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Prof. Georgopoulos Alexander


Alexander Georgopoulos was born in Athens in 1952.
He studied Chemistry at Athens University, from which he graduated in 1975. He finished his doctoral thesis from the University of Manchester, England. From 1985 on he has taught in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the Department of Sciences in Preschool Education where in 2008 was elected as a regular professor.
He has written three books: Environmental Education (1993), Ground: A small and Fragile Planet (1996), Environmental Ethics (2002).
His articles have been published in Greek and foreign language speaker scientific magazines.
He is member of Balkan Environmental Association, the Mediterranean Association for Environmental Protection, The Greek Association for the Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage and also the founding member of The Pan-Hellenic Union of Teachers for Environmental Education.
Prof. Georgopoulos is one of the older members of Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki and editor of the ecological newspaper “EN OIKO, EN DIMO”.
He is married to Evangelia Kirkine and they have a son.


Michalis Tremopoulos

Vice Chairperson

- Lawyer, Master’s Degree in Social Ecology, writer
- Member of the European Parliament
- Prefectural advisor of Central Macedonia (1998-2016)
- Founding Member of the Alternative Ecologists (1989-1991) and the Green Ecologists (2001-2016).
With intense ecological and humanitarian action centered Thessaloniki and since 1975, M.Tremopoulos is actively involved in the foundation, administration and action of significant Non-Governmental Organizations, such as the Association of Quality of Life –E.PΟΙ.ΖO. (Presidency 1978-82), the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki (founding member, 1982), the Centre for Information and Documentation issues related to racism, xenophobia, ecology and non-violence "Antigone" (founding member, 1993), the Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (founding member, 1997), and others.
He has also actively participated in the consumers’ and the antinuclear movement, in the environmental education and the defense of human rights, the antinationalistic and the parenting movement.
He has contributed in important fights and court wins in favor of the common well and of the environment, against the deforestation for urbanization purposes (Sheikh-Sou, Hortiatis, Porto Karras, Sanni), the electromagnetic radiation, etc.
He is married and has two children.
mtremopoulos @ gmail.com


Athanasios Theodoridis

Athens office manager

Athanasios Theodoridis is a Lawyer of Athens since 1994, expert on human rights issues, with a master degree on the administrative and constitutional law (Athens University). During 1997 and 1998 he used to be Legal Counselor of the Greek Helsinki Monitor and Minority Rights Group-GR (human rights NGOs). During 2002 and 2003 he worked as Legal Counselor and Project Manager for “ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Centre on Racism”.Since 2003 and up to now he is working as Executive Director of “ANTIGONE”. He is specialised in the field of non discrimination and in particular in the implementation of the anti-racist Directives 2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC. Since 2003 until 2015 he is a member of the National Commission for Human Rights of the Hellenic Republic (NCHR)– an independent advisory body subjected to the Office of Prime Minister and competent to express opinions on draft laws concerning all issues of human rights. During the years 2003–2006 he had the general responsibility of the EUMC Project RAXEN on behalf of ANTIGONE which constituted the Greek National Focal Point of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) for two consecutive terms (2001-2006). During 2008 and 2009, due to his experience in legal analysis of a variety of human rights issues, he co-administrated in Greece, on behalf of “ANTIGONE”, the FRALEX project (which regularly provided the EU Fundamental Rights Agency with legal studies) and since 2010 until 2014 he represented ANTIGONE in the new FRA’ s project (FRANET) which is implemented in cooperation with the Centre for European Constitutional Law as a main partner.
In January 2010 he has been selected as member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field with the aim to provide EU with legal reports and independent advice on relevant developments on all the grounds of discrimination. He is a volunteer member of several Non Governmental Organisations of human rights.


Petros Stangos

Scientific Supervisor

Since 1997 he is a Professor of European Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Law, Department of International Studies, teaching both in graduate and postgraduate studies program (EU institutional law, law of the internal market, EU judicial protection system) and exercising all the academic duties (supervision of postgraduate and doctoral thesis, participation in research projects and the national and international scientific dialogue). Since 2000 he is a Professor of the Jean Monnet Chair–Human Rights Protection within the European legal order at the School of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, teaching both in graduate and postgraduate studies program (EU fundamental rights law, law of the European Convention of Human Rights) and exercising all the relevant academic duties. Since 2008 he is a Member of the Committee of the Senate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on the European aspects of the education.
Since 2007 he is a Member of the European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France). Since 2007 he is a Senior expert of the Greek branch of the legal experts network (FRALEX) of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. During the years 2002, 2006, 2007 he used to serve as a Judge of the Special High Court, nominated as law professor according to the Article 100 of the Greek Constitution. Since 2006 he is a member of the National Commission for Human Rights representing the Law School of Thessaloniki.
He is the author or co-author of eleven (11) books, editor or co-editor of three (3) books and author or co-author of sixteen-five (70) monographs or book contributions written in Greek, or in French or in English in the thematic areas of the EU law (institutional or economic), European and Greek law of fundamental rights, European and National anti-discrimination law, International economic law, Public international law and International relations.
He is member of he editorial board of the “Hellenic Review of European Law”, co- editor of the collection “Publications in European Law and International Economic Law” and member of the scientific board of the journals: “Human Rights”, “International and European Policy” and “International Journal of Euro- Mediterranean Studies.


Andreas Takis

Scientific Expert

Andreas Takis is associate professor of Law School at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, where he is teaching philosophy and methodology of law. He was appointed as a Gerneral Secretary of Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior (2009-2011), Deputy Ombudsman and Head of the Department of Human Rights of the Greek Ombudsman (2003-2009) and member of the National Dcommission of Human Rights (2003-2011), while now he is a deputy member of the administrative board of the Fundamental Rights Agencey (FRA). As an expert of the Council of Europe in issues of protection of human rights he has participated in many missions in countries of Balkans and ex USSR.
He has published two books: "The moral indifference of law" (edition Polis – 2004) and "For the freedom of art" (edition Savalas – 2008) and he has contributed with man articles in the fields of public law, political theorey, moral philosophy and philosophy of law.


Zoe Papasiopi Passia

Scientific Expert

Zoe Papasiopi-Pasia is a retired professor of Law School at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, where until 2012 she was teaching at the Department of International Studies the following lessons: a) Private International Law, b) Law of Citizenship and c) Law of Status of Foreigners, while in the framework of the project Erasmus she was teaching d) General Principles on Nationality and Immigration.
Since 2012 she continues to teach at the post-graduate program of the same Department. She is author of seven monographies, five university books (three of which in cooperation with others), five collections of codes of legislation and more than ninety articles in Greek and foreign legal magazines.


Eirini-Maria Gounari

Scientific Expert

Human rights lawyer with experience in anti-discrimination projects.
She has a master on European Legal Studies from the European Institute of Public Administration (Luxembourg).
In 2004 she became member of the European Anti-Fraud Office in Brussels.
In 2005 she was appointed as project manager of “Inclusion Europe Aisbl” and she maintained responsibility for developing, administering and monitoring multi-national projects related to access to justice and anti-discrimination for people with disabilities.
In 2006 she took over as consultant of the International Disability Rights Monitor (IDRM) in a project implemented by the Centre for International Rehabilitation (CIR - Washington D.C), and she conducted a qualitative and quantitative research and comparative analysis of the existing legal, economic, policy and social frameworks in Greece for people with disabilities.
In 2007 she became associate of Migration Policy Group (MPG) and she coordinated tasks and reports of all legal experts of all EU Member States in the framework of the Network of Legal Experts in the field of non discrimination.
Since 2010, she participates as an official observer of OSCE in the electoral process of several countries in the world.


Anna Triantafilidou

Scientific Advisor

Anna Triantafyllidis is a Researcher A’ at ELIAMEP Research Centre and Associate Professor at the Dimokriteio University of Thrace specialised in Sociology of Migration and in Migration Policy. She is rofessor at the College of Europe at Bruges of Belgium since 2002, and she works occasionally as a special scientist for the European Commission.
Anna Triantafyllidis received her diploma on Sociology from Panteion University of Athens in 1990 and her PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European Institute of University of Florence in 1995. She has taught and worked as a researcher at the University of Surrey in England (1994-95), at the London School of Economics )1995-97), at the National Institute of Researches (CNR) of Italy in Rome (1997-98), at New York University (2002), at University of Bristol (2001) and at the European Institute of the University of Florence (1992-94 and 1999-2007 and 2011 up to now). She is specialised in the field of migration, nationalism European integration and in issues of mass media and communication. Her experience of research and teaching includes Southern, Western and Centre-eastern Europe, and in some issues comparativley with USA. She has published more than 70 scientific articles in magazines and collective volumes, mainly in English.


Anastasia Tsoukala

Professor of Criminology, University Paris 11, Researcher in the University Paris 5 (Sorbonne), Vice President of the Centre for Studies of Security (KEMEA), Dr of Penal and Criminological Sciences.


Pavlina Lazaridou

Project Manager

Pavlina Lazaridou has studied Economics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has attended the post graduate studies of “Social Psychiatry” in the University of Ioannina and has participated in the specialization course of “Educating People with Disabilities” (AUTh).
Pavlina has been working in the research committee of Aristotle University since 2004,as a project manager in the field of the environment and accessibility. She has been responsible for projects with a budget of 2.3 billion euros, and has experience of managing more than 50 different projects, either as coordinator or as partner.
Pavlina is a native speaker of english, speaks adequately german, little french and farsi and is learning sign language and braille language. She has been actively involved, as a volunteer and as an activist, in the field of human rights since 1993.


Christos Papalexiou

PhD researcher and project manager

Christos Papalexiou was born and raised in Thessaloniki. He graduated from the Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is a holder of a Master Degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne specialised in International Agricultural and Food Marketing. He is PhD of the School of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specialised in the assessment of the impacts of the EU Rural Development Programmes. He has worked as researcher in many research projects, mainly funded by the European Union and as external consultant in consulting firms.


Alexandra Kroupi

Legal Scientist

Alexandra Kroupi was born in Thessaloniki in 1987.
She studied law in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) (2004–2009). She continued her studies in a master level, in Law School of AUTH, specializing in Penal Law and Criminology (2010–2013). In August 2014 she completed a second master’s in Maastricht University, in the Netherlands, where she was specialized in International Law with emphasis in Human Rights issues.
Since 2011 she has been a member of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki.
She has been working in ANTIGONE since 2015.
She speaks English and French fluently.


Naya Tselepi

PhD researcher

Naya Tselepi is a Dr. of Geography from the University of the Aegean, Greece (2016) (Scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, IKY). In her thesis she studied the alterations of space and power through a ‘mapping’ approach. Her main current areas of publication and interest include: enclosures and ‘the commons’, borders and mobilities, biopolitics and control, collaborative governance, the new technologies, arts and the philosophy of ‘assemblages’.
She has studied ‘International Cooperation’ in Spain (MA from Compultense University of Madrid) (2004) and Rural and Surveying Engineering in Greece (BSc in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) (2002).
She speaks greek, english and spanish (fluently) and also french (adequately).
She has participated in the summer school of International Relations (University of Pais Vasco, Spain), and in seminars of Multicultural Education, Work with Migrants etc.. Her traineeship was in the Spanish Red Cross (Department of International Cooperation, Sector of Balkans) where she gained experience in the organization and evaluation of development and humanitarian projects (2002-2004).
She was then joined the NGO ‘ARSIS-Association of the Social Support of Youth’ (Thessaloniki, Greece) (2004-2008) where she worked in the planning, submission and coordination of european and greek projects for the social integration of vulnerable groups of people (migrants, refugees, Roma, homeless, unemployed, inmates etc.). She has been a laboratory collaborator of Topography in the Department of Landscape Architecture (Technological Educational Institute of Kavala) (2005-2006) and she has also given lectures in BA and MA classes of the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean (2009-2015).
Naya has actively participated in collectives and networks of solidarity for migrants, in neighborhood assemblies as well as groups of social and solidarity economy and ‘the commons’. She has been doing dance, theatre and performance and has variously participated in seminars, festivals and presentations in Greece, Europe and USA.


Athanasia Telliou

Political Scientist

Athanasia Telliou studied International and European Economics and Politics with a major in political studies and diplomacy in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.
She got a masters degree in human rights and democratisation at the European Inter-University Center in Lido, Venice and in Coimbra and then a masters degree in political theory and rights at the department of Political Science of the University of Crete in Rethimno.
Athanasia is a native speaker of greek and she also speaks english and french.


Konstantina Pantziou

Project manager

Konstantina graduated as a Spatial and Urban Planning Engineer from the Polytechnic School of the University of Thessaly. For the last five years she has been working as a Project Manager of co-funded development programs in European and national level. She has participated in sustainable development studies and actions, as well as publicity and communication events and activities. Apart from Greek, she speaks English and Italian.


Ioanna Mitsika


Ioanna Mitsika is a PhD student in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean, researching Art in Places of Confinement. She graduated from the Law School of Aristotle University and obtained an MA in Labour Law at Democritus University of Thrace. She is also a graduate of the Higher School of Dance of the Municipality of Thessaloniki.
She has been working as a dancer and choreographer and she is cooperating with the music band encardia, the dance group Vis Motrix, the drama group Passatempo and the Centre of Theatrical Research of Thessaloniki. She has also worked for the National Theatre of Northern Greece and the Romanian Operetta and Musical Theatre Ion Dacian.
Since 2006 she has been teaching contemporary dance, improvisation, theatrical play and ballet to both adults and children. Since 2008 she has worked for the Higher School of Drama Andreas Voutsinas. From 2011 to 2014 she worked as a teacher at the Art School of Ampelokipoi.
From 2008 to 2010 she implemented a theatrical play course in Diavata women’s prison in the framework of the programme of the NGO Antigone and since then she has participated in numerous programmes of education and good practices for Art in prison.


Natasa Kiorapostolou


Natasa Kiorapostolou was born and raised in Thessaloniki. She graduated from the Department of Forestry and the Natural Environment of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She obtained an MSc on Forest and Nature Conservation in the University of Wageningen, in the Netherlands. She is a PhD candidate in the University of Padova, in Italy, in the department of Forest Ecology. She has been an associate in ANTIGONE since 2016, working on the implementation of environmental workshops to students, the preparation of applications for EU/national funding, and on project management.


Ioanna Kantaidou

Administrator of European and National Programs

Ioanna Kantaidou studied Business Administration and has a master degree in Costing and Auditing. Since 2009 she is working in the Research Committee of Aristotle University and since 2011 in ANTIGONE as a project manager.
She speaks russian, english and turkish.


Sophia Kyprianidou

Administrative work

Sophia Kyprianidou is a director and has specialized in social theater and in the ways theatre can be used in education. She has professional experience also in television and radio, and a long-term involvement and engagement with children, young people and especially vulnerable groups.
She has collaborated with ANTIGONE since 2011 and besides her administrative work, she is alao responsible for coordinating the publications and books of the non-profit organization.


Marianna Karakoulaki

Marianna Karakoulaki is a journalist and foreign correspondent based in Thessaloniki and the UK. She works with various media including but not limited to Deutsche Welle, IRIN, Open Migration, Al Jazeera, BBC World Service. She’s also the Articles Editor and Director of the Editorial Board of E-IR, the world’s leading open access website for International Relations. Her reports focus on humanitarian affairs with a main focus on the refugee crisis in Greece and the Balkans. She holds a BA in Mediterranean Studies (International Relations and Organisations) from the University of the Aegean and an MA in International Security from the University of Birmingham. She’s a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). She’s been a volunteer with Antigone since 2013.


Rafailia Koliva

Responsible for the volunteers

Rafailia Koliva was born in Athens in 1993 and studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has ICT computer certified knowledge and basic knowledge of English. She has, successfully, completed the courses of sign language from the association 'Friends of Deaf people of Thessaloniki' 'and she, also, has certified knowledge of first aids from the European Resuscitation Council. In ANTIGONE, she is responsible for the volunteers of the organization.


Kyriakos Tsitlakidis

Kyriakos Tsitlakidis is a graduate of the Department of Philology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (MSc). He has worked in private education and in various projects of the social and solidarity economy. He has published poetry collections (with the pseudonym Kyriakos Ramolis), while his texts and translations have been published in literary journals.


Giorgos Tsitiridis

Communication officer

He Studied “Cinema-television” and “Marketing”. He worked as Production Manager in advertising, theater and festivals. He was the creator of the first gay film festival in Greece and the publisher of Screw and Fagazine magazines. His articles have been published in many magazines. He is the Coordinator of NGO "Light of the World", and the coach in the robotics’ team. As a journalist he writes in lifo.gr and parallaximag.gr.


Verena Fink

Verena Fink Cultural educator, trauma therapist Studied dramatics, history of art, german language (M.A.), later theatre education (University Munich), experimental education (University Linz/Austria) and trauma therapy (Institute of trauma therapy Munich). Working as a freelancer since more than 20 years in cultural education (theatre, arts, story telling) with different vulnerable groups (people with special needs, refugees, children, older people and people with dementia). Also working as a trainer in seminars about cultural education, political education and intercultural education. Studied (1993-1998) and worked (since 1995) in Germany and moved in autumn 2017 to Thessaloniki to work here with refugees and people who are working with them. She speaks German, French and English and every day a little better Greek.


Eleonora Zotou


Eleanora Zotou has studied Economics at the University of Tirana. Her mother is from Korca,Albania, where Eleonora was also born, and her father from Kozani, Greece. She now lives and works in Thessaloniki with her ​family.
She is an active member of the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki and Vice President of the Association of Migrant Women of North of Greece.


Vasiliki Karzi

Lawyer and Legal Researcher

She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds an LLM degree in Public International Law from the University of Leiden (the Netherlands). Following a traineeship at the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, she was able to gain a better understanding for the protection of human rights by conducting research on various issues related to human rights. She was born and raised in South Africa.


Dimitris Theofanidis


Dimitris Theofanidis is a clinical lecturer at ATEI since 2008. He has worked for Antigone as a researcher and administrator for programs in relation to Health and Care, funded by the European Union such as «Pre-Qualification for migrant women in the health and care sector» (Leonardo Da Vinci) and «Exchange of European practices in retired homes between different staff and between residents» (GRUNDTVIG).
He studied nursing in Greece (degree TEI) and the UK (MSc & PhD). He also has a Diploma in Teaching Adults (Old Swan College, Liverpool) and has completed the ASPAITE of Thessaloniki, i.e. PESYP (Specialization Program in Counseling & Guidance) and PATES / SELETE (Bachelor of Educational Studies). He speaks Greek and English.


Joseph Tsiamoglou

Researcher & Project Manager

Joseph Tsiamoglou has worked for ANTIGONE as a researcher and a project manager on several projects funded by the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Labour. He has studied Political Science and History in Greece, Canada and the UK having received scholarships from various Institutions. He speaks Greek, English and German.


Anastasia Christou

Scientific Assistant

Anastasia Christou is currently Tutorial Fellow in Cultural Geography and previously Research Fellow of the three year AHRC funded project “Cultural Geographies of Counter-Diasporic Migration: The Second Generation Returns ‘Home’” under the Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme affiliated with the Sussex Centre for Migration Research of the University of Sussex. She was Lecturer in Human Geography and Visiting Research Fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (2006) and previously Lecturer in Cultural Geographies and Culture in Time and Space in the Department of Geography at the University of Sussex (2005). She was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of History, International and Social Studies at the University of Aalborg and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Academy for Migration Studies in Denmark (2004). She has been a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and has conducted research for the University of York, Canada, ELIAMEP and ANTIGONE Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence - official National Focal Point of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism (EUMC – RAXEN), and Visiting Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) (Social Science Research Center Berlin), Berlin, Germany (2007). She studied English Literature, Philosophy and Government (BA), International Relations and Comparative Politics (MA), obtained a Graduate Professional Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy at St. John’s University, New York, USA, completed a DPhil in Geography at the University of Sussex and a PhD in Geography at the University of the Aegean. As a Human Geographer she has expertise in social and cultural geography researching within the areas of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Greek-American Studies and Modern Greek Studies while having widely published on issues of migration and return migration; the second generation and ethnicity; space and place; transnationalism and identity; culture and memory; gender and feminism; home and belonging.


Roxani Fragkou

Is a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (research field: Assisted reproduction and protection of the in vitro embryo) and a scientific officer at the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR).
In 2005 she obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Law at the University Robert Schuman in Strasbourg and in 2010 she completed her PhD studies in Public Law at the University of Strasbourg (research field: Euthanasia and the right to refuse medical treatment in respect to the evolution of European comparative law (France, Greece, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and United Kingdom).
She has worked at the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Strasbourg contributing to the teaching of Public Law, Constitutional Law and Political Institutions in France and the Comparative Law (2009-2012). Since 2011 she teaches Applied Ethics. References and foundation: References in bioethics at the European Center for the Study and Teaching of Ethics (CEERE) of the University of Strasbourg, as well as Constitutional Law at the Franco-hellenic College/University Paris XIII.


Aikaterini Tsampi

PhD Candidate in Université de Strasbourg, France (« Le principe de séparation des pouvoirs dans la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme ») and legal officer in the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR).
She graduated, in 2008, from Athens School of Law, Greece. Sheholds a LLM « Droits de l’homme et droit humanitaire » from Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II, France and a LLM « Droit Public Spécialisé » fromUniversity of Athens, Greece and Université de Bordeaux IV, France.
She was born in Rhodes where she has been practicing as a lawyer.


Sotiria Liakaki

Sotiria Liakaki holds a Doctorate from the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. She has collaborated with a think tank and has contributed in the organizing of conferences and public events on the subject of migration and human rights.
She has attended training seminars on relevant fields and works on a voluntary basis with social organizations combating racism and xenophobia. She frequently attends international conferences as a speaker and has articles published in scientific journals and collective volumes. She speaks English and French fluently.
Her academic interests cover welfare state theories, models of access to rights, institutional change and public policies, political systems and the EU architecture.