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We invite you to join us at the fall SPGH event entitled “The Greeks and the Sea”.
The Society is honored to host Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General Emeritus of the
International Maritime Organization (IMO), Diane H. Cline, PhD, Associate Professor, George
Washington University, and Alexandra Papadopoulou, PhD, Institute of Mediterranean Studies,
Rethymno, Greece.

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E. Mitropoulos (plenary speaker): “Greeks and the Sea: A Voyage Through the Centuries
D. Cline: “Innovation and Trade in Ancient Greece”
A. Papadopoulou: “The Evolution of Greek-Owned Shipping in the 18th and 19th Centuries”

For a full description of the Program, please visit our website at www.spghworld.org

Welcome reception: 6.30 PM; presentations: 7-9 PM
Dress code: Jacket and tie for gentlemen, business attire for ladies
Street parking available.

Speaker Biographies

EFTHIMIOS E. MITROPOULOS, KCMG
Mr. Mitropoulos is Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO),
the UN specialized agency responsible for the regulation of shipping. After 23 years of service at
IMO (ten of which as Director of the Maritime Safety Division), he was elected Secretary-General
in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 for a total of eight years. As a graduate of both Merchant and
Naval Academies of Greece, he spent time at sea as a navigation officer and twenty years as a
commissioned Hellenic Coast Guard officer retiring as a Rear Admiral, having represented
Greece at IMO and various other international fora dealing with shipping matters over a twelve-
year period and having spent two years as Harbor Master of Corfu. Between 2004 and 2012, he
was Chancellor of the World Maritime University and Chairman of the Governing Board of the
International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. He is the author of several books on shipping,

including books on tankers, modern types of merchant ships, safety of navigation and shipping
economics and policy. He has been honored by many Governments, universities and
international maritime organizations for his services to the shipping world.


DIANE H. CLINE, PhD

Diane Harris Cline is an ancient Greek historian and an Associate Professor of Classics and
History, teaching courses on Greek history, archaeology, religion, mythology, literature, and
culture at George Washington University. In her cross-disciplinary research, she is a pioneer in
the digital humanities, applying social network analysis to study the social ties that promoted
creativity and the diffusion of innovation in ancient Greece. Professor Cline is also the author of
two books, The Treasures of the Parthenon (Oxford 1995) and The Greeks: An Illustrated
History (National Geographic 2016). With her B.A. in classics from Stanford and Ph.D. in
classical archaeology from Princeton, she won a Fulbright fellowship to Greece, where she
prepared 200 marble Greek inscriptions in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens for
publication and stayed in Athens for three years. Professor Cline has also served as an expert
study leader for cruises with Smithsonian Journeys to the Adriatic, the Aegean, Mediterranean,
and the Black Seas since 2001, and a land-based expedition to Greece in the summer of 2017
with National Geographic. George Washington’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
awarded her the Columbian Prize for distinguished advanced undergraduate teaching for 2016-


ALEXANDRA PAPADOPOULOU, PhD
Dr. Alexandra Papadopoulou graduated from the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece. She
received her Ph.D. in May 2010, with First Class Honors. Her thesis is titled “Maritime
Businesses, networks and institutions in merchant shipping of the island of Spetses, 1830-1870.
Organization, governance and strategy” and was completed under the supervision of Professor
Gelina Harlaftis. She received a three-year scholarship 2005-2008 in the Ph.D./research
programme “Greek Maritime Centres: Eminence and Administration of Maritime Heritage of the
Ionian and Aegean Seas” within the “Programme for the Reinforcement of Human Research in
Greek Universities”, funded by the European Commission and the Hellenic Government. From
2012 till 2013, she participated in the research project “The Black Sea and its port cities, 1774-
1914: development, convergence and linkages with the global economy” financed by the Hellenic

Ministry of Education and the European Union. Currently, she is working on a three-year project
titled "Onassis Business Archives" of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies, funded by the
Onassis Foundation under the supervision of Gelina Harlaftis.

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