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Speaker

Michael B. Christides

Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)

Michael B. Christides has held senior posts in the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Director General for International Economic Relations, and served as Ambassador of Greece to Bulgaria, to Turkey and to Argentina. He participated in many international meetings and conferences representing Greece and was appointed as the special envoy of the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs on Balkan issues (2008). Ambassador Christides has spent more than 20 years dealing with S.E. European affairs while travelling extensively in the region. He acquired extensive knowledge of the political and economic realities and established a wide network of high-level political, business and media contacts. After his retirement Ambassador Christides was elected by the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs as Secretary General of the BSEC PERMIS, assuming his duties on 1 July 2015. Following the unanimous endorsement by all BSEC Member States, the same Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs reappointed on 15 December 2017 Ambassador Christides for a second three year term-in-office, as of 1 July 2018. He holds a Diploma in Law from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece.