ACG 150

On September 20, 2022, distinguished guests from the academic, political and business communities participated in a discussion-dinner at the ACG Events Hall on the occasion of the second Lord Byron International Philhellenism Prize. The Institute for Hellenic Growth & Prosperity (IHGP) and Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) co-organized the event in continuation of the award ceremony held earlier in the day at the Academy of Athens. The discussion, entitled “Responding to crises: A values-based approach,” highlighted the importance and necessity of defending universal values in dealing with the multiple crises that the planet is facing today.

Klaus P. Regling, CEO of the European Financial Stability Facility and Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism, and Jack Lew, former US Secretary of the Treasury, participated in the discussion and were recipients of the 2022 International Philhellenism Lord Byron Prize. Christos Staikouras, Minister of Finance of Greece and Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of State and Digital Governance of Greece, took part in the discussion.

Dr. David Horner, President of The American College of Greece, opened the event by stating that for 47 years in Smryna and 100 years in Greece, the College has been introducing best practices of American education to Greek society.

In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Michalis Psalidopoulos, Chief Consultant and Chair of the Advisory Board at the IHGP said: “Crises are an integral part of economic life, which we must study to yield conclusions. The Eurozone and Greece successfully dealt with the financial crisis of 2008, but now the pandemic, war in Ukraine and energy crisis pose new challenges. In order to plan for a better future, we need to review past crises and reflect on what happened and how it helped us shape a better present.”

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