Alexandros Lykourezos serves as Chairman at the Woodrow Wilson Awards Dinner, Athens, May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008  |   News   |

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the United States’ Smithsonian Institution proudly hosted the 2008 Woodrow Wilson Awards on May 15 in Athens, Greece for the first time. During this prestigious event, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service has been presented to His All Holiness Bartholomew I and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship was given posthumously to the late George E. Paraskevaides.

The Woodrow Wilson Awards are among the most prestigious given throughout the world and have been given internationally to leaders, entrepreneurs, peacekeepers, and policymakers, to show gratitude for the positive impact their accomplishments have had on our global culture.

The event gathered the political, business and institutional elite of our country who honored the Ecumenical Patriarch.

The exclusive guest list included Archbishop Ieronymos, Minister of Development C. Folias, Minister of Labor, F Palli-Petralia, members of parliament Mr. Varvitsiotis, Mrs. Konsta, Mr. Markopoulos, the Governor of the Bank of Greece Mr. N.Garganas, the Governor of ATEbank, mr. D.Miliakos and businessmen Mr. D.Ioannou, Mr. E.Vidalis, Mr. N.Tsakos, Mr. T.Aggelopoulos and many more.

The Woodrow Wilson Awards

Woodrow Wilson, a university professor and president before entering politics, was convinced that the true betterment of society would occur when the worlds of scholarship and politics found productive common ground. The Wilson Center stands as an institution to which influential members of these sectors, as well as business leaders, may look for the kind of enlightened and deliberate conversation that leads to attaining this worthy goal. Realizing that corporate executives are often important participants in making public policy decisions, the Center recognizes leaders in both business and public service who share President Wilson’s vision of improving our policies and institutions through the dynamic interchange of knowledge and opinions. Winners of these awards stand as living testaments to what may be accomplished when open, inclusive dialogue informs our national intelligence.

The Woodrow Wilson Center

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was established in 1968 within the Smithsonian Institution as a living memorial to the 28th president of the United States. The Center brings together people from government, academia, and business to explore vital current issues in a neutral, non-partisan setting. The Wilson Center bridges the gap between the world of ideas and the world of policy; participants engage in open, serious and informed debate, learning from and enriching one another.

The Center supports research in the social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on history, political science, and international relations. It offers residential fellowships and hosts public policy scholars and senior scholars, allowing academics, policymakers, journalists, business leaders, and others to pursue their research and writing. The Center’s professional staff oversees specialized
programs and projects that sponsor conferences, seminars, and other activities which illuminate key public policy issues and help to create a stronger, better informed democracy.

Located in the heart of Washington, DC, in the Ronald Reagan Building, it hosts more than 700 meetings annually, providing a unique public forum for the exchange of ideas. As part of its outreach efforts, the Center shares the results of its work through such venues as its highly respected journal, The Wilson Quarterly; books from the Wilson Center Press; a globally syndicated, weekly radio program, dialogue; a monthly newsletter, Centerpoint; a website at; and many widely distributed reports and newsletters from its individual programs.

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  • “... Alexander Lykourezos, e nei Balcani lo conoscono tutti. E considerato “il” principe del Foro ...”

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