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Despina Geroulanou

Despina Geroulanou

Chair

Despina Geroulanou studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the Drama school of the Greek Art Theatre (Theatro Technis) Karolos Koun. She worked in theater and cinema from 1983 to 1990. She also attended drawing, sculpture and jewelry classes in Paris and in 1992 she organized her first solo exhibition of jewelry in Athens. More solo and group exhibitions followed.

Since 1994 she has been the director of the Benaki Museum Galleries, reorganizing the first Museum shop and founding four new spaces for the promotion and support of traditional and contemporary applied arts and design. She has curated several exhibitions and events in these fields. Αmong them are the series “Material Quests” and “Kriezotou 3 window”, highlighting distinguished artists of contemporary applied arts and young designers. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Benaki Museum and Greece’s representative in the Cultural Council of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship.

Dimitris Papagiannaros

Secretary of B.o.D

Dimitris Papagiannaros studied at the Department of Economics of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is an Economist and, since 2016, he has been active in the field of Internal Audits in at IT company. Previously, he was employed in the banking & financial services sector. At the same time, he is active in the field of communication, acting as a consultant at the creative and copywriting level, being part of the communication groups, for both organizations and individuals. Since 2017, he has been voluntarily participating in the communication team of “Giortes Rokkas,” a meeting of society and culture in Rokka, Chania, which is one of the top cultural events taking place in August, in Greece. 2 He has been a member of the National Delegation of the Economic Chamber of Greece, since 2016. He is a Municipal Councilor & Vice President of the Economic Committee in the Municipality of Elefsina-Magoula, since September 2019.

Argiris Economou

Argiris Economou

Vice Chair of B.o.D.

Argiris Economou was born in Elefsina, in 1962. In 1980, he entered the Military Academy of Combat Support Officers, specifically the Judicial Department, where he studied for four years, successfully completing his studies at the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Starting in 1984, as a Judicial Officers, he served in the Military Courts as a Judge and Prosecutor and in the Ministry of National Defense as a Legal Advisor. In 2016-17 and 2017-18 he served for two consecutive terms as the President of the Union of Military Justice Judges. Starting in 1990, his love for sports and for the city of Elefsina led him to become actively involved in sports, from various posts. He served in the administration of “Panelefsiniakos F.C.,” as a member of the basketball department of the same club, of “IRAKLIS ELEFSINAS,” and Elefsina Basketball Club. Since 2000, he has been active in the Piraeus and West Attica Football Clubs Association, as a Secretary. He is a member of the Elefsina Asia Minor Association. In October 2018, he submitted his resignation in order to become active in local government.

Maria Panayides

B.o.D Member, CEO

Born in Limassol, Cyprus, 1955 Studied architecture at the Aristoteleion University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens, contributor in the formation and operation of the House of Cyprus, Cultural Centre, Athens during the period 1983- 1991.

Organized numerous art exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Collaborated with the DESTE Foundation, The J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, the Benaki Museum, the Ministry of Culture etc., during the period 1991 – 2012. Organized ART ATHINA – Annual Contemporary Art Fair up until 2000. Under the auspices of her company m. p. artproductions one partner Ltd, she was the producer and director of ART ATHINA – Annual Contemporary Art Fair during the period 2001 – 2005.

Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Cyprus, Director of the House of Cyprus, Cultural Centre, during the period 2013-2018. Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Fulbright Foundation in Athens for non- degree candidates in contemporary culture, 2010, 2007, 2005. Member of the Consolatory Committee to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, for visual arts, 2012, 2011.

Member of the mis(s) group which curated the exhibition Drawing Stories in Limassol, Cyprus & Athens, 2011, 2010.

Nikolaos Villiotis

Nikolaos Villiotis

B.o.D Member

Georgios Georgopoulos

Georgios Georgopoulos

B.o.D Member

Evangelos Liggos

Evangelos Liggos

B.o.D. Member

Evangelos Liggos went to school in Elefsina and is a Graduate of the T.E.I. of Athens (Department of Mechanical Engineering). He lives and works in Elefsina and is the father of 2 children. In the past, he has worked for PPC Elefsina (Public Power Corporation – DEI), as an assistant in the Personnel Office while, from 1981 until today, he works in PYRKAL (Ammunition Production) with a reference point in 2010, when he undertook the position of Head of the Safety and Fire Safety Department. His contribution to the city is distinguished through his intense social action.

Since 1987: participation in the administration of the Elefsina PYRKAL Association. Since 2006: participation in the administration of the Elefsina-West Attica Labor Center. Since 2015:  representative of EKEDA, as President.

Giorgos Liontos

Giorgos Liontos

B.o.D. Member

Giorgos Liontos is a graduate of the Department of Economics and Political Sciences and the Legal Department of the Law School of the University of Athens. He has worked in the private sector as an economic and legal advisor. For 35 years, he served at the Ministry of Culture, at the European Union Directorate and the Directorate for Economic Affairs, where he served as Director for years. As a national representative on culture, he has participated in the work of EU institutions and in a number of transnational cooperation programs. He was responsible for organizing the Programme of the Hellenic EU Presidency, in the field of culture, in 1994 and 2003, he participated in organizing “Athens-Capital of Culture of 1987” and was the person responsible-manager of “Thessaloniki-Capital of Culture 1997.”

A founding member of the Greek Department of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), he served for many years as a member of its Board of Directors and as the person responsible for organizing a multitude of events. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, a collaborator of the Acropolis Museum and a member of the Board of Directors of the “Melina Merkouri” Foundation. He has a deep knowledge of the institutions and operations of the European Union, Financial Law and all aspects of cultural management and a huge experience in organizing conferences, periodic exhibitions and all forms of cultural events.

Dimitra Pipili

B.o.D Member

Dimitra Pipili has studied Political Sciences and has a postgraduate degree in Arts & Cultural Management, specializing in the organization of sponsorships for cultural organizations. She has worked for more than 20 years as a sponsorship and communication manager in publishing organizations, major charitable organizations, cultural venues, but also as an independent advisor to private sector companies.

Foivos Sakalis

Foivos Sakalis

B.o.D Member

Athens Culture Net Initiator & Coordinator (2016 up to now). Athens Culture Net includes, as Members, 64 public and private cultural institutions (e.g. Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art – EMST, GNO, National Theatre of Greece, Stegi – Onassis Foundation, Neon, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Atopos) and, as collaborating bodies, 50 cultural teams and organizations in Athens (e.g. El Systema Greece, Thales + Friends, Tavros, Polyplanity, Pyrna). It promotes dialogue around culture, highlighting issues and concerns, processing strategies to enlarge the city’s cultural footprint and increase its audience.

In the last four years, Fivos Sakalis has been curating cultural programs, such as: Culture in the Neighborhoods, Culture Night, online programs, Architectural Routes, Athenian Galleries – 40 Artists, Stay Home with the Authors, but also actions in municipal structures and public spaces. Since October 2019, he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Elefsina, European Capital of Culture for 2023. He works as an independent editor since 2002 (Athens Voice, Gynaika, Maison Decoration, Ευ Ζην, S-magazine, www.elculture.gr, Ta Nea tis Texnis, K, L’ Officiel, etc.)

He started his career in 1993, working at the marketing departments of prominent Greek companies. In 1998 he became the Press and PR Officer of the DESTE Foundation, where he remained up to 2002. During the past twenty years, he has served as Communication Consultant for major art institutions (National Museum of Contemporary Art – EMST, the Spyropoulos Foundation, Gagosian Gallery), the Communication Director of ART-ATHINA, and as Senior Development and Communications Advisor of the Athens Biennial.

From 2014 to 2017 he worked in documenta 14, both in Athens and in Kassel, developing the collaboration between the organization and local cultural institutions, the government and the Municipality of Athens.

He also served as the Program Coordinator of the Athens 2018 World Book Capital – City of Athens/UNESCO.

Niki (Monika) Tsiliberdi

B.o.D Member

Monika Niki Tsiliberdi was born in Athens. She studied Archaeology and History of Arts at the Philosophical School of Athens University and holds a Master of Arts in Landscape Studies from the University of Leicester. She is also a graduate of the Greek National School of Public Administration. Currently, she is also working on her doctorate thesis on cultural and creative clusters in Athens at Panteion University.

She has participated in archaeological excavations and surveys in several places in Greece, Italy and Great Britain, and has worked as an art historian for Mihalarias Art and Christie’s, and as an editor for art issues in several Greek magazines.

After graduating from the Greek National School of Public Administration, she works at the Hellenic Ministry for Culture and Sports. She is the Head of the Department for the Development of Modern Creation in the Directorate General for Contemporary Culture. She is involved with the development of the Cultural and Creative industries in Greece, cultural entrepreneurship and new forms of cultural management, such as clustering and co-working spaces, artist networking, European programmes and strengthening the access of all citizens to cultural products and services. She has represented the Ministry of Culture and Sports in many official international meetings (Council of Europe, UNESCO, European Commission, Adriatic & Ionian Initiative, etc.) and, in the past 10 years, has been participating as an expert in Special Groups of the European Commission on issues related to cultural and creative industries and the search for financial resources, facilitating their extroversion and promoting innovation and cultural entrepreneurship. She was part of the Editorial Team for the Report entitled: “The role of public policies in developing entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors,” which was published by the European Commission in 2018.

She is a Member of the Managing Committee of the Creative Europe Programme. She participates, both in an administrative capacity and as a speaker, in various conferences related to the cultural and creative sector in Greece and abroad.

She teaches about the development dimension of culture at the Training Institute of the National Centre for Public Administration and at the National School of Public Administration.