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Tourism of Tomorrow 2019 - Speaker Bios

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Keynote Speaker

Sarah Duignan

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Sarah departed Irish shores in May 2005 having spent seven years in Hotel operations. She joined the HotelBenchmark team at Deloitte in London as a Business Development Executive and as the team re-structured came to manage a number of key international clients in the Account Management team. STR Global was formed in March 2008 following the merger of the HotelBenchmark team with The Bench and Smith Travel Research. In March 2016, the international family of companies united under one brand: STR. As Director of Client Relationships, Sarah regularly attends and presents at hotel group and industry events. She holds an Honours Degree in Translation (German & Spanish) from Dublin City University.

Moderator

Konstantinos Deriziotis

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Konstantinos Deriziotis got his degree in Business Administration from ASOEE, while working as a journalist.
He has worked with significant media outlets as a financial and parliamentary editor (ΕΞΠΡΕΣ, ΚΕΡ∆ΟΣ, ΚΥΡΙΑΚΑΤΙΚΗ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΟΤΥΠΙΑ, ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΟΣ ΤΑΧΥ∆ΡΟΜΟΣ, ΚΕΦΑΛΑΙΟ, ΕΡΤ, MEGA, Α∆ΕΣΜΕΥΤΟΣ ΤΥΠΟΣ, among others), as well as a press advisor for GNTO, the Derivatives Exchange, etc..)
In 1991 he was honored with the European Media Award by the European Foundation for Quality Management.
In 1995 he founded and has since been managing KSD Business Solution, which began with the sole purpose of publishing the monthly magazine "Money & Tourism" and has later invested and expanded its activity in the fields of advertising, graphic arts, creative, communication, exhibition constructions and events. It is the only magazine for the tourism sector in Greece, alongside its successful money-tourism.gr dedicated news portal.
Konstantinos is a member of the Board of Directors of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, currently in his second term, also actively involved with industry bodies such as SETE, HAPCO, the Hellenic-Russian Chamber of Commerce, and others), and is a member of the Hellenic Union of Editors of Periodical Press, and the international press associations FAEP and FIPP.
For two consecutive years, both in 2016 and 2017, he received the "Best Media Partner in Greece" award by the top Russian tour operator TEZ TOUR.
Last, but not least, he was also a finalist for the Quality Manager of the Year award by EDEE.

Speakers

(in alphabetical order)

Georgia Dodou

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An accomplished communication and media professional with more than 12 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality sector. Georgia Dodou presents a proven track record with one of Europe’s leading hotel groups, Sani-Ikos, where currently as PR Manager for Greece. Main work tasks is to execute all the communications programs, internal or external, that are effectively described by the Brand Strategy Director and CSMO’s, strategic plan and guidelines. Over the job description is to support marketing and promotional functions as set by the Marketing Dpt.

Gregory Malliasas

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Gregory Maliassas is the Senior Vice President Operations for the Luxury Brands of Accor Hotels in Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux and Switzerland and is in charge of a portfolio of over 45 Hotels. The luxury world of Accor entails brands such as Raffles, Orient Express, Fairmont, Sofitel, SO, MGallery, Pullman, Mövenpick and Swissotel. He has been managing and developing upper upscale and luxury hotels in Europe, North America and the Middle East for over 20 years while holding positions such as Vice President North, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Senior Vice President Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean for Sofitel Hotels & Resorts. He was instrumental in dozens of hotel openings, renovations and hotel constructions, working together with the most renowned hotel developers, designers and architects. Prior to that, Maliassas has held several senior operational roles in Germany, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Dubai as well as Athens, Greece. Gregory Maliassas holds a degree in International Hotel Management from Les Roches, Switzerland and a Postgraduate degree from the University of Surrey, UK and speaks 5 languages fluently.

Sofia Panayiotaki

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Entrepreneurship, travel and an intrinsic, inquisitive nature have always been the pillars of Sofia’s extensive career history. To start, Sofia earned a leading role as a broadcast journalist breaking news stories in Japan, Greece and the UK. Working with some of the biggest media outlets in the world, including REUTERS, BBC and NHK to name a few, Sofia managed her position both in front and behind the camera for over a decade. During this time, she also coordinated the international broadcasting of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in HD.
From there, Sofia set up NEEDaFIXER using her first-hand knowledge of the media industry. To this day, NEEDaFIXER produces more than 300 different films, documentaries, television shows and commercials annually.
In addition to her media background, Sofia chaired the European Travel Commission in Asia for three years, overseeing the marketing campaigns of 28 European countries. Afterwards, she spent seven years as the Head of the Greek National Tourism Organisation in Japan and the UK.
Capitalising on her love of travel, Sofia then established PR MEDIACO, a leading UK-based travel PR and communications agency specialising in destination branding and marketing. As the Director and Head of PR and Communications of PR MEDIACO, Sofia continues to produce consistent results for tourism boards, hotels, travel leisure parks and consumer brands worldwide.
Educated in the universities of Athens (Greece), Leuven (Belgium) and Nagoya (Japan), Sofia holds a Master’s Degree on International Development.
With five languages in the bank (English, Greek, Japanese, French and Italian), Sofia is a regular speaker at travel trade exhibitions, international conferences and UNWTO meetings across the globe.

Katerina Pollatou

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Katerina Pollatou started her career in the Market Research and Advertising/Media sectors in multinational companies in Greece and moved to the Aviation industry as Head, Market Research at Athens International Airport. With more than 20 years of specialisation in the aviation industry, she has been involved in the fields of Market Intelligence and Airline Marketing & Development, holding the respective managerial positions at Athens International Airport. During her career, she dealt with many strategic fields of airport management such as market research and traffic forecasting, aeronautical strategy, airport and destination marketing, airline communication and others. In October 2017, she was appointed as Manager, Airline Marketing and Development at Fraport Greece being responsible for the development of the traffic and the promotion of the 14 regional airports and the destinations served to the global aviation and tourism industry. Katerina Pollatou completed her studies at Athens Economic University and she holds a double major in Management and Marketing from the same university.

Haris Siganos

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Haridimos Siganos is the Founder and Executive Director of Zeus International company. He has approximately 20 years of experience in tourism, having worked in hotels and hotel chains in Greece and abroad, as well as in large hotel management companies. In 2014, he took the decision to use his experience in a project and he established Zeus International company, "a project for Greek tourism" as he usually refers. His postgraduate studies focus on the tourism development sector and has a Master's degree in Business Administration while he holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Biotechnology.

Alkiviadis Sotiriou

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Alkiviadis Sotiriou is a seasoned professional in the hospitality industry, currently the General Manager of Makedonia Palace Hotel.
He has held various managerial positions at prominent hotels and resorts in Greece and the Balkans, among them Mareblue Hotels & Resorts, Sentido Hotels by Thomas Cook, Sheraton Sophia, and Athens Imperial Hotel.
He holds a degree from the Hotel Management School in Athens, and he has received a Management Diploma for Hospitality Executives from the Centre International De Glion in Switzerland.

George Spanos

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George Spanos is the Vice-President of Domes Resorts, owning and managing company of the iconic Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection,the award-winning adults-only Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection, the legendary Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu and the brand new first family Casa Cookin Chania.
Domes Resorts is the fastest growing Greek brand in the high-end luxury segment. It is a multiawarded group of luxurious hotels thatinvests and focuses in innovation that addsdynamic and quality to destinations.
George Spanos’ vision is to continue expandingand creating unique hospitality properties thataim to promote Greece and its qualities. To support its human resources, to contribute tolocal communities and to minimize harmful environmental impact.
Mr Spanos is also the Secretary of the Lassithi Hotel Association.
During his distinguished career to date, Spanos has attained numerous professional awards.
He has attended the "Value Creation for owners and Directors" Programme at INSEAD and holds a Ph.D. and Doctor of Medicine degree.

Konstantinos Tornivoukas

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Konstantinos Tornivoukas is a fourth generation in a long line of hoteliers who owned, among others, the legendary Mediterranean Palace in Thessaloniki which closed after the big earthquake of 1978.
His family is the oldest hotelier family in Greece with a tradition of almost a century.He studied Management (BSc) at Deree College in Athens graduating in 1984 with honors.He then worked under his father, George Tornivoukas, in a series of different positions for the families two hotels, City Hotel in Thessaloniki and Eagles Palace in Halkidiki.
In 1999 he took control of the company as CEO, steering it through a string of successes: the upgrade of City Hotel from a three to a four star hotel and the upgrade of Eagles Palace from a four to a five star hotel, as well as the wide recognition of Eagles Palace as a member of Small and Luxury Hotels of the World and the 5Star Diamond Awards. He also managed to turn high revenues and profits for both hotels, with Eagles Palace currently ranking as one of the most profitable hotel businesses in Greece.
In 2009, he added the boutique hotel The Excelsior in Thessaloniki to his chain, now branded as Tor Hotel Group. The Excelsior is currently ranked the highest city property in hotel satisfaction for the whole of Greece per Tripadvisor statistics.
In 2017, he opened the newest member of the chain, Eagles Villas, an all42villa property offering luxury accommodation in Ouranoupolis, next door to Eagles Palace, thus creating a large and more complete hospitality product, Eagles Resort.
In 2018, he acquired, along with Grivalia Hospitality, the historical building of Olympos Naousa on the promenade of Thessaloniki and started developing it into a new hotel and restaurant product that will be managed under Tor Hotel Group. The legendary Olympos Naoussa Restaurant and the new luxury boutique hotel that will operate in its beautiful building will open their doors in 2020.
In addition to running a successful company, Konstantinos Tornivoukas is one of the most esteemed and respected among hoteliers in Greece. He was elected numerous times in various positions important for Greek Tourism, such as Vice President of Halkidiki hotel association for 9 consecutive years, Member of SETE board of Directors, Member of the board of Hellenic Chamber of hotels and Vice president of Thessaloniki Hotel association.

Manos Trivizas

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Marios is a Principal in the Strategy & Operations Consulting practice of Deloitte Greece with focus on the Transportation, Hospitality & Services (THS) sector. He is a trained consultant (started with McKinsey) with strong commercial and operational work. His knowledge in the travel industry derives from both entrepreneurial and consulting experience, servicing large multinational co-operations and tourism boards. Marios is fluent in Greek, English and French and has working knowledge in Italian and Chinese (Mandarin).

Selected Engagements:
Advisor to investor consortium comprised of 2 international tier-1 banks and 1 real estate investor. Coordinated due diligence advisors and valuators of one of the largest portfolios of distressed loans sold in Greece (to date). Formation of strategy for acquisition and exit, risk assessment of each case and possible mitigation actions
Supported Greek systemic bank price portfolio of 400 hotel collateralized distressed loans for sale (€500 million portfolio)
Overview of the Greek Hospitality sector and NPL market, and identification of relevant NPL opportunities, providing additional analysis and rationale, for a Tier-1 bank, based in London, UK.
Developed strategic options and roadmap on business transformation options for large OTA with presence in over 40 countries
Advisor to CXO level executives in travel and hospitality for business plans, operation transformation and growth
Supported first special liquidation process of 615 room hotel in Greece. Supervised all hotel operations, communicated with Tour Operators, conducted restructured business plan and managed all investor communications. Hotel sold at 63 million, from an initial estimate of 40 million.

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Study Abroad & Exchange Information

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For degree-seeking ACT students

ACT has more than 40 US partner schools where you can study abroad for a semester or a year. We also have 9 exchange partners in the US, and several more in Europe through the AAICU Association for American Colleges and Universities, that allow you to keep your ACT scholarships towards tuition while studying abroad. The exchange places are limited and competitive. Having a good GPA and planning early will help you make it to your top destination.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the ACT Student Application Form.
  2. Submit the form by email to the Director of International Programs (IPO), Heather Funk Theodoridi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Once your application has been received, we will arrange for an appointment for you at the IPO (NB, 104) to talk about the possibilities!
  4. Once accepted, the IPO will nominate you for Study Abroad or Exchange with one of our partner schools.
  5. The IPO will then help guide you through the application process for your selected destination.

Additional Information

  • A GPA of 3.0 is required for many destinations. Students with a GPA under 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Additional application materials may be required by each particular host school
  • Visas may be required for study abroad.
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When Michael Dukakis ran for President of the United States

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An evening with Pavlos Tsimas

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 6:30 PM
Bissell Library, ACT

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service at ACT, proudly welcomes renowned journalist Pavlos Tsimas, who interviewed Michael Dukakis on national Greek television in September 1999, to animate the festivities and to add his insights on Dukakis the man and the legend.

Also on the program will be the avant-premiere of the mini-documentary, “Now more than ever: the story of the Dukakis Center.”

The event is open to the public.

Proceedings will be in English and Greek. A light buffet will be served.

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Minor in Psychology

Brief Description For non-Psychology majors only. Minor Requirements Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology Psychology 202: Personality Theories Psychology 204: Social Psychology And three of the following: Psychology 120: Developmental Psychology I (Pre-natal and pre-school years) Psychology 121: Developmental Psychology II… More

Dukakis Center to co-host discussion on corruption and transparency

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The Dukakis Center and Transparency International Greece will co-host a panel discussion on the theme "Corruption, Transparency, and Whistle-blowing," on Friday, September 28, 7 pm, in the Bissell Library, ACT.

Featured speakers will include CIA whistleblower John Kyriakou, investigative journalist Tasos Telloglou (SKAI & Kathimerini), Professor Vassilis Barkoukis (Sports Faculty - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Dr. Anna Damaskou (Chair of the Board, Transparency International Greece and Anatolia College alumna), and Dr. Suelette Dreyfus (Executive Director, Blueprint for Free Speech).

The panel will discuss instances of transparency and whistle-blowing in various domains of public life, from international sport to national security and beyond.

ACT Professor Lambrini Nassis will moderate the discussion.

John Kyriakou is a former CIA analyst and case officer, and the author of Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison (2017). The book is an account of his trial and incarceration for publicly acknowledging in 2007 that the CIA had been using torture in the war on terror and that its use was actually official policy under the administration of President George W Bush.

Australian scholar and activist Suelette Dreyfus has research and teaching expertise in cybersecurity, hacking, digital privacy and anonymity, and integrity systems (including whistle-blowing). She works with civil society not-for-profit NGOs internationally which seek to improve the whistle-blower protection structures in their society, both in law and via the use of technology.

Vassilis Barkouki, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is an esteemed expert in doping in sport. The lead editor of The Psychology of Doping in Sport (Routledge, is the author of numerous publications on the topic. He has collaborated with WADA, the IOC, and the European Commission, and is currently also a track and field coach and physical education teacher at all levels of the sport.

The event will be in English and is open to the general public. A reception will follow.

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Digitizing Creativity

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Educational opportunities at ACT

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The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) which is the tertiary division of Anatolia College, a private non-profit Educational Institution, is presenting its educational opportunities for students in Thessaloniki or abroad with combined degree programs in the United States.

September 14, 2018 at 6:00pm
Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre - US Pavilion

Register here

Εναλλακτικές δυνατότητες σπουδών στο ACT

To American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) που είναι ένα ιδιωτικό, μη κερδοσκοπικό εκπαιδευτικό ίδρυμα, μέλος του Κολλεγίου Ανατόλια παρουσίαζει τις σημαντικές εναλλακτικές δυνατότητες σπουδών που προσφέρει είτε με προγράμματα που γίνονται εξ'ολοκλήρου στις εγκαταστάσεις του στην Θεσσαλονίκη, είτε με συνδυαστικά προγράμματα σπουδών σε συνεργασία με κορυφαία εκπαιδευτικά ιδρύματα στην Αμερική.

14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018 στις 18:00
Περίπτερο ΗΠΑ - ΔΕΘ

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Embrace Change

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We live in a time when everything is changing fast.

Just a few years ago, it would have seemed crazy to us to see driverless cars, to rent our home to a tourist, to watch series and movies on streaming websites rather than TV channels, or to think of becoming a start-upper like so many young people today. During our years of studies, nobody knows how many changes will have taken place; changes that might even make a degree seem obsolete. Just like a cassette tape, a floppy disk or an old-school photography film. At ACT, we believe that the role of a college today isn't to teach you things that will already have changed by the time you graduate, but to teach you how to adapt to every change. In today’s world, the choice is simple: Embrace change.

Embrace change. Study at ACT.

At ACT, the tertiary division of Anatolia College, we do not teach you what will have changed by the time you graduate. We teach you how to adapt to every change!

We offer:

  • Challenging, high quality and modular programs based on the US educational model, offering great flexibility through the combinations of majors and minors
  • An active approach to learning that is service oriented
  • An extensive need and merit-based financial aid program
  • World-class facilities
  • A diverse, multicultural environment
  • Accreditation by NEASC in the US
  • Validation for our undergraduate programs by Open University, UK
  • Experienced and highly qualified faculty
  • A dedicated, Career Services office that keeps students and alumni updated on new and relevant job postings
  • New life-long learning programs and certificates
  • A history of over 130 years in academic excellence, guaranteed by the name Anatolia College

Greek License

ACT holds a license by the Greek Ministry of Education (License Number: 108256/05.08.2013, Government Gazette 1986B/14.08.2013).

Professional Recognition

According to law 4093/2012 and subsequent regulations (Government Gazettes: 229/19.11.12, 3324/12.12.12 and 258/08.12.2014), degrees awarded for programs of studies by ACT are eligible for recognition of professional equivalency to degrees awarded by the Greek public system of higher education.

Learn more about our undergraduate, graduate, or combined degree programs.

Seize the opportunity at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 2310 398398.

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"Meet ACT" events at the water-front pavilion

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As part of a qualitative research conducted for the city of Thessaloniki, a team of ACT students, faculty and staff has moved down-town at the glass pavilion next to Macedonia Palace Hotel. Complete their survey and get grab the chance to join our parallel "MEET ACT" events.

Monday, June 18

7 – 9pm

Γραφείο Καριέρας - Careers office
Διαχείριση Καριέρας
Ανοικτή συζήτηση για θέματα διαχείρισης καριέρας και τρόπο με τον οποίο μπορεί κανείς να διεκδικήσει την καριέρα που επιθυμεί.

Tuesday, June 19

7 – 8pm

Τμήμα Τουρισμού – Tourism & Hospitality Department
Καριέρα στον Τουρισμό μέσα από τα μάτια του επαγγελματία
Θα γίνει επίσκεψη στο ανακαινισμένο Μακεδονία Παλλάς, έναν από τους συνεργάτες του προγράμματος Τουρισμού και Φιλοξενίας του ACT, όπου θα μας παρουσιάσουν τους χώρους, τη φιλοσοφία της εταιρίας, την λειτουργία του, τις ειδικότητες επαγγελματιών που απασχολούνται, καθώς και δυνατότητες καριέρας σε έναν τέτοιο οργανισμό.

7 – 9pm

Τμήμα Ψυχολογίας – Psychology Department
Αναζητώντας την ευτυχία.
Σκοπός της διαδραστικής αυτής δραστηριότητας είναι να εξερευνήσουμε τις ρίζες μιας χαρούμενης, γεμάτης νόημα ζωής. Η δράση θα περιλαμβάνει την τεχνική του Motivational Wall στον οποίο όσοι ενδιαφέρονται θα κληθούν να γράψουν είτε δύο πράγματα που πήγαν καλά εκείνη την ημέρα είτε δυο πράγματα για τα οποία είναι ευγνώμονες. Στον τοίχο μπορούν να προστεθούν μότο και σλόγκαν που τους εμπνέουν και θα συζητηθούν με τους ενδιαφερόμενους.

Wednesday, June 20

8 - 9pm

Τμήμα Διεθνών Σχέσεων – International Relations Department
Παρουσίαση εκπαιδευτικού, ερευνητικού προγράμματος 'Στοά Μαλακοπή: Μνήμη και επιχειρηματικότητα’. Ο σκοπός της έρευνας είναι η μελέτη της ιστορίας και της επιχειρηματικής πορείας εμπόρων και επαγγελματιών που δραστηριοποιούνται σε εμπορικές στοές της Θεσσαλονίκης, όπως τις έχουν αποτυπώσει και βιώνουν οι ίδιοι. Πρώτη μελετήθηκε η Στοά Μαλακοπή ως προς τις κοινωνικές και οικονομικές αλλαγές των τελευταίων χρόνων .

Thursday, June 21

7 – 8pm

Τμήμα Επιστημών και Τεχνολογίας – Science & Technology Department
Machines Learning: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
by Dr Alexandros Astaras

8 – 9pm

Τμήμα Αγγλικής Φιλολογίας – English Department

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9 – 10pm Alumni party

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