Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022

The Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022 is held at a time of numerous geopolitical, economic, and power-shifting challenges that influence the global scene and endanger the social and economic equilibrium of regions. In a world of conflict and constant disruption, Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022 aspires to pave the way for a sincere, coherent, and constructive exchange of views and dialogue, needed today more than ever before.

Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022  spans across 6 high caliber sessions with 30 renowned speakers from Greece and the world, representing leading businesses, policymakers, diplomats, think tanks, research, and academia. Real-time broadcasting will be available. 

Speakers

Mr. Umberto de Pretto

Secretary General, International Road Transport Union

Switzerland

Mr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair Organizing Committee

Greece

Dr. Christos Dimas

Dpt. Minister for Development and Investments in charge of Research & Innovation

Greece

Mr. Erik Holmgren

Economic Counselor, Embassy of the United States

United States of America

Agenda

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

09.30 - 10.00

Registrations

10.00 - 10.30

Welcome notes

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair Organizing Committee • Greece

photoAmbassador (a.h.) Michael B. Christides

Co-Chair Organizing Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Forum • Greece
10.30 - 12.00

Chapter 1: Energy supply & security - Environmental commitments

Programming partner: Institute of Energy for South East. Europe

photoAmbassador Omar Amer Youssef

Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Greece • Egypt

photoAmbassador Burak Özügergin

Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye to Greece • Türkiye

photoMr. Dimitris Kardomateas

Head of the Office of the Secretary General for Energy & Mineral Resources, Ministry of Energy & Environment • Greece

photoMr. Erik Holmgren

Economic Counselor, Embassy of the United States • United States of America

Moderator

photoMr. Costis Stambolis

Executive Director, Institute of Energy for South East Europe
12.30 - 14.00

Chapter 2: Innovation, Technology, Financing, Investments at serving society

photoDr. Christos Dimas

Dpt. Minister for Development and Investments in charge of Research & Innovation • Greece

photoMr. Peter Svec

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy of Slovakia • Slovakia

photoMr. Romeo Mikautadze

Deputy Minister of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia • Georgia

Moderator

photoMr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group
15.00 - 16.30

Chapter 3: Regional cooperation-integration based on the economic geography of the regions

photoH.E. Ms. Željka Cvijanović

Chair of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina • Bosnia and Herzegovina

photoAmbassador Lazar Comanescu

Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation • Romania

photoMs. Alia El-Yassir

Regional Director, UN Women Office for Europe & Central Asia • Turkiye

photoMs. Eleni Marianou

Secretary General, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions • France

photoMr. Wouter Zweers

Research Fellow – EU & Global Affairs Unit, Clingendael Institute • Netherlands

Moderator

photoMs. Odin Linardatou

Head of Communications, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy
17.00 - 18.30

Chapter 4: Connectivity & Infrastructure, the growing need for new investments

photoAmbassador Xiao Junzheng

Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Greece • China

photoMr. Umberto de Pretto

Secretary General, International Road Transport Union • Switzerland

photoMr. ΥU Zenggang

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Piraeus Port Authority SA • China

photoDr. Haris Lambropoulos

President, Hellenic Development Bank of Investments • Greece

Moderator

photoAmbassador (a.h.) Michael B. Christides

Co-Chair Organizing Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Forum
19.30 - 21.30

Speakers'- Partners' official dinner

by invitation only

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

09.30 - 10.00

Registrations

10.00 - 10.15

Keynote speech

photoMr. Adonis Georgiadis

Minister for Development & Investments • Greece
10.15 - 11.30

Chapter 5: Investing in gender innovation to build sustainable economies

Programming partner: UN WOMEN

photoMs. Alia El-Yassir

Regional Director, UN Women Office for Europe & Central Asia • Turkiye

photoMs. Emine Perviz Erdem

President of Turkey Woman Entrepreneurs Association, BoD Member of Erdem Holdings • Turkiye

photoDr. Avtandil Kasradze

Chairman, Georgia’s Technology & Innovations Agency (GITA) • Georgia

photoMs. Esra Doğan Tulgan

Corporate Affairs Manager, Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey • Turkiye

photoMs. Valentina Disoska

President, Association of Business Women in North Macedonia • North Macedonia

Moderator

photoMs. Merâl Güzel

Partnerships Manager, UN Women Headquarters
12.00 - 13.30

Chapter 6: Global convulsions and their impact on the Balkans and the Black Sea region

photoAmbassador Angelina Eichhorst

Managing Director Europe, European External Action Service • Brussels

photoMr. Daniel Mitov

fm. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of the National Assembly of Bulgaria • Bulgaria

photoDr. Spyridon Flogaitis

President, European Public Law Organization • Greece

photoMr. Jim Morris

Political Counselor, Embassy of the United States • United States of America

Moderator

photoAmbassador (a.h.) Michael B. Christides

Co-Chair Organizing Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Forum
13.30 - 14.30

Moderators’ remarks and conclusions

photoAmbassador (a.h.) Michael B. Christides

Co-Chair Organizing Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Forum • Greece

photoMr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group • Greece

photoMs. Merâl Güzel

Partnerships Manager, UN Women Headquarters • USA

photoMr. Costis Stambolis

Executive Director, Institute of Energy for South East Europe • Greece

photoMs. Odin Linardatou

Head of Communications, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy • Greece
14.30

End of the conference

15.00 - 16.00

Speaker's & foreign missions/delegates guided visit to the Acropolis Museum

By registration till 13/12/2022, 13h00

NB

  • Official language is English and participation to the Forum is with a registration fee
  • Topics are indicative and Chapters may be reordered  

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