9th Capital Link Forum and Leadership Awards

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The 9th Annual Capital Link CSR Forum titled “Investments, Extrovertion & Social Responsibility: Pillars for Sustainable Development”, took place in Athens, on Tuesday 25th of June 2019, at Hilton Athens Hotel under the Auspices of the Municipality of the City of Athens.

The “Capital Link CSR Leadership Awards” are annually presented to one or more personalities/organizations for their outstanding contribution to society and for the elevation of Greece and the Greek culture globally.


With the participation of 40 companies, many distinguished speakers and large public attendance, the Capital Link CSR Forum was a great success.

For the last nine years the Forum is regarded as a key platform combining rich educational and informational content with unique marketing and networking opportunities.

The Forum focused on sustainable development and showcased the social responsibility initiatives that, in combination with innovation and extroversion, contribute to building a better future for Greece.


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The International “2019 Capital Link CSR Leadership Award” was presented to “The Hellenic Initiative” (THI) for its continuous support towards economic recovery and development of entrepreneurship. Mr. Peter Poulos, Executive Director of THI, introduced Mr. Jeremy Downward, member of the BOD of THI; Executive Director – Aristeus Financial Services Ltd., who received the award on behalf of THI.


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The Greek “2019 Capital Link CSR Leadership Award” was presented to Ms. Marianna Politopoulou, Chairman and CEO of NN Hellas, for her contribution in the growth of the insurance market, the promotion of social welfare and the development of the Greek economy, through major investments and innovation.

The Awards were presented by Mrs. Nelly Papahela, Vice – Mayor for Trade, Development and Management of Public Spaces, City of Athens.

“Capitalizing on our 25-year track record with the organization of uniquely successful investment conferences, Capital Link has pioneered a series of CSR-focused forums in London, Athens and New York. Our Athens Forum focuses on the significance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a country that is tested by severe economic decline and social discomfort. With more than 700 participants and distinguished speakers, this annual event is a great success aiming to highlight how private enterprises and initiatives contribute to building a better future for Greece. It is regarded as a key platform for bridging communication between companies, citizens and NGOs aiming at building effective relationships between all”, said the organizers. The Forum aims to highlight the initiatives and programs by Greek and international corporations and organizations that support new ventures, small and medium-sized enterprises. Our main objective is to share success strategies and stories and highlight the key business factors, resources and support mechanisms that can lead companies to open up to global competitiveness and success”, said the organizers of the event.

The Forum offers the opportunity to over 100 NGOs from all over Greece, to showcase and communicate their programs, needs and objectives by exhibiting in a separately reserved space where the NGO representatives can meet and interact with the Forum participants. This is an initiative of Capital Link which can be realized thanks to the support of the companies participating at the Forum aiming to create live and direct interaction of all CSR stakeholders.

The topics discussed in the Forum were: The Contribution of Greek Diaspora to the Development of the Greek Economy • Investments & Exports – Review & Outlook • Investments that have a Significant Impact to the Economy and to the Society • The contribution of Entrepreneurship to Local Societies • There is no Planet B: #ZeroPlastic@OTE Group • Pharmaceuticals: Value Added Investment with Positive Economic & Social Impact • Dna and Investments • Investing in Greece & Greek Investment Funds • Banks, Economy and Development • Npls: as an Investment & Growth Opportunity – the Viewpoint of Investors • New sources of finance for Greece’s new era of development and growth.TOPICS

The participating companies were:

Alpha Bank • Alphatrust • Apollo Management International LLP • A.S. Papadimitriou • B2 Kapital • BookingClinic • Capital Partners S.A. • Cepal Hellas • CollegeLink • DECA Investments • Enterprise Greece • ENVOLVE Entrepreneurship • EOS capital partners • ΕΥ • EUROBANK Group • ΕΙΒ • Ferryhopper • First Athens Corporate Finance S.A. • Fraport Greece• Friesland Campina • ICAP • IMERYS S.A. • International Propeller Club, USA • LIBRA Group • McKinsey & Company • MyJobNow • NN Hellas • Nortus Investments Inc. • NOVARTIS • Odyssey Venture Partners • OTE Group • THI • Uni.fund • Velocity Partners • GEFYRA S.A.• Hellenic Petroleum • ELTA Hellenic Post • Ballas Pelecanos & Associates L.P.C. • THPA S.A. • PPA S.A • Papastratos CMC S.A. • Black Sea Trade & Development Bank • PIRAEUS BANK

There was also a brief intervention by Mr. George Patoulis, Regional Governor – elect of Attica.

Jeremy Downward Executive Director Aristeus Financial Services Ltd, in 2016, set up Aristeus, a fully regulated asset management firm in Cyprus and is the company’s CIO. In 2001 Jeremy set up a family office managing the investments of a prominent European family. The office made investments across the asset class spectrum in developed and emerging markets. He acted as CIO until late 2015 and remains a board member. Previously Jeremy was a founding partner and board member of Greece’s first investment bank, Alpha Finance from 1989 to 2001. Alpha Finance listed on the Athens Stock Exchange is April 1995 and was sold to Alpha Bank in 2001. Prior to Alpha Finance he worked at Continental Illinois Bank in New York, Athens and Piraeus. Jeremy graduated from Leeds University in 1976. He sits on the boards or advisory committees of various companies, investment vehicles, educational bodies and NGOs.

Marianna Politopoulou is the Chairman & CEO of NN Hellas since May 2016. Ιn her long professional career in Greece and abroad, particularly since 1994, she has held several senior management and CEO positions, among others, with Honeywell Europe, EFG Eurobank, Inchcape Hellas Group, Credit Agricole Indosuez Luxembourg and the National Bank of Greece. Her extensive and diverse experience in senior management, and in-depth knowledge of the financial industry, contributed to design and is implement the organization’s new strategy, focusing on people-centricity, teamwork, innovation and digitalization. She is also a BoD member of the Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce & Industry, of the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies and the Junior Achievement Greece. She also participates in the Leadership Committee of the American – Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and in the BoD of The Wharton Business School Club of Greece.


Previous honorees were: John Calamos, Founder, Chairman & Global CIO – Calamos Investments, John Catsimatides, Chairman & CEO – Red Apple Group, Nicholas Logothetis, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board – “The Concordia Summit”, Nikos Mouyiaris, Founder & CEO – Mana Products Inc., Dean Metropoulos, Chairman – Metropoulos & Company, Gregorios Stergioulis, CEO -Hellenic Petroleum S.A., Michael Tsamaz, Chairman & CEO – OTE Group, Christos Harpantidis, Chairman & Managing Director – PAPASTRATOS, Theodore Kyriakou, Chairman – Antenna Group.



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