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Programmes Archive 2012

Summary of previous programmes and courses run at ESA

International Sustainability Summit
1st - 14th October 2012


Inaugural ESA Sustainability Summit at the newly opened, beautiful and ecological, European Sustainability Academy, management teaching and research centre in Crete. ESA is delighted that EuroCharity is the official media partner for this inaugural International Sustainability Summit.


Professor John Elkington — Founder and Director SustainAbility and Volans
Professor David Grayson — Director of Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of ManagementSimon Hamilton — CEO Hamilton Group UK
Thomas Greco — Founder, Beyond Money, USA
Professor Jem Bendell — Professor of Sustainability Leadership, University of Cumbria, Founder and Director LifeWorth, Geneva.
Matthew Slater — Co-founder and director, NGO Community Forge Geneva
Laurent Abadie — CEO Panasonic Europe
Masako Hiraki — Corporate Citizenship, Panasonic Europe
Dr Chris Tuppen — recent past CSO British Telecom
Asha Kayla — Energy and Carbon Reduction Manager at Alliance Boots UK
Jennie Galbraith — International Sustainability Manager British American Tobacco (BAT) UK
Laurent Abadie — CEO Panasonic Europe
John Maleganos — Business and Industry Engagement Manager WWF Greece


Drapanos Declaration
11 October 2012

Drapanos Declaration: Community Currency and exchange knowledge sharing and support network.


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Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happens at ESA. A perfect setting for:

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Leading enterprise for the future

Co-created sustainable enterprise

Our passion is contributing towards co-created sustainable enterprise for positive impact on communities and the natural environment on a global scale. Leadership and entrepreneur issues of adaptation, resilience, authenticity, sustainable-self, values connected sense-making and the continued emancipation of women (WISE) to take up more leadership roles in the world are at the core of the ESA sustainability experience.

  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Women Empowerment

Sustainability created in Crete


Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.


The island birthplace of Zeus, Crete, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art, agriculture and one of the first civilisations, the Minoans. These days many rural Cretan villages, thrive on a sustainable lifestyle of barter and exchange with a strong connection with the land. ESA is thrilled to be collaborating with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create a truly immersive sustainability experience which will make visitors leave with a richer connection with LIFE!