Human Rights in Business

Date: 25 Jun 2020
Location: Online

The conference will bring together government and international institution leaders, business people and the civil society to discuss human rights in the workplace with a focus on LGBT+ rights. Its aim is to highlight the importance of diversity for the prosperity of our societies and the role of businesses as agents of change.


12:00 - 12:05 WELCOME

Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs & Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic

12:05 - 12:30 OPENING REMARKS

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister

Hellenic Republic

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister

Kingdom of Norway

Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations

Margaritis Schinas, Vice President for Promoting the European Way of Life

European Commission

Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs


Dunja Mijatovic, Commissioner for Human Rights

Council of Europe

12:30 - 13:30 FIRST DISCUSSION PANEL ''Government: Building Inclusive and Diverse Societies''

Alex Patelis, Chief Economic Adviser

Prime Minister's Office Hellenic Republic

Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs


Janina Hasenson, Deputy Director, Legal Counsellor, Unit for Human Rights PolicyMinistry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Ioannis N. Dimitrakopoulos, Scientific Adviser to the Director

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Irena Moozova, Director for Equality and Union Citizenship

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

Rolf Wenzel, Governor

Council of Europe Development BankMODERATOR

Xenia Kounalaki, Foreign Editor/Columnist, Kathimerini

13:30 - 14:30 SECOND DISCUSSION PANEL ''Business: Corporate Responsibility and Opportunities in Promoting Diversity and Human Rights''

Peggy Antonakou, General Manager Southeast Europe


Haris Broumidis, CEO and Chairman of the Board


Theodosis Michalopoulos, CEO Greece, Cyprus & Malta


Nieves Delgado, Vice President of Sales and Exec Sponsor LGBT+ for Spain, Portugal, Greece & Israel

IBMVassilios Psaltis, CEO


Irene Nikolopoulou, co-CEO Greece and Vice President of the BOD



Paul Tugwell, Bloomberg News


"Society: Guaranteeing a Safe and Enabling Civil Society for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights"

Markus J. Beyrer, Director General

Business Europe

Kristine Garina, President

European Pride Organizers Association

Evangelos Chouliaras, Communications Officer

Thessaloniki Pride

Lars Henriksen, Chair

Copenhagen Pride

Salah Husseini, Associate Director


Fabrice Houdart, Managing Director for Global Equality Initiatives

Out Leadership

Dr. Andreas I. Pottakis

The Greek Ombudsman


Dimitris Theodoropoulos, Culture & Strategy Advisor, Onassis Foundation

15:30 - 15:45 CLOSING REMARKS

Gregory Dimitriadis, Secretary General for International Economic Affairs, Chairman of the Board Enterprise Greece

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic

Panos Alexandris, Secretary General for Justice & Human Rights

Ministry of Justice, Hellenic Republic

Maria Syrengela, Secretary General for Family Policy and Gender Equality

Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs, Hellenic Republic

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