Exeutive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper, Greece
Alexis Papahelas, born in Athens in 1961, Alexis Papahelas studied History and Economics at Bard College and received a Master’s in International Affairs and Journalism at Columbia University. Until 1998 he worked as a U.S. correspondent for various newspapers, television and radio networks. He returned to Greece in 1998 and co-anchored the respected news magazine «Mavro Kouti», broadcasted by MEGA Channel and worked as a senior editor for the newspaper «To Vima».
From 2000 until 2014 , Alexis Papahelas was the leading presenter of television show «The Files» at SKAI TV Channel. Among other leading personalities he has interviewed U.S. Presidents George Bush Sr. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, former U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan, George Soros and Bill Gates.
He is now the Editor-in-Chief of “Kathimerini”, the leading newspaper of Athens and a presenter of the “Stories” Television news program. He is also the Secretary General of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, the main Greek think tank. Alexis Papahelas was named as one of the most influential Europeans for 2015 by POLITICO. He is the author of two books, “the Rape of Greek Democracy” which focuses on the US role in Greek politics in the 1960’s and “November 17”, a book about the notorious Greek terrorist organization.