Meet the Speakers

  • Giannis Maniatis

    Former Minister of Energy, Environment & Climate Change, Member of Parliament, Professor at University of Piraeus

  • George Vernicos

    President of Economic & Social Committee, General Secretary of SETE, Honorary President of Greenpeace

  • Maria Lekakou

    Dean of the Business School of the University of Aegean, Professor of Maritime Economics

  • George Kofinakos

    Managing Director of StormHarbour LLP in London

  • Phoebe Koundouri

    Professor and Director ReSEES Laboratory, Athens University of Economics and Business, Director of Climate KIC Greece

  • Vasilios Liogkas

    Coordinator of Interministerial Committee for the implementation of the National Circular Economy Strategy

  • Konstantinos Machairas

    President of Greek Platform for Growth and Director of Organisation Earth

  • Socrates Famellos

    Alternate Minister of Environment & Energy

  • Andrei Geica

    Managing Partner of Sporos Circular Solutions

  • George Kaminis

    Mayor of Athens

  • Giannis Moralis

    Mayor of Piraeus

  • Margarita Karavasili

    President of the Board ECOCITY

  • Antonis Kokosis

    Professor of Process Engineering and Systems, NTUA

  • Lydia Polychronopoulou

    Vice-President of Symbiosis, Head of CSR, Media & Communications, Matrix Pack

  • Konstantinos Vafeiadis

    Vice-Mayor of Municipality of Vrilissia, Executive Board Member, EYDAP

  • Konstantinos Pistiolas

    General Manager of Marpessa Smart Luxury Hotel at Agrinio

  • Iraklis Bourantas

    Founder and Partner of Novoville

  • Nikos Antoniou

    Investment Manager experienced in Green-tech and smart sustainable & innovative startups

  • Giorgos Karakatsanis

    Founder & CEO EVOTROPIA

  • Pavlos Geroulanos

    Candidate Mayor of Athens

  • George Patoulis

    President of KEDE and Candidate Regional Leader of Attica

  • Giannis Sgouros

    Candidate Regional Leader of Attica

  • Olga Skiadi

    Dep. Director of Programming, Research, Innovation and European Programs E.D.S.N.A.

AGENDA

Thursday April 18

16:30 - 17:00 Registration

17:00 - 17: 101 Opening Speech

Why Symbiosis? Why Circular Living? Our Aims and Vision

Constantinos Antonopoulos, Researcher and Teaching Fellow (Ph.D),President of Symbiosis

17.10 - 18.40 2 Policy Experts & Leaders Session

Giannis Maniatis, ex Minister of Energy, Environment & Climate Change, Member of Parliament, Professor at University of Piraeus

 

George Vernicos, President of Economic & Social Committee, General Secretary of SETE, Honorary President of Greenpeace & entrepreneur in shipping, tourism and yachting

 

Maria Lekakou, Dean of the Business School of the University of Aegean, Professor of Maritime Economics, running the BlueGrowth initiave for the promotion of ocean literacy and blue entrepreneurship

 

George Kofinakos, Managing Director of StormHarbour LLP in London, Chairman of the BoD of EuPraxis FSI, previously CEO and Executive Director of a Private Equity Fund in Luxemburg focusing on Renewables and Green Investments, Distinguished Executive-in-Residence for Rutgers Graduate Business School

 

Q&A

 

Coordinator: Phoebe Koundouri, Professor and Director ReSEES Laboratory, Athens University of Economics and Business, Director of  
Climate KIC Greece, Co-chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

 

18.40 - 19.00 3 Speeches and Interventions

Role and Potential of Cities and Peripheries in the National Circular Economy Strategy

Vasilios Liogkas, representative of Ministry of Environment & Energy, Coordinator of Interministerial Committee for the implementation of the National Circular Economy Strategy

 

Circular Economy, Climate Change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Current developments and vision for the future

Konstantinos Machairas, President of Greek Platform for Growth and Director of Organisation Earth.

19.15 - 19.30 Coffee Break

19.30 - 19.50 4 Introductory Remarks

Keynote Speaker
Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment & Energy

Conclusions of the European CE Stakeholders Platform Conference in Brussels and the future of Circular Cities in Greece: the Sporos approach

Andrei Geica,  Managing Partner of Sporos Circular Solutions

19.50 - 21.00 5 Current City Leaders 

Circular Economy, City Governance and Greek reality: Lessons & Prospects

George Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Professor of Constitutional Law, Law Faculty of the University of Athens

 

Giannis Moralis, Mayor of Piraeus

 

The activities of ECOCITY and the implementation manual for Circular Economy in Smart Cities

Margarita KaravasiliPresident of the Board, ECOCITY, former Special Secretary for inspection of Environment and Energy  

 

Symbiotic Systems and Waste Valorisation

Antonis Kokosis, Professor of Mechanical Processes and Systems, NTUA

 

 

Q&A

 

Coordinator: Noni Karagianni, Journalist, Director of Athena 984

21:00 - 21.10 6 Closing Remarks

Marisa Antonopoulou, BoD member, Symbiosis

Wine Reception and Networking Drinks

Friday April 19

16:30 - 17:00 Registration

17:00 - 17: 101 Opening Speech

Welcome Address and Presentation of Day 1 Conclusions

Spyros Kokolis - Karolidis, Treasurer of Symbiosis

17.10 - 18.40 2 Market Leaders Session

Greek Circular Transition: Best practices, market initiatives and sustainable investments in the City ecosystem

Lydia Polychronopoulou, Vice-President of Symbiosis, Head of CSR, Media & Communications, Matrix Pack

 

Konstantinos VafeiadisVice-Mayor of Municipality of Vrilissia, Ph.D. in Control Engineering from City University London, Executive Board Member, EYDAP

 

Konstantinos PistiolasGeneral Manager of Marpessa Smart Luxury Hotel at Agrinio and Board Member, Agrino

 

Iraklis Bourantas, Founder and Partner of Novoville, an internationally active Citizenship Engagement Management platform for local governments that bridges the gap between citizens and cities

 

Nikos Antoniou, Investment Manager in the Venture Capital Ecosystem, distinguished financial professional in Investment Banking, experienced in Green-tech and smart sustainable & innovative startups

 

 

18.40 - 19.20 3 Speeches and Interventions

First comprehensive Market Study on Circular Economy in Greece: targets and developments

Gerasimos Routzounis, Senior Analyst, Kapa Research

 

The challenges and quantitative issues in Circular Cities

Giorgos Karakatsanis, Founder & CEO EVOTROPIA, PhD Cand. NTUA, Market and quantitative challenges of the Circular Economy

 

Circular Transition and the 4th Industrial Revolution in Greece: Why Cities are important?”

Stergios Pitsiorlas (TBC), Alternate Minister of Economy and Development, Key-note Speaker

 

European Initiatives for Circular, Green and Smart Growth: synergies between Industry, SMEs and local governance

George Kremlis, Honorary Director in the European Commission, Mandated by DG ENV for Circular Economy and Insularity, Member of the Environmental and Social Advisory Council of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Candidate MEP in the upcoming EU elections

19.20 - 19.40 Coffee Break

19.40 - 21.10 4 Candidate Leaders of Attica

 

Pavlos Geroulanos, Candidate Mayor of Athens

Goerge Thomakos (TBC), current and candidate Mayor of Kifissia

 

Dimitris Birbas, Current and Candidate Mayor of Aegaleo 

 

George Patoulis, President of KEDE and Candidate Regional Leader of Attica

 

Giannis Sgouros, Candidate Regional Leader of Attica 

 

Presentation of  the SWAN Project 

Olga Skiadi, Dep. Director of Programming, Research, Innovation and European Programs E.D.S.N.A. - Solid Waste Management Public Authority

 

 

Coordinator: George Kouvaras, journalist, Action 24

21.10 - 21.15 5 Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Athens Circular Forum 

Alexandros Karydis-Karandreas, Secretary-General of Symbiosis

Wine Reception and Networking Drinks

VENUE

  • Ipirou 2, Athens 10433

    REthink. REstore. REgenerate.
    Lead the Circular Revolution.