The Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs

Sunday 22 October 2017

About the Symposium



Welcoming remarks
Dimitris Keridis, Director, Navarino Network
Stavros Andreadis, Chairman, The Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece
Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki
Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes, Acting Head of Greece Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Cyprus and Greece: Beyond the crisis?
Life before, during and after the bail-out agreement: Lessons learned from Cyprus

Harris Georgiades,
Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus

Speaker's short bio

Is Greece out of the woods? Prospects for a sustainable economic recovery

Joan Hoey,
Regional director (Europe), The Economist Intelligence Unit

Speaker's short bio

Anthony Papayannides,
Journalist & Attorney-at-Law

Speaker's short bio

Dimitris Keridis *

The threat of Islamism
ISIS and global jihad

Alia Brahimi,
Co-director, Legatus Strategic Intelligence and Advisory

Speaker's short bio

Emma Sky, (video message)
Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs & Director, Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program, Yale University

Speaker's short bio

The West and the rest: From anti-Semitism to Islamophobia

James Renton,
Reader in History, Edge Hill University & Visiting Fellow, European University Institute

Speaker's short bio

Ino Afentouli,
Program Officer for Partnerships, Cooperative Security and Open Door policies, Regional Coordinator for South Caucasus & Central Asia, and Program Officer for Greece at the Public Diplomacy Division of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Speaker's short bio

Innovation and growth
Technology and innovation: The new frontier

Bhaskar Chakravorti,
Senior Associate Dean of International Business and Finance & Executive Director, Institute for Business in the Global Context, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Speaker's short bio

Can Greece cover the digital gap?

Andreas Drimiotis,
Business Consultant & Columnist, «Kathimerini»

Speaker's short bio

Stamos Karamouzis,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, American College of Thessaloniki

Speaker's short bio

Lunch break
New security challenges
Meeting the challenge: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the 21st century

Jamie Shea,
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Speaker's short bio

The Euro-Russia connection: How much of a threat is Russia?

Laza Kekic,
Independent Consultant

Speaker's short bio

Kristin Fabbe, (video message)
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

Speaker's short bio

What about Turkey?

Wolfango Piccoli,
Co-President, Teneo Intelligence

Speaker's short bio

Federica Mogherini, (video message)
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission

Speaker's short bio

Joan Hoey,
Regional director (Europe), The Economist Intelligence Unit

Speaker's short bio

Coffee Break
Europe: Is the crisis over?
Brexit no Exit?

Denis MacShane,
Former Labour Party MP & former Minister of State for Europe

Speaker's short bio

* Denis MacShane: «Britain Becomes Greece as Brexit Chaos Invades Politics and the Economy»
** Denis MacShane: «Welcome to banana republic Britain»

After the crises: The potential of a Europe à la carte

Heribert Dieter,
Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs & Adjunct Professor, Free University of Berlin

Speaker's short bio

Stars and Laggards

Wolfango Piccoli,
Co-President, Teneo Intelligence

Speaker's short bio

Regional shocks and the geography of discontent

Philip McCann,
Professor & Chair in Urban and Regional Economics, Sheffield University Management School

Speaker's short bio

Petros Golitsis,
Lecturer in the Business Administration and Economics Department at City College, the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield

Speaker's short bio

* All panels are co-moderated by Dimitris Keridis, in support of the overall narrative of the 6th Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs.

The working languages of the Symposium will be Greek and English.

Simultaneous translation will be available.

Certificates of participation will be awarded.


The Venue

Located in the downtown area of Thessaloniki, on the Plateia Aristotelous, Olympion Cinema is a popular cinema hall. The grand facade of the theater, housed in an impressive building that was built in the 1920s, looks especially beautiful in the night, when it is all alight and glowing. The theater is also one of the venues of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.


Ways of Payment

General admission: presale: 7 euros / at entrance: 12 euros

[* presale will start on September 25, 2017]

To buy a ticket you can choose one of the following options:

1st Option
2nd Option
3rd Option
Visit the Navarino Network offices
3, Apellou Street
T. 2310 260 322
Working hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 16:00
With deposit to the following bank account:
Alpha Bank
Account holder: Navarino Network
IBAN: GR25 0140 5620 5620 0200 2002 240


Tickets can be also bought from Northern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society, Fragkon 6-8
(office hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-16:00) T.2310 551 754 | F.2310 551 748 | E.

After purchasing the ticket, please fill in the registration form.

Please make sure that on Sunday 22/10, you arrive at Olympion by 10.00 a.m. in order to get your ticket.

To pick up your tickets, please bring your ID or your student card!






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