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.
Othon Kaisaris is a graduate of International Studies with Political Science (BSSc) and European Studies (MA) from the University of Birmingham. He speaks English and French. He possesses long year experience in the management of European and National Projects in consulting companies and Civil Society actors, in both Greece and Cyprus.
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.
Ζografia Kamona has a Bachelor Degree in ‘’Accounting and Finance’’ from Macedonia University of Thessaloniki. She possesses 3 Master degrees – MSc in Management from the University of Sheffield , an Advanced Master in European Economic Integration and Development from VUB and an Advanced Master in Financial Risk Management from Saint Louis University of Brussels. She has many years of working experience in consulting and financial EU project management while she was working for 9 years as Financial Advisor for the European Commission ( DG CNECT and Research Executive Agency). She speaks English and French.
Achilleas Karadimitriou holds a PhD in Policy & Organization of Broadcasting (with scholarship of State Scholarships Foundation) by the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he is teaching “Comparative Analysis of Media Systems” and “Production of Audiovisual Content.” As Adjunct Lecturer of the above Department he has supervised and conducted research projects, organised by the University Institute of Applied Communication and the Laboratory of Journalism Studies and Communication Applications. He has also taught as Adjunct Lecturer in “Kostis Palamas” Lifelong Learning Program run by the University of Athens, in BA Media Production: Journalism course run by AMC College (in Athens) in collaboration with Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh, as well as in Public Vocational Training Institutes. Since 2019 he has been working as Journalist / Fellow Research in Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistokles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation being in charge of Communication, Networking and Media Editing Content of the educational programme entitled “New Citizens and Constitution”.
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.
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.
Ilektra Simitsi holds a PhD in European Law with specialization in European Governance and the Open Method of Coordination from the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace. She holds a degree from the department of Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Athens, a Master’s degree in EU Law from the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance – UNU Merit. Her research interests focuses on the European integration process, the rule of law and governance, coupled with her work experience in project management and projects implementation. She is a research associate for the Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation – Centre for European Constitutional Law (CECL). She is fluent in English and basic user in French.