Information Secretary General Panos Leivadas discusses the emergence of Greece as an important international business center and a gateway to the wider Balkan region.
Gus Michael Bilirakis (born February 8, 1963 in Gainesville, Florida) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 9th congressional district. Bilirakis was elected to replace his father, Mike Bilirakis, who did not run for reelection after 23 years in the United States Congress. Before being elected to Congress, Gus Bilirakis had been a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 1998.
In March 2004, Panos Leivadas was appointed Secretary General of Information by the Greek Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, and the Minister of State, Theodoros Roussopoulos. Among other duties, he is in charge of Greece's communications strategy abroad.
Born in Athens in 1964, he graduated from the Athens College. He studied Business Administration and Political Science at Hofstra University, New York, and at the University of Florida, Florida. While in college, he interned at the U.S. Senate and was elected Senator as well as Minority Leader in the University Senate, at the University of Florida. He has worked in the private business sector both in the States and Greece.
In 1997, he graduated with a Master's of Science in Electoral Sociology, from the University of Athens; in 1998, he registered as a PhD student. His Doctorate thesis, submitted for approval, is titled A Synthetic Interpretation Model of Electoral Behavior. He has published extensively on analysis of social studies, polling, economic analysis, political theory, and issues of globalization. He served as elected representative for the Political Science and Sociology Graduate Program, at the University of Athens.
Ambassador Alexandros Mallias
Alexandros P. Mallias became ambassador of Greece to the United States on Oct. 3rd, 2005.
Ambassador Mallias previously served as chairman of the Coordinating Committee for the Greek EU presidency's program for the Balkans (2002-03), director of the A3 South Eastern Europe (Balkan Affairs) Department (2000-present), national coordinator at the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe (2002-03), and ambassador to Albania (1999-2002).
In 1995, he served as head of division for Bulgaria and Romania at the Department for Balkan Affairs, during which time he was appointed the first head of mission at the Liaison Office of the Hellenic Republic in Skopje. In addition, he served as head of the European Community Monitor Mission Regional Office in Sofia, deputy director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Foreign Minister, and first counselor for political affairs at the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1989 to 1993.
Ambassador Mallias was also involved with the Greek Delegation to the Charter of Paris for a New Europe (CSCE), serving as head of the delegation in 1990. From 1984 to 1986, he served with the Middle East Department, the General Inspection, the West Europe Department and the Cabinet of the Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry. In 1982, he was posted to the Greek Embassy in Tripoli, and two years later, promoted to first secretary. After joining the Foreign Service in 1976, he served as head of unit for the Council of Europe as an attache and later as third secretary in the Department for International Organizations (1976-78), as well as deputy to the Greek permanent representative to the Council of Europe, where he was promoted to second secretary (1978-82).
Ambassador Mallias holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Athens. During the dictatorship in Greece, he actively participated in the students' movement for freedom and democracy. He also studied political science at the University of Geneva and holds a post-graduate certificate from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Europeennes.
He speaks English, French, Slav-Macedonian (spoken) and Albanian (basic).
Carolyn B. Maloney
Carolyn Bosher Maloney (born February 19, 1948) is a New York Democrat serving in the United States House of Representatives for New York's 14th congressional district (map) since 1993. This district, popularly known as the "silk stocking district", includes most of Manhattan's East Side as well as Astoria and Long Island City in Queens. She is married to Clifton Maloney, and they have two daughters, Christina and Virginia. They have lived on East 92nd Street in Manhattan for many years.