Monday, January 28 | Day 1

Welcome Remarks

Achilles Tsaltas, Vice President, International Conferences, The New York Times


George Stathakis, Minister of Energy and Environment, Greece

In conversation

Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador in Greece

with Tom Ellis, Editor in Chief, Kathimerini English Edition

Panel Discussion 1 | The Regional Geopolitical Perspectives
  • Increasing the substance of trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Israel and Egypt
  • Greece as an East Med Security player   
  • The Greek-FYROM and Serbia-Kosovo Disputes 

Chair: Dr. Aristotle Tziampiris, Professor of International Relations, University of Piraeus

George Katrougkalos, Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs, Greece

Konstantinos Skrekas, MP, Head of Energy and Environment Sector, Former Minister of Development and Competitiveness, New Democracy Party

Victor Grigorescu, Former Minister of Energy, Romania

Q & A 

Update on the Privatization Agenda

In conversation

Aris Xenofos, Chairman of the BoD, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

with Achilles Topas, Journalist, SKAI TV

Light Lunch
PANEL DISCUSSION 2 | Cyprus Energy Outlook

Chair: Theodore Tsakiris, Assistant Professor, Geopolitics & Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia, Program Adviser AEF 2019

Dr. Andreas Poullikkas, Chairman, Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority 

Dr. Symeon Kassianides, Chairman, Natural Gas Public Company 

Roudi Baroudi, CEO, Energy & Environment Holding

Q & A 

Panel Discussion 3 | Update on Upstream Developments
  • Greek offshore exploration   
  • Developments in Israel and Egypt
  • Developments in the Black Sea and the Adriatic

Chair: Alexandra Sdoukou, Energy Advisor 

Yannis Bassias, President, Hellenic Hydrocarbons Resources Management S.A. 

Yannis Grigoriou, CEO, Hellenic Petroleum Upstream S.A. 

Orit Ganor, Director of Natural Gas International Trade, Ministry of Energy, Israel 

 Q & A 

Panel Discussion 4 | Update on Regional Midstream Developments
  • The IGB pipeline project  
  • The Alexandroupolis FSRU project and planned regional LNG terminals
  • The feasibility of the East Med Gas Pipeline
  • The TAP and Turkish Stream projects and associated vertical corridors
  • Latest developments in the National Natural Gas System
  • Existing and future gas storage available in the region

Chair: Prof. Nikolaos Farantouris, Chair, Legal Affairs, EUROGAS, Brussels

Konstantinos Karayannakos, Executive Officer, ICGB 

Katerina Papalexandri, Country Manager Greece, TAP 

Theodore Tsakiris, Assistant Professor, Geopolitics & Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia, Program Adviser AEF 2019

Panayotis Kanellopoulos, Managing Director, M&M Gas S.A.

Nikos Katsis, NNGS Operation Division Director, Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) 

Ioannis Arapoglou, Vice Chairman, Gastrade 

Alex Lagakos, Founding Chairman, Greek Energy Forum

Q & A 

End of the 1st Day of the Forum

Tuesday, January 29 | Day 2

Arrival of Delegates
Welcome Remarks

Symeon Tsomokos, Chairman, SGT SA

Panel Discussion 5 | The Domestic and Regional Power & Electricity Market Dynamics
  • Back-to-the-future: Lignite Power Generation in Greece
  • Progress report on Island interconnectivity
  • New network developments
  • The evolution of wholesale and retail markets

Chair: Harris Floudopoulos, Journalist,

  • The evolution of the power generation market and the rise of the domestic competition in electricity 

Andrea Testi, Chairman,  Elpedison

Dimitri Tzanninis, Deputy CEO & Member of the BoD, Public Power Corporation, Greece

Dinos Benroubi, General Manager Electric Power Business Unit, Protergia/MYTILINEOS

  • The target model and the new challenges

Manousos Manousakis, Chairman & CEO, Independent Power Transmission Operator

Nektaria Karakatsani, Member of the Board, Regulatory Authority for Energy 

Constantine Couclelis, Chairman, Hellenic Union of Industrial Consumers of Energy

Intervention: Michael Philippou, CEO, Hellenic Energy Exchange

Q & A 

Keynote Address

Megan Richards, Director, Energy Policy, DG Energy, European Commission 

Networking Break
Panel Discussion 6 | Digital Transformation of Energy. Seizing the potential of Big Data

Chair: George Passalis, Managing Director, Accenture Applied Intelligence

Professor Miltiades E. Anagnostou, School of Electrical & Computer Engineer, NTUA

Yannis Vougiouklakis, Member, National Committee for Energy and Climate Plan

Tim Fairchild, Practice Director, Global Energy Practice, SAS

Q & A 

Panel Discussion 7 | Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Efficiency
  • The importance of RES in the Greek 2030 energy mix
  • Is the market-test process working?
  • Finance: Moving beyond the FIT-Premium

Chair: Dr. Ioannis Tsipouridis,  Renewables Consultant Engineer, Editor of

Maria Spyraki, Member of the European Parliament

Professor Yannis Maniatis, MP, Democratic Coalition, f. Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change

Dr. Arthouros Zervos, Chair, REN21

Harry Boyd-Carpenter, Director, Head of Power and Energy Utilities, EBRD 

Marios Zangas, Head, Greece & Cyprus, Vestas Hellas

Q & A 

Networking Break
Panel Discussion 8 | Energy Finance

Chair: Achilles Topas, Journalist, SKAI TV

Athanassios Savvakis, President, Federation of Industries of Northern Greece & Hellenic Energy Exchange

Vassilis Karamouzis, Assist. General Manager, Corporate & Investment Banking, National Bank of Greece


Panel Discussion 9 | Climate Change and Sustainable Goals
  • Will the Paris Climate Change agreement goals be met
  • What is the role of the EU 
  • What challenges for Greece

Chair: Zoi Vrontisi, Chairwoman, National Center for the Environment & Sustainable Development

Keynote Address: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister, Ministry of Environment & Energy

Prof. Christos Zerefos
, Head, Research Center for Atmospheric Physics & Climatology, Academy of Athens

Sabina Dziurman, Director Greece & Cyprus, EBRD

Demetres Karavellas, CEO, WWF Greece

Xavier L. Rousseau, Head of Corporate Strategy, Snam

Q & A

End of Athens Energy Forum 2019