Founder of The Hellenic Initiative
President, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company and Greek Ambassador to the USA, Christos P Panagopoulos,
New York's prestigious Harvard Club was recently the venue for a very special event for Hellenism.
Prominent Global Greek Andrew Liveris, President and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company and co founder of The Hellenic Initiative, was honoured with The Capital Link Leadership Award for 2012 at the dinner marking Capital Link's 14th New York Investor Forum 'Building a New Greece'.
In a moving and inspiring speech from the heart, Andrew Liveris stressed the pivotal role the diaspora can play if we all come together to help Greece, the main concept behind The Hellenic Initiative's Oloi Mazi Campaign... All Together.
Andrew Liveris emphasised the need for the everyone in the diaspora to join together to help Greece rebuild, echoing what we have been saying for a long time - the same concept that is behind Global Greek World and our project Global Greeks for Greece .
Greece's dynamic and resourceful diaspora, a pretty well untapped and underutilised asset, coming through for our homeland...
Greece needs every single one of us right now, and every little bit that we can do to help counts - no matter how small it is and from whichever part of the world that that help comes.
The Hellenic Initiative is a global non-profit, non-governmental secular organization that aims to provide critical funding to inspire entrepreneurship, business development and investment in Greece. By mobilizing and engaging Greek diaspora and philhellenes from around the world, they hope to make a lasting impact and to help empower the Greek people toward long-term prosperity.
The Hellenic Initiative was officially launched on July 22 in Athens, at an event attended by President Bill Clinton, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, members of the Greek government, and representatives of the global Greek diaspora and philhellenic community.
Recently, The Hellenic Initiative founded the annual Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award in partnership with The Libra Group, to provide interest-free start-up funding, expert mentoring, and business support services to experienced and budding entrepreneurs in Greece. Read more about how the award works and how to apply.
Founder of The Hellenic Initiative
President, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company
About Andrew Liveris
Born in Darwin, Australia, to Greek immigrant parents, Andrew N. Liveris currently serves as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a $60 billion global specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics company based in Midland, Michigan.. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Liveris guided the company through the widespread economic crisis in addition to creating unprecedented periods of progress and expansion.
Liveris' 37-year Dow career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, business and general management. He began his Dow career in 1976 in Australia, and has spent a large proportion of his career in Asia where his formative roles included 14 years in Hong Kong, general manager for the company's operations in Thailand, and president of all Asia-Pacific operations. Liveris became a member of Dow's Board of Directors in February 2004, and was named CEO in November 2004. He was elected as Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2006.
An advocate for the criticality of manufacturing to the long-term health of a nation's economy, Liveris is the author of Make It in America, a book which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies that outlines the Company's vision for an 'Advanced Manufacturing' economy (updated in paperback January 2012), and served as co-chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the United States. In recognition of his efforts in this area, Liveris has been honored with the Distinguished Performance Award for Excellence in Public Policy from the Committee for Economic Development (2011), and the International Leadership Award from the United States Council for International Business (2011).
In addition to his work at Dow, Liveris’ breadth of experience and expertise is broadly represented across business, government, academic and non-profit sectors. He sits on the board of directors of IBM and the Special Olympics, is chairman of the U.S. Business Council, vice chair of the Business Roundtable, a member of the U.S. President's Export Council, and was a foreign co-chair of the 2012 China Development Forum. Liveris is a member of the US-India CEO Forum, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the American Australian Association. He is a founder and chairman of the Board of The Hellenic Initiative and serves on the board of trustees for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, USCIB, and Tufts University.
An established thought leader in his field, Liveris has been honored with the International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle (2013), the Inspired Leadership Award from The Performance Theater (2012), the Aristeio Award in Business from the American Hellenic Council (2012), and the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence (2012. He was named a BOSS True Leader by the Australian Financial Review (2012),), a “Legend in Leadership” by the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute (2011), Platts Global Energy Awards CEO of the Year (2011) and as one of the most influential people in the global chemical markets (ICIS Chemical Business magazine (December 2010/2011).
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