Managing Team

SEVASTI-SOFIA ANTHOPOULOU

Sevasti-Sofia Anthopoulou is the person who developed her idea into the national project that WOMENTORS is today. She is an education expert, experienced in policy making, management, educational design, evaluation, teaching, training, counseling and mentoring. She has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She has worked as a Research Assistant at the Georgia State University Department of Educational Policy Studies and as a Research Associate at the Athens University, at the University of Patras, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at the Aegean University, at the Greek Pedagogical Institute and at the Institute for Strategic and Developmental Studies. She has served as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Education of the Greek government and to the Secretary General for Lifelog Learning. She has been a member of various European Union Education Experts Groups and a National Representative of Greece in the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education. She has worked on the National Action Plans for Social Inclusion and on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and has participated in their presentation before the European Commission and the UN. She has served as a member in the BoDs of national bodies and/or organizations concerned with educational policy. She has worked as a project manager on educational research projects run by Greek universities and prominent welfare foundations. She has served as manager of the national Network of School Innovation and has inspired and designed various projects that were proven to be effective, with high impact on the participants and stakeholders. She has published several papers and articles on educational policy issues. Some of her work is being taught at the Greek Open University graduate training program on educational administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Athens University School of Philosophy and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision (cum laude) from Georgia State University, USA. Greek is her native language. She speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. She is a member of the KDP International Honor Society in Education. Today she is the CEO of the Lambrakis Foundation.

MARIA XANTHOPOULOU

Maria Xanthopoulou is a Scientific Associate of Lambrakis Foundation in the field of program design and management. She has experience in designing, organizing and implementing programs, as she has collaborated  with National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with municipalities and institutions in Athens and Crete, and has organized and implemented programs for children and adults with educational and cultural character. She has been a member of organizing committees in conferences and workshops, as well as a member of the jury of the Panhellenic Fairy Tale Competition.

She is a graduate of the Department of Early Childhood Education of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in Comparative Pedagogy, Educational Policy and Administration of Education and in Inclusive Education.

Based on her interest in research, she has participated in international and national conferences with article publications. Also, her research work includes publications of articles in Greek and international journals with subject the use of ICT in Diagnosis and Intervention in Autism, in collaboration with the research team of N.C.S.R. Demokritos. Also, she has published articles on Educational Policy, Innovative Educational Programs and Tools, Art, Culture and Children’s Literature.

In 2019 she co-founded the company “Paidon Politeia”, which designs and implements educational programs and events, in collaboration with public and private primary schools, municipalities, foundations, educational institutions and individuals.

 

MARILENA MENDI

Marilena Mendi is Programme Officer and Scientific Associate of the Lambrakis Foundation. She has experience in projects and institutions of the Greek public benefit sector and Civil Society. In the past, she has been working for foundations and NGOs in the field of education, empowerment and training of executives in the non-profit sector, and has been a volunteer in environmental and cultural  projects and organizations. She holds a degree in Classics from the University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Cultural and Creative Industries Management from the University of Sussex. She has done parallel studies in Marketing at the American College of Greece (Deree College) and the University of Oxford Said Business School.

 

IOULIA THEODORAKOPOULOU

Ioulia Theodorakopoulou is a Medical Anthropologist with masters both in Education and Human Rights, as also Health Crisis Management. She has a working experience in program management, operational centers and field coordination with international οrganizations. Currently supports the non-profit organization Mission Anthropos as the Programs Coordinator. 

DIMITRA PAPAGEORGOPOULOU

Dimitra Papageorgopoulou has a diploma from a private school of secretaries and has graduated from the 28th Lyceum of Athens. She has been working as a secretary at the Lambrakis Foundation since November 1994. In this context, in addition to the daily operation of the Secretariat of the Foundation, she participates in the administrative management and secretarial support of National and European programmes, communicating with stakeholders and project beneficiaries, supporting the organization of meetings, trainings and conference events, physical or online, and manages archive issues and information related to all operational processes of the projects (indicators, deliverables, evaluations, publicity, etc.). In addition, she contributes to the management of the Foundation’s websites and social media. He speaks Greek and English fluently.

 

MARILIANA ZAKKA

Mariliana Zakka is an undergraduate student at the department of Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Classical Piano & Theory student of the National Conservatory. She has attended seminars from the Interdisciplinary Network of Specialization of Mental Health Professionals on the topic of “Psychotherapy in Greece in search of identity”, as well as a training program of the University of Ioannina on Learning Difficulties.

In the academic year 2014-2015, she participated in a series of Method Acting seminars at 92 Art. At the same period, she was an alternate member of the Youth Parliament and her essay entitled “In Search of Klio” was published on the relevant website. She has also written on a voluntary basis in several journals, starting from the magazine of the British Council in Greece, where she studied on a scholarship, followed by the “Creation” magazine and “Artic” (www.artic.gr).

In 2019 she wrote a paper on Learning by Design, which was published on CG Scholar. Has excellent knowledge of English (holder of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English).

As part of voluntary work, she has participated in the summers of 2016-2019 in the cleaning of the coast of Naxos and occasionally in the rescue of animals from the traffic on the streets of Athens. She participates in the WOMENTORS program as a volunteer.