Mr. Yanko Ivanov

Assoc. Prof., PhD, Yanko Ivanov is a Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, responsible for animal breeding, animal health and policies in the agro-food chain. His whole activity is closely connected to the prevention, control and eradication of cross-border diseases on animals and zoonosis on a national and international level. He has subsequently held the positions: Head of the National Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Diseases and Exotic Animal Diseases, Director of the National Research Veterinary Medical Institute, Deputy Director General and General Director of the Veterinary Service of Bulgaria and Chief Veterinary Inspector of Bulgaria.

He is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Forestry in Sofia. From 1995 to 2001, he was a member of the FAO Science Group of the European Commission for the control of foot-and-mouth disease and a member of the Standing Technical Committee and later on a member of the Executive Committee and a Vice-President of this committee. As a FAO expert, he was on many missions in various countries: China, Mongolia, Thailand, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and others. He was a FAO regional coordinator for the Balkan peninsula regarding avian influenza.

He has managed projects that were funded by the EU for the eradication of swine fever and rabies in the Republic of Serbia, of avian influenza in the Republic of Turkey and for the establishment of the Veterinary Information System of the Republic of Serbia.

He speaks English, Russian and Serbian.

He is married and has two children.

Ms. Fotini Αrampatzi

Foteini Arampatzi was born in the Greek town of Serres on May 17, 1974. She is a graduate of the Law School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and holds a post-graduate degree (MBA) in Business Administration from the University of Macedonia, Greece. Moreover, she attended study courses in Political Science and e-Business at LSE.

She worked as journalist and TV producer in the News Agency of the European Commission in Brussels (1997-1998) and as reporter/producer in Mega, Antenna, Star, Alpha, Alter and ERT-3 Greek TV channels. In September 1998 she set up DIKTYO S.A., a regional information TV channel in Serres, which she directed until 2012. She has taken part in numerous European conferences as Media representative and in journalist delegations accompanying Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Hellenic Republic. Furthermore, she has served over a number of years as main organizer of social intervention campaigns of a charitable, cultural and environmental nature.

In May 2012 she ran for the first time as candidate with the Nea Dimokratia (New Democracy) party and was elected Member of the Greek Parliament. Since then, she has been elected with the same party for consecutive terms up to this day. On July 9, 2019 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food by the newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

From March 2015 to February 2016 and from February 2017 to July 2019 she served as Head of Section for Rural Development and Food, and from February 2016 to January 2017 as Head of Section for Tourism of the Nea Dimokratia party.  From 2017 to 2019 she represented the Nea Dimokratia party in European Inter-Parliamentary Conferences as Head of Section for Rural Development and Food, expressing the positions of her party, among other subjects, on the new CAP.

She has been a member of the following Committees : the Permanent Committee on Production and Trade, the Committee on European Affairs, the Special Permanent Committee on Diaspora Hellenism, the Committee on the Statutes of the Parliament, and the Committee on French-speaking Communities. Finally, she was a member of the 11-member-strong Committee of the Nea Dimokratia party on the Revision of the Constitution in 2014.

She speaks English, French and Italian.

Ambassador Michael B. Christides

Ambassador Michael B. CHRISTIDES is the Secretary General of the Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1949, Ambassador CHRISTIDES joined the Hellenic MFA in 1976 as first in his Class and served with distinction until his retirement in August 2014. Among other assignments he served as Ambassador of Greece to Bulgaria, to Turkey and to Argentina and held senior posts in the Hellenic MFA. After his retirement Ambassador CHRISTIDES was elected by the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs as Secretary General of the BSEC PERMIS, assuming his duties on 1 July 2015.

Following the unanimous endorsement by all BSEC Member States, the same Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs reappointed on 15 December 2017 Ambassador CHRISTIDES for a second three year term-in-office, as of 1 July 2018.

Mr. Kostas Karamanlis

Kostas Karamanlis was born in Athens in 1974. He has studied History and Economics at Hamilton College and earned an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University.

In January 2015 Kostas was elected to parliament with the party of New Democracy, and was re-elected in September 2015 and in July 2019. From January 2016 since June 2019 he was the shadow minister of the New Democracy Party for Infrastructure and Transport.

After the 2019 election, Kostas was appointed Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Before getting into politics, Kostas worked from 2002 until 2004 in London for the UBS Warburg Bank. In 2004 he returned to Greece and started working as a chief executive at Mantinia Shipping Company.

Kostas is also a member of the Board of Directors of the “Konstantinos G. Karamanlis” Foundation and of the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School.

Mr. Konstantinos Skrekas

Konstantinos Skrekas hails from Megarhi, Trikala. He is married to Eirini Karagouni and father of two daughters, Alexandra and Sophia. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of  Technology),  and  an  MSc  in  Construction Management from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After completing his studies, he worked in the FMCG sector (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) in managerial positions. Co-founder of a company operating in the FMCG sector and CEO for 15 years.

In the parliamentary elections of 6 May 2012 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament (MP) for the Constituency of Trikala with the New Democracy Party. He was re-elected on 17th June of the same year. On 25th of January 2015 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament (MP), receiving the largest number of electoral votes among candidates from all political parties. He was re-elected in the elections on 20th September of the same year. In the general elections on 7th July 2019 he was elected first in votes Member of the Greek Parliament for the Constituency of Trikala.

During his incumbency in the Hellenic Parliament he has been member of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the Standing Committee on Production and Trade, the Special Permanent Committee on Research and Technology and the Special Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection. He was also the responsible MP for the Environment and Energy Sector for the New Democracy Party.

He was appointed Minister of Development and Competitiveness from October 2014 until February 2015. On 9th July 2019 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food, responsible for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

He speaks English and French.

Mr. Makis Voridis

Makis Voridis was born in Athens in 1964. He graduated from Athens College and obtained a degree in Law, from the University of Athens. He holds a Master of Law from the University of London, specialized in International Commercial Law and in Criminal Law. He is fluent both in English and French.

In 1992 he served in the Army, as a Cadet Reserve Officer of Artillery, leader of his series of the Artillery School and was released qualifying the rank of Lieutenant. He has been practicing Law in Athens for the last 29 years specialized in International Commercial Law and in Criminal Law. He is married to Danai Michelakou, pediatrician and they have two children.

In September 2007 he was elected for the first time as a member of Greek Parliament, and was re-elected in October 2009, in the Attica Region. In November 2011, he was appointed as Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and public transportation Networks, during the coalition Government of political parties PASOK-NEW DEMOCRACY-LAOS, under Prime Minister Loukas Papadimos. At the elections of May 6th 2012, he was elected as a member of Parliament, Attica electoral District under the Political Party “New Democracy”, ranking first position in the Election Ballot. From 2012 until 2014 he was the Parliamentary Representative of Political Party “New Democracy”. He was re-elected during the elections of June 17th 2012 (Election List).

In June 2013 he was assigned as President of the Political Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In June 2014 he was appointed Minister of Health under Prime Minister Antonios Samaras. He was re-elected at the elections of 15th January and 20th September of 2015, with the Political party of “New Democracy”, in the Attica Region. In January 2016, the President of political Party “New Democracy”, appointed him as Divisional Director of Internal Affairs. Ιn July 2017 he was elected President of the Special Immigration Committee of the Parliament Assembly of OSCE.

In July 7th 2019 he was re-elected as a member of Parliament of East Attica A’ District, under the Political Party of “New Democracy” and was appointed Minister of Rural Development and Food.

Mr. Harry Theocharis

Harry Theocharis is the Greek minsiter of Tourism. He was first elected as a member of the Hellenic Parliament in January 2015.

Mr. Theocharis has served as a secretary general for information systems and as a secretary general for public revenues, when he reorganized the agency and succeeded in meeting budget revenues and producing a fiscal surplus.

He earned his Master’s with honors in software engineering from Imperial College.