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The Hellenic Chronicle, Thursday, November 23, 1995, pg. 11


Dr. John Brademas joins Board of Trustees of The Hellenic Resources Institute

By ATHENA D. KORLIRAS

CAMBRIDGE -- The Executive Body of The Hellenic Resources Institute has announced that Dr. John Brademas, has hoined former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece Monteagle Stearns on the Board of Trustees.

Dr. John Brademas was born in the U.S. and studied at Harvard and Oxford where he finished his PhD. He was the first individual of Greek origin to be elected to the U.S. House of Representative in 1958. He served in Congress for 22 years, and in 1980 became the president of New York University, since 1991, he has been President Emeritus.

He is currently the chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a bipartisan non-governmental organization; chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens.

The Hellenic Resources Institute is a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Athens, Greece. HRI is an independent non-profit organization whose goal is to create a link between the Greek public policy maker and academicians, professionals, entrepreneurs and scientists of the Greek diaspora and the international community.

In the words of board member, Monteagle Stearns, former U.S. Ambassador to Greece, "Hellenic Resources mobilizes the brainpower and energies of an exceptionally talented group of young Greeks abroad to influence public policy constructively."

The mission of the institute is to open the lines of communication between the Greek diaspora and Greek public policy makers, in order to mobilize and utilize the expertise and resources available to fortify the public policy and decision-making processes in Greece.

Most importantly, the underlying premise of HRI is to focus on issues such as the exonomy, education, health, and foreign policy in the context of a multi-partisan perspective that will influence the long-term development of Greece.

HRI has organized a series of successful projects that reflect the mission and goals of the organization. One such project is a bi-annual visit of a multi-partisan group of parliamentarians from Greece who tour Boston, New York and Washington, DC. Another such endeavor is the HR-Net project which facilitates an information exchange between the U.S. and the Hellenic Ministries of foreign affairs and education so they can tap into the many sources of information available on the InterNet.

At the moment, The Hellenic Resources Institute is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to mobilizing a borad base of knowledge and expertise for the benefit of public policy making in Greece. Michael S. Dukakis says of HRI, "I am excited by the potential contributions of the nonpartisan organization to the peaceful political and economic development of Greece. It deserves our strong encouragement and support."

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