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George A. Papandreou

  • Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011)
  • Foreign Minister of Greece (1999-2004)
  • Member of Greek Parliament (1981-Present)
  • President of Socialist International (2006-Present)

As Prime Minister of Greece from October 2009 to November 2011, George Papandreou has been at the forefront of the global financial crisis. Named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in 2010 for “making the best of Greece’s worst year”, he speaks with authority on the state of the Eurozone today and the future of the European Union. In these tumultuous times, few are better placed than Prime Minister Papandreou to provide insights into the Euro Crisis and the mounting challenges in democratic governance

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

Despite its struggles, 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 action to ensure that European knowledge, innovation, and 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 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.

George Papandreou Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

Prime Minister Papandreaou 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. An active supporter of the information society and e-democracy, in 2003 he was selected as one of the “25 People Who are Changing the World of Internet Politics.”

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.

As Foreign Minister, he was also instrumental in the successful negotiation of rapprochement with former-rival Turkey. 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.

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. He has also held other government posts, including Under Secretary for Cultural Affairs and Minister for Education.

In 2012, Papandreou was named a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. In 2013, he served as a Global Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs as well as a faculty member in the Master of Public Affairs program at Sciences Po in Paris.

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