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Dimitris Makalias

Dimitris Makalias is an actor, director, host and improviser and well, whatever comes along. He was born in Athens in 1981 and graduated with honors from the acting school of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. He has also graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has acted in many theatrical plays, tv series, movies, short films. Moreover, he has participated in tv shows, stand up comedy and improvising comedy shows, youtube shows of dubious quality, corporate events. He is also considered an influencer for advertising companies and some times directs shows that he might like. He likes finding new things to fill his free time.


Antigoni Psichrami

Antigoni Psichrami is a person many will know as “Poppy”, who sang with Dalaras. This song was the hit song that made him famous. She is an actor, a singer, a dancer, a musical performer, a voice coach and well, whatever comes along. She was born in Athens in 1987 and has graduated with honors from the acting school of Mary Vogiatzi Traga. She has acquired degrees in the fields of music, dancing and teaching. She has been in many theatrical plays, musical theatre, has taken part in concerts (both alone and with other great musicians from a variety of music genres) and tv shows and she has been a proud mother of a 3 year old boy.



George Nounesis

George Nounesis is the Director &amp and Chairman of the Board of the National Centre for Scientific Research“Demokritos” (2017-2021), Alternate Chairam of the Board at the Hellenic Space Center (2020-2024). During his tenure at Demokritos he is credited with the “Expansion of the NCSRD Infrastructure Project” a 48 MEuros construction project co-financed, by the European Investment Bank and the State of Greece and also the rapid growth of technology transfer to start ups and multinationals. Dr. Nounesis studied Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He obtained his PhD at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Minnesota. He completed a three-year Postdoctoral training at the Chemistry Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Executive Education Program on “Innovation for Economic Development” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to returning to Greece he held Research Staff appointments at the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory. He has spent sabbatical leaves at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal at CNRS and the Chemistry Department of the University of Bordeaux I as Invited Professor. For his work he has received awards from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Empirikion Foundation, the United States Department of the Navy and the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.


Maria Kousouni

Prima Ballerina of the National Opera of Greece. She was a soloist in the Ballet of the Hamburg State Opera “John Neumeier” and the Vienna State Opera. She has performed in major theaters around the world, from Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, to Italy’s Udine, Trento, Verona and Spain’s Royal Theater of Madrid, Seville, Gran Canaria, as well as theaters in Germany, France and other European cities. She has performed lead roles in works choreographed by some of the world’s most renowned choreographers, such as Cranko, Makarova, Neumeier, Kylián, Forsythe, Wheeldon, Balanchine, Petipa, Nureyev and others. She has starred in numerous works in Greece, such as “Swan Lake”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Giselle”, “The Nutcracker”, “Cinderella”, “Don Quixote”, etc. Many roles have been created for her in the ballets “Medea”, “The Bird of Fire”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and many more. She participates in performances and galas worldwide. She has danced three times at the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert, and received the Special Prize at the Luxembourg Young Dancers Competition and the Exaleiptron Dance Prize.She is teacher of classical ballet and choreographer and her works have been presented at the National Opera of Greece. She has been teaching classical ballet at the Vocational School of the National Opera of Greece since 2007. She teaches at classical ballet seminars, actively participating in projects, lectures and studies concerning development and education, the teaching of classical and neoclassical dance, and repertoire.


Eleni Pappa

Eleni Pappa has graduated from the Department of History and Archeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her love for educating all people with or without specialties, led her to be specialized in Special Education and Training, with a special moment and penetration in Visual Disability, where she was certified as a Trainer of the Blind Reading and Writing System – Braille. She has attended numerous Seminars and Conferences related to Education and already has many voluntary activities under her belt. She has so far produced 2 Scientific Suggestions – Tasks, one on ADHD and Visual Perception at the 3rd ADHD Interdisciplinary Study Conference in Thessaloniki and the second on Visual Disability and Writing and Reading of People with Visual Impairment in 3rd World Applied Teaching in the city of Drama. Currently she is working at Model Private School in Nea Kifissia, she is privately involved in the education of people with disabilities and finally, she is a specialist associate of Amateur Panathinaic Disability, being responsible for Visual Disability Fans


Argiro Vatakis

Argiro Vatakis is an assistant professor at the Psychology Department, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences . She is the Editor-in-Chief for the international journal “Timing & Time Perception” and the founder of the Timing Research Forum , an open society for promoting multidisciplinary research on timing and time perception. She holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, USA, where she conducted research on multisensory apparent motion and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, UK, where she completed her doctoral research on the investigation of the factors modulating temporal perception for simple and complex multisensory stimuli. She has also conducted multisensory and temporal research in Boeing,CA, USA, at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany, and the Department for Biological Psychology, Institute for Psychology II, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany.


Kyriakos Kolesis

Dr. Kyriakos Kolesis is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the 2nd Second Chance School of Corfu (Detention Center) since 2017. He holds a Master’s Degree in “Semiotics of Audiovisual Discourse” from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as a Sociology from the same university. His interest and concern for society and its problems are evident in his career as an educator. He has taught in secondary and higher education, in areas such as sociology, art history, and visual semiotics (Preparatory School of Fine Arts in Tinos). He has participated in numerous seminars and conferences on Teacher Training in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. In addition to sociology, he is involved in theater, having completed studies in theater directing, and has undertaken the production of 12 audiovisual works (Image Samplings). He currently offers lectures at universities on image semantics.


Argyris Daouliaris

Argyris Daouliaris, of both Greek and French origin with beautiful images and smells from both countries, raised by the sea with a great love for Tourism and Culture. This love led him to engage in the Hotel Industry, serving this field either as Operations Director or Lecturer at Colleges and Business Management Training Centers. His greatest desire, the most effective interconnection in the job search of employees with hotels and small accommodations in Greece and their certification through
lifelong learning programs. The change of the hotel culture in Greece through value added services. All of that are coming true rapidly through Innjobs, of which he is the founder.


Yiorgos Eleftheriades

Yiorgos Eleftheriades, a Greek fashion designer based in Athens, created his brand in 1992. His collections have been showcased in Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona Fashion Week. As a fan of alternative classics, geometry, interesting combinations and clothes that can be worn 24/7, Yiorgos Eleftheriades has been an innovator of this kind. His clothes are recognizable and stand out in a strictly urban style. They have an alternative type of elegance that is always unpretentious and vibrant in all forms of combination and approach. The brand’s main approach to clothing design quality is the trans-seasonal timelessness and a glamorous but cool day-to-night style. Since the beginning of his career, Yiorgos Eleftheriades has been using natural and eco-friendly fabrics. As a matter of fact, since 1998 the motto “Protect the earth we got only one” has been in the brand’s label. His collections were sold in Greece, Japan, Italy, France, Lebanon, Kuwait, Hong Kong etc., and his work has been featured in magazines such as Numero homme, Mixte, Vogue Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Dazed & Confused Japan, Surface, Zoo Magazine, Wallpaper, 10, ID, Gad Japan, Glamor and Citizen K, So Chic etc.



Qualia Performing arts

“Qualia Performing arts” is a team including dancers, actors and choreographers, that live and take action in Corfu. The main reason behind the creation of this team was for members of the corfiot art community to connect in an expressive, creative and productive way. These members have more or less shown their work through art. Therefore, the members’ roles take turns according to every project’s needs. This brings the best result in broadening different themes, inspirations and experiments, between the main members of “Qualia Performing arts” and also people with fully-developed artistic and interpretive ability.


Miss Trichromi

Miss Trichromi is a musician performing in the music scene of Athens. She has released three solo albums, the album “Φίλες” (2020), the album “όνομα ζώο πράγμα” (2017), and the album “Πού πάνε τα μπαλόνια;” (2014). She has also released in limited copies a trilogy of small books (“Τα λιγότερο αγαπητά μου πράγματα”, “Επτά ερωτήσεις και μία”, and “Υπάρχουν στον κόσμο που ζούμε”, 2017).
In 2019, she collaborated with the musician and film director The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris) on the composition of the original music for The Boy’s film “Winona”, (award for best original music, IRIS Awards 2020). She has also collaborated with many artists both on records and on live shows: The Boy, Nalyssa Green, Tango with Lions, Moa Bones, Logout, Marietta Fafouti, etc.)Some of her songs have also been played in theatre performances and films.


Leon of Athens

Leon of Athens has introduced us to his special sound with his first solo album called ‘Future’ (2011). After his album ‘Global’, Leon released the album ‘Xenos’ – produced by David Kosten – and received excellent reviews from important international media, such as Guardian, New York Times and BBC. This album showcases why he has gained a huge fanbase not only in Greece but also in Europe and the USA. The album is informed lyrically by the refugee crisis, the rise of the far-right in Europe and the US, but also personal upheavals: fractured relationships, lost faith, youth, freedom and death. From the uplifting indie-pop of previous singles, to the dark creeping electronics of the title track and ‘Xenos’, Leon proves himself an intriguing and exciting force. 

He has also important collaborations, including Yorgos Lanthimos who directed the video clip of ‘Baby Asteroid’. He has also participated in some of the biggest international festivals (South by Southwest, Firefly Music Festival, etc.). Following the success of ‘ANEMOS’, a song with Greek lyrics that has reached the Top 3 of Spotify, the same group – Katerine Duska, Leon of Athens, David Sneddon – met again and signed Leon of Athens’ new song called ‘Communication’, which was covered by Portugal the Man, one of the greatest bands in the world. The new single is included in his next solo album that will be released in 2020. Finally, ‘Communication’


Crazy Colours

The Theatrical Group of Deaf “Crazy Colours” was created in 2009 and consists of deaf and hard of hearing people. The Group managed to set out new codes in the acting expression and the theatrical form, utilizing and renewing the sign language, along with vocal performance, principles of improvisation, and physical theatre techniques. The Group was also honored to work with important cultural operators. Some of them are the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, the Ancient Olympia, the Municipal Regional Theatre of Roumeli, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, the Hellenic Federation of Deaf, the Union of Deaf, the French Institute of Athens Greece, etc. For the theatre season 2017-18 the Theatrical Group of Deaf was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture & Sports.



Ιωάννα Κάμπη MSc
Ioanna Kampi MSc
Rapport Workshop

Economist MSc. Owner and Founder of NLP Ionia Ioanna Kampi has studied economics and has thoroughly worked on the marketing field, with excellence in many contests (won first place in a Hellenic Marketing Institution contest) and a 20-year experience in workforce training (HR). She has worked on Neuro-Linguistic programming (nlp) and specializes in its appliance in companies. Knowing the companies’ needs for techniques that can lead to quick and practical outcomes, while creating the perfect mindset for success, she established NLP Ionian, that offers specialized Neuro-Linguistic programming, combining economy with NLP, so that the companies’ needs are rightly cared of, using science and specialty.


GOVERNOR και Σπύρος Δαφνής
Oil tasting
Olive Fabrica is today the continuity and mainly the evolution of a family tradition of six generations in the olive oil production established, based and started from the island of Corfu.
Marrying tradition with technological innovation and scientific research, in 2014 Olive Fabrica introduced the “Governor” into the marketplace. The first single-variety (monovarietal) lianolia olive oil of Corfu is one of the most awarded olive oils in the PREMIUM category with a total of 50 international awards, while in 2013 it was the first olive oil in the world with a stated health claim participating in five scientific studies in Greece and abroad.
In order to introduce even more people to the place and the world of the Corfu olive oil, from 2017 the mill is open to the public and the first Olive Tour program in Corfu is a fact; so, in 2019 the mill welcomes almost 10.000 visitors making the “Governor” a “reason to visit” product for the region and the island.


Μυρτώ Ζηρίνη
Mirto Zurini

Mirto Zirini lives in Corfu since 2012 and works as a ceramist. She studied design and architectural design in London, where she also worked for 3 years. In 2004 she came back in Athens and was involved in lots of scales in the design field. On a city and public spaces’ scale, lab architects and a smaller scale, like art exhibitions, architectural, furniture design and graphic apps. She has also been a professor in the postgraduate department of interior design in Vakalo.
Mirto deals with clay and the recreation process into ceramic as a “cultural fossil” creation. An ingredient that transfers information and shapes, modern for the creator, from every era and culture onto the next ones. In contrast with most of the ingredients today, clay has an unquestionable endurance, regardless its fragility. The vases’ organic shapes and asymmetry are an outcome of pebbles. Every vase is a unique gouged pebble, inside of which evanescent stories and Greek coastal colors are hidden.


LAZARIS και Νίκος Προβατάς
 Workshop Bartending

The Lazaris Distillery & Artisan Sweets’ history goes back to 2005 from Konstantinos Lazaris. Inspired by the Corfiot history, flavors and odors, he and his team are passionately continuing the island’s history.
The liquor company produces the famous Corfiot Kumquat liqueur, theoriginally Italian Limoncello and the Lazaris Ouzo, which deservedly stands forour country’s gastronomical fame, as well as the handmade, delicious Corfiotsweets.
Their goal is for their products to be an integral part of our everyday diet and savory, but also main ingredients for tasty combinations and tastes, in cooking, baking and -why not- bartending.


Ιωάννα Ρέβη
Ioanna Revi

Ioanna Revi was born in Athens, but grew up in Corfu. From when she can remember herself, she was always drawing, holding a piece of paper and a pencil on one hand. In 2010 she started her studies in drawing and in 2015 she graduated with an integrated master in drawing.
Throughout the years, watching her life take turns and consecutively ending or creating new circles, she wondered how she could actually reflect this eternal life circle through drawing. That is also the main idea of her project “The cycle”.


Άγγελος Παναγιωτίδης
Aggelos Panagiotidis

 Aggelos Panagiotidis was born in Amfilochia in 1950. His first works were presented at his atelier in 1990, after 20 years of research for all the metals used in sculpture. There are 20 personal and more than 150 group projects in his biography, while the artist has been awarded by UNESCO for his contribution to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He is also a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
One of his greatest works so far is the “The olive tree of Athens”, from the Coca Cola Olympic sponsorship, as well as his exhibition during the Olympic Games in Palaio Faliro. It is currently displayed in Technopolis, Gazi as an Olympic Games’ reminder. It is worth mentioning that all the Paralympians were honored with a small replica of his work “The olive tree of Athens”.


Μαριάννα Μπόττη
Marianna Botti

Marianna Botti is a multifaceted visual artist based in Greece. She is studying illustration and visual arts at the University of the Arts London and is involved in ceramics, painting, drawing, animation and video production. Its aim is to create through different means and to explore ways to provide a coherent visual narrative to convey its thoughts through it in visual form.


Αλέκα Λαμπίρη
Aleka Lampiri

“Art is everything that sets you free. Everything that gives you a brand-new insight. A facial expression, for example, can create a thousand words. Because, for me, art is not about words. Art can talk on its own. Thereon, whatever you feel by seeing an artwork is completely up to you. Because whatever evokes your feelings, you mirror yourself in it.
Whatever you see in an artwork has to do with the way you generally see things.
I feel like this exhibition is a transition. Until now, the main motivational force for me was trying to portray expressions in human faces. I have currently switched to a color balance research. The real challenge here lies in how I can combine colors, that are given in big portions and form a face, without decreasing the emotional intensity.”


greek sign language interpreter

Spiros Kouzelis
Spyros Kouzelis was born in 1983 in Etoloakarnania. He studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki while his postgraduate studies concern the European Youth, Education and Culture Policies at the University of Macedonia. Fluent in English, French, Italian, Greek Sign Language and American Sign Language.
Since 2005 he has been working as a Greek Sign Language Interpreter with numerous collaborations at national and European level. In 2013 he founded the school of Greek Sign Language Smiyl / Sign Me In Your Life in Thessaloniki. He is a founding member and representative of the Urban Non-Profit Company All / Accessible Limitless Living, whose primary purpose is to transmit the culture of equal access for all to goods, services and society.


Nikol Pappa
Nikol Pappa was born and raised in Trikala. She studied in Thessaloniki at the Pedagogical Department of Primary Education, during which time he learned sign language in an undergraduate course. She started learning semantics in parallel with her studies and, fascinated, she continued until her degree in interpretation. She completed her part-time postgraduate studies on disability at the University of Leeds and began working as an ENG interpreter. She likes to combine teaching with sign language, which is why she was involved in teaching deaf people but also in teaching Sign Language.




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