THE SILVER TSUNAMI
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  Thursday, July 23rd 2020
10:00 Registration and refreshments
11:00
THE ECONOMIST’S FORECAST
ON THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES OF COVID-19
Welcome remarks:
Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual
The World In... publication
Christoforos Sardelis, chairman of the board of directors, Ethniki Insurance
11:15
IN THE SHADOW OF COVID-19
  • Demographic factors that seem to have played a key role in the pandemic
  • What are the demography-related consequences expected?
  • Does the coronavirus pandemic affect current life expectancy data?
  • The European reality

Panagiotis Theodorikakos, minister of interior, Greece
Christoforos Sardelis, chairman of the board of directors, Ethniki Insurance
Alexandra Tragaki, professor, demography economics, department of geography, Harokopio University
11:40Discussion
12:00
Session I – HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS IN A WORLD OF AGEING POPULATION
  • Assessing the battle of healthcare systems against the pandemic
  • Greece’s healthcare system against the Coronavirus pressure
  • How can health systems be prepared for future outbreaks?
  • How can we cope with the emerging threats to health systems’ sustainability?
  • Healthy ageing: a utopia in the era of pandemics?

Vasilis Kikilias, minister of health, Greece
Andreas Xanthos, former minister of health, Greece
Alexander Sarrigeorgiou, chairman of the board of directors, Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies
Agata Jakoncic, managing director, MSD Greece, Cyprus & Malta, president, PhRMA Innovation Forum Greece
Platon Tinios, economist, associate professor, University of Piraeus (via Skype)

Moderator: Evi Hatziandreou, scientific adviser, Big Pi Ventures
12:35Discussion
13:00Networking luncheon
14:30
Session II – SOCIAL SOLIDARITY IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
  • What are the challenges to overcome?
  • How do pandemic crises shape the strategy of social solidarity?
  • Who are mostly affected?
  • Can we be optimistic about the future?

Domna Michailidou, deputy minister of labour and social affairs, Greece
Athanasios Exadaktylos, president, Panhellenic Medical Association (PIS)
Constantine Dimoulas, associate professor, department of social policy, Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences
14:50Discussion
15:10
Session IIΙ - SOCIAL SECURITY AND PENSIONS AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS HIT
  • How will pension funds manage the crisis?
  • Will public finances prove sustainable?
  • What is the social security strategy for the silver tsunami?

Yannis Vroutsis, minister of labour, social insurance and social security, Greece
Stavros Konstantas, CEO, Ethniki Insurance
Tassos Giannitsis, professor emeritus, University of Athens, former minister of labour and social security, Greece
Miltiadis Nektarios, professor, department of statistics & actuarial science, University of Piraeus
15:40Discussion
16:10Break
16:30
Session IV - INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORT
  • Do we have the appropriate infrastructure to accommodate an ageing population?
  • What steps need to be taken?
  • Government in dialogue with construction companies
  • New projects to cater for the ageing population

Yiannis Kefaloyiannis, deputy minister, Ministry of infrastructure and transport, Greece
Louka Katseli, professor emeritus, University of Athens, former minister of labour, social security, Greece
Yannis Tountas, professor, medical school, University of Athens
16:50Discussion
17:10
Session V - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
HUMANOID ROBOTS IN AN AGEING SOCIETY
  • How is the ageing population expected to affect the evolution of humanoid robots?
  • Drawing up the new needs
  • Expectations and reality
  • Can the use of AI and robotics assist in the fight against pandemics?
  • Can we accomplish smart ageing in Greece?

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, minister, Ministry of Digital Governance, Greece
Robert Riener, professor for sensory-motor systems, department of health sciences & technology, ETH Zurich
George Pechlivanoglou, vice-president, Eunice Energy Group, chairman, Wind Energy Committee ASME

Moderator: Evi Hatziandreou, scientific adviser, Big Pi Ventures
17:40Discussion
18:00
Session VI - CLIMATE CHANGE

The Economist in dialogue with:
Phoebe Koundouri, co-chair, UN SDSN Greece, director, Climate KIC Greece, professor, Athens University of Economics and Business (via skype connection)
John Yfantopoulos, professor of health economics, University of Athens
18:15Discussion
18:30
CONCLUSIONS

Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual
The World In... publication
Christoforos Sardelis, chairman of the board of directors, Ethniki Insurance
19:00Cocktails
20:00
GALA DINNER
WILL THE SILVER TSUNAMI AFFECT POLITICAL THOUGHT?
  • Embracing longevity as a wellbeing catalyst for our societies
The Economist in dialogue with:
George Papandreou, president, Socialist International, former prime minister of Greece, member, Global SDSN Leadership Council
20:30Dinner to be served
21:00Marietta Giannakou, member of the Hellenic Parliament, state constituency, former minister, former MEP

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