The Scholars' Association is administered by a board of directors comprising 15 members elected every 2 years by the General Assembly of the members. Special committees appointed by the Board of Directors have specific responsibilities, such as editing the magazine, bringing its members into contact, organising lectures, cultural events and updating the website.
The current Board of Directors of the Scholars' Association was formed after the elections held on 25 September 2015 and consists of the following members:
Theo is a science communicator and a social entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Medical Genetics from Kings College London and his Post-Doctoral Research work was in hereditary cancer. He is the Co-Founder and General Manager of SciCo and SciCo Cyprus an organisation aiming to make science and technology simple and understandable to various stakeholder groups. He is also the Co-Founder of the "Athens", "Thessaloniki" and "Mediterranean Science Festivals", the "School lab" international teaching platform, "TEDMED live Athens" and "Health Forward".
In 2011 he was nominated by UNESCO Greece for the Kalinga Science Popularisator Prize and in 2012 he trained with Al Gore to become one of Climate Reality Project Ambassadors.
He has been the TEDxAthens and the TEDxLimassol host presenter since 2011 and 2014 respectively.
Since 2013 he is the President of the Onassis Foundation Scholar’s Association.
Theo has travelled to over 75 countries and in his spare time composes music in piano.
Zoe Zeniodi is the Artistic & Music Director of the Broward Symphony Orchestra (Florida, USA), the Chief Conductor of the MOYSA Youth Symphony Orchestra (Thessaloniki, Greece), the Associate Conductor of the Festival of the Aegean (Syros, Greece) and the Artistic Advisor of the Alhambra Orchestra (Florida, USA).
As a guest conductor, she has worked with the Brno Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Tatarstan, the Stockholm Sinfonietta, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece, the Kamerata/Armonia Atenea, the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, the Pan- European Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Florida Youth Orchestra, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), the ARTéfacts Ensemble and the Ensemble 21.
Previous positions include: Cover Conductor for the Florida Grand Opera (2012-2015), Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra (2013-2015), and Associate Conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra (2007-2011). She has released three commercial recordings on the Albany Label to critical acclaim: Thomas Sleeper’s “Translucence” with the Brno Philharmonic and “XENIA” with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, as well as Frank Ticheli’s “An American Dream” with the Frost Symphony Orchestra.
As a pianist, Zoe has appeared in major concerts halls in Greece, USA, Russia, England, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Croatia, Venezuela and She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting (University of Miami) and Master and Bachelor Degrees in Piano Performance and Accompaniment (Royal College of Music, London & Mozarteum, Salzburg). During her studies, she won all the piano accompaniment prizes at the Royal College of Music, where she was named a Junior Fellow in 2003.
During her studies, she received scholarships and grants from the Alexandros Onassis Foundation, the Friends of Music Society, the Propondis Foundation, the Royal College of Music and the University of Miami, where she was also a Teaching Assistant for 5 years
Marilita M. Moschos graduated the Pharmacy School of the University of Patras and the Medical School of the University of Athens. She is actually working as Associate Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology of Athens University where she has the clinical and scientific co-responsibility of the Laboratory of Electrophysiology of Vision and the department of Glaucoma. She authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers in pubmed reviewed journals and presented over 100 at international conferences, in some of them as invited speaker. She also co-authored 3 international ophthalmological books and a greek one. Finally she is a member of many international ophthalmological societies and reviewer in several ophthalmological journals.
Maria Doka is attorney at law, member of the Athens Bar Association (field of practice: commercial, corporate, business law). Born 1980 in Athens. Graduated Athens Law School, 2001 (first-class honours), University of Bonn Law School, 2004 (LL.M., summa cum laude), University of Thrace, 2010 (Ph.D., highest distinction), M.B.A. 2009 (HOU), Diploma in Negotiations 2015 (Athens University of Economics and Business). She has been granted scholarships and awards by several organizations (State Scholarships Foundation, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens University of Economics and Business). The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation has been her main and steady supporter throughout postgraduate and Ph.D. studies and for the publication of her Ph.D. thesis (Special Grant and Support Programme for Scholars’ Association Members).
Maria has expertise in business law and has worked with several law firms in Greece and Germany and as freelancer. Since 2012 she is member of the legal department of Bank of Greece.
Maria likes music, running and spending “quality” (short but precious) time with her three sons.
Dr. Evangelos Margaritis is attorney at law, admitted before the court of appeals, senior associate in Drakopoulos Law Firm Greece and head of the Franchise Department. He has obtained with Summa Cum Laude his doctorate of Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on the interrelation of franchise contracts as a means of developing business in new markets under the Scholarship of Alexandros S. Onassis Foundation.
Evangelos has extensive experience on civil and commercial insolvency issues and on construction loans restructuring. He has a proven track record on advising important franchise networks on both establishment and ongoing matters and is regularly dealing with corporate and commercial matters, providing comprehensive advice to clients ranging from local businesses to multinational group. Evangelos' articles on franchise have been published in Greek, English, American and German Legal Journals and Reviews.
Evangelos is a keen tennis player with active social engagement in suburban matters.
George Kastis was born in Leros in 1971. He studied physics at the University of California in Irvine and graduated in 1994 receiving a BS in Physics with Magna Cum Laude and Honours in Physics with a grade of 3.92/4.0. His work in the Honors program was published in the journal “Lasers in Surgery and Medicine” and has received to date more than 140 citations.
George Kastis continued his studies at the University of Arizona with a one-year scholarship from the University and a three-year scholarship from the "Alexandros S. Onassis" Public Benefit Foundation. He obtained a MS in 1997 and a PhD in 2002 in Optical Sciences. His research was in the field of medical imaging with radioisotopes under the supervision of Regents Professor Harrison H. Barrett. For his doctoral thesis he constructed and evaluated the first semiconductor-based small-animal SPECT/CT imaging system.
George Kastis returned to Greece in 2003. He worked as an instructor at the Technical NCO Academy (ΣΤΥΑ) (2005-2011), and as a Lecturer at the Hellenic Air-Force Academy (2008-2009). At the same time he worked as a researcher at THORAX Foundation (2005-2008) and the University of Athens (2006-2007). In 2009 he was elected Assistant Researcher Professor at the Research Centre of Pure and Applied Mathematics (ΚΕΘΕΜ) of the Academy of Athens in which, since December of 2009, is the Acting Director of the Centre. In 2014 he was elected Associate Researcher Professor.
George Kastis has participated in several research projects and has received over 10 scholarships and awards. He has published 27 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and over 40 abstracts in Greek and international conferences. He has participated in more than 25 scientific conferences and has organized two workshops. Since 2006 he is collaborating with Athanassios Fokas, a Member of the Academy of Athens and Professor at the University of Cambridge, with whom he has authored a book chapter in the “Handbook of Mathematical Methods of Imaging” (Springer). Since December 2014 he is the Chairman of the Association of Research Faculty of the Academy of Athens.
Dionysis Cabolis was born in Athens, Greece. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1991. He continued his studies with a scholarship from the “ALEXANDER S. ONASSIS” Foundation, completing the three years Master program at UCLA with a Master of Fine Arts in Art in 1994. Professors Barbara Drucker, Henry Hopkins, Paul McCarthy and Lari Pittman participated in his thesis committee. In 1991-1992 he was a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Printmaking at UCLA while from 1992 to 1994 he was a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Painting at UCLA. From 1997 to 1998 he was a Professor of Art and the Director of the Fine Arts Department at the Southeastern University in Athens, Greece. From 2003 to 2008 he was a Professor of Art in AKTO College of Art and Design, and since 2005 he has been an Art Professor at the Contemporary School S. Avgouleas-Linardatos teaching art courses in the elementary and high school. From 2006 he has been the director of the International Internship Program of Yale University in Athens, and since 2007 he has been teaching art at the educational programs of the Museum of Cycladic Art. In 1998, he founded the ARTSPACE Gallery in Athens, Greece, and from 2001 to 2011,he has been elected among the fifteen members of the Director’s Committee of the Scholars Association of the “ALEXANDER S. ONASSIS” Foundation in the position of the Supplementary Treasurer. He has received international awards and has shown his art in individual and group shows in Greece and the U.S.
He was born in 1952 in Piraeus. He graduated in 1976 from medicine of the university of Athens . In 1979-1980 , he got a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation for his dissertation on historico-Medical documentation.
As a neuropsychiatrist (Aeginitio Hospital of Athens)- Prof. C. STEFANIS, he was further educated at the University Paris V , where he was specialized on the field of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (Psychiatric Hospital ste Anne Paris/CNRS)-Prof. P. PICHOT, where he continues to collaborate as a visiting researcher (Prof. B. S. LAJEUNESSE).
He worked as a senior lecture at the University of Ioannina (Section of Social Medicine and Mental Health). At the same time he has been President of the Greek Institute on the Research of Human Behaviour as well as scientific assistant director , at the Centre of Mental Health , responsible on educational ant staff management issues. He collaborates with Mass Media and he has participated in debates on T.V where he spokes several times about issues on couple counselling and human relationships.
He also collaborated with the Court of Appeal in Piraeus as an expert on psychiatric-judicial issues. He has been activated as a Scientific Counsellor of the publishing firm “ ELLINIKA GRAMMATA” and at the public and private organisations on issues of human resources development. He runs the Psychotherapeutic Centre of Piraeus and at the same time he animates the annual seminar of EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE and PSYCHOEDUCATION.
Since February 1997 up to date , he coordinates (as Head of the Dpmt) the Dementia’s Medical Care Unit at the Piraeus Centre of Mental Health on clinical , educational and research fields.
Update activities : 1.Establishment on a voluntarily basis of a social solidarity 3rd ) 4th age mental health clinic concerning unemployed and low income families)individuals(free of charge).PIRAEUS PSYCHOGERIATRICS UNIT, HELLENIC CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND RESEARCH 2. Online psychotherapy and counselling co-ordinator.
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Manos Kranidis is a civil engineer, project and property manager. He was born in 1976 in Athens and he graduated at the Department of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens in 2000. In 2003 he received his Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US, with a major in international economics and finance, receiving the honor of highest distinction. During his graduate studies he received scholarships from the Onassis Foundation and Carnegie Mellon. Currently he is the Managing Director and Owner of Krama Property technical, engineering and property services office. The main services include project and construction management, engineering building permits and designs, real estate consulting, property management and investment portfolio management.
He served at the position of Council Member and Vice Mayor on Environment at the Municipality of Halandri, one of the largest in size and population in Attica Greece, between the years 2012-2014. He is an active member in multiple key organizations such as the National Federation of Property Owners (www.pomida.gr), Onassis Scholars Association, the Technical Chamber of Greece, and ULI Greece. He has been an active columnist writer, for the last 10 years, in newspapers, portals and magazines issued in Greece such as www.enkonomia,gr, Real News www.real.gr and New Politics, www.neapolitiki.gr and served as an analyst at SBC TV Chanel between the years 2010-2012.
My name is Ioakim Kallivrousis born in Athens, Greece on September 1964. I have a Teaching Degree from Maraslios Paedagogic Academy (1984), a Bsc in Physics from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (1988) and an MBA in Marketing Project Management & Communication from the Univesity of Dundee, Scotland, UK (1992) with scholarship by “Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation”. I have attended several seminars in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Communication and Advertising (“Creation & Implementation of Advertising Campaigns” “Business Consultants about the Prospects of Cutting-Edge Technological Products” “Marketing of Βanking Products” “Consultants in business promotion in Eastern Europe” “Training in the use of Multimedia” “The Processing Technique of Exports” “Advertising – Role and Functions” “Media Planning” “Marketing – Sales – Advertising” “Small and Medium-sized companies management”). Since May 2008, I am the Commercial Director in Hartografiki Advertising Media (www.hartografiki.gr). Up to 2008 I was the Sales Director of Audiotex S.A. a telecommunication services & SMS mobile marketing services company Member of ANT1 TV Group in Athens, Greece.
President of the “Federation of the School Parents Associations” – 26 Arsakeio & Tositseio Schools from 04/2013 to present (26 leading Greek private schools in Athens, Thessalonica, Patra, Ioannina, with over 6,000 students - www.arsakeio.gr). President of the “Directing Committee of the Parent Association of Private Schools in Greece” (since 09/2015) (Formal Representative of the 170.000 parents of the 85.000 students attending 146 Private Schools in Greece - www.sylgonis.gr ). Member of the “Onassis Scholars' Association”, Member of the “Institute of Communication of the Hellenic Association of Advertising-Communication Agencies” (E.Δ.E.E.), Member of the “Hellenic Management Association” (E.E.Δ.E.), Member of the “Hellenic Institute of Marketing” (E.I.M.), Member of the “Hellenic Physics Society” (E.E.Φ.).
I am divorced and I have a daughter Katerina (born 1996) who studies in the Department of Primary Education of the National & Kapodistrian Univesity of Athens and a son Stergios (born 2000) who is student of the second grade in Arsakeio Lykeio Physikou.
Born in Athens 1967.
Studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.TH. Polytechnic School, Department of Architecture 1985-1992). Following she completed her Master Degree in London with the Scholarship of the “Alexander S. Onassis” Foundation (M.A. in Text & Performance studies, King’s College & Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of London, U.K. 1993 – 1994). Her thesis was “The revival of ancient Greek drama in the early 20th century at Delphi”
After her graduation she returns to Greece and passes the exams at the department of Sculpture (Athens School of Fine Arts , Sculpture department, Prof. Efthymios Panourgias 1994 -1999). During the course of her studies she was awarded with the State Sholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.)
She lives and works in Athens as a sculptor and theater set designer. She has participated with presentations in international congresses of philosophy of the arts and aesthetics and she has presented her works in exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
From 2009 until 2011 she worked as an Expert in Culture and Media at the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Athens and she has been awarded an honorary diploma from the Polish Ministry of Culture for her contribution to the musical events that took place in Greece during the International Chopin Year 2010.
In 2013 she inaugurated her work “omphalos” at Lazanki Museum, in Warsaw Poland. For this work she has been awarded with honorary medal. Her work can be found in collections in Greece and abroad.
Since 2014 she is an elected member at the Directors Board of the Chamber Arts of Greece, responsible for International Affairs and media
I was born on May 16, 1982 in Athens, where I currently reside. In 2005, I graduate with a Bachelor in Law (Honors) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After a year of internship in a well- established law firm in Athens, I was given the opportunity to work for about a year in China as a trainee lawyer in the China Classification Society.
Shortly after, the Alexander Onassis Foundation gave wings to my dreams and made it possible to continue my studies at Oxford University. In 2008 I completed Magister Juris (LLM), in Exeter College, Oxford University.
Right after, I decided to continue my journey abroad and for the next two years I worked as a legal adviser in a large shipping company in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2011, it was finally time to go back home, so I returned to Greece and continued practicing as a lawyer specializing in maritime law. Currently I have joined as dually qualified lawyer (in Greece and in the UK) a branch of a UK law firm in Piraeus.
During my free time I am exploring the world, learning foreign languages and lately indulging myself in the world of wine.
Steriani Tsintziloni, a former dancer and ballet teacher, is a dance researcher and scholar. She holds a PhD from the University of Roehampton, an MA in Dance Studies (University of Surrey) supported by an Alex. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Scholarship and she is a graduate of the State School of Dance (Distinction) and of the Department of Education (University of Crete).
She was Research and Programming Associate for the Kalamata International Dance Festival and collaborator in research, educational and interdisciplinary projects for the “Isadora and Raymond Duncan” Dance Research Centre (Athens), the Koula Pratsika Foundation, and independent projects. Her teaching experience includes university undergraduate level courses (University of Patras-Department of Theatre Studies), post-graduate and doctoral level seminars (University of Crete), Professional Dance Schools (the Greek National Opera Ballet School among them), as well as seminars and open lectures for the Kalamata International Dance Festival, the Greek National Opera and the “Isadora and Raymond Duncan” Dance Research Centre (Athens) among others.
Steriani was a member of the dance team of the ‘Melina Project’, an initiative by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education for the Arts in Education, and co- author of the dance educational material produced for ‘Melina Project’. She served as Member of the Advisory Committee for Dance Funding of the National Centre for Theatre and Dance (EKETHEX). She is co-creator and co-editor of the Editorial Board of the online Manifesto Lexicon of the Performance Studies International and was co-curator of the PSI Regional Research Cluster held in Athens (2011).
Her current interest focuses on convergences of forms (conference presentations, publications but also lecture-performances) as part of an on-going research process on dance in Greece, Greek history and formation of identities. In addition, her research interests focus on critical dance history of the 20th century, dance history in Greece and issues of memory, history and bodies.
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou is a registered architect in the UK and Greece and senior research fellow at the Bartlett School, UCL. She is the owner of the awarded practice SynThesis Architects (London – Athens), that specializes in healthcare, medical tourism and hospitality facilities in terms of planning, architecture and interior design. Her architecture and extensive research has received prestigious international awards (Singapore 2009, Kuala Lumpur 2012, Brisbane 2013, Birmingham 2014, London 2014).
Applications of her extensive research on mental health, accessibility and mental health, autism, healthcare, welfare and wellness facilities, medical architecture innovation, medical tourism planning and design of tourism facilities in several countries of the world (UK, France, Belgium, Greece, Middle East, etc.) have been introduced in SynThesis architectural projects. Parallel activities in architecture include teaching at medical and architectural schools in Athens, London (MARU) and the Middle East, research (France, Belgium, Greece, the UK and the Middle East), involvement in research schemes with UCL or SynThesis (New Zealand, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland the UK and the Middle East), and advisory for professional bodies. She has also advised the Hellenic Secretary of Health and she is the author of the new national guidelines for mental health facilities in the community. Additionally, Dr Chrysikou is the author of the book ‘Architecture for Psychiatric Environments and Therapeutic Spaces’ a healthcare architecture editor, reviewer of scientific publications and books, active member of several architectural and medical professional and scientific associations. She is alo a Trustee, Member of the Board and Director of Research at DIMHN (UK).
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