Meet the Directorate
Dr. Marios Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos
CEO & Founder, Strategy International
Dr. Marios-Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos is the CEO & Founder of Strategy International.
Dr. Efthymiopoulos held positions as visiting scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC as a visiting senior research scholar at George Washington University, Business School, EU Center for Excellence, Washington DC. He also held positions as Southeast Europe Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC USA, and visiting Lecturer at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University Of Cyprus, Nicosia Cyprus. Dr. Efthymiopoulos is a constant invited guest at the Joint War College of Greece, the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operation and Training Center (NMIOTC), the NATO training corps in Kilkis, Homeland Police Security and Training of National Hellenic Police in Athens, and the NATO Deployable Corps in Thessaloniki Greece. He is a graduate from the NATO Defence College (NADEFCOL) senior course 105, 2004-2005, Rome, Italy. He was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece at NATO in Rome, worked at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the Biotechnology and Biosafety issues and as a Political/Financial Analyst at the Cook County’s Treasurer’s Office in Chicago Illinois USA.
He holds a PhD from the University of Crete, Greece, a senior civilian and officers diploma by the NATO Defence College, Rome Italy, a Masters Degree from the University of Vienna -The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna- in Advanced International Relations (MAIS) (2002-2003), Vienna Austria & MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK, (2001-2002), and BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics by the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, (1998-2001), Lincoln, UK.
Scholarship of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation
Scholarship of the Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Foundation Chicago Illinois
Scholarship of the Holly Metropolis of Ileia Greece.
International Economic Analysis, Global and National Development Security Affairs, International Organizations, Global and national Strategies, Structures of Modern Alliances and World Affairs, Geopolitical and strategic affairs, Cyber issues, anti-terrorism and Greek Politics.
Experience and field work in Southeastern Europe, Western Balkans, Greece, USA and European Union countries such as France, the UK, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus and Ukraine.
Concentration on Publications:
His concentration of publications are in security and development, global strategies & policies, international organizations, defense analysis, international negotiations and operations and financial security and development and world affairs.
TV & Radio Stations Commentator:
Dr. Efthymiopoulos is a commentator on a variety of national TV and Radio stations but also international media. He comments are seen at C-Span, CNN and CNN international, CNN Ireport, National Finland Radio, Reuters,National TV Greece, along with Radio Stations such as the Voice of America, National Public Radio, BBC world news Service, but also Radio Stations in New York, Hellenic Radio, Hellenic Heartbeat Chicago, Skai Radio Greece, TV100 Thessaloniki, Makedonia news paper and Kathimerini of Cyprus.
Dr. Efthymiopoulos is author of two books: 1) Efthymiopoulos Marios (2012), “Strategic Security and Transatlantic Relations –In Greek-, Athens-Thessaloniki, Sakkoulas Press (ISBN: 978-960-445-902-5), referred by NATO, Professors of National Security Marshall Center Germany and a Member of the Netherlands Defense Academy and Member of the Atlantic Council of the USA. 2) Efthymiopoulos Marios –in Greek- (2008), “NATO in the 21st Century: The Need for a Renewed Strategic Concept and the Ever Enlarging NATO-Russia Relations, Athens-Thessaloniki, Sakkoulas Press (ISBN: 978-960-445-380-1). Referenced at NATO, the Atlantic Council of the USA and the Onassis Foundation. A new book is currently being published (in 2013) a translation through the Chicago University Press and of Professor Of Political Science, Dr. Robert Pape (Professor, University of Chicago) in Counter-terrorism and Suicide bombing (Chicago Press-Sakkoulas Press) and an edited volume work with Springer in 2013, on Cyber-defense and Cyber-Democracy due in 2013, in Cooperation with the George Washington University Business School in the USA and the University of Klagenfurt Austria. Dr. Efthymiopoulos is also a chapter writer on a new book with the Marshall center and the Government of Montenegro on Southeast European Development and Security, where a co-author where he proposes the creation of Interoperable Development Network, leading the way for Foreign Direct Investment to occur in the region. The book is due to be published with Macmillan Press in late May 2013.
Academic, professional and op-eds articles:
Dr. Efthymiopoulos publishes numerous articles in Greece, Poland, the UK, the USA, Italy, Australia and Canada in relations to Strategic Issues, Transatlantic relations, Security, NATO policies and foreign policies of Greece, as well as in international websites, His articles are referenced. They hold an impact factor. His recent articles are posted on CNN, Europsworld, the Atlantic Council of the USA, at NATO's (we-nato). His opinions are reflected at magazines such as Foreign Policy Magazine (May 2012).
Dr. Efthymiopoulos is listed in the Marquis Who is Who in the World and was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by the Greek State. He is the Chief-Editor of the Online Journal co-sponsored by Strategy International and NATO titled: Journal of Southeastern European Security Strategy and Transatlantic Leadership (SESSTL). Dr. Efthymiopoulos is a board review member at the Journal of Research in World Economy in Canada by the Canadian Education Association and the NATO Maritime Interdiction Training Operation Center Journal, An editorial board member of the upcoming Journal on interdependencies in social sciences by the Universidade Catolica Portugesa and a review member of the International Conferences international on International information warfare in Reading UK.
Languages: English, French, Italian, Greek and Basic German and Russian (learning).
He is a member of the following:
Coordinating Committee of LSE alumni (Thessaloniki branch),
Organisation of Directors for National Defence.
Member of the Hellenic Institute of Strategic Studies, Greek Association of the Atlantic and European Co-operation.
Member of the Alumnus of the Onassis Foundation Scholars Association, Rotary Anatolia (Rotary International, Thessaloniki),
Member of Make A Wish Greece.
Activities of interests:
He likes to travel, classical music, plays piano, trumpet, and likes Basketball, plays tennis.
Mr. Taxiarchis Sardellis
Senior Director, Strategy International
Colonel Sardellis speaks, English, Italian, French and basic Spanish.
Ms. Michailidou speaks English.
Assistant to the Directorate, Strategy International
(Currently on leave for Compulsory Military Service)
As an active member in political affairs, Kostas is studing at the department of International European Studies at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki Greece. His interests amongst others are focused on Global Economic Development, Political issues, Diplomacy and International Relations. He is an active member of the Students Association at University of Macedonia and takes part at many seminars on political, strategic and international affairs.
Kostas, speaks Greek, English, German and French.