The Leadership 100 Award for Excellence is being presented to Dimitris L. Avramopoulos, Greece’s Minister of Tourism and former Mayor of Athens.The award will be presented at the 15th Annual Leadership 100 Conference, February 9-12, at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Key Biscayne, Florida, according to John Payiavlas, L100 Chairman.
According to Greek News, Avramopoulos is widely respected and known for his sober yet innovative approach to problems, his ability to build coalitions and his internationalism.
The Leadership 100 Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding Greek Orthodox and Greek American leaders who have excelled in their vocation and who are committed to the advancement of Orthodoxy and Hellenism in their professions and in their lives. The Award is a commemorative honor that acknowledges the recipients’ achievement and gift of leadership.
Dimitris L. Avramopoulos was born in Athens in 1953. He studied State Law and Political Science at the University of Athens and pursued post-graduate studies. He joined the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Academy in 1980 and, subsequently, Greece’s diplomatic corps, serving in a variety of diplomatic posts in Greece and throughout Europe, ending his diplomatic service as Director of Constantine Mitsotakis’ diplomatic office in 1993.
He was elected Mayor of Athens in 1994, supported by the New Democracy party, repeating his victory in 1998. He left the mayor’s office in 2002. In the 2004 Greek legislative election, he was elected MP in Athens under the flag of New Democracy leader and Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, who selected him for the office of Minister of Tourism.