Board of Directors

  • George Tsoukalas, President of the Board of Directors


George Tsoukalas was born in Athens in 1965. He has a bachelor degree in Education and since his student years he has been actively involved in collective structures as he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Students’ Association. Returning to Eleusis at the age of 25 in 1990, he was elected for the first time as a City councilor and continued to be involved in common affairs as municipal council’s candidate. In 2003 he was appointed Deputy Mayor with consecutive terms until 2011 and he has been re-elected from 2014 until today. His vision is to transform Eleusis to a city that will become an example of sustainable development throughout Europe, having as a vehicle, not only its long history but its modern culture as well. He is married and is a father of two children.


  • Gabriel Kambanis, Vice – president of the Board of Directors


He was born in Skopelos, Lesvos. He lives since 1973 in Eleusis. He graduated in 1985 from the Economic University of Piraeus and received professional training on “Human Resources Management” and on “Financial Management” from the E-Learning programme of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since 1975 he has been actively involved in the city’s cultural, social and ecological movement. He contributed to the foundation of the Educational Association in Upper Eleusis, the Film Association, the Experimental Centre for Free Expression and Creation, the Ecological Movement, the Student Association, the Animal Welfare Association and the Health Care Association. In 2003, he was elected Municipal Councillor. In 2005, he is appointed Deputy Mayor of Ecology and in 2006 he was appointed as President of the Municipality’s Cultural Centre. In 2008, he is appointed Deputy Mayor of Technical Services. In 2012 he is appointed Deputy Mayor of Culture, Sports, Social Policy and Preschool Education. From 2006 until 2016 he was responsible for the Aeschylia Festival. Today he is vice-president of Eleusis 2021 S.A.


  • Maria Philippi, CEO & Member of the BoD


Μaria Philippi started her career twenty-two years ago, as Communication & Media specialist, while studying Business Administration in which she also obtained her Master’s Degree. Her innovative mindset, combined with her passion for communication, culture & education, led her to further studies in Communication & Media and then to a specialization in ICT in Education & Culture with a second Master Degree. Her experience for more than 14 years in Strategy & Communication Departments to Heavy Industrial Groups gave her the opportunity to develop sustainable development projects for regions &local communities as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy. Maria, keeps going straight on researching in the field of hybrid spaces and the connection of technology, culture and economic growth in the University of Athens – Research Institute of Applied Communication. She founded the innovative hybrid learning space in 2011 and currently she if fully dedicated as CEO to implement the vision of Eleusis 2021.

Maria is 41 years old, married and an opened minded mother of two children.


  • Stavroula-Villy Fotopoulou, Member of the BoD


Stavroula-Villy Fotopoulou was born and grew up in Kalamata, Greece.She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.She got a Master’s Degree in Contemporary History from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on collective memory and management of cultural heritage.She got a Master’s Degree in Folklore from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on life-stories and gender.Her speaking and writing skills in English are excellent, while she has a moderate communicating ability in French and Spanish.She works in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, after graduating from the National School of Public Administration. She has served in various positions since 1996; she is Director of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2014.She has represented the Ministry of Culture in UNESCO, the EU and several bi-lateral or regional meetings as expert in relevant fields of cultural management.

Stavroula-Villy Fotopoulou, Director Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage Directorate General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage HELLENIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE & SPORTS


  • Anna Mavroleon, Member of the BoD


BA Sociology / PhD, Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University (Social Studies | Theatre Studies). She is currently teaching at the Department of Theatre Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (according to the presidential decree 407/80) and at the Popular University of Municipality of Eleusis. She is teaching the course Methodology of Research. She has also taught Reception Issues of Ancient Greek Drama at the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnesus (2006-2013), History of the theatre at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University (1992-2004 & 2008-2009), History of the theatre at some theatrical companies. Furthermore, she had worked in the Processing of Archives Department of the Hellenic Centre of Theatrical Research – Theatrical Museum (ΚΜΕΕΘ).  Publications (Books):  The Research of Theater:  Methodological Issues], Athens: I. Sideris, 2010, The Revival of Ancien Drama, Athens: I. Sideris, 2016, Popular University of Municipality of Eleusis, Arrival Culture (ed. A. Mavroleon), Athens: I. Sideris, 2016.


  • Dimitris Papadopoulos, Member of the BoD


Dimitris Papadopoulos, 46 year old, was born and raised in Elefsina. He was graduated from the school of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1995. He gained MSc and PhD degree from the school of Chemical Engineering of the University of Manchester (UMIST), UK, in 1999. He worked as Research Associate at the University of Manchester (UMIST) for three years. Since 2002, after completing his duty in the Greek army, he is working for HELECTOR S.A. – member of ELLACTOR GROUP – as an engineer, occupying director’s position in projects dealing with waste management.  Since 2011 he is a member of city council of Elefsina. He has been chairman of city council and appointee consultant of the mayor in environmental and recycling projects.


  • Kyriakoula (Koula) Paradeisi, Member of the BoD


Kyriakoyla (Koula) Paradeisi was born in Eleusis in 1953. It is to the city that raised and nursed her that she gave all her love. She is married and a mother of three children and three grandchildren. After her children’s birth, she was involved for thirty years in the management of her family’s construction company. In parallel, she committed herself to the battle for the prosperity of the city and its people. She has strongly involved in the public affairs, both at municipal and regional level. She was a managing member of the Thriassio Hospital’s Direction for thirty years, where she helped the workers and the patients when they faced problems. In the local government, she was and she is still fighting always for the common good. She is a member of Eleusis 2021 Board of Directors after the Mayor of Eleusis chose her. She is in the Committee for Culture, headed by Mrs Kefaloyianni of “Nea Dimocratia” party. Koula Paradeisi is naturally and deliberately inclined to offer and she will always be on the side of whoever needs her.


  • Sofia Linardou, Member of the BoD


Sofia Linardou, aged 50, was born and grew up in Elefsina. In 1985 she entered the Department of Physics at the School of Sciences of the University ofThessaloniki.Since completed her studies, she worked as a copartner in a major Tutors’ chain in Elefsina.At that time she got married and acquired two children.In 2003-2004 she attended one-year seminars covering History of Art & Architecture up to thenewer years.In 2005 she began studying at AKTO College specializing in Applied and Fine Arts, Design andMedia, in particular in the curriculum Interior Architecture Decoration and Design of Objects,where she graduated in 2009.In 2011, passing examinations entered Department of Civil Engineering at Piraeus University ofApplied Sciences (P.U.A.S.) in the field of Structural Engineering at A.E.I Piraeus T.T.During this period she is studying aiming to complete her degree’s thesis.


  • Thanassis Milisis, Member of the BoD


Thanassis Milissis studied economics and marketing, as well as cinema and television, at the Direction Department of Stavrakos School. Since the mid 1980s, he has been working systematically at theaters, television (Public channel –ERT’s music department), radio (ERT’s classical music programme) and cinema. He has been a founding member of the Eleusis Film Association and has published many film reviews and presentations. He worked as a team leader for daily TV projection programmes during the summer period of the first attempt and creation in Greece. From 1984 to 2004 he was a consultant for the cultural events of the Municipality of Eleusis. He worked for three years (1989-1992) in the team of Alexis Damianos as assistant director for the film “Iniochos”. He then worked (1992-1994) on SKAI’s TV as a TV director. He collaborated as an assistant director on the research, design and implementation of the 12-year-old production (1988-2000) of the award-winning documentary “Mourning Rock” directed by Filippos Koutsaftis. Since 1996 he has been working as a TV director in Star channel, participating in dozens of productions and multi-channel systems such as live and recorded broadcasts, music programs and videoclips, plays, advertising spots, trailers and more. In 1992, he was a founding member of the Eleusis municipal party ”Human Elefsina”, headed by the previous Mayor Giorgos Abatzoglou and he was a candidate in  1994 and 1998 during the municipal elections. From 2003 he is a member of the city movement “Elefsina’s Citizens Committee”, to ensure the communal character of Eleusis beach and its free spaces that exist near the sea. From 2013 he is a founding member of the municipal opposition party “ Active Συμπολιτεια” and in 2014 he was elected as municipal councilor.



  • Theodoros Karantinos, Member of the BoD


Theodoros Karantinos, born on 12 April 1954 in Alexandria Egypt and grew up in the Greek island, Chalki. He studied Economics at the University of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has attended the two – year postgraduate computer analytics department of the Greek Productivity Centre (ELKEPA). He has worked in Libya, and more specifically in the company EDOK – ETER S.A. as Human Resources Director and Public Relations Manager. Since 1986, he has been working at the CHROTEX S.A. initially as Supplies Manager, then as Development Director, from June 2009 to June 2013 as Director of the company in Volos, and since 2001 he has been member of the Board of Directors. He is also member of the Board of Directors of the Elefsina Business Park SA and Managing Director of the company. He is a founding member of the Association of Greek Chemical Industries and vice – president of the Industries Association Board of Attica and Piraeus. He has significant experience on issues related to the industry. He acquires negotiation and …skills with European institutions (CEFIC, Chemical Federations etc.) and with the Greek competent authorities (Ministries, General National Laboratory, Customs, etc.). He has also significant experience on Human Resources Management and construction projects develpment. He is married and father of one child.

Curriculum Vitae of Eleusis 2021 Artistic Director Kelly Diapouli

Kelly Diapouli is a curator and cultural manager with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of cultural networking, international cultural cooperation and curating and organizing international programmes and events. Between 2004 and 2008, she worked in these fields for the Hellenic Culture Organization – Cultural Olympiad and continues to do similar work for the “busart” Non Profit Cultural Company, of which she is a founding member and director since 2009. She has been the Artistic Director of Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture since the initiation of Eleusis candidacy in 2014. She studied theatre in the University of Athens and European Cultural Policy and Administration (MA) in the University of Warwick (UK). She is an Onassis and Fulbright Foundations scholar, a member of the Alumni Network of the Festival Academy of the European Festivals Association (EFA), a member of the Young Cultural Innovators Forum of Salzburg Global and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts IETM.