Mr. Alexandros Kouris

Greece Cyclades Microbrewery at Tinos Island, producer of the European Beer Star awarded NISSOS beer, Alexandros Kouris has over 25 years’ experience as a shareholder, professional manager and creator of companies in the fields of Advertising, Marketing and Communications. He has advised numerous business and institutional leaders and carried out professional projects in Greece, Southeast Europe, Middle East and Africa across a diverse array of industries.

From 2000 to 2011, Alexandros was shareholder, founder or co-founder and director in Critical Publics an intelligence based management consultancy in Athens and London, and Altervision a brand strategy, identity and communication consultancy in Athens and Thessaloniki. PRC Group Athens, shareholder of TUCK UK, TMI International, MRB/Millward Brown Greece, Advocate/Burson-Marsteller Greece etc. Before 2000 and for twelve years he worked in the Advertising industry having held senior positions in the following agencies: TBWA- Intermarkets, BBDO and JWT.

Born in 1966, father of two, he is an alumnus of Deere College (Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, major in Marketing) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) having also completed a General Management program at INSEAD and a Diploma in Brewing and Malting program at KU LEUVEN University in Belgium. Alexandros is co-founder and General Secretary of the ELLA-DIKA MAS initiative.

Mr. Panagiotis Papageorgiou

Panagiotis Papageorgiou with 10 years Senior multinational executive management experience in an American FMCG company responsible for a region of 4 countries and 16 years Senior executive management experience in retail banking in Greece, is currently the Head of Strategy development for the Business Banking division of National Bank of Greece.

As a member of the program ‘NBG Business Seeds’ of the National Bank of Greece that fosters new and young entrepreneurship, has acted several times in investment committees as a business plan evaluator for more than the 70% of the privately funded projects of the Bank,  dealing with technology transfer, exploitation of research results and R&D cooperation, innovation support and financing innovation.

For 10 years was a Member of the Board of Directors of NBG Insurance Brokers S.A. a subsidiary company of the National Bank of Greece and since 2008 until today he is a  Member of the Board of Directors of ARKADI S.A. a Greek F.M.C.G. manufacturer with wide local and export distribution.

Ms. Effie Lazaridou

Effie has been appointed Managing Director of the ‘Recharging the Youth: New Agriculture for a New Generation’ program in June 2018. This is an innovative multi-year project implemented in Greece through the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and led by Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, in partnership with the Agricultural University of Athens and the American Farm School,.

Effie is a brand and marketing strategy expert, specializing in the Agrofood, Culture and Tourism sectors, with a proven track record of successfully delivering complex international initiatives. Among others, she led landmark projects of national importance, such as Destination Greece’s brand and marketing strategy, the largest communication consultancy project ever initiated in the country, and Greece’s Wine Sector’s first ever international branding & strategic marketing plan. She also directed numerous challenging projects for multinationals, cooperatives, and SMEs in South Eastern Europe.

Effie has a diverse academic background in Chemical Engineering, Music, Cultural Management and Marketing. She is also a certified business coach and trainer, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing London and an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. In 2017 she was selected as mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Program.

Ms. Siwarde J. SAP

Ms Siwarde J. Sap has been involved in strategy and business development, combining the role of forward thinking analyst and positive catalyst with realistic target setting, for over 25 years.

Since 2010, she holds the position of Senior Advisor Economic Policy Affairs at the Netherlands Embassy in Greece. Her focus lies on regional geopolitics, investment and trade policy affairs, financial services, energy, agribusiness, transport and logistics.

Ms Sap holds a Master’s degree in Dutch Civil law, with a specialization in European law, from Leiden University and has fulfilled senior management positions at leading companies. She is fluent in several languages including Greek.

Ms Sap is Vice Chair of the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum Steering Committee, Vice Chair of the Economic & Commercial Diplomats Club in Greece and advisor to Orange Grove, an incubator established by the Netherlands Embassy. As co-initiator of the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum, Ms Sap focuses on international and institutional affairs thereby giving an impulse to the implementation and the ongoing development of this international network.