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US Ambassador to Greece, David Pearce and AmCham President, Simos Anastasopoulos on their way to the conference.

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AmCham Executive Director, Elias Spirtounias welcomes the conference audience.

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The US perspective on the Greek economy addressed by US Ambassador to Greece, David Pearce.

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The President of Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Constantine Michalos addresses the conference.

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Athanasios Savvakis, President of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece at the podium.

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Euclid Tsakalotos, Minister of Finance inaugurates the conference and gives his answer on the question-title of his speech “The Greek Economy: Is there hope?”

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From left to right: Founder, Chairman & CEO of Japonica Partners, Paul Kazarian initiates the discussion and presents a new perspective on the Greek debt, its sustainability and the importance or turning around the Greek government finances. Franciskos Koutentakis, Secretary General for Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance, Michael Jacobides, Professor at LBS, John Moran, Member of EIB and former Secretary General at the Irish Department of Finance and George Serafeim, Professor at Harvard University provide their insights on the issue.


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From left to right: Panel moderator Alexis Papachelas, Executive Director of Kathimerini provokes a lively discussion on the memoranda with the troika representatives, Rasmus Ruffer from ECB and Declan Costello from EC, as well as with Nikos Vettas from IOBE.

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AUEB Professor, George Doukidis and Endeavor Greece Managing Director, Haris Makryniotis present for the first time the results of the research “A Youth Perspective on Entrepreneurship: Something is changing”. The research was conducted by AUEB, EY, Endeavor Greece and AmCham.

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From left to right: Moderator Alexandros Costopoulos, CEO, Foresight Strategy & Communications and panelists Costas Fotakis, Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation, Panos Papazoglou, Managing Partner, EY Greece, Marco Veremis, CEO & Co-founder, Upstream, Litsa Panayotopoulos, AmCham Secretary General and Οrestis Tzanetis, Co-founder & COO, Intale comment on how young people view entrepreneurship and what measures and policies should be taken in order to encourage more young people to see entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

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New Democracy President, Yannis Plakiotakis inaugurates the 2nd Conference Day.

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Yannis Mourmouras, Deputy Governor of Bank of Greece addresses the conference on “The Greek banks: Moving forward”

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From left to right: Moderator Konstantinos Robotis, Chief Editor, Agora and the panelists Spyros Papaspyrou, Executive General Manager, Piraeus Bank, Aristeides Xenofos, CEO, Hellenic Financial Stability Fund and Lambros Tsolkas, Managing Director of Financial Services, Accenture/Greece during the panel discussion on “Recapitalizing the Greek banks: Is it sufficient?”

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From left to right: Katia Makri, Journalist, REAL as moderator initiated the roundtable discussion on”Investment, Development and Growth | Developing a positive business and investment environment in Greece” with the participation of George Stathakis, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Antonios Kerastaris, CEO, Intralot Group, Marios Kyriacou, Senior Partner, KPMG Greece, Nicholas  Theocarakis, Chairman, Center of Planning & Economic Research (KEPE) and Dionisis Kolokotsas, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google Greece.

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A commemorative photo taken just after the panel discussion “Public Administration, e-Governance models and Transparency”. From left to right: Nikolaos Peppas, Country Manager Greece, Cyprus & Bulgaria, SAS Institute, Ioanna Sabrakou, Vice President, Hellenic Association of Computer Engineers (HACE) & Secretary General, eTEE, Myladie Stoumbou, Director of Evangelism & Experience, Microsoft Hellas and Panagiotis Karkatsoulis, Head, Institute for Regulatory Policy Research & Secretary “The Potami”, Parliamentary Group.

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Natan Aronshtam, Partner, Managing Director Global R&D and Government Incentives, Deloitte LLP presents Deloitte’s study and its results on “Growth & Government Incentives: Is it a Global race after all?” 

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From left to right: Greece’s Growth Agenda focusing on promising sectors such as Energy is presented and discussed by the moderator Andreas Panagopoulos, Journalist, CNN Greece and panelists Michalis Verriopoulos, Secretary General of Energy, Ministry of Environment & Energy, Nikolaos Chatziargyriou, (HEDNO S.A.) & Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering School, National Technical University of Atehns (NTUA), George Peristeris, CEO, GEK TERNA and Mathios Rigas, Chairman & CEO, Energean Oil & Gas.

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The tourism sector and its potential at the epicenter of discussions in order to design a national strategy to attract and increase tourism income. From left to right: Moderator Maria Karchilaki, Journalist, CNN Greece and panelists Elena Kountoura, Alternate Minister of Tourism, Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, Andreas Stylianopoulos, President & CEO, Navigator Travel & Tourism Services, Τim Ananiadis, General Manager & Managing Director, Hotel Grande Bretagne & King George, Ioannis Paraschis, CEO, Athens International Airport        

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The lack of liquidity in the Greek market consists one of the major problems for SMEs. Opportunities for funding and financial instruments are presented by (from left to right) moderator Yannis Perlepes, General Manager, Naftemporiki and speakers Alexis Charitsis, Deputy Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Socrates Lazaridis, CEO, Athens Exchange Group, Anthony Bartzokas, Board Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Ioannis Tsakiris, Head of Division SE Europe and EU Neighbouring Countries in the Mandate Management Dept, EIB and Giannis Papadopoulos, Chairman Hellenic Venture Capital Association & Co-founder and CEO, Attica Ventures 

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Major funds’ representatives from abroad traveled to Athens to participate in the conference and share their insights with the audience on how foreign investors view Greece as investment target and the principle factors to establish an attractive investment climate and drive investments in Greece. From left to right: Moderator Nicholas Papapolitis, Partner, Papapolitis & Papapolitis leads the discussion and contributes meaningfully to the conversation with Costas Karagiannis, Operating Partner, Appollo Management International LLC, Chris Papachristophorou, Managing Partner, Invel Real Estate Advisors LLP, Aziz Francis, Portfolio Manager, Spinnaker Capital, Chetan Gulati, Managing Director, Perry Capital, George Linatsas, Founding Partner & Group Managing Director, Axia Ventures Group.

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Chatting among head table guests a few minutes before Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras starts his keynote address.

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The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras addresses more than 700 AmCham guests during the annually established dinner, closing the 26th annual THE GREEK ECONOMY conference.

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Pericles Leadership Award was launched at the dinner.  The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Japonica Partners established the annual Pericles Leadership Award, to be given to individuals who have a track record of outstanding leadership in creating value for the Hellenic Republic through professional management processes, especially building
trust and confidence with internationally comparable transparency and accountability. The award is accompanied by an annual endowment of 100,000 Euros, granted to initiatives selected by the awardee, in consultation with AmCham and Japonica Partners, that advance professional management of the public resources of the Hellenic Republic.

2015 Award WinnerGeorge Serafeim, Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School. 

From left to right: Elias Spirtounias, Executive Director, AmCham, Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece delivers 2015 Pericles Leadership Award to George Serafeim, Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, John Moran, Member, EIB & former Secretary General, Irish Department of Finance and Simos Anastasopoulos, AmCham President.


 The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce is exceptionally grateful for generous support provided by its sponsors, supporters and contributors.


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