Invited Panelists

Ino Afentouli is the Executive Director of the Institute of International Relations (IDIS), Greece’s leading  university research institute, affiliated to the Department of International and European Studies at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.

During 2002-2022, she served as Program Manager at NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. In this capacity, she was responsible for the design and implementation of the communications strategy of the Organization towards the member states of the Southern flank as well as towards the partner countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Prior to joining NATO, she was a journalist specialized in foreign and European affairs and she worked for Greek media outlets (Kathimerini daily, Sky Radio, Star Channel, Athens News Agency) as well as the Economist Intelligence Unit-Greek edition.

For her work, she was awarded with the Calligas prize attributed by the European Journalists Association. She studied Law at the University of Athens and Political Science and Political Communication at the University of Paris I – Sorbonne and Paris II.

She is the author of three books and numerous articles and founding member of the Israeli-Hellenic Forum and the Greek-Turkish Forum.

Michel Foucher Geographer and diplomat, Michel Foucher presently holds the chair of Applied Geopolitics at the College of World Studies (FMSH, Paris). He is presently Program Director at PIC on Parliamentary Diplomacy. Dr Michel Foucher served as the French Ambassador to Latvia (2002-2006), special advisor to the French Foreign Minister (1997-2002), head of the Policy Planning Staff (1999-2002) and special envoy to the Balkans and the Caucasus (1999). He was then Ambassador at Large for European Affairs (2007). He has been Director of Studies and Research and member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (Paris, Prime Minister’s Office) from 2010 to 2013.

Member of the scientific board of the Centre for Higher European Studies (CHEE, at ENA, Paris), and former President of the Association of Internationalists. He was an expert in the African Union’s borders program under the auspices of the Commission of the African Union’s Peace and Conflict Prevention division (Addis Ababa, from 2007 to 2013). And professor at the College of Europe (Natolin campus, from 1994 to 2002).

Among his recent books

Europe, un dessein, un destin, Marie B editions, January 2019

Vers un monde néo-national ? Dialogue avec Bertrand Badie, CNRS éditions, 2017

Zohar Kampf is a Professor of Language and Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting faculty member at the Hellenic American University. He is the author of two books (Transforming Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts 2013; Media at Times of War and Terror, 2012) and more than 80 chapters and articles in language, communication and international studies journals. Between the years 2008-2009 and 2014-2015 he held visiting resident scholar positions at the UCLA center of Language, Interaction and Culture, and at Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania). 

Prof. Kampf is a member of several editorial boards including Communication Theory, Cambridge Elements in Pragmatics, Contrastive Pragmatics, and Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. Since 2017 he serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Pragmatics. At the Hebrew University he held several management positions, including the head of the Swiss Center for conflict research (2013-2014) and Vice-Dean of the faculty of social sciences (2020-2023). His current research project (funded by the Israel Scientific Foundation in the amount of 350,000 American dollars) focuses  on the consequences of interpersonal connections on interstate relations.

Thodoris Koutsogiannis is the Chief Curator of the Hellenic Parliament Art Collection.

He studied archaeology and Art History at the University of Athens (BA 1996; MA 2000), where he successfully presented his PhD (2008) on Ciriaco d’ Ancona’s drawings and their influence in the Art and Antiquarianism of the Renaissance.

Additionally, he attended seminars and conducted research, on scholarships, in various universities and institutes abroad (La Sapienza, Rome 1998 and 2000; Warburg Institute, London 2001-02; Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa 2003; Istituto di Studi Umanistici, Florence 2005-08; Princeton University 2011).

He has curated various exhibitions and their catalogues at the Hellenic Parliament and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, as well as at the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, in Crete. His last exhibition “Beholdig Liberty!”, on display at the Hellenic Parliament building, commemorates the Greek War of Independence.

He has presented many papers in international conferences and published various essays in collective volumes, as well as a monograph on Philhellenism in the Arts (2017). 

He is studying modern art, especially concerning the artistic reception of Antiquity and the impact of the Greek cultural heritage to the modern visual culture.

Evangelos Livieratos Professor emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). Senior member of the AUTH CartoGeoLab. Full professor of Higher Geodesy and Cartography at the AUTH Faculty of Engineering (1979-2015). Doctor of Engineering (1974), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and Doctor of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences (1976), Uppsala University. Docent of NTUA (1978). His major international academic research and teaching mobility includes Cambridge MA, Uppsala, Munich, Trieste, Delft, Stuttgart, Bologna, Strasbourg, Venice, Vienna. Member of the Council of Europe Higher Education and Research Committee (1994-2002) and elected member of its Bureau (1998-2002). Fellow of the IAG-International Association of Geodesy (1991) and Honorary Fellow of the ICA-International Cartographic Association (2019).

Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital (2005-2019). Founder and editor (2006- ) of the international web journal e-Perimetron for sciences and technologies affined to history of cartography and maps. Organiser and head, of the fourteen (2006-2019) annual ICA Conferences on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (DACH): Thessaloniki (2006, 2019), Athens (2007), Barcelona (2008, 2012), Venice (2009, 2017), Vienna (2010), The Hague (2011), Rome (2013), Budapest (2014), Corfu (2015), Riga (2016), Madrid (2018). Member of the Advisory Board 'Geodesy' of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (2016- ). Chair of the ICA Committee for the Selection of Awards Recipients (2023- ). Doctor et Professor Honoris Causa, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (2022). Professor Honoris Causa, University of West Attica, Athens (2023).

Evanthis Hatzivassiliou was born in 1966. He graduated from the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1987, and received his Ph.D. in International History from the London School of Economics in 1992. He currently serves as Professor (Post-war History) at the Department of History of the University of Athens, and as the secretary-general of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy.

His publications include Greece and the Cold War: Frontline State, 1952-1967 (London: Routledge, 2006); NATO and Western Perceptions of the Soviet Bloc: Alliance Analysis and Reporting, 1951-1969 (London: Routledge, 2014); The NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, 1969-1975: Transatlantic Relations, the Cold War and the Environment (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017).

Stefano Manservisi is Chair of the GCERF (Global Community and Resilience Fund). He teaches at SciencesPo/PSIA, at Parma's Collegio Europeo and he's visiting professor at the European University Institute/School of Transnational Governance.

Born in Bologna on 9 September 1954, graduated from Law Department of Bologna University and holds postgraduate diplomas in International Law and European Union Policies at Paris I Pantheon - Sorbonne University.

He started his career as lawyer in Bologna and later joined the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade in Rome and the European Commission in 1983, where he spent the longest part of his professional activity, serving in various administrative positions and as advisor to  a number of Italian Commissioners.

Stefano Manservisi has been Member of various Cabinets (VP Filippo Pandolfi, Raniero Vanni d' Archirafi, Mario Monti), Head of Cabinet to President Romano Prodi and later to HRVP Mogherini. He has served as: Director General for Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (and managed to build deep knowledge of the Global South, working closely with African partners and with the African Union in supporting the Panafrican Architecture of Peace and Security through the African Peace Facility), Director-General for Home Affairs, Director General for International Cooperation and Development and EU Ambassador to Turkey.

Dr Effie G. H. Pedaliu is an international historian, author, Visiting Research Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Senior Research Fellow at the Department Political Economy, having previously held academic posts at the LSE, KCL and UWE.

She is the author of Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War, (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003; pbk. edition 2017), the co-editor (with J.W. Young and M.D. Kandiah) of Britain in Global Affairs, Volume II, From Churchill to Blair, (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013; pbk. edition 2017) and (with J. Fisher and R. Smith) The Foreign Office, Commerce and British Foreign Policy in the 20th Century (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2017).

Pedaliu co-edits with Professor John W. Young the Palgrave/Macmillan book series, Security Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World. She is a member of the peer review college of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a co-convenor of the International History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London). She has written numerous articles for academic journals, book chapters, policy reports, feature articles, op-eds and contributes regularly to the Greek broadsheet Kathimerini on Sunday.

The main themes of her work include: the international history of the Cold War; American and British foreign policy; European integration; transatlantic relations; Southern Europe; Human Rights; and Mediterranean security.

Mario Pezzini is Special Advisor for Social & Human Sciences in Unesco. He is Editor of the Development Cooperation Review based in India and Distinguished Fellow of the Center of Development in Jindal University, in New Delhi. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the Conference Europe in Discourse, based in Athens, Greece.

Mario Pezzini has served as Director of the OECD Development Centre. Moreover, after having served for a year as Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, he has been nominated Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development. Before joining the Development Centre in 2010, Mario Pezzini held several senior management positions in the OECD, where he has been working since 1995. During that time, he organized the OECD work in the fields of Regional, Urban, Rural Development.

Prior to joining the OECD, he was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris as well as in US and Italian Universities. He also served as an Advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and think tanks (e.g. ILO, UNIDO, European Commission and Nomisma in Italy). His career started in the Government office of the Emilia-Romagna Region.

Professor George Prevelakis, Panthéon-Sorbonne University

George Prevelakis is Professor of Geopolitics at the Sorbonne (Paris 1) and an Associate Fellow at the SciencesPo Center of International Research (CERI) in Paris. He specializes in European, Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Geopolitics, in Diasporas and in Physical Planning. After leaving Greece in 1984, he has occupied teaching and research positions in Paris, Baltimore, Boston and London. During the academic years 2003-2005 he served as the Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at the Fletcher School and Greek Ambassador at the OECD. He co-directs the academic journal Anatoli (Paris, CNRS Editions).

Among his books are: Qui sont les Grecs ? Une identité en crise, CNRS Editions, Paris, 2017, Who are we ? The Geopolitics of Greek identity, Economia, Athens, 2017, « Géopolitique des civilisations. Huntington, 20 ans après », Anatoli n° 4, CNRS Editions, 2013, « Pour une nouvelle Entente balkanique », Anatoli n°1, CNRS Editions, 2010, Géopolitique de la Grèce, Complexe, Brussels, 2005.

Dr Sotiris Rizas is Director of Research at the Academy of Athens Modern Greek History Research Center.

He was Visiting Research Associate at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the King’s College/University of London and Visiting Fellow in Research at the Hellenic Studies Program/Princeton.

His publications include America and Europe Adrift - Transatlantic Relations after the Cold War, (Praeger,2022), Realism and Human Rights in US Policy towards Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, (Lexington Books, 2018), The End of Middle-Class Politics: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2018), The Rise of the Left in Southern Europe: Anglo-American Responses, Pickering and Chatto (2012/Routledge, 2016).