CSR in Greece - forum 2016


The 7th Annual Capital Link “INVESTING IN GROWTH - THE NEW FACE OF CSR” Forum will take place in Athens, on June 8th, 2017 under the Auspices of the City of Athens.

Capitalizing on our 22-year track record with the organization of uniquely successful investment conferences, Capital Link has pioneered a series of CSR-focused forums in London, Athens and New York. Our Athens Forum focuses on the significance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a country that is tested by severe economic decline and social discomfort. With more than 1,000 participants and distinguished speakers, this annual event is a great success aiming to highlight how private enterprises and initiatives contribute to building a better future for Greece. Our Forum is regarded as a key platform for bridging communication between companies, citizens and NGOs aiming at building effective relationships between all.

This year’s theme is “Investing in Growth” as this is the most effective way to create a sustainable recovery with beneficial impact on the whole society. The conference will present programs and initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and innovation. It aims to present entrepreneurs with a practical guide as to how they can get financing and other types of support for their business plans. It gives them access to initiatives, programs and contacts that can help them in this direction.

From the Business side, the Forum aims to highlight the initiatives and programs by Greek and international corporations and organizations that support new ventures, small and medium-sized enterprises.

From the social side, the Forum offers the opportunity to over 100 NGOs from all over Greece, to showcase and communicate their programs, needs and objectives by exhibiting in a separately reserved space where the NGO representatives can meet and interact with the Forum participants. This is an initiative of Capital Link which can be realized thanks to the support of the companies participating at the Forum aiming to create live and direct interaction of all CSR stakeholders.

The "Capital Link CSR Leadership Awards" are annually presented to a Greek and an International personality/organization for its outstanding contribution to society and for the elevation of Greece and the Greek culture globally.
The Mayor of Athens Mr. Yorgos Kaminis
for a Greek personality
for an international personality
The Greek "2017 CAPITAL LINK CSR LEADERSHIP AWARD" will be presented to Mr. Michael Tsamaz, Chairman & CEO, OTE Group as a recognition of OTE’ Group outstanding contribution in areas of environment, society and corporate governance. OTE Group’ sustainable growth is what drives its strategy and actions in order to create a better world for all. The "2017 CAPITAL LINK CSR LEADERSHIP AWARD" for an international personality will be awarded to Mr. Nicholas M. Logothetis, Founder, Concordia Summit & Executive Member of the BoD-Libra Group, in recognition of the importance of Concordia’s effort in connecting public and private sector leaders in pursuit of meaningful dialogue that will lead to a more prosperous and sustainable future.

OTE Group is the largest telecommunications provider in the Greek market, and, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of the leading telecom groups in South-eastern Europe. It is among the three largest listed companies, with respect to capitalization, in the Athens Stock Exchange and employs approximately 21,000 people in three countries.

Aiming at continuously optimizing customer experience, OTE Group proceeded with establishing COSMOTE as the unified brand for all Group products in fixed-line and mobile telephony as well as internet services and pay TV.

OTE Group offers the full range of telecommunications services: from fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband services, to pay television and ICT solutions. In addition to its core telecommunications activities, the Group in Greece is also involved in maritime communications, real-estate and professional training.

Abroad, the Group operates in the telecommunications markets of Romania, where it offers fixed-line and mobile communications, as well as television services, and in Albania, where it offers mobile telephony services.

OTE Group is the largest investor in new technologies and infrastructure in Greece, having invested over €2bn over the past six years. For the four-year period 2017-2020 it is materializing investments in the range of €1.5bn, primarily targeted at optic fibers and new generation networks.

Michael Tsamaz
Chairman & CEO, OTE Group

Michael Tsamaz heads OTE Group, the largest telecommunications provider in Greece and SE Europe, since November 2010, part of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Under his leadership, OTE Group managed to streamline its financials, create new revenue streams and transform into a modern, customer centric, tech enterprise, with COSMOTE as the unified brand for its fixed, mobile, internet and TV P&S. Its healthy financials allow OTE Group to implement a comprehensive, long term investment plan in fiber optics networks, mobile NGNs, ICT and Pay TV services, advancing Greece’s infrastructure. Group strategy now focuses on its digital transformation and adaptation to the new digital era.

Since 2001, Michael Tsamaz held several senior roles within OTE, overseeing the course of its international subsidiaries. He also served as BoD member of EE, UK. Mr. Tsamaz is also Chairman of the Board of Telekom Romania Communications S.A. He is a MoB of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) since July 2016 and heads the Digital Economy Committee since November 2016. Prior to his tenure at OTE Group, he held high ranking positions in Marketing, Sales & General Management for multinational companies such as Vodafone and Philip Morris.

Mr Tsamaz holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Concordia is a non-profit organisation founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis. It is a convener, campaigner, and idea incubator.
Concordia provides the private sector with an opportunity to get involved in public sector initiatives. By combining the effectiveness of the private sector with the wide spectrum of public sector activity, it focuses the cooperation between the two, addressing some of the world’s pressing challenges including migration, human rights, global markets and support for entrepreneurship. Concordia represents a new model for how a non-political, non-profit organisation can have a positive impact on a global scale.

Nicholas M. Logothetis
Founder, Concordia Summit; Executive Member of the BoD, Libra Group

Nicholas Logothetis is Executive Board Member at the Libra Group and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Concordia. Nicholas is an entrepreneur who has a lifelong passion for politics and international affairs. He founded Concordia, along with business partner Matthew Swift, on the notion that facilitating cross-sector collaboration can more adequately address global challenges to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. This notion, along with his commitment to solving pressing international challenges through the lens of partnerships, established Concordia as a preeminent global hub for public-private partnerships in record time.

As Chairman of the Board at Concordia, he leads a distinguished board comprising leaders from politics, business, non-profit and academia. His leadership in driving forward Concordia’s mission to enable public-private partnerships has established Concordia as reputable thought leader in the partnership building space.

Since Concordia was founded in 2011, he has overseen the organization of six annual summits and a series of regional summits and practitioner-level events with prominent speakers from the public, private, and non-profit sectors including numerous current and former heads of state.

Nicholas is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs London, the National Press Club Washington DC, and the Overseas Press Club. Prior to establishing Concordia and joining the Libra Group, he spent several years gaining invaluable experience in the media industry at the Fox News Channel, British Sky Broadcasting, Bryan Cave LLP, Husch Blackwell Sanders and News Corporation. Nicholas attended the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Within the Forum’s framework, we issue a special Handbook with articles of market players, speakers at the Forum and other personalities which address the latest developments in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility & Entrepreneurship in Greece and abroad.