Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee consists of personalities, scientists, experts and representatives of the intellectual, academic, business and artistic world, who contribute with their knowledge, their proposals and their authority in defining the program of the SHP and the implementation of its plan and its actions.

Its members are appointed by the SHP on the basis of their personality, their work, their moral stature and their interest in promoting the principles and values ​​of the Society.

Members of the Advisory Committee may participate in committees and oversee the programs and actions of the SHP.

Members of the Advisory Committee (alphabetical order)

Nikolaos Apostolidis

He studied Chemical Engineering at the NTUA (Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering) and continued his postgraduate studies at the Colorado School of Mines, USA.

Professor at the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering of NTUA, he served as its President 1985 – 2000.

He worked as a mining engineer in the USA, then in Greece at the Apostolidis Mines, the Skalistiri Mines and the mines in Mykonos and Milos.

He served as Technical Director at GENERAL CERAMIC SA, Managing Director at GEMME SA (ETVA subsidiary), General Manager of IGME (Institute of Geological and Mining Research), Research Engineer and Technical Engineer.

He is a descendant of the emblematic Philhellenes Eric Treiber and Giuseppe Chiappe.

Constantinos Velentzas

He studied Electrical Engineering with a specialisation in Feedback Control Systems and Informatics at the Ecole Polytechnique of ULB (Universite Libre de Bruxelles) in Brussels.

He continued his postgraduate studies in the same subject and then in European Economics at the Institute for European Studies in Brussels (MSc in European Economy).

He worked as an agent of the European Parliament in Brussels for 8 years. Then he founded the international group of IT companies EUROPEAN DYNAMICS, with presence and activity in over 50 countries internationally, of which he is President and CEO until today.

Constantinos Delikostopoulos

He is a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Greece, and a member of the Paris Bar Association. He has been an Assistant Professor at University Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) and a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School. He was also Vice-President of the Independent Authority “National Telecommunications and Post Commission”.

He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Paris 2 with a Master’s and Doctorate in Law summa cum laude from the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas).

He is a Research Fellow at the Scientific Council of the Hellenic Parliament, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Music Association and a member of the Hellenic American Educational Foundation.

Dimitrios St. Ioannidis

Βorn and raised in Athens, he studied Architecture and Cultural Heritage Management in England and Greece. His origins are from Epirus and the area of Zagori where, in recent years, he has been involved with various civil societies and heritage programmes. He is currently in the process of establishing a Historical Museum, on the theme of urban culture in the mountainous area of Zagori. He is a descendant (great-grandson) of the Italian Philhellene Michele Gramsi.

Irene-Evanthia Kairi

Irene-Evanthia Kairi is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Athens.

She served as a senior executive of the petroleum company MOBIL OIL HELLAS.

Deputy General Manager of the steel production company USINOR-SACILOR France, the insulation production company KONTI Hellas SA and the insulation material production company BITULINE SA.

General Manager of DOMUS SA.

Today she is General Manager of the flour industry MYLOI THRAKIS- I. OUZOUNOPOULOS SA.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lillian Voudouri Foundation and a member of the Board of the Institute for Therapy through Arts for people with disabilities.

She is the only descendant of the Philosopher and fighter of the Greek Revolution Theofilos Kairis and his sister Evanthias.

George Kontogeorgis

Former Rector of Panteion University in Athens, former President / CEO of ERT SA and Deputy Minister of Press and Media in Greece. Docteur d’État of the University of Paris II, Lecturer of the Law School of the University of Thessaloniki, was a founding member (and Secretary General) of the Hellenic Society for Political Science, founding member (and member of Board) of the European Political Science Network (EPSNET), Member of the Supreme Council (and Research Council) of the European University Institute of Florence, Titulary of the Francqui Chair of the Free University of Brussels, Director of Research at the CNRS of France et al. He is also a member of the Scientific Council and Professor of the Master in European Studies of the University of Siena, and of the editorial or scientific committee of many Greek and international scientific journals. He has taught at many foreign universities and, for many years, at the Paris Institute of Political Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Culture of Portugal.

Phaedon Kydoniatis

He studied Business Administration, Philosophy, Communication, European and International Relations at the Middlesex and Birkbeck College, University of London and London School of Economics. He attended post-graduate programs at various universities and institutions internationally (Universities of Strasbourg, Beijing, Bocconi, LSE, Conseil de l’Europe, etc.). He has worked in international organizations and private companies as an economist, and for over twelve years he taught undergraduate and MBA programs in Greece and  internationally, and has chaired graduate and postgraduate studies. He worked as a columnist and editor-in-chief of large newspapers. For the last twenty years, he has been working professionally in the field of culture. He is the founder of two publishing houses and seven academic journals, as well as managing a variety of publishing brands and platforms. He organized more than seven hundred events (exhibitions, scientific conferences, theatrical productions, etc.) in all cities of Greece and internationally. Finally, he is the general manager of the Athenian Circle which promotes interdisciplinarity and the study of philosophy.

Costas Lavdas

Professor of European and Comparative Politics and Director of the Department of International Relations at the Department of International, European and Regional Studies at Panteion University. He was born in Athens and studied in Greece, Britain and the USA. He has been, inter alia, a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, Professor at the Chair of Greek and European Studies “Constantine Karamanlis” at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Boston Tufts University, Deputy Dean on Academic and Staff issues of the University of Crete, Professor and Visiting Professor at American and British Universities, lecturer at the National School of Public Administration (Athens), full member of the Board of Directors in many organizations, institutions and foundations (e.g. Center for Educational Research, Greek Center for European Studies, European Expression, etc.). He is the author of numerous books, articles in international journals (such as the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Politics, etc.) and chapters in collective volumes in the fields of European politics, comparative foreign policy and applied political theory. He has coordinated and participated in a number of European and Greek research programs and has been a referee in leading scientific journals in political science and European studies (such as Political Studies, Governance, Journal of European Integration, European Journal of Political Theory, West European Politics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, etc.).

Constantine Mavrias

Professor of Constitutional Law of the University of Athens, President of the Scientific Council of the Hellenic Parliament.

He served as Dean of the Democritus University of Thrace, Director of the Institute of Constitutional Research of the University of Athens, President of the Association of Greek Constitutionalists, Honorary President of the International Union of Constitutional Law, Correspondent member of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and member of its scientific Committee. He has written a large number of books and scientific articles in English, Italian, French and German.

He is an Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic.

Christos Sp.Bartsokas

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He studied at UCLA Medical School and completed his specialty in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, CT, USA and in Pediatric Endocrinology Metabolic Disorders and Clinical Genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He then pursued an academic career at the Athens Children’s Hospital / NKUA until his retirement in 2004, after which he founded and organized the “Mitera” Children’s Hospital at the same hospital. His recent research was centered on Type 1 Diabetes. He described the rare Bartsocas-Papas hereditary syndrome, named after him. He authored scientific books and numerous articles in international journals on Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Clinical Genetics, and History of Medicine.

George Panayotakopoulos

Pathologist-Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Patras. He specialized in infections at St George’s Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital in London and holds a Diploma in HIV Medicine from the Society of Apothecaries of London and a PhD in the same subject from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. He is the head of the Metropolitan Hospital’s Pathology-Infections Team. He has taught Infectious Diseases at St George’s Hospital Medical School (London, UK) and King’s College Medical School (London, UK). He has extensive research experience and participation in international conferences. He is the Vice-President of the National Public Health Council since 2019.

Kostas Papailiou

He graduated from the German School in 1963 and studied in Germany on a DAAD scholarship. He is an Electrical Engineer at the University of Braunschweig and a Civil Engineer at the University of Stuttgart. He received his PhD from Zurich and his “Habilitation” from the Technical University of Dresden, where he teaches as an honorary professor. He served for many years as CEO of well-known international companies in the field of electricity grids and in 2010 was elected Chairman of the International Commission CIGRE ( for high voltage transmission lines. He is a collector of old books on travel to Greece and Philhellenism.

Fotis Papathanasiou

He studied Medicine at the University of Athens and specialized in Sport Medicine at the University of Paris. He then studied International Relations in Paris, where he received his PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales, where he taught Cultural and City Diplomacy as a Visiting Professor for ten years. He was a Special Assistant to the former French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang (1985-1989). Special adviser to the Foreign Minister (1991-93), Deputy Mayor of Athens (1998-2002), founded the Technopolis and the Maria Callas Museum, Secretary General (1990-1994) and Vice President of the BoD of the Greek National Opera (2006-2009). Executive Secretary of the Union of Mayors of Southeast Europe (1998-2004). Director-General of the Greek Section of the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies of Paris (1994-present). Since 2009 he is the General Manager of the B&M Theocharakis Foundation of Fine Arts and Music. In 2016 he was elected President of the Association of the Foundations “FILOTIS”. Member of the Friends of Music Association. He has been honored with the Legion of Honor and he is Commander of the Arts and Letters Order of the French Republic, as well as the Austrian Republic’s Cross for Arts and Sciences.

Christos Paraskevopoulos

He studied at the German School, the Physiognomy Department of the Physics and Mathematics School and Business Administration at Deree. He speaks Greek, German, English, French.

He is the General Manager of BMS Technologies Hellas.

Christos is a descendant of two emblematic Philhellenes, Eric Treiber and Giuseppe Chiappe.

Georgios Sgourdos

Georgios Sgourdos is a Radiologist, director of a private diagnostic centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.
President of the cultural association “Melissa for Hellenism”.

He studied Medicine at the University of Patras. After specialization in Radiology at the University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland (HUG), he continued as a Senior physician at the Radiology Department of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV). He lives in Switzerland since 2003.
The cultural association « Melissa for Hellenism », founded in December 2016 in Lausanne, disposes of a library comprising ancient Greek books and historical documents. He has been a committee member of the Hellenic Association of Geneva and of the Association « Estia » in Lausanne. As a member of the Geneva Greek theater group, he participated in several performances. He published a collection of poems. Currently, he is member of the organizing committee of an exhibition on the Greek War of Independence and Swiss Philhellenism, which will take place in 2021 in Lausanne.

Katerina Sokou

Katerina Sokou is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Future Europe Initiative of the Atlantic Council and Washington DC correspondent for SKAI TV and Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini, where she is also a columnist. She was a visiting scholar at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she conducted research on the U.S. role in the Greek debt crisis, and a member of the editorial board at the Washington-based European Institute. Katerina studied History (First Class Honors) at the University of Ioannina and holds postgraduate degrees in International Studies from the University of Warwick and in Journalism from Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism. She started her career as a financial reporter at To Vima, covering Greece and the Eurozone, and was International Financial News editor at Kathimerini during the global financial crisis. She has covered extensively the Greek financial crisis from Athens and Washington DC, providing commentary for news media in the US and Europe. Katerina is a PhD candidate at the University of Piraeus, a director at The Hellenic Initiative Canada and a member of the Hellenic American Women’s Council.

Michalis A. Tiverios

Michalis A. Tiberios studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Thessaloniki and was awarded a doctorate by the institute in 1976. He completed his studies at the Archaeological Institute of Bonn, as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (1977-1979). From 1975 to 2014, when he retired receiving the title of Emeritus Professor, he taught (as of 1987 as a primary professor) at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the Department of History and Archeology. From 1989 to 1993 he was the President of this Department, while from 1997 to 1999 he was the Director of the Postgraduate Studies. He conducted excavations, among others, in the ancient settlements located near today’s Sindos (1990-2002) and in Karabournaki of Thessaloniki (1994-2014).

In 2011 he was elected a full member of the Academy of Athens in the Class of Letters and Fine Arts at the Chair of Archeology [Ceramics]. He was, among others, a member of the plenary session of the Greek National Commission for UNESCO, a member of the National Advisory Council for Research (1994-98), a member of the National Council for Research and Technology (2001-04 and 2008-09) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Educational Institution of the National Bank (1995-2015). He is a member of many scientific committees and institutes, such as the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea and the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. In 1999 he was proclaimed Honorary Doctor by the University of Bern.

Margarita Vartholomaiou

She was born in Athens and has studied Public Relations and Marketing at the American College of Greece – Deree.

Head of Public Relations in large companies, mainly of the private sector, among them Dialaspes – Medispes, Aspis Pronia, European Reliance Group, etc.

Member of AHEPA Family, Daughters of Penelope ‘‘Karyatides chapter 271’’, the AWOG – American Women’s Organization of Greece, the Panhellenic Athletic Society ‘‘Kallipateira’’, the Propeller club of Piraeus, the Maritime Society of Andros, the HAWCT – Hellenic Association of Women in Culture and Tourism.

She received awards from the Andros Society for fostering and enhancing the tights among the Diaspora of the US and the Australia with the Andriotes and from the American Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Mr. Daniel Smith for the continuing efforts in the preservation and dissemination of the programme ‘‘Plant your Roots’’ in Greece.