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Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum
Leadership | Economics | Synergies
30 May - 1 June 2018 | Athens, Greece

Take the Fork in the Road to broaden your world

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True international outlook, substantial content and cross-sectoral agenda

where leading business- and policy makers taking thesis

for economic cooperation, business relations & sustainable development.


What Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum reads on May 30-June 1 2018:

  • Which alliances & investments in transports, communications & infrastructures in the CEE/SEE region? What about the influence of China? Who are leaders and who the followers?
  • What is the readiness of digital markets towards Cyber security & ICT assurance? EU priorities, big-data protection, banking transformation, the realm of cryptocurrencies.
  • What will the Energy Exchange bring to Greece and beyond in energy security, regulation, market attractiveness and competition?
  • Who fears from women in leadership? Is it by symptom, stereotypes, social hierarchy or mens’ femiphobia? Should private sector advance gender equality and women’s empowerment?
  • How green growth & circular economy is perceived? How new technologies and eco-innovation are supporting solid waste management and zero waste societies?
  • How Ports in Greece and river Danube can be corridors serving half-Worlds trade exchanges? Assumptions and forecasts vs challenges and opportunities.
  • How should Higher Education be connected with real-word business challenges? How digital transformation and technologies driving future changes?
  • How sustainable can be massive Tourism? What the wow-effect from the Internet of things in Tourism & Cultural industries? What the trends of upscale travelers?

Among Businesses representatives:

  • Anke den Ouden, General Manager, Microsoft Central & East Europe
  • Celia Moore, Director Corporate Citizenship EMEA, IBM
  • Bora Tuncer, Cluster President Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, Schneider Electric
  • Marina Migliorato, VP CSR Europe, Head Innovation & Stakeholders, ENEL
  • Frank Jansen, Executive Director Corporate & SME CIBANK & UBB Banks
  • Arda Batu, Secretary General, Turkish Business Confederation
  • Wim Mijs, CEO, European Banking Federation
  • Zsuzsanna Hargitai, Director, Head of Western Balkans, EBRD
  • Jürgen Priesters, Business Development Director Recycling, TOMRA Sorting GmbH
  • Sotirios Theofanis, President & CEO, Thessaloniki Port Authority
  • Panayotis Gavras, Head Policy & Strategy, Black Sea Trade Development Bank
  • David Gorgiladze, Head PR & Corporate Responsibility, M2 Constructions Georgia
  • Paul Hunter Director, Corporate Learning Network, IMD Business School Lausanne
  • Danica Purg, President IEDC School of Management, President CEEMAN
  • Kyriakos Pozrikidis, CEO, TIF-Helexpo

and more


Among Governments & Institutions representatives:

  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner, Digital Economy & Society, European Commission
  • Zorana Mihajlović, Dpt. PM,, Minister Construction-Transport-Infrastructures Serbia
  • Ismir Jusko, Minister, Ministry Communications &Transport, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Mila Carovska, Minister Labor & Social Policies, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • George Stathakis, Minister, Hellenic Ministry of Environment & Energy
  • Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister, Republika Srpska, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Elena Kountoura, Minister, Hellenic Ministry of Tourism
  • Stergios Pitsiorlas, Deputy Minister, Hellenic Ministry of Economy & Development
  • Ivailo Kalfin, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria
  • Lise Kingo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact
  • Georges Markopouliotis, Head of European Commission Representation in Greece
  • Geoffrey R. Pyatt, Ambassador of the United States to the Hellenic Republic
  • Michael B. Christides, Secretary General, Black Sea Economic Cooperation
  • Oleg Tulea, Vice-President, Danube Commission
  • Alia El-Yassir, Regional Director, UN Women Europe & Central Asia
  • Alqi Bllako, Secretary General to the President Ilir Meta, Albania
  • Georges Kremlis, EC Honorary Director, Chair of the Espoo Convention Bureau
  • Maaike Okano-Heijmans, Sr. Research, Clingendael Institute of the Netherlands

and more


Registration fees increasing on May 1st, 2018
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Fees turn on Monday April 30th, 23:59 hrs