Maria Efthymiou is an Economist, with a MBA. She is an experienced researcher, with over 10 years of relevant professional experience (qualitative and quantitative research), as part of various EU-funded and national projects. These projects and programmes cover a wide range of thematic areas, like responding to the needs of socially vulnerable groups (e.g. migrants / refugees, marginalised youth, LGBT populations, single-parented families, unaccompanied minors, etc.) in terms of facilitating their social inclusion and integration into the labour market, promoting social entrepreneurship, building skills and competences and supporting human rights.
Georgios Alexopoulos holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, together with a MBA from Athens University of Economics and Business. He is an experienced project manager, with a solid background in donour-funded projects and programmes (mainly from the EC), implemented not only inside the EU, but also in developing countries. During his 15 years of professional experience, he has dealt with projects covering various thematic areas, such as social protection and social inclusion, support to vulnerable groups, employability promotion, protection of human rights and lifelong learning & education.
Senior Project Officer
Ms Karkantzou holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Master degree in Local and Regional development and Social Cohesion. She has more than 12 years of experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of high quality social services for vulnerable groups and a sound track record in the protection of human rights focusing on migration, asylum and international protection, victims of violence, exploitation and human trafficking. Vassia Karkantzou is Senior Social Policy and Human Rights consultant who helps governments, public and private authorities, institutions, organisations and professionals to advance their social protection and human rights agenda.