A meeting focusing on the networking benefits for Greeks around the world, entrepreneurship and the aspects of the brain drain, is being organising by the National Documentation Centre (EKT), the General Secretariat for Strategic and Private Investment of Ministry of Economics and Development and the Municipality of Thessaloniki on Monday 10 September 2018.
The goal of the meeting, which will be held in the Municipal Council Hall Thessaloniki (17:00), under the auspices of the national initiative ‘Knowledge and Partnership Bridges’, is to showcase real experiences of innovative enterprises and Greeks operating internationally.
During the first session of the meeting, the various aspects of the brain drain will be considered, and the General Secretary for Strategic and Private Investment, Professor Lois Lambrianidis will interpret the first results of the initiative and explain the goals of the next stage. Others taking part in the conference will be Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki, Kostas Douzinas, Professor at Birkbeck College, London and the president of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on National Defence & Forein Affairs.
They will be followed by four executives of companies developed by returning Greeks (Beetroot- Vangelis Liakos, BETA CAE Systems- Panayiotis Kouvrakis, Veltio- Maria Rammou, SoftConf- Patroclus Papapetrou), a self-employed entrepreneur who returned during the crisis operating in Greece and benefited from the initiative (Manolis Babatsikos), a high-level executive at Google who has elected to transfer her knowledge to students in Greece, (Marili Nika), and Daphne Vitsikounaki, the Economic and Commercial Affair's Officer at the Greek Consulate in San Francisco. The discussion will be co-ordinated by two young representatives of the initiative’s operations team at EKT, Dimitris Maragkos and Nancy Megremi.
Through an interactive discussion with the audience, answers will be given to key questions such as how closer co-operation between Greeks in Greece and abroad can be achieved, how the model cases of innovative Greek companies based in Thessaloniki can operate in the new business reality in Greece, and what the aspects of the brain drain that can be exploited beneficially for development, the economy and society are.
Participation is free upon pre-registration as places are limited. Those who cannot attend in person can follow events using live streaming.
Representatives of the ‘Knowledge and Partnership Bridges’ initiative will be on hand to brief visitors to the Thessaloniki International Fair at stand 15 in the International Exhibition Centre.