Advisory Boards

Scientific Advisory Board

The mission of the “Scientific Advisory Board”, which consists of prestigious international academics and researchers, will be to: contribute to the promotion and the successful operation of Study in Greece, provide scientific consultation, suggest, design and develop educational programs (in the context of SiG core mission), contribute to SiG promotion worldwide; the promotion of Greek studies and studies in Greece, with a view to establishing Greece as an international destination for education and educational activities and creating an educational and cultural bridge between Greece and abroad.

Chalkias Christos

Harokopio University, Department of Geography

Field of expertise: GeoInformatics, Applied Geography, Digital/Web Cartography, GIS-based Spatial Analysis

e-mail:      Website: Chalkias Christos

Short CV

Dr. Christos Chalkias is professor of Applied Geography and GIS in Harokopio University of Athens, Department of Geography. He was the Chair of the department of Geography (Harokopio University: 2013 – 2015) and Vice Rector of research and development (2019 -2020). Dr. Chalkias has more than 20 years of educational experience (in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs) in the following subjects related to the field of Geoinformatics: GIS, Applied GIS, Digital Cartography, Applications of Geoinformatics in Natural Disaster management. Among his academic activities are the supervision of more than 50 BSc and MSc Theses, and 8 Phd Theses (3 completed). Professor Chalkias has more than 25 years of research experience and participation in more than 40 research programs. He is the author or co- author of more than 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, 15 book chapters and 3 books. Total citations of his work: 831 (622 after 2015), h-index: 16, i10-index: 23.

Karvounarakis Theodosios

University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Field of expertise: Diplomatic History, Theory and History of Diplomacy, International History, History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Immigration History


Short CV

Theodosios Karvounarakis is Professor of diplomatic History at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia. He studied Law at the University of Athens, Greece, International Relations and History at the University of Cambridge, U.K. He has been director of postgraduate programs for 10 years and is currently director of two programs taught in English, “Master’s in International Public Administration” and “Human Rights and Migration Studies”. He is academic coordinator of ThessisMUN, Greece’s largest International Organizations simulation event, organized annually at the University of Macedonia and for the past 18 years he is in charge of the American Studies Seminar, an educational endeavor jointly organized by the University of Macedonia and the American Consulate in Thessaloniki. Professor Karvounarakis is the author or editor-contributor of 6 academic books as well as a collection of short stories. He has also written many articles in English and Greek published in Academic Journals.

Kostara Spyridoula

Assistant Professor in the Department of Pastoral Studies

Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens (A.E.A.A.)

Field of expertise: Psychology of Communication, Intrapersonal, interpersonal, nonverbal communication. Interpersonal relationships. Psychological resilience.

e-mail:   Website: AEAA

Short CV

Dr Spyridoula Kostara is an Assistant Professor in Psychology of Communication in the Department of Pastoral Studies at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens (A.E.A.A.). She holds a ptychion (specialization in Psychology, First Class Honours, 9,4/10) and a Ph.D. in Psychology with distinction from the School of Philosophy (Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is fluent in English and German and has graduated from the Higher School of Piano and Music Theory of the National Athens Conservatoire (First Class Honours). Her teaching experience includes teaching Psychology at the A.E.A.A. since 2007, Harokopio University of Athens, University of West Attica and ASPETE at the postgraduate level, the Hellenic Police Academy: School of National Security (postgraduate level, 2004-2011) and School of Retraining and Further Education since 2010, the Pastoral Training Institute of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens (Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning), Apostoliki Diakonia of the Church of Greece. Her main research interests include communication and its forms as a fundamental principle of individual and group life, Counseling Psychology as the ‟art of life” (ars vitae), the value of knowledge, deed and hope in our daily lives and the effects of anxiety and fear on interpersonal relationships. She has published two monographs and a third forthcoming, several papers in academic peer- reviewed journals and conferences proceedings. She is an active member of the Psychological Society of Northern Greece and the Hellenic Psychological Society (HPS) in the division of Social Psychology as well as Counselling and Positive Psychology.

Matsinos Yiannis

Professor, Director of Postgraduate Programme “Environmental Policy & Biodiversity Conservation”

Department of Environment, University of Aegean, Greece

Field of expertise:


Short CV

Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Theoretical Ecology, December 1994
M.Sc., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, BioMathematics, December 1990
B.Sc. , National and Kapodistrian University of Athens , Mathematics, February 1986
Research interests:
Computational Ecology – Mathematical Modeling, Risk Assessment, Environmental Statistics, Statistical and quantitative methods for wetland management (Everglades National Park), Landscape Ecology, Mathematical Biology, Quantitative Conservation Ecology, Development and application of individual based models in Population Biology, Dynamical Systems Theory, Modelling for Sustainable Tourism, Acoustic Ecology

Mikedaki Maria

Assistant Professor of Ancient Theatre

University of the Peloponnese, The Theatre Studies Department

Fields of expertise: Ancient theatre, masks and costumes, ancient Greek clothing, architecture and scenography of the ancient Greek theatre, Boeotia and the islands of the northeastern Aegean under Roman rule

e-mail:       Website: ioa.org.gr

Short CV

Dr Maria Mikedaki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of the Peloponnese, where she has been teaching Ancient Theatre since 2009. She graduated from the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens. She holds both a Master’s degree and a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Vienna, Austria. As an archaeologist, she participated in various excavations in Greece and Cyprus and worked at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (Directorate of Byzantine and Postbyzantine Monuments, Epigraphical Museum). She also participated in five research programmes, supervised by the Academy of Athens, the Archaeological Society at Athens, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of the Peloponnese. She teaches at the Postgraduate Program of the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean and at the Postgraduate Programs of the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of the Peloponnese. She has written three monographs and a series of articles published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and collective volumes. Finally, she has participated in conferences and has given many lectures as a guest speaker. She is a member of the Archaeological Society at Athens.

Skordaki Efrosyni-Maria

Adj. Assistant Professor (School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University) and Director (Environment) of the RMC Green Team at the Royal Military College of Canada

Royal Military College of Canada & Queen’s University

Fields of expertise: Geochemistry, Environmental Geology/Risk Assessment, Field Learning, Distance Education/E-Learning/Qualitative Data Analysis

e-mail:        Website: www.rmc-cmr.ca/en/civil-engineering/rmc-green-team

Short CV

Dr. Skordaki is the Director (Water/Environment) of the RMC Green Team at the Royal Military College of Canada and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. An alumna of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece as well as Queen’s University, Trent University and Athabasca University in Canada, Dr. Skordaki has conducted research at the Royal Military College of Canada for 15 years. She has also worked in the industry as a geochemist, in Canada and internationally. As a professional teacher in Ontario, Dr. Skordaki taught science in secondary and post-secondary settings and has published on blended learning methods for scientists. She has received multiple scholarships from several Universities in Canada and participated in Greek government research programs (ΕΠΕΑΕΚ). As the Director (Water/Environment) of the RMC Green Team at the Royal Military College of Canada, Dr. Skordaki has led Canada-wide programs, including the Arctic region, regarding soil and water quality on military installations and specifically on training ranges, landfills, firing ranges, water/wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater collection systems and monitoring wells, as well as energy-related programs with respect to military activities and energy consumption. Dr. Skordaki and her team routinely conducts environmental field data collection and analysis, and has an expertise on the use of qualitative research in the interpretation of environmental risks. An active member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society of Canada, Dr. Skordaki has a special interest in military geosciences and is keen in supporting research collaborations between Canada and Greece.

Tsitsanoudis - Mallidis Nikoletta

Associate Professor

University of Ioannina

Fields of expertise: Linguistics and Greek Language, Media and media language

e-mail:       Website: ecedu.uoi.gr/index.php/staff/professors#tsitsanoydi-mallidi-nikoletta

Short CV

Nikoletta Tsitsanoudis – Mallidis (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Greek Language at the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Ioannina in Greece. She has taught language, mass media and journalistic discourse in several Greek universities. More than 70 issues and papers of her have been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings in Greece, Europe and United States. She is the author of 14 scientific and literary books. Recent scientific books of her are used as textbooks in University departments of Ioannina, Athens and Thessaly. She is associate editor of international linguistic journal in USA and reviewer in several international journals. She has been till now academic coordinator of three major programs of Greek Language teaching in the International Cultural Center “Stavros Niarchos” in Ioannina. She is awarded by the International Union of Writers and Artists, municipalities, humanitarian and cultural associations. Besides, she is the resipient of the 2013 “Untested Ideas Outstanding Research Scholar Award” and “Untested Ideas Outstanding Journal Reviewer Award”. She excelled after evaluation as “2014 Ioannina Fellow” in the Harvard-Olympia Program – Comparative Cultures Seminar, Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University. President of Global Academic Affairs of Euro – American Women’s Council (EAWC). She is the Academic Director of the 5 International Summer Universities “Greek Language, Civilization and Media”. The last three of them were held under the auspices of His Excellency The President of Hellenic Democracy Prokopios Pavlopoulos. She has worked for many years as a journalist for major newspapers in Greece and managed regional television and radio media. She is an active member of Association of European Journalists (AEJ).

Tzachrista Vassiliki

Archaeologist in International Olympic Academy & Responsible for Hellenic Olympic Committee Historical Archives / Teaching Staff for the Acquisition of Academic Experience at the University of Peloponnese in Department of Sports’ Organization and Management since 2017.

International Olympic Academy

Fields of expertise: History of the Ancient Olympic Games and Modern Olympic Movement, Olympic and Sports Education, Cultural Aspects of the Olympic Games, Olympic Philately, History of the Hellenic Olympic Committee


Short CV

Vassiliki Tzachrista studied Archeology at the School of Philosophy at Athens University and modern Greek urban music at the Music Department “Directory” of the University Club of Athens. She is a Doctor of the Department of Social and Educational Policy of the University of the Peloponnese. Since 1997, she has been working as an archeologist on the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Academy. Initially she was involved in classification, the electronic records of the Museum of the Modern Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia. Subsequently, she worked in the Historical and Photographic Archives of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Academy (classification and electronic recording), under the supervision of the Professor of Modern History at the Panteion University, Christina Koulouri. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the International Master’s Degree Programme in Olympic Studies of the International Olympic Academy, the University of the Peloponnese. From 2017 until now she taught in the Department for Sports Organization and Management in Sparta at the University of the Peloponnese, as part of the Programme for the Acquisition of Academic Teaching Experience in New Sciences. Her research and writing activity relates to the ancient and modern history of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement.

Vlachopoulos Nicholas

Associate Professor

Royal Military College of Canada & Queen’s University

Field of expertise: Geotechnical / Geological Engineering, Numerical Modelling, Tunnel Support Design, Ground Support

e-mail:        Website: nicholasvlachopoulos.ca

Short CV

Dr. Vlachopoulos is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada where he has taught since 2000. He also holds a Cross-Appointment with the Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Department and at the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos has had a distinguished 20+ year career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Military Engineer Officer; whereby he was also deployed to multiple international operations. He is the Founder and Director of the RMC Green Team, an organization that addresses Environmental and Infrastructure issues within Canadian Armed Forces Bases and Wings. He is also a Research Director within the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC. His research interests include topics in Geotechnical, Geological and Environmental Engineering. He uses physical testing and/or field scale observation combined with analytical techniques in order to improve the state of the art. He was recently named as the 2019 Thomas Roy Award recipient from the Canadian Geotechnical Society. The award letter is within the “Other Supporting Material” folder. The award is in recognition of “outstanding contributions to engineering geology in Canada and Internationally”. Dr. Vlachopoulos is always open to working on engineering projects within his realm of expertise. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years experience in geotechnical / geological, geo-environmental engineering and project management on major construction and research projects. He has worked at well over 100 locations nationally and internationally.

Zacharias Nikolaos

Professor, Laboratory of Archaeometry Director, Director of Post Graduate Program CultTech

University of the Peloponnese, Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management

Field of expertise: Archaeometry, Digital Humanities, Palaeoenvironment


Nikos Zacharias studied Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (Metsovion) and carried out his MSc and PhD at the NCSR Demokritos in the field of luminescence dating supported by a scholarship from the Ministry of Research and Development. He then realized 2 post-doctoral programmes at Bonn University (GEOPRO/FP5) and at Demokritos (IKY/State Scholarships Foundation). From 2004 – 2009 he worked as researcher at Demokritos and as visiting staff member at the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus. Since 2009 he has joined the University of the Peloponnese (Chair of the Dept. of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management, November 2015-). He is member of the Board of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, and Member of the International Symposium on Archaeometry Standing Committee. He has published extensively (over 140 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and symposia proceedings) in the fields of luminescence dating, pottery and glass analysis, characterization and provenance.

Operational Advisory Board

The mission of the “Operational Advisory Board”, which consists of prestigious international academics researchers and professionals, will be to: contribute to the development of the strategic and operational planning of SiG’s initiatives; its promotion worldwide; its fundraising efforts, through sponsorships, European and other project proposals, etc.; its successful operation and expansion; the promotion of Greek studies and studies in Greece, with a view to establishing Greece as an international destination for education and educational activities and creating an educational and cultural bridge between Greece and abroad.

Miao Bin

Founder of Meet Culture and Muse Academy

Fields of expertise: Theatre and music education and performance, project curation.

e-mail:       Website: www.miaobin.net

Short CV

Miao Bin is a theatre actor and educator, musician and dancer. He is the founder of Meet Culture, a company focusing on culture exchange between Greece and China, and Muse Academy, the first educational institution of Greek music and theatre education in China. He is the postgraduate student of Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnese and awarded by the Rector as the Ambassador to MA of Drama in Education. He is the Chinese Adviser to Municipality of Athens for Culture and Business Cooperation, and awarded by the Mayor of Athens as “Chief Chinese Friend of Athens”. He is the representative of Study in Greece, and work on the educational programs between Greece and China.He is a member of Beijing Youth Theatre Association.

Kokkos George

Fields of expertise: Historian. Tour leader

e-mail:        Website: George Kokkos

Short CV

Having studied Ancient History and Archaeology both in Britain and in Greece, George Kokkos took part in different excavations, worked as a translator and a private tutor. Since 2010 he focuses solely on Educational Tourism. As an aspiring science popularize and indefatigable lecturer in academic or tourism settings, George’s mastery is to make accessible complex and profound subject matter that can then be appreciated by an extremely broad audience. George has just published a guide to Ancient Greek philosophy, but his main focus the last five years is the Ancient Athenian Democracy and her impact on modern republics. George has lectured extensively on the subject of Democracy in schools, students from the US, universities, the European Commission Learning Centre etc.