Diaspora Greeks Launch “The Hellenic Initiative” to Support Greece

The Hellenic Initiative Founding Conference with Bill Clinton

ATHENS, Greece – Convening a group of Greek business leaders and prominent members of the global Diaspora, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) was officially launched today during a roundtable discussion on how international collaboration can support the sustainable long term development and economic growth of Greece. THI is a global non-profit, non-governmental initiative which aims to provide critical funding to sustain organizations that can help inspire entrepreneurship, business development and investment that will ensure the Nation’s long-term prosperity.

“By combining the support and expertise of the global Diaspora and Philhellene community – Oli Mazi, All Together – The Hellenic Initiative will provide immediate and vital support in ensuring the prosperity of established and new organizations, and more importantly, encourage ongoing education, entrepreneurism and investment that will provide a sustainable foundation for the country’s future,” said THI founding member Andrew N. Liveris.

“Greece is a rich country – in people, culture, and resources – and the economic downturn provides enormous opportunities for Greeks to chart a new future for their country,” said President Clinton, who opened the private discussion. “I am pleased the Diaspora is joining together to embrace these opportunities and to invest in their country. I look forward to continuing to support their efforts.”

In addition to the creation of new economic development programs, THI will also work together within the existing philanthropic infrastructure to supplement the work of others and establish new levels of collaborative effectiveness. THI has already established strong links to the Leventis Foundation in Greece and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in the United States and will collaborate with partners in the UK and Australia, as well as with the Greek Orthodox Church.

THI founding member and business leader with extensive interests in Greece, George A. David said “I am pleased to see the interest and support of our Diaspora. Greece has enormous potential for growth which THI can help to ignite and today’s meeting is a great first step.”

“By partnering with credible and established organizations, and guided by our own analysis, THI will identify which areas to focus on for building capacity to support economic growth, inspire entrepreneurship and encourage investment” added THI founding member George P. Stamas.

As part of their launch activities, THI Founding Members also met with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to highlight the focused collaboration needed to support the long term development and competitiveness of Greece.

THI’s founding members have extensive experience in philanthropy, business and organizational management and will contribute their combined expertise to this unique project. The Founders are:

 Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company
 Muhtar A. Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company
 George A. David, Chairman Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
 George P. Stamas, P.C., Partner at Kirkland and Ellis LLP
About The Hellenic Initiative:
Founded in 2012, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, non-profit, non-governmental secular institution whose vision, through the generosity of the Greek Diaspora and Philhellene community, is to provide critical pragmatic encouragement and financial support to sustain organizations and programs that can help put an end to the current humanitarian crisis and inspire the entrepreneurship and business development that will empower the Greek people to strengthen their Nation’s long term prosperity. Oli Mazi – All Together.

(Photo courtesy Thanassis Anagnostopoulos, Ace Images)


  1. You will lose your money suckers…Greece is not a place to invest money, Greece is for the crooks, the corrupt and the criminals and better to invest in another part of the world which is needed most. Your money will not see the end of the days light. Say good bye to your money from now.

  2. John Catsimatidis, owner, president, chairman, and CEO of the Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods for 2 years tried to set-up a Hydrofoil lines connecting Greek Islands together but because the Greek bruteaucracy he did not manage to do anything other then been fined 1 million euros reduced to 500.000 for no wrong doing. So can you tell me where is my idiotic contribution is other then you been short sided and asino. Thank you very much for giving me the chance to tell you asino…

  3. There is very little hope to regain our hopes back to a strong, honest government in Greece! Alexandros G. Perdikomatis  Dallas, Texas.

  4. There is no hope at all in Greece been a prosperous country…The country has reached the end of the line where changes in politicians, politics and government is needed urgently…Two Captain will sink a ship so what about 3 ??? Definite the ship will vanish all together before undock…


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