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Athens Democracy Forum


Members of The Common Good have a special opportunity to attend the Athens Democracy Forum, a pivotal conference addressing the impact of the current feeble state of democracy on our world and on businesses alike.

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With emerging democracies backsliding into authoritarianism and others falling prey to populism, there has never been a more urgent need to assess the evolving state of democracy and its impact now, amid rapid global change. The 2019 Athens Democracy Forum will be held October 9-11 in Athens. The Forum brings senior New York Times journalists together with international business leaders, policy makers, academics and experts to discuss the state of democracy and what action it requires in the face of mounting challenges.

The Athens Democracy Forum is attended by over 400 international delegates from more than 30 countries. Delegates will enjoy a rich program of cultural events and networking opportunities, including a welcome reception at the Acropolis Museum, cultural tours, an interactive discussion with senior New York Times journalists, a dinner hosted by the Mayor of Athens, and immersive deep-dive discussions to find solutions to four of the 17 United Nations Global Goals.   

The agenda now includes a debate between Bernard-Henri Lévy (TCG Past Speaker, Philosopher, Filmmaker and Activist) and Stephen Bannon (Former White House Chief Strategist, United States), as well as discussions with Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world, Nobel lLaureates, human rights activists in Hong Kong and the Middle East, and more. For the present agenda, click here.

Special accommodation at Hotel Grande Bretagne, a beautiful 5-star hotel in the heart of Athens, are available for reservation. Special rates are valid until September 8th - click here to reserve.

Speakers include:



Nathan Law, Hong Kong Politician and Activist; Prokopios Pavlopoulos, President of Greece; Michael Higgins, President of Ireland ; Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner; Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor, State of California; HE Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica; Margot Wallstrom, Foreign Minister of Sweden; Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Studies; Maria Schmidt, Advisor to PM Victor Orban; George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of Greece; Jay Weatherill, Industry Professor, University of South Australia; Kassem Eid, Palestinian-Syrian Refugee; Sergei Karaganov, Russian Council of Foreign Policy; Anna Diamantopoulou, Former EU Commissioner; Katharina Schulze, Leader of the Alliance ‘90/The Greens in Germany; Ory Okolloh, Activist & Managing Director, Luminate Africa; Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Youth Envoy; Paul Polman, Former C.E.O., Unilever and Co-Founder & Chair, Imagine ; Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens; Annika Savill, Executive Head UNDEF; Dr. Huiyao (Henry) Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization; Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, The New York Times Company; Dan Shefet, Attorney, Paris Court of App; George Tsopelas, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, Greece

And more to be announced