Inclusivity Lounge: A Gender Equality and Sustainable Economy Hub at Thessaloniki International Fair

Athens, September 6, 2022: On Sunday, September 11th, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, in partnership with Women on Top, is hosting the 4th Inclusivity Lounge, within the framework of the 86th Thessaloniki International Fair and HELEXPO Forum. The program is under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Demographic and Family Policy and Gender Equality.

The Inclusivity Lounge is a meeting point for discussions, the sharing of international best-practices, and networking around the broader topic of gender equality and the creation of a sustainable and inclusive economy. The aim of the Lounge is to place equality, sustainability, and inclusive development at the heart of the Thessaloniki International Fair, one of Greece’s most important events.

Selected local and international speakers from the fields of politics, research, and business will analyze topics such as the impact of the climate crisis on women in Greece and the Mediterranean, the role of women in building a sustainability strategy, and how gender should be considered in discussions of energy transition and sustainability initiatives around the world.


Inclusivity Lounge @TIF 2022 | Toward a sustainable & gender responsive economy

September 11th, 2022

17.00 – 17.15 Welcome remarks

– U.S. Embassy to Greece
– Kalypso Goula, General Secretary for Demography, Family Policy & Gender Equality

 17.15 – 18.00 Endangered gender: how natural disasters and extreme weather conditions are affecting women everywhere

– Βruce Βekkar, MD- Women’s Health physician; Fellow, Climate for Health, ecoAmerica;
Editorial Board, Journal of Climate Change and Health
– Jessie Catherine Thomson, Head of Delegation, International Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
– Zefi Dimadama, Senior Research Fellow of Department of International, European & Area
Studies Panteion University
– Maria Sitzoglou, Urban Designer and Participatory Planning Expert
In conversation with Pinelopi Theodorakakou, co-founder Women On Top

 18.00 – 18.30 Fireside chat | Climate and feminist diplomacy: what does foreign policy have to do with sustainability and change?

– Aubrey Paris, Ph.D., State Department Advisor on Gender, and Climate
In conversation with Consul General Elizabeth K. Lee, U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki

 18.30 – 19.15 The power to change: energy poverty, green jobs and women’s future in sustainability

– Kostas Hatzidakis, Minister for Labor and Social Affairs
– Alexandra Sdoukou, Secretary General for Energy & Mineral Resources at Ministry for the
Environment and Energy
– Margarita Maniati, Special Advisor to The President & CEO at PPC S.A.
– Effie Lazaridou, Chief Executive Officer, New Agriculture New Generation
In conversation with Stella Kasdagli, co-founder Women On Top

 19.15-20.00 Sustainable inclusion: the role of women in ESG

– Dr. Spyridoula Maltezou, Environmental Auditor
– Eleni Andreadis, Head of Sustainability, Sani Resort & Ikos Resorts
– Rania Filippakopoulou, Marketing & Trade Marketing Director, Henkel
– Fenya Sourla, co-founder & COO at Dataphoria
In conversation with Stella Kasdagli, co-founder Women On Top

20.00 – 20.30 Networking (and drinks!) for a more sustainable future


When: Sunday, September 11th 2022, 17.00-20.30

Where: Olympia Hall, “Ioannis Vellidis” Convention Center

Social media: #InclusivityLoungeΤΙF

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