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Alexis Katsaros
Executive Director

With a background in political science, Alexis has managed projects in the fields of environment, cultural heritage, and sustainable development for many years. Throughout his professional career, he has developed a collaborative and holistic approach, as well as a deep understanding of the complexity of environmental issues. Alexis joined MedINA in 2012 and became Executive Director in 2022. As the leader of a team of passionate scientists, he emphasises creativity, knowledge, and a commitment to transparency, seeking to make a significant positive impact on the community.

alexis@med-ina.org
Lily Mordechai
Head of Development

With an academic background in social psychology as well as geospatial technologies and environmental management, Lily has managed and implemented projects in the fields of environmental communications and education, social and environmental research and agro-ecology. Her collaboration with MedINA began in 2014 in communications and project management, she became Head of Programmes and a member of its management team in 2018 and is currently Head of Development.

lily@med-ina.org
Olga Pateraki
Finance and Operations Manager

Olga has been actively involved and working in civil society organisations for many years now. She has gained significant working experience in planning, financial management and monitoring of national and European projects as well as in the financial management of non-profit organisations. She started working at MedINA in March 2024 as Finance and Operations Manager.

olga@med-ina.org
Alexandra Pappa
Freshwater Programme Manager

With an academic background in Environment and Resource Management and in Law, Alexandra has extensive experience in project management on environmental and social projects as well as expertise in environmental education. She has been collaborating with MedINA since 2019, supporting project implementation and development and acting as a focal point for policy issues. Since 2022 she is MedINA’s Freshwater Programme Manager.

alexandra@med-ina.org
Rigas Zafeiriou
Sustainable Food Systems Programme Manager

Formally trained in sustainable agriculture and rural development, Rigas is a cross-disciplinary professional with significant experience in climate change impacts, agrobiodiversity conservation and the development of hiking trail networks. He has been working at MedINA since 2017 as a sustainable development and tourism consultant with a focus on the island of Kythera. Since 2022 he is MedINA’s Sustainable Food Systems Programme Manager.

rigas@med-ina.org
Fanikos Sakellarakis
Biodiversity and Ecosystems Expert

Fanikos studied forestry and natural environment management, and his expertise lies in vegetation ecology, systematic botany, and the management of protected areas. He cooperated for four years with the Tour du Valat research institute in France, studying the ecology and management of reedbeds and wet meadows in the Prespa National Park. He joined MedINA in 2022, while completing postgraduate studies in ecology and biodiversity management.

fanikos@med-ina.org
Konstantina Spiliopoulou
Freshwater Policy Officer

Konstantina is a biologist with a PhD in Conservation Biology, and a MSc in Nature Management. She has worked on the National Monitoring Programme for Inland Waters, and she is actively involved in matters around Key Biodiversity Areas in Greece. Her research focuses on tools for safeguarding biodiversity and spatial planning. Since 2024, she is MedINA’s Freshwater Policy Officer.

konstantina@med-ina.org
Eva Glykopoulou
Communications Officer
Eva is a Communication, Public Relations & Publicity professional with many years of experience in this sector.
She has successfully handled a wide variety of private and public sector accounts, while in 2021 she obtained a certification in Digital Marketing from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She has been working in MedINA since March 2023 as a Communications Officer.
eva@med-ina.org
Evi Vlachou
ΗR and Administration Officer

Evi is a graduate of the Department of Social Policy of Panteion University of Athens and has worked with organizations that work on integration of refugees in Greece. With extensive experience in organization, coordination and communication, she is working with MedINA as HR and Administration Officer.

evi@med-ina.org
George Dimitropoulos
Fundraising officer & Copywriter

George is an urban and regional planner with a Master’s in transport management and planning. He has significant experience in spatial and urban planning and strategic environmental assessment studies in Greece and abroad. He has been collaborating with MedINA since 2009 as a researcher and project manager with a focus on landscape and Sacred Natural Sites and Sustainable Food Systems. Since 2022 he is MedINA’s Proposal Senior Officer and actively supports fundraising.

georged@med-ina.org
Eirini Lyratzaki
Project manager, Cultural Heritage Expert, Freshwater Networks Coordinator

With an academic background in socio-economics and environmental studies, Eirini has extensive professional experience in the fields of tourism, field research, cultural content management and project management. She has been working in MedINA’s scientific team since 2004 as a cultural heritage specialist, with a particular focus on Sacred Natural Sites, Intangible Cultural Heritage and wetlands. She’s the project manager of the “Scaling up dam removal: implementation plan for Southeastern Europe” project and Freshwater Networks Coordinator.

ilyratzaki@med-ina.org
Thymio Dimopoulos
Landscape & GIS expert

Thymio is an architect and a specialist in geospatial technologies and geography. He has been involved in master planning studies as well as spatial and urban planning studies of various scales both in Greece and abroad. He has been collaborating with MedINA since 2012 with a focus on landscape research and GIS.

thymiodimo@med-ina.org
Miranda Vatikioti
Project Manager & Community Engagement Expert

With an academic background in Humanities and a focus on Culture and Arts, Miranda has extensive experience in activities with tools from the fields of theatre and creative storytelling, in fundraising and in project management. Since 2022 she has been working with MedINA as a project manager while designing and implementing educational and intergenerational programmes and participatory activities.

miranda@med-ina.org
Rafail Giannelis
Lemnos project officer

With an academic background in Modern Greek and Medieval Philology as well as Ethnography, Rafail has extensively researched the social and economic structures of traditional societies in Greece with a focus on his birthplace, Lemnos and the island of Tinos. Since 2020 he has been working with MedINA as a local project officer in Lemnos supporting its Terra Graeca – sustainable food systems programme.

rafail@med-ina.org
Danae Sfakianou
Agronomist - Terra Graeca Programme

Danae studied agronomy at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete. She collaborates with the Public Institute of Vocational Training of Lemnos where she has worked as an agronomy teacher. She is extremely passionate about agroecology, with a particular focus on the conservation of local seed varieties. Since 2018 she has been working with MedINA as an agronomist on Lemnos supporting its Terra Graeca – sustainable food systems programme.

danae@med-ina.org
Dimitris Papageorgiou
Project Manager & Local Coordinator

With an academic background in rural development, organic agriculture, ethnobotany and sustainable agri-food systems, Dimitris has collaborated with universities and civil society organisations in Greece and abroad. He has actively participated in socio-environmental initiatives and also gained experience in the fields of communication and digital media. He has been collaborating with MedINA since 2023 as a local coordinator in the Aoos region and as the project manager for the “Ri-Connect: Aoos river as a transboundary ecological corridor” project.

dimitris@med-ina.org
Kostas Petrakos
Project Manager

Kostas holds a PhD in urban-regional planning NTUA, a Diploma in civil engineering AUTh with postgraduate studies at the NTUA. His thesis centered on extractive industries and resource geopolitics, environmental justice, spatial planning and local development. He has extensive experience in European projects (DG MARE, ENI CBC Med, INTERREG) that focus on spatial planning, infrastructure, the environment, and the circular economy. He has been collaborating with MedINA since 2024 as the project manager of the CARDIMED project.

kostas@med-ina.org
Theodora Lanara
Project Coordinator

With an academic background in Forestry and Natural Environment and a master’s degree in rivers basins hydrological management, Theodora’s professional experience lies in forestry studies, management of protected areas, environmental information and awareness on issues, such as protection of natural environment and in the field of non – formal education as an educational trainer.
She has been working with MedINA since 2024 as a project coordinator for the “Let it Flow! A Role – Playing Game for Aoos river basin management” project.

theodora@med-ina.org
Petros Kollias
Communication and Project Officer

With an academic background in the Environmental Humanities, as well as in the History and Philosophy of Science, Petros has delved into issues of critical and post-humanist theory, environmental history and anthropology, with a particular emphasis on the exploration of waterscapes through the lens of more-than-human histories. As a PhD Candidate he is actively engaged in research while also working with MedINA since May 2024 as a Communication and Project Officer with a focus on the Aoos river basin.

petros@med-ina.org
Vaso Zebeki
Accountant

Vaso is graduate of the Department of Economics and Administration at the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus with a degree in Accounting. In her professional career as an accountant, she has gained significant experience working for different types of companies and nonprofit organisations. She has been working with MedINA since 2007 and is now a member of its financial team.

zebekiv@tpa.gr
Sotiris Spatharis
Accountant

Sotiris is a trained accountant with diverse experience in supporting the implementation of EU, national and private donor projects for a number of civil society organisations. He has also gained significant experience working as an accountant for private companies in the fields of imports, sales, construction and others. He has been working with MedINA since 2018 and is now a member of its financial team.

sspatharis@gmail.com
Stefanos Dodouras
Sustainability Consultant

Stefanos is an economist with a specialisation in Environmental Impact Assessment and a PhD in Sustainable Development. He has worked as a lecturer in the University of Salford and as a scientist and sustainability consultant with MedINA on a number of projects related to the integrated management of nature and culture since 2008.

sdodouras@med-ina.org
Lily Mordechai
Scientific Team Manager

With an academic background in social psychology as well as geospatial technologies and environmental management, Lily has managed and implemented projects in the fields of environmental communications and education, social and environmental research and agro-ecology. Her collaboration with MedINA began in 2014 in communications and since 2018 is a member of its management team.

lily@med-ina.org
Stefanos Dodouras
Financial Team Manager

Stefanos is a trained economist with a specialisation in Environmental Impact Assessment and a PhD in Sustainable Development. He has worked as a lecturer in the University of Salford and as a scientist and sustainability consultant with MedINA on a number of projects related to the integrated management of nature and culture since 2008. Since 2018 he has worked as a financial team manager in MedINA’s management team, while he remains involved in various projects as a researcher.

sdodouras@med-ina.org
Alexis Katsaros
Partnerships and Fundraising Manager

Alexis is a social and political scientist with significant experience in project management and development in the fields of environmental conservation, cultural heritage management and sustainable development. He started working in MedINA in 2012 as a project manager and since 2018 is a member of its management team.

alexis@med-ina.org
Alexia Zafeiropoulou
Communications Manager

Alexia is a Communications and Media professional with working experience in organizations and companies with global online presence, highly skilled in developing and implementing content strategies and media outreach campaigns, as well as ensuring internal and external communication with stakeholders. She has been collaborating with MedINA since 2019 leading on its communications needs.

alexia@med-ina.org
Alexandra Pappa
Project Manager - Policy Officer

With an academic background in Environment and Resource Management and in Law, Alexandra has extensive experience in project management in environmental and social projects as well as expertise in environmental education. She has been collaborating with MedINA since 2019 supporting project implementation and development and acting as a focal point for policy related issues.

alexandra@med-ina.org
George Dimitropoulos
Project Manager - Terra Lemnia project

George is an urban and regional planner with with a Master’s in transport management and planning. He has significant experience in spatial and urban planning and strategic environmental assessment studies in Greece and abroad. He has been collaborating with MedINA since 2009 as a researcher and project manager with a focus on landscape and Sacred Natural Sites, and is currently project manager of the Terra Lemnia project.

georged@med-ina.org
Irini Lyratzaki
Cultural Heritage Expert

With an academic background in socio-economics and a M.Sc. in Environmental History, Irini has extensive professional experience in the fields of tourism, cultural content management and project management. She has been working for MedINA since 2004 as a cultural heritage expert in its scientific team with a specific involvement in its work on culture and wetlands, sacred natural sites and intangible cultural heritage.

ilyratzaki@med-ina.org
Nicos Georgiadis
Natural Environment Expert

Nicos is an environmental and forest scientist (PhD) with extensive experience in environmental consulting, Human Resources and project management. He has worked as a scientific consultant for environmental and educational organisations including WWF Greece. He started working in MedINA in 2016 as a member of its Scientific team with a focus on the natural environment. He was responsible for the development of the INCREAte Approach and is leading on MedINA’s involvement in the island of Kythera.

nicosg@med-ina.org
Thymio Dimopoulos
Landscape & GIS expert

Thymio is an architect and a specialist in geospatial technologies and geography. He has been involved as a team member in master planning studies in Greece and abroad as well as spatial and urban planning studies of various scales. He has been collaborating with MedINA since 2012 with a focus on landscape research and GIS.

thymiodimo@med-ina.org
Rigas Zafeiriou
Sustainable development & tourism consultant

Formally trained in sustainable agriculture and rural development, Rigas is a cross-disciplinary professional with significant experience in climate change impacts, agrobiodiversity conservation and hiking trails networks. He has been working in MedINA since 2017 as a sustainable development and tourism consultant with a focus on Kythera island.

rigas@med-ina.org
Rafail Giannelis
Project Officer - Terra Lemnia project

With an academic background in Modern Greek and Medieval Philology as well as Ethnography, Rafail has extensively researched the social and economic structures of traditional societies in Greece with a focus in his birthplace, Lemnos and the island of Tinos. Since 2020 he is working with MedINA as a local project officer of the Terra Lemnia project in Lemnos.

rafail@med-ina.org
Ioulia Skounaki
Scientific Coordinator - CULTURAL H.ID.RAN.T project

Ioulia is an archaeologist-museologist with background studies in Classical Archaeology, Heritage Management, and Museology. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of the Aegean and her research interests center on public archaeology, museum theory, and cultural heritage policy. She has participated in several projects related to spatial and urban planning, the enhancement of archaeological sites, the development of museum exhibitions and cultural events. She joined MedINA in 2021 as the Scientific Coordinator of the CULTURAL HI.D.RAN.T project.

Miranda Vatikioti
Project manager - A.S.L.D project

With an academic background in Humanities, a focus on Culture and the Performing Arts, and a skillset acquired in the fields of research and oral history, Miranda holds extensive experience in resource and project management management, focusing on vulnerability, inclusion, social awareness and mobilization. Since 2022 she has been collaborating with MedINA as the project manager of the”Alliance for Sustainable Local Development” project.

miranda@med-ina.org
Angeliki Foutri
Project Development Consultant

Angeliki is a regional and urban planner with a Master’s in Sustainable Development. She has worked in spatial and urban planning studies in Greece and has worked with MedINA since 2007 as member of its scientific team, supporting and managing a number of projects. Since 2017 she is focused mainly on MedINA’s work on landscape.

afoutri@med-ina.org
Danae Sfakianou
Agronomist - Terra Lemnia project

Danae has studied agronomy in the Technological Educational Institute of Crete. She collaborates with the Public Institute of Vocational Training of Lemnos where she has worked as an agronomy teacher. She is very passionate about agroecology with a focus on the conservation of local seed varieties. Since 2018 she is working with MedINA as an agronomist in Lemnos in the framework of the Terra Lemnia project.

danae@med-ina.org
Vaso Zebeki
Accountant

Vaso is a trained accountant with significant experience is both profit and not for profit organisations. She has been working with MedINA since 2007 and is now a member of its financial team.

zebekiv@tpa.gr
Sotiris Spatharis
Accountant

Sotiris is a trained accountant with diverse experience in supporting the implementation of EU, national and private donor projects for a number of civil society organisations. He has also gained significant experience working as an accountant for private companies in the fields of imports, sales, construction and others. He has been working with MedINA since 2018 and is now a member of its financial team.

sspatharis@gmail.com