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EMBCA’s Panel Discussion on Ioannis Kapodistrias in Athens, March 21


The East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance presents a live panel discussion titled “Ioannis Kapodistrias, The Governor, and the Making of the Hellenic Nation” on March 21, 2024 at the Demos Center in Plaka (17B Ipitou St.) at 7 pm. A Cocktail Hour will precede at 6pm.

The discussion will be introduced and moderated by Lou Katsos, EMBCA’s President. The distinguished panel [in formation] will include Prof. Ilias Giarenis, Vice Rector of the Ionian University; Archeologist/ Professor of Ancient History Pierre Ducrey of the University of Lausanne; and Film Director / Screenwriter Giannis Smaragdis.

There is no charge for the event but an RSVP is required due to limited space.

“Ioannis Kapodistrias, a prominent Hellenic and International statesman of the 19th century, left an indelible mark on the course of Hellenic as well as European history. Born in Corfu, he embarked on a remarkable career that would culminate in his role as the first head of state of independent Hellas. His legacy is multifaceted, encompassing international diplomatic achievements, administrative reforms, and enduring contributions to the concept of a modern Hellenic nation-state”, notes Lou Katsos.

“Kapodistrias’ diplomatic prowess was evident in his efforts to secure Hellenic independence during a tumultuous era. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, he navigated the complex European political landscape to garner support for the Hellenic cause. His diplomatic endeavors culminated in the Protocol of St. Petersburg in 1826, which recognized Greece as an autonomous, albeit still Ottoman vassal, state. This diplomatic success laid the groundwork for the subsequent establishment of the independent Hellenic state”.

“As the first Governor of Hellas (1827-1831), Kapodistrias faced the Herculean task of nation-building. His administrative reforms aimed at modernizing the Hellenic state and ensuring its viability. He introduced a centralized administrative system, reorganized the military, and implemented economic policies to stabilize the nation. Kapodistrias’ legacy extends beyond the realm of governance, encompassing cultural and educational contributions. He recognized the importance of education in forging a national identity and which helped establish the University of Athens in 1837. This institution played a pivotal role in nurturing intellectual and cultural development, contributing significantly to the resurgence of Hellenic national consciousness”.