“Obvious Success or hidden failure? The change from reactive to proactive policies by countries and organizations involved: Greece as a case study”
- Sustainability, Development & Growth
- November 27, 2016
Chris Kremidas-Courtney currently serves as the Multilateral Cooperative Engagement Coordinator for U.S. European Command. His previous positions include serving as the Acting Director of Training and Exercises for the Hybrid COE, Political Advisor to the Commander, NATO Training Mission – Iraq and Assistant Political Advisor to Commander, Joint Forces Command Naples.
He has also served as Chief Strategist for US Joint Task Force North, NATO Policy Planner at the US Delegation to NATO, and as Deputy Defense Policy Advisor for the US Mission to the European Union (EU). Previously he served as Regional Cooperation Manager for the Mediterranean region at the EUCOM Joint Interagency Counter-Trafficking Center (JICTC) and served a 22-year career as a US Army Strategist and Intelligence officer.
A recognized expert on countering hybrid and transnational threats and NATO’s comprehensive approach, he organizes and acilitates discussions, seminars and exercises on these topics among high level NATO, EU, and member state officials. Mr Kremidas regularly publishes articles in European journals on countering hybrid and transnational threats and is a facilitator and course designer for NATO Comprehensive Approach seminars throughout Europe.
He earned a master’s degree with honors in Strategic Studies from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ball State University. He is also a distinguished honor graduate of the NATO Defense College and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dr. Kleanthis Kyriakidis is a Commander of the Hellenic Navy, serving as Director of Studies at the Hellenic Naval War College, instructing among others IR Theory, Security Threats, Modern Strategy, Crisis Management and Leadership. He is also the Secretary General of the Hellenic Commission on Military History. Among others he has served as an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Defense and as Head of the Plans and Policy Directorate at the Naval Operations Branch.
As regards academic endeavors, he has three Masters’ Degrees, two from the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey (MS in Physical Oceanography and MA in Middle East Studies with Distinction) and a Masters in Public Administration obtained at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was presented with the Lucius Littauer Award. His PhD research (completion year 2017) is on Political Islam. He has published seven history and political science books, co-authored another six and more than 250 articles dealing with a wide scope of diverse contemporary issues mainly in American and Greek journals. He has taught to various Defense Institutions, was a guest lecturer to Universities and Institutions around the Globe and has participated in 50 international conferences.
He has been a Senior Editor for the Harvard Kennedy School Review and is a founding member of the Academy for Strategic Analyses and of the Institute for the Study of Hellenic and Arab Communities. He is a member of the Scientific Board of of the GEOPOL Institute. He is also a member of the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association, the International Public Policy Association, the Hellenic Society of International Law & International Relations and the American Academy of Political Science.
Demetrios Tsailas is a Retired Commodore of the Senior Naval Command of Northern Greece and former director of the department of the Supreme Joint War College for Security and Strategy. Prior to this appointment, he commanded HS AXIOS while flagship for the command of SNMCMG-2 NATO flotilla. Previously, he had spent three years as Defense Attaché of Greece in Canada, and three as Aid de Camp to the President of Republic Mr. Kostas Stefanopoulos. His earlier command appointments include the Fast Patrol Ships Guided HS LASKOS and HS ANNINOS, the torpedo boats HS ESPEROS and HS TOXOTIS.
Captain Tsailas, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981. A navigation specialist, he served as Navigating officer in patrol boats and destroyer escorts, was a navigator instructor at the Naval Officers’ Training Centre and at the Naval Academy. Operational tours as Combat and Training Officer, in destroyer escorts, had a number of operational and training appointments in that area. He holds a Masters Degree in Maritime Strategic Studies from Naval War College. He is a graduate of both the Command and Staff Course in the Naval Officers’ Training Centre. Commodore (Rt) Dimitrios Tsailas retired from Strategy International’s directorate board at the level of Director General of Strategy International. Commmodore (Rt)Tsailas speaks English.
Dr Cyril Widdershoven is a veteran global energy market expert and founder of VEROCY. He holds several advisory positions at various international think tanks and Western energy firms. He is at present Fellow at the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines, Lecturer Erasmus University Commodity and Trade Executive Masters, and Board Member Islamic Reporting Initiative (CSR Islamic World).
Across the MENA region, he has been heavily involved in the oil and gas sectors throughout his career, holding positions at Capgemini Consulting (Principal Consultant Centre of Excellence Oil and Gas International (Calgary, Canada), Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (Senior Manager, Oil & Gas), and as Senior Financial Analyst Oil & Gas Sector FDA, where he managed and advised the oil and gas department on equity and bond markets.
Over the span of several decades he has lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Iraq, and the UAE, and also taken on extended projects for clients in Oman, Iran, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Dr. Widdershoven earned his post graduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an M.A. in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Anthony is an innovative Cyber-Security researcher and digital forensic practitioner, with over 15 years experience in both academia and industry. He graduated from University of East London with DInfoSec (~PhD) in Information Security (2011), and holds a BA in Accounting and MSc in Computer Systems Auditing from London Metropolitan University. His applied research is underpinned by fundamental breakthroughs in network security, forensic science theory, and signal processing. He has won numerous international awards and secured as PI over £40000 funding to host institution, has published over 30 papers and holds an IEEE Award for Best Doctoral Thesis in Communication Technology, 3 IET Innovation Awards and 1 BCS Award for runner-up in R&D Achievement of the Year.
In his private life, his experiences include campaigning and volunteering for Computer Aid International, to raise money for schools in refugee camps in Africa. He is also an avid hiker and has mountaineered most of the beautiful but rugged terrain in Sultanate of Oman.
Lt. General (LTG) (Rt) Papapostolou Serafeim graduated from Hellenic Army Academy in 1975. He served in Armoured and Reconnaissance Units for more than 20 years. He became Commander of the 12th Armor Battalion (1993) and C’ Reconnaissance Battalion (1994-1995) in the borders area of Trace. For one year (1993-1994) he was deployed in North Iraq (Kurdistan), Commander (Suleimaniyah Sector) of UN Guards Contingent (UNGCI). He has served at the Hellenic Army HQs as Staff Officer responsible for the development of Main Battle Tanks fleet (1988-1992) and for Armaments Planning and Procurements (1997-1999). In August 1999, he moved to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, where he became the senior officer for Operational Planning and Operations in Balkans. He served twice in the Former Yugoslavia, first (1992) as a military observer for a short period in Croatia, and second for one year, in KFOR Kossovo (2000-2001) as a Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of 34th Mech Brigade (Hellenic Armed Forces in Kossovo). After his redeployment, he appointed in Hellenic National Defence General Staff as Director of National Crisis Management Center (2001-2003).
Additionally, he has served through staff assignments primarily in operations, plans, and crisis management. His assignments include three NATO tours: one as Military Assistant to Hellenic Military Representative at NATO HQs, Brussels (1995-1997), one with Joint Command South-cent (JCSC) at Larisa Greece (2003-2004), as J5 Branch Chief and his final staff assignment was as Assistance Chief of Staff (ACOS) Support of NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC-SP) Valencia, Spain (2004-2007). His last active duty assignment was Chief of Staff (COS) of C’ Corps/NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC-GR) (2007-2009).
He graduated successfully from all the basic and advanced Armor Schools, the Hellenic Army War College and the Hellenic National Defense College, as well as Oberammergau NATO School Specific Courses. In 1999, he attended Course 94 at the NATO Defense College. He retired from the Hellenic Army on 13 February 2009, after more than 37 years of distinguished service. General Papapostolou is a recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. For three years he was also President/CEO of ΔeltaCyrni Ltd Private Security Company (Maritime Security), consulting on global security matters and remains active in lecturing on military ops and the international security environment.
Dr. Sotiris Serbos is a tenured Assistant Professor of International Politics at Democritus University of Thrace and Research Fellow in European Foreign Policy at Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens, in Greece. Born in Thessaloniki, he graduated as full-scholarship student of Anatolia College. He studied International Relations at the University of Macedonia (BA), the London School of Economics & Political Science (MSc) and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (PhD). Awards for academic excellence include scholarships from the State Scholarships Foundation (ΙΚΥ). He has served as special adviser in the Hellenic Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Economy & Finance and Macedonia – Thrace. His policy experience includes consulting memberships at Gerson Lehrman Group’s Policy & Economics Council. In 2012, he was selected as SUSI Scholar of the US Institute on American Politics and Political Thought. For the academic year 2014-2015, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh’s EU Center of Excellence. Serbos’ research interests focus on transatlantic relations, European integration, foreign policy analysis and Turkish foreign policy. Dr. Serbos speaks English & German.
Elias Aravantinos, is a well-rounded professional with more than 10 years International experience and proven track record in ICT and Telecom Management and Consulting. A consultant and big thinker, with passion about technology management and marketing, new technologies, research and complex industrial problems.
He has worked in management consulting for large vendors and Wall Street companies, including KPMG, Lucent Technologies, ACG Research as well as Columbia Institute for Tele-Information in New York. In his early years as a Network Engineer, he worked for Intracom Telecom in European projects.
He holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer technology, and an MBA in management. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Finally, he has published various technology articles in academic books, journals and magazines, and has been a frequent speaker in academic and industrial conferences.
Mr. Xenofontos is a qualified Advocate in Cyprus, concentrating his practice in International Energy, Oil and Gas Law, Corporate and Commercial law, and International Arbitration. Currently serves KPMG Cyprus as a Senior Legal Counsel, and he is the Ambassador of Digital Lawyers in Cyprus. In parallel, Mr. Xenofontos combines his practice with academic research and teaching in International Energy Law collaborating with the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus as an Associate Lecturer. He published the article “Managing Investor-State Disputes in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry: IOC’s perspective” Oil, Gas, & Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL) (2018), and contributed on Chapter 9, Cyprus, on the book P. Cameron and R. Heffron “Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation”, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press (2016 ).
Moreover, Mr. Xenofontos worked as a research fellow at Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, being responsible for the drafting of the “In Depth Review of the investment climate and market structure of the Energy Sector of Cyprus”, providing important policy recommendations to the Ministry of Energy of Cyprus.
He holds LL.B Degree from the University of Cyprus, LL.M Degree in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from the Queen Mary University of London, and M.Sc. Degree in International Oil and Gas Management from the University of Dundee (CEPMLP). He is a member of the Nicosia Bar Association, Cyprus Bar Association, and of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Savvas Papasavvas is a Cypriot military officer. He has graduated from the Hellenic Army Academy in 2005 as a Cavalry/Armor Second Lieutenant. He has graduated successfully from all the basic Armor Schools and has served in Armored and Reconnaissance Units for more than ten years. He has also been an active member of various committees making industrial and on field inspections of different types of main battle tanks. As a staff officer, he has served on the International Relations Directorate on the Republic of Cyprus National Guard General Staff whereas, among other duties, he was the point of contact with the FINABEL Committee during the state’s Presidency.
Regarding his academic education, he holds a Master of Arts (University of Nicosia) in European Studies and International Relations. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (Middlesex University London/UK). His research interests mainly focus on foreign policy decision-making, energy policy, game theory and the integration of multidisciplinarity in energy security crisis management. He has published articles in different journals, and has been a guest lecturer in various universities and institutions.
Zenonas Tziarras holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK where he taught World Politics, a BA in Mediterranean Studies & International Relations (University of the Aegean, Greece) and a MA in International Relations & Strategic Studies (University of Birmingham, UK). Moreover, he taught Greek-Turkish Relations, Strategy & War, and Global Security in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus, while he also worked as an independent consultant on geopolitical risk. Between 2015 and 2017 he worked as an Associate Lecturer in Security & Diplomacy Studies at UCLan Cyprus for the MA in Security & Diplomacy Studies and the LLM. Between 2017 and 2018 he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus on Turkish foreign policy and Neoclassical Realism. His expertise and research interests lie in International Relations, Turkish politics and foreign policy, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. Zenonas is currently a Senior Research Consultant for the Peace Research Institute Oslo Cyprus Center (PRIO CC) responsible for the Eastern Mediterranean program, and the co-founder of Geopolitical Cyprus (geopoliticalcyprus.org).
Dr. Vasilis Symeou specializes in Structural Geology, with a focus in the exploration of hydrocarbons and the geodynamic evolution of the Eastern Mediterranean region. He acquired his PhD in a collaborative project between the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris (Paris VI-Sorbonne Universities) and the French Institute of Petroleum (Institute Francais du Petrole, Energies nouvelles – IFPEn), by interpreting industrial 2D reflection seismic data in order to identify tectonic structures and traps offshore Cyprus. Within the scope of the project, he has participated in various scientific conferences (EGU 2016, AAPG Cyprus 2017, ILP 2017) where he presented his research either with oral speeches or with posters.
Leading up to his PhD, Dr. Symeou has obtained a master degree in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Edinburgh and a bachelor degree in Geology at the University of Patras. Furthermore he is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists of Europe (AAPG Europe chapter) and the Cyprus Technical chamber (Etek Cy).
Dr. Symeou speaks English, Greek and French.
Pythagoras N. Petratos is researcher with Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Before, he was a Departmental Lecturer in Finance at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is an assistant professor in finance (visiting/probation) at the American University in the Emirates.
His main research interests is finance and risk management including cybersecurity risk management and investment. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of London and he has master degrees in, Computer Science / Software Engineering (University of Oxford), Economics (Health) (City University, London), Politics and Policy (University of London), and Finance (Cass Business School). He is a member of many professional organizations and has presented at various conferences, universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard/MIT, U.S. Naval War College, etc.) and cooperated with international organizations (i.e. OECD, World Bank, WHO), including an internship at United Nations. He has been invited to NATO in senior delegations of academics and think tankers.
Dr. Petratos speaks Greek, English, Italian and German.
Dr. Nikolaos Lampas is an Adjunct Lecturer of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Piraeus, Greece and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Peloponnisos, Greece. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer of the Hellenic Military and Navy Academy, the Fire Academy and the Hellenic National Defense College.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Piraeus. He graduated with distinction from his master’s degree in Strategic Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He received a scholarship for the duration of his PhD studies from the University of Reading where he studied under Professor Colin Gray and Professor Patrick Porter. His research interests include, American Foreign Policy, International Security Studies, Migration and the Middle East.
He has published articles in peer reviewed journals such as the Greek edition of Foreign Affairs, Mediterranean Quarterly, and Infinity Journal. His first book on the relationship between the United States and Rogue states such as Iraq, Iran and North Korea was published in 2018 by Poiotita Publications in Greece. He is currently writing his second book on the impact of the refugee crisis, from the perspective of international relations theory, on the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Mary Tsaousi is an experienced Business and International Affairs consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the Media and Business industry. Expert as a public & government affairs consultant. Having worked for the European Commission and has served several municipalities and ministries as Special Advisor for European Affairs and Communication.
She has worked in Communication agencies helping firms improve their performance and manage their reputation. Providing strategy, on and off line branding, digital communication, PR and public affairs. In her early years as an International Relations scientist, has worked for European projects in NGOs and Financial Organizations. Participating in TV Channels and has been a frequent speaker in academic and economic conferences. Finally she has published various journalistic articles and analysis about Political, Economic and International matters.
Skilled in Digital Strategy, Business Planning, Communication, Management, International affairs, and Business Intelligence. Strong business development professional with a Master’s Degree focused in International Relations and Strategic Studies of Panteion University in Athens and Bachelor of Economics at the Department of International European and Balkan Studies with two separate majors International and European Studies and Diplomacy in University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki.
Specialties: Communication, Lobbying, International Relations.
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