Youth Leaders for Inclusion

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  • Venue: New York College, 38 Amalias Ave. Athens, Greece
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An 1-day training seminar event for young leaders with the aim of integrating them into political and social environment. The event's main target is to introduce both a new structure for the promotion of inclusive political participation and to develop mechanisms and opportunities as to achieve insight into the inclusive participation.

Trainers and Speakers


Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson, Motivational Speaker and Television Journalist (United States) Jeff Johnson has contributed commentary and analysis about issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for a litany of top tier media outlets that include CNN, Fox News, BET and The Dr. Phil Show. He continues to provide weekly commentary on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show tackling issues on politics, entertainment and social policy issues for its 8 million listeners. Early in his professional career Jeff ascended to national leadership positions, becoming the National Director for the NAACP’s Youth and College Division, as well as Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network. It was in these capacities that Johnson began to develop and cultivate his passion for politics and social activism and laid the groundwork for a career that exemplifies service and awareness. Johnson’s dedication and superb work ethic garnered the attention of African American cable network BET and in 2003 Johnson began a 5-year engagement as the resident cultural and political affairs commentator of the popular music show, Rap City. Johnson continues to be a catalyst for conversation on topics that define the culture of today. From his celebrated dialogue with marquee world figures, who include the Presidents of the Republic of Liberia and Sudan, President Obama, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to his grass-roots trench work to help create a better society, Jeff continues to be a trailblazing social entrepreneur and authentic voice for change. His ability to fluidly shift momentum to accommodate his audience and the overall topic necessity make Johnson a pivotal component to a litany of social conversations. Johnson consistently helps communities, corporations, and institutions to create innovative solutions and develop multi-level partnerships to resolve historic and systemic social imbalances and inequalities. http:// www.jeffsnation.com/

Mrs. Lora BergLora Berg, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, the German Marshall Fund (United States) Lora Berg is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, currently on detail to the German Marshall Fund with the goal of advancing diversity and inclusion best practices in the transatlantic space. In this capacity, she develops partnerships with other institutional actors on the international stage to inform and strengthen positive discourse around diversity and inclusion, and to develop leadership programs with a focus on rising, diverse young leaders. Ms. Berg has served at the U.S. Embassies in Tunis, Rabat, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bratislava, Paris, and Brussels. Most recently, Ms. Berg served as senior advisor in Washington to the Special Representative to Muslim Communities; in this role, she organized both the first edition of the “Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network” that took place in Copenhagen in April, 2012, and the “Diversity, Inclusion and U.S. Foreign Policy” convening of 100 corporate, government and NGO diversity leaders that took place at the Department of State in June, 2012. Ms. Berg holds Masters Degrees in International Relations and in Poetry from Johns Hopkins University; she speaks French and Arabic, as well as some Spanish and Slovak.


Andreas Souvaliotis     Mr. Andreas Souvaliotis  Known as one of Canada's leading serial social entrepreneurs, Andreas was once the CEO of a prominent retail agency — but then he decided to harness the immense power and reach of the marketing industry and put it to work for the good of society and the planet: He founded Green Rewards, the world's first eco-points program, fused it with the very popular AIR MILES program and ended up rewarding millions of citizens with their favourite loyalty points each time they made healthier or greener shopping choices. He has since co-founded and is now leading Social Change Rewards, a similar social venture with a global focus. Andreas' achievements in influencing and rewarding behaviour change on a mass scale have been recognized by social responsibility leaders from around the world, including The Prince of Wales. He is a prolific writer and speaker; Chair of the advisory board of the Centre for Responsible Leadership at the Queen's School of Business; Chair of the national committee on climate change for WWF Canada; and serves on several other academic and non-profit boards. Andreas is a very active member of the Young Presidents' Organization, where he has served as National Membership Chair for Canada and Chair of the Toronto chapter.

 Emi Mashiko

 Emi Mashiko : Second Secretary and Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Japan in Greece.- MA (Sociology), Queen's University, Canada

- Since she joined the Japanese foreign service, she was in charge of various multinational issues such as human rights and fishery. Before she was posted in Greece in 2013, she worked at the Japanese embassies in Thailand and Demark as well as at the Japanese consulate-general in Canada.

Ilchan Ahmet Is a Supreme Court lawyer. He has extensive experience as a legal advisor in the banking industry as well as the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace precinct. He was a parliamentary candidate with the Democratic Left Party in 2012 where he was elected with the highest votes in Greece. In the past he was a member of the Parliament with New Democracy Party. He also was member of the Central Committee and founding member of the Democratic Alliance Party with Dora Bakogianni. Moreover he was member of committee of Educational Issues and Regional Development. He has also served as a chairman of the Western Thrace Minority Association and is a member of the world –wide organization “The Coexistence Trust” which aims at combatting Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.


Maria Chioni

Maria Chionis is an educationist specialized in teaching Medical English Terminology and Communication Skills to Doctors and Nurses at the University of Athens and at Exelixsis Institute. Through the use of telecommunications, Maria has begun to build a bridge uniting the Medical communities of the world with the purpose to disseminate and exchange knowledge. Guest speakers via the use of technology have been Dr. Mark Litwin of UCLA and Dr. Lucile L. Adams-Campbell of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Maria’s main goal has been to teach patient centered care using the medium of the English language to Healthcare workers in Greece. Another initiative taken to promote optimal care and access to reliable information for the patient, has been the launching of the Community Outreach Program. This involves dialogue sessions between University Professors of the Medical School of Athens and community members.

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