Xenophon Contiades is Professor of Public and Social Law. He is also Scientific Director of the Themistokles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation – Centre for European Constitutional Law (since 1995). He teaches at the Hellenic Open University and at the National Centre for Public Administration. He has published 23 monographies in public and European law, over one hundred fifty 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 – Scientific project manager
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).
Director of International Projects
Annie Camarioti is an experienced international affairs expert and project manager with demonstrated track record in leading teams to design and implement complex international projects, particularly in the area of justice reform and public administration reform. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (University of Piraeus) and a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Politics and Economic Development (Columbia University, USA). She is fluent in English, German and French. She has been collaborating with the Foundation since 2008 as Project Manager (2008-2020), and then as Director of International Programs (2021-present). She has designed and managed a large number of complex international projects, particularly in the field of justice reform and public administration reform, in cooperation with public authorities at central and local government level, national judicial authorities, universities, international organizations and civil society organizations. Her role at the Foundation includes strategic planning, alignment of funding opportunities with strategic priorities and goals, supervision and coordination of the teams of project managers and scientific experts, to ensure successful implementation of international projects.
Financial and Administrative Director
Antonia Kagia holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the School of Social Sciences of the Hellenic Open University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in Accounting and Finance from the American College of Greece, Deree College and a M.Sc. in Applied Risk Management – Internal Auditing from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the fields of accounting and financial project management, and she became the Financial and Administrative Director of Themistokles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation – Centre for European Constitutional Law in 2014. She is also the Quality Manager for ISO 9001:2015 and the Information Technology and Security Systems Manager for ISO 27001:2013.
Zoi Anna Kasapi
Zoi Anna Kasapi (LL.M.) is a lawyer admitted to the Athens Bar Association in 2013. She specialises in public and human rights law, holding a Post-graduate Degree in Public Law from the Law School of Athens (NKUA) and an LL.M in Human Rights Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She is a scientific associate of CECL since 2018.
Olga Katsarou is the Financial Project Manager of the Themistokles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation – Centre for European Constitutional Law. Her role includes the financial management of all EU funded projects, reporting to the European Commission and budgeting new project proposals. She holds a BSc in Accounting & Finance from the University of Macedonia (Greece) and an MSc in International Financial Analysis from the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom). She has extensive experience in the financial management of EU funded projects in a wide range of funding programmes, including: JUST, CETC, HORIZON, ERASMUS+, INTERREG, CEF.
Olga Kelesidou is a graphic designer, specializing in print design and book and magazine pagination. She has long experience in the Publishing field as well as in Event Planning and Management.
Dimitra Malandraki holds a degree in Balkan Studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a postgraduate degree in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, Economics from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has been working on management of national and European programs since 2005 and possesses more than 10 years of experience in the design and implementation of large technical, institutional assistance and research projects funded by the European Union, the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and other international organisations. She is fluent in English and German and basic user of Russian.
Sofia Ouranou holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business and a Master of Science in Services Management with specialization in Management Consulting from the same University. She is member of the Economic Chamber of Greece with B Class Accountant license. She works for CECL’S Financial and Administrative Department since 2020. She speaks English.
Antonios Rapanakis is a graduate of Panteion University’s department of International European and Area Studies. He speaks English and French.
Sophia Stichiou holds a degree in Russian Language, Philology and Culture from the Democritus University of Thrace and a master’s degree in Cultural Organizations Management from the Hellenic Open University. She speaks English, French, Russian and has a good knowledge of Turkish.
Konstantina Tsilomeleki holds a degree in Philology and a Master’s degree with specialization in Intercultural Education and the Teaching of Greek as a Foreign Language from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Patras. She also holds a diploma in Journalism and Mass Media. Since 2012 she has been working in educational institutions and civil society organizations as a project manager in the field of education and integration of vulnerable groups.
Sofia Tsourinaki is the Communications Officer of the Themistokles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation – Centre for European Constitutional Law. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Communication and New Media from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. As of December 2020, she is responsible for the Dissemination and Communication of EU co-funded projects, the Observatory of Constitutional Developments Syntagma Watch and the website epoliteia.gr, which hosts the quarterly e-journal as well as e-books.
Georgios Vourlakis is a graduate of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (with a specialization in International and European Studies) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and holds a Master of Science in Marketing and Communication from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has over ten years of experience in the design and management of co-funded and European projects (ESPA, ECHO, AMIF, EEA Grants) in various fields, such as education, integration, mental health, child protection, vulnerable groups protection, interpretation, and development. He has also worked with international organizations, institutional bodies, civil society organizations, and institutions from Greece and abroad.