Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 10th episode of Hellenic DNA. The television platform that deals with the actions of the Greeks dispersed in America. Culture, sciences, businesses, sports. All topics front the 10 episodes aired so far can be viewed individually and separately at our website at www.hellenicdna.com On today’s episode, we record the pulse of the Greek community, aspiring to leave behind a stockpile of images and sound to future generations as well as to spread the Greek culture and Greek language across the world, wherever there are Greeks. Before we move on to today’s topics, we would like to thank the thousands of friends who follow us on social media, our sponsors who support us and our broadcast partners who work to create each month’s episode. Today at the 10th Hellenic DNA from our studio in NY you can watch the following: SiliaAkrivi, a new immigrant who left behind a few years ago a small village in Preveza in order to work in the heart of Manhattan. First Conference that was organized in Washington DC by the Delphi Economic Forum and the Kathimerini newspaper in collaboration with HALC and Hellasjournal.gr The composer Pericles Canaris talks about his future recordings and his career as a professor at an American University. The Annual Hellenic Investment Conference “Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum” took place for the 21st consecutive year with the central theme “Greece is Back.” 83rd Anniversary since the founding of the Hellenic Medical Association of NY. Hellenic DNA was present at the official dinner. The Alexandrion Foundation and the 2nd International Awards Ceremony at the emblematic “Gotham Hall.” All Greek scientists, men and women living in America have Greek consciousness. The reasons that brought them here and keep them here are mainly professional, as they provided with tremendous developmental potential and can easily exploit their skills. Hellenic DNA met with Silia Akrivi, a Greek nostalgic of Greece, despite her successful career in America. Silia is a younger immigrant who left a small village in Preveza a few years ago to work in Manhattan, New York. I came to the US in 2009, before that I was working in the IT field. I left Preveza at the age of 17, I went to Athens to study, I entered the University of Piraeus and at the same time I had to work, so my first job was in IT. After studying I came up with it. I grew up in Preveza, at a small village, not really in the big city of Preveza because Preveza is supposed to be a big city, in Kanali. I had a typical, middle class family of the 1980s, this was the decade I grew up in. When I came to the US I left behind a life: family, friends, acquaintances, until then a career, I left everything I knew and didn’t know and came to the unknown. Literally in the unknown. No one was waiting for me here, I hadn’t set up a career yet, I just came with a ticket to JFK and told myself “ok, my girl, me, myself and I, the three of us, let’s go, let’s take it.” I have an older sister and a younger brother, my sister is married, my brother is single and he is my mother’s concern and my parents who live in the Kanali of Preveza. So while the whole family was excited about my moving to the US at the same time, as you know, it was a little difficult to get away with a huge Atlantic between us. That was the objective difficulty. The access. But on the other hand, I have to admit that I am quite happy with my progress so far and the fact that I am satisfied with what has been created in my new home country and they are 100% supportive. I believe that the last decade has taught a lot to the Greek people and to all of us and to the Greek political reality that if we want to see differences in the future we will have to see innovative changes. Greece needs to modernize itself and change its philosophy and perception. I think the new generation that is coming is already sociable in this new vision and I think we will soon see another reality that we will be proud of. So in the context of this new reality that has begun and articulated in recent years, following the huge crisis that has rocked the Greek territory for a long time, I thought there were too many opportunities for new Greek business. So I was approached by a very good friend of mine, a friend from the past with a very nice proposal that is not only business in nature but also gives great benefits to the Greek community. Recently, Greece has decided to take this huge step with the so-called land registry. Large cartographies of areas and prominent elements that until recently were nowhere to be recorded, are therefore called upon to move to a more organized form. So this very good friend of mine, in particular Karolos Markouzos with whom we have been collaborating lately, had this great idea but also did it for two or three Greek-Americans who approached him for cooperation. He managed to navigate through all this jumble of various papers, documents, whatever we might call a bureaucracy, and deliver “Caesar’s to Caesar.” I met Silia a year ago, when she was working with a colleague of mine in a software development, and from there we developed a very friendly relationship, and I recommended her to start this business here in America. Then we agreed with Silia to work on this project, to make it known to all Americans here in America that they could, with confidence and without their money being stolen, really connect with their roots in Greece and at the same time to pass on to their future generations all that they took from their relatives and so diligently built for so many years. Greece for me is my first mother, my homeland, the place where I was born and raised, everything, customs, traditions. Greece is a place that no matter where I am at the end of my life, will always be in my heart and I will not give it up for a second. Hellenic DNA is a social work. I think Panos Satzoglou does a great job, fills a big gap that has existed for a long time in the Greek community. Primarily it has a great audience of a more modern Hellenism, the newcomers, because being here for 10 years you are considered a newbie in the US. We admire it, we welcome it and I would like to say to everyone that it is worth supporting. This is our signature, this is what we will leave for future generations. Senators, Presidents of Organizations and Businesses, Greek Ministers, U.S. Government Officials, Prominent Academics and many journalists attended the 1st Conference that took place in Washington DC and it was organized by the Delphi Economic Forum and with the Kathimerini newspaper in collaboration of HALC and Hellasjournal.gr. Many issues related to actions in order to strengthen ties and cooperation between the United States, South-Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean were discussed and analyzed with an emphasis on Greece. As you will hear from most speakers Greece is a country that needs investments and is ready to go ahead with the reforms needed to attract them. I remember that the Prime Minister Mr. Papadimas at that day he was telling us the economical figures of our economy of that time. We have lost approximately the 25% of our DTP in less than two years, we have 28% unemployment, thousands of people left the country and they claim after these things that these are things have happened in a western country only after war. This two-day meeting in Washington was of great interest, and I think both for Greece and the US, especially because Greece is currently the only stability pole in an area that includes the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans. Therefore, a stable agent as a US ally is extremely important to both members. I think it’s an important conference that we’ve had. Of course, first and foremost, it is important for us as Greeks to explain our positions here and what Greece is trying to do and on the other to understand exactly what is happening in Washington as we are in unmapped waters, and certainly this contact is very helpful. The purpose of our effort is to work as a bridge with America, and I think Kathimerini mainly through the English-language version, actually acts as a bridge. It has a validity, we work with the New York Times, so it is in itself an element that attracts both the foreign reader and the Greeks of the Diaspora, that is, those who read in English and the appeal I have, having heard the participants who consider that we have been responsive to the need that existed. We covered it, and I hope we’ll discuss it, see it, but to continue going next year, and more, in a similar climate, environment with a similar goal. I am always happy when I have the opportunity to be in Washington, I am always given the opportunity to have high-level contacts with both Congress and the Administration. But now it is an even better opportunity because it is part of a very important conference for our country as well as for the wider region of South-Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean because it is a place where there is a great investment interest in both energy and infrastructure issues and of course tourism, an area that is privileged for our country. I came here to try and rediscover our country as a tourist and tourist-investment destination for our US friends. I believe that such conferences are useful and even necessary. They bring together speakers from different parts of the world. They give everyone the opportunity to develop their ideas and at the end of the day, this is exactly what our country needs. We need this so-called extroversion, we need to reach out to larger audiences outside of Greece and mainly here in America. The subject we are trying to cover is difficult, so events of this kind are absolutely essential. We see a conundrum of people from both politics and economics and society who are absolutely necessary to help us solve both the problems effectively and to clear up where there is fog to show what the reality is in Greece so that more and more people will try to visit our country. What the Delphi Economic Forum has done with the Kathimerini newspaper finds me very pleased about the role we have played, and it is a positive development, because for the first time, although we come regularly to Washington and discuss national issues, the future of Greece, for the first time, Greece and the Greek issues have been presented in Washington in a more complete way. I think the first Delphi Forum here in Washington is an institution that needs to be established. It is necessary at institutional and non-institutional level to have a dialogue so that both sides understand what matters to each other, and at the level of politicians, businessmen, journalists and other disciplines, it is vital to maintain a mutual trust that can lead to shared results. My experience as an MP here in Washington is that there are people, who are ready to listen, ready to understand how Greece changes chapter, how it sends a new message of stability and confidence to Washington and other international centers and how we will show the world and our friends in the US that Greece is now a business friendly, a country to invest in, a credible country that can offer so much in the wider area. This conference is like Delphi, which started the institution a few years ago, it started small but slowly evolved into a big Greek Davos. We, too, as entrepreneurs, hope to support this institution because it is the first time it is being held in Washington, and we hope it will be repeated many times. And this as our goal, as an association of entrepreneurs, to add to the political agenda and entrepreneurship, which links Greek businessmen with the Greek-American community much more accurately and perhaps in the long run. There is a great absence of Greece in my estimation in Washington. It’s an absence in the sense of “what other countries are doing here” promoting your own interests. That is why we met, we decided to set up an annual, once an annual institution where we could reach out to all policy makers, to the opinion leaders, if you prefer, in this great capital of the world. What is happening in Greece, what is happening in our region, so that we can grow, if you want, our political, economic and business partnerships and friendships much more. I’m more concerned with really as I mentioned inside in the panel the people to people dialogue, the conversation, the collaboration that we can have between Diaspora and Greek State at all levels not just the government, political level but down to our organizations, our groups, our leaders and really getting on the same page, and really exchanging information as well as our talent and resources. The conference has been really successful in bringing so many leading voices from here and in Greece and in Europe. We’re really jest by the energy, you agree? Very jest, congratulations. Pericles Canaris A music composer with a Greek identity and with international sounds. He was born and raised in Athens but has been living in New York the last few years. His studies in music and his service in America opened the doors to many other kinds of music in the world. We met him at a familiar place in Manhattan, where he successfully performed once again in New York City. It is a very special feeling to play for the New York Diaspora because it is the place and the environment in which I started as a musician, a singer and a songwriter. This corner here especially DROM because I started playing here, it has something special for me because it’s always a reminder of the start and the beginning, because that’s where everything started. New York offers a lot of professional opportunities and the truth is that too many musicians have to experiment with multiple things in order to survive. I am lucky enough to make a living from my music right now. I also have a family, I have a little kid, so the fact that now I’m going to start teaching at NYU is very helpful to me. The language, however, is limiting the audience. If you only play orchestral music, it has a more accessible New York audience. However, I still believe in both the Greekness of the sound and the Greek language, and I insist about it. The Greek language is the backbone of our souls as Greeks. It is the most immediate and most important way of expressing ourselves. After “Invisible” which was my first album, that was released in 2014, with lyrics by Manos Eleftherios, my next move, is to soon head again to the studio to record a series of new songs. And this will be a collection of melodic poetry from both great classical and contemporary poets. Presently, I have started non-Greek-speaking songs, and I have presented one English and one in French. I wish the DNA, the same strength, the same inspiration, the same determination and creativity to continue to hold high the bar on the information of our Greek community. “Greece is Back” was the keynote theme at The Annual Greek Investment Conference “Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum” was held for the 21st consecutive year in New York with great success attracting once again more than 1,000 participants. This year’s Annual Capital Link “Invest in Greece” has come at a time when our country is on the path of growth and investments are the key pillar and lever of restarting the national economy. At the conference dinner, the American major investor John Paulson was honored with the “2019 Capital Link Hellenic Leadership Award” for his outstanding contribution to Greece. A very important conference, the 21st Capital Link Conference. I have attended the last 20-21 conferences in NY and I admit that this is one of the most successful, with very many Government Ministers involved, with a climate of optimism, with an effort to increase investments in Greece and I think the title “Greece is Back” says it all. Here we are, at the beginning of an endeavor where the road seems to be long. There is such bureaucracy still, and such mounds need to be demolished before anyone can come to invest in a country with decent amounts of money, it still requires a lot of work. We are on the right track but to say that because 5-6 months have gone by with good moves, that there will be someone to make a huge investment, it does still take a long time. We are on the right track. Capital Link has managed and gathered people here when no one wanted to deal with either Greece or shipping. This year is the 21st year we are organizing this amazing conference. This conference is organized annually regardless of the political and economic conditions in Greece. And I’m really proud, that we managed to keep the quality of this conference high, even in difficult times when Greece was in the depths of the crisis. Today that is the 21st congress, the climate is different. Greece has now entered a new course after so many years of crisis and problems. All sizes are showing a positive development and we have a long way to go but now both the trends and the direction are positive. I see people that are excited, it’s a great success. Greece is the country that needs to attract investment and I wish it the best. Afandou is something special for me, it’s something the country needs. I met the Minister of Investment, Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, I was very encouraged that the projects would go ahead and Prime Minister Mr. Mitsotakis knew about my suffering and my anxiety as a Greek-American. I want to invest in my country. They knew my case, they promised me they would do their best. Capitalism has a set of rules and operates on a profit basis. We create a friendly, business environment for all investors. Now, if more people of Diaspora are mobilized in this environment, it is very welcome and very pleasant. But I would like to make life easy for any investor who comes to Greece. A great moment for Greece today, and this is depicted by the pulse of the Greek government’s political representatives who are talking about Greece of tomorrow and how it is changing. Atlantic Bank, co-exists with Hellenism here in America and our hearts are always beating Greek. I wish the best for our country, it is our joy and our pride and anything we can do as a bank, we will do it to help. Capital Link is an institution in the NY investment community and it addresses a wider audience, extending far beyond those who have an investment or political interest in Greece. It brings together investors, it brings together long-term and speculators, all kinds of investors and I’m glad it’s become an institution. Its quality is very high and its recognition is also very dynamic. Formal dinner and awards ceremony at the 83rd Anniversary of the establishment of the Hellenic Medical Association of New York. Doctors are talking on the Hellenic DNA camera, referring on the continuation of the institution by highlighting the great work of George Papanikolaou. Most of the doctors as you will see, want to show the great resonance Papanicolaous work had on modern medicine and how the seeds of this Doctor’s work continues to bear fruit and results. Among the award-winning doctors was Angeliki Frangou, who was honored for her achievements in shipping as well as charity. Angeliki Frangou belongs to the 5th generation of Franco family ship owners. The Hellenic Medical Association of NY has started in 1936 by the late Dr. George Papanikolaou of Pap Test, who brought Greek doctors to our area of NY then, and created the Hellenic Medical Association of NY. This Association has continued, pioneering all major issues related to the Greek-American public and Greece. We represent over 3,000 doctors in the NY Metropolitan Area and we have a lot of youth. We give scholarships to students who are interested in becoming doctors. For eighty-three years now our Association is only concerned with supporting students who want to become doctors. It supports social groups that are suffering from getting the right health, the right care, and that gives us immense satisfaction. I just wanna speak to the society’s culture, mentorship and scholarship and the opportunities that are set up for us to receive mentorship from other Greek physicians which are hard to come by our age, for people like myself who are rising residents and medical students and even pre-medical students to be able to connect to other Greek physicians is really a unique opportunity and we’re so thankful for all the graciousness of the Society that has provided us. We are here at one of the best times we have in the Medical Association of NY, which for us, as Greeks, it’s not just to be organized to have the power we need to have as doctors, but more so for future generations. What counts for us is that we will be able to give our children who want to become doctors, the students we want to help, the community but not just our own, the whole NY community. It is very important to us. The Hellenic Medical Society is a very important organization, because we have to remember our past and protect the future. Dr. Papanikolaou may be, he did not get a presidential Medal of Freedom or Nobel Prize but he has saved millions of women from cervical cancer and lung cancer that they still use these days and we have to continue that legacy that dates back to ancient times and the father of medicine. I was the doctor of the soccer team where many famous soccer players like Pele, Beckenbauer. I had a special relationship with Pele who I had operated on four times but I was also a personal friend of his. I know his problems as a family man, as a human being. I can say he is more famous as a human being than a soccer player. I could not imagine in my life that a man like Pele who was known by all the world could care about the smallest man he would encounter. I am 28 years old, I left Greece we all love, I left many friends, my family, all the ones I love. I will definitely stay here for a few years to do research and my goal is to specialize and train here in neurosurgery. The specialty is 7 years, so I’ll definitely be staying here for at least 10 years. If all goes well, God’s willing, and after all these years here, God only knows if I can go back. Regardless, at some point I definitely want to go back. Doctors play an important role not only in healing and prescribing, but also in training other people. For this reason alone, we are considered mentors to the Diaspora. I was born in Thessaloniki, I came as an immigrant in 1969, I have been in New York for almost 50 years but I always visit my home country because our DNA is out there and this DNA cannot be changed for any reason. As I have said many times, since I also do genetic medicine, the Greek man may change, may quarrel with one another, but there is a strong gene called Greek philotimo, which does not change, and that gives us the inspiration to continue and to offer to our fellow humans. The Alexandrion Foundation held its second international awards ceremony at the emblematic Gotham Hall in the heart of Manhattan. The Alexandrion Foundation is the charity institution of the “AlexandrionGroup” from Romania. The event aimed at honoring Americans who come from Romania, Syria and Greece and excel in various areas such as politics, science, the arts and charity. We started last year in NY, which will be there every year. This is the 2nd year. I’m very happy because everyone was happy. The awardees were happy as well and all’s well that ends well. We have successfully completed tonight, the 2nd Gala Constantin Award here in NY. We have honored very important people, covering many areas of society, music, painting, architecture and as a crowning achievement we have awarded the Archbishop of America Elpidoforos. A very important moment for the institution this award and the fact that the Archbishop consented to receive this award. I am truly honored to be among all of you this evening and I am deeply humbled that you have decided to praise me with this noteworthy reward along with all my fellow Americans. We are grateful for its amazing contributions and allow me to express the thanks of all to the foundation for its commitment, its effective energy, and its excellent activities. We are in NYC at the Gotham Hall, celebrating this wonderful event full of warmth and kindness, a charity event planned by Angela, here… Thank you so much for having us here tonight. It was a pleasure working with the Alexandrion Group. Warm people from Romania, very close to our heritage joining forces tonight for a wonderful fundraiser. I am glad to be here and very happy to work with the group. So, thank you very much, I appreciate it. It was a great event that took place in NY at a great place. It was our 2nd year and we are very lucky to be here. Last year I was awarded at the 1st event here as an artist and this year I am here as a guest. We will have a great time, here is my friend Lucas, I am Philip Tsiaras. Be well. Be all well. It was Constantin Brancoveanu’s event for the second consecutive year here in NY, and it was all crowned with success. We once again rewarded people of art, of culture. We have united three peoples, the Greeks, the Romanians and the Americans and once again proved that the Alexandrion Foundation promotes culture and art. This is the second Year for Alexandrion in USA, a dynamic Alexandrion, after its maiden appearance in NY. After many hours of rewarding people, of all social levels, it is the second year with the new Archbishop being awarded and other people of art and politics and will continue vigorously in the coming years. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of the today’s episode. We renew our appointment for the next month. All topics can be watched independently on our website www.hellenic.com translated with English and Greek subtitles. Based in New York where our studios are located, we travel often to different cities to show the activities of the Greeks in the USA, related to the arts, business, culture and sports. We would like to thank the thousands of viewers who follow us on every episode, and our sponsors who support us in order to bring this channel to your smart devices phones, tablets, PCs, television. Ladies and gentlement, until next time!