Presentations of Speakers in “8th Arab-Hellenic Economic Forum”, 27-28 November 2019


Wednesday, 27th November 2019


Session 1 “Maritime Trends, Opportunities & Future Potential”

Moderator:  George Xiradakis, Founder – Managing Director, XRTC Business Consultants, Greece

Keynote Speaker: H.E. Ioannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Shipping & Islands Policy, Greece


  • Alexandra Gkana, Board Member, Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association, Greece
  • George Venizelos, Manager, Dry Chartering Department, Eastern Mediterranean, Greece
  • Sara Algazzar, Dean, College of International Transportation & Logistics, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), Egypt
  • Nicholas G. Gerassimou, Board Member of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Law & of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Lawyers, Greece
  • Dr. Nikolas Pyrgiotis, Co-founder, Athens Maritime Innovation Center, Greece



Session 2: “Port Development & Plans for Investment in Greece and the Arab World”

Moderator:   Prof. Dr. Khaled Hanafy, Secretary General, Union of Arab Chambers, Lebanon


  • Saleh Al-Hasni, General Manager Investment (OSS), Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm, Oman
  • Konstantinos Michanetzis, Co-founder, Athens Maritime Innovation Center & CEO, Sylipsis Corporation, Greece
  • Mohamed Dalabieh, Secretary General, Jordan Shipping Association, Jordan
  • Evangelos Kyriazopoulos, Secretary General, Ministry of Shipping & Islands Policy, Greece


Plenary Session & Open Discussion

Moderator:   Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary General, Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, Belgium


  • Ghassan Ejjeh, Senior Vice-President, BESIX group & BESIX SANOTEC S.A. and international expert in water management issues, Belgium
  • Raghda Hamad Omran Taryam, Board Member, Sharjah Chamber, United Arab Emirates
  • Anastasia Tsagka, Senior BIM Engineer/Architectural Engineer MSC, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Greece
  • Alkistis Agio, Leadership Philosopher, Author of “THE STOIC CEO”, Greece
  • Taha Qirbi, President, ARBERRA Corporation, Canada



Thursday, 28 November, 2019


Session 3: “Re-Construction Projects & Modernization of Infrastructure in Countries Affected by War (Iraq, Libya, Syria & Yemen): Potential & opportunities”


Moderator:   Dipl.-Ing Mouddar Khouja, Secretary General, Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Austria


  • E. Moustafa Al-Hiti, President, Rebuilding Fund for Areas Affected by Terroristic Operations (ReFAATO), Council of Ministers, Iraq
  • Mohamed Younis Menfi, Ambassador of the State of Libya in Greece
  • Amer Kharboutly, Director General, Damascus Chamber of Commerce, Syria
  • Taha Qirbi, President, ARBERRA Corporation, Canada (of Yemeni origin)


Session 4: “Women Empowerment in the Workforce, Start-Up Businesses, Success Stories & Opportunities for Partnership between Greek & Arab Entrepreneurs”


Moderator:   Rashad Mabger, Secretary General, Arab-Hellenic Chamber, Greece


  • Eng. Basima Abdulrahman, Founder & CEO, KESK Co., Iraq
  • Sofana R. Dahlan, Attorney at Law & Founder, SRD Legal Firm, Saudi Arabia
  • Nejia Ben Helal, President, Union of the Tunisian Businesswomen & Founder of Manchester Academy and Oxford House College, Tunisia
  • George Eleftheriou, CEO & Co-Founder of Sentio Solutions, Greece



Session 5 “Future Prospects on Tourism & Investment Opportunities in the Greek Real Estate Market”

Moderator:   Fotis S. Kokotos, Managing Director, Elounda Real Estate Development, Founder of SpaTech Ltd, B.D. member, Elounda S.A. Hotels & Resorts, Greece


  • Angela Gerekou, President, Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), Greece
  • Georgios Filiopoulos, Chairman & CEO, Enterprise Greece, Greece
  • Ioannis Revithis, Member of the Board of the Greek Real Estate Federation, Former President of the Greek Real Estate Federation, Realtor – Economist – Real Estate Appraiser, Greece