1 with you and with the future
10:00 FORUM opening – Greetings
10:15 welcome video [TBC]
10:20 Keynote Speech
17 Goals - a Holistic Approach to 1 Better World
ALEXANDRA MITSOTAKI (TBC)
Alexandra Mitsotaki is a Greek activist and social entrepreneur. She is Co-Founder and Chair of the World Human Forum. In 2019, she kickstarted Convergences Greece Forum. She founded ActionAid Hellas in 1998 and served as its Chair until 2017. In this capacity, in 2014, she co-founded the first micro-credit institution in Greece, Action Finance Initiative (AFI). In 2009, she became President of the Centre Culturel Hellenique [Greek Cultural Center] in Paris.
*questions and conversation with 2-3 young YMCA volunteers
10:50 performance act (International YMCA Διεθνή Προγράμματα ΧΑΝΘ – Radio Project)
11:00 1st THEMATIC UNIT – THE ENVIRONMENT
ELENI ANDREADIS - Children, environment, fairy tales and heroes
Eleni Andreadi is a graduate of Harvard University, where she specialized in environmental policy and media, and she has worked as a strategic and environmental consultant in Greece, USA, UK, and Germany. In 2009, she founded the non-profit organization Planet Agents, which implements experiential environmental programs for thousands of children every year, and has been awarded by the Ministry for Education and Religious Affairs for its innovative nature. She has authored environmental novels, including – among others – the children’s book series Planet Agents, which received the State Award for Children’s Knowledge Book in Greece. Published by Metaixmio in Greece, the rights have been sold abroad to countries such as the USA, China, South Korea, Turkey and Egypt. She is the Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for the Sani Resort/Ikos Resorts hospitality group, and a member of the Greek Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).
LYDIA CARRAS - The very important role of civil society in the environmental issues
President of ELLET – the Hellenic Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage.
PERIKLIS CHATZINAKOS - THESSALONIKI: ENVIRONMENT AND VOLUNTEERING | Living experiences in the space and time of the city
CEO of environmental organization Mamagea and cultural manager/anthropogeographer from Thessaloniki. He studied Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean, and holds a Master’s in Human Geography, Spatial Development and Planning (University of the Aegean). His research interests focus on neighborhood and community building, participatory planning, and the urban commons. He is a guest lecturer in Cultural Management courses at the University of Vienna.
12:10 performance act (performance themed around the environment – Leda Barbarousi)
12:20 intermission – meet and mingle
13:00 2nd THEMATIC UNIT – THE DIGITAL ERA
KONSTANTINOS FOUSKAS - Welcome to Digital Change
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia
Subject matter: technological innovation and digital entrepreneurship
JOHN HARHAS - Civil society in the digital age - Challenges and good practices
Founder of the youth organization InfinityGreece
13:40 performance act (YMCA robotics program – Eduact)
13:50 intermission – meet and mingle
14:00 3rd THEMATIC UNIT – CITIES & COMMUNITIES
LINA LIAKOU - Building the city of the future, the role of civil society
Global Director of City Engagement and Knowledge and Head for Europe and the Middle East for the Resilient Cities Network.
BABIS PAPAIOANNOU - EU policies for young people after the pandemic
European Commission, Directorate-General for Lifelong Education, Youth Sport and Culture, Youth Unit.
15:10 performance act (YMCA social contribution programs)
15:20 intermission – meet and mingle
16:00 4th THEMATIC UNIT – JUSTICE & GENDER EQUALITY
EMMA OSMUNDSEN - Breaking through the Glass Ceiling - Women Leadership in the 21st Century
President of YMCA EUROPE
MARIANNA SKYLAKAKI - Joining forces to bring gender equality to the forefront of public debate
WOMENONTOP | CEO & Editor-in-Chief, athiNEA
Marianna Skylakaki is an economist and social scientist. She manages athiNEA, an organization that combines daily news updates with research and communication services, with the aim of shedding light on a future with an exhilarating outlook. She started her career in London, where she worked as an analyst in the investment banking department of Goldman Sachs. She studied Economics and Politics at the University of Bristol and holds an MPA in Public Policy and Management from the London School of Economics.
16:50 performance act (dance performance by YMCA hip hop)
17:00 5th THEMATIC UNIT – THE REFUGEE CRISIS
APOSTOLOS VEIZIS - Solidarity next to those who suffer
Executive Director of INTERSOS in Greece. Prior to this, he worked at the headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières Greece as Medical Director, Director of Programs Support and Institutional Relations, and Director of Medical Operational Support Unit (SOMA) from 2004 to 2021, and as Head of Mission, Medical Coordinator and Medic with Médecins Sans Frontières and with Médecins du Monde in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russian Republic, Albania, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Turkey, from 1995 to 2003.
IASONAS APOSTOLOPOULOS - The refugee crisis in the central Mediterranean and the civil society response
Rescuer, renowned for his unending contribution to rescuing refugees and immigrants in the Mediterranean
17:50 performance act (Inclusion program – “All Together at the YMCA Camp”)
18:00 – 18:30 DISCUSSION OF CONCLUSIONS | FORUM WRAP-UP