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Eugene Eugenides: The cosmopolitan benefactor

by George Vailakis He was a successful ship-owner and businessman, a resourceful timber merchant, agent and owner of international shipping lines and a citizen of the world, with his activities scattered across the globe. And he always was versatile, imaginative and pioneering. Above all, however, he had a rare ability: to see clearly the opportunities in all sorts of adversities. And whenever all hinted at the end, he simply believed that the conditions were right for a new beginning full [...]

June 19th, 2022|Diaspora|

Panagis Vourloumis, the man who built the tourism industry in Greece

by George Vailakis He was one of the most important trading agents in the history of the Greek state and a visionary politician. He was the one that inaugurated the “industry of the foreigners", bringing for the first time organization and professionalism in Greek tourism Vourloumis was one of the most valuable collaborators of Eleftherios Venizelos (during the period 1928–1932). Αs Minister of National Economy, Vourloumis envisioned the economic strategy of the country, adopted the industrial policy, founded EOT (Greek [...]

May 31st, 2022|Diaspora|

The Ionian Academy, Lord Frederick North and the Rothschild Foundation

The portrait of Lord Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (1766-1827) and the degree awarded to him by the University of Oxford in 1819, as part of the honoured person’s efforts to establish and organise the Ionian Academy, now adorn the Ionian University. The items were donated by the President of the Rothschild Foundation, Lord Jacob Rothschild, and the President of the Corfu Heritage Foundation, Count Spiro Flamburiari. Lord Rothschild and Count Flamburiari at the Corfu Reading Society on [...]

May 17th, 2022|Diaspora|

Restoration of the Cavafy Museum in Alexandria

April 29: 159 years since the birth and 89 years since the death of the great Alexandrian poet, Constantine P. Cavafy, the Onassis Foundation announced that it is undertaking the restoration of the Cavafy House in Alexandria in collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. Starting with the acquisition of the #CavafyArchive ten years ago, its digitization and its opening to the public and researchers, the Onassis Foundation supports the work of the Hellenic Cultural Foundation in Alexandria, so that the House [...]

May 1st, 2022|Diaspora|

“Without the Greeks, Australia would not be as it is today”

by George Vailakis The history of the Greek Diaspora in Australia is long, multifaceted and fascinating. The first Greek to arrive in Australia, according to oral tradition, was a Damian Gikas who was transported to Sydney in 1802 as a convict. In fact, Gikas is said to have been a captain from Hydra island and was unjustly arrested as a pirate by an English warship and sentenced to exile in Australia. But this story cannot be confirmed, as there is [...]

April 16th, 2022|Diaspora|

Americans of Greek descent

by George Vailakis Greek Business File starts a tribute to the Greek Diaspora all over the world. We will present the history, evolution and prospects of Greek communities, along with first -hand testimonies of Greeks abroad. We open this series with the story of the Greek community in the USA The story of the Greek community in the USA sounds like the turn of the ugly duckling into a swan: from the initial disrepute and poverty to prosperity and power. [...]

March 23rd, 2022|Diaspora|

The Greeks of Novi Sad and the remarkable story of dr Kosta Hadži

by Petar Djurdjev, historian Historians believe the inhabitants of old Novi Sad, Serbia, who called themselves Greeks, were actually of Cincari (Aromanian) origin, Hellenized Romans, descendants of the former Roman Empire, who mostly inhabited northern Greece. In the first half of the 18th century, the Kucovlaks, as the Greeks called the Cincari, settled in Novi Sad. Among the settlers were other Greeks too, who wanted to trade with Austria. There is evidence that the Greeks lived in large numbers in [...]

March 7th, 2022|Diaspora|

How things work in Greece? Greek Society Must Embrace Innovation & Reform For A Better Tomorrow

by Andreas Akaras* It is hard to imagine a day in Athens without the likes of a waiter, a taxi driver, or a senior citizen, sounding off on social, economic, and political affairs. At first blush, one could be forgiven for believing that the answers to all our troubles exist in the chatter of the Athenian sidewalk. Yet, put your ear a little closer to the ground, and those rejoinders give way to a daunting question that asks, why shouldn’t [...]

February 17th, 2022|Diaspora|
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