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Focus Bari Exclusive Survey For Applia 2024 Conference

The Applia 2024 Conference took place with great success on February 26, 2024 at the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens.  More than 230 leaders of the electrical appliances market and the large retailers attended the conference, where top speakers from the academia, the retail and the AI/technology community presented the current status, challenges, and future developments of consumers, society and the market.  Xenia Kourtoglou, Founder of Focus Bari, presented the latest trends in Greeks’ relationship with technology, the current societal challenges and the findings of a national survey conducted exclusively for the conference.  In her presentation, Xenia Kourtoglou underlined the current “Tech Gaps”, “Society Gaps” and “Loyalty Gaps” currently observed according to Greek consumers attitudes and habits.

You can see the whole presentation here


Xenia Kourtoglou presented at the 15th Health Expo Athens

The 15th Health Expo Athens was conducted with great success at the Athens Concert Hall on February 24 and 25.  The event attracted a huge number of attendants and hosts from all over Greece and Cyprus, offering a rich agenda of specialized, parallel sessions.  Xenia Kourtoglou, Founder Focus Bari presented the results of a large-scale quantitative and qualitative survey titled “The Big Life Questions among Four Generations”.  Describing in detail the profile of each generation—Z, Millennials, X, Boomers—the study revealed the different mentalities, aspirations, life, work and leadership values, as well as the substantial gap between them.  Xenia Kourtoglou underlined the value and contribution that each generation brings to the family, society and workplace, emphasizing that if all generations develop empathy, they will be able to co-exist and cooperate smoothly at any environment.

You can find the whole survey presentation here


Xenia Kourtoglou, as a Keynote Speaker at the “From AI to Z Conference”

Antenna Group and CSII organized the “From AI to Z Conference” on February 23, 2024 at the Athens Intercontinental Hotel.  Top speakers from all relevant sectors—technology, e-commerce, digital marketing, cyber security, as well as a representation of the government’s future strategies team presented the latest AI developments, as well as future applications that AI could have in a wealth of industries, such as manufacturing, health, commerce and services.  Xenia Kourtoglou, Founder of Focus Bari presented a series of survey results conducted by Focus Bari locally and YouGov internationally, capturing the public opinion regarding AI, as well as people’s expectations, intentions and impact they believe that AI will have on society and humanity.

You can find Xenia Kourtoglou’s presentation here


Valeria Tsamis of Focus Bari, General Secretary BoD of the Association of Chief Executive Officers (ACEO/EASE)

The new BoD for ACEO has been formed for the term 2024-2026, following the annual regular General Assembly which tool place on February 21st 2024.

Mr. Υannis Papachristou, CEO Greece, ANTENNA GROUP, was elected as the President of the Board.

The members of the Board include:

Vice President: Elena Kallona, Managing Director, JUNGHEINRICH HELLAS EPE

General Secretary: Valeria Tsami, Vice President & Executive Director, FOCUS BARI A.E.

Treasurer: George Katiniotis, CEO, ACROMOVE INC.


Anny Tryfon, Vice President & Managing Director, DESIGNIA INSURANCE BROKERS SA

Dorina Oikonomopoulou, CEO, Marsh McLennan

Sakis Exarchos, President & CEO, VANTAGE TOWERS GREECE

Alternate Members:

Spyros Nestoras, Management Executive Director, KREKA AE

Alexandros Alivizatos, General Manager, REDEX AE

Lefteris Anastasakis, Vice President of the Board, PRIORITY CONSULTANTS SA

Dimitris Papasotiriou, General Manager, DIGICOM SYSTEMS AE

ACEO is a merit-based, technocratic, non-profit organization, established in 1986 to represent professional managers and promote leadership issues in Greece. The Association has approximately 500 members who – as BoD Presidents, Executive Vice-Presidents, Chief Executive Officers, General Managers and Chief Operations Officers of large enterprises – have the primary responsibility for the largest and most well-known Greek and multinational companies and public Organizations, with a total turnover of over 62 billion euros and more than 200,000 employees in total. The main purpose of ACEO is to contribute to the improvement of the country’s top management level and the growth of the Greek economy.

See more about ACEO  here


Valeria Tsamis is re-elected President of SEDEA

The members of SEDEA elected the new Board of Directors for the years 2024-2025 during the annual General Assembly meeting, which was held on Wednesday, January 24th  2024.

Valeria Tsamis, Managing Director of FOCUS BARI was re-elected as President of the Board having served in the same position also in 2020-2021 & 2022-2023, as vice-president for 6 years (2014-2019) and being an active Board member since 2003. Her re-election is and honor but also a commitment to continue contributing to SEDEA and his members and to the market research & opinion polling industry in Greece.

The new SEDEA BoD consists of:

  • Valeria Tsamis (Focus Bari) – President
  • Angela Stathopoulou (Metron Analysis)– VicePresident
  • Kostas Sigalos (Global Link) – General Secretary
  • Dorina Fydani (NielsenIQ) – Treasurer
  • Raphael Soustiel (DataPower) – Member

Alternate Board Member: Lela Charavgi (Kantar)

See more about SEDEA and its activities here

Valeria Tsamis of Focus Bari, Head of the ACEO Task Force for Equal Opportunities in Leadership, organized a special event

 “AI, Inclusivity, and the Future of Work” was the theme of the highly engaging event organized by the ACEO Task Force for Equal Opportunities in Leadership. The ACEO Board Members Valeria Tsamis, Head of the team, Vice President – Executive Director, Focus Bari, along with the coordinator George Katiniotis, CEO, Acromove, welcomed our members and three distinguished guests: Angeliki Poulymenakou, Professor in the Administrative Information Systems Department at the School of Business Administration of the University of Piraeus and Dean of the School of Business Administration, Jiorgis Kritsiotakis, Managing Director, Accenture and Isidoros Sideridis, CEO, Pobuca. They engaged in a productive discussion about shaping the future of work through recent technological advancements, with a focus on AI. The conversation delved into inclusion-related matters, trends, and best practices aimed at addressing challenges and enhancing inclusion for diverse groups of workers. The event took place at the OTE Academy facilities.


Xenia Kourtoglou of Focus Bari at the Coffee Business Awards 2023

The Coffee Business Awards 2023 ceremony organized by Ethos Media and simultaneously watched via streaming by Live On took place on December 15, 2023 at Apollon Divani Palace Kavouri with great success and 500+ managers of the Cafe chain market and the wider catering sector. Xenia Kourtoglou presented the main trends in coffee buying and consumption habits among the Greek public, as well as the degree of loyalty, selection criteria and criteria for abandoning consumers’ favorite Cafe, emphasizing the enormous importance of service and the overall customer experience.

Xenia Kourtoglou, founder of Focus Bari, at the 14th DIY & Home Improvement Conference

With leading international speakers and a cumulative participation of all industry and retail executives in home construction and decoration, the 14th DIY & Home Improvement Conference took place on November 29, 2023 at the Benaki Museum amphitheater. For the fifth year in a row, Xenia Kourtoglou was an invited Keynote Speaker to provide, through her presentation, the latest trends in the Greek market and society in general, which constitute valuable information for every modern business. Titled “Insights into the Modern Greek Society”, Xenia Kourtoglou covered the relationship of the Greek public with technology and AI, the social issues and trends that directly affect home purchases, as well as a short “psychogram” of the 4 generations that co-exist in today’s society and work environments and are called to cooperate and co-exist harmoniously for all!

See Xenia Kourtoglou’s presentation here

Xenia Kourtoglou at the 3rd Aquaculture Symposium 2023

The third Symposium on Fish Farming with the theme “Transformation and resilience of Greek fish farming towards a socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable development” was concluded on December 27, 2023 at the Ledra Marriott with great success, massive participation of delegates and the presence of representatives of the political space and institutions. The Symposium is under the auspices of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food, the University of Patras and with the support of HAPO. Xenia Kourtoglou was the guest speaker, as Focus Bari has systematically conducted research on the consumption of farmed fish from 1994 until recently: especially for Symposium 2023, Focus Bari designed and implemented an exclusive survey that revealed particularly interesting facts about the temporal relationship of the Greeks with fish, combined with the evolving conditions of the market and the society, which are related and directly affect the eating habits and choices of the public.

Focus Bari for the 23rd year at the Prix de Beaute / Beauty Awards 2023

The awarding of the Prix de Beaute 2023 took place on November 21, 2023 at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, with great success and a large attendance of executives from all over the cosmetics/beauty products industry. This institution, which started with the initiative of Votre Beaute magazine in 2000, is the only one which involves consumers and beauty experts’ voting in highlighting the products that are awarded, through research conducted by Focus Bari, and the results of which are made available to the contestants in full transparency. Xenia Kourtoglou, Founder of Focus Bari, honored the event with a greeting at the beginning of the evening, emphasizing the importance and credibility of these awards, congratulating the products that stood out, among which were several new Greek brands.


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