Thursday, 9/11/2017

Arrival of Guests – Registration
Introductions - Chairs

  • Tawfic Khoury, Chairman of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group
  • Symeon Tsomokos, President, Delphi Economic Forum 
Opening Addresses:

  • H.E. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic 
  • H.E. Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus
  • H.E. Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta 
  • H.E. Maros Sefcovic, Vice President, Energy Union, European Commission                 
  • H.E.Tarek Kabil, Minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt, Representantive of H.E. the President of Egypt 
  • H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Muhannad Shehadeh, Minister of State for Investment Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Coffee Break
Session 1 | EU Arab Relations – Challenges of the future: Foreign Policy, Political and Security dimensions

 Chair: Christos Folias, f. Minister of Development, CEO "Folias and Associates"

  • Miguel Angel Moratinos, f. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2004-2010), Spain
  • Nancy Okail, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
  • Hafida Benchehida, Senator of the Republic of Algeria
  • Abdulaziz Al-Mikhlafi, Secretary General, Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Break - Light Lunch
Session 2 | Europe & the Arab World

Chair: Chris Konstas, Journalist

Part 1

Part 2

Session 3 | Cooperation in the Energy Sector

Chair: Dr. Theodoros Tsakiris, Assist. Professor Geopolitics & Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia



Session 4 |The Development of Investments – Finance & Investments

Chair: Stamatis Zacharos, Publishing Consultant, 24 Media 

Part 1

  • Mona Zobaa, Chair of General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, Egypt
  • Janet Heckman, Managing Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Marwan Abdelhamid, President, Palestinian Greek Friendship & Cooperation Association 

Part 2

  • Nicholas Jennett, European Investment Bank, Athens Representation
  • Mario Al-Jebouri, Banque Cantonale de Geneve, International Private Banking, Dubai
  • Manolis Sigalas, VP & Country Manager, Hill International
  • Marios Skandalis, President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus

Networking - Buffet/Dinner - End of first day

Friday, 10/11/2017

Arrival of Delegates

Symeon Tsomokos, President, Delphi Economic Forum 

Chair: Christos Folias, f. Minister of Development, CEO "Folias and Associates"

Official opening and keynote speech: 

Keynote Speech:

  • Chrystalla Georghadji, Governor, Central Bank of Cyprus

Keynote Speech:


Signing: Memorandum of Understanding
Session 5 | Greece: a multi-level crossroad - Greece and the Arab World

Chair: Faysal Abou Zaki, Deputy CEO of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group

            Symeon Tsomokos, President, Delphi Economic Forum


Lead speeches: 

  •   Constantine Michalos, President, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  •   Petros Doukas, Chairman, Capital Partners S.A.
  •   Rashad Mabger, Secretary General, Arab Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
  •   Socrates Lazaridis, CEO, Athens Exchange Group
  •   Panagiotis Mihalos, Chairman Business Councils GCC Countries, CEO Orion Capital / Southeast S.A.
  •   Konstantinos Bitsios, Executive Vice Chairman, SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises
  •   Charalampos Papaspyros, Vice President of BoD, Hellenic Aerospace Industry
  •   George Tsipras, Head of the Economic Office of the Prime MInister of the Hellenic Republic

Break - Light Lunch
Session 6 | Economic alliance, looking for the full potential: Infrastructure, Tourism, Trade, Real Estate

Chair: Alexia Tasouli, Journalist 

Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism, Hellenic Republic

Part 1 

  • Hisham Ayoub, Foreign Investors Association, Vice President, Bahrain
  • Mario Lopez-Roldan, Technical Secretary, OECD Greece, Joint Steering Committee  

Part 2 

  • Vincent Reina, President, Arab-French Chamber of Commerce
  • Lady Olga Maitland, Chair, The Algeria British Business Council/British-Algerian Chamber
  • Athina Spakouri, Deputy Head, Directorate-General of Promotion/Head Directorate of Administration, GNTO

Session 7 | Shipping

Chair: Christos Konstas, Journalist 

  • Dr. Stratos Papadimitriou, adviser to Captain P.N. Tsakos, founder of the Tsakos Group of Companies
  • Camille Egloff, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Khamis Juma Buamim, MoB of Directors, Managing Director, Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

Session 8 | Prospects and Patterns: Next steps for a revitalized relationship between Europe & the Arab World

Chair: Dr. Amal Daraghmeh Masri, Editor in Chief, Middle East Business News & Magazine, Ougarit Group 

Session 9 | Intercultural communication & Education

Chair: Prof. Dr. Christian Werner, President of the International University Network IUN world 

Conclusions - Cocktails/Dinner - End of Summit

Agenda 2016 - 3/11/2016

Arrival of Guests - Registration
  • Tawfic Khoury, Chairman of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group
  • Symeon Tsomokos, Delphi Economic Forum
  • Faysal Abou Zaki, Deputy CEO of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group
Opening Addresses:
  • H.E. Mr. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic
  • H.E. Dr. Jawad Anani, Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Affairs of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs & Citizenship
  • H.E. Dr. Riyad Al–Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestine and representative of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas 
  • H.E. Soltan bin Saad Al Moraikhi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Qatar
  • Nael Al Kabariti, President, Union of Arab Chambers
  • Raouf Abou Zaki, CEO, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group

Keynote addresses:

  • Ambassador Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazala, Assist. Secretary General, League of Arab States
  • Elena Kountoura, Alternate Minister of Tourism of the Hellenic Republic 
Session 1 | The European-Arab Partnership: Shifting to a New Paradigm

EU global and economic challenges – the Arab world quest for peace, stability, and prosperity – the role of EU in bringing long lasting peace in the region – collaboration of Arab World and EU leading to economic development

Chair: H.E. Dr. Sami Haddad, Former Minister of Economy and Trade, Lebanon

  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President of New Democracy Party and Leader of the Opposition of the Hellenic Republic
  • Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management, EU
  • General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee
  • H.E. Dr. Riad Al Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Palestine
  • H.E. Dimitris Mardas, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic
  • Christos Patsalidis, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Abdul Rahim Hassan Al Naqi, Secretary General, Federation of GCC Chambers
Break – Light Lunch/Networking
Keynote Addresses:
  • H.E. Abeer Odeh, Minister of National Economy of Palestine
  • Lady Olga Maitland, Chair of the Algerian-British business Council- ABBC
  • Vassilis Leventis, Leader, Union of Centrists party, Greece
  • Rashad Mabger, Secretary General, Arab Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
Session 2 | Greece: the Making of a New Economy

The economic reform agenda, negotiations with EU and IMF, the national debt process

Chair: Stamatis Zacharos, Publishing Consultant, 24Media Group, Journalist, Athens 9.84 Radio

  • H.E. Dr. George Stathakis, Minister of Economy, Development & Tourism of the Hellenic Republic 
  • Louka Katseli, Chair of the Board, National Bank of Greece
  • Constantine Michalos, President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry & the Union of Hellenic Chambers
Session 3 | Economic Transformation in the Arab World and the Path into the Post-Oil Era

Outlook of Arab economies against the backdrop of heightened political risks and lower oil prices – overview of the economic reform agendas- implications of economic reforms and transformation and potential impact on diversification and job creation- how EU can support the transformation process? How Europe can help develop knowledge driven industries?

Chair: Faysal Abou Zaki, Deputy CEO, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal

  • H.E. Dr. Jawad Anani, Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Affairs & Minister of Industry trade and Supply of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Mr. Juma Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary, Foreign Trade Affairs, Ministry of Economy, U.A.E. 
  • Dr. Sami Haddad, Former Minister of Economy and Trade, Lebanon
  • Eng. Nabil Itani, Chairman and General Manager, Investment Development Authority of Lebanon
  • Dr. Abdullah Dahlan, Chairman, University of Business & Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Rodi Kratsa, President of the Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy, f. Vice President of the European Parliament               
  • Michele Carlsson, Head of Business Development MEA, Nasdaq, UAE

Panel Discussion: New Opportunities to Nurture a Stronger Partnership

Chair: Antonis Papayiannidis, Chief Executive, ECONOMIKI EPITHEORISI

  • Jolana Mungengová, Member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner of Trade, Ms. Cecilia Malmstrom
  • H.E. Roger Dib, Former Minister of Lebanon - Director, Near East Consulting Group, Lebanon
  • Dr. Ashraf Mishrif, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, Qatar University
Break –Networking
Keynote Addresses:
  • H.E. George Katrougalos, Minister of Labor, Social Security & Social Solidarity, Hellenic Republic
  • Dr. Yannis Stournaras, Governor, Bank of Greece 
Buffet Dinner

Agenda 2016 - 4/11/2016

Arrival of Delegates
Session 4 | A New Era for FDI in Europe and Arab Countries

Assessing the needs for new capital to support growth and job creation, PPP’s and privatization, enhancing the business and investment environment – potential for European investments in the Arab countries and the role of Arab investment in accelerating growth in the EU countries and the region of Southern Europe.

Chair: Faysal Abou Zaki, Deputy CEO, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal

  • Mohamed Khodear, Chairman, The General Authority of Investment, Egypt
  • H.E. Marcos Bolaris, Alternate Minister of Agricultural Development of the Hellenic Republic
  • H.E. Mladjan Dinkic, Former Minister of Economy of the Republic of Serbia
  • H.E. Petros Doukas, Former Deputy Minister of Finance of the Hellenic Republic
  • H.E. Falah Mustafa Bakir, Minister, Head of Foreign Department of Kurdistan Regional Government

Panel Discussion:

  • Ania Thiemann, Head of Global Relations, Competition Division, OECD
  • Benjamin Godel, Senior Manager, International Markets, BDI
  • Nicholas Jennett, Deputy Director General of the Investment Team for Greece, European Investment Bank
  • Husni Bey, Chairman, HB Group
  • Hisham Ayoub, Vice President, Foreign Investors Association, Bahrain
  • Naaman El Bouri, Chairman, Assaray Trade & Investment Bank 
Break – Networking
Session 5 | Building a New Potential in Energy

Assessing outlook of oil markets – new investments needed to meet further demand-potential long term impact of Paris climate agreement- EU’s know how in building a viable renewable energy economy in the Arab World, how can Arab oil and gas producers help in enhancing EU energy security, opportunities for EU in the planned privatization of oil industry in the region

Chair: H.E. Christos Folias, f. Minister of Development, f. President of the Arab-Greek Chamber of Commerce & Development / Member of the organizing Committee 

  • H.E. Prof. Yannis Maniatis, MP, F. Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Hellenic Republic
  • Dr. Kostas Karayannakos, Executive Director,Commercial and Internstional Activities, Public Gas  Corporation, Greece 
  • Roudi Baroudi, CEO, Energy & Environment Holding, Qatar
  • HRH Abdul Aziz Bin Turki Bin Talal Al Saud, Chairman, Eleventh Holding
  • Sherif El-Gabaly, Chairman of Polyserve Group & Chairman of Chamber of Chemical Industries, Egypt
  • Jonathan Mcilroy, Bunker Trading Manager, AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM
  • Theodore Tsakiris, Assistant Professor, Geopolitics & Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • John Psarras, Director, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Session 6 | Developing a New Generation of Infrastructure in the Arab World: Needed Infrastructure to Boost Growth and Competitiveness.

Priority sectors in Shipping, Transportation, Healthcare and Logistics- Financing and Investment needs- PPPs and the role of EU in the development and funding of infrastructure.

Chair: Amal Daraghmeh Masri, CEO, Ougarit Group, Editor in Chief and CEO Middle East Business News and Magazine

Keynote speech: H.E. Christos Spirtzis, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks of the Hellenic Republic

  • H.E. Miltiades Varvitsiotis, Former Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean of the Hellenic Republic
  • Mr. Meshal Abushaibah, Team Leader Marketing Support Coordination, Kuwait Petroleum Company 
  • Khamis Juma Buamim, Member of the Board of Directors, Managing Director,Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
  • Camille Egloff, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • John Iossifidis, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking Group, Mashreq Bank UAE
  • Alaa Alshaikh Isa Ali, Managing Director, Vanguard W.L.L. 
Session 7 | The potential of Greece for Business and Investment

Investment environment, privatization projects, tourism, real estate, and more

Chair: Alexia Tasouli, Diplomatic Correspondent, MEGA CHANNEL

  • George Tsipras, Secretary General for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic 
  • Dimitris Tryfonopoulos, Secretary General, Greek National Tourism Organization
  • Velissarios Dotsis, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Greece
  • Simos Anastasopoulos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Greece
  • Dr. Nikolaos Porfyris, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Athens Exchange Group

Buffet lunch – Networking
End of the Conference