Speaker Bios

Honorable Chair

Dean James Stavridis
James StavridisJames Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933.  A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander.  He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009.  

A Fletcher PhD, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student and has published six books and over 150 articles.  His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.

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Faculty Chairs

Bhaskar Chakravorti

Bhaskar ChakravortiBhaskar Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC). Having joined Fletcher in 2011, Bhaskar also serves as a Professor of Practice in International Business

Prior to joining Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices. Bhaskar earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and Delhi's St. Stephen's College

 

George Alogoskoufis

C. Karamanlis Chair, The Fletcher School

George Alogoskoufis

  • C. Karamanlis Chair,
  • The Fletcher School

Diana Chigas

Associate Provost and Senior International Officer, Tufts University

Diana Chigas

  • Associate Provost and Senior International Officer,
  • Tufts University

Yannis Ioannides

Max and Herta Neubauer Chair and Professor of Economics, Tufts University

Yannis Ioannides

  • Max and Herta Neubauer Chair and Professor of Economics,
  • Tufts University

Laurent Jacque

Walter B. Wriston Professor of International Finance & Banking, The Fletcher School

Laurent Jacque

  • Walter B. Wriston Professor of International Finance & Banking,
  • The Fletcher School

Dimitris Keridis

Professor of International Politics, Panteion University

Dimitris Keridis

  • Professor of International Politics,
  • Panteion University

Elizabeth Prodromou

Professor of Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School

Elizabeth Prodromou

  • Professor of Conflict Resolution,
  • The Fletcher School

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

George Chouliarakis

Alternate Minister of Finance, Greece

George Chouliarakis

  • Alternate Minister of Finance,
  • Greece

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

President, New Democracy

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

  • President,
  • New Democracy

Lucas Papademos

Former Prime Minister, Greece

Lucas Papademos

  • Former Prime Minister,
  • Greece

Soti Triantafyllou

Author & Historian

Soti Triantafyllou

  • Author &
  • Historian

Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers

Despina-Ino Afentouli

Program Manager, Partnerships and Cooperative Security, NATO Public Diplomacy Division

Despina-Ino Afentouli

  • Program Manager, Partnerships and Cooperative Security,
  • NATO Public Diplomacy Division

Ioannis Armakolas

Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics of South-East Europe, University of Macedonia

Ioannis Armakolas

  • Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics of South-East Europe,
  • University of Macedonia

Constantine Arvani-topoulos

Former Minister of Education, Greece

Constantine Arvani-topoulos

  • Former Minister of Education,
  • Greece

Olivier Blanchard

C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Olivier Blanchard

  • C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow,
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics

Yiannis Broustas

Co-Founder & CEO, Rabt

Yiannis Broustas

  • Co-Founder & CEO,
  • Rabt

Sharyl Cross

Director, Kozmetsky Center, St. Edwards University, and Global Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Sharyl Cross

  • Director, Kozmetsky Center, St. Edwards University, and
  • Global Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Charles Dallara

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Partners Group Holding

Charles Dallara

  • Vice Chairman, Board of Directors,
  • Partners Group Holding

Kevin Featherstone

Head, European Institute, London School of Economics

Kevin Featherstone

  • Head, European Institute,
  • London School of Economics

Stathis Kalyvas

Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science & Director, Program on Order, Conflict and Violence, Yale University

Stathis Kalyvas

  • Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science & Director, Program on Order, Conflict and Violence,
  • Yale University

Kostas Karamanlis

MP, Hellenic Parliament

Kostas Karamanlis

  • MP,
  • Hellenic Parliament

Olga Kefalogianni

MP, Hellenic Parliament, Former Minister of Tourism

Olga Kefalogianni

  • MP, Hellenic Parliament,
  • Former Minister of Tourism

Apostolos Kontoyannis

President, Investments and Finance

Apostolos Kontoyannis

  • President,
  • Investments and Finance

Eleni Kounalakis

former United States Ambassador to Hungary

Eleni Kounalakis

  • former United States
  • Ambassador to Hungary

George Kouvaras

Managing Director, Action 24

George Kouvaras

  • Managing Director,
  • Action 24

Kostas Lavdas

Professor of European Politics, Panteion University, Athens

Kostas Lavdas

  • Professor of European Politics,
  • Panteion University, Athens

George Lentzas

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Rabt

George Lentzas

  • Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer,
  • Rabt

Ian Lesser

Senior Director, Foreign Policy; Executive Director, Transatlantic Center, German Marshall Fund of the US

Ian Lesser

  • Senior Director, Foreign Policy; Executive Director, Transatlantic Center,
  • German Marshall Fund of the US

John Lipsky

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, and former Managing Director, IMF

John Lipsky

  • Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute,
  • and former Managing Director, IMF

George Logothetis

Chairman & CEO, Libra Group

George Logothetis

  • Chairman & CEO,
  • Libra Group

Andrea Montanino

Director of the Global Business and Economics Program, Atlantic Council

Andrea Montanino

  • Director of the Global Business and Economics Program,
  • Atlantic Council

Jens Nordvig

Founder & CEO, Exante Data

Jens Nordvig

  • Founder & CEO,
  • Exante Data

Yannis Palaiologos

Reporter, Kathimerini, & Author, "The Thirteenth Labour of Hercules"

Yannis Palaiologos

  • Reporter, Kathimerini,
  • & Author, "The Thirteenth Labour of Hercules"

Alexis Papahelas

Editor-in-Chief, Kathimerini

Alexis Papahelas

  • Editor-in-Chief,
  • Kathimerini

Evangelos Pappas

Co-Founder, RTsafe

Evangelos Pappas

  • Co-Founder,
  • RTsafe

Carmen Reinhart

Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System, Harvard Kennedy School

Carmen Reinhart

  • Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System,
  • Harvard Kennedy School

Samuel Robfogel

Senior Director for International Initiatives, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

Samuel Robfogel

  • Senior Director for International Initiatives,
  • Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

Vivien Schmidt

Director, Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University

Vivien Schmidt

  • Director, Center for the Study of Europe,
  • Boston University

Sophia Staikou

Chairman, Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation

Sophia Staikou

  • Chairman,
  • Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation

Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos

Former Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO

Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos

  • Former Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy,
  • NATO

Loukas Tsoukalis

President, ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy)

Loukas Tsoukalis

  • President,
  • ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy)

Matthew Woollard

Commercial Director, Raymetrics

Matthew Woollard

  • Commercial Director,
  • Raymetrics

 

Why Greece Now?

James Stavridis

"The world economy and the Eurozone are not done with Greece — challenges lie ahead. But the resilience and grit of the Greek people will win out in the long run. The question is, how painful will the next several years be for the long-suffering Greek people?"

James Stavridis, PhD
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO

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