Kontossi, Sofia

Sofia Kontossi a pianist and musicologist, graduated on scholarship from the Academia de Arte George Enescu and holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Athens, as well as a D.M.A in piano performance from the Universitate de Arte George Enescu. As a pianist, she has taken part in master classes with Hans Leygraf, Paola Volpe, Frank Wibaut, Monique Deschaussées. Dr. Kontossi has won prizes in international piano competitions and given concerts in Greece, Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Turkey and Cyprus. She is regularly invited to give master classes in Greece and abroad on “Art song” performance. She regularly attends, on scholarship, the Vancouver International Song Institute’s program on “Song Scholarship and Performance.” Her musicological studies focus on lieder and piano music by Greek composers, as well as the history of Greek Music. Her articles have been published in Greek, French and Serbian academic journals, and she is a contributing author at the New Grove Music Online. She has been teaching piano and music theory since 1996, and is currently at the University of Arts George Enescu and the National Conservatory of Greece. She is a member of RIPM’s Greek Committee, a member of the Board of the Leonidas Zoras Archive and the Manolis Kalomiris Society Directory Committees, and a member of the Greek Musicological Society. She is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the BM program.

Koundouri, Kalliopi

Kalliopi Koundouri holds a first degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a M.Phil. in History of Art, awarded by the University of Glasgow, and a Ph.D., also in the History of Art, from the University of the Aegean. Her doctorate thesis examined the elements of time, space and mortality in the work of Mark Rothko. She specializes in modern and contemporary art. Ms. Koundouri was the joint recipient of the prestigious CHART AWARD for the best postgraduate essay in art and technology from Birkbeck College- University of London. Ms. Koundouri has served as special scientific associate, curator and coordinator of events at the Museum of Modern Greek Art of the Municipality of Rhodes and member of the Board of the Prefectural Committee for Culture and Education. Ms. Koundouri was also the editor/ co-editor of two art magazines, artzine and The Look. She has taught Greek language, literature, art, history and philosophy to secondary school students, adults and foreign university students. Ms. Koundouri has written or co-authored books, art catalogues and articles, including a cultural guide of the Dodecanese. In recent years she has been designing and conducting educational programs, cultural paths and heritage walks for all ages. She is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the General Education program.

Kountouris, Anastasios

Anastasios Kountouris is a graduate of the Department of Philology, Direction of Linguistics, of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. He was an honorary recipient of a scholarship for academic excellence awarded by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for the year 2000-2001, and of a full scholarship by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for a Ph.D. dissertation in the field of Sociology of Education, which he received from the University of the Aegean in History of Education, by the Department of Pre-school Education and Educational Design. Dr. Kountouris was employed as a philologist in the private education sector, and is currently employed- full time- by the Greek public school system. He has served as an instructor in the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program: "Psychopedagogy of Integration. A School for All”, which was implemented as a collaboration between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of the Aegean. Moreover, he has been a Member of the Steering Committee of several cultural organizations such as the International Center for Writers and Translators of Rhodes, has participated in many local and international conferences, and has published articles (as individual or co-author) in various scientific journals. He is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the General Education program.

Kourbani, Vassiliki

Vassiliki Kourbani received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the Hellenic American University. She also holds an M.A. in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens. She taught linguistics and composition courses at the American College of Greece from 1991 to 2003. She is co-author of a handbook for teachers of Greek as a Foreign Language and has been involved in research in areas such as online foreign language testing and the development of an online platform for the teaching of Greek as a foreign language. At Hellenic American University, she currently serves as Director of the Writing Center, the Writing Program and the English Language and Literature Program (BAELL).

Since 2008, Vassiliki has been teaching a number of courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels such as Introduction to Applied Linguistics, Understanding Research in Applied Linguistics, Introduction to Methodology, Language and Mind.

Her research interests include narrative analysis in Writing Center theory and practice, asynchronous/synchronous online feedback, literacy practices and intercultural communication.

Lucena Gonzalez, Eduardo

Eduardo Lucena Gonzalez graduated from the Hispanic Literature Department of the University of Cordoba (Spain). He received a scholarship for the University of Tours (France) where he studied French Literature, Translation and Cinematography. He worked as a Spanish teacher in France; since 2007 he has been teaching Spanish, Hispanic Literature and Theatre in Greece. His theater amateur group is the only in Athens which plays are performed exclusively in Spanish. His lectures on Hispanic Literature are part of LEA Festival (Literatura en Atenas) since 2008. He also translates poetry and novels from Greek to Spanish, and organizes workshops addressed to Greek translators. He collaborates with the ΚΠΓ (National Language Certificate) exams, as a speaker, researcher and corrector. Since 2014, he is an adjunct faculty member and teaches at Hellenic American College in the General Education Program.

Marinou, Chrysi

Chrysi Marinou earned an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, a master’s degree in Civilization, Literature and Ideology, and a Ph.D. in Civilization, Literature, and Ideology, all from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is now conducting postdoctoral research for two projects funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation and serves as a peer reviewer for the journal Lost Modernists. She has published her research in periodicals such as Literary Geographies, the Journal of Comparative Literary Studies, Pilgrimages: a Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies (2015), and Mnimon: Society for the Study of Modern Hellenism. She has contributed essays to the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies and other collective works. Her research interests include comparative literature, modernity, modernism, and literary theory.

Chrysi Marinou is an adjunct instructor at Hellenic American University and teaches in the BAELL program.


Nasika, Panagiota

Panagiota Nasika is a freelance translator and conference interpreter. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation from the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting, Ionian University and a Master’s in Conference Interpreting from the Institute of Translators, Interpreters and International Relations (ITIRI), University of Strasbourg. She has an extensive experience, offering her translation and interpreting services to the private and public sector in Greece and abroad. Her working languages are Greek, English, German, Dutch and Spanish. She is a certified translator and member of the Panhellenic Association of Professional Translators Graduates of the Ionian University (PEEMPIP), and a member of the Hellenic Association of Conference Interpreters (SYDISE).

Nikolaou, Alexander

Alexander Nikolaou completed his Ph.D. in English - on a partial scholarship - and his MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, UK and also holds a B.A in English from the American College of Greece – Deree College. Dr. Nikolaou served as Coordinator of the M.A. in Applied linguistics, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, member of the IRB committee and Director of General Education. Prior to joining the University, he worked for many years as an EAP/ESP teacher at various private higher education institutions and also taught EFL both in Greece and the UK. He is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the BAELL and MAAL programs.

His research interests lie in the area of attitudes and motivation in second language learning, linguistic landscapes and the discursive construction of identity, work that he has presented his work at international conferences in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics.

Paltogou, George

Dr George Paltoglou is a consultant pediatric endocrinologist practicing in Athens, Greece. He previously served as a consulting pediatric endocrinologist in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology of the Evelina London Children’s Hospital (London, UK). earned his MD and PhD degrees from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and completed his pediatrics residency at Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital. He has had fellowships at various UK hospitals, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Hospital. He has co-authored 27 scientific publications in PubMed. His research interests include the fields of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, Exercise Endocrinology, Obesity and Metabolic Medicine. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Hellenic American University M.S. in Health and Stress Management program.

Papageorgiou, Anna

Anna Papageorgiou is a Charokopeian University graduate as well as a graduate of the Physical Education Department of the Kapodistrian University of Athens. She was a Scientific Associate of the 1st University Pediatric Department of Agia Sofia Children’s Hospital . Her expertise there, as clinical nutritionist, was to organize and operate the Childhood Obesity Clinic “Agia Sophia”, from 2003-2007. She is now a PhD Nutritionist & Clinical Dietitian. Dr. Papageorgiou is also an adjunct professor who teaches in the Stress Health Management program.

Petropoulos, Ioannis

Ioannis Petropoulos holds a B.A. in English Literature from the American College of Greece, a Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in 19th and 20th century English and American Literature from the University Of Essex, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Hellenic American University, and also holds a Diploma in Shipping and Business from Morley College, London. Dr. Petropoulos has been teaching English as a foreign and second language for thirty-seven years. Over the last twenty years he has taught college-level Composition Writing, Creative Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Literature, Literary Analysis and Business Communications, and for the last ten years he has been teaching Literature, Critical Thinking and Public Speaking at Hellenic American University. Dr. Petropoulos has been conducting open and tailor made corporate seminars on oral communication, advanced professional presentation skills, and interpersonal communication skills in business. He has also been offering his services as Academic Coordinator for English language certification examinations and has been responsible for the promotion of English language programs, language testing and international certification in Southeast Europe and other parts of the world. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the BAELL and General Education programs.

Polychronopoulou, Konstantina

Konstantina Polychronopoulou is a composer, pianist, and music educator. She is currently a doctoral student in the artistic-scholarly doctoral program at Anton Bruckner Private University. She holds a master’s degree in "Science of Education-Music Education" from the University of Nicosia. Under a full scholarship, she graduated Cum laude from Hellenic American University with a BM in Music Theory and Composition. She has a Piano Diploma which she completed with honors and praise for Best Performance. She holds Harmony and Counterpoint degrees. She teaches piano at Ph. Nakas Conservatory since 2014. Moreover, she is a piano and theory teacher at the ABRSM. She has been teaching music theory and history at professional dance schools since 2013. Her main teaching approach is for dance students to be creative to explore and expand their movement vocabulary from all aspects of music. In January 2022, her book Music and Body, a musical handbook for student dancers and performers was published by Nasos Publications. She cooperates in chamber music concerts and her musical compositions have been presented in various venues in Greece and abroad in Germany, France, etc, by renowned ensembles and she collaborates regularly with acclaimed choreographers. She is an adjunct faculty member teaching in the BM program.

Romaios, Petros

Petros Romaios is a freelance conference interpreter and translator. He holds a B.A. in Conference Interpreting from the Ionian University, Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting (working languages English, Greek, French), a Diploma in Bilingual Translation, Institut Français, Greece and a Translation Certificate from the University of Mons Hainaut, Belgium. He holds an M.AS. for Interpreting Trainers from the University Of Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2006 he has been teaching courses in Translation and Interpreting Theory, Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting and General and Specialized Translation. He is President of the Hellenic Association of Conference Interpreters (SYDISE), served as accredited interpreter of the member of the team of interpreters of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the National Broadcasting Company (ERT), and participated in international conferences offering interpreting services for major public and private institutions. Petros is the Coordinator of the Master Program in Conference Interpreting (MACI).

Roulia, Ifigeneia

Ifigeneia Roulia is a freelance translator, proofreader and interpreter since February 2010 and as a freelance interpreter since 2013, in constant cooperation with the Eugenides Foundation, QUINTILES GES.M.B.H., Greece, Concepts Ltd., Hellenic American Union and other companies and institutions, as well as translation agencies such as RR Donelley Global Translation Services, Intertranslations Ltd. and Erminia. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Athens, School of Science, Faculty of Geology and her MA in Translation (Magna cum Laude) and MA in Conference Interpretation (Summa cum Laude) from Hellenic American University. She has been working as an EFL teacher since 1991 and since 2017 is an adjunct faculty member in the MAT Program.

Sakellari, Xenia

Xenia Sakellari has been a communications professional in media and advertising industry for over 10 years. With a background in journalism and copywriting she is currently working as Creative Director for Mediabrands, leading a team of experts in designing digital and integrated marketing communication campaigns. She holds an M.A. in Communication Strategy & PR and a Foundation Certificate from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising. Before joining Mediabrands, she worked for media organizations such as Pepper fm, Menta fm, and theHellenic Parliament Channel etc) and advertising agencies. . For her work in the advertising industry, she has been honored numerous awards, including Ermis Awards, Social Media Awards, and Iab Mixx Awards. . Xenia is an adjunct faculty member teaching in the MAT program.

Stefanaki, Charikleia

Charikleia Stefanaki is a consultant pediatrician, specializing in adolescent medicine, with an interest in stress, reproductive endocrinology and metabolism. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). Her postdoc research focuses on the role of histamine and the gut microbiome in the pathophysiology of polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents. She earned her medical degree cum laude from the NKUA Medical School and holds an MSc degree in Stress Management and Health Promotion. Her research interests include the immunologic pathways of stress, the role of gut microbiome. and the impact of stress on human body composition. She has published numerous papers on stress, stress management, metabolic stress, adolescent medicine, gut microbiome and reproductive endocrinology, often working with leaders in these fields. She is a regular reviewer for prominent fully peer-reviewed medical journals and is a subsection editor for the Journal of Clinical Medicine and the medical journal Sexes (MDPI). She has served on the Health and Technology Assessment Committee of the Greek Ministry of Health for the last 3 years. Dr. Stefanaki is an adjunct professor who teaches in the Stress Health Management program.

Theodorou, Stephanie

Stephanie Theodorou is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA) in Washington, D.C. and Temple University (PhD) in Philadelphia, PA. Her teaching and research specialties include Western Continental and Asian Philosophy, World Religions, Philosophical Hermeneutics, Epistemology, and Naturalism. She has taught a wide variety of courses, including interdisciplinary ones, in higher education for over 20 years and served as Director of the Honors Program at Immaculata University. Her published research includes studies on the role of metaphor and symbolism in cognition and consciousness in comparative (East/West) thought, as well as animal cognition and philosophical naturalism. Dr. Theodorou is an adjunct instructor who teaches in the General Education program.

Tolias, Dimitris

Dimitris Tolias holds a B.A. in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Athens, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University Of Exeter, UK, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Hellenic American University, USA. From 1991 to 2001, he taught writing and research courses at the American College of Greece (Deree College). From 1995 to 1999 he also taught writing and methodology courses in the English Department of the University of Athens. He is the author and co-author of a number of course books on the teaching of Greek as a Foreign/Second Language. He is also co-author and editor-in-chief of a handbook for teachers of Greek as a Foreign Language. At Hellenic American University, he has served as Head Librarian and teaches academic writing, communication and SLA in the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program and Critical Thinking in the General Education Program. As of September 1st 2021, he serves as Dean for Digital Learning and Education Innovation.

His research interests include e-learning and the design of virtual learning environments.

Tselikas, Ioannis

Ioannis Tselikas studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue at the Atheneum Conservatory, piano at the National Conservatory, and oboe at the Athens Conservatory. He also studied musicology at the University of Athens, and continued his post-graduate studies in the Music Theory and Music History department of Boston University. As a founding member of the Hellenic Music Centre, he also works as an editor of Greek classical music scores, including works by Samaras, Kalomoiris, and Petridis. He has taught harmony, counterpoint, music history and theory, analysis and oboe at several Greek conservatories, and music schools.

During 2006-2008 he was a facilitator for courses in the History of American Music, Music Theory and Music Analysis in the Music Education Distance Program of Boston University. As an oboist he appeared as a soloist or as a member of a larger ensemble in several auditoriums in the United States and in Greece, including Carnegie Hall and the Athens Megaron, and currently he is the principal oboe of the Athens Municipality Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in several music conferences, presenting his research in Greek art music. He serves as the Director of the Music Program (BM) at Hellenic American University, where he also teaches music theory and music history.

Tsilibary, Effie

Effie Tsilibary is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the Coordinator of the MS in Stress and Health Management at Hellenic American University. Her expertise includes the examination of signaling and survival pathways in cultured neuronal and other cells in normal and pathological conditions, with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases. She has examined cellular and molecular mechanisms affecting the structure and function of cultured neural cells in vitro in Gulf War Illness (and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in experimental Alzheimer disease (AD) in vitro and in vivo. More recently she has been involved in an ongoing study of a women’s cohort at the Brain Sciences Center of the VAMC of Minneapolis that seeks to identify factors predisposing to dementia. She has published several peer-review articles and chapters on the theme of AD- and GWI-associated neurodegeneration, and has a life-long track record in cell biology and signaling mechanisms in health and diseased conditions, with over 85 related, peer-review publications.

Vallianos, Pericles

Dr. Pericles Vallianos is Professor Emeritus of the University of Athens, where he taught political philosophy for many years. He studied in the United States, where he received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. His area of interest and research has been the philosophy of German Idealism and especially the way it incorporated and applied in the modern context the legacy of Ancient Greek metaphysics and ethics. His particular concern has been to show that philosophy is not an obscure subject, but that it deals with issues that are of immediate concern to all human beings. He is the author of many articles and books on the intellectual bases of European civilization, in which he explores the vital significance of Hellenic ideas on human nature and the striving for political liberty. He is currently associated with Hellenic American University as a teacher of philosophy.

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