The team

Soultana (Nana) Spyropoulou

CEO

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/

Anastasia Amanatidou

Head of CEO Support and Legacy

Anastasia Amanatidou was born and lived for many years in Thessaloniki.She graduated from the Law school(Aristotle University Thessaloniki), worked as a lawyer and attained her MA at “Art law and Arts Management”(International Hellenic University).During her master,she took part at multiple art exhibitions as curator and cultural mediator. She has been working at Public Art Lab,in Berlin, as project manager and especially on curatorial aspects in the intersection of art and technology.Her second bachelor was in Art History(Athens School of Fine Arts) and, hence, she combined her studies working as an Art lawyer. Last but not least, she took part in various international artistic festivals like TOA(Tech Open Air) in Berlin, ADAF(Athens Digital Art Festival) in Athens etc

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.

Anna Vafiadou

Deputy Director of Production

She was born in Athens. She holds an MSc in Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings as well as an integrated MSc in Agricultural Engineering. She graduated from the National Conservatory with a Diploma in Piano Performance. As a scientific consultant in Environmental and Cultural projects, she worked with Municipalities all over Greece and Academic Institutions as well as Ministries and International Organizations such as UNHCR. She co-founded HeterArt during ‘Hack the Camp’ and was awarded by Onassis Foundation. She is the Artistic Director of ‘Lost in Jazz’ at Pelion mountain where she managed to engage the local audience. She curated ‘…oi Technes allios…’ project in the Park for Children and Culture.

Αs a project manager she built an expertise in human-centered environment bridging Civil Society, Art and Business. Since April 2018 she is a member of the ‘Nordic Urban Lab in Athens’ organizing team, a Greek-Nordic dialogue initiated by Metropolis|Copenhagen International Theater. She is passionate about creating a sustainable Cultural Landscape through Urban Planning and Art. Ηer research focuses on ‘The City as a scenery’ utilizing existing resources, aiming to integrate individuals and teams with diverse paces and codes.

Morfi Galopoulou

Performing Arts Officer

Morfi Galopoulou studied archaeology and history of Art, got her master in Museology and Cultural Management and has become a member of Association of Greek Museologists. She’s also a Greek Sign Language Interpretation candidate and a lifelong learner in the fields of festival management, performing arts management, art curation and disability, accessibility and inclusion matters.

She has collaborated as a museologist, cultural manager and event planner with various public cultural services and festivals, such as Ephorates of Antiquities in Greece, Photobiennale, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Athens Biennale, Micro M Festival, etc. and has been in charge of many independent arts and social solidarity festivals around Greece. She has also occasionally collaborated with various radio stations as an events manager and a radio producer.

Eleanna Georgiou

Head of Press Office

Eleanna Georgiou is a  Cultural Events Communications Manager. She is a graduate of the Athens School of Philosophy (Department of FrenchLanguage and Literature) and holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature (D.E.A. Etudes françaises, francophones et comparées, Michel de Montaigne University, France). Since 2008, she has collaborated with cultural organizations such as the theatres PORTA, Pallas, D. Horn, Sfendoni, Choros, skrow, Epi Kolono, Sychrono theatre, with the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Municipal Regional Theatre of Kalamata, the Artistic Network of Performing Arts Kinitirias, the Animasyros International Animation Festival, as well as with educational institutions such as the Goethe Institute, the French Institute of Greece, etc. She has also worked as a Program Manager, Communication and Fundraising Manager in human rights organizations (Amnesty  International, Hellenic Center for the Promotion of Volunteerism), environmental organisations (MEDASSET), and in the literary magazine DIAVAZO. She is Head of Press Office of 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture since January 2021.

Arilena Dimitriou

Head of Communications and New Media

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.

Panagiotis Kanakis

Deputy Director of Finance and Administration

Mr Panagiotis Kanakis is a residence, born and raised, of Elefsina, with an active interest and participation in community’s affairs. He is a holder of Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, focus in Accounting, and is an active member of the Economic Chamber of Greece. He has a diverse business background since he worked for many years as outsourced accountant offering services to various businesses, from various industries, with great knowledge and exposure to international trade, international transactions and payments, along with in depth knowledge of procurement practices and supply chain management gained from his extended cooperation with major importing-wholesaling company. He has a passion for sports and has supported the operations of many local businesses in Elefsina, which enables him to understand the needs and prospects of the community.

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

Head of Accountant

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.

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 2023 Eleusis as Director of Cultural Training. 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.

Nefeli Maria Mademli

Public Contracts and Transparency Officer

Nefeli Maria Mademli grew up in the city of Elefsina, where she also resides. She is currently a second-year postgraduate student, undertaking a Counselling and Psychotherapy MA, while she also actively volunteers as a Mental Health Counsellor with various organizations offering counselling and psychotherapy free of charge. She is certified in Human Relations, Counselling Skills, as well as Emotional Trauma. Her undergraduate studies focused on Political Sciences and History, and included seminars on the Refugee and Migratory Issue, the Electoral Policy of Mass Media, as well as on Leadership. Furthermore, she has received certifications on the Development of Human Resources. She is a writer and journalist for the local online magazine “Elefsinians”, and an administrator of the latter’s social media. Moreover, she has received singing and music theory training, and often sings in various music scenes, while she has also been part of a wide array of music festivals. Nefeli has also worked as an English Language tutor for middle-school students free of charge. She also has experience working in Human Resources, a role which gave rise to the following question within her: “How can businesses become more person-centered?”. It is this question that is currently the focus of her research interests, which overall revolve around the person, and more specifically, one’s psychological and emotional development and evolution, the influence of Art on one’s psyche as well as the way one is influenced intergenerationally.

Neoklis Mantas

Cultural Development Officer

Neoklis Mantas was born in the de-industrialized Volos of eighties. He is an Urbanist with a master’s degree in urban and cultural geographies (Master of Arts “Cities & Cultures”, Queen Mary University of London). In 2020, he successfully defended his PhD thesis named “Emerging oneirotopias in contemporary city: in the quest of metamodern urban identity and image through the cinematic palimpsest”. He has worked in the field of cultural and creative industries (Communications Executive Michael Cacoyannis Foundation) and he is member of the scientific team of Laboratory of Tourism Planning, Research and Policy (LaReTour: Final BidBook of Eleusis 2021, Marketing Plans for Greek Cities, Interreg Project CULTURE+). His scientific interests are: Urban Image and Identity, Place Μarketing and Branding, Cinematic Cities, Tourism and Cultural Planning, Metamodern Imaginative Geographies.

Chryssa Martini

Director 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.

Aggeliki Nikolari

Communications and New Media Officer

Aggeliki Nikolari studied Communication and Mass Media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She started her internship at the National TV and Radio of Greece (ERT) in the production of the News and later joined the staff of the Athens Voice newspaper as a web and cultural editor. She then moved to Paris, where she completed her master’s degree in the Communication of Cultural and Creative Industries, specializing in the Music Industry. During her stay in France she has worked on the communication and production of some international music festivals (“Festival de l’Imaginaire”, Paris,”Festival Blues Passions”, Cognac) and on the french radio station OUI FM as an organization member of the Music Sessions “OUI FM Acoustic Sessions”.

 

Maria Papakonstantinou

Head of Project Evaluation

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.

Athina Pavlidou 

Cultural Training Officer

Athina Pavlidou is a museologist and a cultural manager with international experience. She has graduated from the Department of Classics of the School of Philology-Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and she holds a master degree from the Interuniversity Postgraduate Programme “Museology-Cultural Management” (AUTH & UoWM). She has worked at museums and cultural institutions in the USA (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), in Europe (Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice) and in Greece (Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, Railway Museum of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Aristotle Natural History Museum, Onassis Cultural Centre) and has collaborated with private companies (Peripatos Cultural Company) and educational institutions (AUTH, British Council, Centre for the Greek Language). Her main duties involved the development, management, promotion, implementation and evaluation of educational programs and various activities, events and cultural projects for the public (lectures, art talks and classes, thematic tours, conferences, intensive workshops, seminars, performance nights, youth and community programs, museum overnights e.t.c.) the training of docents, facilitators, gallery teachers and volunteers, as well as the execution of audience development, community engagement and communication strategy plans. She has also managed Eu funded programs (Horizon 2020, Erasmus+). She is currently a Phd candidate at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of Aegean. Her research interests include History, Literature, Public Archaeology, History of Art and Exhibition Curating, Museum Education, Cultural Management, Audience Development, Community Engagement, Cultural Tourism and in general the role of museums and cultural institutions and projects in modern society.

Eleni Rozi

Eleni Rozi

Board of Directors Secretary

Lilian Saridi

Head of Public Contracts and Transparency

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.

Theodora Soufli

Central Secretariat and Support Officer

Theodora Soufli was born in Athens in 1992. She has studied Cultural Heritage Management University of Patras and completed her internship on collection management at the Historical Museum of Messolonghi “DIEXODOS”. She also has participated in seminars about Export Trading and has been trained in “Event Planning, Marketing and Management” lifelong learning program of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has worked as an office administrator at an import-export food company and as a volunteer at the Hellenic Book Club. Moreover, she is professionally involved in ballroom dancing and participates in pop-culture festivals as a receptionist and co-organizer. Lastly, she is also engaged in amateur poetry and she currently studies Clothing Technology – Fashion Design at Galatsi VET institute.

Eleni Temponera

Director of Communications and Marketing

Eleni Tzounopoulou

Head of Project Coordination

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.