The team

Maria Panayides

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.

Michail Marmarinos

General Artistic Director

Michael Marmarinos was born in Athens. He has studied biology (major: Neurobiology), acting and theater directing.

In 1983-4, the “diplous Eros” theater company was founded, and right after its first production, is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture. After a number of internal transformations and transfigurations, the group was renamed as “Theseum Ensemble” (TE). (www.theseumensemble.com).

His work is ruled by two persisting principles:
a)Theater is the art on the humble history of people.
b)There is no moment in daily life which is not theater, once the proper gaze is there.

Apart from Greece, productions of M.M have been staged – or others have been touring in various international festivals – in: Austria, Belgium, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Holland, Japan, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela.

https://www.michailmarmarinos.com/

Georgia Voudouri

Director of Cultural Development

Georgia Voudouri is an architect (NTUA) specialised in Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication (MAA/IAAC) and holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Management (Panteion University). She has worked as an architect in Greece and abroad, and since 2010 she has been working as a curator and cultural project manager. In 2014 she co-founded Medianeras [concepts, curating, communication] a cultural management agency based in Athens. She has worked on projects ranging from architecture, art and technology to gastronomy, fashion and social entrepreneurship, and has significant experience in the project management of large-scale site-specific projects. Her research focus lies in the intersection between Space, Technology and Contemporary Art.

Arilena Dimitriou

Communications and New Media Officer

Arilena (Areti – Eleni) Dimitriou was born in Athens in 1992, where she grew up. She studied “Philosophy – Pedagogy and Psychology” at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and she also holds a Master’s Degree in “Journalism and New Technologies” from the University of Krems, Austria. She completed her internship as Press Office and Social Media Manager at the Syros International Film Festival. She participated voluntarily in the excavations of the Archaeological Society of Athens in the Mycenaean palace of Thebes. As part of her postgraduate program she worked for the European Communication Institute as a Researcher and Communication Manager. From 2017 to 2018 he worked as a Journalist for GYNAIKA Magazine (Kathimerini tis Kyriakis), writing mainly for cultural issues. From 2018 to 2020 she worked at the cultural site Culturenow.gr as Cultural Editor, Communication Sponsorship Manager and Social Media Manager.

Evgenia Kavvadia

Communications and Marketing Officer

Born and raised in Eleusis in 1985, Evgenia Kavvadia is a communication specialist and a social scientist with diversified work experience in research, adult education and non-profit sector. Also, she has developed social activity with NGO’s and socially vulnerable groups, especially children and adolescents. She studied Communication and Mass media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she also holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Faculty of Political Science and Administration.

Isavella Dimitra Karouti

Contemporary Art Officer

Isavella- Dimitra Karouti is an Architect (MArch University of Thessaly) and a graduate student of the Master of Cultural Management (MSc Hellenic Open University).

During her studies, she participated in art exhibitions and performances in Greece and abroad. She has worked as an architect in Greece, while since 2016 she has been working as an architecture educator for children and a project manager of EU funded projects. She has developed collaborations with the academia, cultural, public and private organizations across Europe in programs with a broad range of topics (indicatively: game-based learning, event management, AR in museums, ZW & CE)

Her research interest concerns games and their relationship with the urban environment, either as an action, or as an installation.

Ioulia Kolovou

Accountant Officer

Ioulia Kolovou was born and raised in Eleusis. She graduated from the Department of Economics from the University of Piraeus and she holds an MBA in Business Administration of the University of Nicosia. She has attended certified seminars of Accounting, Payroll and Public Contracts. She has worked in a Commercial Company. She is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece.

Yannis Koukmas

Director of Audience Development and Participation

Yannis Koukmas is a Social Anthropologist (Aegean University) with a postgraduate degree in Modern European History (University of Athens) and Cultural Management (Hellenic Open University). He has been working at the Ethnological Museum of Thrace since its foundation in 1998 with main responsibilities the strategic planning, audience engagement and development, volunteer education, communication-social media, organising international conferences, seminars, workshops and events, and fundraising. He is a member of the Greek section of the ICOM (International Council of Museums), member of the Board of the Greek Oral History Association, as well as one of the founders of the Oral History Group of Alexandroupolis. His research interests include cultural policy, cultural management, audience development, memory, oral history and migration.

Penelope Koulouri

Officer of Central Secretariat

Penelope Koulouri was born and raised in Athens. She works in the Cultural Capital of Elefsina as an Executive Officer of the Central Secretariat. She studied at the Public Vocational School and has received a Tax-Accounting certification and continues her studies at the Hellenic Open University, in Business & Organization Administration. She has many years of work experience, starting her career in 2003. She has mainly worked in administrative positions in Piraeus Bank, but also in other commercial and insurance companies.

Angeliki Lampiri

Director of Cultural Training

Angeliki Lampiri is a cultural manager with six years professional experience in European festivals, contemporary art exhibitions and European networks’ meetings such as IETM, Culture Action Europe, Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Fabbrica Europa Festival, Festival au Désert Firenze and participation in European projects such as Tandem Europe, “Nostoi -Histoires de retours et d’exodes” and “Mixdoor – New Forms in Mixed Performing Arts Practices”. Since 2016 she has worked in Eleusis 2021 as Production Coordinator. She studied Cultural and Artistic Events’ Management in Florence and graduated in Finance & Banking Administration from the University of Piraeus.

Maria Livaniou

Director of Finance and Administration

Maria Livaniou was born and raised in Eleusis. She studied Accounting, and she has also attended seminars on International Accounting Standards, Greek Accounting Standards and Payroll. Her career in accounting has covered the whole range of specialties in organised accounting for 15 years, of which 9 years she has been an Accounting Officer in a European business group based in Austria. At the same time, she runs her own accounting office, by providing services to S.A. companies and, also, to all legal entities and individuals. She was the accountant of the company that was responsible for the Eleusis 2021 bid, gaining experience from Public Accountancy, while she currently works as Director of Finance and Administration at Eleusis 2021. She has the right to sign A-class financial statements, certified by the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

Chryssa Martini

Head of Premises and Infrastructure Directorate

She was born and raised in Athens.

She studied in Athens and Thessaloniki and has worked mainly in Athens. Having obtained a Master of Arts from the Department of Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts and Design from the University of West Attica and a Master of Sciences from the Department of Architecture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she has collaborated with large organizations, architectural offices and construction companies as an Architect and Interior Designer. Meanwhile, she conducts private projects in sustainable architectural design study, supervision and construction. The National Bank of Greece (Department of Technical – Architectural Services) and architectural offices such as I.&A. Vikelas, K. Kyriakides etc, are some of her main collaborations.  Her total working experience is almost two decades. 

Her late Certificate in Industrial Archaeology from the Kapodistrian University of Athens aroused her strong interest about Industrial Heritage and her participation in relevant conferences led her to the study of Eleusis, the city with the richest Industrial Heritage in Greece.  She is member of non-governmental organizations and volunteer groups for the urban development of Athens and the preservation of the Industrial Heritage.

She has been a member of Eleusis 2021 team since October 2018 in the Department of Urban Development & Legacy. She delivers architectural studies, she is responsible for drafting technical specifications, technical monitoring and planning, depending on the Greek laws and supervises works in spaces or buildings, designed for the program of the ECoC. She also assists in real estate management for Eleusis 2021 and manages the buildings used by the Company.   

She is a basic member of all the Committees formed from Eleusis 2021 in order to control all the supplies, the services and the deliverables from artists and collaborators.

At the same time with her architectural activity, she creates objects of art and her projects are presented in artistic exhibitions. She also produces texts on Architecture and Design which are published on relevant websites.

Zoi Moutsokou

Director of Contemporary Art

Zoi Moutsokou is an architect (AUTh) and has studied critical Contemporary Art theory and practice at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). Apart from her architectural and artistic background, she has gained experience in the fields of curatorial practice and artistic production, by working with international artists and collaborating with important institutes and festivals in Europe. She has built an expertise in the area of artist’s residency programs and in 2016 she initiated Greveniti Residency in the region of Zagori. Her current research focuses on the relations of exhaustion as cultural, environmental, socio-political phenomenon, contemporary ideas around cultural production in the context of artist’s residencies, the body and space/place. Previous research topics concern issues of activation and affect theory in reference to Installation Art, as well as spatial relations of the Contemporary Αrt museum as “shell“ with the exhibit.

Neofitos Panagiotou

Production Director

Neofitos Panagiotou was born in Cyprus in 1984.He studied at the Department of Theatre Studies of UoA. He worked at the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) from 2007 until 2015, programming and managing its activities. He was President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Theatre Studies Alumnifrom 2013 until 2017. He has collaborated with various theatre groups as an assistant director or as a production manager since 2008. He has also collaborated with the Ministry of Culture and Sports for the implementation of various cultural actions. He has authored and implement European Projects (ESPA) for various cultural bodies while he taught theatre at primary schools.

Maria Papakonstantinou

Public Contracts and Transparency Officer

Maria Papakonstantinou was born and raised in Eleusis. She holds a BA from the Department of Economic & Regional Development of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. She is an Economist-Regionaleologist with 15 years of experience in the private and public sector while she has been working in regional heavy industry companies during the past few years. She has been an adult education instructor in Vocational Training Institutions and has attended seminars on Human Resources Management, Payroll Legislation, Digital Entrepreneurship, Social Networks & Social Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece.

Zetta Pasparaki

Director of Performing Arts

Born in Athens. She studied Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology (Philosophy major) at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and graduated with honors from the Postgraduate Program “Cultural Policy, Administration and Communication” at Panteion University with a dissertation in Cultural Marketing and Communication. She studied acting at the Drama School of Art Theater – Karolos Koun (Hnrs).

She participated in performances of ancient drama and modern theater repertoire of the “Art Theater – Karolos Koun”, the National Theater, the Amphitheatre of Sp. Evangelatos, and other troupes and groups as well as in film and television productions.

She has worked in several subtitling studios as production manager for TV products’ and publications, as a freelancer in sponsorships and communication sponsorships for cultural events, and as a copyrighter in print and electronic media. She has worked with public entities and private companies to draft proposals and implement European funding programs. She has also worked at the Ministry of Culture – Hellenic Culture Organization – Cultural Olympiad, Hellenic Broadcasting Union and the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute as a Project  Manager for the production and promotion of major cultural events, festivals and conferences in Greece and abroad as well as in the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera as assistant director.

Eleni Rozi

Eleni Rozi

Board of Directors Secretary

Lilian Saridi

Public Contracts and Transparency Officer

Lillian Saridi is a graduate of Sports Organization and Management Department of the University of Peloponnese and a MSc in Environmental, Disasters & Crises Management Strategies of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, specialized in Environmental Management, Protection and Restoration Techniques. She has worked in various positions, most recently that of employee of Commercial Operations at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). She has attended the seminar “Introduction to Project Management” of the University of Piraeus, as well as conferences-seminars on sustainable development. She is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece.

Eleni Temponera

Director of Communications and Marketing

Eleni Tzounopoulou

Project Coordination Officer

Eleni Tzounopoulou has studied Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies at the University of Patras and she continued her studies at a Master’s level specialising in Cultural Management (MSc Hellenic Open University). Since 2010, she has been working at Cultural Organisations in Greece (Municipal Library-Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Patras, Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Eleusis) and, until now, she serves as a volunteer with NGOs, artistic organisations and universities in Greece and abroad, on the development of strategies for the management and promotion of culture with reference to the participation of local communities. She is a member of the “Association of Heritage Consultants” and from 2013, she has been actively involved in the planning and legislation of the first Cultural Heritage Park in Greece, The Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnese, which is under designation process as a protected landscape.