Mr. Spilios Livanos

Spilios Livanos is born in Athens in 1967.

He graduated from Athens College. He studied Economics and Political Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA and International Relations and Comparative Political Analysis at the University of Reading, UK.

He was employed at the European Commission’s Social Fund in Bruxelles, then moved back in Greece as an executive on corporate development of private enterprises. In 2002, he founded a construction and real estate management company operating in Greece and Belgium.

In 2007 he was elected for the first time Member of the Greek Parliament. In 2009 he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Political Planning of New Democracy and in 2013 Secretary General of Political and Strategic Planning of New Democracy.

In 2016 he was appointed Special Counselor for Entrepreneurship to the leader of New Democracy, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In 2019 he served as Parliamentary Representative for New Democracy in the Greek Parliament.

He was a member of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs, the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Economic Affairs, the Special Standing Parliamentary Committee on the Financial Statement and the General Balance Sheet and the implementation of the State Budget.

On the 4th of January 2021 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food.

He speaks English and French. He is married to Domna Kyrzopoulou, lawyer with whom shares three children, Dionysis, Danae and Alice.

Ms. Alia El-Yassir

Ms. Alia El-Yassir (Canada) has been working with UN Women since 2011.  Prior to assuming her role as Regional Director, she worked with UN Women as Deputy Regional Director and as Representative at country level. In these roles, she has supported normative processes and UN coordination efforts, as well as complex programmes and projects for tackling gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Before taking on these roles within UN Women, she worked with UNIFEM and UNDP. She also has experience in the science education field. Alia is a strong believer in volunteerism and has supported a number of women and human rights NGOs in a volunteer capacity.  She holds a BSc degree in Biology from McGill University and an MSc degree in Desert Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić

Professional career Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

1990 – 1991            Diplomatic training MFA

1991 – 1993            Policy officer, Multilateral Development Cooperation/ UN aid (The Hague, New York)

1993 – 1996            First secretary Political and Press Affairs, Embassy in Belgrade

1996 – 2001            ENA (1996-1997) followed by posting at Embassy in Paris (1997-2001)

2001 – 2003            Spokesperson for OSCE Mission to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia

2003 – 2004            Spokesperson to former Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, OSCE Chairman-in-Office

2004 – 2005            Spokesperson Dutch EU Presidency

2005 – 2008            Head, Western Europe Department

2008 – 2010            Ambassador for Millennium Development Goals

2010 – 2014            Ambassador to Croatia

2014 – 2015            Director of Communication to the MFA

2015 – 2019            Ambassador to Romania and the Republic of Moldova

Sep 2019                Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic



– 1982   Graduated High School, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt Gymnasium, Amersfoort

– 1989   Masters degree, European Studies, University of Amsterdam



– Department for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, New York, September – December 1987
– European Commission, DG XI (Environment & Nuclear Security), September 1988 – March 1989



– ‘International Relations’, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

– Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Paris


Languages: fluent in Dutch, English, French, Serbian/Croatian and moderate in Spanish and German


Married to Bratislav Grubačić, one son (Luka Grubačić)

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.