Meet the Network for Children’s Rights’ Team
Board of Directors
Miranda (Myrofora) Papadopoulou - Chairwoman
Myrofora (Miranda) Papadopoulou has been a lawyer in Athens since 1985 and for the past two years she is a student of Spanish Language at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She became a member of the Network for Children’s Rights’ Board of Directors in 2010 and ultimately became its Chairwoman in 2016.
Gelly Aroni - Vice Chairwoman
Dr. Gelly Aroni has been working for the Special Secretariat for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors in the Ministry of Migration & Asylum since the beginning of September 2020. She was actively involved in the establishment and has been the Head of the Department for the Coordination and Monitoring of the Refugee Education of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. She has extensive experience as a Physical Education teacher in Intercultural Schools where she used cooperative games to promote, through active participation and collaborative learning, the principles, content and values of Democracy education and Education for Human Rights.
She has been working as an expert and a trainer in the Council of Europe and European Wergeland Center’s programmes (Pestalozzi seminars and modules, Summer Academies in Greece) on Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship.
Kalliopi Kyrdi - Secretary
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs in Primary Education. She has studied law and pedagogic studies and is the author of textbooks (Greek language for 1st grade and Greek language for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades of Minority Schools), educational material for adult literacy, Greek as a second language, educational textbooks for active citizenship, volunteering and solidarity, children’s books (scripts and games, Centre for the Greek Language), family literacy, the approach to monuments and public spaces. She has designed educational programs for museums, cultural routes and intercultural approaches. She is a writer of children’s books.
Ioanna Moschovakou - Hon. Treasurer
Ioanna Moschovakou is a Social Worker and Educator and has worked at the Preschool Center of the Bank of Greece as Head of the Center. At the same time, she was trained at and operated parent counselling schools. She is currently retired and participates in the Board of Directors of the Network for Children’s Rights.
Olympia Agalianou - Member
She holds a PHD degree in Philology, Pedagogy and Psychology and is a graduate of the Department of Physical Education & Sports Science. She has studied music and dance therapy, as well as the Carl Orff music-motor education method.
She is a writer of monographs and a member of the writing team producing physical education books for the first classes of primary school.
She has served in primary education for 20 years. Today, she serves as Special Education Staff at the Department of Early Childhood Education. At the same time, she teaches Postgraduate Programs at the University of Macedonia, University of the Ionian (Corfu), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Democritus University of Thrace
She is the Honorary President of the The Hellenic Orff-Schulwerk Association and represents Greece at the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum. Her research interests include: community music and dance, art as a means of social cohesion and personal development.
Ilias Dimakis Loutas - Member
Ilias Dimakis Loutas was born in Athens in 1975. He has been a lawyer since 2000, specialized in Public Law. He works in civil, administrative and commercial law and since 2006 he has been a legal consultant for the Regional Union of the Municipalities of Attica (Π.Ε.Δ.Α.).
He is married to Tania Zervoudaki, a lawyer, with whom he shares a law firm. They have two kids, Fanis (15,5 years old) and Eva (13 years old).
Roula Linardou - Member
She is a Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Psychology and has been trained in Crisis Intervention and Emotional Trauma Management. She has 12 years of work experience and has supported vulnerable population groups. She was an employee of NCR’s Child Protection Unit for 5 years, as a case manager and field coordinator and finally as a program manager.
She has been a member of NCR since 2017 and a member of the Board of Directors since April 2022.
Ekaterini Zervoudaki - Alternative member
She was born in Athens in 1975. She graduated from Athens Law School and Southampton University (LL.M) and since 2002 she has worked as an Athens-based lawyer with a special interest in property law.
She is mother of two kids (Fanis 15,5 years old and Eva 13 years old).
She has an interest in dance (she has multi-year experience as part of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women dance team), music and cinema.
In addition to NCR, she strongly supports the activities of the organisation “One Kid One World” and she is an active member of the animal welfare organization in her neighbourhood.
Eva Kogiannaki - Alternative member
Eva Kogiannaki has studied Law at the University of Athens and is the Juvenile Curator, Head of the Juvenile Curator Service of Athens. She has many years of experience in counseling juvenile offenders at the psychosocial and legal level and has participated in the Board of Scientific bodies and networks on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and delinquency.
Vasiliki-Ilia Papastathis - Alternative member
Vasiliki-Ilia Papastathis (b. 1972) is a publishing editor. She studied History (AUTh & EHESS-Paris, DEA Social History) and Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature (Ma., Department of Philology, AUTh-Thessaloniki). She is a member of the Board of Directors at the Network for Children’s Rights since November 2021.
Panos Christodoulou - Executive Director
Panos Christodoulou is the Executive Director of the Network for Children’s Rights, as well as an award-winning author of children’s books.
He has studied Law at the University of Athens and Human Rights at the University of London. He has worked as a journalist in the newspaper “Ta Nea”, as well as a lawyer and human rights expert with various organisations in Greece and Europe.
Barbara Kassi - Financial Director
Ms. Barbara Kassi holds a BA in Business Administration and has more than 20 years of experience in Accounting in the private sector. Since 2017, she has been the Financial Director of NCR, responsible for monitoring expenditure and cash flow, managing tax compliance, payments, payrolls. She speaks English and French.
Panagiotis Stamatakis - Finance Officer
Mr. Panagiotis Stamatakis is the Finance Officer at the Network for Children’s Rights, responsible for the financial management and monitoring of all projects from the stage of budgeting until the final finance report submission and audit. At the same time, he supervises all procurement actions.
Since 2016, he has managed with success all of NCR projects from different types of donors supporting the organization’s viability.
He has studied at the Department of Statistics and Insurance of the University of Piraeus and he is currently completing his master’s degree at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece.
Program & HR Manager
Alexia Karapatsia - Program & HR Manager
Alexia Karapatsia is the Program & HR Manager at the Network for Children’s Rights, responsible for the implementation of projects and is a member of the fundraising team.
She holds a BA in Political Science and History from Panteion University and an MA in Southeast European Studies from the University of Athens. She has worked in project management in the City of Athens, in the Directorate of Social Solidarity, for the European programs FEAD and EaSI. She has also studied English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Chinese.
Research & Communications Officer
Aggeliki Dimoulia - Research and Communications Officer
Aggeliki Dimoulia is the Research and Communications Officer at the Network for Children’s Rights and is responsible for the dissemination of projects and programs through NCR’s communications platforms. She is also the organization’s focal point for issues regarding Protection Against Sexual abuse and Exploitation (PSEA).
She studied Bioethics and Politics at the University of Toronto and Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow. Prior to working for NCR, she worked at NGOs in Toronto and the UNDP IICPSD.
Aggeliki Gioula - Administrative Officer
Aggeliki Gioula is the Administrative Officer at the Network for Children’s Rights. She has studied Faculty of Philology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Additionally, she holds a master degree in Special Education from the joint program of the Universities of Patra and Nicosia. Prior to her association with the Network, she has been working at HELIOS integration project of IOM as a Municipality Focal Point and supported the beneficiaries regarding their needs.
Antonis Talfanidis- Procurement Officer
Antonis Talfanidis is the Procurement Officer at the Children’s Rights Network. He holds a degree in Cultural Technology and Communication from the University of the Aegean, while since 2019 he has been working in the supply chain in the humanitarian field.
Coordinator of TEVA Program
& of the Educators
Alkistis Katsanevaki - Coordinator of TEVA Program and of the Educators
Alkistis Katsanevaki is an educator, coordinator of the TEVA program and of the educators Network for Children’s Rights.
She has graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, with a postgraduate degree on Intercultural Education. She has worked as an educator in various multicultural educational environments and also as a team animator in non-formal educational programs.
Culture Lab /
Children’s Library Coordinator
Thanasis Kotsovos - Culture Lab & Children's Library Coordinator
Thanasis Kotsovos is a librarian, coordinator of the Culture Lab and the Children’s Lending Library of the Network for Children’s Rights.
He has studied Library and Information Studies at the TEI of Athens and Mass Communication & Media Arts at the Metropolitan College. He has designed and implemented educational programs in the context of formal and non-formal education, based on children’s books.
Advocacy & GDPR
Pelopidas Nikolopoulos - Advocacy and GDPR Officer
Pelopidas – Alexios Nikolopoulos is a lawyer, Project Manager of the Child Protection Unit program and in charge of advocacy of the Network for Children’s Rights.
He studied Law at EKPA and has received a master’s degree from the same university in civil law and new technologies, with a thesis regarding the guardianship of unaccompanied minors. He represents NCR in Parliamentary Committees and in European and national conferences and events. He has co-authored and published texts on the rights of the child in legal books and magazines.
Project Manager of the Youth Center
Aggeliki Konstantopoulou - Project Manager of the Youth Center
Aggeliki Konstantopoulou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Organization Administration specializing in the Administration of Health & Welfare Units from the University of Peloponnese and a Master’s Degree in Health Informatics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is the Coordinator of the Youth Center while she also implements European programs. In the past she worked at NCR as an Administration Officer, responsible for the operations and communications of the organization.
Koula Panagou - Coordinator of Educational Programs
Koula Panagou is an educator and the Coordinator of Educational Programs at NCR. She completed her studies at the University of Athens at the Department of Preschool Education. She has also completed a four-year training in play therapy at Erma – Private Lifelong learning Psychotherapy Center. She designs, coordinates and implements educational programs for preschools and school aged children in formal and non-formal education settings, while she also coordinates parent counseling groups. She has participated in international conferences with presentations and publications.
Project Manager ”Protection for all minors”
Efi Mansali - Project Manager ''Protection for all minors''
Efi Mansali is the Project Manager of the program Protection for all Minors.
She holds a BA in Political Science from University of Crete and for the moment she studies in the MA of Social and Solidarity Economy in the Open University of Greece.
She works in Network since 2016 as a caseworker in the field while she took over other projects as well.
Project Manager of Child Protection Unit Case Management
Ilektra Antonatou - Project Manager of Child Protection Unit Case Management
Ilektra Antonatou is the Project Manager of the Child Protection Unit of the Network.
She has studied at the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean, majoring in International Relations and Organizations and holds a master’s degree in Geopolitical Analysis from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Prior to her association with the Network, she has worked for other NGOs in the area of child protection.”
Lizeta Ziakou - Volunteers' Coordinator
Lizeta Ziakou is an educator-animator and the Volunteer Coordinator for European programs at the Network for Children’s Rights. She has worked as a coordinator of non-formal educational and creative activities, in the framework of the refugee project Welcommon (2017-19, Wind of Renewal), created at the Model Center for Housing and Promotion of Social Inclusion of refugees and vulnerable groups.