Xenophon Contiades is Professor of Public and Social Law. He is also Scientific Director of the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistokles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation (since 1995). He teaches at the Hellenic Open University and at the National Centre for Public Administration. He has published 20 monographies in public and European law, over seventy articles in the Greek, English and German languages in the fields of public law, social security, and EU law. He has participated as scientific coordinator, researcher or expert in many international research, instititution building and technical assistance projects worldwide.
Executive Director – Director of International Projects
Maria’s work throughout the years consists in supporting, documenting and assisting reform initiatives through research and capacity-building in areas related to judicial independence, public administration reform, constitutional reform, human rights and quality of regulatory systems and legislation. She has actively worked in more than 20 countries in Southern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.
She holds a degree in law (University of Athens), a post-graduate degree in comparative social security law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and a PhD in law and legislative studies (University of London). She has a broad specialisation in different aspects of legislating and quality of legislation, having followed specialised courses on regulatory impact assessments (College of Europe), Legislative Drafting (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London) and having worked extensively on projects aiming to make legislation simpler and more accessible, introduce evidence-based methods in legislating and reduce bureaucracy-related costs. Her doctoral research focused on the effectiveness of legislation and the ways in which it can be promoted, particularly with regard to human rights legislation.
Maria is a lawyer called before the Bar of Athens since 2000 and served as Research Associate to the (late) Member of European Parliament Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dimitris Th. Tsatsos (2002-2004). She has been cooperating with the Centre for European Constitutional Law since 1999, having worked there as project manager (1999-2002), as Director of International Projects (2002-2007) and as Executive Director (2007- today).
Financial and Administrative Director
Antonia Kagia holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the School of Social Sciences of the Hellenic Open University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in Accounting and Finance from the American College of Greece, Deree College. She is member of the Economic Chamber of Greece with B Class Accountant license. She became CECL’s Financial and Administrative Director in 2014 and Quality Manager for ISO 9001:2008 in 2015.
Development assistance projects coordinator
Annie Kamarioti has a bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus and a Master’s degree in International Relations-Political and Economic Development from Columbia University. She is fluent in English, German and French.
Tender preparation coordinator
Despoina Kontorizou has studied Economics in the University Of Macedonia, Thessaloniki and continued with postgraduate studies in education (Med, Hellenic Open University) and “Environment & Development” in the University of Reading, UK. She has a demonstrated history (since 2004) of working in the non-profit organization sector as a project manager. She is a proficient speaker of English and basic user in Deutsch.
Cleopatra Christopoulou has a Law degree from the University of Athens and has worked as a journalist. She is fluent in English and French and has basic knowledge of Italian and Spanish.
Twinning projects coordinator
Beatrice Giannoglou holds a bachelor degree from the Department of International and European Studies of the Panteion University. She is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.
Head of Secretariat – Coordinator of events
Mary Zanou has been part of the secretariat team of the Centre for European Constitutional Law since 2018. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the School of Social Sciences of the Hellenic Open University She is fluent in English.
Chryssoula Kolitsa has a degree in library administration science and information systems. She is fluent in English.
Nikos Kostantis is a graduate of the University of Piraeus and has a postgraduate degree in marketing (University of Wales). He is member of the Economic Chamber of Greece and has extensive accounting experience. He is the Head Accountant of the Centre for European Constitutional Law since 1995. He is fluent in English.
Educational department coordinator
Stratos Balis holds a Bachelor degree in Mutlimedia Computing. He is responsible for the IT support of the Centre for European Constitutional Law since 2012. He is fluent in English.