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About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Every year in its annual event, some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are more passionate about. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, are only some of its extraordinary speakers. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

To find more about TED and its talks, please visit www.ted.com

About TEDxAcademy

Academy was originally founded by Plato in Athens in 387 BC and was a conversational platform to share ideas on literature, science and art for the advancement of the society. Over 2000 years later TED is based on the same principle and TEDxAcademy is inspired by linking the past with the future by creating a platform for dialogue for change in Greece. TEDxAcademy organizes every year an event where remarkable speakers from Greece and abroad share their ideas. Ideas that have the potential to make a long-term difference to the future of our country.

The Organizing Team

TEDxAcademy is a non-profit event, organized by a group of volunteers who provide their time, energy and skills for free. This event wouldn’t be possible without their work and the support of our partners.

Niki Siropoulou

Founder & Curator

TEDxAcademy Curator and licensee, Niki Siropoulou is an idealist and believes that people and powerful ideas can make the world a better place.

Yannis Giovanos

Executive Director

Yannis is an idealist, a mathematician, a digital marketeer and a globalist. He is passionate about technology and its effect on culture, business and society.

Kostas Giannakidis

Presenter

Kostas is a journalist for protagon.gr. He spent almost 25 years, working in media industry. He has an academic background in economics.

Katerina Kyprianou

Katerina’s career spans more than15 years in Marketing and Project Management, with positions in Greece and abroad. A lifelong learner, Katerina believes that her avocation with TED makes her a better person.

Elly Politou

My volunteer work at TEDxAcademy happened naturally after meeting a team of four, back then in 2010. Their enthusiasm, energy and creative ideas became a springboard for learning and exploring new worlds. After spending 16 years in the advertising sector, I learned that “sky is the limit”.

Klimis Asikoglou

Klimis is a film producer of tv commercials in Greece and worldwide. He owns PARASOL production company. He is a member of the board of the Greek producer's association.

Olga Azilazian

Olga studied Communications & Media and currently works at Microsoft Hellas, where she is responsible for the digital marketing activities for Greece, Cyprus and Malta. She is female leadership advocate and co-founder of FPower. She believes in the power of will as it can change ourselves and our ecosystem.

Ioannis Iliadis

Ioannis flirts with the term “Homo creativus”. His TEDx adventure started as a volunteer of TEDxAcademy back in 2011.He is currently an Agile Coach and Technical Project Manager, disrupting the standards of electronic payments with his team to pave the way for the exhilarating industry of FinTech.

Niki Zachariadi

Niki has studied Business Administration at the American College of Greece and holds an MSc in Marketing from Alba Business School. She is a marketing professional experienced in project management, focusing on online, digital, web-based products and services. Niki believes that sharing ideas, lifelong learning, and passion can lead to a better world.

Giota Katzilieri

Giota has 15 years of experience in multinational companies as an executive assistant, supporting operations and coordinating events and activities. She enjoys to contribute to and support forward thinking initiatives.

Antigoni Pagoulatou

Antigoni is a seasoned Marketing Professional with 17 years of experience in FMCGs most of them with the Coca-Cola International Company. She passionately volunteers her time and expertise as the Executive Director, Managing the 2016 TEDxAcademy Event.

Kallissa Apostolidis

Kallissa is a peacebuilder who has worked with the UN in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She believes in the power of collaboration, loves bringing people together and creating partnerships and is constantly trying to embrace the messy world we live in.

Eirini Karamani

Eirini studied Physics and Astrophysics in the University of Athens. She also holds an MBA and a Diploma in Positive Organizational Psychology from Alba Business School. Since 2000, she works for a multinational company in various roles and countries, and for the last 6 years, in the Human Resources department. Deeply fascinated by the complexity, beauty and infinitely powerful human soul, she sees Tedx as a great stand for great minds.

Korina Lagoudaki

Korina studied Communications and Media at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She loves communication, freedom and independence of thought and believes that if you want to power up your intelligence, the only thing you have to do is to hit the creativity. Other than that, she has a strange fascination with summer, enjoys writing and loves teamwork. She is addicted to Instagram, sushi & dogs!

Miltiadis Makris

Miltiadis passion lays in aesthetic visual Arts and direction from commercial film productions and is founder of an event managment company. He started his career as Art Director in France and upon his return in Greece he worked on theatrical projects for the Athens Festival and the National Theater. He holds a Diploma in Architecture and a PhD in Art Philosophy & Aesthetics from University Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Natasa Skiada

Natasa studied Economics and has 25 years of experience in communication and advertising agencies. She strongly believes that the idea for a creative and fulfilled life materializes when you meet inspiring people. As a volunteer at TedxAcademy, she appreciates the dynamics of creativity which in turn is part of personal and collective growth .

Angelos Kritoulis

Angelos strongly believes that if everything that exists today, it was initially originated from fantasy, then reality can be shaped through our imagination. He likes travelling, exploring new paths and assisting in the transformation of the world into a better place. The latter led him to become a volunteer at TEDxAcademy in 2012.

Vassilis Lolas

Vassilis career spans more than 20 years in public relations and reputation management. He has served as both president and member of numerous Board of Directors of major associations.

Marios Krokidis

Marios is a Researcher in Biochemical and Health Sciences with 10 years of experience in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical projects supported by competitive national and European grants. He believes that encouraging new technologies and R&D-based innovation, economic growth and welfare can be achieved.

Digital Media Team

The Digital Media team works tirelessly to make sure all our digital communication channels are alive!

Alexia Vazoura

Alexia studied Marketing & Communication at Athens University of Business & Economics. Tech geek & creative thinker, she strongly believes that limitations live only in our minds.

Iris Panagopoulou

Iris has studied Communications and Marketing as well as Graphic Design, gaining perspective in different aspects of the Media industry. She is currently working in the Broadcasting industry, always searching ways to contribute in projects and meet interesting people. Iris believes that creative minds feed from the exchange of their experiences and ideas and volunteering towards this goal is an important gain of knowledge.

Victoria Papadi

Victoria studied Marketing & Communication at Athens University of Economics and Business.<br /> She loves arts, education and trips, and she is addicted to yoga. She is very grateful for being part of TEDxAcademy team and she strongly believes that volunteering and healthy lifestyle can change the world!

Christos Bobolis

TEDxter since 2011, passionately engaged with TEDxAcademy events since 2012. Studied IT & Business Administration on Master Level, works in international sales, loves digital communication, travel and foreign languages. During his free time practices Ballroom dancing, learns a new language and reads psychology books. His involvement in TEDx started as an opportunity for self-development and turned out to be the most enriching experience so far.

Advisors

Our advisors provide invaluable support and advice on running each years event

Makis Antypas

Myladie Stoumbou

Diomidis Spinellis

Elias Papaioannou

Yannis Artinos

Costas Apostolidis

Toli Lerios

Nikos Koumetis

Martha Mylona