"Digitalising the future" - Dean Kostas Axarloglou at the Economist 22nd Roundtable with the Government of Greece

Saturday, 23/06/2018

Alba Graduate Business School was the academic partner of the 22nd RoundTable Discussion with the Greek Government organized by the Economist.

The long-awaited conference entitled "A compass for Europe - A good wind for Greece", took place at Lagonisi on June 14 & 15 and gathered distinguished personalities and prominent leaders from Greece, Europe and around the world who brainstormed, debated and engaged in an open discussion about the future.

The proceedings of the conference focused on the developments in the Greek program coupled with the challenges posed by the developments in Italy. Notable officials and experts focused on current affairs, such as the EU's new road map, the impact of Brexit and the Balkans’ contribution to Europe.

Developments in the European banking sector, investment prospects and the digital transformation of the European and Greek economy complemented the two-day conference.

"What we are experiencing is not a vertical but a horizontal transformation that affects us all”.  Starting off with this comment, Dean Kostas Axarloglou, shared his thoughts on digital transformation urging the discussion between government, businesses and academics as was the case during the panel "DIGITALISING THE FUTURE", which concluded the conference. More specifically he mentioned “We know that some ethical questions lie ahead. But evolution is part of the solution and so the solution should be created in panels like this one through integration of knowledge, since the challenges are not just technical”

The panel was comprised of: Nikos Pappas, Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information, Viviane Reding, MEP and former Vice-President of the European Commission, Manolis Manassakis, General Manager Uber Hellas.

Dean K. Axarloglou while answering a question on AI  stressed that " Humans should be at the center of any discussion about technology and this is where Greece can help by developing new management theories. We have the privilege of being the source of humanities and thus we can build upon our expertise and play a role in giving an answer to these complex problems"