8:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:15

Introduction and Welcome

Is Greece the next Turn-Around Story?
Mr. Velissarios Dotsis
Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Greece

09:15 - 10:45

Greece: Prospects for an Economic Recovery

This session reviews the current political and economic situation in Greece as of February 2016. It provides an objective, unbiased view of economic indicators and political commitments made by the Greek government and the quartet of lenders. There will be five 15-minute presentations, followed by a panel discussion.

Greek Economic and Political Review
Mr. Philip Ammerman, Navigator Consulting Group

The Greek Structural Adjustment Programme
Dr. Jens Bastian, Independent Consultant, former Task Force Member

The Greek Privatisation Programme
Dr. George Pagoulatos, Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB)

Policy Proposals to Encourage Large Scale Investments and Create New Jobs in Greece
Dr. George Xirogiannis, Director for Industrial and Sectoral Policies, SEV-Hellenic Federation of Enterprises

The Greek Banking Recapitalisation
Ms. Defne Akarcali, Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

New Procedures and Incentives for Strategic Investments in Greece
Mr. Nikolas Agaliotis, Director General of Strategic Investments, Hellenic Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00

Financing Investments in Greece

This session reviews the sources of investment financing in Greece. A brief introduction will be given on preparing for work with investment institutions. There will be five 10-minute presentations, followed by a panel discussion.

Ms. Virginia Murray
Partner: Watson, Farley & Williams

The European Investment Bank (EIB)
Mr. Nicholas Jennett, Head, Investment Team for Greece, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Venture Capital in Greece: The Open Fund
Mr. Georgios Kasselakis, Partner and Co-Founder

Angel Investors in Greece: Venturefriends 
Mr. Apostolos Apostolakis, Partner and Co-Founder

Private Equity in Greece: DECA Investments 
Mr. Nicos John Koulis, CEO, DECA Investments

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Ms. Sabina Dziurman, Director for Greece and Cyprus

13:00 – 14:00  Networking Lunch
14:00 – 16:15

Afternoon Thematic Sessions - Plenary Room

Each session comprises 3 speakers presenting for 8 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Session 1: Tourism Investments

Investment Structuring and Due Diligence Best Practise for Tourism Investments in Greece
Mr. Nikolaos Kostikas, Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams

Hotel Operations and Licensing Issues in Greece
Mr. Tim Ananiades, Starwood Area Manager for Greece, Cyprus and the Balkans

Investment Trends in Alternative Hospitality
Mr Omiros D. Sarikas, Principal, AHV Associates LLP

Session 2: Property Investments

Commercial Property Investments in Greece
Ms. Natalia Strafti, Chief Operating Officer, Grivalia Properties REIC

Residential Property Investments in Greece
Mr. Yiannis Ziavras, Owner/General Manager, RE/MAX Properties Investment, Greece

Structuring Property Investments in Greece
Mr. George Elias Eliades, Managing Partner, Algean Group

Session 3: Industry & Processing

European Investment Bank Financing for Industrial Investments in Greece
Mr. Yu Zhang, Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank 

Pharmathen: Financing and Developing International Expansion
Mr. Panagiotis Georgalas, CFO, Pharmathen 

Greece: A Merchandise Gateway to Southern Europe
Mr. Nicos Cotzias, Business & Commercial Strategy Director, VIANOX SA

14:00 – 16:15 

Afternoon Thematic Sessions - Golden Hall

Each session comprises 3 speakers presenting for 8 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Session 4: Start-ups and Technology Funding

New Horizons for Tech Start-ups in Greece
Mr. Stavros Messinis, The Cube Athens

Development and Internationalisation of Start-ups in Greece: The Case of Taxibeat
Mr. Nick Drandakis, Taxibeat

NBG Business Seeds: Enhancing Entrepreneurship in Greece
Dr. Spyros Arsenis, NBG Seeds

Session 5: European Union Funding in Greece

Mr. Theodore Theocharis
Partner, Navigator Consulting Group

Financial Resources for SMEs in Greece
Ms. Eirini Botonaki, Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund

Investment Incentives through Greek Development Law
Mr. Angelos Manglis, President, Atlantis SA

Investment Incentives through the EU National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA)
Mr. Yiannis Troulis, Chief Executive Officer, TTMI Management Consulting Ltd. 

Session 6: Investment Structuring in Cyprus

Ms. Maria Nicolaou, Tax & Financial Consultant, Eurofast

Ms. Maria Sarantopoulou, Tax & Legal Associate, Eurofast

Ms. Christiana Aristidou, International Business Lawyer, Democritos Aristidou

16:15 - 16:40  Afternoon Coffee Break
16:40 – 18:00 

Lessons Learned from Strategic Investments in Greece 

Investing in the Greek Renewable Energy Sector 
Mr. Loukas Lazarakis, Chief Executive Officer, EDF EN Hellas S.A.

Investing in Integrated Tourism Projects: The Kilada Hills Case Study
Ms. Nikoletta Bitouni, Head of the 1st Special Spatial Development Plan of Strategic Investments (ESCHASE), Hellenic Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism

Mr. Alexis Anastassiou, Director of Development, Zoniro, and Director of Kilada Hills

17:30 – 17:45  Summary and Closing

Please note that the official language of the Athens Investment Summit is English. 


Featured Speaker

Dr. Jens Bastian

Independent Economic Policy Analyst

Dr. Jens Bastian is an experienced economic consultant and financial sector analyst for Southeast Europe.  He was Chief Economist for the European Agency for Reconstruction and a member of the EU Task Force for Greece.

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