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The Economist 3rd CSR Conference. People with Disability and the Right to Inclusion: What is the Role of Anthropocentric Companies?


Banner 3rd CSR Conference, Athens  Athens, Greece. 27 September 2011.

The Economist magazine, in association with the National Confederation of Disabled People in Greece, organises the 3rd Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, addressing themes of Employment, Regional Development, Tourism, Information Technologies, Sports...

Updated Final Agenda now attached and shown below (26.9.2011)


Inclusion of people with disability and the right to prosperity is a vital issue not only for Greece but for all European countries.

Economist Conferences in association with the National Confederation of Disabled People in Greece are pleased to announce the organisation of the Third CSR Conference entitled “People with disability and the right to inclusion: what is the role of anthropocentric companies?”, which shall focus on fields that play a significant role in everyday lives of people with disability:

  • How could the life of people with disabilities in Europe be improved by the implementation of disability policies?
  • What is the gap between established Greek policies and the new European Disability Strategy?
  • The “Kallikratis” plan as a tool for the revision of disability policies
  • Employing people with disabilities
  • Tourism for people with disabilities: a real challenge
  • IT: new technologies turn disabilities into abilities
  • Businesses socially responsible
  • Reaching the top.

Final Programme (updated 26/9/2011)

Download the Programme in Greek from the right-hand panel (PDF document).

Registration and refreshments

08:50  Welcome by the Conference Chairman

John Andrews, Consultant Editor, The Economist

09:00  Disabled, One of the Vulnerable Groups of Society: How does the Greek State promote Their Rights Through the Crisis?

Ioannis Vardakastanis
President, National Confederation of Persons with Disabilities
Chairman, European Disability Forum

09:20 Discussion

09:40  The Kallikratis Plan as a Tool for the Revision of Disability Policies at a Regional Level

Paris Koukoulopoulos, Deputy Minister of Interior, Greece

Anna Papadimitriou, Vice Governor, Attica Region, Greece

Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece

Giorgis Marinakis, Mayor of Rethymnon, Greece

10.20 Discussion

10:50 Break

11:10  Employment, Social Insurance and Protection in the Midst of the Financial Crisis

George Koutroumanis, Minister of Labour and Social Security,

Greece Nikos Skorinis, Vice President, Economic and Social Council of Greece (OKE)

Lila Dimitriadou, Member of the board & Secretary of the Department of Culture, General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), Greece

Thomas Klisiotis, First Vice-President, National Confederation of Disabled People in Greece

11:45   Discussion

12:10  Tourism for People with Disabilities: A Real Challenge

  • Why has tourism been used as the Trojan Horse?
  • Impact of “Tourism for All” on the country’s economic development
  • How accessible is tourism in Greece both to Greeks and foreign visitors with disabilities?

Constantina Bei, Secretary General, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Greece

Marily Christofi, Engineer, Accessibility Expert, Collaborator on accessibility issues, National Confederation of Disabled People in Greece

Yiannis Retsos, President, Hellenic Hotel Federation, First Vice-president, Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises

Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, European Network for Accessible Tourism
Download the slide presentation in PDF format from the right-hand panel.

12:40   Discussion

13:00  Break (Coffee and snacks)

13:20  IT: New Technologies Turn Disabilities Into Abilities

  • Achievements in mobile telephony and broadband services
  • New employment opportunities

Pantelis Tzortzakis, Deputy Minister for Administrative Reform and E-government, Greece

Constantine Stephanidis, Professor, University of Crete, Director, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology, Greece

Konstantinos Gargalis, Treasurer, National Confederation of Disabled People in Greece

Isidoros Sideridis, Business Development Manager, SiEBEN

14:30   Discussion

14:50  The Greek Business Sector Responds: How Socially Responsible?

  • Evaluation of CSR business initiatives
  • Figures and statistics

Nikos Analytis, President, Hellenic Network for CSR

Nafsika Zevgoli, Corporate Responsibility Professional, Vodafone Greece

Evgenia Lianou, Head of Total Quality and Human Resources, COCO-MAT

  • From Customer-centric to Anthropo-centric company culture

John Kalogerakis, CEO, JMK– Anthropocentric Corporate Training & Development

14:50   Discussion

15.20 Conclusions and End of Conference

Registration (closed 22.9.2011)

Standard registration fee: 500 E + 23% VAT / person
For 2 delegates: 400 E + 23% VAT / person
For ESAmeA members: 300 E + 23% VAT / person
Corporate table ( 7 persons): 2500 E +23 % VAT

To register, please contact us by email at:
registrations [at]
Or by telephone:
Tel. (30) 210 94 08 750

Further information

This preliminary programme is registered to the Economist Conferences for Greece & Cyprus / Hazlis & Rivas Co. Ltd.
We reserve the right of amendments.

Visit the webpage of The Economist Conferences: 3rd CSR Conference, Athens 2011

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