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AHI President Speaks at Ideagen Global Summit in Athens; Meets with Greek Defense Officials

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(L-R) President Larigakis and Ideagen Global Chairman and CEO George Sifakis

(L-R) President Larigakis and Ideagen Global Chairman and CEO George Sifakis

WASHINGTON, DC —American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis participated as a speaker at the Ideagen Global Goals EU 2030 Summit held at the King George Hotel, Athens, Greece, July 31, 2019.  Larigakis spoke to an audience of industry leaders and luminaries from across the globe.

President Larigakis and Ideagen Global Chairman and CEO George Sifakis engaged in a conversation and interactive discussion with the audience about geopolitical developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.  Following the discussion, Sifakis presented Larigakis with an award in recognition of his leadership of AHI. 

Also, President Larigakis arranged a defense policy briefing for the Summit’s attendees for which he helped to moderate the discussion.

President Larigakis added his appreciation for the participation of Greece’s Minister of Development and Investments Adonis Georgiadis, who accepted President Larigakis’ invitation to speak at the Summit.  Minister Georgiadis spoke about how the new government in Greece under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, will work to attract foreign direct investment to the country.

Meetings with Greek Defense Officials, Deputy Foreign Minister

During his visit to Athens, President Larigakis also met with the top three officials responsible for Greece’s defense and security on August 1.  They were: Minister of Defense of Nikos Panayiotopoulos, Deputy Minister of Defense Alkiviadis Stefanis, and General Christos Christodoulou, chief, Hellenic National Defense General Staff.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with these officials to continue dialogue about AHI’s contributions to the United States-Greece defense relationship with the new government,” Larigakis said. “I am confident the new Greek government will pick-up where the previous government left off and take defense cooperation to the next level.”

In addition to meeting with defense officials, President Larigakis met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Diaspora Greeks Antonis H. Diamataris.

About Ideagen

Ideagen is focused on connecting cross-sector innovators from the world’s leading organizations with all different starting points, capabilities, perspectives, and goals.  The Ideagen Global Innovation 2030 Summit was made possible with its globally presenting member, Microsoft.