Eleusis 2021

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The team

Michail Marmarinos

General Artistic Director

Michael Marmarinos was born in Athens. He has studied biology (major: Neurobiology), acting and theater directing.

In 1983-4, the “diplous Eros” theater company was founded, and right after its first production, is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture. After a number of internal transformations and transfigurations, the group was renamed as “Theseum Ensemble” (TE). (www.theseumensemble.com).

His work is ruled by two persisting principles:
a)Theater is the art on the humble history of people.
b)There is no moment in daily life which is not theater, once the proper gaze is there.

Apart from Greece, productions of M.M have been staged – or others have been touring in various international festivals – in: Austria, Belgium, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Holland, Japan, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela.

https://www.michailmarmarinos.com/

Maria Panayides

Maria Panayides

CEO

Georgia Voudouri

Director of Creative Industries

Georgia Voudouri is an architect (NTUA) specialised in Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication (MAA/IAAC) and holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Management (Panteion University). She has worked as an architect in Greece and abroad, and since 2010 she has been working as a curator and cultural project manager. In 2014 she co-founded Medianeras [concepts, curating, communication] a cultural management agency based in Athens. She has worked on projects ranging from architecture, art and technology to gastronomy, fashion and social entrepreneurship, and has significant experience in the project management of large-scale site-specific projects. Her research focus lies in the intersection between Space, Technology and Contemporary Art.

Isavella Dimitra Karouti

Contemporary Art Manager

Isavella- Dimitra Karouti is an Architect (MArch University of Thessaly) and a graduate student of the Master of Cultural Management (MSc Hellenic Open University).

She has worked as an architect in architectural and technical studios in Greece and since 2016 she has been working as an architecture instructor for children and project manager of EU funded projects. She has participated in the organization of large-scale educational events and has undertaken the development of educational material for children. Her experience in the design and implementation of EU funded projects concerns a wide range of topics (game-based learning, event management, AR in museums, ZW & CE, etc).

She has developed a research interest about game and its relationship with the city, either as an action or as an installation. She has undertaken the development and organization of play activities in the city of Trikala since 2015 (Municipal Library, Music Research Center-Tsitsani Museum, Ephorate of Antiquities and Municipality of Trikala) and has participated in a relevant research project as a visitor researcher at Amsterdam University of Applies Sciences.

Evgenia Kavvadia

Manager of Communications and Marketing

Born and raised in Eleusis in 1985, Evgenia Kavvadia is a communication specialist and a social scientist with diversified work experience in research, adult education and non-profit sector. Also, she has developed social activity with NGO’s and socially vulnerable groups, especially children and adolescents. She studied Communication and Mass media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she also holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Faculty of Political Science and Administration.

Ioulia Kolovou

Accountant Manager

Ioulia Kolovou was born and raised in Eleusis. She graduated from the Department of Economics from the University of Piraeus. She is currently a postgraduate student of the distance learning Master Degree in Business Administration of the University of Nicosia and she has attended certified seminars of accounting and Payroll. Since 2013 she had been working in a Commercial and Industrial S.A. She is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece and has Accountant’s class A professional ID.

Yannis Koukmas

Director of Audience Development & Participation

Yannis Koukmas is a Social Anthropologist (Aegean University) with a postgraduate degree in Modern European History (University of Athens) and Cultural Management (Hellenic Open University). He has been working at the Ethnological Museum of Thrace since its foundation in 1998 with main responsibilities the strategic planning, audience engagement and development, volunteer education, communication-social media, organising international conferences, seminars, workshops and events, and fundraising. He is a member of the Greek section of the ICOM (International Council of Museums), member of the Board of the Greek Oral History Association, as well as one of the founders of the Oral History Group of Alexandroupolis. His research interests include cultural policy, cultural management, audience development, memory, oral history and migration.

Angeliki Lampiri

Director of Cultural Strategy

Angeliki Lampiri is a cultural manager with six years professional experience in European festivals, contemporary art exhibitions and European networks’ meetings such as IETM, Culture Action Europe, Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Fabbrica Europa Festival, Festival au Désert Firenze and participation in European projects such as Tandem Europe, “Nostoi -Histoires de retours et d’exodes” and “Mixdoor – New Forms in Mixed Performing Arts Practices”. Since 2016 she has worked in Eleusis 2021 as Production Coordinator. She studied Cultural and Artistic Events’ Management in Florence and graduated in Finance & Banking Administration from the University of Piraeus.

Maria Livaniou

Director of Finance & Administration

Maria Livaniou was born and raised in Eleusis. She studied Accounting, and she has also attended seminars on International Accounting Standards, Greek Accounting Standards and Payroll. Her career in accounting has covered the whole range of specialties in organised accounting for 15 years, of which 9 years she has been an Accounting Officer in a European business group based in Austria. At the same time, she runs her own accounting office, by providing services to S.A. companies and, also, to all legal entities and individuals. She was the accountant of the company that was responsible for the Eleusis 2021 bid, gaining experience from Public Accountancy, while she currently works as Chief Accountant at Eleusis 2021. She has the right to sign A-class financial statements, certified by the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

Chryssa Martini

Head of Premises and Infrastructure

She was born and raised in Athens.

She studied in Athens and Thessaloniki and has worked mainly in Athens. Having obtained a Master of Arts from the Department of Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts and Design from the University of West Attica and a Master of Sciences from the Department of Architecture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she has collaborated with large organizations, architectural offices and construction companies as an Architect and Interior Designer. Meanwhile, she conducts private projects in sustainable architectural design study, supervision and construction. The National Bank of Greece (Department of Technical – Architectural Services) and architectural offices such as I.&A. Vikelas, K. Kyriakides etc, are some of her main collaborations.  Her total working experience is almost two decades. 

Her late Certificate in Industrial Archaeology from the Kapodistrian University of Athens aroused her strong interest about Industrial Heritage and her participation in relevant conferences led her to the study of Eleusis, the city with the richest Industrial Heritage in Greece.  She is member of non-governmental organizations and volunteer groups for the urban development of Athens and the preservation of the Industrial Heritage.

She has been a member of Eleusis 2021 team since October 2018 in the Department of Urban Development & Legacy. She delivers architectural studies, she is responsible for drafting technical specifications, technical monitoring and planning, depending on the Greek laws and supervises works in spaces or buildings, designed for the program of the ECoC. She also assists in real estate management for Eleusis 2021 and manages the buildings used by the Company.   

She is a basic member of all the Committees formed from Eleusis 2021 in order to control all the supplies, the services and the deliverables from artists and collaborators.

At the same time with her architectural activity, she creates objects of art and her projects are presented in artistic exhibitions. She also produces texts on Architecture and Design which are published on relevant websites.

Zoi Moutsokou

Director of Contemporary Art

Zoi Moutsokou is an architect (AUTh) and holds a Master’s of Arts degree from Dutch Art Institute (DAI). Apart from her architectural and artistic background, she has gained experience in the fields of curatorial practice and artistic production,by working with international contemporary artists and collaborating with important institutes and festivals in Europe. She has built an expertise in the area of artist’s residency programms and in 2016 she intitated Greveniti Residency in the region of Zagori. Prior to Eleusis2021 she has served as residency coorinator and in-house curator at Snehta Residency, Athens. Her current research focuses on the relations of exhaustion as cultural, environmental, socio-political phenomenon, contemporary ideas around cultural production particularly in the context of artitist‘s residencies, the body and space/place. Previous research topics concern issues of activation and affect theory in reference to Installation Art, as well as spatial relations of the art museum as “shell“ with the exhibit.

Neofitos Panagiotou

Production Director

Neofitos Panagiotou was born in Cyprus in 1984.He studied at the Department of Theatre Studies of UoA. He worked at the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) from 2007 until 2015, programming and managing its activities. He was President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Theatre Studies Alumnifrom 2013 until 2017. He has collaborated with various theatre groups as an assistant director or as a production manager since 2008. He has also collaborated with the Ministry of Culture and Sports for the implementation of various cultural actions. He has authored and implement European Projects (ESPA) for various cultural bodies while he taught theatre at primary schools.

Maria Papakonstantinou

Manager of Public Contracts, Procurement and Competitions

Maria Papakonstantinou was born and raised in Eleusis. She holds a BA from the Department of Economic & Regional Development of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. She is an Economist-Regionaleologist with 15 years of experience in the private and public sector while she has been working in regional heavy industry companies during the past few years. She has been an adult education instructor in Vocational Training Institutions and has attended seminars on Human Resources Management, Payroll Legislation, Digital Entrepreneurship, Social Networks & Social Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece.

Zetta Pasparaki

Legacy Manager and CEO's Administration Office

Born in Athens. She studied Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology (Philosophy major) at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and graduated with honors from the Postgraduate Program “Cultural Policy, Administration and Communication” at Panteion University with a dissertation in Cultural Marketing and Communication. She studied acting at the Drama School of Art Theater – Karolos Koun (Hnrs).

She participated in performances of ancient drama and modern theater repertoire of the “Art Theater – Karolos Koun”, the National Theater, the Amphitheatre of Sp. Evangelatos, and other troupes and groups as well as in film and television productions.

She has worked in several subtitling studios as production manager for TV products’ and publications, as a freelancer in sponsorships and communication sponsorships for cultural events, and as a copyrighter in print and electronic media. She has worked with public entities and private companies to draft proposals and implement European funding programs. She has also worked at the Ministry of Culture – Hellenic Culture Organization – Cultural Olympiad, Hellenic Broadcasting Union and the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute as a Project  Manager for the production and promotion of major cultural events, festivals and conferences in Greece and abroad as well as in the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera as assistant director.

Eleni Rozi

Eleni Rozi

Board of Directors Secretary

Lilian Saridi

Manager of Public Contracts & Procurement

Lillian Saridi is a graduate of Sports Organization and Management Department of the University of Peloponnese and a MSc in Environmental, Disasters & Crises Management Strategies of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, specialized in Environmental Management, Protection and Restoration Techniques. She has worked in various positions, most recently that of employee of Commercial Operations at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). She has attended the seminar “Introduction to Project Management” of the University of Piraeus, as well as conferences-seminars on sustainable development. She is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece.

Eleni Temponera

Director of Communications and Marketing

Eleni Tzounopoulou

Project Coordinator

Eleni Tzounopoulou has studied Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies at the University of Patras and she continued her studies at a Master’s level specialising in Cultural Management (MSc Hellenic Open University). Since 2010, she has been working at Cultural Organisations in Greece (Municipal Library-Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Patras, Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Eleusis) and, until now, she serves as a volunteer with NGOs, artistic organisations and universities in Greece and abroad, on the development of strategies for the management and promotion of culture with reference to the participation of local communities. She is a member of the “Association of Heritage Consultants” and from 2013, she has been actively involved in the planning and legislation of the first Cultural Heritage Park in Greece, The Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnese, which is under designation process as a protected landscape.

Peggy Tsolakaki

Director of Premises and Infrastructure

Peggy Tsolakaki was a key member of the team throughout the bidding process for the ECoC title, both as a member of the Board and one of the bid book authors. She has worked for several years at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University Of Athens, as a teaching assistant in the fields of Urban Planning and Spatial Planning. Since 2005, she has collaborated with various relevant companies as an engineer of Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Development Studies, studies on the ‘Athens 2004’ Olympic Games, and has also worked in the Local Government as a consultant on Development, Operational Plans and European Programmes, as well as in the exploitation and development of public property, in collaboration with the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (T.A.I.Π.Ε.Δ.), with a total experience of thirteen years.

At the same time, she actively participated in the organisation committee of the Aeschylean Festival from 2007 to 2015 and was a member of the EASA 007 conference in Eleusis, as well as a founding member of the “ActRAdio” cultural group, which is based in Eleusis since 2008. She is an engineer of Urban – Spatial Planning and Regional Development, a graduate of the Polytechnic School of the University of Thessaly, with postgraduate studies in Urban Planning at the N.T.U.A., and a scholar of State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.). She has completed postgraduate courses in Development and Mediterranean Development at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier, and in Tourism Development at the Panteion University, while she has been working on her Thesis at the National Technical University of Athens, which is on Tourism as a development tool, with participation in various research projects.