The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce hosted at its premises Mark Howard, Director for the Office of Private Sector Exchange Program Administration, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
During the constructive meeting, Mark Howard informed the attendees about the Early Career STEM Research Initiative that connects U.S. STEM businesses and research institutions across the United States with J-1 exchange visitors seeking STEM training and research experience through the U.S. Department of State (Department)-designated BridgeUSA sponsors. These private sector exchange programs allow U.S. companies overseas to utilize J-1 visas to send their employees to the United States for training. This tool could support U.S. companies in Greece to prepare Greek university graduates for the workforce.
Shanna Surendra, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, Evgenia Diatsigkou, Cultural Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Maria Georgousi, Commercial Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Alexandros Costopoulos, AmChamGR Secretary General, Litsa Panayotopoulos, AmChamGR Treasurer and Chair of Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee, Venetia Koussia, AmChamGR Chair of Employment Committee, Eleni Gianneli, People Operations Lead Greece, Infrastructure Business HR Partner – SEUR, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Polyvios Rapsomanikis, HR Consultant, Oracle and Thomas Yfantidis, Learning & Development Leader, PwC participated in this meeting.
For more information about this program: https://j1visa.state.gov/programs/early-career-stem-research-initiative/