WHO WE ARE

HOPEgenesis was founded in 2015 by Dr. Stefanos Chandakas MD MBA PhD, Obstetrician - Gynecologist and Minimal Access Surgeon.
The members of the Executive Board are 15 experienced professionals with backgrounds from various fields such as health-care, media-communication, business development, marketing and culture. The team is supported by gynecologists, nurses, midwives, administrative staff and volunteers who all share the same goals and vision with HOPEgenesis.
Currently, 57 volunteers, most of whom are involved in day to day operations, have signed up.
In just over a year more than 1000 people have joined HOPEgenesis by becoming Friends. Their support has been critical in establishing this Non Profit Organization; without their support we would not be here today.
Moreover, more than 50 large Greek corporations are now on board. Their support comes in various forms and is critical to the daily operations of HOPEgenesis.
Our Mentor Board consists of 10 distinguished personalities who have had long experience in helping Greece and are key to our strategy and approach.
In addition, we have established a Scientific Board which consists of 9 renowned scientists from the field of medicine to advise and guide us on medical related issues that arise.
Our Medical Team is made up of 12 doctors and other health care providers located in 5 different regions across Greece.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Stefanos Chandakas,
Founder & Chairman/Head of Medical Committee
Elina Sbokou,
Managing Director, Executive Committee
Ioannis Emmanouel,
CFO
Sophia Handaka,
Strategy
Areti Kousouli – Dalakouras,
Head of Fundraising Committee
Dimitrios Athanasopoulos,
Head of International Committee
Michael Nicoletos,
Strategy, Economics & Statistics
Evelina Petrakis – Mavrides,
Fundraising Committee
Tatiana Vardas,
International Committee
Ismini Panayotides,
International Committee
Marianna Sbokou,
Marketing Committee
Christina Filiagkouridou – Pavlis,
Responsible for Events & Promotional Activities
Maya Alivisatos,
Medical Committee
Thalis Pitoulis,
Head of Marketing Committee
Eirini Vasilopoulos,
Fundraising Committee
Areti Darmas,
Marketing Committee

MENTOR BOARD

His Eminence the Metropolitan of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea and Milos, Dorotheos II
Chairman of the Mentor Board of HOPEgenesis
Elevated to the rank of Metropolitan on January 19th, 2002
Dr. Georgios Creatsas, MD, FACS, FRCOG, FACOG
Honorary Chairman of the Scientific Board of HOPEgenesis
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Greece
Former Vice Dean of the University of Athens, Greece
Rector Hélène Glykatzi - Ahrweiler
President of the Administration Council of the European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Greece
Mr. Spyros Capralos
President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Greece
Chairman of Star Bulk Carriers Corp., Athens, Greece
CEO of Oceabulk Containers Management, Athens, Greece
Chairman of Euroclinic Group, Athens, Greece
Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos, MD, PhD
Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Geneva University, Switzerland
Treasurer of the World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Director of Pediatric Heart Surgery at MITERA Hospital, Athens, Greece
Founder and President of humanitarian medical association “Coeurs pour Tous Hellas”, Geneva, Switzerland
Professor Byron Kotzamanis
University of Thessaly - Department. of Planning and Regional Development
Laboratory of Demographic and Social Analyses (LDSA)
Mrs. Karen Basil Mavrides
Founding Member of ELPIDA (“HOPE”), Athens, Greece
Founding Member of The Special Olympics of Greece
Active Member and former President and Vice President of The Women's International Club of Greece
Vice President of the Friends of the National Gallery of Greece, Athens, Greece
Member of the Board of the Friends of the Megaro Musiki, Athens, Greece
Vice President of the Friends of the European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece
President Emeritus of MAZI GIA TO PAIDI ("Together for Children"), Athens, Greece
Member of the International Board of Advisors of Tufts University and Trustee Emeritus since 2007, Medford, MA, USA
Mr. Peter Economides
Brand Strategist
Chairman of the Board at Make-a-Wish Foundation International
Member of the Advisory Board, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Member of the Advisory Board, Washington Oxi Day Foundation, Washington DC, USA
Member of the Board of Trustees, SAHETI School in South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mr. Art Dimopoulos
Executive Director at the National Hellenic Society, Alexandria, VA, USA
Mr. Theodoros K. Vardas
President & CEO of Vardas SA, Athens, Greece
Member of the Board of the Hellenic Red Cross Society, Greece
President of the Hellenic Business & Retail Sales Association (2006-2012), Greece

Dr. Ioannis Papadatos, MD, PhD
Director of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit "P. & A. Kyriakou" Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece

SCIENTIFIC BOARD

Dr. Georgios Creatsas, MD, FACS, FRCOG, FACOG
Honorary Chairman of the Scientific Board of HOPEgenesis
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Greece
Former Vice Dean of the University of Athens, Greece
George Patoulis
Chairman of Athens Medical Association (ISA), Athens, Greece
Chairman of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, Athens, Greece
Mayor of the municipality of Amaroussion, Greece
Dr. Ioannis Papadatos, MD, PhD
Director of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit "P. & A. Kyriakou" Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece
Prof. John Erian, MBBCh, FRCOG
Professor of Gynecology and Minimal Access Surgery, Princess Royal University Hospital, King’s College, London, United Kingdom
Dr Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, MD, PhD
Endometriosis Specialist in Gynecology
Founder of the organization “Info Endometriose France”
Dr. Ioannis Andreou
Radiologist
Director of Imaging Departments, HYGEIA & MITERA hospitals, Athens, Greece
Dr. Georgios Kallipolitis
Associate Prof. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Greece
Chairman of the Scientific Board of MITERA hospital - HYGEIA group, Athens, Greece
Dr. Stefanos Chandakas, MD, MBA, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Member of the Scientific Board of MITERA hospital - HYGEIA group, Athens, Greece
Dr. Izoldi Chatzigianni
Orthopaedic Doctor
Managing Director of MANA NPO, Athens, Greece

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

Dimitrios Athanasopoulos,
Head of International Committee
Vlachonis Vicky
Member of International Committee
Yiannis Horozoglou,
Member of International Committee
Tatiana Vardas
Member of International Committee
Ismini Panayotides
Member of International Committee

COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR - THALIS PITOULIS


ATHENS MEDICAL TEAM

Dr. Stefanos Chandakas, MD, MBA, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Dr. Asimakis Pappas MD, DFFP, dipl. BSCCP, MSc3, PhD, RCOG Associate
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Dr. Gerasimos Partidas, MD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Dr. Leonidas Papadopoulos, MD, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Dr. Leonidas Papadopoulos, MD, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Dr. Michael Bobotis, MRCOG
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Director of MIYA "Biodimiourgia"
Professor Petros Nikolaidis, MD, PhD
Obstetrician Gynecologist - Perinatologist
Dr. Spyridon I. Spanakos, MD, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Dr. Evangelos Paraskevas, PhD
Obstetrician - Surgeon - Gynecologist
Ms. Eleni Tsiara
Midwife - Mental Health Counselor
Ms. Georgia Victoria Kossenaki
Midwife

AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM CHIOS

Dr. Ioannis Argiroudis, MD, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist

AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM RHODES

Dr. Ioannis Hatzis, MD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist

AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM VOLOS

Dr. Dimitris Xirofotos, MD, MSC, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist

AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM SYROS

Dr. Stefanos Chandakas, MD, MBA, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist
Dr. Angelos Koutras, MD, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist

AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM PATRA

Dr. Pantelis Kollias, MD, PhD
Obstetrician - Gynecologist

>AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM IOANNINA

Dr. Minas Paschopoulos MD,
Dr. Minas Paschopoulos,Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, President of the Medical Department, University Hospital of Ioannina, Obstetrician - Gynecologist

>AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM KIMOLOS

Dr. Spiridon Spanakos MD,
bstetrician - Gynecologist

>AFFILIATED MEDICAL TEAM NAXOS

Dr. Georgios Kontopidis MD,
Obstetrician - Gynecologist