Athens Summit 2008 line-up of speakers announced

The line-up of speakers of The Athens Summit, which is held under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Dr. Karolos Papoulias, includes:
  • Tom Harbour, Director, USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management
  • Dr. Anil Kane, President, World Wind Energy Association / W.W.E.A.
  • Christophe Bouvier, Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Europe
  • Dr. Didier Houssin, Director of the Office of Oil Markets and Emergency Preparedness, International Energy Agency
  • Julia Nanay, Senior Director Russia & FSU, Petroleum Finance Company
  • Juho Lipponen, Head of Unit Energy Policy, Generation & Networks, Eurelectric
  • Dr. Geoffrey Morrison, Programme Manager, Clean Coal Centre, International Energy Agency
  • Eleni Despotou, Policy Director, Dep. Secretary-General, European Photovoltaic Industry Association (E.P.I.A.)
  • Giuliano Grassi, Secretary-General, European Biomass Industry Association (EU.B.I.A.)
  • Simon Reddy, Manager, C40 Initiative
Amidst increasing concerns over climate change, environmental safety and the security of energy supply/demand, the Mediterranean region is in a privileged position to act as a host to a wide variety of viewpoints regarding the resolution of our global sustainable development issue.

Until very recently Climate Protection and Energy Security have been viewed as largely contradictory or separate objectives. “The Athens Summit on Climate Change and Energy Security” will strive to overthrow this zero-sum mentality.

Increased hydrocarbon demand does not necessitate the environmental destruction of the planet any more than a lessening of demand would necessitate the impoverishment of hydrocarbon exporting-states. This conference will be global in reach and substance, but will have a special focus on the Euro-Mediterranean area. That is because the multiple synergies developed since 1995 under the European Union’s “Barcelona Process Initiatives”, can be paradigmatic of this new way of thinking.

The Athens Summit is scheduled to take place at the Hilton Athens between May 5-7, 2008. For further information, please contact Ms. Francy Foskolou on +30 210 688 9291. E-mail: URL:

EuroCharity is among the official organisations of The Athens Summit.