Thursday | February 15

Participants Arrival - Registration
  • Achilles Tsaltas, Vice President, International Conferences, The New York Times
  • George Stathakis, Minister of Energy and Environment, Hellenic Republic
  • Konstantinos Skrekas, MP - New Democracy Party, Head of Energy and Environment Sector, f. Minister of Development and Competitiveness, Hellenic Republic
  • Prof. Yannis Maniatis, MP - Democratic Coalition, f. Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change
Panel 1: The Global Geopolitical Parameters

- Diversification of energy sources to bring about energy independence for the region
- The impact of Brexit on EU Security & Energy Policy

  • Kate Smith, British Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic
  • Steven Bitner, Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Athens

- Energy sector as a leveraging tool despite geopolitical challenges

  • Nabil Fahmy, Dean, School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, American University of Cairo, f. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt 
  • Defne Sadiklar-Arslan, Executive Director, Atlantic Council Turkey  

Introduction & Chair: Athanasios Ellis, Editor in Chief, Kathimerini English Edition

Networking Break - Light Lunch
Panel 2: Strategic Privatization Opportunities in the Energy Sector

  • Laurent-Charles Thery, Director for International Development, GRTgaz
  • George Longos, Managing Partner, Alantra

Introduction & Chair: Achilleas Topas, Journalist, SKAI Media Group

Panel 3: Completing the Midstream Puzzle: Exporting Gas from the Eastern Med and the Caspian Sea

- Progress report on IGB and the dynamics of a second LNG imports facility in Alexandroupolis
- TAP: Progress Report and Phase 2
- The feasibility of the East Med Gas Pipeline
- The LNG export option

   - The View from Greece

  • Dimitrios-Evangelos Tzortzis, CEO, Public Gas Corporation, Greece 
  • Sotiris Nikas, President & CEO, Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator - DESFA, Greece
  • Panayotis Kanellopoulos, Managing Director, M&M Gas S.A., Greece

   - The View from the Region

  • Rony Adam, Envoy on Energy Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel
  • Katerina Papalexandri, Country Manager Greece, TAP
  • Theodore Tsakiris, Assistant Professor, Geopolitics & Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia, Cyprus & Scientific Adviser Athens Energy Forum 

Introduction & Chair: Alex Lagakos, Founding Chairman, Greek Energy Forum | Member, Sustainable Energy Committee United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Networking Break
Panel 4: The Domestic and Regional Electricity Market Dynamics

ADMIE: The day after the ownership unbundling

  • Manousos Manousakis, Chairman and CEO, Transmission System Planning Department, IPTO S.A., Greece

 - The continuous need for complete market liberalization 
 - Progress report on the Inter-connectivity between the Islands and Mainland Greece 

  • Prof. Nikos Chatziargyriou, Chairman & CEO, Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A.- HEDNO, Greece
  • Stavros Goutsos, Deputy CEO, Public Power Corporation, Greece
  • Dinos Benroubi, General Manager Electric Power Business Unit, MYTILINEOS, Greece

Introduction & Chair: Dr. Athanassios S. Dagoumas, Assistant Professor in Energy and Resource Economics, University of Piraeus

End of the 1st Day of the Forum

Friday | February 16

Arrival of Delegates - Coffee/Tea
Keynote Speech:
  • Dr. Stelios Himonas, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Cyprus 

Panel 5: Regional Upstream Developments: Political, Regulatory and Economic Challenges

- The results of Cyprus' Third Licensing Round and the Kalypso Discovery

- Future exploration prospects in Egypt and Israel and Lebanon's untapped potential

- The entry of Exxon and Total in the Greek Upstream market

- Lebanon – The award of 2 offshore Blocks to TOTAL / ENI / Novatek

  - The national perspective

  • Yannis Bassias, President & CEO, Hellenic Hydrocarbons Resources Management S.A., Greece 
  • Yannis Grigoriou, General Manager Exploration & Production of Hydrocarbons, Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

  - The regional perspective

  • Dr. Constantinos Hadjistassou, Ass. Professor, School of Sciences & Engineering, University of Nicosia
  • Bernard Clement, Vice President for Caspian and Southern Europe, Total E&P, France
  • Roudi Baroudi, CEO, Energy & Environment Holding, Qatar 

Inroduction & Chair: Theodore Tsakiris, Assistant Professor, Geopolitics & Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia, Cyprus & Scientific Adviser Athens Energy Forum

Networking Break
Panel 6: Sustainable development - climate change and energy

- Making energy technologies cleaner 
- Responsible steps to cut carbon pollution
- Winning the global race for clean energy innovation

  - The evolving policy framework

  • Dr. Dionysia Avgerinopoulou, MP, f. Chairman of the Standing Committee for the Environment of the Hellenic Parliament
  • Konstantinos Xifaras, Secretary General, World Energy Council, Hellenic National Committee  

  - A focus on cleaner and alternative fuels

  • Dr. Spyros Kiartzis, Manager New Technologies & Alternative Energy Sources, Hellenic Petroleum S.A.
  • Dionissis Christodoulopoulos, Managing Director, MAN Diesel & Turbo Hellas Ltd 

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

Panel 7: RES, Energy Efficiency and Technological Innovation
  • RES as a means of energy security
  • Energy efficiency technologies as a new area for growth
  • Overcoming regulatory hurdles for RES development
  • Harris Damaskos, Associate, EBRD
  • Professor Xenophon E. Verykios, Managing Director, Helbio Hydrogen & Energy Systems, Greece 
  • Zisimos Daniil Mantas, Chief Business Development Officer, Eunice Energy Group, Greece 

Introduction & Chair: Miltos Aslanoglou, Energy Regulation Expert

End of Forum