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George Papandreou        

Former Prime Minister of Greece and President Socialist International

A graduate of Amherst College and the London School of Economics, Papandreou has been a Member of the Greek Parliament since 1981, previously serving in several government posts including as Under Secretary of Cultural Affairs, Minister of Education, and Foreign Minister. Selected as one of the "25 People who are changing the world of internet politics," Papandreou is an active supporter of the information society and e-democracy, and speaks on, among others, global governance, climate change, green growth, and progressive politics.

He is Vice Chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation, an institution he actively promoted when the city of Athens was awarded the 2004 Olympic Games.

George Papandreou also held the portfolio of Foreign Minister, a position he had held from 1999 to 2004, expanding his legacy as a leader in diplomatic bridge-building and reiterating his commitments to stronger international relations. His administration spearheaded 'Agenda 2014,' an initiative which seeks to integrate the Western Balkan states into Europe by 2014.

Around the world, Papandreou has deployed 'Green Diplomacy,' calling for the protection of the environment. He has championed human rights at home and abroad, and has actively sought to maximize citizen participation in governance through information technologies.

As Foreign Minister, he was instrumental in the successful negotiation of rapprochement with Turkey, which had been an old rival. Papandreou was also a key player in the negotiations that led to Turkey's candidacy for membership in the European Union in 1999 and Cyprus's entry into the EU in 2004.

Speech Topics

Europe's Future: How a United Europe Can Play a Leading Role in the 21st Century

Despite its current crisis, Europe can and must be a strong economic axis in the global economy, a global power alongside the U.S. and China, argues Prime Minister Papandreou. However, European leaders must take immediate action to secure this leading role, and to ensure that European knowledge, innovation, values underpin the globalized economy for decades to come.

Greece: In the Eye of the Storm - International Crisis and Why it is a Global Imperative for Greece to be a Success Story

Prime Minister Papandreou presents an in-depth look into the causes behind the Greek crisis, and explains why failing to find a solution will have dire economic and geopolitical implications for Europe, and for the world. Presenting the competitive sectors in the Greek economy and revealing undiscovered investment opportunities, Papandreou explains how, by addressing the corrosive uncertainty about Greece's future, Europe can catalyze an overnight investment boom in the country while restoring confidence in the Euro.

The European Experiment Between Disaster and Success: Why (and How) We Must Redesign Europe

Prime Minister Papandreou argues that the Euro-crisis is the inevitable result of an incomplete monetary union and offers a practical roadmap for overcoming the crisis and democratically strengthening European institutions.

Confronting the Democratic Deficit: Citizen-Centric Policies in the Age of Austerity

Prime Minister Papandreou discusses why a growing a democratic deficit and citizens' cynicism towards politics poses the greatest risk to Western societies. He will address the challenge of how to rebuild the faltering trust between citizen and government in our democracies.

Crisis Diplomacy 2.0: Overcoming Modern Challenges in Crisis Resolution

Drawing on decades of personal experience, from orchestrating the Turkish-Greece rapprochement in an era of rising hostilities, the conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East, to late-night Euro-crisis summits in Brussels, Prime Minister Papandreou explains why finding multilateral solutions has become increasingly difficult -- and how political will, citizens participation and creative politics can do something about it.


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