THEVISION

HumanRights360 is a newly founded civil society organization established in Greece.

In HumanRights360, we believe that the cornerstone of integration is the access to basic rights and that, only by protecting the individual, political and social rights of the whole population and by ensuring access to rights and justice, can we achieve social cohesion.

Thus, our mission is to protect and empower the rights of all, with no discrimination but with special focus on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. We are part of the worldwide human rights movement that is struggling for a world where fundamental human rights are enjoyed by all. We give priority to addressing the most pressing human rights violations, both acute and chronic, as a prerequisite for maintaining the rule of law in our society.

We aim to put together greater alliances in Greece and internationally to work in order to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments and societies reject Far Right rhetoric, extremism, racism and xenophobia, while are accountable to and encourage participation of the people.

THETEAM

Epaminondas Farmakis

Epaminondas Farmakis

is the founder of HumanRights360.  He has over twenty years’ experience in civil society having allocated more than $1.1 bn to more than 1,300 nonprofits in over 65 countries.  Epaminondas is known for his nonprofit management and fundraising skills and while a believer in philanthropy is eager to introduce new impact driven programs and innovation needed in the sector.

His previous positions include Managing Director, Solidarity Now, created by the Open Society Foundations; Director, EEA Norway Grants NGO Fund in Greece, the Bodossaki Foundation; President and CEO of the philanthropic advisory unit elpis SA; COO, Stavros Niarchos Foundation; and Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch. Postgraduate work in the US Senate at the office of the Minority Leader followed joint MBA and MSFS degrees at Georgetown University. Epaminondas believes in advocacy and communication as a tool for awareness and positive change and is featured in Greek and international media. Epaminondas lives in Athens and has one daughter.

Eleni Takou

Eleni Takou

is Deputy Director and Head of Advocacy of the HumanRights360. She has studied communication, political science and political philosophy in Athens and Paris.

She has worked in Advocacy and Programs sector of several NGOs, including the Hellenic League for Human Rights and SolidarityNow. During 2015, she has served as Chief of Staff of the Minister for Migration Policy. Prior to this, she has been coordinating the Racist Violence Recording Network, a coalition of CSOs under the auspices of UNHCR Office in Greece and the Greek National Commission for Human Rights. She has also been a consultant on issues of statelessness for UNHCR Greece.

Her work is focused on refugee protection, migration, citizenship and anti-racism advocacy. She has been a member of the writing team of the Annual Yearbooks of Legislation and Jurisprudence on Migrants and Refugees (ed. Savvalas), until 2015. She is co-writer of the book Immigration in Greece. Eleven myths and more facts, published by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
(http://rosalux.gr/publication/i-metanasteysi-stin-ellada).

Kirpatrick Day

Kirpatrick Day

has spent the majority of his 20-year professional career responding to crises and conflicts around the world. From his earliest days reporting from the frontlines of the war in what was then Zaire until today, Mr. Day has passionately advocated for the needs of refugees and dispossessed. Mr. Day poured this passion into designing and managing cutting-edge, large-scale conflict response and post-conflict reconstruction programs in Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, East Timor, and Afghanistan among others on behalf of the U.S. government’s Agency for International Development, where he held numerous senior management positions and crafted the Agency’s first-ever conflict management and mitigation strategy.

A widely-respected strategic thinker, skilled manager, and gifted communicator, Mr. Day’s insights and skills are regular sought out. As such, he was asked to lead the International Rescue Committee’s response to the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015, spearheading activities on the Greek island of Lesvos, and elsewhere in the region. Mr. Day continues to parlay the breadth of his experience and expertise into innovative initiatives, providing strategic guidance to an array of international organizations, private sector entities and high-caliber local groups responding to crises.

Maria Paraskeva

is Legal expert and Project Coordinator at HumanRights360. She has studied law and she has practiced administrative and criminal law as well as immigration and refugee law in Greece. She has also worked in the field, providing counselling and legal assistance in refugee camps.

Maria has participated in drafting and implementing several projects coordinated by Universities in the field of humanities. During 2015, she worked at the Ministry of Migration Policy and has enriched her prior experience by integrating key aspects of policy to projects.

She has worked with UNHCR Greece supporting the second instance procedures and has followed closely the developments on the asylum procedures and the relevant legislative amendments as well the judiciary engagements of the European and Greek Courts. Throughout her work, she has focused on humanitarian issues and she has defended human rights in courts, while she has implemented programs in order to develop effective strategies to facilitate persons in need of protection.

Rania Papadopoulou

Rania Papadopoulou

is an economist who, in recent years, has been involved in humanitarian programs supporting human rights.

She works on the methodology of efficient management and distribution of funds, capacity building of organizations and ensuring transparency in financing and donations. She is highly experienced in financial control, monitoring and distribution of funds, as well as evaluation of efficiency in social welfare organizations.

She manages, monitors and coordinates granting, financial sources, donations, European, EEA grants, etc. in relation to the correct procedures for protection and application of funds, ensuring the principle of value for money, which is applied rigorously to all transactions, while also giving advice and information on required financial  verification.

Rania believes that the human rights of all citizens are unnegotiable and that it is the duty of each and every one of us to support and defend them.

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Anastasia Georgiou

Is Project Manager at HumanRighst360.

She is profoundly aware of the need to sustain & strengthen transatlantic relations in order to promote open, democratic societies, in a world with increasingly complicated transnational challenges, such as population movements.

She has over 12 years of work experience encompassing the design, management and implementation of programs related to migrant & refugee population.

Anastasia’s broad knowledge & expertise of the migrant and refugee issues but also her open mind and sincere respect of diversity and human rights, led her to hold all these years key positions in various national & international organizations, providing leadership in the development & launching of strategic new programs.

Her fields of expertise include the European and Greek migration–refugee policy, issues related to integration, representation of migrants & refugees into societies.

She is a Member of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP)

Nikoletta Arvanitoudi

Is Legal Expert at HumanRights360 at the region of Evros. She has studied Law and has completed her postgraduate studies in Law at DUTH and at the University of Glasgow. She practices Law in Alexandroupolis and she is a member of the Registry of the Greek Asylum Service for Lawyers, of the Ministry for Migration Policy, providing legal aid to asylum seekers, in the frame of the administrative procedure at the second instance upon the Appeal Authorities.

She has worked as a Child Protection Lawyer at the mobile unit of Arsis, providing legal support to unaccompanied and separated minors, who were under protection custody at the RIC of Fylakio. She has, also, worked as a Lawyer at the Greek Council for Refugees, under the auspices of the UNHCR, at the program Free Legal Aid, providing legal support to asylum seekers and vulnerable groups at the RAO of Thrace.

She believes that the respect and the defense of Human Rights, that stem from the International Convention on the Rights of a Child and the Geneva Convention relating the status of Refugees, constitute unfaltering high principles, but also a challenge to be assured in the sensitive region of Evros.

Theo Bogeas

Is an occupational therapist, holding a Master’s degree. He works as a Livelihood officer at Humanrights360. He has been working for more than 15 years with children and families. Among his partnerships, he has collaborated with the Babel Day Centre and SolidarityNow. He is also a tutor at the BSc Occupational Therapy Programme of Metropolitan College (Queen Margaret University Partnership, Edinburgh), he is an International Course Leader of Sherborne Developmental Movement and he has been collaborating with the Emotions’ Museum for more than 10 years. He has co-authored in various scientific journal articles and book chapters and has presented to national and European congresses. He has joined various scientific working groups including ELSiTO (Empowering Learning for Social Inclusion through Occupation). His professional and academic interests are social inclusion and occupational justice. His work focuses on combatting occupational deprivation and offering occupational opportunities and justice to people and communities. Theo believes that human rights should be implemented into the daily life of all.

Triantafyllos Maragkozakis

Is a Social Worker for HumanRights360. He graduated from the Department of Social Administration and Political Science of the Democritus University of Thrace, majoring in Social Work.

He has been working in the relevant field since 2017, specifically within the sensitive Evros region, utilizing his previous experience as a volunteer in organizations concerned with refugee and immigrant reception, as well as structures for the accommodation and hosting of unaccompanied minors. Possessing thorough knowledge in the field of the protection of unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups, he served as a member of the NGO “METAdrasi” Guardianship Network for Unaccompanied Minors, under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In close collaboration with the National Center of Social Solidarity, and receiving support from regional authorities in charge, he provided services of individualized care, psychosocial support and counseling to minors who were unaccompanied or separated from their families, kept in custody, or residing in open or closed accommodation centers.

He believes that collective action to claim and defend human rights leads to the formation of a rule of law which is fundamentally interlinked with its members and its members and meets their realistic needs.

Panagiotis Tzannetakis

Is focusing on social innovation, networking, and program design and implementation.

He collaborates with Omnes, a grassroots housing association in Kilkis. Prior to joining HumanRights360, Panagiotis was working with Help Refugees, co-founding the Greek branch of the grassroots charity, where he focused on fostering partnerships between diverse stakeholders, and supporting projects working towards the inclusion of newcomers. Panagiotis is a founding member of the Khora Community Centre in Athens. He is an associate of Symbiosis, Civic School of Political Studies, supporting in the organisations of seminars on urban practice and social inclusion. He is a member of the Technical Steering Committee of ‘Curing the Limbo’, an Urban Innovative Actions funded pilot housing project in Athens, and recently joined the Board of Experts of the Balkan Forum.

Panagiotis holds a BSc in Architecture, from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and a BTEC in Art and Design from Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St.Martins.

Efi Syrmou

Is the Legal AdvisorHead of Legal and Governance at HumanRights360.

She holds a Law Degree from the University of Athens Law School (Greece) and a Master Degree (DEA) in Public Law from the University of Strasbourg (France) having focused on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She practices law since 2001 as Member of the Athens Bar Association having hands-on experience in a wide array of legal issues, impinging upon almost every aspect of law. She has a proven experience as a legal counsel in all kind of business environments, public entities and non-profit organizations and institutions.

Efi provides accurate and timely counsel to management in all legal topics (both proactive and retroactive), collaborates with management to device efficient strategiesand internal governance policies, ensures and monitors organisation’s legal compliance with rules, laws and regulations and minimizesprobability to risk exposure. She drafts solidifies and reviews agreements, tenders, contracts and all other legal documents to ensure organization’s legal rights both domestically and internationally.

According to the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Every individual and every organ of society … shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance …”.

Efi tries, by using her professional expertise,to ensure that human rights –so important for the society – remain not “just words”.