The Best Practice Sharing Conference organized by AmChams in Europe (ACE) and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Greece) was an outstanding three-day event featuring discussions, enlightening insights, and valuable connections.
Three Days of Insight, Innovation, and Collaboration
The remarkable conference in Athens underscored our collective purpose of improving transatlantic ties. More than 60 individuals from over 35 AmChams gathered at the origin of democracy to foster relations and motivate cooperation. This year, we had the honor of connecting with AmCham presidents, who enriched the network. Considering our time in Athens, we must acknowledge that we represent a network of 49 AmChams from 47 countries. The future of AmChams is bright as we aim to expand our scope of work. We have confidence in our capacity to create partnerships, create cooperative relationships, and achieve shared prosperity. Our combined efforts will undoubtedly lead to a more dynamic and influential future for AmChams across the globe. On the initial day, we started with the Welcome and Brainstorming Session, filling our perspective for the future of AmChams and revealing our united commitment to progress. We participated in dialogues during Breakout Sessions that addressed Organisational Sustainability, Member Engagement, Economic Challenges, Accountable Business, and several other topics. We had the privilege of gaining insights from Dimitris Fragakis, the Secretary-General of the Greek National Tourism Organization, who demonstrated the resilience of Greece’s tourism industry—the day ended with a reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, reinforcing AmChams’ contribution to promoting cooperation between the United States and Europe.
On the second day, we examined the EU Pharma Package and explored the challenges and opportunities in the European pharmaceutical sector. Industry experts provided valuable insights, and we were given an exclusive tour of The Ellinikon Experience Centre, where they presented an ambitious sustainability-focused urban development project at Athens’ former airport. The ACE 60th anniversary gala dinner marked a significant occasion with a fireside chat featuring Dr. Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, creating a perfect blend of networking opportunities and reflection on six decades of AmCham collaborations.
On the third day, we started with the ACE Presidents & CEOs Breakfast Briefing with Industry & Investment Leaders, where industry leaders examined the optimistic opportunities for the future. The Creative Network presentations showed innovative ideas from various AmChams worldwide, featuring projects that advance economies, improve corporate governance, foster digital education, and strengthen resilience. At the Creative Network Awards Ceremony, AmCham Ukraine received recognition for their outstanding contributions and constant commitment to innovation. The conference ended with a dinner hosted at Athens City Hall by Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, concluding three enriching networking, education, and collaboration days.
The ACE Best Practice Sharing Conference was a great success, building inspiration, insight, and motivation to strengthen transatlantic relations and promote innovation within the business environment. We want to thank all participants for their dedication and contributions to the AmChams network. We also thank Susan Danger, Chair, AmChams in Europe, Ajša Vodnik, Vice-Chair, AmChams in Europe, and the AmCham Greece Team for their support.