Clinton, Angelopoulos, and Ellwood Discuss Leadership and Public Service

April 27, 2012
Doug Gavel

President Bill Clinton and Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos shared their perspectives on leadership and public service during a panel discussion Wednesday (April 25) moderated by Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood. Members of the HKS community were in attendance. The event sought to recognize the new Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program.

The Kennedy School-based program will provide opportunities for high-profile leaders who are transitioning out of public office or other leadership positions to spend time in residence at Harvard for teaching, learning and research. Leaders will also have the opportunity to link into the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) network and in turn, develop their own CGI commitments.
“Meaningful solutions to today’s complex global problems will only come from committed and courageous leaders. We need to train and inspire emerging leaders and we need to retain and re-train leaders who have distinguished themselves in service to the public and are now transitioning to another career,” said Angelopoulos.
Angelopoulos continued, “These leaders have experience, networks, lessons learned, and a commitment to the public good. The Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program gives elected leaders the answer to the question, ‘How can I continue serving?’”
“The mission of the Harvard Kennedy School is to train enlightened public leaders and to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems,” said Dean David Ellwood. “We look forward to bringing distinguished global leaders who are in transition to Harvard to share their lessons with the next generation.”
Gianna Angelopoulos is an Olympic Organizer, Ambassador of the Greek State, lawyer and former Member of Parliament. In 1986, Ambassador Angelopoulos-Daskalaki won a seat on the Athens Municipal Council. In the 1989 elections, as a candidate for the New Democracy Party, she was elected Member of Parliament of the Greek Republic from the Athens' First District Constituency, and won re-election the following year. In 1990, Ambassador Angelopoulos-Daskalaki married Theodore Angelopoulos and resigned her seat in the Parliament to become involved in her family's international shipping business.
In 1994, she was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Dean's Council of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. There, in 1996, she helped lead a Kennedy School Symposium titled "The Greek Paradox," which examined ways in which her country could close the gap between its promise and its performance in the political, economic and foreign policy fields. Also in 1996, she accepted the Prime Minister's proposal to lead Greece's campaign to host the 2004 Olympic Games. After leading the bid to success, Ambassador Angelopoulos-Daskalaki returned to the shipping business. For her service, the Republic of Greece appointed her Ambassador-at-Large in 1998.
In 2000, when slow progress and gridlocked bureaucracy put Athens in danger of losing the Olympic Games, she was asked to assume the presidency of the ATHENS 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Under her leadership, Athens made up for lost time and gave the world what IOC President Jacques Rogge called: "an unforgettable, dream Games."
Today, Ambassador Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is a Convening Sponsor of the Clinton Global Initiative. She continues to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Dean's Council for Harvard's John. F. Kennedy School of Government.


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