Monday, November 4th 2019  
11:00 Registration and refreshments
11:45
AN ECONOMIST FORECAST ON EUROPE
▪ Latest developments in the eastern Mediterranean
▪ An assessment of the Brexit process

John Peet, political and Brexit editor, The Economist
12:00
Official Opening
CYPRUS: CREATING SOLID FOUNDATIONS FOR REGIONAL CO-OPERATION

Nicos Anastasiades, president, Republic of Cyprus
12:30
THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES DERIVING FROM THE NEW ALLIANCES
▪ Energy discoveries-new energy corridors: Openings and risks
▪ US-EU: Do they have common objectives in the region?

Nikos Christodoulides, minister of foreign affairs, Cyprus
Anastasios Chatzivasileiou, MP & secretary of the standing committee of national defence and foreign affairs, Hellenic Parliament
David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee (AJC), USA
Judith G. Garber, ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Cyprus
13:00Discussion 
13:20
SECURITY IN THE REGION: PERFORMING A BALANCING ACT

Savvas Angelides, minister of defence, Republic of Cyprus
Mikhail Kostarakos, former chairman of the EU Military Committee (CEUMC) & former chief
of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff

▪ The academic perspective

Ioannis Mazis, professor of economic geography and geopolitics of Middle East and Turkey,
School of Economics and Political Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
13:50Discussion
14:15End of day sessions
19:00Cocktail reception
20:00
OPENING GALA DINNER
THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN IN THE ERA OF GREAT POWER COMPETITION

A. Wess Mitchell, former assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, USA

Tuesday, November 5th 2019
08:00Registration-Refreshments 
09:00
Opening Session
BREXIT COMPLICATIONS AND THE EU: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

John Peet, political and Brexit editor, The Economist

In dialogue with:
Jo Johnson, former director of policy, No 10 Downing st, former minister of state for universities

▪ The EU perspective
Ierotheos Papadopoulos, head, European Commission Representation in Cyprus
09:30Discussion
09:50
THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL ENVIRONMENT IN EUROPE AND CYPRUS
▪ Is Europe close to a new recession?
▪ Are there any clouds in the Cypriot economy?

Harris Georgiades, minister of finance, Cyprus
Klaus Regling, managing director, European Stability Mechanism (ESM)
10:10
Discussion 
10:30
IS FISCAL DISCIPLINE COMPATIBLE WITH GROWTH AND SOCIAL COHESION?
▪ Which are the most significant challenges for the global economy and growth?

Evgenios Evgeniou, CEO, PwC Cyprus
Anita Tuladhar, mission chief for Cyprus, IMF
Marcus Heinz, program manager Southern Europe, The World Bank

▪ The credit rating agencies’ viewpoint
Michele Napolitano, head of Western European sovereigns, Fitch Ratings
11:00
Discussion
11:20Coffee Break 
11:50
AN UPDATE ON THE BANKING SECTOR
▪ Will the banking union be completed in the coming years?
▪ Reducing non-performing loans: the challenge
▪ Mainstream and alternative ways to finance growth
▪ How are Brexit complications affecting the capital markets?

Gikas Hardouvelis, former minister of finance, Greece, senior independent director, National Bank of Greece,
professor of finance and economics, department of banking and financial management, University of Piraeus
Constantinos Herodotou, governor, Central Bank of Cyprus
Panicos Nicolaou, chief executive officer, Bank of Cyprus
Demetra Kalogerou, chairwoman, Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
Michael Christos G. Charalambides, CEO & MD, EcommBX
12:40
Discussion 
12:50
Snacks to be served during sessions
13:00
HYDROCARBONS RESEARCH AND EXPLOITATION: WHAT’S NEXT?
▪ Global trends in the energy sector: How are they affecting the region?
▪ An alternative energy supplier for Europe: do the stakeholders have a clear strategy?
▪ Gas pipelines and LNG update for the region
▪ An update on Greece’s hydrocarbon exploitation

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, minister of energy, commerce and industry, Cyprus
Yannis Maniatis, former minister for environment, energy and climate change, Greece

▪ Business has the floor
Don Bagley, vice-president, exploration and new ventures, Europe, Russia, Caspian, MENA,
ExxonMobil International
Elias Kassis, vice-president North Africa, MENA division, Total Exploration & Production
Aldo Napolitano, executive vice-president exploration projects, Eni S.p.A.
Yannis Bassias, president and chief executive officer, Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management

Commentator:
Cleopatra Kitti, founder, The Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI)
13:50
Discussion 
14:10
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT & INVESTMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: WHAT IS THE STRATEGY?
▪ Infrastructure ▪ Shipping/Tourism ▪ Port industry ▪ Real estate
▪ Smart Cities ▪ Residence and citizenship programmes

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, regional governor, Central Macedonia
Yiannos Trisokkas, managing partner, Cyprus, Henley & Partners
Christoforos Hadjikyprianou, CEO & president of the council, European University Cyprus
Christodoulos Angastiniotis, president, Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Michalis Michael, chairman of the board of directors, Invest Cyprus

Commentator:
Andreas Paraschos, executive editor, Kathimerini Newspaper, Cyprus
14:50Discussion 
15:10
DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION:
CREATING KNOWLEDGE HUBS
▪ How does research contribute towards groundbreaking economy?
▪ Gaming: Unveiling its real potential

Kristofer Hamel, chief operating officer, World Data Lab
Isidoros Sideridis, CEO, Pobuca
Avi Sela, chief operation officer, eToro
Clark Westerman, CEO, Whipper

▪ Are we prepared to tackle cyber security challenges?
Nimrod Kozlovski, partner, Herzog, Fox & Neeman law firm, senior lecturer for cyber studies,
Tel Aviv University
15:50Discussion
16:10Networking Luncheon
17:15End of conference

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