Leadership Council

The Greek Leadership Council (LC) consists of politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and representatives of the civil society. All members of the LC are chosen upon recognition of their contribution towards fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations for 2030.  


Andreadi EleniSani Resort; Planet Agents

Alafouzos Maria, New media Director, SKAI TV

Bakoyannis Kostas, Regional Governor of Sterea Ellada

Cambanis Leonidas George, Lambda Cambanis SA; SKY MAR SERVICES

Charalambides NikosGreenpeace Hellas

Constantakopoulos Achilleas, TEMES S.A.; COSTATERRA S.A.

Dimas Stavros C., European Commission

Helming AlysiaChairman, Earthfund Global

Kaminis GiorgosMayor of Athens

Karavellas Dimitris, WWF Greece

Katseli Louka, National Kapodistrian University of Athens; NBG Cyprus

Kokkalis Petros, General Secretary of Organization Earth

Laskaridis Suzanna Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd., General  Secretary  Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation

Martinou Ioanna, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc Holdings Inc.; NIGMA SA

Moawia AhmedGreek Forum of Migrants

Mousouris Sotirios, Hellenic African Chamber of Commerce and Development

Paniaras YanniBusiness Council for Sustainable Development, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises - SEV

Pissarides Sir Christopher, London School of Economics

Potamitis Stathis, POTAMITIS VEKRIS

Spiliotopoulos Aris, Greek Politician

Trigazis Panos, Byron Association for Philhellenism and Culture

Vassilakis Eftychios, Autohellas SA; Aegean Airlines SA; Vassilakis Group

Zenghelis Dimitris, London School of Economics

Zerefos ChristosHellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation 





Eleni Andreadi 

Eleni Andreadi studied Environmental Policy and Media at Harvard University. In 2009, she founded the NGO Planet Agents (Πράκτορες του Πλανήτη), which is dedicated to the experiential education and action of children on sustainable development. With innovative analytical training materials and activities, the organization provides them with the necessary skills to evolve into citizens who take initiatives and take action for a better collective future. In 2013, Planet Agents was awarded and recognised as one of the 100 most innovative educational programmes in Greece, in Primary and Secondary Education by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.


Kostas Bakoyannis

Kostas Bakoyannis is the Regional Governor of Central Greece, and from 2011 until 2014, he was the first Mayor of the Municipality of Karpenisi. He has worked in international organizations, such as the European Parliament in Brussels, as a parliamentary assistant to a Member of the European Parliament attending the work of the Committee on Transport, Regional Development and Tourism, and the World Bank based in Kosovo as a member of the team that assisted the implementation of three projects of the Bank in the field of Energy and Mining. He has also worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a special associate on the preparation and preparation of the Minister's public positions.


Leonidas George Cambanis

Mr Cambanis created Kritias SA (renamed Lambda Cambanis SA) in 2000, an “environmental research and applications” company with headquarters in Pikermi, Greece. He managed family’s shipping interests out of London (Hydrousa Shipping Co Ltd.) and Piraeus (Hydroussa Shipping Co SA) between 1981 and 1994. He is the founding president of the Kaireios Library, Andros as well as co-founder of the Initiative for Heritage Conservation (GR) and The Initiative for Heritage Conservation NA. Since 2005 he has been involved with a number of civic society projects, some in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


Nikos Charalambides

Nikos Charalambides has been the executive director of Greenpeace in Greece since 2002.  He has been active in promoting change both in legislation, consumption habits and production in Greece and globally. He is leading an international team that is trying to identify opportunities in crises and promote systemic change for a more fair and equal world.  He has also been working towards the direction of green development, focusing on the need to find solutions that will get us out of the dual crisis (climate and financial) while showcasing concrete examples.


Achilleas Constantakopoulos

Since 1997, Mr. Achilleas Constantakopoulos has been at the helm of TEMES S.A., where he currently holds the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of COSTATERRA S.A. (investments and real estate development) and KYNIGOS S.A. (development and operation of solar energy parks), as well as a director of AEGEAN AIRLINES S.A. and CHIPITA S.A. He is president of the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation and a board member of the non-profit The Hellenic Initiative.


Stavros C. Dimas

Stavros C. Dimas studied law and economics in Greece and the USA and has worked as a lawyer for the World Bank and Sullivan & Cromwell, a Wall Street Law Firm. He has been elected to the Greek Parliament ten consecutive times since 1977 and has held leading posts in Greek politics.


Alysia Helming

Alysia Helming is a global game-changer who passionately supports clean energy & sustainability, women's empowerment and raises awareness on environmental issues worldwide through her work as an environmentalist, best selling author & producer. Alysia Helming has 25+ years’ experience, including CFO and Board Director for four successful companies, and a leading management consultant providing Interim CEO/CFO, as well as finance and business strategy advisory services, to CFOs & CEOs for Fortune 50, mid-sized and early stage companies, including Jacuzzi, Bushnell, Wells Fargo, Hallmark Cards, DST Systems and Exelon. 


Giorgos Kaminis

Mr Kaminis is the current Mayor for the City of Athens having assumed his Mayoral duties on January 1, 2011. He served as Assistant Greek Ombudsman, responsible for Human Rights, from 1998 to May 2003, upon which he was unanimously elected Greek Ombudsman at a Presidents of Parliament roundtable meeting. Since September 1989 he has been a Scientific Associate of the Hellenic Parliament΄s Scientific Service, specifically the Department for Parliamentary Research & Studies which forms part of the 1st Directorate of Scientific Studies.


Dimitris Karavellas

Mr Dimitris Karavellas has been the director of the WWF Hellas since January 1998. He studied hydrobiology and fisheries management. He has been associated with WWF since 1993, where he was the coordinator of a project for the protection of the Mediterranean seal in Zante for two years. He then worked with WWF International and assumed the position of the director of the International Mediterranean Fisheries Campaign.


Louka Katseli

Louka Katseli has been a member of Hellenic Parliament since 2007. He formerly served as Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping (Oct 2009 - Sept 2010) and Minister for Labour and Social Security of the Hellenic Republic (Sept 2010 - June 2011). She has held positions in many international committees including as Member, Rapporteur and Vice Chair of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (1996 - 2003), Member of the Euro 50 Group , Member of the “Comité des Sages“, European Commission, DG V(1995 - 1997), Member of the EC Monetary Committee (1983 - 1985), Member of the EC Economic Policy Committee (1982 - 1984). Has published extensively in international and Greek academic journals in international trade and finance, economic development and labour migration.


Kokkalis Petros

As co-founder and impact investor of social enterprises such as organization Earth, an environmental NGO, and Aephoria, a sustainable development startup incubator, Petros Kokkalis is a firm believer of the transformation of local communities through mass resource mobilization. He serves as Vice President of the Kokkalis Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Southeastern Europe. He also serves as the President of Athens Information Technology, a non-profit technology academic and research institution, and he is president of Athens Tech, a private technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship college.  He frequently serves as a judge to Greek and international business and startup competitions, mentors young entrepreneurs and also serves on the Endeavor senior advisor network.  Previously, he was the Vice-President and shareholder of Intracom Holdings, one of the largest multinational technology groups in South-Eastern Europe, and the Vice-President and shareholder of Intralot S.A., a gaming technology supplier, and lottery licensed operator. He was also the Vice-President of the Greek football club Olympiacos CFP from 1995 to 2008. He is currently an independent city council member in Piraeus Municipality responsible for European Affairs and the founder of Hope Refugee FC. Hope Refugee FC was established in November 2016 for adult refugees living in Athens. The team participated in an independent league and has played 38 friendly matches with Greek and immigrant teams.


Laskaridis Suzanna

Suzanna Laskaridis studied Fine Art and Media Arts and Communication Design before studying Ship Management and completing her master’s degree in maritime law from City University of London. She has been in Lavinia Corp and Laskaridis Shipping since 2007 where she is involved with all areas of day-to-day management. She is a member of the Board of the Union of Greek Ship Owners, the Hellenic War Risks Association and United Kingdom Defense Club. She is also the General Secretary and Treasurer of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation since its inception. Included in its numerous activities is a series of programmes relating to the reuse of marine plastic waste, which she supervises. In 2016 she founded Real Time Graduates, a nonprofit initiative that connects young graduates with minimal work experience, with the maritime industry.


Ioanna Martinou

Ioanna Martinou studied Athens College before pursuing higher education at Tufts University, Massachusetts. She currently owns real estate agency, NIGMA SA Real Estate, and co-owns Thenamaris Ships Management Inc.


Ahmed Moawia

Ahmed Moawia is the current President and Chair of the Board of the Greek Forum of Migrants. Originally from Sudan and living in Greece for over 30 years, he is a journalist and activist in the field of human rights, fighting against racism and xenophobia. He is working towards the education and support of migrants in matters of work relations, integration and education. Mr Moavia is also a member of the Board of Directors in the European Grassroots Anti-racist Movement (EGAM).


Sotirios Mousouris

Sotirios Mousouris is a graduate of Law and Political and Economic Sciences (University of Athens), he has a Master in Economics (Boston University, USA) and he is a doctor of Business Administration (Harvard Business School). He served at the United Nations, New York as Assistant Secretary General (1983-1995). He worked at the Hellenic Industrial Development Bank (ETBA), as Deputy Governor and President of six corporations controlled by ETBA and as Director in the Board of the European Investment Bank (Luxemburg).


Yanni Paniaras

Yanni Paniaras started his career at KNIGHT PIESOLD, an international mining and engineering consultancy headquartered in London. He has held previous positions in S&B Industrial Minerals Group and – following the acquisition – IMERYS, based in Greece and Germany, concluding his term there as Vice President of the former S&B Division and Managing Director of S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. In January 2016, Yanni Paniaras joined TITAN Group as Executive Director with responsibility for Region Greece and for the Group’s Corporate Affairs. As of June 2016, he has been elected Chairman of SEV’s Business Council for Sustainable Development.


Sir Christopher Pissarides

Sir Christopher Pissarides is a Professor of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics and 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. He specialises in the economics of labour markets, macroeconomic policy, economic growth and structural change.

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Stathis Potamitis

Stathis currently serves as Managing Partner at POTAMITIS VEKRIS. He served as the first Deputy Chairman of the Athens Derivatives Exchange from the commencement of that market’s operations. Subsequently he focused on M&A, international arbitration and insolvency work, while also being responsible for the management of POTAMITISVEKRIS (as it is currently named), which has grown steadily in size and stature into a leading Greek law practice.


Panos Trigazis

Since 1991 he has actively participated in the SYN and in SYRIZA, in various executive positions (foreign policy - international relations). He was Secretary General of the Hellenic Committee for International Recession and Peace (1981-1991) and Secretary General of the Citizens' Movement against Racism (1992-2006). He is also actively involved in the international peace movement as a member of the European Peace and Human Rights Network and is Chairman of the Observatory of International Organizations and Globalization (PADOP).


Eftychios Vassilakis

Eftychios Vassilakis has been Managing Director and Vice Chairman at Autohellas SA since April 24, 2012. He serves as a Vice Chairman of Vassilakis Group. He has been an Executive Director of Aegean Airlines S.A. since June 14, 2012. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Titan Cement Company S.A. since May 10, 2007 until June 19, 2016. He has previously serves as a Director of Bank of AutoHellas SA, Piraeus Leasing S.A. and Fourlis S.A. and Director at Piraeus Bank Société Anonyme. He is also a Board Member of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises(SEV).


Dimitris Zenghelis

Dimitri Zenghelis is Co-Head Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE. In 2014 he was Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He was recently Senior Economic Advisor to Cisco's long term innovation group and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was one of the authors of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. Before working on climate change, Dimitri was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury.


Christos S. Zerefos

Christos S. Zerefos graduated in Physics and obtained MSc in Meteorology and Ph.D. in Physics-Meteorology from the University of Athens. Professor C. Zerefos has coordinated in numerous international competitive research projects, funded by International Organizations (European Union, NASA, WMO etc) or national sources. In December 2006 he was elected Full Member of the Academy of Athens, Greece.

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