TEDxAthens 2022 - TEDx Athens

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28th May 2022

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Unknown. The secret protagonist of our human existence, who has changed the way we perceive the world. Sometimes as the greatest driving force of creation and other times, as an obstacle towards evolution. In the midst of the unknown we have created Gods and Demons, fought wars, found longevity and soon we’ll be able to claim we’ve settled on Mars.

The Unknown defines a future without rules, limitations and misbeliefs. A space of infinite possibilities. So chaotic, our human mind seems unable to comprehend it. As adults, instead of being aware of the unknown for what it truly is, we let our uncertainty and fear of it determine our lives. However, all adventures we are about to live, await in this exact space. A place we haven’t yet navigated to.

The Unknown is Great. It gives meaning to our being, redefining our need for discovery and knowledge. As children, we face it with awe, like a blank canvas ready to welcome everything we can imagine. And everything we can imagine, we can realize.

TEDxAthens returns, daring us to become kids once more, diving deep into a Great Unknown. And who knows, this journey may lead us to the discovery of new, unknown so far, destinations. Will you accept the challenge?


Ted Papakostas was born and raised in Thessaloniki. He studied Archaeology in the University of Reading and got an MA in Archaeological Research from the University of Nottingham. He has worked as an archaeologist in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and participated in various excavations in the UK and Greece. Ted completed his PhD in Classical Archaeology at the University of Thessaloniki in 2017 and started working at the Archaeological Service of Kilkis. With a firm belief that archaeology is the most fun of all fields of study and that everyone has the right to enjoy its marvels (always keeping a distance from pseudo-scientific approaches), Ted started the “Archaeostoryteller” project in 2018 - a social media account with more than 55K followers, aiming to present archaeology to the general public in a fun way and make it accessible to everyone. Ted is also the author of the book “Can you fit all of ancient Greece in an elevator?”, which is currently being translated into 7 languages and hosts a successful podcast.
Adventurer | Freediving Underwater Photographer and Videographer
Stefanos Kontos, is an underwater photographer/cinematographer, who does all his work freedivng – using apnea - without the use of any breathing equipment. Born in Ioannina-Greece in 1972 he has been exploring the Greek seas and documenting his work for 3 decades. He is collaborating with organizations, institutions and specialists, worldwide in an effort to advance and promote the unique perspective of freediving photography. His associations include, The Greek ephorate of underwater antiquities, National Geographic, The KORSEAI Institute of Historical & Archaeological Research and others. The work of apnea underwater photography is a truly unique and challenging endeavor. It is the absolute manifestation of “action – wildlife photography” and requires effort and preparation by the photographer and the support – team involved.  As well as requiring sound technical skills and physical abilities, the photographer needs to have a deep understanding and awareness of the marine environment and its inhabitants. Some situations may require stalking skills or the use of the environment for concealment and approach, always, on a single breath. Intensive training and both physical and mental preparation is necessary for achieving a high level of competence in freediving photography.  However, the element of the “single breath” does not work as a restriction or confinement, it is a liberating factor; the photographs are all–too–real glimpses of the experience and the actual interaction with the deep.  The photographer –freediver is liberated; unfettered by definition, free to experience his surroundings completely, and without any interference between him and his subject.  Τhe natural, physical and mental abilities of the freediver-photographer allow Stefanos to capture the pulse of the unique Greek underwater world as it is interacting with him, during his dives.
Director of Campaigns @ Sea Shepherd Global

Swedish-American Peter Hammarstedt is the Director of Campaigns for Sea Shepherd Global and is Chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia. He is captain of the ocean-going vessel Bob Barker, having spent two decades at-sea including 10 years in Antarctica.

In 2014/15, the Bob Barker, with Peter as captain, set the world record for the longest pursuit of a poaching vessel at sea after chasing the Interpol-wanted fishing vessel Thunder for 110 days, covering three oceans and 11,000 nautical miles, before its captain intentionally sank his own vessel in a bid to destroy evidence. Since then, Peter, has provided civilian offshore patrol vessels (COPVs), under so-called 'ship rider' agreements, to many African coastal countries in order to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. On-going partnerships between Sea Shepherd and the law enforcement agents of African coastal and island States have resulted in the arrest of over 70 vessels for illegal fishing and other fisheries crimes over the past five years. The COPVs have served as critical platforms for capacity-building of law enforcement agencies in increasing monitoring, control and surveillance capabilities in the maritime domain.
Founder and Director @ BlueCycle
Suzanna Laskaridis, after her studies in Humanities, turned her academic interest to shipping, completing her studies in Ship Management and her LLM in Maritime Law at City University of London. She is a Director in Lavinia Corp and Laskaridis Shipping where she has been working since 2007, and is involved in all aspects of daily management. She recently (2020) received a Certification from the Cambridge University Judge Business School in Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies. She is an active member of the Greek Shipping Community, is on the Board of the Hellenic War Risks Association, the United Kingdom Defense Club and RINA decarbonization committee.  She is the General Secretary and Treasurer of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, a nonprofit, cultural institution, where she also heads and promotes its environmental initiatives. In 2016 she founded Real Time Graduates, a nonprofit initiative that connects young graduates with valuable work experience within the maritime industry. It is the only free access CV database in Greece. Drawing inspiration from her experience in shipping and her environmental activity, in 2019 she founded BlueCycle, the first integrated company in Europe, focusing on the recycling of marine plastic waste, originating from shipping and fishing activities. As its director, she participates often in Greek and international forums on sustainability and circular economy and the sustainable use of marine plastic. Since 2018 she has served on the Leadership Committee of the UNSDSN (United Nations Sustainability Development Solutions Network). She is also on the Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping and Transportation of Deree College.  In 2020 she was awarded with the Next Generation in Shipping Award from the Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping awards.
Actor | Activist
With a successful career as an artist manager and a non-binary model in Los Angeles and New York, today, she is based in Athens and works as a writer, an actress and LGBTQ + anti-abuse and gender duality recognition activist.  She has just published her first book, entitled "From Corinth to non-binary".  She starred in Panos Koutras's new film, "Dodo" and she presented the closing ceremony of the Thessaloniki Film Festival. She has worked in the international music industry as the music manager of SOPHIE and Slayer and participated in the campaigns of artists such as Rosalia, CL, 30 seconds to Mars, Charli XcX. Vogue has paid tribute to her, she became the muse of David Lachapelle and she was photographed by the biggest fashion photographers on the planet, she has walked on all the international catwalks, she has been chosen as the main person for advertising campaigns of big companies. She has been in front of and behind the cameras with great success.  In other words, she went from the music industry to the film industry, with modeling as an intermediate stop. In her words: "Of course, I was thinking a lot to be just a model who is dressed, undressed, set up. What I did was a kind of activism, non binary modeling, and that's why I did not accept to work with big agencies, because I did not consent to be put on the male or female board. It was not about me reproducing their beauty standards, I wanted to break the stereotypes and claim visibility for a world that was still invisible ".
Journalist | Campaigner
Hugo Dixon is a campaigner, journalist and entrepreneur. He is currently focussed on fighting climate change - in particular promoting the Clean Green Initiative, a global plan to help developing and emerging countries grow in a green way. Previously, he was deputy chair of the People’s Vote campaign, which was campaigning for a new Brexit referendum in the UK. He was also chair and editor-in-chief of InFacts, a journalistic enterprise making the fact-based case against Brexit. Before that, he was chair and editor-in-chief of Reuters Breakingviews, which he founded. Before that, he was editor of the Financial Times’ Lex Column.  
Consultant Neuroradiologist | CEO@Re:Cognition Health
With a determination and passion to provide a solution for the unacceptable problem of  dementia, Emer founded Re:Cognition Health in 2011.  With her medical knowledge and training in neurosciences, corporate experience, personal  credibility, contacts and charisma Emer assembled a team of Brain and Mind Experts to create Re:Cognition Health; an internationally recognized expert provider of the best diagnosis,  treatment and hope for people with memory and other cognitive symptoms.  Focusing, initially on the Global Pandemic, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and working closely with  providers of sophisticated biomarkers and pharmaceutical sponsor’s R&D to provide new  medications; Emer’s team have enabled thousands of individuals to gain early access to novel  diagnostic tests and new mediations, designed to halt or slow progression of AD, through  international clinical trials. This work, for which Emer was awarded an UK “EY Entrepreneur  of the Year” award for Societal Impact in 2019 and multiple other awards, continues.   Emer and her team are also focusing, now, on the hugely under recognized complication of  repetitive brain injury, from contact sports: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).   Emer’s Tedx talk addresses CTE: awareness, risks, pathology, new diagnostic tests and  potential for treatment. Parallels with AD, may accelerate understanding and treatment of  CTE.
Entrepreneur | CEO & Co-founder@GoStudent
Felix Ohswald is the Co-Founder and CEO of GoStudent, the Vienna-based digital learning platform that provides tailored and high quality video-based tuition to primary, secondary and college-aged students. In November 2020, Felix was featured in the Forbes “30 under 30” list.  In 2015, GoStudent started out as a homework chat service, managed via WhatsApp. At first, it involved support that Felix provided for his younger brother’s classmates. Felix quickly became the go-to expert for the students and the volume of messages he was receiving kept growing. It was clear that there was a systemic lack of support for these students, so he decided to address this issue and inspire a passion for learning to the students that matched his own.  What started as a homework chat group evolved into a revolutionary 1:1 tutoring platform, where students receive tailored support by being paired with the best teacher for them, regardless of geographical location. Founded in 2016, the EdTech scale-up is now active in 23 countries. GoStudent has more than 1,800 employees and has opened 24 international offices. Currently, GoStudent works with 19,000 international tutors, with more than 1.5 million tutoring sessions getting booked per month.
Quantum Physicist
Menas C. Kafatos, PhD, is a quantum physicist, astrophysicist, climate-change researcher, philosopher, working extensively on consciousness. Studied with renown physicist Philip Morrison at M.I.T., a student of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Education: Undergraduate: B.A., Physics, Cornell, 1967. Ph.D., Physics, M.I.T., 1972. He has 47 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. He holds seminars and workshops for individuals and organizations on the natural laws that are the foundations of the universe. Menas is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics and Director, Institute for Earth, Computing, Human and Observing, Chapman University, California. He is foreign member of the Romanian Academy of Science and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology; an international advisor with the Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering at Korea University, Seoul, Korea, a collaborator with the Institute of Geodynamics, National Observatory of Athens, as well as international scholar at several countries. Menas authored 345-plus articles in astrophysics, Earth system science, climate change and impacts on hazards, & agro-ecosystems, computational sciences, data systems, quantum mechanics and the mind, consciousness and the nature of reality. Author or co-authored 22 books, including The Conscious Universe, Science Reality & Everyday Life, on many social media. Co-author with Deepak Chopra of the New York Times bestseller You Are the Universe, translated into more than 20 different languages, the latest being Greek and Korean. Menas is often interviewed for international television networks, newspapers, and radio. www.menaskafatos.com
Psychologist | Researcher | Author
Agnes Mariakaki is a Psychologist and Social Researcher. Since 1996 she has been leading the research company MindSearch, and has developed over 4,000 focus groups, for more than 300 brands, in over 15 countries.  She has been awarded by Google for the design of an application that acquaints children with history. She is a writer, post lockdown YouTuber and member of the Women in Business Committee. She is a certified PTSD therapist in collaboration with the University of Alberta, accredited Lego Serious Play Expert and postdoctoral specialized in nonverbal communication.
Investment Firm | Managing Partner@Isomer Capital
Joe Schorge is the Founder and Managing Partner of Isomer Capital, a private investment firm based in London that focuses on European technology venture capital.  Growing up in the US, he was always “that kid who takes everything apart, and spends too much time on the computer”. Joe began his career in information technology after getting an MBA in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Joe invests in the future through his support of new technology companies that exhibit high potential by providing them with limited partner investments in early-stage VC funds, company co-investments and secondary purchases of funds and company positions. Joe has over 25 years of experience as an LP, GP and technology operations executive.
Adventurer | Entrepreneur
Soren Gordhamer is a writer, adventurer and entrepreneur. He has led mindfulness programs for a variety of groups around the world, including youth in New York City’s juvenile halls, trauma workers in Rwanda, teachers in Nigeria - and even employees at Google. Gordhamer is the founder of Wisdom 2.0, an annual conference that brings tech leaders and wisdom teachers together to investigate the intersection between ancient wisdom and modern digital life. As part of the Global Walk for a Liveable World, Soren spent a year walking through parts of the United States, India, Pakistan and Japan. This led him to become the founder of The Lineage Project; a nonprofit that offers awareness-based practices to incarcerated and at-risk teens. More recently, Soren co-founded Wisdom Ventures, which seeks to support the next generation of companies focusing on mindfulness and human connection. Gordhamer focuses on the wisdom of the community, as he believes that the best answers spring from harnessing group intelligence.
2x Pulitzer winning Writer
Jake Bernstein is an author, a playwright and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative reporting. He earned his first Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for National Reporting for his coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. He was also the senior reporter on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) team, which broke the Panama Papers story. In 2017, the same project won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Bernstein’s latest book, The Laundromat, previously published as Secrecy World, was turned into a Netflix film directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, and Jeffrey Wright. Bernstein has been the editor of The Texas Observer and is currently the coauthor of Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Guardian, ProPublica, and Vice and has appeared on the BBC, NBC, CNN, PBS, and NPR.
Creative Director | Film Director
Erika Lust is a mother, a feminist, and an award-winning erotic filmmaker. Her sex positive adult cinema is a more inclusive and cinematic alternative to mass produced mainstream porn. In 2019, she was named as one of the BBC 100 Women’s most influential women of the year and in 2022, her alternative vision of porn was featured in The New York Times. Erika has been instrumental in promoting the benefits of the female gaze in adult cinema. In addition to filmmaking, she has written several books, and her story was featured in the Netflix documentary series 'Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (“Women on Top”)', directed by Rashida Jones, and 'Principles of Pleasure', directed by Niharika Desai. Erika has a strong voice that emphasises the need for inclusive and informative sex education. The Porn Conversation is her non-profit platform, which she created along with her husband, giving families and educators the tools to give ‘The Talk’ and provide comprehensive sex education to the younger generation – starting with the topic of porn literacy.
Angelo Pentaris spent his early years in and out of hospitals. Born prematurely and hooked up to machines in order to breathe, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was told he was a tetraplegic. According to the doctors, Angelo would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair and would be permanently unable to live independently. At 9 months old, Angelo began intensive physical therapy, which became his first priority for the next 17 years of his life. At age 14, an injury caused Angelo to use a wheelchair for the following 2 years. After having worked hard to develop an active lifestyle, he was once again told that his chances of walking again were less than 20%. At that time, Angelo discovered the drums. Lighting a fire within him, drumming became his primary motivation towards getting better. Fast-forward to today, Angelo has managed to overcome a disability that could have taken over his life. He is a drummer, a motivational speaker and a fitness enthusiast. Angelo believes that everything starts with a positive mindset. As he never gave up nor taken “no” for an answer, he is eager to share his story with the world.
Senior Writer | Author
Amit Katwala is a senior writer at WIRED with a focus on longform features, science and culture. His work has appeared in The Times, the Guardian, FourFourTwo and Sport magazine, for which he interviewed some of the world’s most iconic athletes. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Experimental Psychology and is the author of two books: a WIRED guide to quantum computing, as well as “The Athletic Brain”, which is about the rise of neuroscience in sport and weaves together cutting-edge science and interviews with elite athletes. Katwala has appeared on the BBC, CNN, Sky Sports and BT Sport and has spoken at the SXSW conference and other events. His upcoming third book, “Tremors in The Blood”, blends true crime stories with the birth of the lie detector.
Author | Marketeer
Christian Sarkar is an author, entrepreneur, artist, and consultant. He is the editor of The Marketing Journal, an online publication that focuses on insights and new practices of marketing. He is also involved in numerous non-profit and public-education projects, including The Wicked7 Project, ActivistBrands.com, FIXCapitalism.com, and the $300 House Project. In 2021, Christian was included in the Thinkers50 Radar of Global Management Thinkers primarily for his work on brand activism. Christian is the co-author of two books: “Regenerative Marketing: The Future of Community” (2022), which he co-wrote with Philip Kotler and Enrico Foglia, and “Brand Activism: From Purpose to Action” (2018), co-written with Philip Kotler. Along with Philip Kotler and Enrico Foglia, Christian also co-founded the Regenerative Marketing Institute, which is about nurturing communities and building local prosperity.
Global Marketing Capabilities Lead for The Coca-Cola Company
Irene Corantis thought she was a brand marketer, formed at P&G, groomed at Notos Com Holdings and forged at Coca-Cola. Or so she thought! Driven by learning, getting things done and having an impact, she followed inspirational leaders into the worlds of Creative Communications, Strategy, HR and even external non-profit projects in parallel. As the Global Marketing Capabilities Lead at Coca-Cola, she has the awesome job of enabling marketers to get ready for the future of marketing and the Future of Work. She believes that growth should be personalized, experiential, tech-enabled, externally focused and more than anything should be fun! Catch her over a break and she’ll happily chat about her UC Berkeley days, her passion for storytelling and puzzling or her daughter Melina that helps her see the world through different eyes every day!
Global Head of HR for Revolut
Alex started her career in the FMCG world, holding marketing & sales positions with Colgate Palmolive and CCHBC. Soon she became passionate about the “why” in decision making, and switched to consulting with BCG, doing strategy & implementation work - mainly turnaround projects, M&As and PMIs. This is where her love for “HR” kicked in, because if a company does not have the right people in the right place, rightly incentivized under the right culture, outcomes and dreams can  literally go to waist. Alex believed that through people, everything is possible so her focus became transforming HR functions and enabling them to be business partners and enablers and push for digitization, mainly in the tech industry. She was Group HR Director for KaizenGaming, operating in Europe & Latin America and she is now the Global Head of HR for Revolut. She is also an executive coach for businesses and partners. She holds university degrees from LSE, Harvard, Insead and IESE.
Partner, Organizational Design @REBORRN
Kelly Panagiotidou is an Organizational Designer. Ιn the past 23 years she has helped companies and teams work more effectively, (re)define their “operating systems” and their purpose, create positive employee experiences and find and retain the right talent. She has experience in enterprise and startup environments and in the past 4 years has crossed over from industry to consulting and is a  Partner at Reborrn. Kelly is a learning addict.  She hasn’t missed any TEDx Athens event while she has also served as member of the organizing committee in the past. Last year, she got to meet some of her career idols by creating Reborrn’s first podcast series “Employee Experience Rewired”.
Chief Investment Officer of Latsco Family Office
Nikolaos Voutychtis holds an undergraduate degree (BSc, Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Bradford (UK) and a postgraduate degree (MSc) in International Banking and Financial Services from the University of Reading (UK). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant). He has extensive experience in finance, having worked as a Financial Services Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Head of Group Accounting Policy at Eurobank / EFG, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) , while in the period 2010-2015 he worked in the Group of the National Bank in Greece and abroad, initially as Head of the Bank Network (Country Manager) in Egypt, while from 2014 he assumed the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Group (Deputy Group CFO). Since the beginning of 2016, he has held the position of Chief Investment Officer of the Latsco Family Office in Greece. At the same time, he is a non-executive member of the Board. of the Viva Wallet group, including Viva Bank, as well as a member of the Board of Directors. of TERNA ENERGIAKI, as well as Lake Vouliagmeni and the Ecali Club. Finally, he participates in the Advisory Committee of EOS Capital Partners and is a member of the Investment Committee of the Realize Tech Fund (L.A., California).
Co-founder of GMG Ventures
Denise is co-founder of GMG Ventures, a Seed stage VC manager specialising in MediaTech software. The investor in its first fund is the Scott Trust, owner of an endowment fund and The Guardian Media Group. Denise has a PhD in Statistical Genetics and MMath in Mathematics & Statistics from the University of Oxford, and has researched big data methods for multiple sclerosis at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Denise has also worked with numerous startups as a data scientist, building AI, blockchain and chatbot applications and has advised global corporates on tech opportunities, innovation and data governance. Most recently, she also co-founded VentureESG, a not-for-profit with over 350 members internationally, aimed at establishing best practice around ESG in early stage venture.
The European VC is Europe’s go-to place for insights and access into the VC asset class. We’re introducing operator LP syndicates to the European market, built to back the best emerging VCs with the cash and superpowers of Europe’s amazing venture ecosystem. We’re bringing the minimum investment from >100k€ all the down to 1k€, democratising access to VC in a way never done before. We’re making the industry transparent by creating insightful content, events, VC workshops, educational programs, and communities for the European VC ecosystem.Our members are VCs, angels, founders, operators, ecosystem champions and limited partners. All working for a stronger ecosystem, brought together by joint investments and interests. The European VC are: David Cruz e Silva Andreas Munk Holm
Georgia Kaltsi is an inspirational personality with a long history in volunteering and providing information on disability and para-sports. She is a Paralympic fencing athlete in the greek national team with participations in global athletic events, a wheelchair basketball player in the ASKA MAROUSI team and a life coach instructor/trainer in various companies and schools. She likes to deal with various issues in her daily life and to learn constantly. She is a young, independent woman who embraces life with a positive mindset, no matter the challenges. The accident she was in, in 2015 not only did not prevent her from achieving what she has dreamed of in her life, but also pushed her to achieve even more and redefine her goals by taking many actions around disability. She is a graduate of the Queen Margaret of Edinburgh School of Clinical Dietetics-Nutrition, with a master's degree in neurology and rehabilitation from Oxford Brookes University. She loves traveling, food but especially extreme sports and in particular scuba diving, wakeboarding, sit skiing and kitesurfing. She likes to dedicate her free time to her friends and mainly to her dog, Blue. Georgia Kaltsi proves to us every day that realism is what matters and helps you live the life you have dreamt of. It is no coincidence that in each of her speeches the whole audience "hangs" from her lips. She is a role model for every person!
Senior Consultant for Heat Resilience
Eleni Myrivili has advocated for an environmental, nature-positive, and climate-neutral agenda for more than two decades. She is currently a Senior Consultant for Heat Resilience for the Arsht- Rock Resilience Center (Atlantic Council) and the City of Athens. She was appointed Athens Deputy Mayor for Urban Nature and Climate Resilience as well as Chief Resilience Officer, after her election to Athens Government in 2014. Since 2021, under the new role of Chief Heat Officer - Europe's first - she is raising awareness of the dangers of extreme heat and co-creating a greener and cooler future for all.  She co-chairs the Steering Committee of the global Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) and has recently completed a year as a Loeb Fellow of Advanced Environmental Studies 2020, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.   A tenured Assistant Professor at the University of the Aegean, Greece, until 2021, Eleni Myrivili got her Ph.D. from Columbia University (N.Y., N.Y.) in Cultural Anthropology.
Surgeon | Educator | Mentor
Dr Constantinos Mavrantonis is a colorectal surgeon. He graduated from Athens Medical School in 1987 and completed his General Surgery Residency at the Aretaion University Hospital, where he obtained a PhD.  He then completed a fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, USA. He is the Director of the 6th Department of Surgery - Hygeia Hospital, and Member of the Hospital’s Scientific Board. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of colorectal surgery and has the largest laparoscopic colorectal surgery series in the country.   Between 2005 and 2012, he served as Chief of Surgery at the “Henri Dunant” Hospital, Hellenic Red Cross, where he also served as Vice-chairman of the Scientific Committee. He served as a Committee Member of the ASCRS Colon and Rectal Surgery Educational Program and is member of the Editorial Board of the Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Techniques in Coloproctology. He has served as Board Vice-Chairman of the Hellenic Society of Medical Studies and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Red Cross. He has been an invited speaker in numerous meetings in Europe and the United States. He has authored over 140 free papers and published 19 scientific papers in Medical Journals, with 2528 citations. He has also authored several book chapters in medical volumes. He teaches colorectal surgery at the European Surgical Institute in Hamburg.  He is Founder and Chairman of the NoDE Institute, a Not-for-profit Organization for easy access to specialized postgraduate tutoring and proctorship.
Writer | Sustainability Specialist
Eleni Andreadis is a writer, sustainability specialist and educator. Born in London, she has worked in many countries, including the U.S., where she focused on environmental policy and media at Harvard University. She is the founder of the non-profit organisation Planet Agents, empowering children to take action on environmental issues. Over the last fifteen years, the organization's experiential environmental programs for primary school children have been awarded by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and are offered as part of the national curriculum. She's the author of eight best-selling environmental books for children that have been translated in many countries worldwide. Her first book "Become a Planet Agent" received the Greek State Children's Book Award in the Knowledge Book category. Eleni has been a contributor and consultant for a variety of media, such as the BBC, Participant and Green TV, as well as corporate organisations on sustainability issues, and corporate organisations on sustainability issues. For her work in the intersection of sustainability and tourism, she recently received the Sustainability Hero of the Year award at the London TTG Awards. She's a member of the Greek Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Investment Firm | Managing Partner@Isomer Capital
Joe Schorge is the Founder and Managing Partner of Isomer Capital, a private investment firm based in London that focuses on European technology venture capital.  Growing up in the US, he was always “that kid who takes everything apart, and spends too much time on the computer”. Joe began his career in information technology after getting an MBA in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Joe invests in the future through his support of new technology companies that exhibit high potential by providing them with limited partner investments in early-stage VC funds, company co-investments and secondary purchases of funds and company positions. Joe has over 25 years of experience as an LP, GP and technology operations executive.
Eva Grigoriadou studied Architecture at the Technical University of Crete (2013) and attended the ‘International Cooperation, Sustainable Emergency Architecture’ postgraduate program at the International University of Catalonia (2016). She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete, focusing on the gender perspective of urban planning and the creation of inclusive urban planning practices and participatory methodologies. In 2019, Eva co-founded the feminist architecture group URBANA: a civil non-profit partnership consisting of architects, social scientists and educators. The group envisions an inclusive city in which different needs are anticipated and where we all feel comfortable and safe.


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Line 10 from Chalandri Square to the Epaminonda stop. Walk towards Peisistratou and Sahtouri street and you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.


From the “Τzitzifies” stop, walk towards the Navarhou Votsi street and then turn right at Peististratou street. At Peisistratou and Sahtouri street you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.


Bicycle parking spaces are available at the entrance of the parking of the SNFCC (Peisistratou and Sahtouri Street) as well as the Visitors Center (Eyrypidou and Doiranis). The parking of bicycles in these areas is under the responsibility of the owner / holder for any damages arising (theft, damage, etc.).

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The following entrances are open for entering the SNFCC:

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