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Delphi Economic Forum Delves into the Post-Pandemic World

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The Delphi Economic Forum will be returning to the ancient town of Delphi for the first time since the pandemic began. Credit: Tamara Semina/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

The prestigious Delphi Economic Forum will take place in person in Delphi from April 6th to 9th after two years of online and hybrid formats due to the pandemic.

Each year, the Delphi Economic Forum welcomes heads of state, policymakers, and business leaders from around the globe to speak on international topics, as well as issues central to Greece.

Symeon Tsomokos, founder and president of the Forum, stressed that its goal is to expand its international renown even further. Within the past seven years, the Delphi Economic Forum has already become influential around the world.

The theme of this year’s event is “New Realities,” and it will cover various topics including climate change and the future of both Greece and the European Union.

Delphi Economic Forum returns to ancient town for the first time since the pandemic

Most notably, the event will focus on life after the pandemic. According to the Delphi Economic Forum website, the event seeks “to explore answers to the most vexing questions of our times” which include: “build[ing] back better and more resilient societies following the pandemic crisis,… navigat[ing] through the pitfalls of division and discontent,…re-think[ing] deeply entrenched beliefs in foreign policy, security and economic growth, and better prepar[ing] for an ever changing and fast-paced world.”

Over 500 speakers from 32 countries will participate in the event, which is being held under the patronage of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. A complete list of the speakers, as well as the events, can be found on the Forum’s website.

Last year’s event was held as a hybrid format with some speeches taking place in the Zappeion Hall in Athens and others online. This year’s Forum is the first one since the pandemic to be held in the town of Delphi, home to the ancient oracle.

Human occupation of the site at Delphi can be traced back to the Neolithic period  (6,800 to 3,200 B.C.) with extensive occupation and use beginning in the Mycenaean period (1,600–1,100 B.C.).

The town started to gain pan-Hellenic relevance as both a shrine and an oracle in the 7th century B.C., however.

The staggeringly beautiful area is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of its great influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the numerous monuments built at the site by most of the important ancient Greek city-states.

The Delphi Economic Forum and its aims

The Delphi Economic Forum engages political, economic, business, academic, and other thought leaders in an effort to address emerging challenges.

It also tries to influence the national and regional agendas and promote sustainable and socially responsible growth policies for Europe, the wider Eastern Mediterranean, and Greece.

The Delphi Economic Forum is governed by a board of directors and an advisory committee.

They monitor and improve the performance of the organization and ensure that it brings value to its members through its annual meetings, policy papers, and knowledge platforms.

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