BOARD MEMBERS OF THE KYTHERIAN FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT

Prof. George KasimatisPresident of KIPA Foundation
Prof. Kassimatis was born and raised in Kythera. He studied Constitutional Law in Munich, where he obtained his PhD. He then became an Em. Professor of University of Athens. After working closely with the government (former legal advisor to the Prime Minister), working as a legal advisor for the Bank of Greece, he has become one of the most well known Constitutional Law experts (Honorary Lawyer to the Constitutional Court). Today he mostly lives in Kythera. He is the President of the Kytherian Foundation for Culture and Development (KIPA), as well as the President of the Trifyllis Foundation.
Manolis CharosKythera Hiking Project Officer
Manolis Charos was born in Kithira in 1960. He studied in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beauxs-Arts and did his Master at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He has been honored with the French national Prix des Fondations and the Athens Academy Award. He has worked as a guest artist at the University of Princeton (USA), starting point for his research on the Aesop’s Myths, which was the topic of his last exhibition at the Benaki Museum. With lots of exhibitions in his course, both in Greece and abroad (France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany USA etc.) he is considered as one of the most important representatives of his generation and his works are to be found in public and private collections in and out of Greece.

KYTHERA HIKING TEAM

Fivos Tsaravopoulos - Project Manager
Fivos Tsaravopoulos is the co-founder of “Paths of Greece”, a Social Co-operative Entreprise that works closely with local communities around Greece in order to clear, way-mark and promote old hiking trails. In his free time, he is a passionate climber, hiker and photographer.
Rigas Zafeiriou - Local Project Manager
Rigas is a local Kytherian, an experienced trekker and an avid traveler in more than 40 countries. He completed his MSc degree in Organic Agriculture in the Netherlands and he speaks Greek, English and German. He has worked as a cross-disciplinary researcher on food networks, agrobiodiversity conservation in-situ, climate change impacts as well as innovation & transition processes in the rural space. He has been a member of several organizations like Young Friends of the Earth Europe, WEP and Greenpeace among others. During his research as a UNESCO advisor on Kythera and Antikythera islands he enhanced his knowledge of local agro-ecosystems, cultural heritage, gastronomy and environmental changes. He has also attended courses on alternative tourism, culinary tourism and intercultural/sustainable tour guiding.
Nadia Megalokonomou
Nantia is a local Kytherian and she has been working as a hiking guide on the trails of Kythera since 2013. She completed her studies in tourism in Greece and Spain. Besides Greek, she speaks English and Spanish. Since 2009 she has been a volunteer in the rescue team of Athens with a specialization in mountain rescue (PHTLS). She holds the first degree in canyoning while she has also attended lessons in the fire brigade as a volunteer. She has developed extensive knowledge of local flora, fauna and herbal remedies during her work as a beekeeper on the island. Nantia is an experienced hostess and traveler.
Ippolytos Prekas
Ippolytos grew up in Athens. In 2009 he managed to do what a lot of other people wish: to move permanently in Kythera. He is working in the tourism industry and advertising Kythera all over the world. He owns and runs the largest and richest virtual gateway to the island www.visitkythera.gr. He is working on the website and PR in the paths project.
Frank Van Weerde
Frank is a Dutch born. He loves Kythera and its nature, and has been living and working on the island all year round for the past 10 years. He studied history of art in the University of Amsterdam. In the Netherlands he worked in several museums and theatres. In Kythera he is working in the tourism industry. For a long time he was the local host for the Dutch Travel company Ross Holidays. Frank is the author of the book « Walking in Kythera, 32 carefully selected walking trails ». He is working as an advisor for the selection of the paths that will form the network, the signage system as well as an overall consultant.

SUPPORT TEAM FROM THE

MEDITERRANEAN INSTITUTE FOR NATURE AND ANTHROPOS

Yorgos Melissourgos
Yorgos is a trained architect, urban and regional planner and holds a PhD in human geography. He has worked as a research assistant and part-time lecturer in the Department of Geography, Harokopio University. Since 2014 he has been collaborating with the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) as a member of its scientific secretariat and assistant manager of the INCREAte programme.
Nicos Georgiadis
Nicos is an environmental and forest scientist (PhD) with extensive experience in environmental consulting, human resources and project management. He has worked as a scientific consultant for environmental and educational organizations including WWF Greece. Since 2015 he has been collaborating with the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) as a member of its scientific secretariat and manager of the Kythera project as part of the INCREAte programme.
Lily Mordechai
Lily is a social and environmental scientist with significant professional experience in the fields of environmental communication and education as well as project development and management. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) as a Project and Communications Officer. Lily speaks four languages –Greek, English, French and Spanish– and is an aspiring gardener with a love for the outdoors.
Irini Lyratzaki
Irini is a Social Anthropologist and Environmental Historian, with extensive professional experience in the fields of tourism, cultural heritage management and project management. She has been working for the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) since 2004 with a focus on projects related to culture and wetlands and sacred natural sites. She’s an ardent supporter of green living and crafting.