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 – Director of 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 currently a postgraduate student at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens pursuing a M.Sc. in Internal Auditing. She has more than ten 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 ISO 27001:2013.
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.
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.
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 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: Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Interreg. She speaks English and Spanish.
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 Themistokles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation since 1995. He is fluent in English.
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.
Olga Marinea holds a Bachelor in Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s Degree in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh, with a specialisation in Terrorism. She works since 2011 in the management of EU co-funded projects, in the fields of institutional communications, research & development, education & lifelong learning, social policy, regional development and territorial cooperation. She is fluent in English and French and a fair user of German.
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.
Sofia Tsourinaki 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 Management and Promotion of the Observatory of Constitutional Developments (www.syntagmawatch.gr).