Ilektra AntonatouGreece (Org: METAdrasi)
Ilektra Antonatou studied International Relations and Organizations at the Aegean University, and later earned a master’s degree in Geopolitical Analysis and International Security at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and currently works as a Project Manager in the Interpretation Department of the Greek nonprofit organization METAdrasi – Action for Migration and Development. In her capacity, she ensures the provision of interpretation services to agencies, organizations, embassies and NGOs dealing with refugees and migrant populations. Key skills she has developed through her work include implementation and monitoring, as well as evaluation and reporting. Previously, she worked with projects supporting unaccompanied minors in Greece.
Nikos AlexiouGreece (Org: METAdrasi)
Nikos Alexiou has more than six years of experience in nonprofit administration and project management. Nikos obtained his first degree in International & European Studies from Panteion University in Greece. He then pursued postgraduate studies in IPE at the University of Sheffield, where his dissertation focused on the topic of common European migration policies. After an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a brief practice as a researcher at the Institute of International Economic Relations, he joined METAdrasi, the leading NGO in Greece in the field of migration and refugees. As a Field Coordinator, he was present in Moria, Lesvos, during the humanitarian crisis on the Greek-Turkish border in 2016, when millions of Syrians were forced to flee their country and seek safe conditions in Europe. He was responsible for a large, multinational team of interpreters representing the organization on the island. After almost two years in Lesvos, he moved to METAdrasi’s HQ, where he rose to the position of project manager. Nikos enhanced his language and data protection skills after being selected as a Blue Book Trainee for the European Commission in 2021. After a 5-month period, he returned to METAdrasi, to become one of the organization’s young leaders in program management, continuing to work on immigration, human rights, and child protection issues. From his experience with the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute, he hopes to broaden his horizons while enhancing his career profile and leadership skills.
Ioanna SchuppertGreece/Germany (Org: METAdrasi)
Ioanna Schuppert has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a BA in International Relations from Durham University (UK). She currently works as a Program Manager in the Program & Development department of the Greek nonprofit organization METAdrasi – Action for Migration and Development. The most important skills she has developed include project design and development, implementation and monitoring, as well as evaluation and reporting. The programs she manages currently include the certification of victims of torture, projects that support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and projects with multiple partners. Previously to working with METAdrasi, she volunteered as Children’s Activities Coordinator (alongside being a volunteer for the Search and Rescue and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene projects) in the Emergency Response Centre International on Lesvos, Greece, as an English teacher in the West Bank, and as an intern with METAdrasi, working with unaccompanied children and supporting the finance and publicity departments.
Vassia PapachristouGreece (Org: METAdrasi)
Vassia Papachristou lives in Athens, Greece. She studied Finance and Accounting at Athens University of Economics and Business and later on she earned a Master’s degree in Charity Marketing and Fundraising (City University London). She works as Head of Finance for METAdrasi, a Greek NGO with the mission of facilitating the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Greece. She started working for METAdrasi as Finance manager at the beginning of the refugee emergency in Europe. In her capacity as Finance Manager, she had to adapt to work with projects more than tripled the annual budget while at the same time trying to find ways to cope with this increase to create and adapt systems better suited to monitoring and controlling the activities. Prior to that, Vassia worked for the Hellenic Cardiac Society, a scientific organization that provided scholarships to young Greek doctors in top universities around the world. She is devoted to a career in the nonprofit sector and passionate about the protection of human rights, especially children and minority groups.