Energy-Driven Job Creation: A roadmap towards a Greek "Brain Gain" | GEF Event
Energy-Driven Job Creation: A roadmap towards a Greek "Brain Gain"
Location: Brussels Press Club, Belgium from 18:0 to 20:30

During the last 7 years, and as Greek society has been anxiously observing the direct impacts of the economic crisis on its everyday life, a particular phenomenon started to acquire alarming momentum. The “Brain Drain” has now become a highly prevalent term within the public debate. Translated, this term summarizes the "drain" of Greece from the minds of its young population which decided to leave the country in an attempt to seek ways of better utilising their expertise overseas. The “Brain Gain+” initiative, the Greek Energy Forum and New Europe, have teamed up to raise awareness on these issues amongst EU stakeholders, elevating them to the European level and calling for action and support from European counterparts.


  • Margaritis Schinas - Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission
  • Gerasimos Thomas - Deputy Director General in the Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission; Chairman, Steering Board of the European Fund for Strategic Investments; Member, European Investment Bank
  • Declan Costello - Mission Chief for Greece, at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Maria Spyraki - Member of the European Parliament
  • Claude Turmes - Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Kaspar Richter - Head of the growth and business climate entity for the structural reform service of the European Commission
  • Alex Lagakos - Energy & Freight Market Strategist in Thenamaris Ships Management and the Founding Chairman of the Greek Energy Forum.
  • Constantine Levoyannis - Head of Brussels Branch Greek Energy Forum, and Director at FTI Consulting.
  • Alexandros Koronakis - Editor and CEO of New Europe newspaper, Vice President of the Association of European Journalists of Belgium, and Member of the Board of the Brussels Press Club.
  • Daria Nochevnik - Energy Analyst & Consultant, deputy head of the Greek Energy Forum Brussels Branch.
  • Orestis Omran - Counsel in the Brussels office of DLA Piper.
  • Nikolaos Theodorakis - Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow at Stanford Law School.

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