FOURTH SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT
Economist event banner
  DAY 1 – Thursday, October 1st 2020
08:30 Arrival of delegates
09:00 THE ECONOMIST’S OUTLOOK ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND EPIDEMIC PREPAREDNESS
  • Managing the Covid-19 crisis
  • What are the lessons to be learnt?

Welcome remarks:
Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
Andreas Papandreou, co-chair, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Greece (SDSN Greece), professor, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
09:15Official inauguration:
H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou (recorded message)  

09:30
SCALING UP ACTION THROUGH THE VOICE OF YOUNG ACTIVISTS
  • Will we find ways to coexist sustainably with what is happening in the biosphere? 

Talia Woodin, photographer and youth media coordinator, Extinction Rebellion, UK (via connection)

09:45Discussion
10:00THE EUROPEAN WAY OF LIFE AND GREEN POLITICS
  • Drawing the lessons of the pandemic : Towards EU strategic autonomy and health sovereignty

Margaritis Schinas, vice-president for promoting our European way of life, European Commission (via connection)
Kostis Hatzidakis, minister of environment and energy, Greece
Dimitri Papalexopoulos, chairman of the BoD, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV)

Moderator:

Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication 
10:30Discussion
11:00LEADERSHIP, SOLIDARITY AND GREEN ENERGY IN A WORLD OF CRISIS
  • Migration as a European challenge and the new migration pact-A view from Athens and The Hague Hauge
  • SDGs and challenges for the Mediterranean
  • 2020 UN SDSN report on the European green deal and SDGs for the Mediterranean

George Koumoutsakos, alternate minister for migration and asylum, Greece
Assia Bensalah Alaoui, ambassador at large of His Majesty Mohamed VI, Kingdom of Morocco (via connection)
Phoebe Koundouri, president-elect, European AERE, professor, Athens University of Economics & Business, co-chair, UN SDSN Greece
Alexandra Mitsotaki, president, Action Finance Initiative-AFI, co-founder, World Human Forum
Angelo Riccaboni, chair, PRIMA Foundation, chair, SDSN Mediterranean, professor, University of Siena (via connection)

Moderator: Phoebe Koundouri, president-elect, European AERE, professor, Athens University of Economics & Business, co-chair, UN SDSN Greece
11:35Discussion
12:05
Break
12:30
OCEAN GOVERNANCE AND BLUE GROWTH
  • The importance of sustainable oceans, sustainable shipping and sustainable ports in blue growth
  • Highlighting the oceans’ socio-economic role
  • Ocean energy and blue biotechnology: opportunities for further economic growth 

Ioannis Plakiotakis, minister of maritime and island policy, Greece
Maria Damanaki, special adviser for SYSTEMIQ and paradise foundation, former commissioner, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries  
Carleen Lyden Walker, co-founder, executive director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, NAMEPA, IMO maritime ambassador (via connection)
Riccardo Lambiris, chief executive officer & member of the board of directors, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (via connection)

Moderator: Andreas Papandreou, co-chair, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Greece (SDSN Greece), professor, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens 
13:00Discussion
13:20
INNOVATION AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BLUE ECONOMY SECTOR

Aaron Farrugia, minister for the environment, climate change and planning, Malta
Athanasios Kyriazis, secretary-general for research and technology, Ministry of Development and Investments, Greece
Socrates Famellos, former alternate minister of environment and energy, Greece
Andreea Strachinescu, head of maritime innovation, marine knowledge & Investment Unit, European Commission (via connection)
Abdelmalek Alaoui, founding CEO, Guepard Group (via connection) 

Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
13:50Discussion
14:10THE CHALLENGE OF SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC UPHEAVAL
  • Moving towards a smart and sustainable transition

Harry Theoharis, minister of tourism, Greece
Louka Katseli, professor emeritus, University of Athens, former minister of labour and social security, Greece 
Triant Flouris, executive director, Center of Excellence in Logistics Shipping & Transportation, The American College of Greece, professor of management, Deree – The American College of Greece 

Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication 

14:30Discussion
14:50

MANAGING THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN TURBULENT TIMES  

Notis Mitarachi, minister of migration and asylum, Greece
Khalid Koser, member of the board, Andan Foundation, Switzerland (via connection)
Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
15:05Discussion
15:30Networking luncheon

Evening programme
19:00Guest of honour and keynote speaker:
Part I
H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco (via connection)​

Chair: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
19:30Part II
COMBATING POVERTY BEFORE AND AFTER COVID-19
Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University professor, professor of economics and philosophy, Harvard University, Nobel Memorial Prize laureate in Economic Sciences (via connection)

Chair: Andreas Papandreou, co-chair, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Greece (SDSN Greece), professor, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Discussion
20:00
HOW IS DEMOCRACY RELATED TO SUSTAINABILITY?
Jeffrey Sachs, president, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Columbia University (via connection)
George Papandreou, president, Socialist International, former prime minister of Greece, member, Global SDSN Leadership Council
Phoebe Koundouri, president-elect, European AERE, professor, Athens University of Economics & Business, co-chair, UN SDSN Greece

Chair: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication

Discussion



DAY 2 – Friday, October 2nd 2020 
09:00
Arrival of delegates
09:50
4th INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION:
THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH ICT  

Yolanda Martin, platform ecosystem design director, Kaluza, UK (via connection)
Maria Sotiriou, EU affairs and policy engagement, GSMA
Konstantinos Liolios, software development engineer II, Amazon USA (via connection)

Moderator: Christina Deligianni, public policy officer, EPLO Institute for Sustainable Development
10:10Discussion
10:30SHIFTING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY: ADDRESSING THE BIODIVERSITY RISKS
  • Possibilities and challenges for renewable energy in Greece 
  • Are there any policy conflicts?

Jonathan Hughes, chief executive officer, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre 
(via connection)

Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
10:40
Discussion
11:00

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN DIET

  • Can a plant-based diet fight climate change?
  • How can the consumption of local products contribute towards sustainability? 
  • What is the impact of climate change on food systems?
  • The role of innovation for more sustainable MED agri-food systems 

Kostas Skrekas, deputy minister, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Greece
Marco Springmann, senior researcher on environmental sustainability and public health, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford (via connection) 

Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication 
11:15
Discussion
11:30
Break
12:10

SMART CITIES AND NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR URBAN AREAS

  • The world’s most biodiverse cities 

Kostas Bakoyannis, mayor of Athens (via connection) 
Konstantinos Zervas, mayor of Thessaloniki (via connection) 
Dimitris Papastergiou, mayor of Trikala, president, Union of Mayors of Greece (KEDE) (via connection) 

Moderator: Phoebe Koundouri, president-elect, European AERE, professor, Athens University of Economics & Business, co-chair, UN SDSN Greece
12:30
Discussion
12:45
ESG FINANCE AND INVESTMENT IN SE EUROPE AND MED REGION
  • Are we ready?
Masamichi Kono, deputy secretary-general, OECD (via connection)
Max Gottschalk, co-founder, Ocean 14 Capital (via connection)

Commentator: Nikitas Pittis, professor, University of Piraeus
Moderator: Spyros Kouvelis, director, EPLO Institute for Sustainable Development
13:10
Discussion
13:25
HOW DOES THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY PREVENT EPIDEMICS FROM BEING TACKLED?

Hans-Otto Poertner, senior scientist, section head, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany (via connection)

Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
13:35
Discussion
13:45
MOVING FROM CSR TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS STRATEGIES:
MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF THE 2030 AGENDA

  • Moving towards a smart and zero waste transition 
Nikos Tserkezidis, CEO, Recycle Greece

Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
13:50
Discussion
13:55

FASHION’S EFFORTS TO SAVE BIODIVERSITY
The Fashion Pact: 32 brands unite to protect climate, biodiversity and oceans

  • Are the goals of such an initiative feasible?
  • How does this affect corporate strategy? 
  • Could paper clothes be a solution?

Myrto Dimitriou, origami instructor, holder of 2 Guinness World Records, designer of paper clothes and accessories
Commentator: Pavlina Proteou, president & CEO, Beyond CSR
Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication

14:10Discussion
14:20
SPACE TECHNOLOGIES TO MONITOR AND PROTECT BIODIVERSITY
  • Can space technologies offer protection to our ecosystems? 

Stelios Bollanos, co-founder & director, Planetek Hellas, vice-chairman, Hellenic Association of Space Industries

Moderator: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication

14:30
Discussion
14:45Networking luncheon

Economist Link Banner
Economist Link Banner
Economist Link Banner
Economist Link Banner