Thursday, October 18, 2018

Arrivals and check-in

Ditchley Park and The Bear hotel (link here)

Transportation to Ditchley Park

For guests staying at The Bear, bus departs The Bear hotel for Ditchley Park

For guests arriving on the 1941 train from Oxford or London, transfer from Charlbury station to Ditchley Park

Informal networking reception

Welcome and introduction by Lord Hill of Oareford, Ditchley chairman

Informal dinner
After dinner speech

Sir Graham Brady, MP & Chair of 1922 Committee

Return to The Bear hotel

For guests staying at The Bear, bus departs from Ditchley to The Bear hotel

Friday, October 19, 2018

Transportation to Ditchley Park

For guests staying at The Bear, bus departs The Bear hotel for Ditchley Park

Welcome / Setting the scene

Costas Mitropoulos, Managing Partner PWC Greece & Co-Chairman Greek-British Symposium

Keynote speeches - Openness & Εξωστρέφεια: UK and Greece

Opening addresses setting the scene and interpretations of the theme from the perspective of UK and Greek leaders

  • John Glen, MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, UK
  • George Chouliarakis, Greek Alternate Finance Minister 
Session 1

Looking Outwards Together: Why the UK and Greece still need each other

Exploring the enduring relevance of the UK-Greek bilateral relationship at a time of opportunity and challenge for both.

Moderator:  Alexis Papahelas, Executive Editor, KATHIMERINI


  • Loukas Tsoukalis, Professor of European integration, University of Athens, President of ELIAMEP
  • Alberto Costa, MP, Chairman of APPG Greece 
  • Kevin Featherstone, Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics, London School of Economics
Coffee break
Session 2

Economic Εξωστρέφεια: Growing outward-facing economies from exports to investment 

How can the Greek and British economies continue to develop outwards, develop export economies and attract international investment?   

Moderator: Tony Barber, Europe Editor, Associate Editor, Financial Times 


  • Peter Mather, Group Regional President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, BP plc
  • Vicky Pryce, Economist, Board Member at Centre for Economics and Business Research
  • Mujtaba Rahman, MD Europe, Euroasia Group  
  • Nikos Vettas, Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, General Director of IOBE 
Informal Lunch
Session 3: Part I

Regional Εξωστρέφεια: Active foreign policy in the Western Balkans 

Exploring current developments, the roles and interests for the UK and Greece, and the aspirations of other regional actors such as Russia and Turkey.

Moderator & lead speaker: Misha Glenny, UK regional security journalist


  • Constantinos Filis, Research Director, Institute of International Relations 
  • Giorgos Koumoutsakos, New Democracy, Shadow Foreign Minister
  • Denis MacShane, former Labour MP and Minister for Europe
  • Tony Brenton, former UK Ambassador to Russia 
Session 3: Part II

Regional Εξωστρέφεια: Active foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean 

Security, migration, energy and geopolitics:  the outlook for Greek interests in the near neighbourhood, and the UK’s approach. 

Moderator & lead speaker: Nikos Konstandaras, journalist, KATHIMERINI


  • Angelos Syrigos, Professor of International Law & Foreign Policy, commentator 
  • Gareth Winrow, independent research analyst and consultant, Eastern Med issues
  • Lord Dubs, All Party Parliamentary Group Greece, House of Lords
Coffee break
Session 4

Finding the balance: Safe Communities, Open Societies 

Preserving free and open societies whilst defending against evolving internal and external security threats. 

Moderator: James Landale, BBC Diplomatic Editor 


  • Nikos Dendias, former Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection
  • Pavlos Apostolidis, Honorary Ambassador, former Chief of EYP
  • Rashad Ali, de-radicalisation expert, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) 
Highlights tour of Ditchley Park or Free Time

Full tour of Ditchley Park is scheduled for Sat pm

Return to The Bear hotel (before dinner)

For guests staying at The Bear and wishing to return to the hotel before dinner, bus departs from Ditchley to The Bear

Departure to Ditchley Park

For guests staying at The Bear, bus departs from hotel to Ditchley

Reception & Formal Dinner

Presentation led by Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Research Director, DiaNEOsis, on What Greeks Believe, based on the results of the World Values Survey for Greece.

After-dinner speach

Professor Evangleos Venizelos, MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece & Minister for Foreign Affairs, 2013-2015

Return to The Bear hotel

For guests staying at The Bear, bus departs from Ditchley to The Bear hotel

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Departure to Ditchley Park

For guests staying at The Bear hotel, bus departs The Bear hotel for Ditchley Park

Guests should checkout of The Bear, luggage should be brought and stored at Ditchley Park 

Session 5

Harnessing global technology for economic growth

An overview of innovations in key sectors using case studies that showcase UK-Greek partnerships

Moderator: George Palikaras, CEO & Founder Metamaterial Technologies 

Presentations & discussion featuring: 

HEALTH SCIENCES - Konstantinos Dimitriou, Brainomix CFO/CSO 

BLUE ECONOMY - Michael Synodinos, Managing Director, Scalable Project Ltd.   

ED-TECH - Byron Nicolaides, Founder & President, PeopleCert

SHIPPING - Daniel Ng, CEO and Founder, CyberOwl

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Effie Kyrtata, Founder & CEO, Reload Greece

Coffee break
Session 6

Open Academia: linking up higher education research to business development 

Looking at models for increasing collaboration between universities, innovation ecosystems and companies.

Moderator & lead speaker: Michael G. Jacobides, Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, London Business School


  • Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre
  • Dimitrios Dimitriou, Professor Associate, Transportation planning management and economics, and Chairman of the BoD Athens International Airport
  • Kimon Daniilidis, General Manager, Hellenic Research Centre for Metals (ELKEME, VIOHALCO)
  • Evi Christophilopoulou, Democratic Coalition MP
Cultural Εξωστρέφεια: country branding and influence in the 21st century

Guest speaker: Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, fellow of All Souls College

Informal Lunch & Closing Remarks

The Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, Francis Maude Associates LLP & Co-Chair Greek-British Symposium

Tour of Ditchley Park for guests who wish to stay on

And/or transfers to Charlbury for those travelling onwards by train (possible departure times; 1509, 1607, 1704, 1804) 

Bus from Ditchley Park to Heathrow Airport (by pre-arrangement only)