Ideagen Global - Catalyze Magazine - October 2023

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With Ideagen's extensive member network and influential platform, Catalyze Magazine serves as an aggregate for all content, events, articles, and collaborations of Ideagen Global. It is a monthly magazine where you will find transcriptions from Ideagen events, content, articles, and information surrounding how we are completing our mission. With this magazine, we want to highlight the nature of cross-sector collaboration and how we infuse it into our daily mission on a global scale.


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B Y I D E A G E N<br />


Corfu<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Edition<br />

PLUS<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong>’s <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit Preview<br />

Stelios Agapios<br />

Senior Account Executive for Public Sector<br />

Microsoft Greece

B Y I D E A G E N<br />


<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Corfu<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Edition<br />

PLUS<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong>’s <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit Preview<br />

Stavri Manousaki<br />

South East Europe Sales & Marketing Lead<br />

Otis Elevator Co.

B Y I D E A G E N<br />


<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Corfu<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Edition<br />

PLUS<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong>’s <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit Preview<br />

Annie Constantinides<br />

Director of Athletics<br />

ACS Athens

B Y I D E A G E N<br />


Corfu<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Edition<br />

PLUS<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong>’s <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit Preview<br />

Theodora Panteli<br />

Basketball Analyst, TV Presenter,<br />

Clinical Psychologist

B Y I D E A G E N<br />


Corfu<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Edition<br />

PLUS<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong>’s <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit Preview<br />

Yanna Darilis, PhD.<br />

Media Personality, Producer,<br />

Wellness/Health Coach

B Y I D E A G E N<br />


<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Corfu<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Edition<br />

PLUS<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong>’s <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit Preview<br />

Grigoris Zarotiadis<br />

Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences<br />

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

B Y I D E A G E N<br />


<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Corfu<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Edition<br />

PLUS<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong>’s <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit Preview<br />

Costantino Roselli<br />

Founder and Chief Metaverse Officer<br />


TABLE OF<br />


01<br />

02<br />

03<br />

04<br />

05<br />

06<br />

07<br />

Stelios Agapios<br />

Senior Account Executive for Greek Public Sector, Microsoft<br />

Stavri Manousaki<br />

South East Europe Sales & Marketing Lead, Otis Elevator Co.<br />

Annie Constantinides<br />

Director of Athletics, ACS Athens; Member, Greek Basketball<br />

Federation Board of Directors<br />

Theodora Panteli<br />

Former Professional Basketball Player and Current Sportscaster &<br />

Journalist<br />

Yanna Darilis<br />

Media Personality, Producer, Wellness/Health Coach<br />

Grigoris Zarotiadis<br />

Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle<br />

University of Thessaloniki<br />

Costantino Roselli<br />

Founder and Chief Metaverse Officer, Netizens (NTZNS)

G L O B A L<br />

Microsoft’s<br />

Sustainability Journey &<br />

the Value of Partnerships<br />

Stelios Agapios<br />

Senior Account Executive for Greek<br />

Public Sector at Microsoft<br />

Stelios Agapios, Microsoft<br />

George Sifakis: I'd like to turn to Microsoft. Microsoft shares an ethos with <strong>Ideagen</strong><br />

<strong>Global</strong> that not many Fortune Two companies would ever, and it's because of the<br />

shared ethos and pathos, two wonderful Greek words. It is why we're presented<br />

globally by Microsoft. In terms of the opportunity for the sustainability journey that<br />

you're on, Stelios, can you tell us what that journey looks like?<br />

Stelios Agapios: Microsoft is not new to the sustainability journey, and we started<br />

this journey back in 2009. Our first target was to become a carbon-neutral company,<br />

and we succeeded in 2012.<br />

In 2020, we set up new targets to become carbon-negative, water-positive, and a net<br />

zero waste company until 2030. This was our first target. The second is that from<br />

2030 to 2050, we want to remove from the atmosphere all the emissions that we<br />

created from our establishment in 1975.<br />


M I C R O S O F T ’ S S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y J O U R N E Y<br />

& T H E V A L U E O F P A R T N E R S H I P S<br />

George: You heard that right. To remove all of the emissions that Microsoft emitted<br />

since 1975. That's the goal by 2050. That's incredible. And Why are the partnerships<br />

created at Microsoft so important?<br />

Stelios: Because if you don't have partners, you cannot do, create, and execute what you<br />

want. The partnerships at Microsoft are the best, and they are one of the most crucial<br />

things that we do. Our partners are driving technology via Microsoft, and they are<br />

executing our dreams, our technology, innovation, and everything. It's very, very crucial.<br />


I D E N T I F Y I N G O T I S E L E V A T O R ’ S<br />

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y G O A L S<br />



George Sifakis: In terms of Otis's<br />

sustainability goals. Would you kindly<br />

lay out what those are?<br />

Stavri Manousaki: The journey of Otis<br />

in sustainability is very long, and it<br />

started long before this discussion. It's<br />

based on the three absolutes that we<br />

have, and that is safety, ethics, and<br />

quality. These are the three absolutes of<br />

the company on which we are based.<br />

The four pillars of our sustainable<br />

journey. That is health and safety,<br />

empowering people, government, and<br />

environmental protection. Let's say that<br />

more or less I will agree (with Stelios.<br />

We want to have zero carbon production<br />

from our factories, and as of today, we<br />

have achieved this at 47%.<br />

Stavri: We are focusing very much on the<br />

environment. Our products are<br />

environmentally sensitive. We produce<br />

elevators that conserve energy, and they<br />

actually work like a hybrid plug-in car. This<br />

is something that was a revolution for the<br />

industry because we introduced this to the<br />

elevator sector and the construction sector in<br />

2001.<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong> <strong>Global</strong> Panel<br />


I D E N T I F Y I N G O T I S E L E V A T O R ’ S<br />

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y G O A L S<br />

Stavri: This started from the journey of Elisha Otis 170 years ago, when he was<br />

the first inventor of the safe elevator. We are thinking of a connected world, of a<br />

connected world of elevators. A connected world of safe elevators that will reduce<br />

the transportation of our mechanics from job to job site, and that will give the<br />

opportunity to the people who are entrapped or in need of a solution to call back<br />

their elevator remotely.<br />

Stavri speaking on the <strong>Ideagen</strong> Panel<br />

Stavri following the <strong>Ideagen</strong> Panel<br />


<strong>2023</strong> <strong>Ideagen</strong> <strong>Global</strong><br />



SUMMIT<br />

From Corfu, Greece<br />

Now Streaming on<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong><strong>Global</strong>.com<br />


E M P O W E R I N G Y O U N G<br />

G I R L S T O A C H I E V E T H E I R<br />

D R E A M S I N B A S K E T B A L L<br />

W I T H A N N I E C O N S T A N T I N I D E S : D I R E C T O R O F<br />

A T H L E T I C S , A C S A T H E N S ; M E M B E R , G R E E K<br />

B A S K E T B A L L F E D E R A T I O N B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S<br />

Peggy Pelonis: In your role as Director of<br />

Athletics and as vice chair of the<br />

International School Athletic Association?<br />

How do you encourage and empower young<br />

female athletes to pursue their dreams?<br />

Annie Constantinides: First of all, thank you<br />

for including me in your panel, and I'm very<br />

happy to be here with all these individuals. I<br />

started with the little things regarding the<br />

Hellenic Basketball Federation. I started with<br />

the little things because every small thing<br />

counts. The first thing I did was request that<br />

women's basketball have an office space. In<br />

the past years, you would walk into the<br />

Hellenic Basketball Federation, and there<br />

were offices left, right, and center but nothing<br />

dedicated to women's basketball. One of the<br />

things done immediately was to have our own<br />

space to decorate the office with quotes and<br />

logos that pertain to women's basketball. We<br />

even put a sign on the door. It's the little<br />

things that matter as an initiative to start<br />

changing the mindset. It was a maledominated<br />

world in terms of basketball and<br />

Greece, and this was the situation for many<br />

decades.<br />

Annie Constantinides, ACS Athens<br />

Annie: Having done that, although it<br />

may not have had a significant impact,<br />

or maybe some people didn't<br />

understand the reasoning behind it, I<br />

felt that there needed to be a presence<br />

for women's basketball. The next thing<br />

I thought was very important was to<br />

recruit other female basketball players<br />

who were retired to involve these<br />

ladies in what we're trying to do.<br />

Annie: I believe that young girls<br />

should and need to have female role<br />

models, and having those women<br />

involved in women's basketball would<br />

create a wave that would encourage<br />

other girls to play.<br />


E M P O W E R I N G Y O U N G G I R L S T O A C H I E V E<br />

T H E I R D R E A M S I N B A S K E T B A L L<br />

Annie: The next thing was to have a strategy as to what the next steps are to empower<br />

young girls to get involved, and that strategy needed some thought. First and foremost,<br />

we needed to find out how many girls were involved. We needed to have that data so<br />

we could have a course of action. There is a strategy in place, and we have recruited<br />

several former national team players. When we have our council meetings, I remind<br />

people of women's basketball, so I think I'm a voice that in the past wasn't there. I do<br />

believe that some steps have been made; some people call it baby steps, but you've got<br />

to start somewhere. One thing for sure is there was a male-dominant culture of over 30<br />

years. It's challenging to change the culture, so we have to change the mindset. Change<br />

the mindset to remind people that women and young girls deserve the opportunity to<br />

play basketball.<br />

Annie alongside fellow panelists Theodora Panteli & Yanna Darilis<br />

<strong>Ideagen</strong> <strong>Global</strong> & ACS Athens Group Photo<br />

ACS Athens Group Panel<br />



Supporting & Advocating in<br />

Women’s Athletics<br />

With Former Professional Basketball Player and Current Sportscaster &<br />

Journalist Theodora Panteli<br />

Theodora Panteli: Former Professional<br />

Basketball Player and Current Sportscaster<br />

Peggy Pelonis: As a former basketball<br />

player and now sports commentator, how<br />

are you currently supporting women in<br />

sports, particularly in the context of<br />

basketball in the Euroleague, and what<br />

inspired you to become an advocate of<br />

women in sports?<br />

Theodora Panteli: To begin with the<br />

second part of your question, I think the<br />

way I grew up is what motivated me to be<br />

an advocate for women's sports. Coming<br />

from an underprivileged environment that<br />

was not setting me up for success, I found<br />

basketball as a place where I could find<br />

success, and that would give me the tools<br />

to be successful.<br />

Theodora: I developed skills like<br />

discipline, understanding the importance<br />

of teamwork, being persistent, and even<br />

setting myself up for failure because we<br />

live in an era where we are not allowed to<br />

fail. We have to be flawless, like on social<br />

media, where everybody is looking to be<br />

perfect, and that's not right. We need to<br />

teach kids that it's okay to make a mistake<br />

and to fail. That's the only way you learn.<br />

Growing up in sports and adopting these<br />

skills that I now apply to what I do, it's<br />

inevitable to be an advocate for female<br />

athletes because I understand the power<br />

that sports have.<br />

Theodora: For me, seeing opportunities<br />

that females can have through sports<br />

makes me want to do even more. Going<br />

back to when I was playing basketball, I<br />

grew up in an area without social media,<br />

and it was hard for me to get a<br />

scholarship.<br />

I was lucky enough to be one of the first<br />

girls to get an NCAA basketball<br />

scholarship for a university in the United<br />

States. That started opening doors for<br />

other girls to come after me.<br />




Theodora: Then, in my journalism career, I started doing things that I wasn't expected to do. What I<br />

mean by that is there are a lot of rooms in this industry that I'm not allowed to be in; we're not expected<br />

to be in these rooms. I wanted to smash those doors down and get into those rooms and say, 'I want to<br />

commentate on a game. I want to be behind the cameras. I want to do things that nobody wants me to<br />

do.' But in order to do things that nobody is expecting of you, you have to make your way through. You<br />

have to make yourself visible in a world that doesn't want you to be visible. As I've said before, it's a<br />

male-dominated environment, but we need to be there. We need to be there and be perfect because,<br />

speaking from what I've been through, we've been judged a lot. We have to be ready. We have to be<br />

there, and we have to know that we're going to be judged. I'm trying to open those doors.<br />

Becoming the first commentator from a Greek network and the fourth female in Europe. I'm the first<br />

female to work for the Euroleague and the first one to have her own show. I'm the first one to work with<br />

the NBA Europe, the NBA, and the NBA Summer League. These things fulfill me because I think I'm<br />

opening doors so that other girls won't be scared to walk into those rooms and say, if she did it, then I<br />

can do it. If she grew up playing basketball and gained all those skills, I can, too. You don't have to do it<br />

at the highest level. Very few people will make it to the highest level, but by learning those skills, you<br />

can apply them to the business world. For me, that was the biggest gift. It was inevitable for me to<br />

become an advocate in everything I do and to become a role model and lead by example every single<br />

day of my life. Those young girls look up to all of us, and we have to take responsibility because<br />

success is always past tense.<br />

Theodora Pantelis & Fellow Panelist Yanna Darilis<br />

ACS Athens Panel at the Local Change for<br />

<strong>Global</strong> Impact Summit<br />


Addressing Health Issues<br />

In Women’s Athletics<br />

Yanna Darilis, PhD. Media Personality, Producer, Wellness/Health Coach<br />

Peggy Pelonis: As a wellness expert,<br />

former athlete, integrative nutritionist,<br />

and coach herself, can you enlighten us<br />

about some of the health issues that<br />

female athletes are facing today and how<br />

this hinders their development as athletes?<br />

Yanna Darilis: Unfortunately, women and<br />

female athletes are still suffering from<br />

numerous issues that need attention, and<br />

it's imperative these panels are had in<br />

order to increase knowledge and inspire<br />

change. I'm not going to discuss the<br />

professional level because professional<br />

female athletes receive a lot of support<br />

when it comes to women's health;<br />

however, those collegiate and under<br />

experience many health issues.<br />

Number one, the deficiency of nutrients is<br />

a huge problem for female athletes. They<br />

are not receiving enough calories, and<br />

they are overtaxed in their bodies. They<br />

are suffering from chronic stress fractures<br />

and a lot of physical conditioning injuries.<br />

This needs to be addressed, and it begins<br />

with the inability to receive the proper<br />

sports nutrition and the inability of<br />

coaches to understand when it's enough<br />

and that they're overtaxing the muscles of<br />

female athletes.<br />

Yanna Darilis at The Local Change for <strong>Global</strong><br />

Impact Summit<br />

Yanna: We also have a lot of mental<br />

health issues in female athletes that need<br />

to be addressed. We have eating<br />

disorders and a lot of social pressure to<br />

reach the expectations of female<br />

athletes. These are critical issues that<br />

lead to health problems in the future,<br />

and they are the reason that a lot of<br />

female athletes are dropping out of<br />

sports.<br />


Yanna Darilis Continued...<br />

Yanna: Student participation is dwindling, and programs are not funded enough.<br />

We need to increase budgets for female athletes and for women's sports. There are<br />

many issues involved, and we do need to see change. The United States is excelling<br />

in this, but there are so many other countries that are not. Especially in Greece, I<br />

don't see the support for female athletes, and it's disheartening, and I hope that<br />

will change one day. We need to be aware of social pressure on women and that<br />

participation in sports is changing. Women do not want to practice sports<br />

anymore. They're cutting programs, and the Board of Education is cutting<br />

physical education. These are very important issues for the future of female<br />

athletes and the future of health for females in general.<br />


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Angelos Pangratis: How are things going in terms of<br />

preparation for the green economy at the University<br />

level, and what are the key dimensions we are seeing<br />

in terms of integration, cooperation, and the<br />

importance of an energy transition within the<br />

nations in the region?<br />

Grigoris Zarotiadis: Thank you very much, Angelos.<br />

Going into the first matter stated, the role of<br />

universities with respect to the green transition, the<br />

energy transition, the new environment, and the new<br />

socioeconomic necessities is threefold.<br />

Grigoris Zarotiadis, Aristotle University of<br />

Thessaloniki<br />

We have a very accurate and very demanding term we use today, which is sustainable<br />

universities. First, they are sustainable in the sense that they provide education in all<br />

different aspects of sustainability to their students in all different disciplines. The second is<br />

with respect to the footprint that the universities and institutions have in society and the<br />

environment, and I have to say that, at least in Greece, there are a lot of steps we need to<br />

take. The socioeconomic footprint of universities is strong, but the environmental<br />

footprint is not, and there are many things we must do to go another direction.<br />

The third issue is how the universities can contribute to achieving the Sustainable<br />

Development Goals and how they can support businesses, both public and private<br />

sectors. For Aristotle University, this is very intense in our activities. As an example and<br />

bridging now to the other issue that you mentioned, at The Aristotle University of<br />

Thessaloniki, we host the chapter of SDSN for the Black Sea. SDSN is the Sustainability<br />

Solutions Network for The United Nations, which promotes the SDGs with the support<br />

of the United Nations.<br />



Grigoris: At Thessaloniki, we host the chapter of the SDSN for the whole Black Sea<br />

region. This brings me precisely to the other aspect of our discussion that Greek<br />

academia, and I would say Hellenism as a whole, can play an essential role in regional<br />

and interregional collaboration for future socioeconomic and environmentally<br />

sustainable development. This is because we have something that we need to<br />

understand, to anticipate, and to utilize in a much stronger way.<br />

We have recognition from the rest of the international community because of our<br />

heritage and because we are living, growing, and functioning in an area of the world<br />

that contributed a lot during the past centuries. This recognition gives us a possibility<br />

to contribute to the discussion and to function as an important factor that strengthens<br />

international collaboration towards the realization of socioeconomic and<br />

environmental sustainability.<br />


“WHAT IS THE<br />





George Sifkakis: What is the metaverse? We all have an idea of meta and the metaverse and<br />

what we think it is, but what is the metaverse, why is it inevitable, and why do we need it?<br />

Costantino Roselli: This is the million-dollar question because everybody has a different<br />

answer. The reason that they have different answers is that they see the metaverse as a tool. But<br />

the metaverse is not a platform or tool; it is an idea. The metaverse is an attitude, a revolution.<br />

You can compare it with the industrial revolution. So when we have the metaverse revolution, it<br />

is coming to destroy the perfect that the industrial revolution brought and enable the impossible.<br />

Why is this happening, and why is it inevitable? After the millennium, on the first year's eve, the<br />

world was not destroyed, and the apocalypse never happened. However, three events that<br />

followed in the 20 years after that changed humanity's goals.<br />

The major events were global warming and climate change, the recession, which was the first<br />

time we realized the financial system we have is not stable, and the pandemic, which was the first<br />

time that we saw that we are still vulnerable to natural causes. It's not something we only faced a<br />

hundred years ago. At the same time, we've had a technological evolution, three things coming<br />

together, which is the Web2, a miracle of the world because it was the first time that we could<br />

ask a question to millions of people and have an answer back, which makes us all media. The<br />

second is blockchain. If Web2 Two makes us media, blockchain will make us the bank, and that<br />

comes with great responsibility because that is the true freedom of the people. The third was the<br />

influencers and the rise of creators because it was the first time that people didn't need any<br />

permission. They didn't need someone to pick them up. The microphone and the stage, it's all<br />

there, and if they want to broadcast, they can do it.<br />



CONTINUED...<br />

Costantino: Because humanity is reflecting this, we changed our goals from survival to<br />

sustainability systems. We need sustainability, and when we speak about sustainability, we speak<br />

about financial, environmental, and social sustainability. The second one was that we changed<br />

from material to social growth. We want social justice, we want inclusivity, we want diversity,<br />

and we want quality of life. Instead of national power, we need collaboration. We need cocreation,<br />

and we need to build one world.<br />

This is the metaverse that is coming, and that can build an environment where everyone can<br />

achieve those goals. Industrial lifestyle and industrial culture cannot help us. It served us, and it<br />

was good, but today, we don't build any more cities around the factories because the factory is<br />

not there. It's gone. The factory is on our backpacks. So the whole thing is transforming us from<br />

citizens to netizens, the citizens of the internet. So, instead of building people to follow the city<br />

lifestyle, we need to build people who are valuable nodes of individual networks and a million<br />

networks around the world. This is why the metaverse is inevitable, and this is why we need it.<br />

Costantino Roselli & George Sifakis at The Local<br />

Change for <strong>Global</strong> Impact Summit<br />

George Sifakis Interviews Costantino Roselli<br />


Editor's Note<br />

Dear Friends and Colleagues, as we approach the closing of<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, there are numerous positive trends and advancements to be<br />

optimistic about. From breakthroughs in technology to inspiring<br />

advancements in sustainability, it's an exciting time. The world continues<br />

to evolve, with AI and virtual experiences becoming increasingly<br />

accessible and diverse, including the latest from ChatGPT and OpenAI.<br />

Following a successful <strong>Global</strong> Partnerships Summit and <strong>Global</strong> Goals<br />

Summit at the Nasdaq on 10.19-20 and streaming on December 1st, we<br />

are extremely grateful to all those who support the <strong>Ideagen</strong> Mission.<br />

Looking ahead, we are pleased to present the 1st Annual <strong>Ideagen</strong> AI,<br />

Health, Tech & Finance Summit in Coral Gables, Florida, on 1.31.23!<br />

<strong>Catalyze</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, by <strong>Ideagen</strong> <strong>Global</strong>, is also impacting the awareness<br />

of the <strong>Global</strong> Goals and connecting the dots across sectors as we<br />

highlight all the exciting developments with our readers for <strong>2023</strong> and into<br />

2024!<br />

The Best is Indeed Yet To Be!<br />



Editor-in-Chief & CEO<br />

-<strong>Ideagen</strong><br />



Senior Editor<br />


Publication Co-Editor<br />

Pictured Top to Bottom<br />

George Sifakis & Rawle Andrews Jr.<br />

Craig Cookson, ACC<br />

Nasdaq Board Times Square

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