Distinguished specialists talking about commerce new challenges
09:30-10:00 Attendance-Registration
10:00-10:15 Welcome

George KARANIKAS| President, ESEE

10:15-10:30 Opening Session Panel 1: The world of Retail Commerce through data and trends

Charalampos ARACHOVAS| Economist (PhD) Coordinator of the Department of Economic Analysis, IN.EM.Y. of ESEE

Manolis MANIOUDIS| Economic Analyst (PhD & Postdoc), Coordinator of the Department of Economic Development, IN.EM.Y. of ESEE

Milena PANAGIOTOPOULOU| Head of European and International Relations, ESEE

Elissavet SALPEA| Head of Field Research, Data and Analytics, IN.EM.Y. of ESEE

Moderator: Valia ARANITOU| Associate Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Director of IN.EM.Y. of ESEE


10:30-10:50 Keynote Speech

Kevin PENG| President, China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA)

10:50- 11:00 Break
11:00- 11:30 Fireside Chat: The Intersection of Commerce and Tourism as a Pillar of Sustainable Tourism Development.

Οlga KEFALOGIANNI| Minister of Tourism (tbc)

Ioannis PARASCHIS| President, SETE and CEO of Athens International Airport

George KARANIKAS| President, ESEE

Moderator: Maria SARAFOGLOU| Journalist, Antenna TV

11:30-11:40 Break
11:40- 12:20 Panel 2: Commerce & Tourism

Grigoris STAMATOPOULOS| CEO, Export Credit Greece

Marina SPYRIDAKI| Corporate Affairs Manager, AEGEAN

Konstantinos VASSAKIS| Asst. Professor, HMU and Co-founder of Bizrupt

Michalis ANGELOPOULOS| President, Scientific Council of the Institute of Local Government of KEDE

Moderator: Fay CHRYSOCHOOU| Journalist, Antenna TV

12:20- 13:10 Panel 3: Retail Digital Transformation

Ioanna IOANNIDOU| President & CEO, Allweb, Member of the Board of Directors of SEKEE

Petros KORALIS| Sales Director, Epsilon Net Group

Maria ILIADOU| Marketing Manager, Klarna Greece

Aristotelis STAMOULAS| Consumer Advocate Director, European Consumer Centres Network


13:10-13:20 Break
13:20-13:35 Speech by the Minister of Digital Governance, Mr. Dimitris PAPASTERGIOU
13:35-13:40 Break
13:40-14:25 Panel 4: Interconnection of Research and Market in Commerce

Maximos SENETAKIS| Deputy Minister of Development

Vasiliki GEORGIADOU| Professor, Panteion University & President of EKKE

Nektarios TAVERNARAKIS| President of IMBB-FORTH and Professor of Medical School, University of Crete

Savvas HATZICHRISTOFIS| Vice Rector of Research and Innovation and Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Neapolis University, Pafos

Moderator: Valia ARANITOU| Associate Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Director of IN.EM.Y. of ESEE                         

14:25- 15:00 Fireside Chat| Skills for Retail and Wholesale

Ioanna LYTRIVI| Deputy Minister of Education

Christos GOULAS| (Ph.D.), Director-General of GSEE Labour Institute

Μοderator: Nikolaos PAPADAKIS| Professor, University of Crete

15:00-15:10 Break
15:10- 15:55 Panel 5: The Store of the Future

Konstantinos KYRANAKIS| Deputy Minister of Digital Governance

Κonstantinos LOIZOU| CEO, EMBIO Diagnostics

Danos GOUSKOS| Sales Director, Free Futuresoft

Giorgos PAPADIMITRIOU| Cofounder & CEO, Keyvoto

Marios PAPAGEORGIOU| Senior Account Executive, Salesforce

Moderator: Jannis FOSKOLOS, Journalist,

15:55-16:40 Panel 6: Towards a Circular Economy

Ilias IAKOVIDIS| Adviser on Green Digital Transformation- DG Connect, European Commission

Stelios ILIADIS| General Manager, Retail Segments, Strategy & Sales, Piraeus Bank

Nikos AVLONAS| Founder and President, Center for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE), Visiting Professor AUEB

Nick SOUEREF| Marketing Lead, Skroutz

Christos RAFTOGIANNIS| Founder & CEO, CityCrop

Moderator: Manolis MANIOUDIS| Economic Analyst (PhD & Postdoc), Coordinator of the Department of Economic Development, IN.EM.Y. of ESEE

16:40 – 17:10 Panel 7: Internet Communities as a mean of Strategic Development

Dimitris KORNIOTIS| Global Marketing Solutions Manager, CEE Meta

Giannis MAKRIDIS| Product Lead, Skroutz

Manos PERAKAKIS| Co-Founder, Mentionlytics, Asst. Professor, HMU

Nikoletta MERZIOTI | Digital Marketing Director and Head of Product, Sleed

Nikos XYDAS | Founder, Humble Digital Agency

Moderator: Antonis SEFERLIS| Journalist, Antenna TV

17:10- 17:20 Break
17:20- 17:40 Keynote Speech

Christel DELBERGHE| Director General, EuroCommerce

17:40-18:15 Panel 8: Towards a "Green" Fashion Industry

Ioanna Sapfo PEPELASIS| Professor of Economic History, AUEB

Fiori ΖAFIROPOULOU| Head, Research Centre on Sustainable Fashion MSL AUEB, Founder Fashion Revolution Greece, SOFFA & Wear Your Origins

Meletis KARABINIS| p. General Director, HCIA and ELSEVIE

Moderator: Elis KISS| Journalist, Fashion Features Director, Vogue Greece

18:15-19:00 Panel 9: Old problems – New Challenges in Greek Fashion

Orsalia PARTHENIS| Owner- Parthenis, President of the Greek Fashion Designers Association


Stathis SAMANTAS| Owner and Head Designer, STATHIS SAMANTAS

Arion SPYRIDIS| Production Manager, Minas Designs

Moderator: Elis KISS| Journalist, Fashion Features Director, Vogue Greece

19:00- 19:10 Break
19:10-19:40 Fireside Chat

Nikos ANDROULAKIS| President of PASOK- KINAL (tbc)

Maria SARAFOGLOU| Journalist, Antenna TV

19:40- 19:50 Break
19:50- 20:00 A few words about the Documentary Film
20:00 -21:00 The Dior Documentary «The Greek Bar Jacket» A Film by Marianna Economou

ANEMON Productions

21:00 -21:30 Q&As – Closing Remarks
09:30-10:00 Attendance-Registration
10:00-10:15 Welcome

George KARANIKAS| President, ESEE

10:30- 10:50 Keynote Speech

Selvane MOHANDAS du MÉNIL| Managing Director, International Association of Department Stores

10:50-11:10 Keynote Speech

Paul GREENBERG| President, NORA- National Online Retailers Association, Vice President of FIRA

11:10-11:20 Break
11:20- 12:00 Panel 10: Empowering the Future of Business Leadership: Focusing on Skills

Teta KARAMPINI| Program Manager – Junior Achievement Europe

Argiris TZIKOPOULOS|CEO, Junior Achievement Greece

Alexia VASILAKI| Project Manager, Existanze #connectingdots & JA graduate 

Moderator: Penny KOUTRA| Journalist, Euro2day


12:00-12:20 Keynote Speech

Marco ZANARDI | President, Retail Institute Italy

12:20-12:30 Break
12:30-13:15 Panel 11: Successes and Failures of the Single Market

Leena WHITTAKER| Director of Competitiveness, EuroCommerce (online)

Thrassivoulos PAGOULATOS| General Manager of Markets, METRO S.A.

Platonas MARLAFEKAS| Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, ELLA-DIKA MAS, Vice President and Marketing and Export Director, LUX MARLAFEKAS S.A., President of the Chamber of Achaia, President of EFEPAE

Moderators: Charalampos ARACHOVAS | Economist (PhD), Coordinator of Economic Analysis Department, INEMY- ESEE

13:15-13:30 Keynote Speech

Michel ROCHETTE (on line)| President, CCCD – Québec, Retail Council of Canada

13:30-14:15 Fireside Chat: City Centers, Commerce, and Last- Mile

Charis DOUKAS| Mayor of Athens Municipality, Professor, NTUA

Giannis VASILAKOS|Vice President & CEO, Kotsovolos

Daniel BENARDOUT| Chairman of the Board of Directors, ELTA

Moderator: Fay CHRYSOCHOOU| Journalist, Antenna TV

14:15-14:30 Break
14:30- 15:00 Fireside Chat: Opportunities & Challenges in the Greek Retail Market


Vassilis KOUTENTAKIS| Executive General Manager – Retail Banking & Distribution Networks and Executive Board Member, Piraeus Bank

Nikos VETTAS| Director General, IOBE and Professor, AUEB

Moderator: Nikos ROGKAKOS| Journalist, Antenna TV

15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-15:45 Fireside Chat

Kostis HATZIDAKIS | Minister of National Economy and Finance

Nikos ROGKAKOS| Journalist, Antenna TV

15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Fireside Chat

Yannis STOURNARAS| Governor, Bank of Greece

Sotiris NIKAS| Head of Athens Bloomberg Office

16:30-16:45 Break
16:45-17:15 Panel 12: From Policy to Practice: A multi-faceted Approach to Tackle Illicit Tobacco Trade and Preserve Market Sustainability

Giorgos PITSILIS| Director General, AADE

Georgia KAROUNTZOU| Director, Corporate Affairs and Communications, JTI

Antonis METAXAS| Assistant Professor of European Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Moderator: Nikos ROGKAKOS | Journalist, Antenna TV

17:15-17:45 Panel 13: Greek Brands as Ambassadors

Christos PAPACHRISTOU| Co-Founder, My Greek Games


Alexandra STAI| Founder, ATELIER BAOBAB

Moderator: Letta KALAMARA| Journalist, Naftemporiki

17:45-17:50 Break
17:50-18:10 Keynote Speech

Jonathan REYNOLDS| Associate Professor in Retail Marketing and Deputy Dean, Oxford University

18:10-18:20 Break
18:20- 18:50 Fireside Chat

Nikos PAPPAS| Economy Section Head, Member of Parliament Athens B3 Constituency (South), SYRIZA -Progressive Alliance 

18:50- 19:00 Break
19:00-19:40 Panel 14: The Power of Retail Analytics

Nikos VARVADOUKAS| VP Brand, Customer & Omnichannel, Public Group

Theodoros POLIKANDRIOTIS|VP Greece & MENA, Ariadne Maps

Michalis KONSTANTOULAKIS| Director of BI & Insights, e-food

Christos LONTOS| Head of BI, Skroutz

Moderator: Giorgos GEORGIOPOULOS| Industry expert, Advisor,   WECHEER & Ariadne


19:40-20:10 Fireside Chat

Lucia CUSMANO| Chief Economist and Deputy Head, Entrepreneurship of SMEs and Tourism Division, OECD

Joanna ZAWISTOWSKA| Head of Retail Policy Unit, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Moderator: Milena PANAGIOTOPOULOU| Head of European & International Affairs, ESEE

20:10- 20:30 Keynote Speech

XIAO Junzheng Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Greece

20:30- 21:00 Panel 15: Artificial Intelligence in Retail Commerce

Charis KAMBANIS| Business Applications Leader, CEMA Microsoft

Ioannis KANELLOS| Professor, Department of Computer Science, IMT Atlantique University

Fragkiskos THEOFYLAKTOS| CEO, Elevate Greece

Moderator: Aristos DOXIADIS| Economist, Partner Big Pi Ventures


21:00 Official Closing of the Conference