Nikos Avlonas is a recognized leader who has received multiple awards in Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship. He is founder and President of the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE) a global Sustainability Strategic advisory and Training firm with activities in North America, Europe, MENA and Asia. He has been awarded in 2018 by Silicon Valey Community Foundation, the largest foundation in US, as Practitioner of the year and in 2017 as “CSR Professional of the Year’’ by PR News for setting new standards of excellence. He was also recognized in 2010 at one of “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Ms in Sustainable Management, at DePaul at University Business School, one of the ten largest and most innovative private universities in US. Additionally, he has extensive international experience in executive training & coaching having trained over 4,000 managers. He is advisory council member of SERF (Society of Environmentally Responsible buildings) Green Building guidelines in US and one of the founders and Vice President of the Corporate Responsibility Institute since 2007, a non for profit organization for CSR performance evaluation and benchmarking (based on the Business in the Community Index-BITC). Additionally, he was founder and Co-Chair of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Strategy Committee and board member in the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) in Chicago. He has serve in the advisory board of green Startups such as G-Ride (‘’The green UBER’’). In the past he was Scientific Advisor to the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), based in Brussels, in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and he has project leader for the development of a CSR Framework and relevant tools supported by the UN Global Compact and applied to thousands of companies globally. Nikos is a visiting professor at University of San Francisco Master of Nonprofit Administration and at Athens University of Economic and Business MBA international program. He was in the past program advisor to University of Chicago Graham School, Leadership in Sustainability Certificate and had lectured at a variety of Universities including the Kellogg School of Management, University of Texas in Arlington and Sheffield Hallam University (U.K). He is co-author of the books ‘’Practical Sustainability Strategies ‘’ published by Wiley in 2014 which become one of the best-selling books in this field and contributor to ‘’Management Models for the future’’ published in 2009.
Eleftherios Thireos MD, MSc in Public Health
General Practitioner/Family Physician, Greek NHS Consultant, Vari Health Centre, Athens.
Member of the National Committee for the monitoring of pharmaceutical expenditure, implementation of Diagnostic/Therapeutic Prescription Protocols and develop Patient Registries.
Member of the eHealth National Board.
Member of the KESY General Practice Working Group. General Coordinator of General Practitioners’ vocational training in Attica.
Postgraduate Education in Public Health (National School of Public Health) and in Mental Health Promotion (European Educational Programs).
Research Fellow, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete. Scientific Collaborator, Department of Health Economics, National Scholl of Public Health.
Secretary General, Athens Medical Society. Member/Educational activities of the Board of HL7 Hellas.
Member of the European Review Group on Prevention and Health Promotion in Family Medicine/General Practice (EUROPREV), European Academy of Teachers in General Practice (EURACT) and International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
Paris A. Kosmidis, a Medical – Oncologist was born in Athens in 1946 and is Head of the Second Medical-Oncology Department of HYGEIA Hospital. Prior to this position, he had served as Head of the Second Medical-Oncology Department at HAGIOI ANARGYRI Cancer Hospital (1981 – 1985) and Head of the Second Medical-Oncology Department at METAXA Hospital (1985 – 1997). Dr. Kosmidis is a graduate and PhD holder from the Medical School of Athens and has been specialized in Pathology, Hematology and Oncology at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, USA (1973 – 1980). He is also a founding member of Hellenic oncology societies, as the Hellenic Cooperative Oncology Group, the Hellenic Foundation for Cancer Research, the Hellenic Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology and a principal investigator of many studies in Greece and abroad. He is the author of many books and articles published in leading international oncology journals. He is a member of the editorial board of many international journals. Dr. Kosmidis has received two Athens Academy awards and has been also awarded by many oncology societies; he is an honorary member of ESMO (European Society of Medical Oncologists) and the Italian Medical Oncology Association. Dr. Kosmidis was the President of the 23rd European Conference of Medical Oncology held in Athens in 1998, the National Representative of Greek Oncologists in ESMO, President of ESMO (2004-2006), and held a position of visiting professor at Colorado University, USA. Moreover, he has served as President and member of the Oncology Committee of the Ministry of Health at various points in time as well as President of the Scientific Committee of “METAXA”, “HAGIOI ANARGIRI” and “HYGEIA” hospitals.
Dimitris Bourantas is a Management Professor, Head of the Executive MBA and MSc in Human Resources in the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has managed a large number of research programs on Management in Greece and is the author of 7 books, of which the following are best sellers: Management, BENOS publishing house (2002) and Leadership: the road for sustainable success KRITIKI publishing house (2005). His novel I taught you everything but forgot one word (PATAKIS publishing house) won the Readers’ Award (ΕΚΕVΙ prizes 2008) and was listed as a best seller for four years. Moreover, his books On stage without rehearsal (PATAKIS publishing house), The Letter of Hope (LIVANIS publishing house), Talking to my children for a really successful professional and personal life (PATAKIS publishing house) and Cry of Silence (poems, PATAKIS publishing house) were on the Best Seller List for several months. In the near future his book Leadership meta-competencies shall be published by Ashgate-Gower Publications. He has also supervised many PhDs that have been awarded first and second European Prizes.
He has acquired substantial experience, having worked as an executive, consultant and trainer for international organizations as the EU, OECD and CIHEAM and for many Greek and multinational firms including: ΤΙΤΑΝ, Εurobank, Nestle, Coca Cola, Unilever, Diageo, Vodafone, Cosmote, Barclays, Citibank, Bayer, Oracle, Rank Xerox, BAT, Schneider, SAP, Alpha Bank, National Bank of Greece, Αgricultural Bank of Greece, Emporiki Bank, Egnatia Bank, Minerva, Carrefour, Pepsico, Marks & Spencer, Boehringer Ing., National Post Offices, Hellenic Railways, Public Power Company, Aloumil, A.V. Vasilopoulos, Apivita, Vivechrom, Bosch, Alico, Interamerican, Landis & Gyr, Famar, Roche, Praktiker, DDB, Wind, Chatzopoulos, Olympos, Iaso, Lilly. Dimirtis Bourantas specializes in executive and team building, in management of changes, in corporate culture administration and in strategic streamlining of businesses and organizations. He has repeatedly received the award “High Performance in Teaching” from the Department of Management Sciences and Technologies of the Economic University of Athens. He delivers more than 100 speeches every year, all over Greece pro bono. A large number of his interviews appear in daily newspapers and magazines, as well as on the radio and on TV, both in Greece and abroad (Νew York Times, German Radio, Finish TV and more).
Alexia Svolou after finishing Moraitis School in Athens and obtaining her Degree in Chemistry from Ioannina University (Greece) with Honors, she got my Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from University College London (England) and her Journalism Degree from Antenna School of Journalism (Greece). Then she started working in newspapers, magazines and sites as a health editor. The fact that she had a great academic background in medical studies gave her career a big boost and opened many doors, giving her the chance to become an experienced journalist in all types of media an one of the top of my league. Overall, she has been working as a health editor in major Greek newspapers, like “Elefteros Typos” and “Free Sunday” for almost 20 years and she has also become Editor in Chief in a medical site, in the free press magazine “Alive” and in a medical TV production about diabetes and how we can prevent the disease. In my years of journalism she has covered scientific news, news about health politics and health economics, CSR programs and many other topics, concerning health problems, need for therapy in chronic diseases, unmet health and social security needs of poor people, due to the crisis etc. Also, as a member of the “Aegean team” (Omada Aigaiou) that helps people living in small, secluded islands, she has taken part in all their missions, to be able afterwards to write the story in her newspapers and magazines, with a unique insider’s view.
Kyriakos Souliotis is Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, the University of Peloponnese. He also teaches courses on health policy, health economics and health care management at the Medical School of the University of Athens and the Medical School of the University of Crete. He has acted as Scientific Advisor to the Social Insurance Institute (IKA) and the Ministry of Health and Welfare (2002 -2004), Member of the Board of Directors of the A’ Health Care Trust of Attica (2002 -2004), Head of Human Resources Management at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center (2002-2006), Administrative Director at MITERA (Hygeia Group, 2006-2007) and Managing Director of Planning and Development and Chief Planning Officer at the Mutual Health Fund of the National Bank of Greece Personnel (2007-2010). From May 2010 to December 2011, he served as President of OPAD (Health Care Organization for Public Servants), and from May 2011 to September 2012, as Vice President of EOPYY (National Organisation for Health Care Services Provision). From June 2010 to August 2013, he was a member of the National Ethics Committee for Clinical Trials and the Steering Committee for Rare Diseases.
He has acted as a country expert on cancer at the OECD and he is currently serving as a member of the Steering Committee of PACT (The Patient Access Partnership on Equity of Access to Quality Healthcare) and as a member of theScientific Committee of the OIS (Osservatorio Internazionale della Salute). He has extensive research experience in Greece and abroad and he has acted as the Scientific Lead / Project Manager in more than 30 research projects.
He has published 23 books and more than 180 chapters in books and papers in peer reviewed journals on health policy and economics, organization and administration of health services, economic inequalities, etc. He has participated as speaker in over 300 scientific conferences and he is acting as reviewer for international journals.
Aimilia Stathakou is a journalist since 1991, accredited by the Ministry of Health.
She has earned her Psychology Degree from the Philosophical School of Athens in 1992.
Currently, she covers the health’s issue column of Realnews, Realfm and Real.gr .
She is in charge of the Press and Communication Office of the Athens Medical Association since 2010.
She has worked for Greek newspapers and magazines with wide circulation covering health issues. She has served as the editor of Check Up magazine and was a TV presenter in a weekly basis for the Health Show 360 at Kontra Channel.
Professor Kostas Syrigos graduated from Athens School of Medicine in 1988. He was trained in Internal Medicine at the Laikon University Hospital (Athens University) and in Medical Oncology at the Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College of Medicine, Sciences & Art, London University). He got his MD thesis with distinction from the Athens School of Medicine, in 1995 and his PhD thesis from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London University, in 2000. He worked as Medical Oncologist Senior Registrar at the Hammersmith and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals, in London and as consultant at the Sotiria General Hospital, in Athens. In 2002 he was appointed Assc. Professor of Oncology in Medicine and Head of the Sotiria Oncology Unit. From 2006 he is also Visiting Professor of Thoracic Oncology at Yale University and from 2012 he is also Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA. His main fields of interest are Targeted Therapies, drugs development as well as Thoracic and Head & Neck oncology. Recently (2014) he was appointed Head of the 3rd Department of Medicine, Athens School of Medicine at “Sotiria” General Hospital. Dr Syrigos participated in several international clinical trials Phase I-IV in lung, colon, head & neck and pancreatic cancer. He is a member of numerous scientific societies, including the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). He is co-editor of the Oncology Research journal, on the editorial board of 18 scientific journals and reviewer for 84 scientific journals. He is the editor of 9 International Scientific Volumes. He is the author of 420 peer-reviewed, international articles, with more than 6.000 citations. He is currently sitting as member of the ESMO Translational Research Group and of the IASLC Education Committee.