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Leadership | Economics | Synergies
30 May - 1 June 2018 | Athens, Greece
Amb-Christides
Nationality : Greece

Ambassador Michael B. Christides

Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
  • Chair, Steering Committee
  • Speaker at Session/6: Maritime, Transports, Infrastructures, Hubs | Business Summit «Rail, Road, Rivers Connectivity to the EU via Balkan Region», June 1st 2018

 

Ambassador Michael B. Christides is the Secretary General of the Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1949, Ambassador Christides joined the Hellenic MFA in 1976 as first in his Class and served with distinction until his retirement in August 2014. Among other assignments he served as Ambassador of Greece to Bulgaria, to Turkey and to Argentina and held senior posts in the Hellenic MFA as Political Director for South East Europe, as Director General for International Organizations, International Security & Cooperation and as Director General for International Economic Relations.

Ambassador Christides has spent more than 20 years dealing with S.E. European and Balkan issues, while traveling extensively in the region. He acquired a broad knowledge of the political and economic realities there and established a wide network of high-level political, business, academic and media contacts. He speaks fluent English, German, French, Italian and moderately good Spanish.

Ambassador Christides was elected by the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs as Secretary General of the BSEC PERMIS, assuming his duties on 1 July 2015.

Abstract

Transports in the wider Black Sea Region