Exantas” Port Training Institute. He has served as Deputy Chairman, D. Chief Executive Officer and member of the BoD of Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) S.A.
He was member of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund as a coordinator of the National Strategic Plan for Ports and Marinas and he served as a BoD member in all Port Authorities in Greece.
Also, served as Chief Executive in banks, financial institutions and large enterprises in Greece and abroad, as well as member of the Board of Directors in company groups.
He has as extensive expertise in the fields of corporate strategic analysis and corporate governance. He studied economics at the University of Athens and holds an MBA postgraduate degree.
He is member of the Economic Chamber of Greece and the Association of Chief Executive Officers (EASE).
George Vilos has long experience in the fields of strategic, commercial and business development.
For more than fifteen years he was working at Copelouzos Group by holding top management and BoD positions in a number of the Group’s companies in the fields of concessions, renewable energy sources and media.
In the aviation sector, he has been member of the Supervisory Board at Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg in Russia. Concerning the project of the 14 Greek regional airports, he was dealing with the development and execution of the concession agreement with the Greek State and the management of the transition phase until the commencement of the concession. Since 2016, he holds the position of the Executive Director of Commercial and Business Development at Fraport Greece.
George Vilos has completed his studies at City, University of London (Cass Business School) and he holds a BSc in Banking & International Finance and an MSc in Investment Management.
Occupation status & experience
Head of Southern Greece Branch Retail Network
Head of sales Small Business & Agri Sales, innovation center
1992 – 2021
Branch Retail Network
Capt. George Koumpenas started his career in the cruise industry in 1987 working on several cruise vessels as Deck Officer and Captain. In 2000 he stepped ashore as Director of Fleet Operations for Festival Cruises.
He joined Louis Cruise lines in 2004 and he has been with Celestyal Cruises as Chief Operating Officer since the company’s inception.
He has served as General Secretary of Hellenic Cruise Ship Owners and Associated Members’ Union (EEKFN) from its founding and he has been recently elected President of the Union.
Iakovos Sigalas has long experience in the market of Fuels and Lubricants having worked in Petroleum Trading companies since 1994.
He has been working for EKO SA since 1999, having been for more than 12 years, Senior Marketing Manager and member of the Board of Directors of EKO SA, in the fields of Gas Stations, Industry, LPG, Aviation and Shipping.
He holds the position of Senior Director of Marine Fuels and Services of EKO SA, a Subsidiary of the Hellenic Petroleum Group.
Iakovos Sigalas has completed his studies at the National Technical University of Athens and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Sofia Zacharaki was appointed Deputy Minister for Tourism Education and Special forms of Tourism on January 2021. She previously held the office of Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs from July 2019 to January 2021.
Before her appointment, she served as the spokesperson for Nea Demokratia, the then leading opposition Centre-right party in Greece, an EPP member party.
Previous to that and for more than 2 years, Sofia was the party’s deputy spokesperson. Prior to that, in 2012 until 2014 she was the European and International Affairs advisor to the Minister of Development and participated in the preparation of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
A state department programme alumnus, in 2015 she represented Greece in the International Leadership Visitor Programme in the USA in the field of “The role of Private Public Partnerships in restructuring economies”.
In the past, she worked as a teacher in state and private schools in Greece, as a European Affairs executive in the Greek Ministry of Education and the Secretariat for lifelong learning and youth policies.
He was born in 1967 in Athens.
George played in five consecutive Summer Olympics from 1984 to 2000. He played 511 times for the Greek National Team (a national record for team sports) and is among a few water polo players worldwide who have participated in five Olympic Games, just one behind the sport legend Manuel Estiarte. His major career achievements is the second place in the World Cup of 1997 as captain of the Greek national team, and the first place in the European Cup of Cup Winners also in 1997, with his club Nautical Club of Vouliagmeni. In 1999, he participated in the world selection team, while in 2001 he was awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic for his contribution to sports. From 2003 to 2009, he was member of the Greek Anti-Doping Organization (ESKAN).
In January 2015 he was elected as member of the Greek Parliament with the pro-European, reforming party “To Potami” (The River).
In addition to his athletic career, in 1990 he completed his studies at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) at the School of Chemical Engineering. In 2000 he received his doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the field of operational research. In December 2003 he began his academic career at the Laboratory of Industrial & Energy Economics at the School of Chemical Engineering of the NTUA, and today he is associate professor.
In 2010 he wrote the novel “Theorem of Seven” containing a number of autobiographical details and focuses on the importance of friendship, collective effort, victory and defeat.
In 2014 he returned to active action and played in the A1 championship with the Hydraikos team.
In 2014 he was a candidate for the European Parliament with The River.
On January 25, 2015, he was elected a member of the Greek Parliament (the Attica Region) of the River (To Potami).
From January 2018 until June 2019, he was chairman in the Subcommittee on Education, Youth and Sport of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe
In July 2019 he was designated as Secretary General of Sport in the Greek Government.
Christina was born in 1974 in Athens and grew up in Rethymno, Crete. Her father is from Messinian Mani and her mother is from Chania, Crete.
Christina is the General Commercial Director of the IASO Group. The IASO Group, one of the largest Health groups in Greece, consists of three state-of-the-art hospitals, as well as MedStem Services, the largest stem cell bank.
Christina holds a BSc in Business Administration from Deree College. During her career, she has attended seminars and programs to enhance her work skills.
Among other things, he successfully completed the online integrated program from Stanford University – Opportunity Recognition, Reframing Problems, Challenging Assumptions and Team Building as well as the Intensive Health Management program from HARVARD T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston Massachusetts USA.
Christina is an experienced professional in the field of hospitals and health since 2000, with an evolving career in marketing, sales, commercial management and quality management in large private hospitals in Greece. He has served as a consultant and has actively participated in project teams for the creation of new health care units in Greece.
✔ SALES & MODERN SOCIETY (2006)
✔ Α HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (2007)
✔ PSYCHOLOGY & AUTO IMMUNITY (2010)
✔ TOURISM DEVELOPMENT & SMALL ISLANDS (2010)
✔ REIKI PRINCIPLES & ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS (2013) N.H.S STUDIES
✔ PAIN & REFLEXOLOGY (2013) N.H.S STUDIES
✔ UN UNESCO MONUMENTS IN GREECE (2014)
✔ UN UNESCO MONUMENTS IN THE BALKANS (2016)
✔ AGING-RELAXATION-MENOPAUSE: OUR SKIN IS CRYING (2016) YVES ROCHER ACADEMY
✔ WINNING FEAR IN LIFE & SALES (2016)
✔ N.L.P NEUROLINGUAL PROGRAMMING & EDUCATION. (2016) -CLEVER NET
✔ FIND TO WIN (SPHERAL PERCEPTION 8D 2017)
✔ FEAR & ANGER MANAGEMENT SEMINARS (PSYCHOTHERAPIC CENTER – I DESERVE) 2018-2019
✔ N.H.S STUDIES PRINCIPLES OF PHYSIOLOGY & PHYSIOPATHOLOGY (2019)
❖ 1994-2004: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE: BEVERAGES & FOOD TRADE (MANAGER & ORDER MANAGER)
❖ 2004-2005: SALES IN A WINE PRODUCTION COMPANY.
❖ 2005-2006: DIMELEN MITROPOULOS AS PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER
❖ 2006-2013: OSTRIA BLUE TRAVEL AS GROUP LEADER & TOURIST PROGRAM MANAGER
❖ 2013-2020: KALIDONI TRAVEL AS GROUP LEADERSECRETARY SUPPORT – RESPONSIBLE FOR TOURISM PROGRAMS DOMESTIC – RESPONSIBLE FOR ELECTRONIC & ANALOGICAL ARCHIVE.
GRAND MANAGER OF RCK TRAVEL & TOURISM OFFICE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION & TRAVEL ORGANIZATION IN GREECE AND ABROAD – EDUCATION GROUP LEADERS & SECRETARY SUPPORT.
Although born in Greece, Irene has spent several years of her life in Africa. All her life, she divides her time between her homeland and conference destinations around Greece and worldwide.
Mrs Tolis is one of the Executive founders of ERA, with over 38 years of experience in organizing Greek, European and International Conferences, and extensive activity in the field of sales and public relations. She has led ERA high up the ladder, in the Greek and international market during its 20-year course as one of the largest Conference Organizing Offices in Greece.
Planning is her passion, and she is an inspiration for young professionals, who she assists in becoming successful executives capable of managing and dealing with the exceptional and high standard requirements and demands of the MICE Industry.
Her main goal throughout her professional career has always been the promotion of the MICE industry in Greece and internationally, by providing quality services that promote the cultural, historical and natural beauty of Greece.
She is actively involved is several National Tourism organizations HATTA, FEDHATTA, SETE and she presides the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress & Events Organizers since 2016. She has achieved several goals throughout her presidency, the most recent ones being the expansion of the Association to incorporate the DMCs and the huge appreciation, she enjoys both nationally and internationally.
Respectively, she participates in various International Organizations, ASTA, IAPCO, ICCA & ASCONET, where her contribution to the Hellenic Tourism Industry is invaluable.
Dr Eleni Doundoulaki was born in Athens. She graduated from Athens College.
She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies (Distinction) from the Department of Theatre Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She also holds a BA (Distinction) from the same Department as well as two relevant MA titles. One from the School of Drama of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and one from the Department of Theatre Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Moreover, she holds an ΜΑ in European Cultural Policy and Administration from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE.
She has worked in the cultural sector as a theatrologist and a scenographer as well as in the production field, collaborating, among others, with the Athens Festival, the Epidaurus Festival, the State Theatre of Northern Greece, the Municipal and Regional Theatre of Roumeli (Central Greece), the Theatro Technis (Greek Art Theatre) Karolos Koun, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.
From 2010 to 2014, Eleni Doundoulaki was the Artistic Director of the Municipal and Regional Theatre of Roumeli (Central Greece), in which, beyond her artistic and administrative work, she edited and undersigned the publication for the 30 years anniversary of the Theatre (1984-2014).
She has lectured at the Theatre Studies Department of the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, she has scientific announcements and participations in numerous conferences in Greece and abroad and she is the author of various articles on theatre studies and cultural policy issues.
She was a member of the Advisory Committee concerning Artistic Issues of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.
She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Greece.
Eleni Doundoulaki was actively involved in Local Government in Greece. She has served as elected Municipal Councilor and Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Psychiko and as elected a Municipal Councilor and Apponted Cpuncilor for Culture of the Municipality of Philothei – Psychiko. Finally, she was elected Regional Councilor of Attica Region, where she has served as Regional Vice Governor responsible for Culture.
Stefanos Sidiropoulos is a hospitality entrepreneur specialized in the field of authentic outdoor experiences.
He was the deputy CEO of Trekking Hellas Group of Companies for 10 years and as of 2020 he is the CEO of the Group.
He is the Director of the Refuge Bafi since 2012 and at the same time, he is the President of the Hellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises in Outdoor Activities (HATEOA) as well as the Vice-President of the European Confederation of Outdoor Employees (EC-OE).
His 25 year experience, expertise and training expands in a vast field of outdoor activities – as he is a certified lifeguard, forest firefighter, national park ranger as well as sea kayak guide, hike and rock-climbing guide and a 3rd level rafting guide.
Ted was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Having graduated from the prestigious Athens College, he moved to London, England in
1990, where he stayed for 11 years.
During his time in the UK, Ted completed his studies at the London School of Economics (B.Sc. in Social Psychology; M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management) and City University in London (M.A. in Communications Policy).
He subsequently pursued a career in Technology Public Relations, and for the following years worked for some of the top consultancies of that sector.
Ted returned to Greece in 2001, where he continued to work as a communication strategist and advisor to banks and corporations, government ministers, even Greece’s top pop star! Shortly afterwards he decided to start focusing more on his love for wine, until, eventually, his passion
became his profession.
While he was studying at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, he started writing about wine: firstly as an editor for Greece’s premier national wine magazine and, subsequently, as Greece’s first wine blogger.
In 2011 he was voted “Greece’s most influential wine writer” by one of the most well-known international wine publications, while during the period 2015-2018 he was constantly ranked among the “Global Top20 of Digital Wine Influencers” by a popular French website. During the same period he served as Vice President of the International Federation of Wine&Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV), while also working as a consultant for leading wine retailers, importers and producers.
In June 2017 Ted joined Moët Hennessy, the fine wines and spirits arm of LVMH, as Brand Ambassador for Central and Southern Europe. His responsibilities include education, training, events and media relations across the organisation’s entire portfolio in all 15 countries/markets of the region.
His drive will always be to share and inspire the passion for wine, which is why wine education and communication is always his main focus. It was estimated that in 2018 and 2019 he single-handedly trained more than 3000 professionals and consumers each year on wine storytelling,
selling, serving and enjoying
Sotiris Marinis was born in Chalazoni, Messinia. He studied electrical engineering in Athens and since 1990 he has lived and worked in Kalamata.
For the last thirty years he has been active in the field of culture and agro-tourism.
In 2010 he inspired and created the Art Farm (Marini Farm) in Meg. Mantineia, Messinia, a multi-purpose cultural event and agritourism program.
He is a member of the Board of Agroxenia – Agrotourism Promotion Agency of Greece.
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.
Born and raised in Athens, Konstantinos Rompotis entered journalism in 1998 as a business editor at Imerissia daily financial newspaper.
Since then, he has worked in several newspapers, radio stations, magazines, and news portals as a financial editor and a columnist.
Since 2008 he has joined Real Media Group. He currently serves as Chief Editor at Real news newspaper.
He speaks English, German and French.
Giorgos Houdalakis studied journalism and has been working in broadcasting since 1991. He has presented live radio shows throughout this period in some of the leading radio stations in Athens, including Antenna 97.2 FM, City 99.5, Parapolitika FM and RealFM.
He has also worked extensively in television journalism, as a presenter and commentator (Mega Channel, 902, Blue Sky).
He has held numerous managerial and editorial positions: Editor, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor at Antenna 97.2 FM; News and Current Affairs Editor at City 99.5 and RealFM; Head of Programming at Parapolitika FM; Editor at SKAI Television, Mega Channel and Star Channel.Blue
Currently, he holds the post of Manager at RealFM, also presenting the station’s morning show.
Manos Niflis is a journalist, General Manager of the websites enikos.gr and enikonomia.gr and radio host for Real fm 97.8, with a daily show.
He has presented TV shows for ALTER CHANNEL and Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), with an extensive experience in covering socio-political issues.
Previously, he served as News Director of the radio station ALPHA 98.9, Director of the website Zougla.gr, Editor-in-Chief for the newspapers “Agora” and “Athinaiki”, Editor-in-Chief of the TV shows “Enopios Enopio”, “Zougla”, “Kitrinos Tipos” and Coordinator of the ALPHA TV’s news bulletin.
The pandemic has dealt a severe blow to social welfare and economic activity worldwide. Tourism is one of the first sectors to be hit hard, and in this health crisis it is being tested hard.
Despite the significant challenges it faces in this unfavorable situation, Greek tourism shows high resilience, laying the foundations for a dynamic recovery in the coming years so that it is at the forefront of the national effort to return Greece to a sustainable path, economic development and social prosperity.
In a period of great and intense reorganization, with the pandemic changing the preferences of travelers worldwide, the protagonists of the tourism market, executives of institutions and companies in the industry and representatives of the regional administration and local government will meet in Athens to analyze the role Tourism is called to play a role in the reconstruction of the Greek economy and the trends that will prevail in the post-Covid-19 era.
The formation of a new model of development, the further improvement of the tourism product throughout the territory with respect to the needs of the local communities, the strengthening of the cooperation between the State, the regions and the private sector, the attraction of investments, the creation of new and quality jobs, the interconnection of the tourism market with other productive sectors of the country in order to strengthen the extroversion of the economy and the utilization of the funds of the Recovery Fund by the tourism sector, are the main “bets” for the next day of Greek tourism and will be found in top of the conference agenda.