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The 8th Annual Capital Link "Opening up Greece to Global Opportunities – A new aspect of CSR" Forum will take place in Athens, on June 28th, 2018, under the Auspices of the Ministry of Economy & Development, Ministry of Tourism and the City of Athens..

The Globalization of the Greek Entrepreneurship has significant benefits for the Greek economy and thus by extension for the welfare of society as a whole. The expansion of Greek businesses into foreign markets and the attraction of foreign investments into Greece are two pillars for economic growth that can generate revenues and jobs. The globalization of Greek Entrepreneurship exemplifies itself through a wide range of activities – from exports to serving the international markets through local subsidiaries. It includes small scale operations to Greek multinationals – with the common denominator being the Greek Entrepreneurial ability to compete successfully in a global marketplace. And on the other side, it is also exemplified by attracting foreign investments into a multitude of sectors where Greece has distinct competitive advantages. The positive impact from this trend is particularly important at this time, as Greece is gradually recovering from recession, and is returning to a period of economic growth.

From the Business side: The Annual Forum hopes to present to the participants success stories of Greek exports, Greek multinationals and foreign investments into Greece. The objective is to share success strategies and stories and highlight the key business factors, resources and support mechanisms that can lead companies to open up to global competitiveness and success.

From the social side: In a separately reserved space, the Forum offers the opportunity to over 100 NGOs from all over Greece, to present their work, their activities and initiatives by exhibiting their own material to the participants. It is of great importance that due to the globalized profile of Capital Link Forums, their promotion will be very broad, including the Greek homogeneity as well as the investors’ community abroad.

• Greek Diaspora: Supporting Initiatives & Development • Greek Start Ups in Global Markets • Greek Agricultural Products – Global Brands |International Distribution Networks Facilitating Greek Exports • Success Stories of Greek Multinationals • Energy & Tourism: Prospects, Investment Projects & Contribution to GDP • The New Energy Landscape • Tourism: A Key Economic Driver • Tourism: A Key Economic Driver • Tourism Representatives & Investors from USA • Top Tourism Investments & Their Contribution to Economy • Athens Radio Supports Sustainable Development • Top Greek Companies & Their Social Responsibility Profile • The Prospects of Attracting Investors • Investing in Greece: The Viewpoint of Investors • Foreign Investments with Positive Economic & Social Impacts

The "Capital Link CSR Leadership Awards" is annually presented to one or more personalities/organizations for their outstanding contribution to society and for the elevation of Greece and the Greek culture globally.
The Mayor of Athens Mr. Georgios Kaminis
for an international personality
for an international personality
The "2018 CAPITAL LINK CSR LEADERSHIP AWARD" for an international personality will be awarded to Mr. Christos Harpantidis, Chairman and Managing Director of PAPASTRATOS, an affiliate of Philip Morris International, in recognition of his commitment to responsible business development and innovation. The "2018 CAPITAL LINK CSR LEADERSHIP AWARD" for an international personality will be presented this year to Mr. Theodore Kyriakou, Chairman, ANTENNA GROUP, in recognition of the offer and contribution of ANTENNA GROUP in a multilateral basis, both in Greece and abroad.

For more than 8 decades, Papastratos (an affiliate of Philip Morris International) has a leading position in the tobacco industry in Greece. In 2017, a new page was written in the company’s history, after the strategic decision to invest 300 million euros in converting its plant to Aspropyrgos to produce exclusively heated tobacco sticks for the new, reduced risk product, IQOS. Papastratos plant will be the third facility in the Philip Morris International network that will produce heated tobacco sticks distributed in the local market and exported all over the world. This investment has created 400 new employment positions, increasing Papastratos headcount to 1.200 people. Traditionally, Papastratos and PMI absorb the largest quantity of Greek oriental tobacco production. During the past years, Papastratos has implemented an extensive Social Responsibility program. Papastratos has been awarded several times as a Best Work Place and Top Employer for its dynamic work environment and was also distinguished by Fortune magazine as the “No 1 Most Admired Company in Greece” and the “No 1 Most Admired Industry in Greece”.

Christos Harpantidis
Chairman & Managing Director, Papastratos

Christos Harpantidis is Chairman and Managing Director of Papastratos S.A., an affiliate of Philip Morris International, since August 2015.

He started his career at Coca-Cola Hellenic in 1997 and joined Papastratos in 2003. During the following years, he served in a number of key positions in the commercial department of the company in Greece and abroad.

Moving in 2012 to the Operations Center of Philip Morris International in Lausanne (Switzerland) for three years, he served as Global Sales Strategy Director and Reduced-Risk Products Commercialization Director.

Christos studied Physics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, his hometown. He holds a MBA in Economics from the University of Kent in England and a M.A. in Economics from the same university.

Antenna Group is an international media and entertainment organization operating across Europe, North America and Australia.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, Antenna Group employs over 2.200 employees in Greece, Cyprus, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Romania, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. The group’s activities include free-to-air TV channels, pay TV channels, content production and distribution, radio stations as well as online and digital ventures.

Antenna Group has an innovative and flexible business model that enables it to develop individual assets with specifically tailored approaches. Its programs enjoy an international reach of more than 85 million through cable and satellite and 490 million people visit Antenna Group’s websites every year. It’s TV and radio operations reach more than 40million in Southeast Europe.

Antenna Group’s strategy is to pursue high-growth opportunities in both existing and new markets, leveraging the Group’s media expertise, deep investment insight and strong financial discipline.

Antenna Group has a bold opportunistic approach, embracing technology and new market opportunities as they arise. In the new media landscape, Antenna Group stays ahead of the curve and keeps its finger on the pulse for important industry trends and opportunities, such as the role of digital and the changing habits of consumers. At the heart of Antenna Group’s strategy is a profound understanding of consumers’ needs and the fact that having the right content is the decisive factor. Antenna Group’s business strategy is platform-agnostic and embraces that different consumers will use multiple platforms.

Looking ahead, Antenna Group has ambitious plans to drive growth through consolidating its leading position in Eastern Europe and will continue to build a global portfolio of media and digital operations by offering the best and most exciting content for its customers over a range of fast-growing platforms.

Theodore Kyriakou

Theodore M. Kyriakou is shareholder and Chairman of K Group Holdings, the conglomerate of companies owned by the Kyriakou family that includes the global oil shipping business created and operated by his family over several generations, as well as Antenna Group, an international media and entertainment organization.

Theodore spent most of his business career building Antenna Group’s unique track record of delivering shareholder value through its financial discipline, investment insight and operational expertise. Antenna Group currently operates across Europe, North America and Australia, investing in free and pay TV, digital media, e-commerce, TV production, radio and music.

Theodore also set up the Kyriakou Family Office in London, where a dedicated investment team with access to exciting opportunities manages a portfolio of diversified investments and financial assets. It was an early investor in companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Spotify before they went public.

Theodore graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with degrees in International Business and Physics. He was awarded the Treado Medal for Physics.

He sits on the Board of Raine Holdings, the New York based global merchant bank focused on technology, media and telecommunications. Raine Holdings manages Raine Partners and Raine Venture Partners, private equity funds focused on entertainment, digital media and sports, where Antenna Group is a cornerstone investor.

Theodore is also member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge University’s Centre for International Business & Management (CIBAM) as well as member of the Business Advisory Council of the MBA International Program at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Theodore Kyriakou was born in 1974. He is married to Dimitra Bithara and they have a daughter, Sofianna.

Within the Forum’s framework, we issue a special multi-page Handbook with articles of entrepreneurs, market executives and entities, speakers at the Forum, and other personalities, which address the latest developments in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship in Greece and abroad & the initiatives, potentials and Support programs for Entrepreneurship and Growth.

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