Achilles Tsaltas
President, Athens Democracy Forum

With almost 30 years of experience in media, Achilles Tsaltas is currently president of the Athens Democracy Forum, organized by the Democracy and Culture Foundation, an independent, nonprofit entity, in association with The New York Times.

Mr. Tsaltas has been responsible for creating and managing strategic partnerships with some of the world’s most important media corporations.

Born in Australia of Greek origin, Mr. Tsaltas started his media career in 1989 when he joined News Corporation in the advertising department at The Australian newspaper. During his tenure, he launched the business magazine, Business Asia, and relaunched the newspaper’s The Australian Magazine, managing the commercial side of the operation.

In 1999 he moved to Hong Kong to join the International Herald Tribune (IHT) as deputy managing director, successfully launching print sites in the Philippines and Taiwan as well as four publishing partnerships in Korea, Japan, Thailand and India, effectively doubling the paper’s circulation in Asia.

In 2004, after being seconded to the integration committee for The Times’s full ownership of the IHT, he moved to Paris to serve as worldwide circulation director. Two years later he was appointed vice president, circulation and development, and became a member of the paper’s Executive Committee. In 2012 he was promoted to senior vice president in charge of conferences, innovation, development and partnerships, adding four new conferences to the paper’s portfolio. In 2014 he moved to London as vice president, international conferences for The New York Times.

In 2019, Mr. Tsaltas founded the Democracy and Culture Foundation, taking on the organization and development of the two conferences he conceived at The Times – the Athens Democracy Forum and Art for Tomorrow.

Mr. Tsaltas has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of New South Wales. He has served as a board member of Distripress, the association of print and digital distribution. He has also completed leadership and management training, including the executive leadership program at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.