Dimitris KastorisDimitris Kastoris Head of Press, Strategy International

Dimitris Kastoris has been in the forefront of Strategy International since its birth from 2008. Dimitris is an achor man and journalist for a regional channel in Northern Greece named “Alpha Tileorasi”. He is based at the Historical City of Drama, in Greece. He has worked to this day for National, Peripheral and Local Media Centers for all purposes, radio, TV and Internet. As a Journalist and reporter, Dimitris has the ability to anticipate and create innovative solutions for Major national and international press affairs. He has also been Chief Editor of News Broadcasting in a variety of past TV and Radio or Internet Channels he was working and been associated with. At a parallel professional life, he has been the chief Press and Public relations officer for a variety of Members of Parliament and Members of Heads of the Periphery that he resides in, the Eastern Macedonia, Greece.

Dimitris Speaks Fluently Russian and Engish. He is a Native Greek Speaker.

email: dkastoris@strategyinternational.org

Niki IliadisNiki Iliadis Projects Development Officer Strategy International

Niki has been a member of Strategy International since January 2012. She currently works as a Research Analyst at Third Bridge, a primary research firm based in London, assisting global management consulting firms in their private equity due diligence and corporate strategy cases. Niki’s professional background includes external consultancies for BCG Center for Public Impact as well as internships for NGO CDRSEE and the US Embassy in Greece. Her expertise covers policy analysis, grant writing, business development, and project management. Niki holds an MSc in Public Management and Governance from LSE and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

Niki speaks English (native), Greek and Spanish (working)

email: niliadis@strategyinternational.org

John KaragiannopoulosJohn Karagiannopoulos Program on International Strategies & Tactics, Strategy International, Junior Scholar Analyst

Head of Administration of Strategy International since 2011, John Karagiannopoulos is a graduate of Political Science and History from the University of Sunderland (UK). He also obtained a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Leicester (UK). He has developed a great interest in Public and International Affairs and is actively involved in political affairs within the boundaries of his municipality.

He speaks French and he is fluent in English language.

email: jkaragiannopoulos@strategyinternational.org

Ioannis ProiosIoannis Proios Human Resource Manager Strategy International

Giannis is Human Resource Manager. He holds a M.Sc. in Human Resource Management from Cardiff University, Wales, U.K. He also holds a B.A. in International Economic Relations and Development from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece and he has also studied in the Economics Faculty of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia as part of the ‘’Socrates-Erasmus’’ programme. His interests include balkan history, intra-balkan economic relations and co-operation and International HRM.

He speaks English, French and Bulgarian.

email: iproios@strategyinternational.org

Vassilis YiannakiVassilis Yiannaki Human Resource Manager

Vasilis M. Yiannaki is a Human Resources Manager in Strategy International. He holds a BSc in Economic Policy and Development at University of Thessaly Greece, and a M.Sc. in Human Resource Management & Organizational Behaviour from the Cyprus International Institute of Management. Vasilis professional work experience in HR includes several aspect such as creating and organizing HR department, change management, team building and creating organization culture and strategy.

email: vyiannaki@strategyinternational.org


Selini MichailidouSelini Michailidou Executive Assistant to the CEO & Founder Strategy International

Mrs Michailidou-Hahn joined Strategy International in 2009. She is Assistant to the CEO and Founder of Strategy International. She holds a Masters Degree from Kingston University London in Hazards and Disaster Management as well as a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering – Department of Infrastructure from the Technological Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has a versatile working experience background including Customer related positions, the Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Thessaloniki and Technical Companies.

She speaks Greek, English and German (beginner).

email: smichailidou@strategyinternational.org

Despoina TeppeliDespina Teppeli Communications & Development (Greece &Cyprus) Strategy International

Despina Teppeli Joined Strategy International in 2010. She holds a Masters at the University of Nottingham (MA) on Social and Global Justice. She also holds a degree from the University of Cyprus in Political and International Affairs. Her recent international actions includes working on a rapprochement project between Cypriot natives (both Greek and Turkish) in Cyprus. Despina has been a key of administration for the preparation of the last 2 international annual conferences of Strategy International. In her prior professional positions Despina held positions in off-shore financial and petrol companies for the region of Southeastern Europe and the Middle East. In her early studies.

Despina speaks English & Turkish (Beginner) & Russian (Beginner).

email: dteppeli@strategyinternational.org

Efrosyni LazarouLazarou Efrosyni Executive Assistant, Public Relations/Communications Officer Strategy International (Cyprus Branch)

Efrosyni joined Strategy International in 2013. She has recently finished her MA in Globalisation and Development at the University of Sheffield (with Distinction). She also holds a degree in Political Science and a minor degree in Gender Studies from the University of Cyprus (excellent). Her research interests include: political economy of globalisation, global politics of the environment and climate change, politics of development.

Speaks English (fluent), French (Basic) and German (Beginner).

Dimitrios AnagnostouDimitrios Anagnostou Director on the Program of Young Leaders Strategy International

Dimitris is a Bachelor’s student at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT). He is studying International Relations and Diplomacy. He is also a Bachelor’s student at the Technological Institute of Thessaloniki at the School of Economics and management at the Department of Business Travel Section. His interests are in Politics and Strategic Studies, Management and Operational Management and Business to Business Relations

Dimitris Speaks English, French and Spanish (Beginner)

email: @strategyinternational.org

Kostas PapadopoulosKostas Papadopoulos Assistant & Administrator to the CEO Strategy International

Kostas Papadopoulos joined Strategy International in 2011. He is finishing his degree at the department of International European Studies at the University of Macedonia. Kostas’ interests are focused on Global Economic Development, Political issues, Diplomacy and International Relations. He is keen on studying about other civilizations and their history their effects on their current policy. 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.

He speaks Greek, English, German and French

email: kpapadopoulos@strategyinternational.org

Antonios XenidisAntonios Xenidis-Dervos Director of Social Media Strategy International

Antonis is concluding his bachelor degree at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT). His major is in International Relations and Diplomacy and his minor is Computer Science.Tony served in the Hellenic Armed Forces in Cyprus (ELDYK) and his interests are global history and politics with a specification on european policies.

Antonios speaks Greek and English

email: axenidis@strategyinternational.org

Amalia KargopoulouAmalia Kargopoulou Editor, Strategic Paper Series Report Strategy International

Amalia Kargopoulou Joined Strategy International in 2011. She has graduated from the School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, during which she was awarded a scholarship of excellence by the State Scholarship Foundation. She continued her studies at postgraduate level in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She specializes in the research of conflict, security and development and the complex relations between them.

Amalia speaks Greek, English, French and Spanish.

email: akargopoulou@strategyinternational.org

Zenonas TziarrasZenonas Tziarras Senior Editor & Director of Strategic Paper Review Strategy International

Zenonas Tziarras holds a PhD in Politics & International Studies from the University of Warwick and specializes in International Relations, Turkish foreign policy and the Middle East. He attended specialization courses in International Security at the University of Delhi, India, and training courses in Leadership and Conflict Resolution at Koç University, Turkey. His work was presented at a number of international conferences and published in books and academic journals. He has worked as an analyst and consultant for a number of think tanks and projects in Cyprus and abroad. Zenonas has taught Greek-Turkish Relations and Strategic Studies at the University of Cyprus and is Associate Lecturer in Security and Diplomacy Studies at UCLan Cyprus. Among other publications he co-edited the book Republic of Cyprus: Dimensions of Foreign Policy [In Greek] and co-authored Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean: Ideological Aspects of Foreign Policy [In Greek]. Find the complete list of his publications here.

email: ztziarras@strategyinternational.org

Serafim PapapostolouLt. General (LTG) (Rt) Serafim PAPAPOSTOLOU Program on NATO Operations. Strategy International Senior Scholar Analyst

Papapostolou Serafeim graduated from Hellenic Army Academy in 1975. He served in Armoured and Reconnaissance Units for more than 20 years. He became Commander of the 12th Armor Battalion (1993) and C’ Reconnaissance Battalion (1994-1995) in the borders area of Trace. For one year (1993-1994) he was deployed in North Iraq (Kurdistan), Commander (Suleimaniyah Sector) of UN Guards Contingent (UNGCI). He has served at the Hellenic Army HQs as Staff Officer responsible for the development of Main Battle Tanks fleet (1988-1992) and for Armaments Planning and Procurements (1997-1999). In August 1999, he moved to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, where he became the senior officer for Operational Planning and Operations in Balkans. He served twice in the Former Yugoslavia, first (1992) as a military observer for a short period in Croatia, and second for one year, in KFOR Kossovo (2000-2001) as a Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of 34th Mech Brigade (Hellenic Armed Forces in Kossovo). After his redeployment, he appointed in Hellenic National Defence General Staff as Director of National Crisis Management Center (2001-2003).

Additionally, he has served through staff assignments primarily in operations, plans, and crisis management. His assignments include three NATO tours: one as Military Assistant to Hellenic Military Representative at NATO HQs, Brussels (1995-1997), one with Joint Command South-cent (JCSC) at Larisa Greece (2003-2004), as J5 Branch Chief and his final staff assignment was as Assistance Chief of Staff (ACOS) Support of NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC-SP) Valencia, Spain (2004-2007). His last active duty assignment was Chief of Staff (COS) of C’ Corps/NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC-GR) (2007-2009).

He graduated successfully from all the basic and advanced Armor Schools, the Hellenic Army War College and the Hellenic National Defense College, as well as Oberammergau NATO School Specific Courses. In 1999, he attended Course 94 at the NATO Defense College.

He retired from the Hellenic Army on 13 February 2009, after more than 37 years of distinguished service.

General Papapostolou is a recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. For three years he was also President/CEO of ΔeltaCyrni Ltd Private Security Company (Maritime Security), consulting on global security matters and remains active in lecturing on military ops and the international security environment.

email: spapapostolou@strategyinternational.org